Do I really need to answer this? I think we all know why boudoir is the best. I’ve always been exclusively boudoir.
If you knew someone who wanted to be a photographer, and could give them one piece of important advice, what would that be?
Do you want to do it for the art, or do you want to run a photography business? Because the two can be totally different. If it’s latter, the best advice I can give is to be ready to work your ass off, because nowadays everyone and their mom is a “photographer”. You need to be able to set yourself apart.
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’ve done two! The first was with my representative in Kansas City. I set up the camera and handed it to her. It was a fun, pretty successful experiment. The second time was May this year with Sarah of Own Boudoir from Atlanta. She came to my studio to shoot me and it was amazing. You can check out the photos here-
How do you feel about the male / female debate regarding boudoir photographers?
Couldn’t care less. If you are talented artist and responsible business owner, it doesn’t matter what gender you are.
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 work smarter, not harder generally. When I started getting burned out I got a new studio and raised my prices. It’s amazing how energizing it is to have a new space that inspires you, and to make the money you need to sustain the lifestyle you want.
What do you love about the business?
I love that most of the boudoir photographers I know are supportive of each other, and have found their own voices. There isn’t any stepping on each other’s toes, no arguments, no drama. I feel like it’s a very different community than wedding photographers or portrait photographers.
What do you hate about the business?
The initial judgment some people have when they hear I shoot lingerie photography. A lot of people assume it’s smut and won’t take it seriously like it could never be a sustainable business. But then after they do some research they’ll often find out it’s way more than sexy photos.
Are you a member of any professional photo organizations like PPA, WPPI? What benefit do you feel you get by being a member?
I was a PPA member for a few years but I never got any benefit out of it whatsoever, so I dropped it.
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 fairly often but it gets discouraging when you never win anything. I don’t always feel like the best images get chosen. I probably won’t participate much anymore except for the occasional daily choice entry.
SOME FUN MORE PERSONAL STUFF:
Raspberries, iced coffee, steamed artichokes, and olives. Definitely not all at the same time.
One guilty pleasure in life?
Ordering clothes online. I mayyyyyy have a problem…..
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
A great fitting black bra that I can wear with everything.
What’s one song on your playlist?
Gold by Kiiara
What’s your favorite movie genre? Example?
Are Tim Burton movies in their own genre?
Favorite shoes to wear?
Black Puma flats.
What are you currently reading?
Usually something law or tax related for my business. I don’t like sitting down to read a book though.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?
Patagonia before the glaciers melt. But I’d also love to go to New Zealand.
If you could go back and do over anything in your life, what would that be?
Lots of things but I probably wouldn’t be where I am today without having gone through some of those struggles.
If you could meet and photograph someone famous, who would that be and why?
That’s a tough one. Probably a shallow answer but Catherine Zeta Jones and Adriana Lima, for obvious reasons.
What do you struggle with the most in life? (not photo related)
Maintaining friendships. Business has come first for a while and friendships have taken a back seat.
Are you married, single, have kids, husband? Is life a juggling act for you?
A husband but no children….and we don’t ever want children. I think that’s why it doesn’t feel like a juggling act. I have time for both my business and my husband.
Who inspires you the most in life? Work?
My Grandfather and Uncle are incredibly successful in several businesses. They’re so knowledgable about so many things. It inspires me to do as much research as possible and to keep making big steps forward without being timid.
If you could provide one single piece of advice to influence a young person’s direction in life, what would that be?
Don’t worry so much about that boyfriend/ girlfriend. Take care of yourself first.