What inspired you to use Woodland Albums? I searched for quite sometime for just the right album to offer my clients. I wanted the album to have an organic-type feel which would fit my brand, but I was also looking for quality and luxury. The Legend Album ticked all the boxes for me. The genuine leather cover was BOTH organic and luxurious. Furthermore, the sturdy thick card stock pages elevated the overall quality of the piece.
What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think of Woodland Albums? Quality. But I also think of the word unique. I strive to be able to offer my clients something that one doesn’t see everyday. Something that would stand out from all the other albums and photo book choices. And also something that would stand the test of time so the piece could be cherished for generations.
Share with us your favorite Woodland album and why. What materials/ options do you choose? As I mentioned earlier, I adore the Legend Album for its genuine leather cover and thick sturdy card stock pages. Perfectly fits my brand!
What type of clients do you think will enjoy these albums? Clients who love these albums really appreciate the ability to be able to see all of the images from their gallery printed in one place, designed in a way in which tells a story. Not all clients are wall art lovers. Some clients want to be able to hold their entire gallery in their hands. These clients also love a good keepsake!
Any suggestions for Woodland Albums? Maybe to offer more paper options?
How long have you been a photographer? 6 years
How did you discover your passion for photography? Much like many other photographers today, I discovered my passion for photography through photographing my own children. I treated myself to my first DSLR with a tax refund. I just wanted to be able to document our family’s day to day life. I also had a couple of good friends who were also really interested in photography. We would get together and try different shot ideas and really started finding joy in learning new things. After some time, co-workers and friends started asking me to take photos of their children. It slowly but surly started taking off from there.
How do you define your style? That’s a tough one for me. When I really think about it, I believe my work is ever changing. I feel as though it has ebbed and flowed with me throughout my photography journey. As we all know, the industry is forever changing, and with that, we tend to be inspired to try different looks to see if it speaks to us. But at the end of the day, I just want my clients to cherish the memories I have captured for them for generations to come. So to answer your question (finally. Ha!), I pray my clients define my style as TIMELESS.
What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot? You would find my Canon 5D Mark IV adorned with a fabulous camera strap from Camera Straps Made With Love (The Original Photoblocks). For a studio session you would find my Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 Lens and my Sigma Art 50mm 1.4 Lens. If it was a newborn session, I would also have my Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro Lens. For an outdoor session, I would have my Sigma Art 50mm 1.4 Lens as well as my Canon 85mm 1.2L Lens. I usually also have a couple of hair ties, gum, glass cleaner, a lens buddy (stuffed animal that attaches to the end of your lens) and extra memory cards shoved in my bag as well.
Your favorite lens? For outdoor shoots, my Canon 85mm 1.2L is the clear winner. The bokeh is SO creamy and dreamy. For studio shoots, I love my Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 Lens. It’s fast and sharp and allows great focal lengths in close proximity.
Share with us your favorite image and why. In 6 years of shooting newborns, this is/was my very first twins session. I had a picture in my mind of how I wanted this wrap shot to look, but of course I had no idea if it would actually work. Much to my delight, the boys melted right into it. I love how relaxed they look with each other. Almost as if they were still in the womb. I love the symmetry of the pose and how the shape of the pose is mimicked in the shape of the prop. I also love the monochromatic color tones throughout.
What are some of your rules of thumb in photography? It’s when the rules are broken where you find the true magic and beauty.
Whose work, photography or otherwise, are you inspired by and why? So so many fantastic artists out there! Too many to name them all. But let me try to name a few:
My Four Hens Photography – Sarah’s family work is so emotive and gorgeous. Her work speaks for itself and often doesn’t need a caption. However, her ability to pair words and images together is unbelievable.
Twig and Olive – I drool over all their work. The emotion captured, the color tones in their editing, use of light. All of it – YUMMY.
Erin Tole Photography – I love her newborn style. She is crazy good at posing, wrapping, creating/capturing gorgeous light…you name it, she nails it.
Nicole Smith Photography – Her ability to pose newborns and capture light is amazing.
Kinderbella Photography – Not only is her posing beautiful, but this woman’s ability to see color is unparalleled. Her client’s skin tones are always on point…always. Her Lightroom presets are my go-to!
What is it you like the most about being a photographer? I love being able to create beautiful things for other people most of all! I also love being my own boss and having flexible hours for my family. With that being said, all of the things I just mentioned can be the things that are also most difficult about being a photographer. Taking pictures and making portraits are two totally different things. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I am always my worse critic. If I love a gallery I have created, I feel ecstatic! If I create a gallery which I think isn’t my best work, I am terribly hard on myself. It’s an emotional roller coaster that can be mentally exhausting. Being one’s own boss sounds empowering. And it can be! However, I have never worked for anyone who demands late-night hours, weekend hours, holiday hours….and everything in-between! I have come to find out that working for me isn’t easy!
If you weren’t a photographer what would you be? I have a master’s degree in education, and was a teacher for 10 years before going full-time with photography. So I could possibly see myself returning to the education world. However . . . that would be too practical. And for everyone who knows me well, I don’t like practicality. So really, it would be anyone’s guess!