I’ve been a legal portrait business for 3 years, but have been photographing the world since I was 10 years old. My older brother built his own darkroom in our basement and used to develop his own negatives and prints, and I would follow him around like a little puppy! My parents saw my interest in photography and gave my first film SLR shortly after. Along with my business, I’ve been in the service industry for 15 years.
I took photography classes in high school and college, but my official schooling is business and marketing.
I sell myself as a women’s portrait artist, so I shoot a mix of beauty and boudoir. I love working with women, and the beauty and boudoir shoots allow me to really relate to and get to know my clients and models. I don’t shoot newborns or families, mostly because I don’t like working with children. I’ve been branching off into couples shoots, and hope to expand that in the future!
If you knew someone who wanted to be a photographer, and could give them one piece of important advice, what would that be?
Never stop learning! There are so many free resources out there that you can utilize to expand your knowledge and tool belt. Also, this community is truly invaluable. I’ve learned more here at AIBP than I have anywhere else, so I would definitely push them to get involved in photographer communities and AIBP!
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 not but its on my bucket list!
How do you feel about the male / female debate regarding boudoir photographers?
I think it’s great when men want to shoot boudoir! I can definitely see a difference in my style vs. a man’s style, and I really try to push my boundaries with new shoots to expand my opportunities.
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 really experienced burn-out quite yet, but when I’m stuck in a rut, I schedule a fun shoot with my favorite model and we drink some champagne and experiment with new things! Having someone who’s up for anything keeps it fun for me!
What do you love about the business?
I love that I get to pour my creative self into my art and people appreciate and love it! Showing women how beautiful they are, and letting them see themselves in a new way for the first time is better than anything.
What do you hate about the business?
The only thing I can think of right now is the oversaturation of this business. I hate to see people who come to me because they’ve had a shoot with a different artist that wasn’t up to their expectations or standards.
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 love the contests that AIPB runs! I participate in the daily choice contests, the marketing contest, cover photo contest, and occasionally the weekly image contest. I also just received my first Choo Choo in the LooksLikeFilm group which was a HUGE goal of mine!
SOME FUN MORE PERSONAL STUFF:
One guilty pleasure in life?
Netflix for life!
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
Black Rockstar skinnies from Old Navy
What’s one song on your playlist?
Alina Baraz – Make You Feel
What’s your favorite movie genre? Example?
Horror – I love the classics: The Exorcist, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th
Favorite shoes to wear?
Ankle boots – they dress up any outfit!
What are you currently reading?
I just got Sophia Amorusa’s Nasty Galaxy because I love her style, and I’m also in the middle of the George RR Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series (Game of Thrones).
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?
Canadian Rockies! I’m going on my dream trip this summer for 3 weeks – Banff, Jasper, Glacier, and then back down through Vancouver and Seattle (my second home!) I can’t freaken wait!
If you could go back and do over anything in your life, what would that be?
I’m not sure about this one, I strive to have no regrets!
If you could meet and photograph someone famous, who would that be and why?
Right now, I’m dying to shoot Emily Ratajkowski! She literally oozes sexuality and makes no apologies for it.
What do you struggle with the most in life? (not photo related)
Time management! I’m a fulltime returning student, I manage a bar/restaurant, and I’m growing my portrait business. I’ve been delegating as much as possible, and really micromanaging my time by writing down my schedule to the minute. It’s tedious, but it’s been helping.
Are you married, single, have kids, husband? Is life a juggling act for you?
I’m not married, but I do have an amazing boyfriend who is extremely understanding of my busy schedule and compliments my lifestyle which is so important to me.
Who inspires you the most in life? Work?
My family supports and loves my work, which is invaluable to me! They push me every day and are my accountability. I also have a model who has become my close friend. Her and I work so well together, and she pushes me to try new things and expand my style and work. (You can follow her on IG @spookyfatbabe – she’s a plus size bodypos GODDESS).
If you could provide one single piece of advice to influence a young person’s direction in life, what would that be
Do what makes you happy! Be present, and cherish time with the people you love.