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
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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!!
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.