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What first attracted you to photography?
Initially, my grandmother. She pretty much always had an old Polaroid camera in her hand when I was growing up, and I picked it up every time she set it down. As I got older, I realized what I really enjoy photographing depends on my mindset and the people I’m surrounded by.
What is a moment you are most proud of in regards to photography?
There have been quite a few along the way. Moments you never see coming, but somehow always wanted to have in your memory book. Three years ago, I landed the job of a lifetime that has encouraged me to grow and develop my skills not only with my work, but with people as well. Most recently, I’d say being hired to travel and shoot a very specialized set of performances for a band I absolutely adore.
Favorite style or subject to shoot?
Posed portraits with external flash. On the opposite side of that, performance photography. One I take a lot of care in making minor adjustments so people can look their best and feel comfortable; the other is right in the moment, where you have a split second to get the perfect shot without any filter or warning.
Favorite piece of equipment?
Definitely my camera. All the other equipment I utilize is just an extension of that monumental and highly flexible tool. Without it, I couldn’t do my job, or what I love.
What is your dream photography gig?
If I’m honest, I think I’ve found mine. I freelance for several folks currently, I have two very polar opposite photo businesses that allow me to both make my living and have fun while doing so. I get to work with some of the most kind, supportive, and incredible people on the planet; and I wouldn’t change that for the world. The fact that I get to do something completely different every day is an extremely beautiful bonus.
Any advice for others who are interested in photography?
Do extensive research before you commit. Make a list of things you are interested in taking photographs of, then look over all the specifications of what creating those images would entail. (Models that are specifically created for speed shooting, low light productivity, landscape or portrait versatility, ect.) Pick a brand you can relate to, that will stick with you. Put some serious thought into your equipment purchases, and determine if it will be more practical to put the investment in something you will use over time, or get down and dirty with for the short term. Practice as often as you can. Whether you choose to do this as a hobby or a career, it is an investment of not only your money, but also your time, creativity, emotion, and constantly increasing your knowledge of the skill.
The best piece of advice you received starting out?
Actually, the worst piece I ever received is what motivated me to branch out. The very first professional photographer I ever encountered told me to “Pick one thing, and stick to it. Don’t try to be a Jack of all Trades.” I am not a one trick pony kind of gal, so that really pushed me to step into every opportunity that was presented to me, even if I didn’t end up liking it in the end. The best, (by far) was “Always shoot in RAW. You’ll have more software options later.”
What services do you offer?
Custom packages for Weddings, Events, Formals, Senior Portraits, Engagements, Birthday Parties, Head Shots, Real Estate, Images for Advertising, Commercial, Cosplay, Boudoir (and Dude-doir), Band and Concert Photography
How can someone contact you?
For the more traditional, standard style sessions, Transcending Dreams Photography:
For the more creative and outlandish tastes, Broken Skulls Productions: