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Q&A: Part 1

I COUPLE OF DAYS AGO I POSTED ON MY THREE NAILS PHOTOGRAPHY FACEBOOK PAGE TO POST ANY QUESTION YOU WOULD LIKE TO ASK ME. HERE ARE SOME RANDOM ONES I CHOSE:

 

“WHAT WERE YOUR BIGGEST HURDLES WHEN FIRST STARTING OUT YOUR BUSINESS AND BRAND? DO YOU FIND EVER YOURSELF LEAVING WEDDINGS AND GOING MORE INTO FINE ART AND FASHION?”

I WOULD SAY THE BIGGEST HURDLES WERE CONVINCING BRIDES THAT I WAS NON-TRADITIONAL ENOUGH FOR THEM. WHEN I FIRST STARTED I SHOT EVERYTHING BECAUSE I WAS 18 AND BROKE AF, ANYONE THAT WANTED TO BOOK ME I WOULD BOOK THEM. SO MY PORTFOLIO WAS FULL OF VERY VERY TRADITIONAL WEDDINGS EVEN THOUGH ALL I WANTED TO SHOOT WAS OUT OF THE BOX, NON TRADITIONAL WEDDINGS. SO I WOULD SAY THAT WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS, BUT ONCE I CONVINCED A HAND FULL OF CLIENTS TO BOOK ME I HAD ENOUGH IN MY PORTFOLIO TO PROVE THAT I COULD HANDLE THE JOB. MY GOAL IS TO MERGE THE TWO, I WANT TO MIX THE FASHION STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY INTO THE WEDDING SIDE. I WANT SOMEONE TO SAY TO THE CLIENT “YOUR WEDDING LOOKS LIKE IT SHOULD BE IN VOGUE” NOT NECESSARILY “YOUR WEDDING LOOKS LIKE IT SHOULD BE IN BRIDES”.

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“HOW DO YOU DEVELOP IDEAS WHEN YOU COME UP WITH A CONCEPT FOR A SHOOT? SOMETHING I ALWAYS STRUGGLE WITH.”

IT ALWAYS STARTS WITH ONE THING. THEN I USE THAT ONE THING AS A FOUNDATION AND THEN ADD MORE TO IT. SAY THAT I WAS INSPIRE BY THE 1960S, ILL COME UP WITH 3 THINGS THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY UNCHANGEABLE. SO ILL SAY SHE HAS TO HAVE 1960S PULLED BACK HAIR, SHE HAS TO HAVE NUDE LIPS, AND SHE HAS TO HAVE A SHORT GOLD DRESS. THESE THINGS ARE MY FOUNDATION FOR THE SHOOT TO MAKE SURE THAT I DONT STRAY TOO FAR AWAY FROM MY ORIGINAL IDEA.  AS LONG AS I KEEP THESE THREE THINGS IT WILL ALWAYS BE 1960S INSPIRED. I COULD PUT THE MODEL ON A HORSE, IN A HOTEL ROOM, OR IN A FIELD BUT SINCE I HAVE A STRONG FOUNDATION FOR THE SHOOT IT WILL STAY 1960S INSPIRED. THAT  WAY I CAN KEEP ADDING MORE ELEMENTS WITHOUT BEING PRESSURED TO STAY IN THE BOX.

 

“HOW DO YOU MAKE PEOPLE’S SKIN GLOW AND LOOK SO FREAKIN BEAUTIFUL IN ALL YOUR PHOTOS?!”

THE LIGHT MANIPULATION ACTIONS IN MY GREATER THAN GATSBY ACION SET! AVAILABLE HERE: WWW.GREATERTHANGATSBY.COM/THE-THREE-NAILS-COLLECTION/

 

“CAN WE HANG OUT?”

NO.

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“ARE YOU MR. GREY???”

YES.

 

“WHAT LENS DO YOU USE THE MOST?”

85MM 1.2. THE BEST LENS EVER MADE. IF JESUS HAD A CAMERA HE WOULD SHOOT WITH THE 85.

 

“AT WHAT AGE DID YOU DISCOVER YOUR LOVE OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START TAKING IT SERIOUSLY? DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL FOR PHOTOGRAPHY/EDITING, OR ARE YOU SELF TAUGHT?”
18 AND STARTED TAKING IS SERIOUSLY AT 18 1/2. I WENT TO COLLEGE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY FOR 3 DAY THEN DROPPED OUT BECAUSE MY PROFESSOR LITERALLY KEPT MAKING ME STUFF I DIDNT WANT TO DO.
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September 20, 2014 - 12:28 am

Shane Capuano - 3strikesagainsttheprofessor photography

September 20, 2014 - 12:36 am

Jessica Roberts - Do you wear pink on Wednesdays?

September 20, 2014 - 2:48 am

Heather Walker Hooker - Thank you!!! A couple of these were extremely burning questions for me as a new photographer and I missed posting! I find that getting clients to WANT the “out of the box” is difficult right now. I shoot sooo many very cookie cutter, smiling faces, posey sessions because that’s what they want. I can’t wait to shoot my first completely creative shoot! Because after all, your work is what made me want to pick up a camera in the first place! And the lens, that wouldve been my very first question! I’ve been on the fence about my next lens and the 85 was very high on my list so I think that’s what I will get :-) Thanks so much for posting these!!

September 20, 2014 - 2:55 am

Amanda Preto - ✌ thanks Mr grey !

September 20, 2014 - 9:20 pm

Nicole Apodaca Photography - I can totally relate with you on the last one, Hunter! I totally dropped my college course because I could not handle what the professor was telling me to do!! Lol, ain’t nobody got time for that! Haha ;)

September 20, 2014 - 9:22 pm

Nicole Apodaca Photography - I can totally relate with you on the last one, Hunter. I totally dropped my college course because I could not handle what the professor was telling me to do!! Lol, ain’t nobody got time for that! Haha

September 20, 2014 - 9:24 pm

Nicole Apodaca Photography - I can totally relate with you on the last one, Hunter. I dropped my college course because I absolutely could not handle what the professor was telling me to do!! Lol, ain’t nobody got time for that! Haha ;)

September 20, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Nicole Apodaca Photography - I can totally relate with you on the last one, Hunter. I dropped my college course because I could not handle what the professor was telling me to do!! Lol, ain’t nobody got time for that! Haha

September 20, 2014 - 9:30 pm

Nicole Apodaca Photography - I can totally relate with you on the last one, Hunter. I dropped my college course because I could not handle what the professor was telling me to do!! Lol, ain’t nobody got time for that! Haha

September 20, 2014 - 9:48 pm

Nicole Apodaca Photography - I can totally relate with you on the last one, Hunter. I dropped my college course because I could not handle what the professor was making me do!! Lol, ain’t nobody got time for that! Haha

September 20, 2014 - 11:20 pm

Nicole Apodaca Photography - I can totally relate with you on the last one, Hunter. I dropped my college photography class because I could not handle what the professor was making me do!! Lol, ain’t nobody got time for that! Haha

September 20, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Nicole Apodaca Photography - I can totally relate with you on the last one, Hunter. I dropped my college photography class because I could not handle what the professor was making me do!! Lol, ain’t nobody got time for that! Haha

September 26, 2014 - 7:19 pm

William Jessica Musser - LMBO…I just told my friend that they should have casted you as Christian Grey…and then I read this. #win

March 6, 2015 - 2:55 am

Christel Grall - Do you offer albums and prints, or digital only?

March 10, 2015 - 2:43 pm

Alexandra Lay - Getting my degree in photography next May after four awful years and right now I wish I was you!

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