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QMC Photography – Featured Celebrity Photographer

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Website http://www.QMCphotography.com
Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/QMCphotography

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

http://qmcphotography.com/blog/

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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 am the ultimate annoying “mom-tog” (yes, the worst term in the world). Like most other newborn and child-specialty photographers, I didn’t start taking photos of others people’s children until I realized how much I appreciated beautiful photographs of my own. I have been taking photography courses off and on for a long time, and always loved it, but never considered shooting professionally until I hired a local girl with a great reputation to take my daughter’s newborn photos. I obviously didn’t do enough research, and ended up with a lot of beautiful photos that were such low quality that I couldn’t even print them. I was heartbroken but it was too late to get a do-over. I knew I could do better, and so the quest began.

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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. Not out of loyalty or because I think it is better than Nikon, but simply because it is what I know. I believe you need to use your camera to it’s fullest and know everything it can do for you. Popping a great camera in auto and shooting will give you snapshots, but if you learn what your camera can do, you can get great shots from almost all cameras. Mine is a 5Dmarkii. I am planning an upgrade down the road, but this one does a great job and has lots of life left. Outdoors I shoot almost exclusively 70-200mm 2.8 (LOVE!!) and since my studio is so small I am confined to my 50 1.4.

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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 ? :)
A handful of random facts about me:
~I have gone skydiving 33 times
~Our family hatches hundreds of Praying Mantis with my kids each spring (we are actually breeding ladybugs indoors this winter!)
~I have a serious love affair with horrible action movies
~I am not capable of saying no to green gummies, or anything apple flavored for that matter.

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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”? 

I tend to shoot very neutral clean images, and add a pop of color here and there for the families that love it. :)
My top two faves without a doubt (and have amazing women behind these links) are:

Kayla at Lillian Jane Props https://www.etsy.com/shop/LillianJaneProps?ref=ss_profile
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Karen at Adorable You Newborn www. Facebook.com/adorableyou

I have also just commissioned some gorgeous felted layers from Nikki at Nickelbee Art Studio https://www.facebook.com/NickelbeeArtStudioandSupplies and I am so excited to see them, her stuff is always gorgeous!

Most of my other things are sourced locally anywhere from antique stores, fabric stores, to my mom’s kitchen (I use that butter bowl in some way shape or form in EVERY session mom!) or are up cycled by me.

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6) Do you shoot on location, or do you have a studio that you work out of?
I shoot all Newborns and a large percentage of my Milestones in studio. I am considering entering the world of on-location (in home) lifestyle photography. I do all of my older babies and families outdoors.

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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 use a few Paint the Moon actions here and there, and have a great black and white set that I love to play with but since taking Damien’s Raw and Levels course, I will not go back to much action use, I can be much more accurate with what I want to do just as quickly by hand. His classes are worth every penny (and worth the butt kicking he will give you, be prepared!) Search Facebook for ASK DAMIEN.

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8) Share with us your ALL TIME #1 FAVORITE image in your portfolio (make sure to label this photo FAVORITE)?
Oh that is so hard. This one is old but I melt for baby yawns.
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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 just got back from an October weekend business mentoring and shooting with the amazing Eden Bow, two years ago I spent a fantastic (photography changing) weekend with Stephanie Krupicka, and I am hoping to convince my hubby that I need to go to Iceland next year to shoot (more for me, less for newborns)…but so far that is a hard sell. We will have to see, I can be quite persuasive!

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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” !
Simple. #1 Learn to get it right in camera and less in Photoshop.
#2 The hardest thing that I am learning and working on everyday, BALANCE! Family comes first and just because this is your job and you love your job doesn’t mean it can consume your every moment. It takes time to grow and learn, be patient. Repeat.

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Kimberly Fain – Featured Photographer & Artist

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This weeks featured photographer is the talented and whimsical KIMBERLY FAIN! 
Website http://www.kimberlyfain.com
Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/kimberlyfainphotography

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

www.kimberlyfain.com
www.facebook.com/kimberlyfainphotography

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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?

My husband bought me a nice camera for my birthday and I went crazy with my granbabies. Then I decided I wanted to do something with it. So 4 workshops later and 2 yrs of very hard work……here I am :)

My new studio is in Burleson Texas and is being renovated as we speak. It’s an old house built in 1903. I CANNOT WAIT :-)

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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 shoot with a 5D Mark III and my favorite lens is my 70-200.

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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 ? :)
LOL!!!! Well I’m a grandma now so no mowing in my bikini anymore :(
I’m in sales and I can sell snowballs to Eskimo so that’s my talent!! And I love to cook :)

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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:

Avonli cottage
Pooks and LuLu
Roses and ruffles
Flourishing creations
Aprils Yarnables

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6) Do you shoot on location, or do you have a studio that you work out of?
BOTH :)

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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.
Actually I do both. I shoot in raw and do my culling and clean editing in Lightroom. Then I do my artistic work in CS. I love the editing part of it. Of course I still have a lot to learn.
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8) Do you have any other photography based adventures planned for the near future? For instance, your mentoring.. w’ed LOVE to hear more!
Yes!!!! My new studio will be opening on January 1st 2015. I have a business partner that is absolutely amazing at wedding photography. So we will offer every kind of photography know to man!! In our new studio, we will be specializing in Boudoir photography. We have hired a makeup artist and a hair lady!! Right now we are stocking up in our designer closet!! Can wait :)

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9) 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” !
Don’t spend all of your money at first!! You don’t want to invest until you know exactly what kind of photography you want to. And all the fancy equipment is awesome but you can work your way up to the expensive stuff!! Photography is made up of two things…..having an eye for it and knowing how to use your camera no matter how inexpensive or expensive it is!!

