I have been a full time, strictly boudoir photographer for 2 years. Before that I was a wedding photographer for 7 years and before that I taught English and Photography in a high school for 13 years.
Mostly self taught, but I have a minor in art history so I did study photography a bit in college and I taught composition and darkroom study to high school students for 13 years.
I was always interested in it, but I never thought it was something that I could make a living doing.
I started doing exclusively boudoir because I feel drawn to it. I love the rush I get when someone finds their beauty again.
If you knew someone who wanted to be a photographer, and could give them one piece of important advice, what would that be?
Don’t give up and don’t compare yourself to anyone else. The only person you are competing against is you. And study some marketing and business experts. Being an artist is easy, but being a business is 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 absolutely have done it and I absolutely think it is necessary for photographers to do – male and female. There is no better way to learn, and no better way to experience what the client experiences than doing it too. I’ve been lucky enough to be photographed by some of the best photographers in the business!
How do you feel about the male / female debate regarding boudoir photographers?
In my opinion, I think female photographers will shoot for emotion and male photographers will shoot for form – of course there are exceptions to every rule!
What do you do to avoid burn-out? Is there ever a time when you just want to throw your camera out the window?
Almost every week! To avoid burn out I intentionally take several weeks off after a busy season, and I also try to do personal projects every few months.
What do you love about the business?
I love building relationships and watching a person’s confidence grow.
What do you hate about the business?
Petty competition and cliques. Sometimes it seems almost like high school again 🙁
Are you a member of any professional photo organizations like PPA, WPPI? What benefit do you feel you get by being a member?
I am a member of AIBP, WPPI and PPA.
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 do not participate regularly, though that is something I plan to remedy this year.
SOME FUN MORE PERSONAL STUFF:
One guilty pleasure in life?
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
It used to be shoes, but now I have an addiction to buying lingerie for my studio.
What’s one song on your playlist?
“Do I Wanna Know” Arctic Monkeys
What’s your favorite movie genre? Example?
I am more of a tv series person – my recent favorite is The OA on Netflix
Favorite shoes to wear?
What are you currently reading?
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
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 go back to the moment when my children were born. I wouldn’t do it over, I would just love to have that perfect moment of clarity again. There is absolutely no better feeling than the moment when you fall in love with someone.
If you could meet and photograph someone famous, who would that be and why?
Ryan Gosling – obviously. And then Dorothea Lange.
What do you struggle with the most in life? (not photo related)
Are you married, single, have kids, husband? Is life a juggling act for you?
Married, 4 kids, 3 cats, 2 dogs and a turtle. What is NOT a juggling act? My life feels like a train station, but I wouldn’t change it.
Who inspires you the most in life? Work?
So many current and past photographers inspire me, but personally Michelle Obama inspires me as she is such an amazing woman.
If you could provide one single piece of advice to influence a young person’s direction in life, what would that be
Don’t go too fast.