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PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | BENJAMIN CLIFFORD PHOTOGRAPHY

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Website: www.benjamincliffordphotography.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/benjamincliffordphotography

Instagram: @benjamincliffordphotography

Where are you based out of? Scottsdale Arizona

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

What is your predominant photographic specialization?
Weddings/ Elopements/ Engagements

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with?
Nikon D810’s

 

How would you define your style?
Our style is light and Airy with a little subtle punch of moodiness. (Kind of like our 5 year old)

What motivated you to become a photographer?
Joy and I wanted to be able to capture moments in time for people. We wanted to give others the gift of remembering how they once were. For example, I remember looking through my parent’s wedding album growing up. You know the non-professional one where the pages stuck together and the cover was super fluffy and handcrafted? I laugh at the album now, but I loved seeing my parents that way. How they were when they were young. We want to deliver photos that invoke the same emotions in our bride and grooms and their future kids.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
Emotion. Love. Joy. Warmth. We want people to not only see how they feel but actually feel it themselves.

How do you accomplish that?
It really depends on the emotion we are trying to draw out of them. Most of the time we tell a story. Something that will bring out the intended emotion. Ben has amazingly bad “dad” jokes and Joy is just funny so that always helps.

What do you do during a session or wedding day to help make your clients feel comfortable?
This is a big one. Most important thing is communication. Over communicate. Then do it even more. We believe that sessions success begins way before we arrive to take photos. It’s in how you prepare your clients, from what to wear, to how its okay to feel. And then on the day of the shoot, we are constantly talking to them, telling them what a great job they are doing. We let them know its okay to feel weird and be weird at this moment. Because unless they are professional models having your photos taken is weird.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
Yes. a lot. The first one, Steve Steinhardt without him and his guidance we would have never started in photography. Second Amy and Jordan Demos. They really helped to teach us and mentor us in many ways. From here we really started to develop our own style that we love and works for us.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
We’ve been featured in magazines and blogs, traveled to a lot of awesome places. But the most memorable accomplishment really is when we deliver that wedding gallery to our couple. We are huge, huge believers in how we treat and work with our couples. And because of that we often become good friends with them. So for us, I would say creating friendships that continue on after the wedding. That to me is something special.

What is one important lesson you have learned during your career?
Service. Serve your clients. Be the best photographer, planner, friend, timekeeper, whatever they need, you can be. Care about them and their happiness.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
The Cloth books with a 5×5 window for your USB’s mostly.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
Love the clean and professional look. You make us look great!

How has packaging elevated your brand?
Cohesive packaging helps to brand us, contribute to a high-end feel, and give our clients something to be proud of.

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | SAMANTHA KURTZ PHOTOGRAPHY

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2018-03-26_0020Business Name: Samantha Kurtz Photography, LLC

Website: www.samanthakurtz.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/samanthakurtzphotography/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/samanthakurtz/

Where are you based out of? Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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

What is your predominant photographic specialization? 

Wedding and Portraiture

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Canon 5d Mk II

How would you define your style?
A mix of bright, colorful, and occasionally moody. My work is highly driven by the client, light, the current season, and environment.

What motivated you to become a photographer?
My family inspired me to become a photographer. Documenting trips, family holidays, birthdays have always been important in my family. My father was always taking photos at our soccer games when my sister and I were younger. When I was seventeen he was overseas for a year. During that year, I started using his camera equipment as a way to express myself and honestly, pass the time. I started photographing my friends, landscapes, flowers, etc. and it blossomed (ha, puns) into a passion of mine. Eventually, it turned into a business.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
Authenticity. It’s important to me to capture real, genuine moments. The everyday moments that may be overlooked because they’re not “big” moments. For example, during weddings, I love photographing children eating their cake. Talk about a face of pure joy! During family sessions, I love the little moments, such as a mom tucking her daughter’s hair behind her ear. Those moments that may not have been seen or intentional during the wedding day or session are normally my favorites.

