My husband started the photography business 6 years ago. I started second shooting weddings with him and shooting portraits about 5 years ago. I’ve been a licensed hair stylist since 2000 and I’m not ready to give up my first love yet, so both careers continue to have a place in my life.
My husband taught me most of what I know. We are also huge fans of Creative Live. We have watched hours upon hours of classes on there. Over the years we have attended WPPI as well as a five day workshop with Jerry Ghionis. This summer we look forward to a workshop in Florence Italy with JB Sallee. It’s going to be epic!
This career was a complete surprise to me. To be honest, when I was younger, I didn’t think I could develop the skill set needed to do photography. I never would have imagined boudoir photography would be a part of my life.
I love all kinds of photography. Weddings, babies, families, portraits…..I enjoy it all, but my all time favorite is boudoir. I love how empowering this genre is and the transformations are so rewarding.
If you knew someone who wanted to be a photographer, and could give them one piece of important advice, what would that be?
Get in lots and lots of practice. Practice on all your family and friends so you don’t fumble with your equipment or poses with a paying client.
Have you ever done a boudoir session yourself, if you are a female (sorry guys 🙂 ? Do you think it’s something that is important for female boudoir photographers to do?
I have had one friend photograph me and I have done a few self portrait sessions. We should all have the experience of being on the other side of the camera!
How do you feel about the male / female debate regarding boudoir photographers?
I personally wouldn’t be comfortable with my husband shooting boudoir photography, but I do know many male photographers who are incredibly talented at it. So this is obviously a personal choice.
What do you do to avoid burn-out? Is there ever a time when you just want to throw your camera out the window?
I haven’t experienced burn-out yet.
What do you love about the business?
The endless creativity and knowing there is always something new and exciting to learn.
What do you hate about the business?
Book keeping and cleaning the studio.
Are you a member of any professional photo organizations like PPA, WPPI? What benefit do you feel you get by being a member?
Do you compete and do you have any opinions on it? AIBP runs contests regularly. Do you participate? If not, is there a reason you don’t?
I just started competing last year. It has taken a long time for me to build up enough confidence to put myself out there for critique.
SOME FUN MORE PERSONAL STUFF:
One guilty pleasure in life?
Our nightly ritual of TV with a glass of wine before going to bed.
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
Jeans. I wear them almost every day of the week.
What’s one song on your playlist?
Lenka “Everything’s Okay”
What’s your favorite movie genre? Example?
I love war movies. “Hacksaw Ridge” was incredible!
Favorite shoes to wear?
Boots in the winter and sandals in the summer.
What are you currently reading?
Guerrilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?
If you could go back and do over anything in your life, what would that be?
I would be more careful about who I work with.
If you could meet and photograph someone famous, who would that be and why?
I don’t really get excited over celebrities so I don’t know.
What do you struggle with the most in life? (not photo related)
Keeping my house organized.
Are you married, single, have kids, husband? Is life a juggling act for you?
I’m married and we have three kids. We have a pretty predictable weekly schedule which helps a lot. Sometimes I get really overwhelmed though and I have to remember that my life is so full it’s impossible to be perfect at everything. I’m learning to grant myself grace when I drop the ball and give myself a pat on the back with small victories.
Who inspires you the most in life? Work?
I have to say I love Sue Bryce. I have learned so much from her. She has so much wisdom to offer for life and business.
If you could provide one single piece of advice to influence a young person’s direction in life, what would that be
Don’t live in fear. Be bold and brave. You are capable of far more than you realize.