I have been in business 8 years now, however this is the first year I have just shot boudoir.
I am self taught.
As cliché as it sounds, I was that 4 year old who knew photography was going to be my dream job. I wanted it so much I made it happen
I am exclusively boudoir now. I shot weddings for 7 years and fell out of love with it. Everyone told me to shoot weddings for the money… big mistake. Where I live there are very few weddings every year and everyone hustles to get them.
If you knew someone who wanted to be a photographer, and could give them one piece of important advice, what would that be?
To never give up and don’t be afraid to ask for help. No matter how silly you think your question is. My other piece of advice would be to have a contract in place with every single client regardless if they are a friend or not.
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 done two and I’m excited to do another. I feel as a woman it’s important so you can understand how your clients feel when they say they are nervous or scared. I also found myself being more confident and relaxed with who I am as a person and after my second shoot I realised what my partner sees when he looks at me
How do you feel about the male / female debate regarding boudoir photographers?
I have no opinion on it. I think shoot till your hearts content just don’t be a weirdo.
What do you do to avoid burn-out? Is there ever a time when you just want to throw your camera out the window?
HAHA.. this one made me laugh.. I think because I am in a long distance relationship with my partner, I over work myself to keep my mind from missing him. I do get tired and burnt out occasionally but I spend a night in vegging out on the couch with my girlfriends and the next day I am fine.
What do you love about the business?
The ability to be my own boss and empower women
What do you hate about the business?
SO MANY EMAILS!!!!
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 sure do 🙂 I have entered daily choice on many occasions and although i have been with AIBP for a little while now, I need to get my act together and enter more!
SOME FUN MORE PERSONAL STUFF:
One guilty pleasure in life?
Getting my hair washed by a hairdresser so I can have a head massage and peace for 20 minutes.
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
What’s one song on your playlist?
Scars to your beautiful – Alessia Cara
What’s your favorite movie genre? Example?
Favorite shoes to wear?
Thongs – or as Americans call them flip flops.
What are you currently reading?
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?
Nothing, everything has happened in my life to put me where I am today.
If you could meet and photograph someone famous, who would that be and why?
Kylie Jenner… because well who wouldn’t want to!
What do you struggle with the most in life? (not photo related)
Saving money… anyone want to help with that?!
Are you married, single, have kids, husband? Is life a juggling act for you?
I am defacto in a long distance relationship with my partner who is in the navy
Who inspires you the most in life? Work?
My bestfriend, my parents and my partner. With work all the women in my facebook group inspire me everyday to keep going xx.
If you could provide one single piece of advice to influence a young person’s direction in life, what would that be?
KNOW YOUR WORTH!…. and don’t think that you are not good enough!