Tina Strickland: Spotlight Photographer

Where are you located/based out of?: Phoenix, AZ

Where did your inspiration for photography begin?: My inspiration for photography began in childhood. I loved looking through family photo albums, and seeing my relatives in their younger years.

How would you describe your photography style?: My photography style is "get it right in camera". I work very hard on my settings so that my client will see him/herself as they really are. I work to flatter my clients so that they are pleased with the images we've created.

Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?: I'm self-taught, but I did take a film class.

What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or your business?: I learned that your friends aren't your clients. I've had several reach out to me about sessions, but they disappear when I send a contract requesting the retainer.

If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?: I would tell a new photographer that you will improve, and not to beat him/herself up. We all had to start somewhere.

What’s the best advice you would give the YOU of last year?: Don't get upset when a friend/acquaintance doesn't want to pay your retainer. They aren't your client. Your client is out there.

What would be your dream photography assignment/client to work with and why?: My dream assignment would be to photograph the women of Cameroon. I've found out that I am part Cameroonian, and I would want to capture the beauty of these women in a series.

Do you feel like you’ve mastered the work/life balance?: I am getting better at it. When I realize that I've spent too much time being busy, I pull back, and just relax.

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