Photographer of the Month Interview : Meredith Dickens / Meredith Dickens Photography

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We are pleased to announce Meredith Dickens – www.meredithdickens.com as June Photographer of the Month. Visit her amazing blog and see more of her work on Facebook!

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What inspired you to use Woodland Albums? I had been searching for a unique option to the traditional layflat album and fell in love with the look and feel of the Legend albums. The craftsmanship is unmatched!

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What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think of Woodland Albums? Timeless.

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Share with us your favorite Woodland album and why. What materials/ options do you choose? I adore the Legend album! The dark brown genuine leather cover, wrap around design, and art watercolor paper is absolutely stunning and my brides go crazy for them! They sell themselves!

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What type of clients do you think will enjoy these albums? I think woodland albums are great for brides who are trendy brides but also are looking for an album that will stand the test of time.

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How long have you been a photographer? 8 years.

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How did you discover your passion for photography? My artistic journey began in portrait work in the form of oil and acrylic painting in both high school and college. I was on the road to be an art teacher and decided to hold off on schooling, dropped out and went full time in the work force! Photography fell in my lap a few years later when a friend of mine asked me to photograph her wedding! At the time, I had no experience in photography and did not even own a camera! But I said “yes” and the rest is history!

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How do you define your style? Bright and clean; true to color.

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What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot? Your favorite lens? I adore my 85mm. It is my go to for all of my sessions. I shoot Nikon so I also have the 50mm, 24-70mm and shoot with the 105mm micro and 70-200mm telephoto occasionally.

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Share with us your favorite image and why. This has got to be my first destination wedding in 2014 to Negril, Jamaica! The storms were off in the distance over the ocean creating amazing clouds! This image is practically straight out of camera (minus the few catamarans that were edited out) I never dreamed my passion would take me to such a romantic place!

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When you are shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned? I think it is a good mix of both. I enjoy to guide the clients into poses but then allow them to loosen the pose with laughter and movement. Normally when I walk into a shoot I can envision the final product before I even begin.

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What are some of your rules of thumb in photography? Keep it simple. Don’t overthink it. Find your light. Don’t stop moving!

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Whose work, photography or otherwise, are you inspired by and why? I follow all sorts of photographers and creative individuals via social media. I find the variety of work challenge, inspire and always strive to better myself.

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What is it you like the most about being a photographer? The connection and interaction with my clients. The relationships and friendships built over the years is really what makes being a photographer the best career ever!

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If you weren’t a photographer what would you be? I have a passion for architecture and historic preservation. I love 1870-1930’s architecture and hope to live in and restore an old home one day!

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