Who or what is your primary focus? (Weddings, portraits, commercial work, editorial, etc.)
While I’ve truly enjoyed the commercial and editorial work I’ve done, my true love is shooting portraits, especially kids and families.
Do you shoot on-location, in-studio, or both?
Location! Although I often contemplate studio shooting, I don’t think I could give up the creativity that on-location shooting provides.
What drew you to photography initially?
I loved to pour over and take photographs when I was growing up, but never once considered becoming a professional photographer. Then, like many moms, I started taking and sharing photos of my own children and found that photography came naturally. My business took off from there.
Who or what continues to inspire you most, personally and professionally?
I’m continually inspired by people! I don’t think I’ll ever tire of capturing the adoring gaze of a new parent, the wonder in a baby’s eyes, the soulful look of a tween, or the joyful expressions of a family in love.
Do you have any formal training or education in photography?
Not a bit! I actually backed out of going to medical school at the last minute, so my education background couldn’t be further from photography! I used to feel insecure about my lack of formal training, but now I consider it a benefit, as I was able to find my own style with little outside influence.
What camera do you use in your work? What lens is your most used? Most fun?
I own both a Canon 5d mark ii and a five-year-old Canon 5d classic. I absolutely adore my old 5d and can’t believe that it has lasted so long – it is a workhorse! However, now that I’ve put that out there, my old standby will probably croak within the week, lol!
In which mode do you prefer to shoot?
Absolutely always Manual mode. I’m a bit of a control freak when shooting!
RAW or JPG?
Any additional equipment or gear that you just can’t live without?
I adore my elderly (four-year-old) iMac. (Shoot, there’s another thing that will probably bite the dust now that I’m publicly singing its praises!)
Do you prefer color or black and white images? What determines how you’ll process each image (or which film you’ll use)?
I ADORE black and white, and often contemplate going that route exclusively. However, I like color too much to jump ship completely, so I usually do a bit of both at each session.
Do you ever find yourself in a creative rut? How do you overcome this?
To value yourself as a professional artist. Running a business is hard work AND takes me away from my family, so I can’t imagine doing it for peanuts.
Tell us about your most favorite portrait session, most fun commercial assignment or dream wedding.
Professionally, my favorite session is almost always the one I’ve just completed, which is part of the fun of each new assignment!
Where is your dream getaway? And… would you take your camera with you, or leave it at home and enjoy the moment?
I’m dying to travel to Italy. And how could I possibly NOT take my camera there?!
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