Featured Friday | Ella Photography

This week’s featured photographer is Isabella, from Ella Photography!
Check out her interview!

What made you decide you wanted to be a photographer?
The way I became a photographer was pretty random. I was working as a designer at the time and I was supervising a photoshop for the retail company i was working for. The budget was tight so i was asked if I could learn and take a few photos on the next shoot. I tried it and never looked back. After a few years in fashion however, I decided that I didn’t like the retouching that fashion required. I started feeling like I was being an extremely bad influence by basically saying it was ok to retouch models to a size 2. I believe that everyone is beautiful and by using retouching to make models smaller and wrinkle free, i was contradicting that fact. So I became a boudoir a wedding photographer to prove that anyone could be a model for a day if they wanted to. No matter the size or color or so called flaws.

How would you describe your photography style?
I like to photograph people as they are. No posing. I love making them laugh as I’m photographing them and just showing a happy/fun side to their personality.I guess you would call that somewhat photojournalistic but I believe it’s more than that. I give my photos a little bit of a magazine feel, as if you were being photographed for a lifestyle article.

What kind of camera do you shoot with?
d700 Nikon

What is your favorite lens?
i live with my 24-70mm

What are a few things you wish you would have known when starting your own business?
Mmm there’s a lot that I wish I would have known when I first started, given that I was never a photographer by trade. However, I guess an important lesson I learnt is that Client relation is pretty much everything. Being real with your client and Making them happy will keep you in business.

What do you find is the best way to promote your photography business?
Facebook (funny enough) has been a huge help to promoting my business. I love connecting with clients one on one and facebook is an easy way to do so. People see you in their newsfeed, comment on your photo or status and you can reply back and see their profile photo so you know who you are talking to. You can create an instant connection. Much more than email. And you are in their face all the time (if you update often of course)

What tip would you give aspiring photographers?
oh my. Be yourself. be 100% yourself. If people don’t like who you are, they’ll never be happy with your photos. So don’t force it. The people that love your style and personally will be drawn to you eventually and those people should be your client. Don’t think that you should be shooting everything because you need money. Photography isn’t about the money. It’s about the passion. If you believe in your product 100%, people will see it and they will feel the need to hire you because they know that you live for what you do.

What is your favorite photography quote?
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and a deep living concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. Elisabeth Kubler-ross

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