Tiffany Walensky | Featured Photographer

This week’s Featured Photographer is:

Tiffany Walensky

Tiffany Walensky
Tiffany Walensky Photography
info@tiffanywalensky.com

Website/Facebook:
http://tiffanywalensky.com
http://www.facebook.com/tiffanywalenskyphotography

Areas you Serve:
Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Clearwater, Florida

Tell us a little bit about yourself:
My name is Tiffany Walensky and I have been a photographer in the Tampa area since 2008. I have experience in all areas of photography, but currently I specialize in maternity and newborns, which is where my passion is. I have a home studio, where I live in Wesley Chapel with my husband Mark and our daughters Brooke and Bailey. When not working, I enjoy reading, travelling (especially to the Smoky Mountains!) and spending time with my family. As a family we enjoy swimming, walking our dogs, and visiting theme parks and aquariums. I love animals, and we have several pets including two dogs, hamsters, and a tank full of fish. I’ve always been an artist, mostly digital, and before photography I studied website design.

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How did you get started in photography?
Photography has always been an interest to me, but it didn’t grow into a business until after I started my family. I left my job in Human resources to stay home after I gave birth to our first daughter, and photography filled my time as a hobby and a way to capture our growing family. I quickly began receiving photography requests from friends and family and my business officially began in 2008. After photographing families for a couple years, I decided to narrow down to maternity and newborn so I could concentrate on making my specialties more unique and creative.

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What do you shoot?
I started out shooting all areas of photography, including families, high school seniors, maternity, newborn, and even a wedding! After a couple of years I decided to focus on maternity and newborns, with occasional baby’s first year sessions as well.

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Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by everything! There are several photographers who inspire me, but I try to take inspiration more from my surroundings. I strive to be unique and create my own ideas based on my own style and my client’s personalities. I am inspired by COLOR. A beautiful sunset full of rich rainbow colors can leaving me staring in breathless wonder. I love the colors found in nature, bright blue skies, vibrant green trees, golden sunlight. I am inspired by LIGHT. Light is the most important aspect of photography. Without good light, you have nothing. Whether it is sunlight, or studio lighting, I strive to use lighting in a way that is creative in providing stunning images.

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What kind of camera bag do you carry and what’s in it?
I use a Canon brand backpack to carry all my gear. I have tried the cute stylish purse camera bags, but found a rugged backpack to be more my style. I have two Canon Mark III camera’s, I always carry a backup just in case. The lenses in my bag depend on the situation, but usually for outdoor sessions I carry a 70-200mm f/2.8 Canon lens, which is my favorite outdoor lens, and a 35mm f/1.4 for wider shots. I also have a 135mm and a 15mm fisheye that I use occasionally. Indoors, I mostly only use my 35mm.

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What are some of your favorite photography products?
I love my Canon Speedlite flash. While some photographers are ‘anti-flash’, I love knowing that I can always bring in supplemental light when needed.

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Three random things about yourself:
I have lived in the same state (Florida) my entire life – as have both my parents
I love karaoke
I’ve never gotten a tattoo, but I had my eyebrow pierced in high school

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Best piece of advice you’ve received?
The only photographer you should compare yourself to is the one you used to be!

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Any advice you’d like to share?
Learn the business! Too many photographers only learn the camera aspect and do not succeed. Taking pictures is a very small part of running a successful photography business. Learn how to price yourself properly based on your business costs – do not compete on price.

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Mac or PC? Photoshop or Lightroom?
I use a Dell PC, and Adobe Creative Cloud including Lightroom and Photoshop. I use Lightroom for culling, organizing, and batch global adjustments, and Photoshop for fine detail editing.

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Where else can we find you on the web?
website: http://tiffanywalensky.com
facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/tiffanywalenskyphotography
pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/twalenskyphoto
instagram: https://instagram.com/tiffanywalenskyphotography
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Tiffanywalenskyphotography

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