1. How did you get started in photography and when did you start your business?
I was offered a job at a
mall photo studio right after I graduated from high school. I didn't even know
I was interested in photography, but once I started I never looked back! I
worked my way up to manager and often traveled to other studios to train the staff
when a new location was opened. But when my 1st daughter was born 12 years ago
I knew I needed to start my own business so I could be home with her. I
definitely wasn't on the fast track to business success with 3 more children
born within the next 8 years; I took a more slow-steady approach. ;)
2. Where are you located? Do you have a studio space or do you shoot on-location?
Originally from Monmouth,
Oregon we have made many moves in the last 3 years and have finally settled in
Roseburg, Oregon. Currently, I shoot on-location but hope to find the perfect
studio space once all of my kiddos are in school full time!
3. What do you shoot with and what are your favorite lenses?
After making due with a
used Canon 10D and then a 5D Classic, and just one lens (a 50mm 1.4) I finally
got to purchase my first new camera and lenses a year ago! I now get to shoot
will a Canon Mark iii and a 6D as my backup. I think one of my all time fave
lenses would have to be the 50mm 1.4 but mine is in dire need of repair
currently so its on the shelf for now :) My other favorite lenses are
definitely my 35mm 1.4 and my 70-200mm 2.8!
4. What drew you to newborn photography? Do you photograph anything else?
Being in the photography
industry for 17 years now I have always loved shooting newborns, but my eyes
were opened to the possibilities back in 2008 when I began following Kelley
Ryden and Tracy Raver. I knew from then on that newborn photography was what I
wanted to do most. Over the years I have photographed all genres but
more recently have followed my passion and specialize in Maternity, Newborn and
5. How would you describe your style? Where do you find inspiration?
Oh, this question is
always hard for me! I don't know! I guess I would describe it as elegant and
classic with a vintage feel. Monochromatic color schemes in natural colors and
elements of nature inspire me. Although I love to try new things so you'll
often find me working outside my 'typical' style if I even have one ;). I am
definitely inspired by Kelley Ryden and Tracy Raver. Kelley Brown and Sue Bryce
are also huge inspirations! But I have to give a shout out to our very own Jen
Blakeley because she has recently inspired me in so many new ways!
6. Have you taken any photography workshops/training?
I have not had the
pleasure of taking any workshops, but I love Creative Live and have watched a
few courses there. I've read some of Scott Kelby's books and watched a few of
his courses online, but most of my training is purely trial and error and learning
from my mistakes (LOTS OF MISTAKES!). I often wonder if I even really know what
I'm doing, LOL! ;)
7. Where do you like to shop for props? Do you have favorite vendors?
Ha ha, actually I just
make my props myself. I'm a big up-cycler and have taught myself to crochet. I
am not making enough profit yet to justify buying props, but someday I fully
intend on buying all of my props! I have purchase a handful of things and love
ALL NEWBORN PROPS, Lavender Blue Baby, Just Hatched Designs and Petunia and
Ivy. Other wise all of my props come from Goodwill, Marshalls, Ross or TJ MAXX.
8. What are three things you wish someone would have told you when starting out?
#1- Being a great photographer is not a matter of a gift you are born with, its a matter of hard work, practice, education and a determination to never give up.
#2- Stop comparing yourself because at a certain point a 'good photograph' is only someone else's opinion.
#3- Its Photoshopped! Because I started out with film, I used to beat myself up that my images didn't come SOOC just like so many I saw on the web! But then I found out about Photoshop and Actions and realized that what I was looking at wasn't SOOC!
9. What are your favorite things about NBP.com? How long have you been a member?
I've been a member for 2
years I think :) My favorite thing when I first joined was the critique boards!
But now there isn't anything I don't love! The community is so warm and
friendly. I love the contests, games and the fact that you can bounce ideas off
each other without a concern of drama and negativity!
10. Please share with us your Top 5 Favorite Images. Why are they your favorites?
This image is one of
my all time favorites. I was one of my first 'successful' newborn shoots where
baby slept amazing the whole time!
This one is of my daughter. I
love it because it reminds me of who she is at 3 yrs old. She adores little
creatures, is so gentle and kind and calls them her friends.
I am very proud of this one. It was one of those moments where I came up with my VERY OWN
idea! The instant it came to me I knew I had to create it. I totally had to
bribe my kiddos because there were spider webs under the deck I had them crawl
This is one of my favorites because I was so pleased with
how the lighting came out. I felt accomplished because it confirmed to me that
maybe I do know what I'm doing ;)
This last image is special to me. During the
shoot the mama and I were talking about childbirth and how after so many kids
(my 4th and her 5th) we were still so scared to go through it again. This idea
came to me in the moment and I knew I wanted a piece that gave a more fine art
feel and represented the strength and courage women have to conquer their fears
of childbirth and being a good mother.
11. What is your photography site and NewbornPhotography.com url?
Blog | Facebook |
NBP Profile | Google+ | Instagram
12. Lastly, tell us about YOU! Who are you other than a photographer?
I am a mama to four crazy
kiddos. My oldest daughter is 12, then my first son is 10, my second son is 6
and my last daughter is 4. I am the second born of four sisters whom I am lucky
to be very close with. I am also the wife of an amazing man whom I've been
married to for 11 years and brings me my coffee in bed every morning. I take it
with lots of cream and a Tablespoon of honey :) I love change, learning new
things and refinishing furniture. I'll try anything once, except maybe bungee
jumping or Fear Factor. I’m NOT an adrenaline junkie! I think I am a bit naive
to the negatives in the world and tend to believe the best in people. I'm a
giver and a lover. I have a passion for inspiring others and helping people
succeed at their dreams. I am very honest and real and don't understand drama.
I just wish we could all be friends! My motto is 'treat other the way you want
to be treated' and 'never give up'! I hate to cook, in fact, if I didn't have
kids and a husband I think all I'd eat is salami, green olives and sharp
cheddar cheese. No that not true, I'd eat chocolate and drink coffee too!
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