Robin Chavez Photography
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three random things about yourself?:
Hmm. I’m a Scorpio. I put guacamole on just about everything. I’m really clutzy.
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.
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.
Mac or PC? Photoshop or Lightroom?:
PC. Aaand, I’d have to say Photoshop, although I do use both.
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? 😉