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Frequently Asked 5

I thought I'd mix things up a little bit and add a bit of fun to my Frequently Asked 5 feature and also enable you to get to know me a little bit better personally as well. Sit back, relax, and don't judge me too harshly =)

5 Things I'm Embarrassed to Admit:

  I don't really follow camera news and improvements. I shoot with what I have, love it, and perfect it in Photoshop. I'm much more into the creative, Photoshop aspects than the technical, scientific camera side of things.
At 28 years old, I am still terrified of opening a can of cresent rolls.
I don't take nearly enough pictures of my own kids.
I bought my first SLR camera (a D80) because I liked the pictures my friends took with theirs. I did zero additional research. Opps.
I almost always forget the husband's name of a family I'm working with 5 minutes after they've told it to me. When in doubt, I refer to him as "Dad". Sneaky, right?

5 Things I Can't Live Without:

My DVR.
My iPhone.
My 85mm lens. Best purchase ever.
Chicken fingers and fries - my go-to meal just about anywhere.
Coke.

5 Things About My Business:

I designed my logo and branding my senior year of college as my final project.
I'm at a place where I love my business structure - my pricing, my policies, my paperwork, etc. I'm past the "portfolio building" and "growing pains" of starting a photography business. I have a workflow that I've perfected and works for me.
I'm legal. I pay taxes, have a federal tax ID number and my brain hurts come tax season.
Right now I'm focusing on adding to my lens collection, not upgrading to the newest and best camera model. A great camera does not always a photographer make.
The greatest reward of doing what I do is walking into a client's home and seeing my pictures in frames or on the walls.

5 Things I'm working on:

Not chopping off limbs in weird places. I move so quickly to frame a shot that sometimes I don't realize this. I'm very critical of my work after the fact.
Losing the baby weight. 10 pounds to go!
Saving for the Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 lens so that I don't have to keep renting it when I shoot the occasional wedding!
Managing an almost 3 year old. Terrible twos? Yeah, give me those any day over this 3 year old tantrum business!
Not stumbling over my words at a session when trying to describe how I want the client to move or position themselves. When in doubt - act it out myself!

5 Things I Wish My Clients Knew:

When it comes to kids, not to stress out or get frustrated when they won't sit perfectly still or smile. I can get a smile and their attention without them realizing it, but parents getting upset or frustrated make the child shut down and my job actually much harder.
Wearing small stripes can make your prints look kind of goofy - almost like a mosaic. They don't photograph well, so it's best to avoid them if you can.
I love what I do.
It's okay to talk, be silly, and forget I'm there. Candids bring out the real emotions in your images!
I can't tag you on Facebook unless we're friends on my personal account. I love it when you tag your own images so your friends can find your images on my page!

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