How do you accomplish that?
A lot of patience, observation, and trying not to force moments. I try to do as little posed photos as possible but engage more in movement. So I’ll tell clients to hold hands and start walking or tell secrets to each other. Things like that. This generally produces the desired look I’m going for. For weddings, I follow the couple around during the day telling them not to pay attention to me and capture how they naturally interact with each other and their guests.

What do you do during a session or wedding day to help make your clients feel comfortable?
I do a few things. First, I tell a lot of corny jokes. If I get a natural laugh from a client it doesn’t bother me one bit that it’s at my expense. Secondly, I’m upfront and honest at the beginning and say something along the lines of, “You may feel awkward and weird for a few minutes, and that’s OK. I promise you’ll be a pro at this by the end.” I tend to find this itself is comforting to my clients and makes them feel less nervous. Lastly, I bring an “inspiration board” to my sessions as a visual for my clients. I’m a visual learner and I find when my clients have some idea of what the end product will look like, it makes them more eager to try something different.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
I am greatly inspired by Rosie Hardy’s work. I admire how she uses emotions, seasons, and locations as the driving force behind her work, which is not the norm but is similar to my aesthetic. It encourages me to stay true to myself and shoot how I love to.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
My most memorable accomplishment is the relationships I’ve made with clients. Many of my clients are repeat clients that I’ve photographed every stage of their life: from senior portraits to their wedding, to their family portraits. Many of my past clients have become dear friends. I love the feeling after weddings or sessions where they’re so excited to see the final product and they can’t stop thanking you for capturing their wedding day or portrait session. That is the best feeling.

What is one important lesson you have learned during your career?
Adaptability. Schedules change. Weather changes (Hello, Oklahoma!). Sometimes a groomsman forgets a tie. Sometimes you allow a certain amount of time for photos, and you have to get it done in half that time. Being able to adapt during the day and not get thrown off by it is crucial, especially for weddings.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
Wood Boxes and Glass Boxes

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
The wood and glass boxes from Photographer Supply Company have helped showcase my final print product for clients in a beautiful, physical way.

How has packaging elevated your brand?
Packaging has helped my business feel more personal to my clients. In a field that is dominated by digital format, it encourages clients to print their photos and display them in their homes.

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | DEBRA EBY PHOTOGRAPHY

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Business Name: Debra Eby Photography Co.

Website: www.debraeby.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Debra-Eby-Photography-161757607184771

Instagram: @debraeby

Where are you based out of? Ormond Beach, Florida

Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer?
Full Part-Time (which means not 40 hours a week, but as much work as I can handle while also being a wife and mother of 4 littles)

What is your predominant photographic specialization? Wedding Photography

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Canon 5D Mark III

How would you define your style?  

Fine Art | Editorial | Romance

What motivated you to become a photographer?
My passion is all about sharing messages through imagery.

Throughout my college studies in Communications, I was most intrigued with interpersonal and visual communications. The idea of connecting with people through visual messages completely resonates with me.

As soon as I began studying photography, I couldn’t stop. An obsession was born. Every night I stayed up late learning to harness light, angles, and aesthetics to create something beautiful.

For me, work has to be meaningful, more than just “clocking in” every day. The technical side of photography is simply a means to a more personal end. My career began with family portraits, but after second shooting my first wedding – I fell in love.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
My hope is to create a fine art and editorial aesthetic that is customized to each couple.

Capturing the beauty in every little moment – her grace, his charm, her blush, his dimples. From the bridal gown choice to the wedding favors, couples tell a story with their style choices.

How do you accomplish that?
I do my best to unearth their couple identity through the consultation, our online conversations, and the engagement portraits. I have them fill out a couple questionnaire to help me in this discovery process as well. The wedding prep form also gives me a sense of their artistic direction.

Then, on the wedding day, I do my best to filter the details (invitation suite, gown, florals, beauty choices, etc.) to solidify their overall aesthetic. I will then make styling and posing choices based on that feeling.

