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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.nruffolophotography.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’m located a cute little town just north of Chicago and south of Milwaukee nestled next to Lake Michigan by the name of Kenosha, WI. I’ve always had an appreciation and interest in Art and started my love of photography shortly after High School. My interest quickly became a passion after the birth of our first child in 2007 and quadrupled when I discovered the capability of manual mode and the purchase of my trusty D90 in 2009. I began professionally shooting clients in 2012. I took the leap and purchased a building and renovated (with the help of my hand hubby) it to become the studio of my dreams a few months ago on May 2015.
3) And we have to ask, our typical question…… WHAT DO YOU SHOT WITH, and what is your favorite lens?
I’m a Nikon girl through and through. I shoot with the Nikon D4s. My favorite lens for newborns and studio work is my Sigma Art 50 f/1.4 and my favorite outdoor and family lens is the 135 f/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 husband and I love scuba diving. We are certified advanced open water divers. In my braver years (ie: before kids) we dove with sharks on our honeymoon in Bora Bora. Armed with a trusty Canon point & shoot and underwater housing circa 2006, I was able to capture some amazing photos of large and gorgeous sharks! One in particular bumped right into my camera with it’s nose.
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:
1. Sew Darn Cute (https://www.facebook.com/Sewdarncute)
2. Lavender Gray (http://lavendergray.bigcartel.com)
3. Darn Fanciful (https://www.etsy.com/shop/DarnFanciful)
4. Merrieknit (https://www.etsy.com/shop/Merrieknit)
5. Sew Whimsey (https://www.etsy.com/shop/patriciamueller)
6) Do you shoot on location, or do you have a studio that you work out of?
I love shooting outdoors an in natural light, but unfortunately in Wisconsin mother nature doesn’t allow for that as often as I’d like. I’m fortunate to have a gorgeous newly remodeled 1,200 sq/ft studio that works very well for my needs.
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.
Of course I try to get it as close to perfect as possible SOOC, but I do love curves and levels! A little bump here and a little dip there. I tend to tweak it on every photo and just watch the photo and what it does as I play.
8) Share with us your ALL TIME #1 FAVORITE image in your portfolio (make sure to label this photo FAVORITE)?
Ahhh! So hard to choose! Every session ends up being my new favorite. My current favorite is from a twin session I literally just shot 2 days ago. They were just over 4lbs each and about the sweetest and daintiest angels you’ve ever seen. The boy is wearing a gorgeous romper pants set made by Sew Darn Cute.
9) Do you have any other photography based adventures planned for the near future? For instance, your mentoring.. w’ed LOVE to hear more!
Well my studio was an old Dentist office we converted into a studio. There’s still LOTS more to do inside (and outside). I’m working on rebranding a little and tweaking my logo and designing a sign ect. I’m going to be taking on distressing some wood, collecting pallet boards and building my own signature wood wall backdrop. Stay tuned!
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” !
I would tell them to practice, practice, practice. Read your manual and flip your camera out of auto as soon as you can. Join a few groups on Facebook and don’t be afraid to ask for feedback and help. I’ve learned so much by just practicing and figuring out what works and what doesn’t and following groups and asking questions.