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Spotlight Photographer: Precious Encounters Photography


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

I started my photography journey as a Mom-tographer. My husband bought me my first DLSR to document our children's lives. As I look back, I can see pieces of the puzzle that has lead me to where I am now. I have always had an interest in Photography, but never would have dreamed this is where it would lead me. I officially opened my business October 2012. I took any session that came my way, newborns, seniors, family, weddings, head shots, etc. It wasn't until January 2014 that I decided to specialize in just newborn, and children and put all my focus and attention into just those areas and have watched my business take off.


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


I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado with my husband and three kiddos. I have a studio in Downtown Colorado Springs, at the Old Train Depot. I feel so blessed to have found such a unique place to have a studio. I worked out of my home for the first 2 years, and in January of 2015 I signed my lease for the studio space. Having a studio space for just my photography stuff has been such a blessing. I no longer have to set-up and tear down my set-up in my living room, or put my family out while I did my sessions.


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


I shoot with a Canon 6D and love love love it! The lens that is usually mounted to it is my Canon 50mm 1.4. I do have some lenses on my wish list such as the Canon 24-70, and the 70-200, but those will come in due time. Probably when I stop spending so much on props and learn to save for a lens instead.


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


Wanting to be the next Anne Geddes, is what drew me to newborn photography. I remember always being drawn to her images, since before I had ever picked up a camera. When I photographed my first newborn session back in 2013, I was hooked. I also photography children, and hold my family sessions twice year, this way I can keep my schedule open for my newborn littles.


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


I would describe my style as clean, bright and cheery with a touch of moody thrown in. I love color and vibrant images. I find my inspiration from a lot of photographers. Their style can be completely different but something in the image will get my gears going with stepping out my box and trying something new such as a new lighting technique or a new pose.


6. Have you taken any photography workshops/training?


I have not taken any classes or training. I am completely self-taught. I have read many many books, along with many articles and You-Tube videos. I spent the first two years reading anything and everything I could find, that would help me grow as a photographer. Ana Brandt was who I watched most… so much information in her short little videos.

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


I like to shop everywhere! I love antique stores to little shops on etsy. My favorite vendor is Carolyn over at Baby Portrait Prop Shop. Her newborn apparel is just precious and fits my style perfectly!


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

1.) Know what SEO is. The first year in business I had no clue what SEO was or what it can do for you.

2.) Don't try to be like anyone else. Find your style and what you love and the rest will follow.

3.) You are on your own journey. Take your time to develop and learn your craft, its not a race to the finish line, because honestly do you want to ever want to reach the finish line in photography? I don't, because that's where the learning stops, and I don't ever want to stop learning about something I love. 


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 positive atmosphere and the support and guidance of photographers who share the same passion of newborns as I do. I have been a member for a year and a half and look forward to many more years of being a member.



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



It is so hard to narrow done my favorites. It seems every new session becomes my favorite new session, which is a positive sign that I am constantly growing. I picked these 5 images from sessions where I felt I had the most growth as a photographer. These 5 sessions had me sitting at the computer screen thinking to myself, "WOW, I took these".



11. What is your photography site and url?


Website  |  Facebook  |  NBP Profile | Google+ | Instagram



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


I am a very busy wife and mother to three amazing kiddos when I am not behind the camera. I keep the hours of 9-2 Monday - Friday, so I can also be a full time mom and wife to my family. All our kids play sports year round which keeps me busy between running them to practices and games. I love to read books that make me cry, camp with the family, and travel. Our favorite place to visit is Disney, and we try to go every year. It started as a honeymoon tradition and it still continues 11 years later. I feel very blessed everyday to wake up and do what I love for a living, and its all thanks to a giving God and loving family that I am able to do this.

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