"I finally was able to surround myself with other photographers and was able to improve my work exponentially."
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How did you get to where you are now in your career?
I started three to four years ago. I had always been interested in photography, however, I was never able to afford a camera. I finally was able to afford a Canon T3i and my hobby started. I watched tons of YouTube videos started practicing and took hundreds of shots. Luckily, I have three children that were my models at first. But, my work did not improve; I felt my work was stagnate and uninteresting. I finally was able to surround myself with other photographers and was able to improve my work exponentially. I finally became part of a co op studio and a photography group that helped and lifted each other up. Now, I help teach classes and offer mentoring because when I started I felt that no one wanted to "train their competition."
What do you look for in a model?
Modeling education is important because a model needs to know how to express themselves in front of the camera and understand the situation put forth. A model also needs to understand their body and how it translates to images. I have not attended any modeling courses. However, I have taken a fashion photography workshop with a professional model who showed me what I have been missing.
What person has been your inspiration in life? Who is your hero?
I am inspired by many different photographers. Currently, my inspiration is Benjamin Von Wong and his ability to create such surreal images. I also love the work of Sue Bryce, Joel Grimes, and Lara Jade. Their work with posing, lighting and model work are inspirational.
Do you feel like you've met your goals?
I have met some of my goals, but not quite all of them yet. I would love to be a fashion photographer for aspiring models and be the photographer in my area to go to for fashion work. I am not in a major market, but I would love to be able to be the stepping stone for those models.
If you had to do it over again, what would you change?
I would probably not spend as much money on gear. I learned the hard way that gear does not make the image better.
Do you have any tips?
I would suggest to them, to learn about lighting. All kinds of lighting, not just natural light. Don't hinder yourself by calling yourself a natural light photographer.
How do you stay inspired?
I stay inspired by other people's work. and my goal to be a great fashion photographer in my area.
What photography related things do you recommend?
Don't worry about using expensive gear. Learn your equipment and learn it well. Be able to walk into any situation with the gear that you have and make great images.
What's your favourite camera?
I currently use the Canon 6D, so it is my favorite.
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