Q&A: Modeling School, Adobe LightRoom, Advice For Beginner Photographers

Here are the answers to last week’s Q&A on Facebook!  I am off to Las Vegas to attend WPPI  – the biggest photo convention of the year for Wedding & Portrait Photographers. Time to geek out!

1. Imtisal Y.:  What was the first camera you ever used for photography?

I had a 1980’s 35mm point-and-shoot Nikon (don’t remember the exact model) that I used on field trips when I was in the 5th grade. I started taking photography more seriously when I got my first dSLR – the Canon Rebel.

2. Sean D.:  Would you rather be a lion or a tuna?

Lion.

3. Trinette R.:   Your poses in pictures are always perfect and stunning!  Have you taken “modeling” lessons or just picked up tricks along the way?

Thanks. Haha, no modeling school for me. Looking at people in front of the camera all day, you kind of get a sense of what works and what doesn’t. For the most part, I’ve learned that if you feel comfortable in front of the camera, you will look good.

4. Nicole B.:  Is it important for wedding photographers to have references in case future clients ask for a few?

I don’t think I’ve ever formally been asked for references but I think it’s good to have them just in case.  A good thing to do is have your previous clients review you on sites like Yelp or Wedding Wire.

5. Dian R.:  Zoom or wide angle?

Prime. 🙂

6. Jamie G.:  You’ve mentioned that you’ve gone skydiving before.  I’ve always wanted to do that.  Would you like to go skydiving with me whenever I’m in town?

Yes!!!

7. Pansy M.:  What’s the best advice you can give beginners?

Get ready to work hard.

8. Grace K.:  Adobe Lightroom advice please!  What is the top 1 or 2 things you can’t live without that make your photos come to life?

1.) Adjusting shadows and highlights.  2.) Boosting contrast.

9. Roi R.:  Do you think pigeons have feelings?

Yes.

10. Hind B.:  What’s the number one thing or person that inspires you?

Happy people inspire me most. Those who love themselves, are grateful, and passionate about what they do.

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