Are you a morning or evening person? Afternoon. It’s hard to get me to accomplish much before noon, and once 9pm hits I just want to lounge around. I’m definitely the most productive between 2pm and 8pm.
Coffee or tea? Most definitely tea. Peppermint, earl grey, and irish breakfast are my favorites.
Something that’s overrated: Getting a college degree to be considered a smart and successful member of society. I’m such a rebel.
Something that’s underrated: Taking the time to put together an outfit, put on makeup, and doing your hair every day even if you know you’ll just be home editing pictures all day.
What’s your favorite comfort food? Potato chips are my weakness.
Website/blog(s) you visit daily: Facebook is pretty much what I view daily, but that does leave me wandering around to various photographers’ work, which usually leads me to Katelyn James’ blog because she updates almost daily. Oh and who can forget Pinterest!
Who is the photographer that inspires you most? Right now I’m really inspired by the work that Stephanie Williams does for the clothing website Ruche. But in general I’m very inspired by Sarah Danaher of Ampersand Photography. She has been such an encourager to me through out this whole photography journey. She invited me along to second shoot a wedding with her even when she only knew me as someone who commented on her blog. She hosted a workshop in D.C. with the super awesome Rebekah Murray that taught me so much about photography and life. And she continues to speak truth into my life when everything in me says I should give up.
Tell us about your very first shoot: Well I’ve been doing “shoots” my whole life, starting from setting up my American Girl dolls with props and outfits and whatnot to create my own American Girl catalogues (even though I only ever got as far as the photos). But my first official paid photo shoot was with a family that found me through my parent’s church. I had never met them and I was terrified, I made my mom come along with me because at that time I still had terrible people skills. There were maybe 20 people in this family, since it was an extended family that hadn’t all been together in the same room in about 10 years. They wanted to document that time together (talk about added pressure). I probably babbled and shook nervously way too much. But in the end I was pretty pleased with the photos and the family loved them. And now they’re still one of my most loyal clients.
What is the one thing in your bag you would throw yourself in front of a speeding train for? Well I live nowhere near any speeding trains so I don’t really have to worry about this, now do I. Nothing I have is really worth that much risk. Maybe if there was a human life involved, that’d be a different story.
I am passionate about: Jesus. He’s my reason for everything. I couldn’t imagine not loving Him. I’m also passionate about working with teenagers, play music, and photography of course.
To tweet or not to tweet: Eh. I have it set up so every time I post a new blog it posts a link on my twitter feed. And if I’m ever watching “Secrets of a Stylist” on HGTV and need to ask Emily Henderson a question she always tweets back almost right away. She’s just awesome like that.
What are the top 5 things on your “photographer’s wish list”?
In no specific order:
1. Professional rebranding. You know the whole shebang; logo, business cards, website, blog, everything
2. A Showit website (http://showitfast.com/)
3. A 35mm 1.4 lens
4. A prop stylist, wardrobe stylist, and possibly some kind of art director to work with to make my portrait sessions absolutely gorgeous
5. And maybe a cute photographing boyfriend who turns into a cute photographing husband
What do you find most difficult about being a photographer? For the longest time I had a hard time getting people to take me seriously that this is my job and not just my hobby, which probably has something to do with the fact that I started this crazy photography journey at 19, and most people assume that I’m still 17. But now I think it’s getting that stupid comparison voice out of my head. For some reason I feel like I should be in the exact same place that all the other photographers that I admire, even though they’ve been out there working on their business longer than me. Accepting that I’m where I’m supposed to be is not an easy task.
What do you find most rewarding? I love making people feel valued and beautiful, especially the teenage girls. They’re always so self conscious when we start shooting and then by the end they turn into little models. Then they get so excited when I post their photos for them to see and they plaster them all over Facebook. One girl told me that she had no idea that she was that pretty. I just love that.