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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 | AARON REEL PHOTOGRAPHY

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Aaron Reel HeadshotBusiness Name: Aaron Reel Photography

Website: www.aaronreel.com

Where are you based out of? South Carolina

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

What is your predominant photographic specialization? Weddings

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Canon 5d Mark iii

How would you define your style? Documentary/Candid Documentary/Candid

What motivated you to become a photographer?
I started shooting family sessions and portrait sessions which led to several small wedding opportunities for family members. I previously worked as a designer and several different architecture firms. After a few years, I started getting so busy with photography that I made a leap of faith and have been a full-time wedding photographer for 5 years now.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
For weddings, I try to convey the story of a wonderfully special day between two families. I like to document these moments for them to share and remember for the rest of their lives.

How do you accomplish that?
I accomplish that by documenting every little detail of a wedding. The smiles, the tears, the love that is shared with one another. I try to capture little things that will be forgotten after that day but will remain with them forever. It’s all part of their story.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
There are many talented inspiring photographers that have influenced my photography. One that stands out to me the most is Mike Colon. I have always appreciated his style, personality and his love for helping other photographers learn the business.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
My greatest accomplishments happen every time a client tells me how happy they are with the images that I produce.

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
Do what makes you happy.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
I always use custom wood flash drives as part of my deliverable package to wedding clients.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
Wedding clients are always impressed when I deliver a wedding package to them, and part of that is because of Photographer Supply Company!

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT : LINDSEY LEIGH WEDDINGS

Business Name: Lindsey Leigh Weddings

Website: www.lindseyleighweddings.com

Where are you based out of? Charleston

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

What is your predominant photographic specialization? Weddings

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Nikon D750

How would you define your style? A Bright and colorful documentary approach with a love of styling details, and formal portraits.

What motivated you to become a photographer?
I always had an interested in photography. I started in the darkroom when film was still the main medium. After the transition to digital, I did a lot of nature and wildlife photography as a hobby but it wasn’t until I was laid off from my 9-5 job in the nonprofit sector that I really pushed to find a way to make photography my full-time job.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
I aim to highlight the unique style of every event and emphasize the deep love and personality of every couple. I love using photography as a means of telling a romantic love story.

How do you accomplish that?
I love bride and groom portraits, it gives me an opportunity to use my own creativity and find ways to make each individual couple look beautiful. When not shooting portraits I like to be a fly on the wall, documenting everything without being too intrusive. That way I can really capture who you are in your own skin without the pressure of
the camera too up close and personal. However, I will definitely pull people aside to arrange a great photo if there is an opportunity begging and the light is just perfect.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
Hunter McRae has been my friend, mentor and one of the photographers I look up to more than anyone else. She has given me insight into the business and taught me so much, she is also a graceful and gorgeous human being inside and out. Without her, I would have never been able to get where I am today.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
Being invited to shoot an event in Las Vegas with one of my favorite photographers (See above – Hunter McRae) from Charleston. It meant so much to me that she trusted me to work alongside her, and meeting a few celebrities at the after party was a real, ‘this is my life?!’ moment.

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
That as photographers, we are worth more than we give ourselves credit. I spent way too many years undercharging. It wasn’t until I found my voice and gave myself the credit I felt I deserved that I was finally able to break free from barely scraping by, and attract the kind of clients I’d always dreamed of. The products from Photography Supply Co. then allowed me to impress this new found client base that had higher expectations for the delivery of their final product.

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

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
The products from Photography Supply Co. have allowed me to add a personal touch to my final product (I usually have the couple’s names engraved on the flash drives and my branding on the boxes). I love getting feedback from clients with how impressed they are with the delivered package. These products really helped me elevate my business to a higher professional standard.

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT : ARDEE CHUA PHOTOGRAPHY

Business Name:   Ardee Chua Photography

Website:    www.ardeechuaphoto.com

Where are you based out of?    Nashville, TN

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

What is your predominant photographic specialization?   Weddings

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with?    Canon 5d Mk4 and 5d Mk3

How would you define your style?
My photography can be defined as lifestyle. They are candid but I give direction so that my clients look their best.  My background is in street photography so it’s a bit raw and documentary.  I appreciate the aesthetics of proper composition that you would find in classical works but I understand that emotion trumps everything.

What motivated you to become a photographer?
My daughter Kylee was growing up too fast (she’s 14 now) and I wanted to capture every moment.  When she started middle school, she was suddenly too cool to pose for me so I started taking pictures wherever I traveled.  I found myself taking pictures of people and loving it.  The Golden Gate Bridge doesn’t make San Francisco; rather, the people that lived in San Francisco make San Francisco.

