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? 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.