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 Tiffany! I am a wife to one amazing husband and a mama to two beautiful girls and one rescue mutt. We live in the suburbs of Atlanta GA. I bought my first micro four-thirds camera in October 2010 when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter, Abbie. I really just wanted to be able to take cute pictures of her and I had no idea I would fall in love with photography like I did! In 2011 I basically floundered around and tried to learn photography and pick up things when I could. I fell in love with macro photography in January 2012, when I was shooting a project 365 and very quickly ran out of ideas for things to capture. I love noticing the details, so macro and I become fast friends.
In July 2012 I bought my first DSLR – a Nikon d800. I figured I should go big or go home! I got really serious about learning photography and spent a ton of time reading and taking pretty much every breakout on Clickin Moms. In 2013 I launched my portrait business and in 2014 I worked more on macro photography and expressing myself through my art. 2015 has had a rough start for me on a personal level but I cannot wait to see what it holds.
1/320s | f/2.8 | ISO 100 | 50mm
No.02What is the best advice you received so far on your photography journey?
Shoot what makes you happy.
No.03What is your favorite thing to photograph?
My daughters and flowers :)
1/250s | f/4.5 | ISO 640 | 105mm
No.04Where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration all around me, especially when I slow down and notice things I wouldn’t otherwise. I am inspired by pretty light and little details.
No.05What type of background do you have? Self taught? Formal training? Mentor?
I am pretty much self-taught. I took shooting 101 and shooting 205 at Clickin Moms and they were both amazing. I read a lot of blogs and buy a lot of ebooks and things like that. There are always a million things I want to learn about photography and editing – the list never seems to get shorter!
1/200s | f/5 ISO | 160 | 105mm
No.06Are you currently doing any photography projects? If so, what?
I was doing a project 365 for 2015 but I put it on hold for three weeks while my older daughter was in the hospital and then recovering afterwards. I just started back on March 1 and I’m excited to be shooting daily again. I am also part of a project called The Motherhood Collective with some amazingly talented women. We are all striving to document the beauty of motherhood by getting in the frame with our littles once a month.
1/320s | f/2 | ISO 400 | 50mm
No.07If you could only use one lens for a year, which would you choose?
Eeeek, so hard! I only have two lenses, but I really NEED them both. If I had to choose, I would choose my 105mm macro. Asking this question is almost like asking which child is my favorite ;)
1/200s | f/7.1 | ISO 800 | 105mm
No.08Share links to 3 of your favorite photography tutorials and tell us why.
I love this tutorial by Brit Chandler because it gives real concrete steps and it’s not overwhelming. She is a great teacher and I love how I always learn something new from her, but she keeps it simple so it’s easy for me to implement her tips! 3 Tips for better lifestyle photography
I adore this tutorial on Click it Up a Notch, because capturing genuine emotion is always something I strive for. There are a ton of great tips and examples included in the tutorial. 5 ways to capture true emotion
I am not sure if this qualifies as a tutorial, but I love everything David duChemin writes, and this article on composition is no exception. Composition and Questions
No.09What is your favorite image right now?
This is so hard! Imogen Cunningham said her favorite photo is the one she will take tomorrow. I’ll switch it up and say my favorite image is the one I took today :)
1/200s | f/8 | ISO 1000 | 105mm
No.10What type of camera and lenses do you shoot with?
No.11Let’s light someone else’s candle, who is a photographer you think we should check out?
This is hard because I have so many friends who are AMAZING photographers. But I have to say my friend Amy of Sweet Caroline Photographie. Her work is just stunning, her post processing is flawless, and she is great at capturing connection.
No.12What is your biggest challenge when it comes to photography?
Not comparing myself to all the other amazing photographers out there.
1/250s | f/2 | ISO 800 | 50mm
No.13How do you display your photos?
My favorite way to display photos is with gallery walls of frames. I have five of them in my house; here are examples from my youngest daughter’s nursery and my dining room.
No.14What's the strangest thing you carry in your camera bag, and why is it in there?
A felt owl mask! Because I just never know when I need something fun to make a photoshoot more exciting for a toddler ;)
No.15What is next on your list of things to learn this year in photography?
I want to learn more about Photoshop. It is so powerful and I feel like I have been learning for years but still I only know .002% of what the program is capable of.
1/320s | f/2.8 | ISO 100 | 105mm
No.16Show us what your work space looks like.
Here is my humble IKEA desk where I spend way more time than I want to.
No.17If people want to follow more of your work where should they go?
If you want to follow along with me please check out my Facebook page!
1/320s | f/3.5 | ISO 240 | 50mm