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Spotlight Photographer: Alaska Photography & Design


1. How did you get started in photography and when did you start your business?  

I wasn't fulfilled in my position as an admin assistant and I decided to make a business out of my photography hobby. I started shooting weddings as an official business in 2009. Now I specialize in newborn and baby photography and I can’t imagine a more perfect profession for me.


2. Where are you located? Do you have a studio space or do you shoot on-location?

I travel all over the state and beyond doing what I love but my studio is where I see all my newborns. My studio is located in the heart of my hometown of Palmer, Alaska. Winters are long and I love having a cozy place for my clients to come see me with their new babies. During the summer, however, I try to shoot families and kids outside as much as possible.


3. What do you shoot with and what are your favorite lenses?


I am currently shooting with a Canon 5d mark iii and my new, and unexpected, favorite studio lens is the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L. It's so versatile! When shooting outdoors I always use my Canon 85mm f/1.2L for major depth of field and creamy bokeh.


4. What drew you to newborn photography? Do you photograph anything else?


I used to shoot about 40 weddings a year. I loved it! I had been recently married and I could really relate to the brides. When I got pregnant with my first son it was a natural transition to start focusing on newborns. After he was born I was convinced that this is where i'm supposed to be, for now.

I offer all types of sessions including maternity, baby, family and I still shoot a few weddings in a year. It's fun to mix it up!


5. How would you describe your style? Where do you find inspiration?


My style is consistent. It is simple yet fun. I decided early on that whatever I do in a session the edit should look consistent with what my clients see on my website. After all they liked what they saw and that's why they chose to book me. I have the same editing process for all my indoor sessions.

I draw inspiration from the photographers I follow and my clients, believe it or not. I love Luisa Dunn Photography's refined style and imagery, she is my fave for sure! My clients share their ideas with me and bring in their own props and I love personalizing their session for them.


6. Have you taken any photography workshops/training?


One of my best investments was the workshop I attended in Hawaii with Keri Meyers and Kansas Pitts. The workshop gave me the skills to start taking the photos I always wanted and in turn build my confidence as a photographer. I have also spent countless hours on youtube and other sites learning about different shooting and editing techniques.


7. Where do you like to shop for props? Do you have favorite vendors?


FACEBOOK! I like so many prop vendors on Facebook and they're always having sales and events on Facebook. It's almost too easy to buy props on Facebook which explains my extensive tieback and romper stash. My favorite vendors are Hantry Designs, Baby Elephant Designs, Felt Fur, and So Tweet Designs just to name a few.

Hantry Design


Baby Elephant Designs

So Tweet Designs


8. What are three things you wish someone would have told you when starting out?

"You will fail, a lot. But don't give up."

"There will always be that one client you can't please, don't dwell on them."

"Do it your way. Draw inspiration from others but make sure you show in the finished product."


and work very hard. I'm confident success will come if you're all in  

9. What are your favorite things about How long have you been a member?


I love the sense of community at So many creatives with one common thread sharing their accomplishments and goals as business owners. I never feel judged when I post and share and I get real advice from the active group. I became a member in January 2014.



10. Please share with us your Top 5 Favorite Images. Why are they your favorites?

I feel like my latest images are always my favorites. I love when I have a vision and I can make it a reality. These are my latest and greatest, in my humble opinion.



11. What is your photography site and url?


Website  |  Facebook  |  NBP Profile | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram



12. Lastly, tell us about YOU! Who are you other than a photographer?


When I'm not working I with my kids. I have two boys, 1 and 3. We all adore daddy and I really cherish the times we get to spend as a family.

I am a member of the Planetary Society and I have a profound interest in learning about space and all the different missions that take us one step closer to exploring beyond our solar system. During the long cold winters I photograph the Aurora and stars or just sit in wonder.

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