I think Ruth is the first person to ever think the question about her favourite lens is tough. I’m always intrigued to what a photographer is going to send in as the favourite photo(s), there is always some sort of separation between a photographers favourite photo and what the general public will like. This is usually due to the photographer knowing the entire storey behind capturing that moment in time. That’s just a thought for you all. Enjoy reading about Ruth.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Ruth Ritter. I live in beautiful Charlotte NC, I’m 18 and I love photography. I work as a full time nanny of the cutest little girl you’d ever meet. I graduated in June, and I am currently taking a semester of college off. Next semester I will be studying in Spain from January to May. I am very excited
What made you get into photography?
I’ve always been super artsy. I draw all the time, I love painting, music, etc. So one day I decided to try photography, to see if I could figure it out, and I fell in love
How did you get started?
Early 2009 my family bought a Nikon d40x that no one really used/knew how to use. So one day I took it outside and fiddled around until I had it pretty well figured out. Then I took some random portraits of my little siblings and posted them on Facebook and after that I had people texting and calling asking me if I would take their Christmas card pictures. And that’s how it all started!
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I’ve done pretty much everything, from weddings, newborns, family, engagement, calendars, websites, etc. But I would say the main sort of shoot I do is family shoots.
What gear are you using? I use a Nikon D300; it’s an absolutely fantastic camera. Lenses that I use are 18-200 and 85mm.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
Ooooh, tough question. I think its equal favoritism between my 85mm and 18-200. My 18-200 is great for pretty much everything and any kind of situation. But I prefer the bokeh that I get with the 85mm and it works better in low light situations.
How are you marketing yourself?
Word of mouth, Facebook and my blog.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
These two are my absolute favorites, currently. The first one is from a wedding that I shot in June. I think it’s just a magical picture, I was so happy with the way this shot turned out.
The second is the Charlotte skyline. I took this on top of a parking garage just after sunset. I had been wanting to take a shot of the city at night for a long time, and for a first try, not too shabby if I do say so myself.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Hmmm, I would say practice a lot. I also would say don’t tell people that you’re a “pro” unless you are 100% confident that you are. There is nothing wrong with being an amateur/semi-pro. Also, try any idea that you have. If you have a crazy idea for a shoot that involves crazy make up, silly props, popping colors, anything at all, give it a try. You never know what you might capture. It will teach you something, even if you don’t get a fantastic shot.
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