I, by no means, have all the answers.
I can't sit here and tell you all of my secrets because I have none. Everything I know, I have learned from someone else + because of their generosity, I am the photographer I am today. I've been a photographer for six years (WHAT!) and I have gotten a few of the same questions over and over again. So I thought, hey?! Why not do a blog post about some things that have worked for me? Let's go.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO PHOTOGRAPHY?
Growing up, my mom took tons of photos of us kids. We have boxes of film photos. I think having a camera around piqued my interest in photography but it wasn’t until my then babysitter turned photography mentor Kristen invited me to come along with her to weddings that I really got into it. (There’s an infamous story about the first wedding I shot with her… I wore capris. It was 2008, cut me some slack.)
WHAT CAMERA/LENSES DO YOU USE AND LOVE?
I shoot regularly with the Canon 5D Mark II. (Canon 5D Mark III for weddings.) I love the 24-70mm 2.8, 35mm 1.4, and 50mm 1.2 lenses!
HOW DO YOU BUILD A CLIENT BASE?
I actually posted about this on Unfolding Passions, so feel free to check that post out here! In a nutshell, don’t be afraid of portfolio building free sessions, and engage with your ideal client on social media!
DO YOU have A SECOND SHOOTER?
I have a second shooter as an add-on for weddings. I prefer shooting with a second shooter because it means an extra set of eyes and feet, but I also feel totally comfortable shooting weddings on my own.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?
Fun. Passionate. Real. Photography for the In Love and Adventurous.
HOW DO I START MY OWN BUSINESS?
There’s so much I could say here, but first of all, just start! Fear has the potential to be your biggest roadblock, don’t let it stop you. Photograph everyone who will stand in front of your camera and consistently post quality content. Also, Google everything. Google is great. Be professional from the get go and take it seriously. One of the worst things you can do for your business is treat it like a hobby.
HOW DO I POSE PEOPLE NATURALLY?
I talk so much at my photo sessions, people probably get sick of me. I’m constantly encouraging, laughing with, and directing my clients. The KEY is to make them feel comfortable in front of your camera and get them to react to you and each other. I take photos of the “in between” moments, the smiles and glances that happen in between my directed poses. I might ask a couple to look at each other but I won’t save that first shot. I want to make it a little more interesting by having him make her laugh, or have one of them look at me, etc. I’m constantly moving.
I hope this was helpful! Have a wonderful weekend!