I have been exclusively shooting boudoir photography since 2013. Before that I was working at Zappos.com in Las Vegas, NV.
I am self-taught. I am constantly reading to learn everything I possibly can, along with mentoring under other photographers I admire, in order to become a better photographer.
I’ve been interested in photography since high school when I started learning how to use the Adobe Suite and working as an advertisement designer.
I started out shooting anything and everything that I could while I was learning to use a camera. When a friend asked me to shoot her in the boudoir style as a gift to her husband a few years ago, I was completely hooked! Since then, it has evolved from just having fun taking pretty pictures to giving women an experience of a lifetime and the best confidence boost imaginable. I LOVE making women feel amazing, that’s why I shoot boudoir exclusively.
If you knew someone who wanted to be a photographer, and could give them one piece of important advice, what would that be?
Study and practice and then study and practice some more (If you want to focus on boudoir, you especially need to practice posing!!), shoot as much as possible and make sure that you are having very consistent results in your photographs before you consider charging. Learn everything you can about your camera, lenses, lighting, posing and about BUSINESS before starting your business. Start it up responsibly and legally, knowing your cost of doing business and figuring out what pricing you need to be charging vs. what everyone else is charging. You can be the best photographer in the world, but if you don’t know how to run a business you’ll find yourself burned out and quickly out of work.
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 done two boudoir sessions myself in the past and I plan on making it a yearly event. I think it is super important for photographers to put themselves in front of the camera as much as possible. I always make sure to have family photos taken yearly as well!
How do you feel about the male / female debate regarding boudoir photographers?
I think that a man can be just as successful in this genre as a female.
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 love to travel and shoot in new locations with different kinds of people, that is my number one way to avoid burnout!
What do you love about the business?
I LOVE making women feel amazing and I love all of the incredible clients that have turned into friends in the process. I also love the camaraderie that AIBP provides!
What do you hate about the business?
The preconceived opinions about boudoir that people have can be a struggle. It bothers me that many women think that they are too big/small/old/shy/modest/etc. for a boudoir shoot.
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 to participate when I can and when I have work that is relevant, I recently won the Weekly Contest 8/8 – 8/14 Theme: Shots that sell.
SOME FUN MORE PERSONAL STUFF:
Wood fired pizza
One guilty pleasure in life?
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
White tee and great fitting jeans, I like to keep it simple.
What’s one song on your playlist?
Alessia Cara’s “Know it All” album has been on replay this month, but I listen to everything…
What’s your favorite movie genre? Example?
I’m definitely a rom-com fan!
Favorite shoes to wear?
Boots OR a great pair of heels! They both make me feel like I can take on the world.
What are you currently reading?
“In Other Words” by Jhumpa Lahiri.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?
Italy is my favorite place on earth, but if I had to go somewhere new, Greece or Iceland are next on my list!! Anyone want to come and make it a boudoir adventure?! 🙂
If you could go back and do over anything in your life, what would that be?
I would have made it a point to call and visit my grandmother more after I left for college. We were so close while I was in high school but I should have made more of an effort after I moved away. She passed away my senior year.
If you could meet and photograph someone famous, who would that be and why?
Behati Prinsloo, I think she’s an incredible model and looks like a lot of fun! I feel that I would learn so much shooting a woman with her posing skills and talent in front of the camera.
What do you struggle with the most in life? (not photo related)
I have a hard time focusing on the positive (especially when overwhelmed), but I try to remember to make a mental list of things to be grateful for each day.
Are you married, single, have kids, husband? Is life a juggling act for you?
Married into the military with a baby on the way! Family is priority number one, especially since my husband is often called away to serve. I have reorganized my business so that I am shooting less often to provide more time with my family, as well as a more personalized experience for my clients.
Who inspires you the most in life? Work?
I am constantly inspired by the women that surround me (military spouses). The strength, independence, and “get shit done” attitude that these women have is incredibly inspiring!
If you could provide one single piece of advice to influence a young person’s direction in life, what would that be?
If you have enough determination and willingness to put in the hard work, there’s not much that is out of your reach. The sooner you make the commitment to work towards something the sooner you’ll achieve it. SO many people sit and wait for the “right time” or the “right opportunity”, but sometimes you just need to dive in and start (with baby steps and a backup plan) to make your dreams come true.