This week’s featured photographer is Stacie, from Stacie Turner Photography.
Check out her interview!
What made you decide you wanted to be a photographer?
I grew up in a household of photographers with darkroom chemicals in glass jars on the kitchen counters (Note: do NOT drink from the generic cranberry juice jars!) and stacks of proofs in boxes on the floor. My stepfather gave me my first SLR before I hit puberty. I’m not sure I decided to be a photographer any more than I decided to like cats; it’s just always been around me. I bought my first DSLR after my children were born in 2006 because I wanted the instant gratification of digital and my daughter had pointed and dropped my point and shoot one too many times.
How would you describe your photography style?
Quiet. Solemn. Haunting.
What kind of camera do you shoot with?
Minolta Autocord, Holga, Canon
What is your favorite lens?
The Rokkor lens on the Autocord is a thing of beauty. With digital my go to lens is the 135/2.0.
What are a few things you wish you would have known when starting your own business?
Set your limits. It’s OK to take 1 client per month and spend the rest of your time photographing rocks. It’s OK to do only black and white. It’s OK to not do newborn portraiture. One of the incredible blessings about photography as a part time business is you can set your own hours and define what you do and don’t do; you don’t have to be a rock star, you don’t have to work 60/hours week. You can choose to do less (and make less money) and have more time.
What do you find is the best way to promote your photography business?
Word of mouth and social networking.
What is your most favorite photo you have ever taken and why?
Oh, I’m endlessly making new favorites but a sentimental favorite is “Girl in Tutu.” Though it was a total accident it was the first time I got a shot that was strong and interesting and not just a pretty portrait.
What tip would you give aspiring photographers?
Don’t try to force a style (or fall into the trap of believing that style is how you edit). Just shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot and your work will organically become distinctly your own. And give it time! Photography is a cognitively complex task. Yes, you can learn the ins and outs of a DSLR very quickly but learning to hear your own voice in a world of chatter, learning to trust that voice, and developing the nuanced skills to bring your vision to fruition – those things all take time!
What is your favorite photography quote?
If I knew how to take a good photograph, I’d do it every time. – Robert Doisneau
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