"My inspiration is all the beauty I see in the world and that keeps me pushing forward to create images others will enjoy."
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Tell us something about yourself. What you do, passion and aspiration in life?
I am a photographer that specializes in womens fashion.. lingerie.. and boudoir.
Who is your inspiration in life? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration is all the beauty I see in the world and that keeps me pushing forward to create images others will enjoy.
What is your aspiration in life?
My aspiration is to teach and show others how to capture life through a lens but offering free workshops to inspiring photographers.
We all make mistakes we wish we could take back. Tell me about a time you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
One time on a shoot I could remember the images were not coming out as I planned.. I began to be frustrated and it came across to the model.. we talked afterward and i explained it wasn't her fault but actually mine.. I wish I had handled my emotions different during that shoot.
When you’re working with a large number of customers, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. How do you go about prioritizing your customers’ needs?
I always try to get the shots the customer is looking for first.. after that we can play around and experiment with other ideas which often turn out to be the beat images.
Tell me about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities.
I had a beach shoot with a few models in the summer.. I had to organize the times and locations to ensure no model was waiting long and make sure I got enough shots for each one.
Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Doing boudoir and lingerie shoots sometimes are tricky.. some models are more worried about certain body parts.. I once had to had the model just put the trust in me that the images would look good at a certain angle and outfit.. it took some warming up but it all worked out in the end.
Tell me about your proudest professional accomplishment.
I continue to have great moments and strive to create more.. one recent accomplishment was having a chance to shoot for a cover of a lingerie magazine. The shoot is being planned currently and if all goes well then I will make the cover.
Give me an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I also do graphic design. and was asked to design a logo. t=This is always a challenge.. It is difficult to capture the clients visions while creating something edgy but also corporate appeal. After several adjustments we came up with a final version.
What was your most challenging encounter? How did you deal with it?
Most challenge for it is night shooting.. the lighting is always a challenge along with the weather and people. I think trying to balance the natural street night and flash is difficult and requires a lot of adjustment.
What advice could you give to the people who are reading this?
I would advise people to always challenge yourself and to remain out of your comfort zone. That's the only way to truly learn. And do not be afraid to take risks.
Model: Ashley rice @girlsgotovenus
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