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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 | BRIANA CALDEON PHOTOGRAPHY

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HeadshotBusiness Name: Briana Calderon Photography

Website: www.brianacphotography.com

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brianacphotography/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brianacphoto

Where are you based out of? Greater Seattle area

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

What is your predominant photographic specialization? Weddings and portraits

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Canon 5d Mark III and Mark II

 

How would you define your style?
I strive for a very natural and raw style. I studied photojournalism in college, so I learned to shoot images that were unposed and unadulterated. Coming into the wedding and portrait photography world, I learned to guide my clients, but I always aim to be the fly on the wall. I like to stand back and watch moments unfold to produce organic photos that stand apart.

What motivated you to become a photographer?
I initially picked up a love for photography in high school. It wasn’t long before I thought I wanted to travel the world and become a National Geographic photographer actually! Once I got into college though, I met a woman running her own successful wedding photography business and I was so excited at the idea of doing the same thing. After a couple of internships, my passion for photographing people and various milestones like weddings, pregnancy, and newborns only grew stronger. It’s a joy to capture such meaningful moments and the kind words from happy clients keep me energized and doing what I love!

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
The number one thing I try to convey with my work is true emotion. Whether it’s tears at a wedding, genuine laughter during a family session or the look of deep love of a new mom with her infant; I work hard to capture all that in a photograph.

How do you accomplish that?
I find that connecting with my clients on a personal level really helps to relax them. When they feel like they are working more with a friend than a stranger, it’s easier for them to let their guard down when taking pictures. It’s great when my clients can really be themselves and feel comfortable without feeling like they are being over posed. When I don’t get in the way, the genuine moments reveal themselves naturally.

What do you do during a session or wedding day to help make your clients feel comfortable?
I do my best to bring life and laughter into all my sessions and weddings. I ask questions and try to get to know everyone as a session goes on. If it’s a wedding, I always do a consultation with my couples to get to know them first and help them get to know me. I also will do an engagement shoot to help them feel comfortable before the big day. In my experience, no one has ever said the engagement shoot was pointless. It’s always been a great way to connect with my bride and groom on a deeper level and helps them do a test run, if you will, before the wedding day!

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
I would have to give credit to my mentor, Danielle from Danielle Gillett Photography. She took me in when I was scrambling to find a summer internship years ago and taught me SO much as the years went on. I would never have learned how to shoot a wedding had it not been for her training and support. As for aesthetic style, I really admire Katelyn James and her light and airy look. I try to bring a similar quality to my photos as well!

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
One of the most memorable accomplishments for me was being picked as one of The Knot’s best wedding vendors in Northern California. It’s something that I attribute all to my wonderful couples who left me such flattering reviews!

What is one important lesson you have learned during your career?
I’ve learned that comparison is the killer of joy. Photography is a very saturated industry and with social media, anyone can see anyone else’s work. I’ve learned that focusing on my own art and my happy customers, I feel much more content and satisfied with my work. I don’t need to be anyone else and I don’t need my images to look like someone else’s. My photography business is so much more than how many followers I have or the number of likes I have on my posts. In reality, it’s a platform for me to meet new people all the time and to bring them tangible memories that they can see for the rest of their lives. That’s one very important thing I need to always remind myself of!

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
Mahogany Wood USB 16GB

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
Client experience is one of the most important, if not the most important thing to me. If I don’t have satisfied clients, I don’t have a successful business! I love surprising my wedding couples with gifts. I think it heightens their experience with me and helps set me apart from other wedding vendors. With the USB I use from Photographer Supply Co, I’m able to upload my couple’s engagement shoot and wedding photos to one convenient place. The USB isn’t listed on my packages, so it’s a nice surprise for my clients to get after their wedding.

How has packaging elevated your brand?
I love that I can customize the USB with my logo! The mahogany wood is very elegant and the inscribed logo makes it look very professional. It works really well with the final client package I send to all my couples.

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!