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Photographer Spotlight | Sarah Brookhart Photography

Name:    Sarah Brookhart

Business Name:    Sarah Brookhart Photography

Website:    www.sarahbrookhart.com

Where are you based out of?   Baltimore, MD and Lancaster, PA

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

What is your predominant photographic specialization?    Natural light wedding and lifestyle photography

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

How would you define your style?

I would define my style as artistically-inspired photojournalism.  I am inspired by natural light and relationship dynamics.

 

What motivated you to become a photographer?

I have always appreciated the notion of visual storytelling.  I am also passionate about the covenant of marriage.  Combining these two passions and turning it into a career sounded like a great idea to me!

What is it that you try to convey with your work?

I am fascinated by the idea of capturing a still image of an instant, a visual memory that can be experienced after the fact.  I strive to document real, authentic moments for couples who appreciate adventure and creativity.  I believe in creating a series of photos that tell the unique story of my couples and their day.

How do you accomplish that?

I try to bring this visual concept to fruition by anticipating moments.  This is a skill I’ve learned overtime having observed and captured many, many couples.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?

I have been inspired by so many photographers as I’ve grown and developed as a photographer myself.  I love Ben Sasso’s unique use of light and Jordan Voth’s composition.  Both of these photographers inspire me to think outside the box.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?

I have loved being my own boss and being entirely responsible for the progress of my business.  I feel most rewarded when my couples tell me they feel I captured the mood of their day.

What is one thing you have learned during your career?

I went to college for elementary education, so most things about this career have been learned through friendly peers or personal trial and error. I have learned about the immeasurable value of developing relationships with others in the industry.  It’s great to have an industry friend with whom I can discuss the trials and triumphs of running a small business.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?

I currently use the engraved USBs on natural wood and the pine print and USB box.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?

My clients are happily surprised to see the aesthetically pleasing packaging.  Additionally, this creative presentation means the clients are more likely to share a photo of their packaging on social media! Free publicity!

Photographer Spotlight | Meet the Bowsers

Names:    Lauren & Jared

Business Name:    The Bowsers

Website:    www.wearethebowsers.com

Where are you based out of?   Jacksonville, FL

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 Mark III, 6D

 

How would you define your style?

REAL. Natural, photojournalistic, romantic photos that capture your most authentic moments. No posed non-sense. We don’t slap a filter on and call it a day. Your photos should feel timeless. We strive to achieve that.

What motivated you to become a photographer?

Corporate America, ha! I like being my own boss. Nothing beats working from home in your pj’s, making your own hours, and taking a day off when you need it. I also loved photography so I decided to make a career out of it. Eventually, I moved to Chicago and started working for a men’s fashion company called Trunk Club. That really boosted my desire to learn and practice more.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?

We try to convey real emotion. I want our couples to look back at their photos and remember what an awesome time they had. We want them to feel what it actually felt to be in that moment again.

How do you accomplish that?

We try to build relationships with our couples. It’s important to us that our couples are comfortable around us, and are able to be themselves. I also think getting to work with your significant other, who is also your best friend, brings a contagious amount of energy to every shoot.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?

Yes! Too many to name. I love Lauren Apel. Her work is stunning and it sets her so far apart from other photographers. She has a way of photographing couples that is so natural and uniquely beautiful. I also love Katch Silva & Sara Byrne. Their photos come off effortless and so full of life. They are all insanely talented.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?

Before I did weddings I was the photographer for a men’s fashion company called Trunk Club. I had amazing opportunities through that company and have several photos in GQ, Elle,  Refinery 29, Travel & Leisure, and Delta Airlines. Nothing beats seeing your photos in print whether they are for a magazine or a wedding package.

What is one thing you have learned during your career?

Building a business takes time. I think a lot of photographers get discouraged because they don’t have overnight success. Photography is a never-ending learning process.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?

We use the wooden mahogany USB and the flash drive box holder in every gift package to our clients. I also love my handmade cotton camera strap. After we re-brand I might switch things up, I’m lovin’ the rose gold USB’s!

