I have been in business 6 years and the last 2 year for boudoir. Before I started in photography I worked for a dermatologist in the back office helping with skin cancer surgeries and cosmetic procedures.
I went to school for photography. I have a BA Degree in photography from Brooks Institute of Photography and I graduated in 2007.
It came later in life. I had some major life changing events. I lost a very special person to a car accident & was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer with in a year. These events really made me take a good long look at my life & changed my direction from nursing to photography.
I feel that I am draw to boudoir because I also have had body dysmorphic issues and have started to deal with them in the last 5 years. I want readers to know that boudoir sessions are so much more than just images of our bodies. Seeing yourself as others see you in a beautiful and intimate way can be healing for your soul. I would love to only shoot boudoir because of the healing and empowering qualities it provides.
If you knew someone who wanted to be a photographer, and could give them one piece of important advice, what would that be?
Shadow or seek mentorship from a photographer that you admire or love their style.
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, just this year in Las Vegas. I was able to be photographed by a lovely boudoir photographer that I am friends with in my city. I think it is very important for female boudoir photographers to be on the other side of the camera. Your clients love knowing that you have been vulnerable and had a similar experience.
How do you feel about the male / female debate regarding boudoir photographers?
I say its up to the client.
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 spend time with my husband and leave my camera at home.
What do you love about the business?
I love that I get to know and become friends with so many lovely women.
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?
I am a member of PPA, WPPI and AIBP. I think that I get different benefits from each. PPA would be business, WPPI & AIBP have both helped me with creativity and build relationships with other photographers.
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 do not compete with my local boudoir photographers in fact I am good friends with most of them. I feel that we offer our unique vision to our clients. I do participate in a few contests and have won a few.
SOME FUN MORE PERSONAL STUFF:
One guilty pleasure in life?
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
What’s one song on your playlist?
” Headturner” Joss Stone
What’s your favorite movie genre? Example?
Romantic drama… Dirty dancing
Favorite shoes to wear?
What are you currently reading?
Magazines…. fashion & photography
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?
If you could go back and do over anything in your life, what would that be?
Not to go to an expensive college
If you could meet and photograph someone famous, who would that be and why?
Drew Barrymore. I love her personality!
What do you struggle with the most in life? (not photo related)
I give to much of my self and do not pamper my self enough.
Are you married, single, have kids, husband? Is life a juggling act for you?
I am married. Yes I do feel a struggle juggling my private & business life.
Who inspires you the most in life? Work?
My family inspires me most in life. Sue Bryce inspires me for work.
If you could provide one single piece of advice to influence a young person’s direction in life, what would that be?
To seek out a mentor that you admire both in life & creatively.