Farewell to Summer – Interview with Sweet Shots Photography

As the weather turns cooler, leaves begin to fall, and we look to the holiday season, it was fun to see these images from Sweet Shots Photography, celebrating the end of summer and fun days in the sun.

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From Liz:

“It is always hard to say goodbye to summer and all it’s trappings. The season starts off with a worry that the months will stretch out long and uneventful, but always ends with a kind of wistful thinking that life should continue at this lazy pace for as long as possible. Labor Day is the chance to embrace that thinking one final time, to reach out and feel the warmth of the sun and the smells of summer. Sometimes it is a trip to the beach or some other summer friendly location; sometimes it is spent with just a garden hose and lots of laughter in the backyard.

Loved this quote from Liz also: “Don’t be afraid to experiment and find your style. Shoot what makes you happy in the way it makes you happy, even if it is not what everyone else is doing. If you are passionate about your art, others will see that in you and be drawn to you for that reason. You will never please everyone in something as subjective as photography- the trick is to enjoy your journey and not try to imitate someone else’s.”

How long have you been shooting professionally? I have been shooting since I got my first film camera at age15(that was quite awhile ago:)) and have been shooting professionally for almost a year.

Why do you shoot? What drives you? What inspires you?

I shoot because it is a way to express my inner artist. I have always loved art in all forms and this is the medium that I felt a strong connection to. I have 4 amazing kids and they inspire me everyday- they push me to be a better photographer, to capture life in all its beauty and facets. They are the drive behind my desire to do the same for clients, which is why I love lifestyle photography. I shoot what I would want to capture for my own memories and family and try to give that to others.

Do you shoot film or digital?
I now shoot digital, but for a long time I shot film. I have thought to pick up my film camera again(minolta 5000af) and give it a try:)

If digital, what is your processing workflow? Do you use actions?
I use Photoshop and yes, I do use actions, although I try to keep them at a low opacity unless there is a certain mood or feel I want to convey through the images.

Which camera/lens are your favorites and why?
I use a canon 5d Markii and LOVE it for the full frame. I am addicted to my 85mm 1.8 lens and find that it is the one I keep on my camera 99% of the time. The 85 is a super sharp, fast lens that just takes beautiful shots, indoors and out.

Do you use only natural light or flash or reflectors?
I use only natural light and love the challenge of trying to make it work for me whatever the conditions.

Any tips for shooting children? Be prepared to toss your plans out the window and just go with the flow. Kids do best if you just capture them in as natural an environment as possible- I often bring small props(bubbles, balloons, kites) and just tell them to start playing.

Favorite time of day to shoot and why?
definitely the magic hour just before sunset.

Best piece of advice you could give to a new photographer? Don’t be afraid to experiment and find your style. Shoot what makes you happy in the way it makes you happy, even if it is not what everyone else is doing. If you are passionate about your art, others will see that in you and be drawn to you for that reason. You will never please everyone in something as subjective as photography- the trick is to enjoy your journey and not try to imitate someone elses.

Any other tips or tricks you want to share?
Shoot everyday. Never stop stretching yourself and learn from your challenges and mistakes, because you will make them!:)

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