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, I’m Ruthie! I am 16 and a photographer in the great city of Memphis, Tennessee. I fell in love with photography when I was 11 or 12 years old when we adopted my little sister and all I wanted to do was take pictures of her. I quickly learned that I loved it and I started my business at 13. Three years later and I still run the same business and love every second of what I get to do!
- No.02What is the best advice you received so far on your photography journey?
I think the best advice I’ve gotten as a photographer is to never become too comfortable in your specialty as a photographer. Every time I have gotten too comfortable in my work to where I’m just going through the motions, I try to change something. I take on a new project, I shoot something differently, I try a new session flow, etc. As an artist, when I become too comfortable with what I’m creating, I try to reach higher and stretch myself in order to grow. There is no limit on what we can create when it comes to an artist and the camera.
- No.03Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration in a lot of things! I often laugh because I find inspiration in the oddest and most random things in life. It may be the light in the classroom I’m sitting in, a song I’m listening to while studying, a stranger’s smile or a painting, I am constantly inspired and amazed by the world around me.
- No.04What type of background do you have? Self taught? Formal training? Mentor?
Both a mentor and self taught! When I started out in photography, I had a mentor/teacher, Gretchen Shaw, who taught me all about ISO, shutter speed, aperture, etc. Then after that, I absorbed all the information I could through online tutorials and some classes at Clickin Moms!
- No.05Are you currently doing any photography projects? If so, what?
- No.06If you could only use one lens for a year, which would you choose?
Oh, definitely my 24-70mm 2.8! I love that I have the ability to quickly switch from a wide angle shot to a close up portrait shot without having to run back and forth.
- No.07Share links to 3 of your favorite photography tutorials and tell us why.
5 Ways to Capture True Emotion
I love love love this tutorial because it not only shares how to capture emotion, but it also it goes into why we should capture emotion.
5 Family Poses That Always Capture Connection
This tutorial is awesome because sometimes I have a hard time using poses that infuse connection, but this tutorial shares some fabulous poses that are great to use with all families.
5 Reasons You Should Infuse Photography with Joy
I am such a lover of joy and laughter and this tutorial is so great on why we as photographers should bring joy into our work.
- No.08What is your favorite image right now?
- 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?
You all need to check out my dearest friend Clare of Clare Gratz Photography. Clare has the ability to capture the simple daily moments in a family’s life and turn them in to remarkable works of art. Clare has such an incredible passion to capture families and children just as they are and she does it remarkably. Check her out!
- No.11What is your biggest challenge when it comes to photography?
My struggle in photography has always been having confidence in myself as a photographer and in my work. Too often I find myself dismissing a photo idea simply because it was a little out of the way or I was too shy to speak up and share my ideas. I’m an introvert and I’ve always considered it a negative thing when it comes to photography, but I’m slowly learning to embrace it and even use it to my advantage!
- No.12How do you display your photos?
- No.13What is the strangest thing you carry in your camera bag?
Probably the strangest thing people comment about in my bag is my little stuffed elephant that attaches to my lens. :) It’s a little embarrassing when I forget to take it off during an engagement shoot or something, but it really does help so much when working with children!
- No.14What is next on your list of things to learn this year in photography?
I hope this year to continue working hard on my film photography project! I been totally captivated by it and I am so excited to learn more. I am taking a class right now called Embrace the Grain and it has been such a packed class filled to the brim with inspiration and information. I have loved it so much and I hope to learn so much more this upcoming year!
- No.15If people want to follow more of your work where should they go?