What inspired you to use Woodland Albums? I received an email from you with your Legend Album and it was love at first sight! I love authentic leather goods with their texture and smell, and it seemed like the perfect fit for my company and my clients.
What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think of Woodland Albums? Eco-friendly.
Share with us your favorite Woodland album and why. What materials/ options do you choose? As I stated above, I love the Legend album for the authentic leather that is just so smooth and rich and makes me think of nothing but “quality-made”. It seems so timeless too. I love getting to unwrap the album each time I look at it. It’s like opening a present.
What type of clients do you think will enjoy these albums? I think anyone that has an appreciation for a timeless heirloom will appreciate the quality and craft of the Legend Album.
Any suggestions for Woodland Albums? In terms of products, no. I did find the flow on the website to be hard at sometimes…from the wood products on a separate page from the other products and then ordering taking you to the Forbeyon site. It was hard to backtrack to other pages on the site sometimes, and I feared I was missing out on seeing all the wonderful products and information you had to offer.
How long have you been a photographer? It’s always been a hobby since I was a pre-teen, but it became a lifestyle and career choice about 8 years ago.
How did you discover your passion for photography? It was something that peaked my interest young and I can remember my aunt taking me out to learn how to use my SLR and loving every minute of it. I couldn’t wait to get my photos developed and see the results. Then I got my first telephoto lens for Christmas from my parents, and I took it with me when my family vacationed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. It was so exhilarating to try and capture the competitors as well as document all the different cultures and all of the excitement that you could feel in the air. After that, I jumped on board with the high school yearbook and newspaper, then became obsessed with documenting my college dorm life. My desire to shoot kept catapulting as the years went on.
How do you define your style? Clean. Organic. Emotional. I really try my best to keep my photographs based on the raw connections between my couples & families that I am shooting. When it comes to my boudoir photographs, I want the viewer to not be distracted by clothing or accessories, but to be drawn in to angles/shadows of the human form and really getting a bit of an “insiders view” on who she may be deep at the roots of her being.
What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot? I usually have my Canon 5d Mark 3 body with my Sigma Art 35mm 1.4, Canon 50mm 1.4, and Canon 70-200mm 2.8.
Your favorite lens? While it may be hefty to handle, I absolutely adore the bokeh and compression I get from my 70-200mm 2.8. It’s also great for me to be able to step back and not be in the faces of my clients so I can capture more of the authentic moments.
Share with us your favorite image and why. I love this boudoir image above that I took for a client recently because I feel like it shows that you don’t need to go all crazy with fancy lingerie and learning how to give a sultry pouty face to be “sexy”. I love that this shot focuses on the emotional energy of the image and the bit of mystery since you can’t see her face in the image.
When you are shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned? I do try to make sure I have consulted with my clients beforehand so I have a better understanding of what they are looking for in terms of style and the outcome of their images and offer them advice that will help get them those images (i.e., location and outfit choices). I will then create a quick Pinterest board for myself to give me some direction for the shoot. But when I get to the session, I let my instincts lead the way. When I am there finally working with my client to create art, it’s always those authentic moments, that can’t necessarily be planned, that end up always being my favorite images.
What are some of your rules of thumb in photography? Take the time to learn more about your client – their personality, traits, hobbies, etc. So that way when you photograph them, you can capture the true essence of who they are. I will make the comedian of the group tell me a joke. I will let the shy daughter snuggle her mama for security. I also gravitate towards natural interactions with my images verses “look at the camera and smile!” These are the images that they are going to look back at and connect with most.
Whose work, photography or otherwise, are you inspired by and why? I adore the art of Gabe McClintock, Fer Juristi, and Ewan & Brianna Phelan because of the way they work with light and the emotional component in their imagery.
What is it you like the most about being a photographer? I like that it’s something that I can continue to grow and become better at. I will never be the best, but I am such a nerd at learning anything and everything that I can in order to improve myself. I also love that it’s such a timeless art and a gift that my clients will get to cherish for generations to come.
If you weren’t a photographer what would you be? I’m a sucker for interior design. With every move I make, I love seeing how I can create a unique and new space for myself to live in.