I promised that I would answer 5 questions about my business, my personal life, my gear or my editing style. I got 2 out of 5! Woo! Not bad when you give your friends and page one day to come up with questions. So this 5 Fact Friday, I’ll fill in with some other questions that some people might enjoy reading about!
1. What kind of gear do you use?
Well, for starters I’m a Canon girl. The first question most people ask a photographer is “Nikon or Canon?,” and they’re both great! I wanted to start with Nikon, however my dad did a lot of research and got me my first camera, which was a Canon t3i. Still have it too! I’ve now upgraded to a Canon 6D and hopefully a 5D Mark IV sometime in the future. The real thing to look at is the lenses because that’s what gives you the image you’re looking for! My 3 lenses in my bag right now are a 50 mm f/1.8, 24-105 mm f/4, and a 70-200 mm f/2.8. Now, I wish I could just buy all the lenses (don’t we all!?) but I usually use my 70-200 and will hopefully upgrade over time.
My first lens that I purchased was the 50 mm f/1.8 because it’s inexpensive and can teach you how to use your f-stops. This is a great portrait lens and is a prime (not a zoom) so it helps you to learn to use your feet as your zoom in and zoom out by moving your position to help.
My next purchase was my 24-105 f/4 that came with my 6D and was my first zoom lens that was an L series. I do love this lens and use it at my weddings so I can get a wide shot or get in tight, especially on the dance floor. I also hope that I can upgrade to the 24-70 f/2.8 here in the coming year.
My newest lens is the 70-200 f/2.8 and it is my third baby (after my human babies!) because it was #1 expensive and #2 helps me to create the images that I do! This helps especially at weddings because it helps me to stand in the back but get nice and close just like I’m standing right by the bride and groom! I also like this lens for my seniors because it puts the focus on the senior and not on the background. Just remember, this sucker is heavy! (Like… 3 pounds) so it’s a good workout for your arms!
2. What do you use to edit?
I use a mixture of Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop to get the overall look I’m trying to achieve. I start off with a RAW image in Lightroom and then do minor tweaks, such as blemish removal, sharpening of an image and even sometimes big overhauls like a head swap or adding a sky into an image. As far as what I edit on, I use my 27 inch iMac desktop with my Wacom Intous tablet. This helps me to see every little detail along with being able to edit in a natural way. I try my best to get the image as perfect in camera, that way minimal editing has to be done.
Now for some questions that I get to make up!
3. What is your favorite things to photograph?
This is a tough one. I mean, I love to photograph my girls because I’m a mom and what kind of mom doesn’t love having beautiful pictures of their kids? But as far as what I would love to take pictures of everyday? I love working with seniors and with weddings/engagements. I love taking candid photos that don’t have to be staged and posed. If I can get one staged photo, I feel good about a session but I LOVE getting candid photos more than anything now. I would love to get into more maternity photos as well as weddings this coming year.
4. Why are you a photographer?
A little backstory. The first professional pictures I had of myself that I can remember was when I got my braces off and our orthodontist paid for us to have these photos taken. I got to see one photo and that’s what I used for my senior photos. Super lame! Fast forward, the next session I had was Bridals for my wedding, 3 years later. I felt amazing! I wished I could get photos done all the time because it felt so good to have that confidence and see the final product. I wanted to give that feeling to other people and let them feel that confidence and excitement. It’s amazing what a professional can do to make you look and feel amazing, and that’s what I strive to give my clients.
My Bridal Photo
5. What’s the most unique thing I’ve taken pictures of?
The most unique thing I’ve taken pictures of would have to be my dad’s gun collection and the awesome decorative carvings on them. I didn’t know much about indoor lighting because I’m a natural light photographer, but it was fun to try something new, and to also photograph something other than people. Here is one of my favorites:
Well thank you guys for your questions and I hope that next week I’ll have a few more that we can delve into! Remember, I’m an open book, so ask away!