1. Production Equipment: Please list the production equipment that you use on a regular basis (eg. Cameras, lenses, flash & lighting, photo editing software).
Canon D-5 and Canon Mark III, 16-24, 24-70, 50, 100, 70-200, 100-400
2. What do you think of photography these days?
I love it, there are a lot of creative freedom with micro stock that brings a lot of JOY into life. I can shoot anything and everything I want to and the beauty in that is I love shooting all subject matters. The learning curve with digital photography has been long and I have put many hours into teaching myself how to do it right. It has been worth it and I am really happy I made the switch.
3. What did you want to be when you were younger?
4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
When I was really young, a Nun (because I went to Catholic School and was with them all day, I wasn't aware of my options in life yet). Later on I wanted to be a teacher, then a social worker. After I went to college for Architectural Interiors, and finally became an Artist and Photographer.
I was about 17 when I saved all my money and bought a Canon AE-1. I then started taking photos and was hooked. I loved it as a teen and still do.
5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
Being creative, seeing new angles on old ideas and being diverse in your subject matter.
6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
Traveling, meeting new people, having adventures, being creative and a great tax write off!
8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?
If shooting still life shots in my studio, I'll think up the idea, write it down, find my props and set up background lighting and shoot. I try to use different lenses during the shoot. The same goes for shooting with models, but I look at magazines and get ideas first before I start shooting, and add more ideas during the shoot.
9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
Artistic, Colorful, Fun, Energetic, Professional, Down to Earth, Real.
10. Do you shoot to what your heart tells you or do you go through a complex check list in your mind when you produce your work? Describe the feeling/check list.
I make a list but always follow my heart, and intuition during the shoot. I like to start with a concept in mind and let it go from there.
11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
Travel, because I have a desire to see and record the world. People, because I love different personalities. Creative studio shots, because of my design background. Flowers and nature, because it is all from God and there is great beauty in nature. Horses, because they are so strong and beautiful and I love the energy they have and their individual personalities.
12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
Birds and some wildlife. An example, I was in Montana last week shooting Elk and trying to shoot a Bear. We finally found the Bear but it was just too far away. We would had to climb a steep ravine to get to it and it was too dangerous, but it was still fun seeing it.
13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
Shoot a little each day, and enjoy what you are doing. You have to have JOY in shooting your photography, when you do it shows up in your work.
14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
It's funny I love shooting everything, so I'd have to say almost everything inspires me, I can see a photograph in almost everything. One thing I do love though, is light in nature, and being able to see it and capture it on camera.
15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
I work fast and get a lot done while my energy is high and when it slows down I do more processing and submission.
16. Tell us about a time when inspiration just hits you, and you felt the insatiable urge to create. What did you do with that energy?
I get in my car and throw my camera and tri-pod in and just drive and stop wherever and whenever I want and shoot. I like the feeling of such freedom and always get such neat shots.
17. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?
I enjoy quiet time in nature and appreciate all the beauty in the world, through a wide angle lens and all the way down to a macro. It is fun to shoot the same thing with all my lenses, and see what I can capture while being in one spot.
18. Whose work do you admire the most? Why?
David Munch, I love how he looks at his shots. He is like a mountain goat, he can climb any hill in a matter of seconds and see his shots as he is approaching an area. He has a lot of great energy and yet a certain calmness in him.
19. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting in to stock photography?
If you're just getting started, research what is needed in the areas you like to shoot and come up with some new angles. Spend some time each day shooting, processing and submitting. Also, keywording is really important because that is how your work gets seen. So take time and come up with good keywords.