Hey there Flutterbunnies, Raven here with a closer look with our new intern Stephanie, who just finished her first full day of Flirt and Flutter Studio Boudoir Photo Shoots this weekend! So Psyched! I thought we would get to know Stephanie better by doing a little Q & A, photos coming soon!
So Stephanie, first off let me welcome you to Flirt and Flutter Photography- we are so excited to have you on board!
Thanks! I am excited too =]
Lets get a bit of background- tell us, you’re not from Ottawa, where did you grow up and what made you move to Ottawa?
I am originally from Whitby, not too far from Toronto. I moved to Ottawa to start my education at the University of Ottawa. I will be graduating this June from my second degree, and I plan *fingers crossed* to start my career here as well. In teaching in case you were wondering, and obviously some photography on the side.
Where has been your favorite place to shoot in Ottawa thus far?
I haven’t really had the chance to really explore the shooting possiblities of Ottawa Photography, I’ve so far stayed on the mainstream of things and haven’t done much adventuring. I have a thing for architecture and animals, so let’s keep it vague for now. I will keep you posted. Although..there is this place down in Hunt Club I pass every morning before work, yet all I have is my smartphone so I don’t exacty get a good picture. One of these days I should venture out on a weekend. AND, I would love to go visit the bird sanctuary just outside of Ottawa!
When did you begin your journey in photography? What is your background in photography? Did you go to school for photography or have you had experience with clients?
My journey technically began with my first camera at age 10. It was an Olympus film camera and boy did I go through film like there was no tomorrow. They were decent photos too! The occaisional “what was that again” made its way in of course. I learnt pretty much everything I know from trial and error, and a few classes here and there for perfecting skills. Then affordable DSLRs happened and I was to start from scratch. Now that I’ve leanrt the basics of my new baby (Nikon D7000) I can officially say my professional journey began late 2011.
What made you decide to get into Photography? What is your favorite part of Photography?
I don’t really know why but I’ve always loved taking pictures of things, at many different angles, until I have the perfect shot! I mean, to me pictures mean everything. If my house were on fire, I would be running out with a bag full of electronics (cameras, laptops, hard drives, etc.) and my guinea pigs. Theses days things like clothes, tvs and diplomas are replacable; pictures not so much. I’m sure you’ve guessed by now: my favourite part is looking through all my photos whenever I feel like it to remember the moments that were camptured..
Who are your favorite photographers and what do you like about their work?
It might be because I didn’t take any history classes, but I don’t really know any famous photographers that I can relate to. I mean I’ve had an admiration for Anne Geddes’ baby photos since my first calendar at age 6, but I don’t necessarily relate to her work. Don’t get me wrong, her pictures are cute and all, but sometimes I think too overdone and photoshopped.
How would you describe your artistic style?
You got it. I am artistic. I think outside the box, but make sure to get everything from inside of it first because not everyone likes the originality I bring to the table. Candid and journalistic vs artistic and romantic could be my photgraphy personality if you will. I like cool angles, interesting shots, and anything creative or spontaneous.
If you could give clients one piece of advice what would it be?
Just go with the flow, be natural, and let me make the magic happen. There is nothing worse than a forced smile…especially when you think of the character Chandler from the TV show Friends. Also, no matter if it is fashion photography, boudoir photography, wedding photography, baby portraits, prenatal photography, engagement portrait sessions in Ottawa-whatever make sure you show up ready to be photographed, and not to be expecting a shoot like they see on television (i.e America’s next Top Model- It is rarely the same thing).
When it comes to photography what are your goals? What do you see in your future?
I hope to one day have my own photography business (more so than just my current freelance work) where I call the shots, take the shots, and edit them too! ha ha. I want to develop a full-time workload of photography. I would love to photograph children, weddings, and everything in between until my arthritic hands can no longer hold my camera.
Well we are all very excited to see how your work progresses over the next year! Flutterbunnies you should definitely be checking back here on the regular to get the behind the scenes look at the Photography business here in Ottawa!