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Alaska Photography & Design – FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER

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1) What is your photography site, blog url , and any other sites you own that you’d like to share with us?
Main Site: http://www.akdesigsntudioblog.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AK.photography.design
Twitter: @akphoto_design
Instagram: alaskaphoto

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2) What sparked your interest in the photography world, and when did you start first professionally shooting clients? Plus, where are you located?

I started working out of college and I thought my office job was so boring and unrewarding. I had already learned how to shoot on a 35mm film camera and convinced my husband to let me buy an $800 DSLR. It was just a hobby at first but my desire to jump off the corporate ladder drove me to make a business out of it. I started shooting weddings as a business officially in 2009. Now I specialize in newborn and baby photography and I can’t imagine a more perfect profession for me. My studio is located in Wasilla, Alaska but I’ve traveled all over the state and beyond doing what I love.

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3) And we have to ask, our typical question…… WHAT DO YOU SHOT WITH, and what is your favorite lens?
Canon all the way! My dependable 5D Mark ii has never done me wrong and its married to my 50mm 1.4 for all studio sessions. When I’m at a wedding my favorite lens is my precious 85mm 1.2.

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4) Let’s have fun… any extraordinary talent, or obsession, that you’d like to share with us? IE: can you touch your tongue to your nose, or do you snowboard, maybe run marathons or like to mow the lawn in your bikini ? :)
My obsessions are fickle and it’s hard to pin one down. Lately I’ve been obsessed with space and the thought that one day people will be going to Mars. In the winter I take a lot of photos of the northern lights and stars and I look up and think it’s just so amazing to think that there are people out there on the International Space station right now!

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5) Now this will be fun, seeing that you have worked with so many amazing vendors that we love & adore as well… it will be a hard one for you, but do you think you can give us a TOP 5 list of prop shops that you love “GO TO”? Please share (and include url)… in no order:

There are so many I love but here are my favs!
1. Felt Fur https://www.etsy.com/shop/FeltFur
2. Baby Elephant Designs https://www.etsy.com/shop/babyelephantdesign
3. Three Little Giggles https://www.etsy.com/shop/threelittlegiggles
4. Petunia and Ivy https://www.etsy.com/shop/PetuniaandIvy
5. The Dainty Miss https://www.facebook.com/thedaintymiss

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6) Do you shoot on location, or do you have a studio that you work out of?
I have had my studio for a year and a half and I couldn’t imagine doing newborns without it. I’m happy all my props aren’t in my house any more ;-)

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7) Do you use actions (have a favorite?), or do you process on your own? We’d love to hear about your #1 processing technique that you seem to use on every edit.
I edit each image in Photoshop with a combination of hand editing, actions i’ve made and actions I’ve purchased. Portraiture and Totally Rad Pro Retouch 2.0 actions are usually the last step of every image.

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8) Share with us your ALL TIME #1 FAVORITE image in your portfolio (make sure to label this photo FAVORITE)?
How can I choose just one? It’s almost impossible, however my favorites are always the photos of my own boys. A 24×36 canvas of this image hangs in my living room and it brings tears to my eyes when I look at it.
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9) Do you have any other photography based adventures planned for the near future? For instance, your mentoring.. w’ed LOVE to hear more!
So many things are planned for 2015! I’m going to renovate my studio, meet my goal of 150 newborns and start prepping for mentoring in 2016. I can’t wait to get started!!

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10) Any fabulous formative info you can “share” with fellow photographers ? Just starting out or seasoned professionals… we could always use inspiration… so we’d love a “pep talk” !
These three things help motivate me to work hard to achieve my goals.
1. The phrase “You can do anything you set your mind to.” is so cliche that I think people don’t think it’s true. It’s true and sometimes its easier than you think.
2. Don’t be too discouraged by failure. It hurts, but it is necessary. Look at failure as a problem to be solved and find the solution. You won’t need to make that mistake again.
3. Keep your creative mind active. Draw inspiration from photographers you admire and practice creating images that will inspire others.

Main Site: http://www.akdesigsntudioblog.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AK.photography.design
Twitter: @akphoto_design
Instagram: alaskaphoto

Last chance to WIN $500 Etsy & $450 Amazon Gift Certificates!

