1.Tell us about yourself and how did you develop an interest in photography?
I first developed an interest in photography in high school when I was gifted with a point and shoot camera. I went on to take a few film photography courses and eventually transitioned into digital.
2.Is photography your profession or hobby?
It started out as a hobby, but it became such a big passion inside my heart that I decided to take it a bit further. I’m currently freelancing aside from my day job but would like to eventually do it full-time.
3.How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
Practice. That’s definitely number one. I take photos aside from my sessions just for fun and to improve myself as a photographer. I also watch YouTube videos on certain areas that I want to improve and ask people that I trust for constructive criticism so that I can get better on the things I may be struggling with. As an artist, it can be hard to accept criticism and I don’t think you should just take it to heart from everyone but definitely ask those who’s opinions you value! It helps me grow and become a better photographer.
4.One advice you would give your younger self?
Don’t be afraid to pursue your dreams! It’s scary but so worth it! Don’t allow yourself to get shortsighted or afraid of failure. We all fail at times, but that means we’re trying! You can’t succeed without a few failures along the way. It makes you stronger. It makes you better. When you pursue your dreams, you open yourself up to freedom and a way of viewing the world that we often close ourselves off to out of fear.
5.How did you start wedding photography?
I started off second shooting for a local photographer. She needed a second shooter and I reached out to her, so that’s how I started photographing weddings.
6.Do you shoot RAW or JPEG?
I always shoot in RAW. When you shoot in JPEG the images are compressed but shooting in raw, you can create higher quality images and you may be able to fix an issue with an image that you otherwise couldn’t, if you were shooting in JPEG.
7. What would you choose over the other, Color vs Black and White and Why?
Although I love black and white images and usually edit some photos in black and white, I would choose color over black and white. For the most part I feel that color adds life to the images. Especially if there’s something like a sunset or really great lighting, even an overcast day. You can convey so much emotion, depth and story to the photograph ( For example, the joy of a family being together on a beautiful day).
8.What is that one thing you never leave your house without?
My camera! For the most part anyways. I can be a little forgetful if I’m in a rush but I try to take it with me just in case I see something that I want to document throughout the day. Sometimes you can get some really amazing, unplanned photographs.
9.What advice do you want to give to other photographers?
Don’t give up. Discouragements come, but it’s not the end of the journey. Sometimes there’s roadblocks or we may even become insecure in our work at some point but the world needs art. It needs our art and I think we owe it to the world to use our God given gifts. We don’t know who it may touch. We don’t know who needs it. We can’t give up on ourselves or our art.
10.Whose work influenced you and what is your favorite kind of photography?
I was really inspired by Joy Prouty when I was starting out and I think she produces amazing work. I even had the privilege of attending one of her Wildflowers Workshops this past summer. It was a life changing experience that really encouraged me to pursue my photography and believe in myself as a photographer.
11.Things you first notice on anyone’s outfit.
Their bag! I love purses and handbags, so I think my eye tends to gravitate there first!
12.Which is your favourite lens and why?
My Sigma Art 35mm Lens! It has definitely been a game changer for me in my photography. It produces amazing images. Ever since I bought it, I take it to every shoot.
13.What is your favorite thing about wedding photography?
The first look! I love experiencing the emotion of the bride and groom seeing each other for the first time before the ceremony.
14.One rule of photography you adhere to for shooting landscapes.
N/A – I don’t shoot landscape photography.
15.What is that one thing you would do if you have all the money and resources to do it?
I would want to help others through my photography. I would want to do non-profit work and document the experience to help raise awareness and get others involved with certain organizations like Samaritans Purse or Compassion International. Not fake organizations who say they’re helping people but don’t do anything. I’m talking about legitimate non-profit organizations that are actually getting their hands dirty and making a better world for people.
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