I have been shooting boudoir since February of this year. I was a homeschool mom before I started my family photography business in 2014. I love shooting families, babies, etc…but my heart is in empowering women.
I just figured out what I was going to be when I grow up…this year.
I was a family photographer first. But as a business I focus mainly on boudoir, its my baby, but I also take other jobs that come at me in my community. But I am way more picky now than I used to be!
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 understand that there are times you will think you should give up and burn your camera. Don’t. Focus on the positives and if you love it, go for it! Be brave. Rebel against your negative thought process.
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 haven’t done one by someone else, I do take a lot of self portraits when I travel. I do think there is value in having your own session, but I also think you can learn from others experiences also!
How do you feel about the male / female debate regarding boudoir photographers?
I don’t. A great boudoir photographer is a great boudoir photographer…no matter.
What do you do to avoid burn-out? Is there ever a time when you just want to throw your camera out the window?
Ummmm. every other day. I push thru it. I try to remember that I am talented and have everything I need inside of me.
What do you love about the business?
I honestly love what this business has taught me about myself. I have learned to love myself more authentically than ever before, which opens me up to being able to live freely in my life. I also love the really great friends I have made thru the business and the art.
What do you hate about the business?
I don’t really HATE anything about the business. there are things that I believe I could do better at… so I chase those things. I try not to focus on the negative.
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 try and participate when I can. I am in my first year of business and have shot right over 100 clients….so I plan on getting better at it next year, when I get some of this business stuff more nailed down.
SOME FUN MORE PERSONAL STUFF:
One guilty pleasure in life?
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
Black ..anything black or grandma florals. and jeans,
What’s one song on your playlist?
Studio : obsessed with “Gooey” by Glass Animals LIFE Playlist: Dog days are gone by Florence and the Machine is my Jam. I think I wrote it. By reggae has my heart and soul.
What’s your favorite movie genre? Example?
What is a movie?
Favorite shoes to wear?
Flip flops or boots
What are you currently reading?
Body & Soul by Susan Eckert
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?
I have traveled and lived in other countries, but my heart loves the Caribbean.
If you could go back and do over anything in your life, what would that be?
Absolutely Nothing. Life is a journey, when you learn, you grow.
If you could meet and photograph someone famous, who would that be and why?
The person I would like to photograph would be Maya Angelou. She has such an amazing spirit and you can see the life pouring from her eyes
What do you struggle with the most in life? (not photo related)
Right now I struggle with my family/life balance. I have fallen in love with my work and have probably border lined on addicted to it.
Are you married, single, have kids, husband? Is life a juggling act for you?
I am married to my crazy love Jay for ummm…about 18 years. Not sure exactly. lol. We have 4 kids. 16, 14, 13, 11 and we homeschool. Crazy.
Who inspires you the most in life? Work?
I take inspiration from life itself. all the people and the lessons along the way have molded the way I think and relate to the world. My children and family, my amazing friends, and the photographers everyday that make me reach a little further than I am comfortable with. Thank you.
If you could provide one single piece of advice to influence a young person’s direction in life, what would that be
Always be authentic. Don’t allow yor thoughts and actions to be dictated by what you THINK you should do or are expected to do. Do what makes you happy..the rest, is cake.