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?

Photographer Supply Co. has beautiful products and wonderful customer service. I love being able to send something that is beautiful and able to be customized. I love the quality, the finishes, the diversity of products offered, and the fast shipping. I’m always impressed & that’s why we keep coming back.

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | LAURA MORSMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Your Business Name:   Laura Morsman Photography

Your Website:   www.lauramorsmanphotography.com

Where are you based out of?   Austin Texas! (Though we photograph nationally!)

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

What is your predominant photographic specialization?

There isn’t any! We photograph a lot- weddings, family, infant, seniors, brands, editorial- you name it!

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with?    A Nikon D810 and Nikon D750!

How would you define your style?

Oh man, this is the hardest thing for me- And besides the “what is your specialty” question at gatherings, this is generally the follow-up question! 😉 The two words that pop into my head are “dark and lifestyle” photography. We shoot and edit in a darker style but in a way that’s approachable/emotional and unposed like lifestyle photography. Every photo shoot we do has an editorial element to it as well! A hybrid of those elements would land you right on our general aesthetic!

What motivated you to become a photographer?

I became motivated to become a photographer after my parents adopted two of my siblings from Ethiopia in 2007- I had already grown up with three brothers and knew my mom probably would be too tired/busy to document every moment of their lives like she did ours back in the 90’s :) I picked up her old Powershot point and click camera and started making albums and movies of these two precious kids lives- Soon after I was asked if I was a family photographer, and instead of saying no, I said yes! Over and over again it was a fake it til’ you make it scenario!

What is it that you try to convey with your work?

I love people’s intricacies and chemistry, textures that you feel like you can reach out and grab an image, and the sense that you know the feeling in the moment of an image you’re looking at. When my clients tell me “you truly captured us”, that is the biggest compliment. Conveying life in an illustrative, tangible, relatable, beautiful way is what I’m trying to convey. It makes you feel connected when you meet so many different people and find the one thing that makes them connect with you and each other, love, listening and understanding.

How do you accomplish that?

For me, I actually have a lot to be thankful for in my past life (college) when it comes to being fascinated with people, and their differences. My career goal was to be a therapist/family crisis and trauma therapist. Before I left college my senior year, I nearly had my psychology degree finished and then life took a totally different turn into my career as a photographer. You don’t have to be a “people” person to know what makes people comfortable and trust you when working with you. It doesn’t have to be a show, or have a ton of rules, or rights and wrongs, be loud, or fake. When I walk into a session I gauge the emotional energy of what I’m walking into, and adapt to the personality the space needs to make everyone comfortable in that moment. Photo shoots can be a very high-anxiety time for clients, being reassuring, giving gentle direction, and making it about the client is how I do my best in accomplishing a great connection with them.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?

Definitely.  I’ve looked towards one person that I really wanted to be my “anchor” inspiration instead of looking at people around me on a local level, Annie Leibovitz. She doesn’t need an explanation in her work. It’s powerful, it’s personal, it’s textural, and she shoots with such depth and dark tones, it’s all I would hope to bring to my personal work!

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?

My most memorable accomplishments have come with work that wasn’t glamorous but involved documenting human life, death, triumph and struggle. Capturing something that we can relate with is the ultimate connection for someone seeing your work.  I had a session last year where I was asked to photograph a 10-year-old during her last few weeks of life after battling cancer, this year I photographed a woman who had survived a gang-rape in her own home while protecting her toddler during the attack, and yesterday I photographed a home birth. These are what I consider the pivotal things I’ll remember about my career more than any other subject.

What is one thing you have learned during your career?

That failure is the best thing that could happen to you. Having seasons where you doubt your work so much to the point that you are forced to grow and refine- that’s the best. We are all students, and we should never accept an end point to when we will take in new information or inspiration. I meet so many new photographers that ask me “how do I make money off of this? How do I make this my full-time career”.. Once someone mentions their first priority as this becoming a money making career, I pump the breaks.  Fail first, grow second, and then grow so much more!

