3 Years “officially” – I have been shooting photo jobs since I was 17 years old. I still shoot weddings as well as portraits on the side of my boudoir business. I worked in retail for years – yay for customer service!
Completely self taught.
I got my first digital camera when I was 10 years old – I was unstoppable after that! Thanks, Mom & Dad!
Once I stumbled upon boudoir early into my photography business, I was in love. It was so positive and uplifting to all shapes and sizes. I wanted to share this feeling of self love and worth with ALL women. I wanted to show them how gorgeous they really are, even if they don’t feel like it. It’s amazing to be able to show women that they are flawless without the use of heavy photoshop use like we see in the media every day of our lives. When my clients cry happy tears, I know I did my job!
If you knew someone who wanted to be a photographer, and could give them one piece of important advice, what would that be?
It’s hard work. Photography isn’t just an “easy job” clicking buttons on a camera. It’s SO rewarding, so push through and work for it and you’ll never really work a day in your life.
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?
YES! Oh my goodness, yes. It’s so much fun and important that we feel how our clients feel. This can help us grow our businesses as well as love our bodies more!
How do you feel about the male / female debate regarding boudoir photographers?
An artist is an artist. As long as the client is comfortable being captured by said artist, go for it! No discrimination here.
What do you do to avoid burn-out? Is there ever a time when you just want to throw your camera out the window?
Seriously. Yes. Do something for YOU. Shoot something creative and fun to get you out of that rut! Remember why you started.
What do you love about the business?
The amazing women (and men) I meet – artists and clients!
What do you hate about the business?
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?
Yes, it’s fun to see all the other images and see how yours rank out as well! Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t win! You’re still awesome!
SOME FUN MORE PERSONAL STUFF:
Frozen custard. By far.
One guilty pleasure in life?
Drake… And my 1990s/early 2000s playlists!
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
Two words – YOGA. PANTS.
What’s one song on your playlist?
ANY song by the Weeknd.
What’s your favorite movie genre? Example?
Comedy – Anything with Jonah Hill, Will Ferrell & Paul Rudd.
Favorite shoes to wear?
What are you currently reading?
Worth every penny by Sarah Petty & Erin Verbeck
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?
Somewhere with crystal clear water and warm sands!
If you could go back and do over anything in your life, what would that be?
I would go back to my younger self and love myself WAY sooner. I was always so hard on myself growing up and never gave myself credit.
If you could meet and photograph someone famous, who would that be and why?
Marilyn Monroe. She’s always been a HUGE inspiration to me and my boudoir business.
What do you struggle with the most in life? (not photo related)
Loving myself & my body. Which is the BIGGEST reason I became a boudoir photographer. This has helped me view myself and other women so much more positively. We are all beautiful!
Are you married, single, have kids, husband? Is life a juggling act for you?
I have been with my high school sweetheart 9 years. We are both business owners, so making time for us is hard sometimes!
Who inspires you the most in life? Work?
My mother is my biggest inspiration. She was so loving and kind to every person in her life. She taught me a lot and told me to never give up on my dream of being a photographer.. 🙂
If you could provide one single piece of advice to influence a young person’s direction in life, what would that be
Be YOU. Don’t conform if that’s not what is right for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment and always do what you love. Be happy in life!