Jennifer Warthan – Warthan Farms Photography

Posted by Stacie Jensen | April 17, 2012 15
What made you decide you wanted to be a photographer?
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 I actually delayed buying a “real” camera for the longest time. I knew there was SO much I did not know (even though I had shot film before) and was terrified to take the plunge. Eventually though, wanting better images of my children won out.
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So you are a farm girl :) tell us about those little things you see every day that makes farm life so amazing.  Your photos show a dream land of textures a photographer would just die over!
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 We are insanely blessed. Taking a walk down a dirt path, fishing in the pond, picking corn straight from the field for supper…these are all commonplace activities for us, yet we never take them for granted. As a photographer, I really have the best of everything right here on the farm. It’s familiar so I can be consistent in producing images for my clients yet everything changes season to season so it’s always fresh. I schedule sessions around what will be in the fields – wheat in the spring, corn & sunflowers in the summer and of course, when the cotton opens in October, that is my busiest time!
My indoor, natural light studio is upstairs in our farmhouse which dates back to the late 1800′s. The walls and ceilings are original beadboard and the floors are hardwood. It’s a perfect set-up just as it is!
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What do you find is the best way to promote your photography business?
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 Word of mouth and Facebook. But really, isn’t that the same thing? I’m friends with all of my clients on Facebook and love to see them sharing their beautiful images with friends and family. It’s the best word of mouth available!
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How would you describe your photography style?
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 Homespun, cozy, happy, pure and sweet.
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How do you get your clients to relax and feel natural around you?
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 I have a blog about our farm and our day-to-day life so many clients feel as if they know me already. I actually have quite a few clients who get here and don’t introduce themselves – once they remember, they just laugh and say they forget they don’t “know” me in real life yet.
If I’m outside, I’m almost always shooting with the 70-200 2.8. I like to give clients plenty of space to just be themselves. I also don’t pressure them to begin the session immediately. Usually children like to run and explore the barnyard and fields and I like to give them that time. Sometimes, that’s when I get my best shots! Also, a session here isn’t linear. Almost everyone has questions about the farm and the crops and I enjoy answering those. So there are lots of breaks in between shots.
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Are you Canon or Nikon?
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 Canon. That glass is so sweet.
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What’s your favorite lens?
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 Oh gosh. The 70-200 2.8 is my right arm. Mr. Dependable, he is. But the 85 1.2 makes creamy, dreamy art. I love them both.
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What tip would you give aspiring photographers?
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Invest in one really great lens instead of several cheaper ones. It’s something I wish I’d done!
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Where do you see your career in 5 years?
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I can’t imagine things being more perfect than they are right now. I have the best clients a girl could want and I’m a homebody so my studio (both indoors and out) is a dream come true.
 

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Where can we find you (facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc)?
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I am here:
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