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PHOTOGRAPHER OR VENDOR…
This contest is for ALL OF YOU!!!

60,000-fan-giveaway

$500 Etsy Gift Certificate…
Photographers, have a PROP shopping spree!
Vendors, stock up on supplies!

$450 Amazing Gift Certificate…
Grab gear, supplies… or a fun gift for yourself!

ENTER BELOW!!

Please visit all the pages shown below via Rafflecopter…
we ask that you must LIKE EACH PAGE to be fully entered.

(we’ll surely be checking, for a prize this big?!).

Honestly… this giveaway would not be possible without the support and sponsorship from these amazing photographers, vendors & artists.  And if you haven’t already… you should be following their pages as well.  They are inspirational, and not to mention super generous… and we sorta, totally, absolutely LOVE THEM!

TO ENTER….  3 STEPS:
1)  Go into the rafflecopter link BELOW… then click on each page/name…  click VISIT
2)  this will open their facebook page, we ask that you please LIKE the page….
3) THEN you go back here to rafflecopter and click I VISITED
then on to the next one <3

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Kansas Pitts Photography – Featured Photographer!

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1) What is your photography site, blog url , and any other sites you own that you’d like to share with us?

http://kansaspitts.com
https://www.facebook.com/kansaspittsphotography
http://instagram.com/photogingmama/
https://twitter.com/kansaspitts
http://photogingmama.com
http://kansaspitts.bigcartel.com

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2) What sparked your interest in the photography world, and when did you start first professionally shooting clients?Plus, where are you located?

Oh I have loved experimenting as a hobbyist for as long as I remember (had underwater housing for my P&S and a film Canon Rebel way back) but I am probably like most women that got into photography in that my kids really sparked my ultimate love. And I am someone who gets bored very easily so photography is absolutely perfect for my Type A, have to learn everything, never get tired of learning personality; there is always something new to learn, to master, to experiment with. My first dslr? I sold scrap gold and then my hubby & I got on craigslist and bought my first camera. I started portfolio building, photographed my first paying client in November 2008, and the rest is history! I am located in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida on the Gulf of Mexico :)

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3) And we have to ask, our typical question…… WHAT DO YOU SHOT WITH, and what is your favorite lens?
I am a Canon girl. Honestly I didn’t compare it to anything-I have always had Canons so it was my natural progression. I truly believe if one was better than the other (in glass or bodies or otherwise) it would be clear cut and we would all shoot with that one. I think it just depends on what you are comfortable with and thats what it boils down to. I shoot with a 1D-X with a 5D Mark III as my backup.

My favorite lens is probably my 8-15 mm f/4 L Canon Fisheye and my 85 mm f/1.2 L is close behind. All my info on lenses and equipment is here: http://photogingmama.com/whats-in-my-bag-whoop-whoop/ and my underwater stuff: http://photogingmama.com/underwater-gear-whats-in -my-bag/

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4) Let’s have fun… any extraordinary talent, or obsession, that you’d like to share with us? IE: can you touch your tongue to your nose, or do you snowboard, maybe run marathons or like to mow the lawn in your bikini ? :)
Talent, huh? I may be a bit disappointing in that realm. But I do have twin toes-sounds weird right? The two closest to the big toe are attached almost all the way up. No, this doesn’t mean I can swim faster :) Little known fact, that was the first thing I checked on all my children when they were born-Presley Grace is the only one that has them.

My biggest “talent” is probably juggling this business, 4 kids, my hubby & our travel, and just life in general! That keeps me on my toes.

Speaking of toes, I am a runner. Love to run-more for mental clarity than exercise maybe. I ran my first half marathon in December of 2012 (and on a whim; proud of my 1:46:17 time) (lots of fun stuff here: http://photogingmama.com/run-kansas-run/). I have been known to wield a hot glue gun (and also mare myself doing it) and consider myse lf semi-crafty. I can’t sing AT ALL but my husband says he knows I am really happy when I am singing at the top of my lungs :) And if shopping online was a talent I would be your girl!

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5) Now this will be fun, seeing that you have worked with so many amazing vendors that we love & adore as well… it will be a hard one for you, but do you think you can give us a TOP 5 list of prop shops that you love “GO TO”? Please share … in no order:

Gosh thats hard!!!!

