Crystal Satriano Photography
Tell us a bit about yourself:
The most important thing in my life is my family. I have 3 children (4, 6, 11) and the most supportive and loving husband I could ever ask for. The second most important thing in my life is photography. I am a photographer and it is my only job (second to being mom). I have a studio in Northeast, Pennsylvania. Any Office fans out there? Yup, I’m 30 minutes from Scranton, PA. I love what I do, but it is definitely work. It’s work I hope to do for many years to come. The idea that 50 years from now someone will look at a photograph I took and cherish it gives me goosebumps. They may not know who I am, but the fact that I created something irreplaceable to them is exactly why I do what I do.
How did you get started in photography?
How I got started in photography is a story similar to other photographers. I have always enjoyed photography. I remember my first camera was a 110 film camera and I was always using my allowance to buy more film and develop it. I felt like I hit the big leagues when I got my first auto wind 35mm that actually put the date stamp on the images! Moving on up…. I was the Uncle Bob when I was 10 at weddings. I’d grab all the disposable cameras I could find off the tables (that people weren’t using) and follow the photographers around shooting what they did. I’m so sorry! lol
When did I get serious about photography? When I was pregnant with my 3rd child I decided I wanted to learn to take better photos of my kids. That was in 2009. Although with my husband gone to Iraq during the pregnancy I was plenty busy and didn’t have time to learn. I finally started studying in 2010 with my Nikon D40 and 35mm 1.8.
What do you shoot?
I am most connected and drawn to love and people. I photograph my family of course, although not as much as I’d like. In business I photograph newborns, maternity, children, families, high school senior girls and weddings. A little boudoir too. Wherever there is love or a moment in time to be captured, that’s what I want to photograph.
Who or what inspires you?
My heart inspires me. My heart literally aches knowing how today will one day be so long ago. I love the present, hard times included. These are the best days of my life. I don’t ever want to ever forget. And when my memory starts to fail me, I want images to remember. Life gets so busy that things can easily become a blur. But when I look at images I have, they take me right back to that moment. They fill my heart with joy. I am not unique or special and I’m ok with that. I just want to capture today for myself and my clients for their future selves. I want to preserve glimpses of their present so they can visit any time.
What kind of camera bag do you carry and what’s in it?
Oh gosh! I need a new camera bag, lol. I’m eying up some rolling cases to help my back. I have a Lowepro Stealth Reporter D650AW for weddings. This gets very heavy on my shoulder. I have a Jo Totes for every day use and when I don’t need to bring a lot with me. This is 3 years old and really showing it’s age so I may need a new one soon. 🙂
What’s in my bag? Bodies: Nikon D3S & D700
Lenses: Nikon 35 1.8G, 50 1.4D&G, 105mm 2.8 macro, 70-200mm 2.8 vrii (ok this is in it’s own case lol). Tamron 28-75mm 2.8
Flashes: Sb-600 & Sb-910 Battery power pack Quantum Turbo SC for my flashes.
12 SanDisk Ultra CF 8gb cards in Hakuba card cases (love these)
Misc: batteries, business cards, pens, bleach pen, safety pins, gum, rain covers, extra body batteries, rocket blower, lens rag and square card reader.
What are some of your favorite photography products?
I LOVE albums! My kids absolutely love looking through them. I love wall art, don’t get me wrong (standouts, canvas, Organic Bloom). I only have so much wall space in my tiny home, though. So I love how albums can be brought out and enjoyed over and over without taking up so much space. You can also display many more images in albums than on your walls. And you won’t feel guilty over time replacing the images like you do for the walls. Because you don’t have to pack away an album to never be seen again. 🙂 Do yourself a favor, get more albums!
Three random things about yourself:
I love Reese’s Peanut Butter specialty treats (ie trees, eggs, hearts, pumpkins). I blame them for my winter 10. 😉
Dirty Dancing was my favorite movie growing up. I’ve always loved love stories. I’m definitely a sappy movie kind of girl. I don’t like horror films. Some tv shows give me nightmares!
I love road trips.
Best piece of advice you’ve received?
Focus on the positives in your life and you will have a happier life. This is not the easiest thing to do for this pessimistic worrier. It’s a lot of work, but I believe it’s true. Now I’m not saying I never focus on the negatives, cry or stress. Believe me I wish that was true. But I do make an effort to look on the bright side of things. If my car didn’t start and I was late, I like to think it’s because something bad would have happened if that was not the case. Or maybe something good happened because of it. 🙂 Life is so short and precious. Someone always has a harder struggle. 🙂
Any advice you’d like to share?
Advice for life: Embrace love! Give it, take it, teach it, value it. At the end, nothing will matter other than the love you were given, that you gave and that you inspired others to love.
Advice for photography: Have patience, follow your heart and know that there are many styles out there. Just be you. If you are trying to please others, you won’t please yourself and won’t have love for it anymore. Give yourself permission to make mistakes and grow. At the end of the day, just take photos! I have many photos that aren’t good, but I value you them just as much as the good ones. Because they bring back memories. 🙂
Mac or PC? Photoshop or Lightroom?
MAC! I have a 27″ Imac and a 15″ macbook pro retina. I love my imac and do all of my editing on it. It’s my ‘precious’. I use lightroom 4 for culling and basic editing and go into photoshop cs5 as needed.