Excited about our Have You Met series where I showcase YOU, the photographers of our community. We had over 400 photographers apply for the series in less than a week. I can’t wait to showcase the talented photographers. There is a mix of hobbyist and business owners as well as full-frame and crop sensor users. This may be my new favorite part of the site.
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- No.01Tell us a little about yourself and your photography journey.
Hi, my name is Julie Moses. I am a wife, mom of four, a homeschooler, artist, art teacher, and photographer. I also help admin an online photography community called Snap Maven, which I founded along my personal photography journey in response to feeling overlooked and unimportant. Often the best way to get inspired is to inspire others.
My personal photography journey is fairly long and convoluted, starting back when I was a little girl with a 110 camera and a poor dog model who was a very patient model. I graduated through different film cameras as I got older but they were always point and shoot versions. Even though I was fascinated with photography and loved taking photos, I never imagined myself as a photographer. Photography was too technical, expensive, and time consuming, so I just stuck with drawing and painting as my creative outlet.
It was after a series of life altering events I realized that there is no time like the present to pursue your passions because tomorrow isn’t promised and I took the plunge and bought my first big girl DSLR camera. I was shooting manual within a week and I have not looked back. I shoot almost everyday now and I am always trying to sharpen my shooting and editing skills.
- No.02What is the best advice you received so far on your photography journey?
The absolute best advice hands down is to not compare yourself to anyone but the photographer you were yesterday. Trying to be as “good” as someone else is a complete waste of energy because no matter how hard you may try, you can never actually “be’ someone else, so just be you and rock the hell out it.
- No.03Where do you find your inspiration?
Because of my art background, I learned how to draw inspiration from everything around me, but I am especially aware of the inspiration I find in my everyday life. Many of my favorites painters chose to depict normal everyday scenes of family life, I find I am pulled in that same direction. Paintings, movies, books, and quotes offer even more inspiration.
- No.04What type of background do you have? Self taught? Formal training? Mentor?
I have been studying fine art in the forms of drawing, painting, and printmaking since I was in junior high, I studied it in college as well, though family life started before I was able to get my degree. I studied on my own though and this has really informed my ideas on how to use composition, color and other design elements in my imagery. The technical aspects of photography I have learned mostly on my own through books, online tutorials, youtube, and trial and error. I have been blessed to have participated in several workshops that were centered on the creative inspirations of photography as well.
- No.05Are you currently doing any photography projects? If so, what?
I always have several projects going at once. I have an ongoing 365 project as well as several documentary projects I plan to turn into books at some point. My current endeavors are geared toward curating my work for stock image collections.
- No.06If you could only use one lens for a year, which would you choose?
My very favorite lens is my 28mm 1.8. It lives on my camera probably 75% of the time already so I could easily shoot with only it for a whole year.
- No.07Share links to 3 of your favorite photography tutorials and tell us why.
The Art of Photography – The first is from a youtube podcast called The Art of Photography. It’s actually 9 different videos about the elements of photography composition. It’s an amazing compilation of images from iconic photographers and how their images have utilized these different elements. By becoming aware of these elements and how to use them, you can become much more purposeful and intentional in your shooting.
Zone System: The Basics – The second is one of the best explanations of using the zone system that I have come across. Many tutorials really over complicate the technique to the point of sending non experts running for the hills, but this one is really simple and easy to understand. it just so happened to be from Click it Up a Notch too!
Frequency Separation – The last one is from another another video channel on Youtube called Phlearn. It’s all about a retouching technique called Frequency Separation. It’s a really great technique to create a great complexion without overdoing an edit to the point of turning models into pore less dolls.
- No.08What is your favorite image right now?
My favorite image right now is one I just took this week of my daughter in the backyard reaching up to try and pick a lemon off of the neighbor’s tree which hangs over into our yard. it reminds me that I am not anywhere near being done yet, and that now more than ever I need to keep reaching for my goals.
- No.09What type of camera and lenses do you shoot with?
- No.10Let’s light someone else’s candle, who is a photographer you think we should check out?
I am in love with Kerry Cheah’s work over at Red Bus Photography! Her use of light, especially in indoor spaces just amazes me.
- No.11What is your biggest challenge when it comes to photography?
In the technical aspects I still struggle with white balance and skin tones here and there, but I have had some great advice on post processing from Summer Cates, who teaches a great class specifically on skin tones.
- No.12How do you display your photos?
I really love to print my photos in books.
- No.13What is the strangest thing you carry in your camera bag?
I have a whole collection of Star Wars Pez dispensers. I attach them to the hot shoe of my camera to give my subjects a focal point when I want them to look at the camera.
- No.14What is next on your list of things to learn this year in photography?
I really want to get into street photography.
- No.15If people want to follow more of your work where should they go?
The best place to see my new work is over at my Facebook page.