Tiffany Mae Photography
Greater Seattle Area
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
Hi! 🙂 My name is Tiffany. I’ve been married to my husband Ryan for 4 years, and we have 2 boys, Ben (3) and Henry (1). I like spicy food. I cackle like a witch when I laugh. My favorite color is yellow. And if I could live a parallel life, I’d be a high school math teacher.
How did you get started in photography?:
Like so many other women in this industry, I got into photography after my first son was born. I would take photos with a point and shoot camera and get so frustrated that he was blue or green, or I couldn’t see his face because it was so blurry, or the flash would go off and he would be white like a ghost, but the background would be super dark. I knew there had to be a better way. So I picked up the Olympus E-500 my husband received in a trade for a truck, visited the Amateur Photography board on Babycenter, clicked it into Manual, and never went back!
What do you shoot?:
I’ve shot quite a few things. Mainly my boys, because they don’t get a choice and my easiest targets, but aside from that, I’ve shot a wedding, births, family photos, maternity photos, and was even hired by a local dance studio to shoot some private lessons for their website and marketing.
Who or what inspires you?:
Gosh, so much. I love so many things that inspire me. Not just other photographers (which make up a large amount of it), but other artists too. I really love colors, so walking through a fabric store, or looking at different outfits, will inspire me. My clients inspire me, too. Hearing what their expectations/ideas are for a shoot and bringing that to life. I guess if I had to narrow it to the biggest inspiration though, strictly from a photography perspective, it would be photojournalism. Photos from around the world touch me so deeply and so profoundly, sometimes it’s hard to put it into words. If I could live yet ANOTHER parallel life (and maybe someday I will be able to do this), I would travel the world with a bunch of wide angle lenses, and just capture the world as it is.
What kind of camera bag do you carry and what’s in it?:
I have a Jo Totes Rose bag in Marigold (aka yellow – my fav!). It’s a great camera bag for hauling things around regularly. I own the Nikon D800 and 50mm f/1.4. I also have an SB-700 speedlight, and a ton of memory cards. Right now though, I have some rentals in and the lens that will someday be my third child, the Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8, is sitting pretty next to me. I wish I could paint it yellow. 🙂
What are some of your favorite photography products?:
I’m not big into photography products since I don’t have a studio. However, the product I’m in LOVE with right now is Lightroom. My photographer friends who know me would chuckle at this, because for so long I was totally a Photoshop snob. I know it. It’s my comfort zone. I’ve used it for 11 years. But once I finally figured out what Lightroom is all about, well, I’m in love.
Three random things about yourself?:
I took somewhere between 6-7 years of French. In 2006, I had jaw surgery and when I was waking up from the anesthesia, I could only speak in French. I had to have someone bring me a piece of paper and a pen so I could communicate with the medical team and my family.
Sometimes when I eat my cereal, I pour the milk so it only comes about halfway up the cereal, and then I eat it from one side to the other so the cereal stays crunchy for as long as possible.
I mentioned before that I like spicy food. I like to put Tapatio sauce on my spaghetti, along with the red sauce.
Best piece of advice you’ve received?:
When I was trying to figure out how to use my speedlight and not have it look like on-board flash, a lovely woman named Jaci on the Babycenter forum told me to think of it as though the light coming back is coming from a window. Where do I want the window in relation to the subject? Point my flash that way. It was totally that “AHA!” moment!
Any advice you’d like to share?:
I think every photographer shares this advice at some point, but seriously, don’t jump into the business aspect too soon. It can be very restricting. Being paid adds a totally different dynamic and there’s a lot more pressure. Plus the business side isn’t nearly as fun.
Mac or PC? Photoshop or Lightroom?:
PC (hubby built it) and now, Lightroom! But I still love Photoshop for the advanced editing stuff, like liquify, cloning, etc.
Where else can we find you on the web?:
I was asked to write a Birth Photography Basics article for Girl Hearts Camera. That was so fun! You can read that here: http://www.girlheartscamera.com/2013/07/4237/
I was also recently featured at Beyond the Wanderlust, and my photo was their main photo on their blog and Facebook page for the month of June.