I’ve been specializing in boudoir since November 2015.
I have always needed a creative outlet, and remember romanticizing photographers for quite a few years. But I also romanticized accountants haha I’m so shit at money.
The first time I remember being told I was beautiful, was when my daughter was old enough to talk, and she told me. My vision as an intimate photographer, is to show the men and women that I work with that they are beautiful too because sometimes we can’t see it and we need to be told.
I do exclusively shoot boudoir. I used to push for everything, family portraits, lifestyle sessions, weddings, maternity, but it just doesn’t drive me as much. I like the one on one connections in a boudoir session.
If you knew someone who wanted to be a photographer, and could give them one piece of important advice, what would that be?
Just do you. Don’t follow other photographers work, pull your inspiration from other sources.
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, I was shitting myself over doing a session and kept coming up with excuses why I couldn’t, that I needed to lose weight, love my hair, or I didn’t have enough money. Empathy one of my top strengths, so I needed to experience a session, to experience what my clients go through from start to finish.
How do you feel about the male / female debate regarding boudoir photographers?
I would feel comfortable shooting with either a man or a woman.
What do you do to avoid burn-out? Is there ever a time when you just want to throw your camera out the window?
Man, I think I’m going through a burn out period currently. My sessions feel uninspired and I’m procrastinating hard. I think I’ve just got to do it. Check back in, in a few months lol.
I also find a lot of cup-filling going to the movies, usually by myself. I love the visual artistry, the costuming, everything: it revs me up creatively.
What do you love about the business?
Self gratification. I feel like I’m doing something significant.
What do you hate about the business?
Probably marketing, in the future I’ll hire someone to handle this for me.
Are you a member of any professional photo organizations like PPA, WPPI? What benefit do you feel you get by being a member?
Nope. Just AIBP & the Do More Photographers Group
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 haven’t entered any photos in an AIBP contest yet, maybe in the future.
SOME FUN MORE PERSONAL STUFF:
One guilty pleasure in life?
Cookie dough blizzards
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
Black sheer lace bra
What’s one song on your playlist?
Tons of shit: Nirvana, Ratatat, Alison wonderland, Adele, Beyonce lol
What’s your favorite movie genre? Example?
Love a good documentary
Favorite shoes to wear?
What are you currently reading?
The Stranger Beside Me – Ann Rule
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?
Japan in the winter!
If you could go back and do over anything in your life, what would that be?
If you could meet and photograph someone famous, who would that be and why?
I’ve never met a famous person lol I’d love to meet a handful of pro snowboarders guys and girls and photograph them.
What do you struggle with the most in life? (not photo related)
Anxiety/ depression since I was a little one.
Are you married, single, have kids, husband? Is life a juggling act for you?
Me and my boyfriend have a 5 year old daughter, she’s the bomb. Life is a total juggling act haha.
Who inspires you the most in life? Work?
Friends my age who are going through similar life experiences inspire me. Cause if they’re doing it, I can to. I love when people get me and they know I get them back.
If you could provide one single piece of advice to influence a young person’s direction in life, what would that be
Just be yourself, it sounds easy but it’s not.