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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 | LAUREN JOSLEN PHOTOGRAPHY

Name: Lauren
Business Name: Lauren Joslen Photography
Website: ww.laurenjoslen.com
Where are you based out of? Longview, WA (a small town 45 minutes north of Portland, OR)
Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer?
Full-Time

What is your predominant photographic specialization?
Senior Portraits & Couples

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

How would you define your style?
My style is a little all over the place right now, but I’m trying to evolve into a film-looking, moody, photojournalistic type style. That’s my overall goal for 2017.

As of right now, my style is kind of lifestyle-ish. At least with my couples I try to be that way. With seniors, that’s more posed and kind of an airy look.

What motivated you to become a photographer?
I’ve always loved looking at pictures in scrapbooks my mom put together back when my sisters and I were younger. I think that’s where my love for photography really began. From there, I would ask my sister to model for me when I received a point and shoot digital camera for Christmas back in middle school. I learned that I love taking pictures of people, and I told myself that’s what I wanted to do for “work.”

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
With my seniors, I try to convey happiness and carefreeness. I like to capture them in a time when the world is theirs to grab. With couples, I try to convey the love they have for each other. I get the best shots when they aren’t being posed, but interacting with each other and I get to capture that moment in time.

How do you accomplish that?
With seniors, I often ask them to fake laugh – which typically gets them smiling, often turning into a real laugh, and I can capture it.
And with couples, I tend to ask them questions about their relationship or each other to get them comfortable around me.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
Oh, Yes! Ben Sasso! Reading his blog and just learning from him inspires me so much! Also, Taylor McCutchan. His work is incredible! I had the chance to meet him at a workshop I attended a year ago. He’s a super nice guy. I love the way he captures his couples. Seeing his work just makes me want to be a better photographer. There’s a ton of other photographers that inspire me, some I know personally – Natasha Dahlke, I’m looking at you! And some I don’t know at all that I follow on Instagram.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
I would say being able to leave my comfortable day job and going full-time. I love being my own boss, on my own schedule, being creative, and doing what I love. Sounds easy enough, right? I’m learning that being a business owner isn’t super easy. Some days aren’t so creative and fun. I love it though and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
I’ve learned that YouTube is my best friend. If I ever have a question about my camera, or how to manipulate a photo in Lightroom, I look to YouTube.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
For regular sessions, I give my clients their finished images on the Mahogany Wood USB in a Mahogany Wood USB Delivery Box. I love my clients’ reactions when I hand them their boxes. They are always blown away with them. For weddings, I give my clients the Mahogany Wood USB inside the 4×6 Print & USB Box in the unfinished Pine. Again, they’re always happy with their box.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
With my clients so excited about their pictures being delivered in cute wooden boxes, they often post pictures of it and tag me in the pictures. I feel like this gives me a unique style in delivery that sets me apart from other photographers. The last touch on handing over the photos in a fun way promotes clients to spread the word and get my name out there.

VIDEOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | SEAN O’CONNOR VIDEO

Name:  Sean O’Connor
Business Name:  Sean O’Connor Video
Website:  www.seanoconnorvideo.com
Where are you based out of? Salem, OR
Are you currently a part-time or full-time videographer? part-time
What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Sony a7sii

How would you define your style? Story-teller

What motivated you to become a videographer?
I began getting into videography as a freshman in high school. From there I continued to pursue it and realized that it’s one of the most powerful ways to communicate with our generation(s).

What is it that you try to convey with each video?
I want people to walk away from seeing a wedding, business, or event and feel like they were there; that they fully experienced it.

How do you accomplish that?
I try to re-tell the story of the couple or business. I work hard to understand their personalities and then look for ways to bring that out so that others can share in it.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?
I try to watch other weddings online and see what angles other films utilize.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your career?
Every time someone chooses me to tell their story I feel very honored. There’s so much affirmation in hearing that someone else enjoys my work– so there’s not a specific moment, wedding, or business that was the best. But there are favorite weddings for sure! :)

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
A positive, helpful attitude is contagious. Regardless of what’s working or not, how long the day of filming is, or what else is on my plate, it makes a HUGE difference when I’m there to serve and help in any way I can– even beyond filming.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
Wood/Wooden USB Flash Drive 128GB Capacity with Magnet Top and the Wood/Wooden USB Flash Drive Box Holder with Magnet Lid, and they have been fantastic!

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
It’s a unique, professional product and I GREATLY appreciate that they sell 128GB customized flash drives because when you’re shooting in 4k the files add up quick.

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!