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mindy harris

Who or what is your primary focus?  (Weddings, portraits, commercial work, editorial, etc.)
Portraits (families, children, and babies)

Film or digital?
All digital.

How long have you been shooting professionally?
About three years.
Do you shoot on-location, in-studio, or both?
Almost all of my sessions are on-location, but I have a small studio room for newborns and babies.

What drew you to photography initially?
A friend of mine had six children- the youngest three were babies when I got to know the family well. I wanted to capture every ounce of their cuteness because I loved them so much!

Who has influenced your work, style and/or approach to photography?
My style and approach is completely influenced by my own childhood. I did not feel loved growing up, so I feel this drive to capture/document love within families. I try to imagine the children I photograph looking at the photos in 30 years and how amazing it will be for them to see how much they were loved and to be able to feel and experience those emotions again.

Who or what continues to inspire you most, personally and professionally?
I am continually amazed by God.

What do you enjoy most about being a professional photographer?  What do you enjoy least?
I really like seeing how every family has its own personality. I dislike answering emails, as anyone who has emailed me in the past year knows.:)

How would you describe your photographic style?
Relaxed and loving.

Do you have any formal training or education in photography?
No

What camera do you use in your work?  What lens is your most used?  Most fun?
5D Mark II. My main lenses are the 50mm 1.4, 28-75mm 2.8, and 135mm 2.0


In which mode do you prefer to shoot?
Always manual mode.

RAW or JPG?
Always raw.

Any additional equipment or gear that you just can’t live without?
My Macbook Pro!

What program(s) do you use for post-processing?  What is your favorite tip you can share with our readers regarding post-processing?
Photoshop CS5. Selective color is a great tool for reducing over-saturated colors.

Do you prefer color or black and white images?  What determines how you’ll process each image (or which film you’ll use)?
I usually prefer color images. The expressions of the subjects/mood of the image determines processing for me.

Do you ever find yourself in a creative rut?  How do you overcome this?
Yes- checking out art outside of the online photography community is great for inspiration.

What has been the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given regarding photography?
Getting images correct while shooting is the best- relying on Photoshop to fix images after the fact will just lead to frustration.

Tell us about your most favorite portrait session, most fun commercial assignment or dream wedding.
I don’t know that I have a favorite session- but I love sessions with “big kids” who are 5 years and older.

What is your favorite personal indulgence or treat?
I fully embrace my inner child- I love cartoons and sweet cereals.

Where is your dream getaway?  And… would you take your camera with you, or leave it at home and enjoy the moment?
I have always wanted to go to Australia- I would definitely have my camera with me!

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About Bree


Bree is the founder and writer of BakedBree.com, a recipe site that shares her love of cooking, baking, and entertaining with others. BakedBree.com launched in February of 2010 as a way to merge Bree’s love of photography with her love of food, and share both with friends and family. Currently, Bree lives in the suburbs of Washington DC with her husband and 3 children.

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  • Sheryl

    Great job Mindy! xoxo

  • Liz

    beautiful work and sounds like she’s just as beautiful inside! Thanks for the interview- very inspiring!

  • http://www.facebook.com/courtina Courtney Keim

    wonderful read mindy! it was great getting to know you this week! thank you again for being an inspiration :)

  • Echo Dannelle

    What an amazing person, she is! And a wonderful photographer. You can feel the love coming from her photos. I would love to just meet her, and just talk. :)

  • Ale

    Come to Australia Mindy, I would move heaven and earth to meet you :). Not only for your insights in photography but to also hear your views on love and family. God bless you, Ale

  • Melissa Corcoran

    I adore Mindy both as a person and as a photographer. She is truly inspiring on so many levels. So lovely to see her featured here.

  • Marcie Jessee

    Beautiful images! It is obvious that your goal is to capture the loving relationships of the families you shoot and you do an amazing job!