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?

 I currently am using and loving the book cloth 5×5 window + usb box for my bridal, maternity, and infant session clients. It is the best personal touch to be able to print an image to highlight in their presentation box window upon delivery. I just love the details of this beautiful box and the ribbon to tie it shut is the perfect finishing touch!  In the future I’m looking to include the book cloth print boxes+usb holders into my collections as well! You can’t go wrong with such an incredibly made and high-end product.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?

 Photographer Supply Company products truly elevate the delivery of my collections to my clients. In any transactional interaction we have, if the end experience is nowhere near as high quality and memorable as the initial encounter, it’s incredibly easy to be disinterested and lose heart in the credibility of the brand. I love using Photographer Supply Company products knowing my client will treasure not only the experience of their session with me but the forever memories of how their session is archived and delivered.

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.

PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | ELSA BOSCARELLO PHOTOGRAPHY

Name:  Elsa

Business Name:   Elsa Boscarello Photography

Website:   www.elsaboscarello.com

Where are you based out of?   Reno, NV

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

What is your predominant photographic specialization?   Couples Portraits & Weddings

How would you define your style?

 Journalistic with a hint of editorial and directed creative imagery.

What motivated you to become a photographer?

I wasn’t born with a camera in my hand. My earliest photography memory is when I used my first-week of earnings (from a babysitting job which was also my first job) to purchase a Fuji film camera when I was a teenager. I’ve always had a fascination with documenting moments. I think this explains my obsession with documenting our own life-I have a ton of prints to prove it. It might be linked to a slight fear of forgetting these moments one day.  That definitely influences my journalistic approach to sessions and weddings as well.

Todd (aka the best husband in the world) gave me the push I needed to create a creative career. He asked me what my dream job would be and he motivated me to make it happen. His constant support and motivation is what fuels my career and adventurous lifestyle!

What is it that you try to convey with your work?

 The last few months I’ve primarily focused on conveying human emotions and embracing the landscape and environment that surrounds them.

How do you accomplish that?

I wait. And then wait some more. I wait for the looks couples give each other on their wedding day. I wait for the whispers and laughs. I think the description on my website explains it perfectly: The moment when you’re about to say “I-do” and you’re gripping each other hands so tightly that you swear your circulation has stopped and you’re thinking : “I can’t believe I’m about to marry the most beautiful human on earth” and then you give each other THAT look. THAT smile. THAT grip. Those are the moments I’m there to capture for you. The joyful tears, the beautiful smiles, the warm hugs. All of it.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?

Gosh. I’ve had SO many photographers that inspire me! I don’t even know where to begin. Hailey Howard’s editorial work is one of my constant inspirations. She’s a true artist. She breaks the rules and puts out photographs that make a statement. She has a couple of portfolios so if you check her out make sure it’s her editorial stuff (it’s SO good). I can only hope to be as bold as her one day. I also LOVE Dan O Day and Jonas Peterson- but who doesn’t? They’re basically the gods of our modern wedding photography world.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?

 My first cover was pretty memorable! It was a climbing picture up at Big Cheif for Tahoe Weekly. It’s hard to pin down the MOST memorable accomplishment. I feel like the most memorable ones are the ones that leave me inspired. I’ve had some great clients this year. I walk away with so much more than I could give them. I’ve heard some incredible stories and have seen some breathtaking moments. I feel like every little bit keeps molding me. The most memorable accomplishments are the projects that leave me in awe.

What is one thing you have learned during your career?

Work hard. Share with others. Surround yourself with humans that support you and want to see you grow (and give twice as much back to them). You can’t be an Island when you’re building a career.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?

 I’m using your mahogany boxes because they freaking rock.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?

 You know how hard it is to find the perfect wooden box?! Took me hours. I’m so glad I stumbled onto your team. They are officially my to go boxes for weddings.