I feel SO blessed and overwhelmed with the ongoing support on my blog and Facebook . I can’t tell you enough how much it means to me to have such great supporters both in clients and fellow photographers. As a photographer, I truly believe in paying it forward as others have done for me. It has and still is so inspiring to go to another photographer and ask questions. In the last week, I have had several people write me with questions on my business, camera equipment, and sessions I photograph. I feel as though I am a photographer who is constantly learning myself, so I feel honored that you would ask little ol’ me your questions. So for future reference, I love to share as much as I know and if I don’t know well then lets learn together!!
I love your images what camera are you shooting with? Do you have any recommendations on purchasing a DSLR?
Well Jillian, I am a Nikon shooter, I know shocking right? I am currently shooting with the Nikon D700, but started off with the Nikon D90. Both are great cameras, but I personally grew out of the Nikon D90 very quickly. If you are looking for a consumer grade camera that produces amazing pictures, then I would suggest going with the Nikon D90. If you have a little more room in your budget and want something that will challenge you and allow you to grow into, then I would suggest going with the full framed D700. The best thing to do is write down what you are looking for in a camera and go with the camera that works the best for you.
Quick side note: Canon is a great camera as well; I just don’t know anything about them:)
Can you share what lens you used on the top pic (snow pictures). That close up is just beautiful! I love how close you are!
Thank you Mimi you are too sweet! Sorry I am just now answering your question, but promise you that I have not forgotten. In the picture you are referring to, I used the Nikon 50mm 1.4f lens. This is one of my favorite lenses for many reasons. It allows for a very creamy look and does amazing in low light situations. As for the close up, I was able to be very close to my subject, but will have to admit, I cropped in a little tighter in post processing. I try to always compose most of my images in camera, but sometime I feel it’s needed to crop in just a bit tighter to achieve the perfect emotion.
I would really like to know how you got into doing wedding photography. I love weddings, but am so afraid to offer my services?
OH Sarah how I was just in your shoes not too long ago. I was terrified for weeks before photographing my first wedding, but the moment I got there, I fell in love with all the emotions and details there were to capture. It felt very natural for me to be the observer of a bride and grooms special day. My suggestion to you is to find a photographer in your area and offer your services as a second shooter. This will allow you to become comfortable in the flow of a wedding as well as take some of the pressures off until you feel comfortable going out on your own.
Who do you go through for your website?
In one short phrase…I Love Photobiz! There are a lot of great places and ways to host your website, but for me, I wanted less stress in building a website and Photobiz was the perfect solution for me. They are spot on in customer service, pricing, and most of all variety. They offer so many choices in design templates, that it makes building your website literally a piece of cake!
What kind of photos do you like to do?
I touched briefly on this question on Facebook, but then realized I never really specified on my blog what types of photos I love to take. I consider myself a lifestyle photographer that loves to capture every moment while in the moment. I started off specializing in child and newborn photography and while I still love to capture children, I have now gone into weddings and event photography. So to answer this question directly, if you love candid photos that show emotion and the love for life, then I am there to capture those moments and memories!!
I know that I have not answered everyones questions through this post, but I guarantee you that I will answer everyones questions as they come in. Thank you again for your ongoing support and kind words. Have a wonderful weekend!!