Where are you located/based out of?: Dallas, Texas
Where did your inspiration for photography begin?: After graduating from college and moving to Dallas, I wanted to start capturing the life I was experiencing. I've gotten to travel places that I knew my mom and grandmother would possible never visit. I wanted them to have a piece of my experience when looking at my images. I knew I had to learn more about my camera if I was going to do that. Eventually, I realized I also enjoyed telling other people's stories through my photography.
How would you describe your photography style?: I recently came up with 3 words that describe my style: authentic, rich and emotive. Authentic: I am truly inspired by my clients. I learn as much as I can to help about my clients which helps me to capture them authentically. Rich: I want to make sure my clients are the center of attention in each and every image. I advise them to wear rich and vibrant colors that will allow them to stand out from the background rather than blending in. Emotive: Photo sessions are all about my clients and I remind them of that. Because it's for them and about them, I feel it's important that their personalities shine through. I will give some guided posing suggestions to get them more comfortable in front of the camera. I prefer describing a scene and get them to act it out. This allows them to express themselves their way.
Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?: I have taken classes at community colleges, attended seminars, webinars, conferences, workshops and I self-study. I believe it's important to diversify our education.
What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or your business?: I'm still learning to get out of my own way.
If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?: Know your value! I see many photographers asking how to price themselves and I understand that. However, no one other than yourself can tell you what you are worth. When you know your value and price yourself accordingly, you will be more confident in the services and the products you offer. There are a number of educational courses out there that can help you.
What’s the best advice you would give the YOU of last year?: You should have celebrated your successes! It's okay to pat yourself on the back every now and then. 🙂
What would be your dream photography assignment/client to work with and why?: This may sound corny, but it's true. I'm truly excited to work with my next new client! Every client has a story that's different from all others before and I'm excited to get to tell it.
Do you feel like you’ve mastered the work/life balance?: Work/life balance...is that a thing?!?!? Like so many photographers, photography is not only my job, it's also my hobby. This year I want to shoot more for me.