Robin Chavez | Featured Photographer

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Robin Chavez
Robin Chavez Photography
robinchavezphotography@gmail.com

Website/Facebook:
http://www.robinchavezblog.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-Chavez-Photography

Areas Served:
The Pacific Northwest

Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am first and foremost “Mommy.” I have three boys that are blessings in my life, plus a supportive hubby, two pups, a rabbit and a frog. I am a passionate person who loves creativity. I’m a lover of art, creative writing, children, animals and Mexican food.

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How did you get started in photography?:
I got started in photography after my youngest was born. I always knew I wanted to be a mom, but I could never quite pinpoint a profession. I looked into scheduling a family portrait session about two and a half years ago, but saw that a used Canon T1i was being offered on Craigslist for the exact same price. I made a list of pros and cons (because I’m a total list-kinda-gal) and jumped for the camera. It felt like a big risk for me, as I had no knowledge in photography whatsoever, but it has been a very rewarding journey. I had always loved art and used to be a preschool teacher and a makeup artist before having kiddos. Photography kind of tied in all of my passions.

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What do you shoot?:
I photograph it all right now. I’m still in learning mode, so I want to explore and experience it all before I narrow myself down to specialize. I’m starting to learn just this year where I shine and fit in best, and I believe that’s with children and couples.

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Who or what inspires you?:
I let my subjects inspire me. I try to escape into their minds and see the world as they do. That’s what I aim to capture, is a world in which they see it and put that into art form. Typically, that means very imaginative pieces for children. I also strive to capture natural expressions, emotion, and interaction. My favorite subjects to photograph are children, expecting moms, and couples.

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What kind of camera bag do you carry and what’s in it?:
My camera bag is tiny, with room for one lens, extra CF cards, some lollipops, a baggy of wipes and safety pins. I try to carry less, so that I can be “more” for my clients. When I photograph children, I’m usually off running around with them being a big kid so that I can better connect with them. Carrying less lets me do that. I looked into scheduling a family portrait session about two and a half years ago, but saw that a used Canon T1i was being offered on Craigslist for the exact same price. I made a list of pros and cons (because I’m a total list-kinda-gal) and jumped for the camera. It felt like a big risk for me, as I had no knowledge in photography whatsoever, but it has been a very rewarding journey.

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What are some of your favorite photography products?:
Well, I am a Photoshop addict. I’m self-taught with Photoshop too, so I feel like I learn something new everyday. The possibilities there are endless it seems. I love a good overlay, whether it’s a moon, a sky, or a flock of birds. I create a lot of my own that I use, but I also love Jessica Drossin Textures, Seasalt Paperie and Captured by Carrie for their overlays as well.

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Three random things about yourself?:
Hmm. I’m a Scorpio. I put guacamole on just about everything. I’m really clutzy.

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Best piece of advice you’ve received?:
When I was a makeup artist they had a motto that I love and carry with me. “Underpromise and overdeliver.” This has helped with my client relationships.

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Any advice you’d like to share?:
When you feel like giving up, keep going. Keep learning. The tough times are the best times, because that’s the beginning of new growth.

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Mac or PC? Photoshop or Lightroom?:
PC. Aaand, I’d have to say Photoshop, although I do use both.

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Where else can we find you on the web?:
At the moment, I’m just on Facebook and I have my little blog. I’ve kept it pretty simple, although I think it’s time to grow into a better web site. Know anyone who wants to help? 😉

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  • Kim KravitzOctober 7, 2013 - 4:26 pm

    Such beautiful images! Great feature!!ReplyCancel

  • Jade MutterOctober 7, 2013 - 6:31 pm

    Very cool images! Good luck on your photography journey 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie CoutureOctober 7, 2013 - 9:27 pm

    You’re insanely talented!ReplyCancel

  • Megan SherrodOctober 7, 2013 - 9:57 pm

    So gorgeous!! ReplyCancel

  • Nick TetteyOctober 8, 2013 - 12:54 am

    Thanks for sharing this story… really inspirational.ReplyCancel

  • Rosanna Nydia SnyderOctober 8, 2013 - 3:55 am

    This is definitely her niche! ReplyCancel

  • Debbie MitchellOctober 8, 2013 - 4:50 am

    I love robin chavez and am so glad to call her a friend here in Spokane. She’s an amazing person and talented photographer.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Unrau WoelkOctober 8, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    Beautiful feature!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Anne MortensenOctober 8, 2013 - 3:44 pm

    What an awesome feature. Love getting to know other photographers better!ReplyCancel

  • Tina BeckettOctober 8, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    Love her work!!ReplyCancel

  • Larianne TideOctober 9, 2013 - 6:35 pm

    Wow, she’s amazing!!! I looove her style.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa AveyOctober 9, 2013 - 7:51 pm

    WOW! Amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Autumn RudolphOctober 12, 2013 - 4:04 pm

    Love her work! I follow her on fb – so talented!ReplyCancel