I picture the day in a magazine spread, or their album, and do my best to style and create a full collection of imagery that embodies their unique brand of love.

What do you do during a session or wedding day to help make your clients feel comfortable?
My clients look best on camera when they trust me. Building this trust can be tricky! I feel this happens by giving couples (and their family and bridal party) as much warm, genuine, and kind communication as possible. I always try to remember how awkward it can feel with a big camera pointed in my direction.

They need to know I have their best interest at heart, and that I’m using flattering angles. They also need to know that I believe they are beautiful and so valued. I do my best to find authentic ways to compliment and encourage, like gushing over her sparkling eyes or affirming when he nails that smolder.

I always begin with action poses that are easy for everyone. For instance, walking while holding hands and looking at each other. Then, we move less and pose a little more as they become more comfortable. I carefully talk them into cozy poses and test their readiness by how quickly they kiss. It’s all about that trust.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
So many photographers have been on this journey with me, inspiring me in different ways.

I have my girl bosses that have me fangirl all over their marketing and business acumen. I really resonate with Kaitlin James and her approach to business. She is all about making it personal, authentic, and a rich client experience.

Then, I have those photographers who inspire me to push myself artistically. It may be cliché, but Jose Villa and Elizabeth Messina were my original fine art inspiration when I was honing my style. So many try to replicate their work, but they will always be the real deal. Jose knows how to turn a local dune into an exotic desert location. Elizabeth knows how to capture the essence of a woman, her soul. All of this is done with consistency and originality. Incredible.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
I still remember the feeling of that first published wedding. It was actually my first wedding, but I didn’t submit it for 6 months because I was way too scared. It was a gorgeously crafted day with a couple who I still adore. When Style Me Pretty picked it up for publication, I totally freaked out.

Since then, I’ve loved seeing my couples featured on blogs and in magazines. I feel like a proud momma, seeing them on display where other brides can find inspiration.

Shooting a wedding in Bermuda in 2017 was pretty amazing too. My bride was incredible and it was an absolute dream experience.

What is one important lesson you have learned during your career?
I have learned to foster growth at every stage in business.

There are always ways to improve systems and the overall experience for our clients. Scheduling time where I step away to analyze the business, apart from emotion. Those weaknesses surface and that is so important. It’s easy to become complacent or frustrated with clients. When that happens, there is usually something I can do better to avoid or minimize future problems.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
I looked so long and hard for gorgeous fabric boxes that matched my branding and coordinated with my beautiful album line.

Photographer Supply Co. was the perfect fit!

I’m so grateful that my clients can receive their images in such luxury packaging.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
Photographer Supply Co. creates packaging that “wows” my target demographic. I’m not naturally great with packaging and those kinds of details. So, partnering with a company who excels in this area allows my business to shine!

How has packaging elevated your brand?
When clients see attention to detail and that you care about them from start to finish, that matters. They feel valued and will then share that experience with their friends. Word-of-mouth marketing has always been my primary source of referrals. This can only continue as I pour into these couples, creating an unforgettable experience. Photographer Supply Co. partners with me in that effort. I am so grateful!

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | THE COLOUR EVE

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Eve_Headshot-2Name: Eve Byers

Business Name: The Colour Eve

Website: www.thecoloureve.com

Instagram: @thecoloureve

Where are you based out of? Melbourne, Australia

Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? Part-time

What is your predominant photographic specialization? Couples / Weddings

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Sony A7sii

How would you define your style? Dark and earthy.

What motivated you to become a photographer?
I’m terrible at telling stories in person so this was the only way I knew how to communicate how I was feeling. I was also really inspired by how my subjects change when they are in the natural world with nature as my constant muse. I actually create wedding films as well, so professionally it grew from that.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
Authenticity and raw honesty.

How do you accomplish that?
I love it when the people in my photos or video can just be and move how they want to. I’m not there to tell them how to feel or what to do. My job is capture how they are in that exact time and place, with nature being the supporting environment for that to take place. I’ve noticed people feel more at ease in the natural world. I guess this is where the realness comes from.

