Friday 5

1. Do you let clients preview their images on your camera after/during the session?

No, I don't. It's like getting a haircut and making a judgement before it's been styled and polished. I may take a great shot and show it to my client immediately after, but I would never let them flip through all the images I've taken. I like to wait for the "Wow" factor after they've been polished in photoshop and only the best are kept. =)

2. What kind of lighting is best for outdoor sessions?

Sunrise and an hour or so before sunset is the best lighting, which is why I typically conduct all my sessions in the evening. When the sun is high, it creates very harsh shadows and is too bright on the face. By waiting until the sun is almost down, shadows are much softer. Overcast or cloudy days may not seem ideal, but they are actually perfect lighting for outdoor sessions.

3. What kind of camera do you shoot with?

I currently shoot with a Nikon D80. When I purchased my SLR camera I don't know that I had seriously considered shooting professionally. I just knew that I loved photography. Had I known where my business would be at today, I would have bought a higher-end model. However, I think my work speaks for itself and a nicer camera does not always a photographer make! I would really love to upgrade, but that will come with time. Time and money. Money is important.

4. Do you have a favorite famous photographer?

I actually really love Annie Leibovitz. She is the head photographer for Vanity Fair magazine. I love the coloring, textures and softness in her photos and the photo journalistic quality to them. One of my favorite shoots to date of hers were the first pictures ever released of Suri Cruise, the daughter of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise.

5. Do you prefer to shoot film or digital?

Hands down, digital. Like so many others, I grew up shooting film. I hated tearing open that envelope of freshly developed pictures and seeing shots I really hoped turned out in fact didn't. I love seeing the immediate results after I've clicked the shutter to see if the shot worked or not. Plus, there's no time in between shooting and getting the images on the computer to edit them. They're just so versatile. I've worked with film in college, learned the process - which is beautiful - but professionally and to keep my sanity, digital is the way to go.

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