Interview with Cassidy Brooke – Colorado Family Photography

One of my favorite things about running this blog is that I get to learn so much about photography. Anytime I’m curious about how something is done, I run a technique thursday post on it and everybody tells me how to do it.

Or if someone sends in a session that I love and want to know how they did it, I just ask.

Which is what I did today with Cassidy Brooke. And she gave me all her answers.

[blogshow id=c13b player=0 autoplay=0 toolbar=1] How long have you been shooting?
I’ve been shooting for 4 years, started my business when I was a senior in HS.

Why do you shoot?  What drives you?  What inspires you?
I shoot because I can’t imagine my life without being able to create. I love shooting people that give off a sort of magical, whimsical feel in the photos. When all the elements of a shoot combine into magic I’m in heaven!

Do you shoot film or digital?
Film as of February this year.

I love film for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, I feel closer to my gift and to God when shooting the rawness of film. I feel that it’s the way photography is suppose to be and feel, natural. I also love its simplicity. I shoot less photos, but I am committed and love each of them!
I shoot Portra 400 and usually shoot it at 200 or 100 ISO because I love how much you can overexpose film and get a magical feel 🙂

Which camera/lens are your favorites and why?
I recently got a Contax 645 along with a 80mm 2.0 lens. I love MF for all the detail and depth of field it gives. Also the Contax has such sharp focus, I’m a focus freak 🙂

Do you use only natural light or flash or reflectors?
Only natural light for all my portrait sessions, and then a flash for any super dark wedding receptions.


Any tips for shooting children?
I think something that I take to heart is being completely goofy. I know I probably look dumb when shooting, but nothing gets genuine laughter and smiles out of child that sees something funny.

Favorite light to shoot in?
My personal favorite is shooting 3 hours before sunset when the light is weakened and glowy or lately I’ve been loving morning time to shoot as well.

Favorite place to shoot and why?
I love shooting in natural landscapes with rich greens that have wonderful light that dapples through the leaves and produces buttery bokeh!

Best piece of advice you could give to a new photographer?

Shoot what you love and keep it natural. Some photograpers best ‘style’ isn’t created or discovered upon copying but by just creating what you love.

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