I have been in business 2 years. I am also a licensed tattoo artist and a licensed phlebotomist, which I was doing both before becoming a photographer. I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. It’s about time I figured it out now that I’m almost 40. 😉
I am completely self taught.
I’ve always been fascinated with the arts in general, but photography itself came as a later fascination.
If you knew someone who wanted to be a photographer, and could give them one piece of important advice, what would that be?
Value yourself and your time and make sure you make others do the same.
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 a couple of sessions myself, both by photographers in this group (Bri Johnson and Billie Stock). I think it is extremely important for us, as boudoir photographers to be able to feel what our clients feel. The vulnerability and empowerment is an important aspect of what we do and we should know it inside and out.
How do you feel about the male / female debate regarding boudoir photographers?
I don’t have an opinion. I think that a person should go to whomever they feel comfortable with, whether that is male or female. There are aspects that female photographers will excel in and there are aspects that male photographers will excel in. One is no better than the other. Just different.
What do you do to avoid burn-out? Is there ever a time when you just want to throw your camera out the window?
Maybe because I haven’t been doing it long, but not yet. I love what I do and each woman that comes into my studio is sooooo different. I haven’t felt burnout of the art itself. The business side, now…that’s a whole other story.
What do you love about the business?
I love being able to do a job that doesn’t feel like a job at all. I love what I do.
What do you hate about the business?
The business part. Lol.
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 compete occasionally and have won a few daily choice awards. I think it is good for us to have friendly competitions. It keeps us striving to be our best.
SOME FUN MORE PERSONAL STUFF:
Seafood and Ferrero Rocher Chocolates. Not necessarily in that order.
One guilty pleasure in life?
I have a bit of a makeup addiction.
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
My birthday suit. I hate clothes. It is illegal most places to act on that, though, so I guess I’ll go with pretty much any type of comfort clothes, from yoga pants to fuzzy socks.
What’s one song on your playlist?
I have my husbands new self titled album on repeat, pretty much. My favorite is All for You. His name is Mandell. (www.mandellmusic.com
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What’s your favorite movie genre? Example?
Suspense/Thrillers. Silence of the Lambs is one of my favorites.
Favorite shoes to wear?
What are you currently reading?
The Naked Eye by Iris and Roy Johansen
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?
Anywhere but Missouri. Seriously. Have you been here? You’d totally understand.
If you could go back and do over anything in your life, what would that be?
I wouldn’t quit high school. Twice. Jeez, I was a dumb kid.
If you could meet and photograph someone famous, who would that be and why?
Demi Lovato. She is absolutely gorgeous and I love her outlook on pretty much everything. Not to mention, those pipes!!
What do you struggle with the most in life? (not photo related)
Making time for myself and my husband. Alone. Sans kids and work.
Are you married, single, have kids, husband? Is life a juggling act for you?
I am happily married to the sexiest man in the world. I have 5 gorgeous kids and a beautiful grand-daughter. My life is a zoo. 🙂
Who inspires you the most in life? Work?
In life? Probably my children. I want them to see their mother as a hardworking successful woman that lived her dreams and didn’t let anything get in her way. In work? Every boudoir photographer that I see that is a step ahead of me in this game. All of the work in this group is gorgeous and keeps me pushing to learn more and be better every day.
If you could provide one single piece of advice to influence a young person’s direction in life, what would that be
Life is short. Don’t waste it living it for someone else.