What do you do during a session or wedding day to help make your clients feel comfortable?
I find that clients feel most comfortable when we’ve met and got to know one another before an event has taken place. It’s kinda awkward I think, showing up to be part of someone’s special day and never knowing who they are as a couple or even if you’re a right fit for them (and vice versa!). Even if it’s just a Skype call or two, the more comfortable they are, the more likely they’ll open up and let me in.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
Quite a few and all so different!
Gregory Crewdson has always been my main inspiration for my work since forever. The amount of production that goes into his photography is phenomenal. I find myself lost in his work for ages, trying to figure out what exactly is going on. There’s something romantic about the poignant nature of it.

There are local wedding photographers too that I think have beautiful work such as Joel from Barefoot and Bearded and Fabio Oliveira.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
I’m still learning so it really feels like there are tiny accomplishments with every project.
I guess more recently, winning best documentary at the Peninsula Film Festival. That got ticked off the bucket list!

What is one important lesson you have learned during your career?
That being a good human is more important than making sure you have the latest and most expensive camera technology. It doesn’t really matter if you’re not so good at the business side of things or if you’re slightly socially awkward (like me). What matters is making people feel good, being empathetic and doing great work for them in every step of the process.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
The dark wooden USB’s and USB boxes.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
They’ve made those tiny touches really unique. I used to send my video’s and photographs via dropbox – It wasn’t very romantic at all! I thought my couples deserved something a little better and how exciting it must be to receive them packaged so thoughtfully and beautifully. I’ve also started to customize the top with handwritten names of the couples I’m sending it to. They go perfectly with little hessian drawstring bags.

How has packaging elevated your brand?
The dark wood actually goes really well with the dark and earthy tones used in my work. That natural element gets carried through to the end. It’s something I’d choose for myself so I know that my couples will love it too!

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT : KENNI VIAL

Business Name: Kenni Vial

Website: www.kennivial.com

Where are you based out of? Beaverton/Portland Oregon

Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? Part-time

What is your predominant photographic specialization? Wedding/Couples

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Nikon D3

How would you define your style?
My style tends to gravitate towards a lighter and brighter look. Living in the PNW my surrounding colors are green. Lots and lots of green!

 

 

What motivated you to become a photographer?
My husband started doing sports photography for our University and our friends started asking us to take their engagement and family pictures. After we graduated we didn’t do much at all with photography for a few years. About the time my 3rd baby was born I was looking for a creative outlet so I started taking more pictures of my kids! As I posted pictures to my social media my friends started asking me to do take their pictures and it snowballed from there. I’ve been very blessed to have a lot of support from the beginning.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
Love. It’s such a cliche, but it’s true. I want people to be happy when they look at my photos. If you see love you feel happy whether you know the subject in the photo or not.

How do you accomplish that?
It’s all about the comfort for my subjects and for me my weapon to get people happy is to make stupid jokes. They’re usually jokes poking fun of myself that gets them laughing the most and more comfortable with me in general. If I can get the couple or families laughing at me then they’re laughing together and laughter means happy and if they’re happy they’re comfortable.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
I’ve always loved Ansel Adams from the beginning. He had such a way of capturing the beauty of things in the simplicity of black and white It’s amazing! My friend that has sort of mentored me over the years, Brinn with Almira B Photography, has always been an inspiration to see work and then see her work. She makes the most simple shots beautiful and is never afraid to try something completely new and different. She’s all about pushing the limits, I love that.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
Probably the first wedding my husband and I shot together. It was a family friend and we basically ended up paying to do it. She asked us to fly to San Diego and we were so excited to be a part of something that important. I was still so inexperienced, but we killed it. I was so proud of us, we poured in three full days of shooting between the bridals, wedding, and two receptions. Even after editing I put together a video for them, which I’d never done before (and haven’t done since haha) and for being so new to it all I was so happy with how it all turned out and the best part was the couple was beyond thrilled! They felt so important and they saw how hard we worked. It really put a spark in me that what I did, even if financially it wasn’t worth it, the response and love we got in return and how proud we were of our work ourselves was so wonderful.