My neighbor is an accomplished wedding photographer and started to ask me to second shoot weddings for her.  From there I was hooked on photographing weddings.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
I want to convey the emotion and “soul” of the occasion.  I want the viewer to feel like they are there.  I want those who attended and see my photographs later to remember the smells, tastes, sounds, and what they were feeling.


How do you accomplish that
I prefer to shoot with wide-angle lenses; this forces you to shoot close.  When you shoot close, you have to engage with the subject and be part of it.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
There are many photographers that have influenced me and continue to mentor me directly or indirectly.

Roberto Valenzuela taught me to be intentional and to understand the science and math behind posing and light.  Jerry Ghionis rapport with his clients is one to look up to.  I give each wedding party a headshot in the same manner that Peter Hurley does.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
My best accomplishments are seeing photographers that I’ve taught find success.

In a wedding a few weeks ago, my daughter graduated from being an assistant to being a full-fledged second photographer.  She did great and I was a super proud dad.

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
Don’t be afraid to collaborate with others and share your ‘secrets’. It’s natural to not share but this leads one to think in scarcity.  It’s not only negative but also self-damning.

Find new photographers and mentor them.   Find photographers you admire and connect with them.   The more you share your ‘secrets’, the more you are able to learn new things and grow your art.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
I use Photographer Supply Company’s engraved wooden 8GB USB drives.  They look great packaged inside the matching wooden boxes.

When possible, I find every opportunity to hand deliver the finished product.   Clients always have the best reactions.   It sets the right mood for when they view the photographs.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
I have worked hard to be better at my art.  I had invested to be part of great networks of professionals.  I maintain a clean website, invest in good business cards, etc. but the finished product would be what the customer ultimately holds in their hands after the session.

Products from Photography Supply Company give me good consistency, a standard for perfection, and confidence.

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT : ZOE LITAKER PHOTOGRAPHY

Business Name: Zoe Litaker Photography

Website: www.zoelitakerphotography.com

Where are you based out of? Durham NC and Seattle WA

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

What is your predominant photographic specialization? Dance and Weddings

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? 5D MKIII – two at a time!

How would you define your style?
I would define my style as a blend of fine art and photojournalism. I love the challenge of capturing an incredible split-second moment in a gorgeous composition.

What motivated you to become a photographer?
I fell in love with photography when I was 13. Some people are best with words or other forms of communication, but I am best with images. When I picked up the camera, I felt like I could finally really share how I experienced the world with other people! I still love capturing the beauty of the world and sharing it with others.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
My work is about creating and sharing a story. Whether I am working with a wedding couple or dancers, I am always asking, what’s the story here? Is it an urban dancer exploring a crazy location? Is it the shared laughter right after a couple gets married? In every case, I focus on the narrative.

How do you accomplish that?
I accomplish this through a variety of ways. The first is to know what story I am telling. For weddings, it’s the story of the whole day! But within each part of the day, getting ready, the ceremony, the reception, there are hundreds of smaller stories happening. I use composition and framing to tell those stories. Of course, who and what is in the image is the most important thing. However, almost as important is the lighting and composition. I use the rule of thirds, leading lines, depth of field, reflections, shutter speed, and location of lights to shape my composition so that it immediately draws your eye to the most important part of the photograph.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
Absolutely! Some of my favorites are Jodi Cobb (National Geographic photographer), Sebastião Salgado, Stephen Klein, and Jonas Bendiksen (especially his satellites series). Most of the photographers I am really drawn to are documentary photographers. They are incredible at creating visual series that are not only stunning but tell powerful stories. For fine art and compositional ideas, I often go back into art history to look at El Greco, Rembrandt, Crivelli and other painters.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
One of my most memorable accomplishments so far has been to photograph a 14 hour wedding day that included gorgeous Zimbabwean traditions as well as American traditions. Making sure I created perfect images throughout the whole day was tiring, but completely worth it! They were thrilled with their photographs.

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
It’s so hard to pick just one! But a very important lesson is that you need a team to create the best work possible. Assistants, second photographers, makeup artists, florists, caterers, and of course, lovely clients are what make for amazing photographs.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
I currently use the Cork & Bottle USB Flash Drive, the wooden USB’s, the Slim Book Cloth Linen 4×6 Print + USB Box Holder, the Rough Cut Fabric Matboards and the Wooden 3.5×3.5 USB Flash Drive Box.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
Photography Supply & Co has definitely allowed me to provide more beautiful and fun products to my clients. In this business, as in many others, providing the best service and most beautiful products is really important! I love giving my clients perfectly packaged presents. I also now send matted prints with their USB, which they love.