As with most photographers, I have always loved pictures – but I never actually considered I could make it a career. It felt more like a nice dream to have. I remember filling out one of those silly surveys on Facebook years ago when it asked what your dream job would be – mine was a children’s photographer. Sweetly, it’s happened. We bought a DSLR before our daughter was born in 2010 & I took that chance to really try to get something started and I ran with it. I went from knowing very little – using Auto with an entry-level camera and one lens (I did know the kit lens wasn’t good – that I knew.) – a 50 1.8. I shot with only those 2 pieces of equipment for about a year and taught myself manual mode & how to take RAW photos. I researched TONS of things online about photography – concerning issues with business skills and technical skills. Photography takes work & it isn’t easy, especially considering there are so many other wonderful photographers out there that people can choose from. I do my best, give my best service & generally my clients do come back which I am super super thankful for.
Children. They are so real & honest – that inspires so much of how I work. I love to capture everything they do and how they do it. Children are so innocent and new to everything and you just never know they are going to say! Haha! I am also inspired by so many amazing fellow photographers out there. I love watching all styles of photography – but I mainly gravitate towards baby & child lifestyle photographers.
Facebook and word of mouth. When people really like something, they tell their friends and family.
Honest, fun, relaxed, emotive.
With parents I just try to chit-chat, find common ground – I’m a parent, they are parents. I tell them it’s fine if their child isn’t behaving however they think he/she should be. Kids should do what makes them happy in our sessions – those are their true personalities coming out, and that is what you want to remember. With kids – I get on their level. I run & chase them, ask them what their favorite shows are, ask them if they have a pet monkey. I talk to them before & during the session to get them to see this isn’t going to be so bad – it’s actually going to be kind of fun!..
Nikon at this point. I started with a Canon XSi . After learning how to properly use my camera (after much research and reading my manual as well as experimenting on my own) I realized that the camera I was working with was limiting me in natural light situations, more so with newborns inside clients’ homes. I upgraded from a Canon Xsi to a Nikon D700. It was quite a change!!
The only lens I have had since buying my Nikon was the 50 1.4 until just recently when I purchased a macro lens (105mm 2.8). But my favorite lens that I do not own is the 85 1.4G. She will be mine! I have rented it and the bokeh is killer as well as it is tack sharp. Don’t get me started on that lens. Whew!
- Build your skills before purchasing the latest & greatest equipment. After all, it is the person behind the camera that is mainly what makes a great photograph.
- There is always going to be someone better than you or cheaper than you in this industry. Just do the best YOU can and keep learning and improving your own work.
- Educate yourself so that you may educate your clients. Buy samples of things – touch and feel them, and figure out your favorite items to offer. The general population doesn’t know how awesome a canvas is, or why digital files are so expensive, etc. Pre-photography days, I didn’t realize how much of a photo was chopped off at different sizes! I figured, I have an 8×10 frame so I’ll order an 8×10 size. Voila. But I always wondered what happened to the rest of the picture? It’s up to us to let our clients know things like this so they aren’t shocked when they find out after they have paid and had their heart set on that size with that photo only to find out a good chunk is cut off of the picture. I created a template (www.rachaelmyers.com/for-photographers) for photographers that shows clients what their favorite photo could look like at the most popular sizes & what would be cropped out – that way they can see beforehand and possibly choose a different (and possibly bigger! Yay!) size to accommodate their favorite image(s).
Possibly having a space of my own that utilizes natural light & where I can meet with clients and potential clients to discuss and show them all of the amazing things that can be done with the images we’ve captured!