I have always loved Sleeping Willow and her mom’s Woodsy Wonders shop (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sleeping-Willow/)
Cathy at SweetPeaToad (https://www.facebook.com/pages/SweetPeaToad) rocks!
Roses and Ruffles (https://www.facebook.com/RosesAndRuffle)
TJF Designs (https://www.facebook.com/TFJDesigns)
JD Vintage Props (https://www.facebook.com/jdvintageprops)

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6) Do you shoot on location, or do you have a studio that you work out of?
I do both ;-) Obviously I shoot at the beach and various other places here but I also have a studio for newborns (http://kansaspitts.com/babies/the-studio/).

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7) Do you use actions (have a favorite?), or do you process on your own? We’d love to hear about your #1 processing technique that you seem to use on every edit.
I teamed up with Michelle Kane to create a set specific to me and my fine tuning (work smarter not harder – I am not of the hand edit every image camp, makes no sense to me honestly) and I use them on every single image-literally every image has Arise and Shine and Warm Spotlight (http://kansaspitts.bigcartel.com/product/digital-download-option-workflow-post-processing-video-w-michelle-kane-collaborative-action-set).

I like to be consistent so that my clients know what to expect when they commission me. I also like the smart sharpen filter in PS for posting on FB.

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8) Share with us your ALL TIME #1 FAVORITE image in your portfolio…
Okay really are you serious?! This is like making me pick between my children! Seriously….and it probably is one of my kids’ pictures-imagine that. Okay I won’t pick one of my kids-I am narrowing it down to a favorite within the last 90 days otherwise I will literally go crazy trying to decide…. This is Alexa and her baby girls-I have photographed both of the girls since they were newborns.

I love this one because its a sweet mama with her babies and it sparkles, and I love the beach and I just love all the beautiful colors! (oh and if you want to see all my favs from 2014 I did a HUGE blog post on them (http://kansaspitts.com/2014-an-awesome-year-my-year-end-review/).

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9) Do you have any other photography based adventures planned for the near future? For instance, your mentoring.. w’ed LOVE to hear more!
I will be announcing my 2015 workshops very soon (if you want to get in the know sign up-http://eepurl.com/22omz). They are truly my passion but a lot of work to get together and execute so a labor of love I suppose.

Wanna a peek of some past workshops? Of course you do…http://kansaspitts.com/?s=workshop.

OPEN WORKSHOPS… HERE!!!

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10) Any fabulous formative info you can “share” with fellow photographers ? Just starting out or seasoned professionals… we could always use inspiration… so we’d love a “pep talk” !
Be fearless, shoot what you love, don’t take no for an answer, don’t sell yourself short, & don’t compare yourself to anyone but your past self.

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http://kansaspitts.com
https://www.facebook.com/kansaspittsphotography
http://instagram.com/photogingmama/
https://twitter.com/kansaspitts
http://photogingmama.com
http://kansaspitts.bigcartel.com

60,000 fan SUPER GIVEAWAY! $500 Etsy and $450 Amazon GIFT CERTIFICATES!

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PHOTOGRAPHER OR VENDOR…
This contest is for ALL OF YOU!!!

60,000-fan-giveaway

$500 Etsy Gift Certificate…
Photographers, have a PROP shopping spree!
Vendors, stock up on supplies!

$450 Amazing Gift Certificate…
Grab gear, supplies… or a fun gift for yourself!

ENTER BELOW!!

Please visit all the pages shown below via Rafflecopter…
we ask that you must LIKE EACH PAGE to be fully entered.

(we’ll surely be checking, for a prize this big?!).

Honestly… this giveaway would not be possible without the support and sponsorship from these amazing photographers, vendors & artists.  And if you haven’t already… you should be following their pages as well.  They are inspirational, and not to mention super generous… and we sorta, totally, absolutely LOVE THEM!

TO ENTER….  3 STEPS:
1)  Go into the rafflecopter link BELOW… then click on each page/name…  click VISIT
2)  this will open their facebook page, we ask that you please LIKE the page….
3) THEN you go back here to rafflecopter and click I VISITED
then on to the next one <3

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