Find more of Kimberlys work here: 
Website http://www.kimberlyfain.com
Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/kimberlyfainphotography

Itsy Bitsy Spidey – Featured Celebrity Vendor & DISCOUNT

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Website http://www.itsybitsyspidey.bigcartel.com

Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/itsybitsyspidey

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1) What is the very first prop you made? AND where are you located? 
In Canada!
As the wave of embarrassment passes…..
I made a blue half tutu with hand sewn felt flowers {green and blue to be exact…i know, i know, blue and green should never be seen…lol}. I thought it was GORGEOUS! A tulle midnight blue bustle tutu, with ribbon ties at the waist, and i even used the scratchy tulle!

I still have it hanging in my studio, just to remind me how far i have come.

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2) What got you into the photography prop vendor world?
I got knocked up….. no but really after my husband and i had our daughter is when i first dabbled in this creative industry. We had professional photos taken by Stacy’s Creations Photography, and when i walked into her studio i was overwhelmed with all of the colours, and textures of the props. I had already owned a costume design company, and decided to start making props on the side. I fell in love, and it flourished from there!

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3) Share some love… please name your top 3 professional photographers who you love working with…
ahhhh playing favourites are we!
To be fair, i would like to name 3 local and 3 international
(i’m cheating, i know but they are just so good!)
1. Stacey Clutterbuck Photography- we work so well together on styled shoots, we finish each others ideas at meetings, and she always makes my stuff look amazing in her creative shots!
2. Stacy’s Creations Photography- i met Stacy when she photographed my daughter for her newborn shots, i loved her work so much i asked if she’d photograph my first set of props. She did a fabulous job!
3. Lisa Durocher Photography- i love her style, shabby chic mixed with vintage and rustic textures. I love how creative and fresh her photos are.

International Love
1. Cortney Staples Photography- i love how soft and angelic her photos are, and how she positions newborns to show off cute chubby rolls and squishy faces.
2. Miranda Love Photography- i saw one of Miranda’s Photos on facebook and fell in love. Her whimsical style, and fairy-like shots are divine. Very magical.
3. Blush Photography- I love her choice of colour palettes for her shots. Her photos seem like they tell a story. I love the way she layers props and makes them interesting to view.

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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 ? :)
I’m pretty sure i wouldn’t have neighbours if i mowed the lawn in my bikini!
But i can remember any number sequence like it’s my job. I know my library code number from when i was a child, every credit card i’ve ever had, old friends phone numbers, grades i received in school, health card numbers, license plate numbers from a random trip, really nothing useful!
So don’t ever tell me your code to your safety deposit box… i may just remember it!

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5) What are all of your shop links, so we can cyber stalk your goodies and shop often! ?
Cyber stalk away!

www.facebook.com/itsybitsyspidey
www.itsybitsyspidey.bigcartel.com
www.etsy.com/shop/ashleymarieberry

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6) Tell us about YOU… personally. Are you a wife, mother, sister friend. Do you enjoy sports, wine tasting, avid book reader.

I opened my own company as a costume designer when i was 17, a few years into it my mother joined me as my business partner in crime. Together we compliment each other creatively, and she’s probably the only one who would laugh at my jokes when we’ve had a 14 hour day and my sewing machine just broke.
I have a beautiful daughter, and a wonderful husband who encourages me in every way possible.
I hate dressing up, i think coffee should be it’s own food group, and there should be more outlets for people to express themselves creatively.
I love designing costumes, especially the outrageous ones that the choreographer gives me a carte blanche to design anything i want.
My favourite word is nostalgic, and i wished i had grown up in a vintage circus setting (mainly because of the costumes). My favourite poet is Tyler Knott Gregson, and most of my designs i come up with are from my dreams. I keep a note pad on my bed side table.
I love long walks on the beach, and random questions about my life.

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7) Share with us your ALL TIME #1 FAVORITE image in your portfolio (make sure to label this photo FAVORITE)?
When i first saw this image I muttered “she got it”. (stacey clutterbuck photography)
I wanted to create a feeling, of kids just being kids, of make-believe and magic, and she nailed it. This shoot took a lot of planning, and when the day came the weather was abnormally frigid, there were bees and crickets swarming the fields, and the truck we borrowed to get to this destination with out props broke down mid way. An eventful day, but it turned out to be a magical adventure!
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8) Do you have any other photography based adventures planned for the near future? For instance, collaborating with workshops?
It’s kind of a secret….but i’ll tell just you. I’m collaborating on two shoots with a wonderful photographer/friend (i can’t tell you who or she will be bombarded with emails about this!) They involve a pony, horse, vintage upholstered chair (i’m just finishing it up!) our dress line for girls, capes, headpieces, and snow……ohhhh i’ve said too much!

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9) Any fabulous formative info you can “share” with fellow vendors who are just starting out? We could always use inspiration… so we’d love a “pep talk” !
Quality quality quality. I can’t stress this enough. Photo props are often soiled on, thrown in a bin, washed over and over again, so they need to be built to last. Every little imperfection shows up in the photo, especially close ups on newborns. Little details cannot be overlooked.

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10) How did you “name” your prop shop? We love to hear how all of these creative shop names came to be…
My daughter loved the song and book itsy bitsy spider when she was young. I’m kind of a goof ball and like to switch up things so they sound ‘cuter’. And when i renamed the spider to itsy bitsy spidey my daughter laughed so hard (she probably peed herself) I thought it would be the perfect name for our company to remind me of her laughter day in and day out.

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Find more of her amazing work, and SHOP at:
Email ashleymarieberry@gmail.com
Website http://www.itsybitsyspidey.bigcartel.com
Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/itsybitsyspidey