Welcome to the Photographer Supply Co. Photographer Spotlight! Each Monday we will feature one of our uber talented customers and their work, asking a few questions, poking around a bit on what makes them tick and most importantly: showing off some of their gorgeous work!
Our first spotlight features Lesley Brown, photographer with Marfalite Studios. Her innate ability to capture her subject while also incorporating the surreal landscapes and scenery of Marfa, Texas caught our eye. Check out some of her work below, and continue on to the interview to read about her process!
What is your studio’s name? Marfalite Studios
Where is your studio based? Marfa, Texas
Studio Website? http://www.marfalite.com
Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? Full-Time
What is your predominant photographic specialization? Weddings and Events
What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 5D Mark III, Fujifilm x100
How would you define your style?
I love the open landscape of the West Texas desert, and I love capturing genuine moments between couples. So incorporating those two things together is a big part of my work.
What motivated you to become a photographer?
It kind of happened by accident really. I just started taking photos of my travels and life and somehow ended up doing it for a living. I wish I had a more profound answer. I just love taking photographs and can’t imagine doing anything else.
What is it that you try to convey with your work?
I am in love with West Texas and the wide open spaces here. I also love watching couples experience a West Texas sunset or see the Milky Way for the first time. Sharing that with couples and being able to capture it is really important to me.
How do you accomplish that?
Cruising around the Big Bend area with couples is pretty fun. I feel like I am just hanging out with friends, giving them a guided tour of my favorite places, and snapping pics along the way. Nothing is ever really planned. I usually have no idea where I am going to take them or how the shoot is going to go. I just let things unfold naturally and watch them take in all those breath taking sunsets.
Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
There are so many photographers that inspire me. The list would be really long. Ben Canales is a huge inspiration to me. His landscape and star photography blows my mind. In the wedding industry there are so many incredibly talented photographers out there. Fer Juaristi is also a huge inspiration to me. Discovering his work changed the way I looked at wedding photography entirely. I also recently discovered Elizabeth Gadd. I am a bit obsessed with her right now.
What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
2 years ago, I quit my job as a housekeeper to focus full time on photography. I worked as a housekeeper for over 15 years and during that time I was struggling to make things happen as a photographer. It got to a point where I knew I had to dive in with everything I had or give up. I think that no matter what happens in the future, taking that scary leap 2 years ago will be my most memorable accomplishment.
What is one thing you have learned during your career?
Be yourself always.
Which Photographer Supply Co. products do you currently use?
I love the wooden USB flash drives and the wooden boxes. I also recently purchased the burlap sack pouches for prints and for USB drives and love those.
How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
It’s nice being able to have the option to order just one USB drive when needed instead of having to purchase things in bulk. The option to be able to engrave my clients names onto the drives adds a nice little touch to my final photo delivery. The order process is super easy and the shipping is very fast. It’s just a no hassle experience all around and the product is top notch.
Thank you so much for your time, Lesley!