The more I read theses interviews the more I see patterns emerging as to how one should be marketing themselves and what photographers wished they had done or knew as they were starting out. Autumn is a natural light portrait photographer, there is something special about natural light that I hope to explore over the next few weeks in a little more detail. Enjoy 🙂
Tell us a little about yourself?
Ever steered clear from the crazy lady down the street? Well that crazy lady would be me lol. I am a goofball and love life with my family of three (me, my hubby, and 3 year old baby girl). I am a natural light photographer but love changing it up for inside/studio lighting and making it seem magical.
What inspired you to get started in photography?
Funny story…I was actually inspired by my neighbors who were into abstract photography. I bought a point and shoot camera and went to town on finding fun and creative compositions. A year later my daughter was born and I started to photograph her like any mother would. My daughter was my inspiration for wanting to photograph people.
What gear do you take to each shoot and what lens can you not live without?
Right now, I have a Nikon D3s that I use on every shoot. When asked before what lens I could not live without, it use to be my 50 1.4G. Now it is my 85 1.4D…that lens creates CRAZY bokeh!
How do you market yourself and has social media been an important part?
My marketing has been limited but I have been teaming up with a local D.J. company to jump start my weddings. I like to network with other photographers and build friendships so if later on I am not able to do a shoot, I can send the client their way or vice versa.
What’s your favourite photo that you’ve taken and does it have any significance?
I think my favorite photo would have to be a session I did last year with a good friend of mine. Her hubby was coming home from Iraq and I met up with her to capture the emotional moment of her solider returning home. The best part was I was recognized a couple of days later on our local news because a reporter saw the picture.
Select a photo you have taken, explain how it was taken and how did you edit it?
This is actually another favorite shot of mine. I took this gorgeous couple to a nearby beach for their session and found these AMAZING rocks that were near the water. The sun was setting perfectly on their right which filled the sky to their left with amazing colors. I wanted the look to be them embracing one another and admiring where they were…just taking in the moment. Editing this image was fun! I wanted to really enhance the moss and rocks that they were sitting on and make the picture really come to life! My big thing was to have masking layers (multiply and soft light) and changing the overall hue of the image to make it scream sunset.
What processing tool do you use and do you believe in the camera doing all the work or in post ?
I love using Lightroom and Photoshop for editing all my sessions! I prefer to shoot in RAW which gives me the creative freedom to decide the overall look and feel of the image…not my camera
Whats your favourite photography accessory other than your camera?
My favorite photography accessory would have to be my Shoot Sac bag. The bag makes my sessions easier…I can grab moments much faster when I can get to the right lens quick.
Where do you prefer to post your photos online and why there?
I love to post photos on Flickr, Facebook, and my photography blog. Flickr is another way I love to communicate with other photographers and where I can get feedback on my images. The photographers on there are great with constructive criticism.
Do you ever get photographers block and if so what do you do to get inspired again?
When I get photographers block I go a shoot a session for myself. I grab a client that I think would be the right person for the shoot and take them to a new location and just have fun!
Is there anything you wish you had done when you first started in photography that would of made a difference?
I would have wanted to have more confidence in my work and style, which would have helped me grow to be better photographer much faster.
Any advice for new photographers wanting to go pro?
Yes, above all else….Trust in yourself! Find your own personal style and try not to recreate someone else’s. Let your creativity shine above the rest. Know that no one is out to get you….your best competitor just makes your push harder to better your work 🙂