Today we learn about the fabulous, Wendy Whitacre, of Blue Lily Photography. Wendy, along with her husband, Tyler, create this fabulous photography team, based in California.
Wendy and Tyler are portrait photographers currently on their second year-long tour of the world, capturing families in their hometowns as they go. They blog about their adventures, stories and images at bluelily.squarespace.com. Their work has been featured in the NY Times, Oprah and The Today Show. They have two children and home-school on the road as they go.
What camera do you use? Favorite lens?
We use Nikon D3s, D700′s and Canon 5Dmkii. Favorite lens is 70-200mm 2.8.
What has been the most helpful critique you ever got on an image?
When I was just beginning somebody pointed out to me that my images tended toward the Magenta. So I was so happy to get that advice and now we are very concerned with correct color balance.
What 3 words would you use to describe your style?
Happy, colorful, real
Where do you pull your inspiration from?
We pull it from the families we shoot combined with the location. We are in a real “family” stage so it’s easy to be inspired by relations within our family and our clients.
What is one specific way that you balance work and family?
We take our family with us. Our two kids go to nearly every shoot and help out sometimes. Other than that, we edit early in the morning or at night, so we can feel like real parents.
Best biz/photo advice?
First decide the lifestyle you want. Then tailor your business to meet that. The best way to not feel burned out on work is to make work feel like play.
What have you learned the hard way?
We learned the hard way how to effectively store files. So many minutes wasted searching, when it could have been done so much easier and effectively.
How does your business deal with the rise in photographers. What have you done to standout and compete?
We believe there is room for all of us photographers- stand out by creating a style of your own and then once people start to copy it, change it up. Challenge yourself to stand out.
Where have most of your 2011 clients come from (besides WOM)?
Our Blog. Get links coming in any way you can.
What has been the best workshop or convention you’ve attended so far?
Alt Summit. Not a photo conference, but it forces you to think of design in relation to photography.
What is your most popular product?
Our Travel Sessions.