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PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | MELISSA CLAIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

Preferred Name: Melissa or Mel

Business Name: Melissa Claire Photography

Website: www.melissaclairephotography.com

Where are you based out of? Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex

Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer?
I am a full time photographer but also have a part time job editing for another local photographer.

What is your predominant photographic specialization? Weddings

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with?
Canon 5D Mark IV/5D Mark III (with lots of backup gear!)

How would you define your style?
My style is artistic, genuine, and romantic, and I provide both traditional posing and candid moments.

What motivated you to become a photographer?
Photography found me when I was around 16 years old and enjoying a Jones soda. I noticed all of the different photos on the bottles, and for some reason, the idea struck me that people actually take photos for a living. I was on track to become a professional musician but did a complete 180 when this simple realization occurred; it was like a whole new dimension opened up to me. I went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in fine art photography.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
I aim to capture people at their best. One of my sweet clients’ moms wrote this in her review, and I think it sums it up: “Her photographs capture the essence of her subjects and the spirit of the moment.”

How do you accomplish that?
My clients have said they enjoy my easy-going personality and ability to make them feel comfortable in front of the camera. I feel my strong empathetic nature helps me more than anything.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
Yes! I have had a wide variety of fine art and wedding photographers who inspire me: Duane Michals because of his emotion, Philip-Lorca diCorcia for his lighting and ability to convey a powerful story in one image, and Cindy Sherman for her conceptual approach and rawness. Susan Stripling and Roberto Valenzuela are wedding photographers that inspire me, too. Their online classes are incredible, and their unique ability to see beautiful light in unexpected places has really influenced my work.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
My most memorable accomplishment is all of my happy clients I’ve been able to serve!

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
One thing I have learned is you have to be an advocate for your couple on their wedding day and more than anything, be flexible and QUICK. Wedding days are their own kind of special chaos, and you can’t buckle or show that you’re under pressure (even if you are). Smile, be cool, and do what you have to do to get the shot!

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
I use the wooden flash drives with engraving. I’m very pleased with my purchase so far and am so happy to use a local company. The T-Rex in the packaging is a delightful bonus, too!

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
Photographer Supply Co has helped my business by making it quick and easy to deliver files to my clients! They also provide top notch customer service. I’m looking forward to utilizing more of their products in the future!

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | JESSICA LYNN MENDOZA PHOTOGRAPHY

Your Preferred Name: Jessica 

Your Business Name: Jessica Lynn Mendoza Photography

Your Website: www.jessicalynnmendoza.com

Social Media: facebook.com/jessicalynnmendozaphotography/
instagram.com/jessicalynn_photo

Where are you based out of?  Redondo Beach

Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? Full Time

What is your predominant photographic specialization? Wedding + Portraits

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Canon Mark iii

How would you define your style? Romantic & Airy. Creative & personal.

What motivated you to become a photographer?
I’ve always loved scrapbooking/taking pictures. Creativity is something that has always been a part of who I am. When I was studying abroad in Paris in 2010 I fell in love with documenting that trip. When I got back home, I invested in a Canon Rebel and shot for fun doing shoots for Friends/family members. Throughout the years it naturally developed into what it is now.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
I want people to smile and/or cry when they see their photos. I want my photography to always bring them back to that time in their life. I want to capture my clients in the ways most true to them. I want to help tell their story and leave them with long lasting memories that they can pass down to future generations.

How do you accomplish that?
My love for people and human connection has helped me tremendously. I love meeting people and getting to know my clients (I majored in (photo) journalism in college, so interviewing people is sort of my thang). I feel confident when I say my clients usually warm up to me quickly which eases into natural and relaxed posing.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
There are so many talented photographers that I follow on Instagram who I look up to and admire. However, my biggest creative influences are Lucille Ball and Gwen Stefani. These are two women who have always taught me to be yourself, push for your dreams and use your craft to make something great out of it.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
Being able to go full time! This was a big step for me. After college I got a full time gig working for a very successful company. It never felt right working other jobs but it’s what I thought I had to do. After about a year, I was tired of being unhappy. I knew what my calling was and I decided to make the leap. I am so happy that I did, it was the best decision I could have ever made for myself. In October it will be 2 years!

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
My career is definitely just getting started. I still have so much growing and learning to do! But in these short few years I have learned that things don’t happen over night. Hard work pays off. Sleep is scarce. Running your own business is really challenging, but rewarding. Staying self motivated is important. BELIEVING IN YOURSELF. That’s the toughest one. So many times I would wake up and think, “What are you doing? You can’t make a living off of photography!” Then I have to give myself a pep talk and tell myself, “Yes you can girl! Yes you can.”

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
I love the 4×6 Unfinished Maple Boxes! I love how simple and clean this box is and how it ties in with my branding.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
My clients LOVE them. I think this product ties my packaging together nicely. It’s a wonderful keepsake that my clients get to keep and store away their favorite photographs from the most beautiful day of their lives!