Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started in photography.
I have been interested in photography for as long as I can remember. From the moment I started shooting with my grandfather’s Minolta 7S, I knew it would always be a part of my life. I just always assumed it would be a hobby. I worked for a few local studios doing school and event portraits, editing images and coordinating the shoots, then took a break for two years. Photography is a really competitive field and I had to decide if it was worth fighting for my business or if I should go back to school for architecture. I decided a year ago to follow my heart and started shooting for my portfolio. When I started Jennifer Lynne Photographie earlier this year, I was totally unprepared for the amount of energy it would take to start, and I’m now looking forward to taking a few months off to restructure and re-launch my business.
Who or what influenced you to become a photographer?
My mother shared her love of art with me, my father took me shooting when I was 8. I found an autobiography of Grace Kelly when I was a kid on my parent’s bookshelf, and it had a section of photos in it that I would stare at for hours. Photography allows you to capture these amazing moments in time, and she looked gorgeous. I wanted to take photos like that as a kid.
What photographic field is your favorite?
Glamour and fine art. I think that is the direction my business is headed. I also really like photographing children. They are honest in front of the camera and I love capturing who they are at that moment in time.
What were you going for in this particular session?
This session was my first concept shoot and was such a learning experience. I was trying to create something different from the portrait shoots I was doing and I wanted something vintage, so I went with a steampunk theme. Michaela is gorgeous and was perfect at conveying the classic look I wanted.
Do you have a specific focus to your work, an emotion or a subject that you consider particularly important?
It depends on the shoot. Sometimes I am focused on an emotion or a story, and other times I am just making the person look good.
How would you describe your style in your photographs and how important is it to becoming a successful photographer?
I don’t think that I’ve really established my style yet. I am still trying so many things and feel like my images are constantly changing and improving. There is a huge difference in what I was shooting twelve months ago and what I am shooting now. I think all of the successful photographers have a cohesive look to their work, and it is just going to take me a while to figure out what mine is.
Photography today, is heavy on the technology. How important is a good camera and a computer when compared to talent?
Talent is much more important than a great camera and computer, although those are also vital in this industry. I think dedication and humility go a lot father though. You have to constantly educate yourself and strive to take a better photo. When I am sixty, I think I will still be trying to take my best photo ever.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m not sure yet ;) When I started my business, I was planning on becoming a general family photographer. A year later, I have changed my mind and am more interested in editorial and fine art work. I will be working on a boudoir portfolio this winter and advertising more for glamour. I would love to have a studio some day and actually make money doing what I love.
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