What is the most important thing that you did or had happen to you that launched you into being a successful photographer?
I strongly believe that having a positive attitude and not letting negative setbacks derail me from my goals was a big part in getting me to where I am today.
Will you be hosting another workshop soon?
I don’t currently have one in the works but it has been on my mind.
How do protect your gear when working in the snow/winter temps?
I really don’t take in special precautions other than I make sure I have extra batteries available since the cold will drain them quicker. Working with professional gear, it is pretty well weatherproofed but if you feel you need some extra protection they do sell special rain covers that are fitted for cameras or you can always go crafty and use a good ‘ole garbage bag and tape system.
How many photos do you take on an average session and how many do you deliver to clients?
It really depends on the session and my subjects but I would say on average I shoot between around 400-500 images at the shoot and deliver around 50-100 images to the client.
Do you make a living off photography alone?
Yes, since 2014 I have been a full-time photographer.
Will you do more video tutorials?
I really want to make more videos! I love doing them and actually have a lot of footage filmed but I just haven’t had time to edit them into a finished video yet. I am hoping to get my husband interested in helping me with the video side of things so I can get more content out for you guys!
How do you get out of a creative funk?
Sometimes, you just need a break – a break from your camera, from editing, and even from social media to do something else and recharge your brain. I feel like I have had the most success getting my creative juices flowing again after going on a photography cleanse where I do anything but think about photography. Last December when I came home from vacation, I spent five days just doing nothing but things for me and that had nothing to do with photography. By the end of the fifth day, I was itching to get back behind the camera and my brain was buzzing with ideas.
I get nervous when I get to a session and end up rushing into shooting because I don’t want the client to be waiting on me fidgeting with my settings and I end up with a lot of photos that need a lot of fixing during editing. What can I do to calm my nerves and get my settings down faster?
I completely understand being nervous, especially if you are starting out. I still get nervous sometimes too! My advice would be to take your time and get your settings right in camera, even if it is taking you sometime. Talk to your clients while you do it so it isn’t awkward silence. I will tell my clients, “I am just going to adjust some settings here in camera” and then make small talk about anything – how adorable their horse is, how much you love their outfit, how they couldn’t have picked a better location, even the weather! This will give you the time to adjust properly and get to know your clients a little better. As you are shooting, check the back of your camera to make sure you are still good and while doing so, complement your clients about how awesome they are doing and how good they look – it will keep the session flowing, you are able to keep a check on your settings, and don’t have extra editing to do later.
How are you able to get rich sunset colors without underexposing the subjects?
With the help of flash. In camera I expose for the sky and then use speedlite and magmod modifiers to light my subject properly.