Featured Friday | SallyKate Photography

This week’s featured photographer is Sally, from SallyKate Photography 
Check out her interview!

What made you decide you wanted to be a photographer?
After I had my fifth child, I was looking for a way to to occupy my time with a newborn, so I started setting up little photo shoots with my Canon Rebel. My photographer sister started giving me tips for shooting in manual, and then, well, I got hooked. Haven’t looked back since.

How would you describe your photography style?
My style is whimsical, fresh, colorful and “clean with a twist.” I like capturing moments and expressions, especially joy, while still retouching and beautifying each image to create art for the walls. A unique blend of polished portraiture and lifestyle.

What kind of camera do you shoot with?
Canon 5D Mark 2

What is your favorite lens?
70-200L IS II

What are a few things you wish you would have known when starting your own business?
It’s time-consuming, expensive, and a lengthy process. I was warned, haha, but it doesn’t really sink in until you’re there yourself. I’d still do it if I had to start all over again, but I’d be more prepared for the long road ahead, and patient enough to realize that building a business is not an overnight process. You will make mistakes, you will regret some choices, and you will spend a lot of money!

What do you find is the best way to promote your photography business?
Facebook, hands-down. I also participate on various photography forums and post my images on blogs and facebook photography pages. I also promote my business by developing good relationships with clients, who in turn, share my business through word of mouth.

What is your most favorite photo you have ever taken and why?
That’s so hard to say. I agree with a photographer who recently answered that, “the last photo I took.” 🙂 But, I will pick this one, because everything was so aligned – the light, the pose, the hair, the flowers, the bench, the dress – everything just came together and fit the vision in my head. Nothing more fulfilling that when your vision comes alive.

What tip would you give aspiring photographers?
Don’t expect instant success – either in shooting or in running a business. I could write a book outlining my mistakes. The important thing is to get back up, every time, and work harder and shoot a lot and continue to seek and accept education. Be willing to accept negative critique, and learn from what is said, so that your next picture will be even better.

What is your favorite photography quote?
“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”
― Abraham Lincoln

just kidding.

Maybe this one: “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
― Dorothea Lange

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