1) What is your photography site, blog url , and any other sites you own that you’d like to share with us?
2) What sparked your interest in the photography world, and when did you start first professionally shooting clients?
I loved photography and really started to make it a main hobby back in high school. I took so many rolls of film back then, it’s crazy to think about! I moved up to Dawson Creek 7 years ago after graduating University. My parents got me a Canon 40D and a 50mm 1.8 as a graduation gift. After that purchase I took a few months to practice and then started offering my services to people. Honestly, two years in I got burned out and took some time off. I had my son four years ago and thats when I found my love again. Over the last two years I have begun to strictly specialize in love, maternity, and newborns. I enjoy working with families too but I love love love squishy babies, bumps, and couples in love!
3) And we have to ask, our typical question…… WHAT DO YOU SHOT WITH, and what is your favorite lens?
I shoot with two cameras – Canon 5DIII & 5DII. My newborns are photographed 100% with the III, everything else I shoot with two bodies. I just recently completed my lens collection; I currently have a Canon 35mm 1.4L, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.2L, Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro, Canon 135mm 2.0L, and a Canon 70-200mm 2.8L.
Picking a favourite is hard! For adults I love the 85mm. So clear, crisp, yummy bokeh, and no distortion. Unfortunately it is slow to focus so not good for photographing little people.
For newborns I us the 35mm. I love how close I am able to be to the babies with this lens. It also gives me perfect creamy booked for my blanket shots, which I love!
4) If you could do one DREAM PHOTOGRAPHY JOB, what would it be? A shoot you’d love to do, or a celebrity… stylized? Share with us!
My dream job? I’m doing my dream job. I really love the subjects I photograph and can’t imagine doing anything else!One dream I have would be to do more destination shoots. I would love to travel to Australia, New Zealand, California, and Southern BC. There are some amazing landscapes and sunsets that I need to put a mom, baby, or couple in front of:)
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:
- Cricket & Bean – http://www.cricketandbean.bigcartel.com/
- Lee Crochet – http://www.leecrochet.com/
- Devoted Knits – http://www.devotedknits.com/
- Little Rarities – http://www.littlerarities.com/
- Pretty Luxe Designs – https://www.etsy.com/shop/PrettyLuxeDesigns
6) Do you shoot on location, or do you have a studio that you work out of?
I have my own private studio that I use. There I can control the light, the environment, and also have access to all my props.
Living in Northern BC has many challenges. We have gorgeous summers but our winters are long. Winter here is usually around seven months long. Winter temps can be 0 down to -40c (-40f). I love shooting outdoors but have to be careful due to the weather we have. I always strive to find unique locations for my outdoors shoots. I’ve made it a mission to show that we have some natural beauties up here! This summer I was able to take some of my clients to some gorgeous spots including a beautiful waterfall in the bush. It was well worth the trek in!! I started venturing outside with my newborns this summer too! So glad I did. I even did one session 100% outdoors with a sweet new baby girl. We hung out in my friends amazing garden!!!
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 mainly hand edit all my images. I’ve created my own action that I use on all of my images, each layer I go in and hand edit until I’m happy with the image. I finish my newborns off using a few actions from Erin Tole. Her paintbox set is fabulous! I use a few of hers but tweak them all to create my special blend. I love actions but I think it’s important to still have your own style at the end of the day.
9) Do you have any photography adventures planned for the future? Workshops, Shoot outs, or fun traveling?
I’m heading to Victoria next summer for a wedding and can’t wait. I use to live there so am so excited to be going there for this wedding. I’m excited to shoot in the gorgeous Hatley Castle and be near the ocean.
I don’t have any workshops planned but I am hoping to travel to see a few photographer friends and plan some impromptu shootouts while there so we can play!
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” !
My best advise for a new photographer is to practice practice practice. I took 500 pictures in the first day of having my DSLR, I kept 5! Some were blurry, poor exposed & composed, or just wrong in everyway. But that was okay. I was playing. I was figuring out what worked and what didn’t. Also try and find your own style. This is about you being an artist and using your own creativity. Sit down and plan shoots, go out to scout new locations. Do your style and make it unique!!