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
To do what works best for me. It’s been tricky waters to navigate being a mom of 4 full time and trying to do add in photography without becoming too overwhelmed with the tasks for both sides. I love getting suggestions or reading what works for other photographers to see what could work better for me and that helps a lot, but in the end, I’m only part-time and ‘finding the balance’ is real. I do my best with what I can do right now and I’ve had some amazing clients and many of whom return for whatever next important milestone is in their lives and I love that. Over the years I’ve gotten a lot of support and feeling of community with my little gig and it’s been a real blessing for me.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
Right now I’ve been using the wooden USBs’ and the coordinating wooden magnet lid boxes. They’ve been so beautiful and my clients are always so impressed with the extra thought of the packaging.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
The products that I’ve used from PSCo have been my all time favorite. You can’t beat the price and the quality. It doesn’t feel cheap and I love that, plus you can create whatever feel you like with the products.

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | BOKEH STUDIO

Name: Abhishek & Payal Patel

Business Name: Bokéh Studios

Website: www.iambokeh.com

Where are you based out of? Chicago, Illinois

Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? Part-time photographers

What is your predominant photographic specialization? Weddings and Engagements

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with?  Canon 5D Mark III

How would you define your style?
We would define our style as lifestyle photography for weddings and engagements. It’s candid, yet done so with some direction and styling and it also has an approachable feel and a relaxed result. We also like to capture candid and spontaneous photos of people, décor and the action as well! We look for intimate spaces for portraits and prefer to learn about the couple prior to their wedding day so that the interactions the day of are seamless, which ultimately enables us to create lifelong moments.

 

What motivated you to become a photographer?
We got our start in photography after being avid photographers at events, family outings and just enthusiasts, which eventually led to an opportunity shooting a friend’s engagement photos in Chicago. Since then, we’ve grown into a full studio specializing in weddings, however, we also capture occasional family sessions.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
We know how important a couple’s day is. And we know how important it is to trust your photographer or videographer. You get one shot at this—it’s important to do it right. We are here to guide couple’s through the process and we love getting to know people, what’s important to you, how you met, etc. Getting to know the couple’s story allows us to incorporate their personalities into their event and make their images unique.

How do you accomplish that?
Telling a special story is a gift and an art we cherish. Through our passion for creativity, we uniquely capture couple’s stories about one of the biggest days of their life: their wedding day. We thrive on building relationships with our couples through our recognizable photography and videography so we can showcase their distinctive personalities. When you work with Bokéh Studios we tailor their experience to fit their vision. Create your own story is our tagline.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
We have been very fortunate enough to watch our friend’s photography businesses’ grow throughout the years so that has helped alleviate any major struggles. We have spent an exquisitely long amount of time behind the lens, but our initial love of the camera came from getting our own photos taken by remarkable photographers that have all turned into great mentors and friends and helped us turn into a successful wedding photography and videography business.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
Our years of dedication to the art of professional photography and videography has been noticed and awarded on national and international levels. We’ve been featured in the Daily Herald, Gay Bride Guide, Wedding Guide Chicago, Borrowed & Blue, Love + Wander, Windy City Media Group, The Big Fat Indian Wedding and more!

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
Chicago is a strong and vibrant city and provides a great starting point for remote businesses, however, it is a very competitive landscape. There are a lot of very talented photographers that vie for the same attention when seeking potential couples, but there is a lot of opportunities to learn and grow. The architecture and history of the city also provide a great landscape for capturing the essence of what it means to live in an opportunistic area and there are also many big businesses and small businesses to connect and collaborate with.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
We use the wooden 4GB and 8GB USBs!

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
We wanted to provide our clients with a unique offering with our USBs and Photographer Supply Company were able to deliver the perfect solution. We can’t wait to share our client’s photos with these!