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No.01Tell us a little about yourself and your photography journey.
I am married with two boys, who are almost 6 and 8, and we live in the great state of Texas. I have an identical twin sister, and a special place in my heart for those with special needs, having experienced the joy of growing up with my brother who has Down syndrome. I used to work as an RN with cancer patients before my photography journey began, which was about 5 years ago.
I got my first DSLR as a gift and I didn’t know the first thing about how to use it. I didn’t like that feeling of not understanding, of not knowing how to control it. So I read everything I could online, I watched MeRa Koh’s DVD “Beyond the Green Box”, and started practicing on anyone who would let me. Pretty quickly, my friends and family started asking me to take their pictures.
So, while portfolio building, I officially established Twinflower Photography as an LLC, started a website and I was in business. The next 3 years were very busy with lots of wonderful newborn and family portrait clients. Then, we unexpectedly had to move for my husband’s work. I had to stop taking clients to focus on the move and get my family settled in a new city.
While I had loved my clients, once we moved I realized it was the break I never knew I needed. I decided to remain a happy hobbyist and have done so for the past year and a half. I’m loving the creative freedom and rediscovering what made me love photography in the first place.
No.02What is the best advice you received so far on your photography journey?
To be open to feedback from people who aren’t your friends or family. Asking for critique or having a portfolio review can be a very humbling experience, but it shouldn’t be thought of as a negative one. A lot of growth can come from viewing your work through the eyes of an objective peer.
35mm | ss 1/200 | f/3.2 | ISO 3200
No.03What is your favorite thing to photograph?
My boys are my favorite subjects. They are getting “older” but I am enjoying the challenge it brings, not having little chubby baby cheeks to photograph or a toddler who laughs at everything. They are in such an awesome season of life right now. The magic of childhood is very much alive for them. It’s a time of telling jokes, playing games, cracking each other up, being best friends and sharing a room. I say this at every stage, but this stage is my favorite!
35mm | ss 1/800 | f/2.8 | ISO 320
No.04Where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere! I keep a journal at my desk where I jot down things that inspire me, so that it in turn might inspire my photography. It could be a funny commercial I saw, or something I just read in a book, something I heard someone say that day, song lyrics, a new project idea, etc.
No.05What type of background do you have? Self taught? Formal training? Mentor?
I am self-taught.
No.06Are you currently doing any photography projects? If so, what?
Yes! I started my Project 365 in October and I just passed the 100th day mark. I am in a 365 Flickr group and a blog circle, which really helps keep me motivated and inspired. I highly recommend connecting with other people when doing a project like this!
35mm | ss 1/160 | f/3.5 | ISO 250
No.07If you could only use one lens for a year, which would you choose?
It would have to be my 35mm 1.4L. It’s my go-to lens, sharp and fast, and I love it so much on a full frame.
No.08Share links to 3 of your favorite photography tutorials and tell us why.
– This is an awesome tutorial about how to shoot around the clutter in your home to create a clean image – Working around the clutter
– I am a big fan of using editing to complete an image. And I love negative space, so I use this method very often in Photoshop! Photoshop Editing: Creating negative space
– I wrestled with my desire to shoot wide open while maintaining sharpness, and this tutorial was very helpful – 5 tips to get sharp photos with extremely shallow depth of field
35mm | ss 1/320 | f/3.2 | ISO 160
No.09What is your favorite image right now?
The black and white image of my boys in the back seat of our car wearing their baseball uniforms. They’re cracking each other up, as usual and I can see that my oldest is missing his front teeth. It’s so “them” and perfectly illustrates their “best friend” relationship…one I hope will never change.
35mm | SS 1/200 | f/2.2 | ISO 1000
No.10What type of camera and lenses do you shoot with?
No.11Let’s light someone's candle, who is a photographer you think we should check out?
Heather Chang is also a Texan and a mom of boys. She shoots both film and digital and is one of the talented ladies in my 365 blog circle. Check her out at: Heather Chang Photographyhttp://www.heatherchangphotography.com/
No.12What is your biggest challenge when it comes to photography?
Not getting the consistent positive feedback I used to get when I was taking paying clients. I went from hearing “I love the photos! You’re awesome!” to having to pat myself on the back, and having that be enough. But it’s really helping me focus on my own personal journey and be more true to myself. Now I don’t have to worry about what anyone else thinks, and that is very freeing.
35mm | ss 1/800 | f/3.2 | ISO 250
No.13What's the strangest thing you carry in your camera bag, and why is it in there?
No.14What is next on your list of things to learn this year in photography?
I’m really interested in learning more about color theory, and how to use color intentionally to strengthen photo composition and add depth to an image. I’ve casually read about color theory, but I think I need someone to hit me over the head with the color wheel so it will stick!
35mm | ss 1/100 | f/3.2 | ISO 4000
No.15If people want to follow more of your work where should they go?