undispvted asked: I just looked through some of your work and it's so so good. I really want to be a photographer when I grow up but people have been telling me it doesn't make good money. It's really what I love to do and what I want to have as my job. Any tips?
This is a good question! I think it can easily go both ways. Talent is obviously important, but what I can attribute the success I’ve had (so far) to is working nonstop. I am always diving into different projects and keep myself really busy with constantly perfecting what I do. I talk about my work a lot on different social media platforms to promote myself as a brand & also my work. I spend a ton of time reaching out to magazines, newspapers, advertising agencies, successful photographers I follow, managers & PR people for bands, etc. It’s difficult sometimes because with all the time I spend doing this, it limits my time for family/friends… having a balance is important but I’m still learning how to do that! Feel free to email me (email@example.com) examples of your work and I’d be happy to help you!
As far as money goes… still waiting on the big paycheck ha! I work at a newspaper full time which brings in a consistent income. The freelance work I do has been primarily for portfolio building and getting my name “out there” for the most part so far.
This may be one of my favorite articles ever written about me. Thanks Ben!!
lunafaery asked: I see posts on Facebook asking for models like 5'7" and taller. Any shoots coming up where you'd be willing to work with short girls?
Of course! Those calls are primarily for my fashion photoshoots. For most of my conceptual art I height + body type isn’t as important. Being a short gal myself, I like to be an equal opportunity photographer ha. We should shoot sometime :)
rlllylametbh asked: I absolutely love love love the photos you did with The Neighbourhood they are beautiful!
Thank you so much!! I’m happy to hear they are appreciated :)
Anonymous asked: What has been your most complicated photoshoot?
It was actually a shoot that looked really simple ha. I was photographing two models, one with really fair skin- the other with really dark skin. One of the models was posing, the other was doing a lot of movement. It was outdoors in the middle of winter and their backs were facing the sky/main light source. It was tricky for several reasons… using an external flash didn’t last long because it was freezing and killed the batteries. I had issues with exposure because of the two very different skin tones and it wasn’t QUITE bright enough to shoot with a high shutter speed to not have movement blur from the model who was dancing.
My solution to this was moving the models a bit, exposing somewhere in between overexposing the model with fair skin/underexposing the model with darker skin & fixing it in photoshop.
What I learned from it was to ALWAYS bring a plethora of batteries if I’m shooting outdoors and think more about “what if” situations in case the original photo concept doesn’t work out (which is what happened here which was why the shoot ended up being kind of difficult/I wasn’t as prepared as I should be).