April’s work stood out from the amazing talent pool on 500px, during one of my many surfing sessions. She truly has some amazing work and some sound advice. After reading this make sure you check out more of her work.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a 34 year old fashion/conceptual photographer. I currently reside in Edmonton, Alberta and can see myself living anywhere in the world. Nothing makes me happier than photography.
What inspired you to get started in photography?
Definitely the ability and opportunity it gives me to be creative. I get so excited at photoshoots. Just seeing my vision come to life, is the most amazing feeling ever. At times it’s overwhelming but in a good way!
What gear do you take to each shoot and what lens can you not live without?
Hands down, my 50mm, it never leaves my camera body. I was lucky enough to purchase my first full frame camera. I almost broke the bank but it was worth every penny. My Nikon D700 comes with me to every shoot. I love it.
What’s your favourite bag and why?
I’m a girl, so every bag is my favourite bag lol. I did get myself an Epiphanie bag and really like it so far.
How do you market yourself and has social media been an important part?
Who doesn’t use facebook? It would probably be easier to count the number of people that don’t versus the people that do. So I definitely use and abuse facebook. It only takes one person to like or comment on your photo for others to see. Also, I recently created a portfolio on 500px and have found it beneficial as well.
What’s your favorite photo that you’ve taken and does it have any significance?
Oh wow I have so many and they all have some significance. I’m very emotionally attached to my work. Every shoot holds a small part of my personality, likes and emotions I’m feeling at that moment. The following really showcase my style and the things that inspire me. I love all of them equally.
Select a photo you have taken, explain how it was taken and how did you edit it?
This photo was actually taken in my backyard and pretty much at the end of the session. This is also another one of my favorites. I just love the intensity in Avery’s eyes and the colors of her make up. All I did was apply a classic film action and tweaked the sharpness of her eyes and used another action to pop the color. And voila!
What processing tool do you use and do you believe in the camera doing all the work or in post ?
Post processing is A+ in my book. CS5 is my go to program, along with various actions. Don’t get me wrong when I shoot an image that needs no or minimal processing, I’m a happy girl but I just love giving some images that extra pop! That’s just my style.
What’s your favorite photography accessory other than your camera?
Maybe my reflector.
Where do you prefer to post your photos online and why there?
Like I said earlier, I use and abuse facebook. 500px is definitely another place I post and my website. I have a few other online portfolios but I rarely log on or post.
Do you ever get photographers block and if so what do you do to get inspired again?
Unfortunately I do but luckily I’m easily inspired. All I do is go for a drive, do some location scouting and once I find something the ideas usually start coming. It’s actually quite an easy process. The only time I get photographers block and have a hard time getting out is during a shoot. It’s happened before and I wasn’t a big fan. It actually really sucked but somehow I got myself out and ended up with beautiful images.
Is there anything you wish you had done when you first started in photography that would of made a difference?
That’s a tough one. I’m probably not where I wish I was but I do seriously believe that everything happens for a reason. There are just certain things that shouldn’t be forced. Three years ago I decided to take a break and sell all my gear. It was heart breaking but it needed to be done. After 2 years of not shooting, I decided it was time. In the end, I found my style and my photography has grown immensely. I look back and see how I have evolved and how I took my creativity to another level. I can truly say I inspire myself.
Any advice for new photographers wanting to go pro?
Don’t be afraid to try new things, find your style and figure out what kind of photography makes you happy. There are a lot of haters in this industry that will try to knock you down, use it to your advantage and don’t every give up because in the end, it’s all worth it.