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PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | CHRISTINE GOSCH

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ChristineHeadshots-300wideBusiness Name: Christine Gosch

Website: www.christinegosch.com

Instagram: @christinegosch

Twitter: @christinegosch

Where are you based out of? Houston, Texas

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

What is your predominant photographic specialization? weddings + brands

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Pentax 645n + Canon-AE1

How would you define your style?
simple, intimate, or romantic, depending on what I’m shooting

 

What motivated you to become a photographer?
I’ve always loved photography. I was always the kid with a camera and my love for photography grew in high school when I was able to develop and print my own photos in a school photojournalism class.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
I try to convey that there’s beauty in every detail, whether it be on a wedding day or at a brand session for a fellow creative small business owner or artist.

How do you accomplish that?
We all know the famous quote by Robert Papa: “If your photos aren’t good enough, then you’re not close enough”. I apply that to my mindset a lot whilst shooting. I shoot fairly intimately to tell the story of whatever I’m photographing. Stories include lots of delicate, beautiful details, so why wouldn’t I incorporate that into photographic stories, as well?

What do you do during a session or wedding day to help make your clients feel comfortable?
The three things I think I do best to make clients comfortable during a shoot is to have a calm demeanor, talk constantly to naturally direct the shoot and ensure them that they’re doing a great job, and perform the pose myself so the client knows exactly what I’m asking them to do.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
There are so many talented photographers out there, but I have always been drawn to the minimalistic yet romantic vibe I get from Elizabeth Messina’s work. I even wrote a paper on her in college.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
Switching from digital photography to film photography. It was absolutely the right move for me, and I can’t imagine my business now without the fabulous medium.

What is one important lesson you have learned during your career?
Your photography is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s ok. It’s just as important to repel the wrong client as it is to attract the right ones who will invest in you + your business.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
mahogany USB drives

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
The sleek and simple USB design ties in perfectly with my neutral and organic client packaging.

How has packaging elevated your brand?
It elevates the client experience tenfold, especially as a creative small business owner offering primarily a service and not a product.

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | KISHELLE LINENKO PHOTOGRAPHY

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Business Name: Kishelle Linenko Photography

Website: http://kishellelinenko.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kishellelinenkophotography/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kishellelinenko/?hl=en

Where are you based out of? Tacoma, WA

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

What is your predominant photographic specialization? Family, children, small weddings

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Canon 5D Mk IV

How would you define your style?
Simple and real. I’ve heard my work described as “breezy, organic and light.”

What motivated you to become a photographer?
My children. I was a second shooter for about 2 years before I had kids and there was no passion in it. I knew I loved the art of photography but something was missing. Then my kids came. From then on, I knew it was my job to document their lives as a constant reminder to them that real love does exist.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
That love exists.

I’m newer to the wedding world but I use my knowledge of photographing parents with their children when photographing couples and surprising it works really well. Love is love. You can’t fake it. So my goal every time I pick up my camera, I do so with an intention to capture what real love is. These moments are fleeting – all of them, so why not bottle them up, right?!

How do you accomplish that?
If you are real with your subject, they’ll be real with you. The way I photograph my children is the same way I approach my subjects during any session. I don’t force you to act a certain way.

What do you do during a session or wedding day to help make your clients feel comfortable?
I’m a goofball and I tell the worst jokes. I wish I was lying but my jokes are so bad. I really try to put myself in my subjects shoes. So by doing that, you can really see if they are uncomfortable or not and if they are then you can prompt a joke or interaction to break that awkwardness.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
I have a few photographers that inspire the “philosophy” behind my work.

Coleen Hodges – She has taught me to be yourself. No one will take you seriously if you can’t take your self seriously. My work, art, talent, and heart are worth sharing.

Nicki Sebastian – How she highlights motherhood in the most graceful manner is truly inspiring.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
I am a photographer with a Non-profit called Spectrum Inspired. We raise awareness of Autism through photographs by documenting children and their families on the spectrum. Every chance I get to help or give back to one of these families makes it all worth it and that’s an accomplishment in itself.

What is one important lesson you have learned during your career?
I heard this at a workshop I attended and I will NEVER forget it. “If you want to be a better photographer, be a better person.”

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
The custom engraved USB’s. The photo boxes.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
The USB’s are something personal and tangible that my clients love.

How has packaging elevated your brand?
There is a piece of me that is left with my client’s memories. Not only did I take their photos but I help them make memories for a lifetime.

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | BENJAMIN CLIFFORD PHOTOGRAPHY

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clifford-headshot-webBusiness Name: Benjamin Clifford Photography

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!