This week’s Featured Photographer is:
Joan Marie Photography and Design
Areas you Serve:
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am a divorced mother of 2 young boys. I am passionate about art. I have a deep deep desire to capture everything. It’s a force that drives me. I need to create, to document, to explore and to capture. I am addicted to photography…
How did you get started in photography?
For as long as I can remember I have been taking pictures. My final push over the edge was when I had my first child, as many others seem to also go over the cliff from loving photography to being completely obsessed with it. That’s me, I’m completely and utterly obsessed.
What do you shoot?
What don’t I shoot is more like it…everything. Bugs, animals, newborns, children, families, events, landscapes, birds. Anything that I find interesting or worth exploring further, from different angles, closer, connections.
Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired most by babies and children. They are so pure and innocent and magical. They make me feel young and curious and amazed by this amazing experience we are all a part of.
What kind of camera bag do you carry and what’s in it?
I have a clik backpack. In it you will find my Nikon D610, sigma art 35mm, a 70 – 200, 24 – 85, extra battery and charger, speed light (barely ever used), my expo disc, some macro filter attachments, lens cleaner and cloth, some fake mustaches (because why not?) memory cards…
What are some of your favorite photography products?
I love my expo disc. I also love my alien bee, but I did just get myself an Einstein and I cannot wait to try that baby out! Sigma Art lenses are unbelievable. I love, love, love them!!! And ANYTHING to do with newborn photography. I’m a prop junkie. I am obsessed with newborn outfits. They are all so ridiculously cute and there are so many talented vendors out there. It’s insane!
Three random things about yourself:
I did an M&M print ad when I was 6 and dressed up like a baby chick.
When I was 6 my babysitter threw up all over me in the car.
I’m still learning about who I am.
Best piece of advice you’ve received?
With regards to photography? Shoot in manual. Push yourself to learn how your camera functions. It’s not about the equipment, its about the operator.
In life? “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined” – Henry D. Thoreau (This may be a misquotation, but I think it’s awesome anyway)
Any advice you’d like to share?
My only advice is to follow your heart. If you feel a burning inside of you to shoot, if you are driven by a desire to capture things, places, people, then do it. Just DO IT! Even if you are not making a living doing it, push yourself! Try a 365! Switch to manual! Document your life or anything that moves you. Do not compare yourself to other photographers. Do not become jealous with envy over other’s work or success. We are all on our own path. Everyone starts somewhere. When you feel the passion coursing through your bones, when you become unaware of outside noise when you’re shooting, when you slip into The Zone when your camera is in your hands, shoot. And keep shooting. And then watch your work and vision come to life when you upload your images and begin to transform them. It really doesn’t matter if you’re good or bad or whatever. That’s all subjective. If it moves you, then do it. And in the same breath, if it doesn’t move you, then maybe its just not for you. There are so many other avenues you can explore in photography. I’m a knitter and a sewer. I’m a painter and crafter. I make things for my newborn shoots. But there are many MANY vendors that even I will buy from because their work is amazing. In the words of Napoleon Dynamite, “Follow your heart. That’s what I do.”
Mac or PC? Photoshop or Lightroom?
Upload to Lightroom, make some tweaks then move to photoshop
Where else can we find you on the web?
You can also find me on instagram @joanmariephotography