I started photographing boudoir in late 2014, legally formed my business in 2015 after much deliberation. I was and still am a paralegal.
Self taught and still learning.
Well… looking back, all the signs were there. I always had a camera in my hand, but I fought my creativity for a long time trying to be more logical, analytical and “professional”
I also shoot weddings, and I love both genres. I specifically love boudoir because I can see the transformation from the timid housewife to the goddess through the process- the empowerment of these ladies is everything to me.
If you knew someone who wanted to be a photographer, and could give them one piece of important advice, what would that be?
I would tell any aspiring photographer to be willing to get all in. I’ve taken things slow for far too long because I am afraid of the what-ifs. But I can see that when I take risks and make big changes, I get big results back.
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?
Hell yes! I had an amazing session last year with Jenni (Modern Luxe Boudoir) a fellow AIBP member. I think it is important to put yourself in your clients shoes at least once. I also have done a self portrait session with a timer and remote, and I learned a lot about posing and emotion that way too.
How do you feel about the male / female debate regarding boudoir photographers?
I think there are plenty of fabulous male boudoir photographers out there, being a female doesn’t make you better, and being male doesn’t make you a creep, skeevy or less-than.
What do you do to avoid burn-out? Is there ever a time when you just want to throw your camera out the window?
Well, for one- delegate. When you’re overwhelmed, outsource your editing. Hire someone to design your albums. Secondly set boundaries. Take full days off, walk away from your computer, it is healthy.
What do you love about the business?
OMG…so much! I love meeting new people, I love being a part of their journey, I love empowering women in ways other than sexually, but empowering them to be strong and smart, the best mother and wife possible, take care of themselves, and to stand up for themselves in all situations.
What do you hate about the business?
I hate the isolation. Being a solopreneur can be very lonely, but also the boudoir genre can isolate us even more because most people don’t know what to talk with us about…they can be intimidated. I go to networking events, I stay active in photography groups, and my own VIP group to combat this, but some days are tough.
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 have not competed, but I would love to. I simply don’t think of it too much, but you know after this, I may just start submitting.
SOME FUN MORE PERSONAL STUFF:
One guilty pleasure in life?
Real Housewives of anywhere
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
Spalding body shaping capri leggings in the blackest of black.
What’s one song on your playlist?
Love on the Brain- Rhianna
What’s your favorite movie genre? Example?
Comedies- Bridesmaids, Horrible Bosses, Trainwreck
Favorite shoes to wear?
Flip flops as long as there is no snow on the ground.
What are you currently reading?
The Desire Map- Danielle LaPorte
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?
Paris, the city of light.
If you could go back and do over anything in your life, what would that be?
Well, I don’t typically have regrets because every experience is a chance to learn, but I wouldn’t have fought my creativity as long as I did and I would have taken a risk on myself.
If you could meet and photograph someone famous, who would that be and why?
Amy Schumer, first of all I think she is hilarious, secondly she is curvaceous and last and probably the biggest reason is because I think she is always being this funny, self degrading comedian, I’d love to see her truly vulnerable, not hiding behind comedy, get serious and celebrate her body. I’m sure that is a beautiful thing.
What do you struggle with the most in life? (not photo related)
Confidence- which is weird because we want that to be something we bring out in our clients, right? But I struggle with body confidence, business confidence, I tend to not let the “real” me show either because I want everyone to like me.
Are you married, single, have kids, husband? Is life a juggling act for you?
I am married, my husband is my business partner and it is definitely a juggling act. We blur the lines of personal and business often, by brainstorming instagram posts at dinner and listening to podcasts in the car, responding to emails during date nights.
Who inspires you the most in life? Work?
In life and work, my clients inspire me.
If you could provide one single piece of advice to influence a young person’s direction in life, what would that be
Believe in yourself. You are worth it.