Chic Critique is so excited to have Stephanie Piscitelli of Bellini Portraits return as a Celebrity Photographer in March!
Sign up to have your images critiqued by Stephanie this March! Active Seats are SOLD OUT, but there are SILENT SEATS available!
Stephanie Piscitelli, owner of Bellini Portraits, is one of Boston’s most sought after photographers for newborn, children and family portraits. In business since 2007, her name and brand have become synonymous with creamy, soft, airy imagery. Stephanie’s work has been featured on popular photography blogs such as Clickin’ Moms, Evoking You, Reverie Mine, The Lens Loves, Inspire Me Baby, Lemonade & Lenses, and Featured Photographers. Most notably, she was one of three photographers asked to contribute to the e-book, “For the Love”, by world renowned photographer Barb Uil of Jinky Art. Stephanie’s commercial work includes fashion photography for The Measure, Little Goodall, and for numerous newborn accessory designers. Her work for The Measure was featured in German children’s magazine “Kids Life”. Stephanie is a regular contributor to Baystate Parent Magazine with 4 fashion editorial spreads and 7 magazine covers under her belt.
A WELCOME from Stephanie:
Welcome, welcome! I am so excited you will be joining me for the 4 week Chic Critique in March! It’s going to be fun to meet and get to know you through you work and most importantly to help you take your images to the next level. I will help guide you to find potential in each and every image you present and help you harness the creativity that will undoubtedly flourish within!
Stephanie, what camera do you use and what is your favorite lens?
Canon 5D Mark III. Favorite lens is 50mm 1.2L and 85 1.2L are a tie!
Do you edit mostly in Photoshop or Lightroom?
Why do you think honest critique on your images is important?
I think people regard the word “critique” with a negative connotation. To them it means somethings wrong, it’s not perfect, it needs to change in some aspect. Think not of it as something negative but something positive that can elevate our work’s integrity and beauty. When somebody gives another person a critique of their photography–or anything else for that matter– they are giving an *objective* point of view on that. Sometimes as artists we see our work so often that we can’t really *see* it anymore, if you know what I mean. I believe a fresh set of eyes can reveal some discrepancies or flaws and guide the artist to take their image to the next level.
What 3 words would you use to describe your style?
Creamy, soft & airy.
Where do you pull your inspiration from?
fashion and travel magazines, commercials, dreams, music.
What is one specific way that you balance work and family?
This is an on going personal struggle. First off I can say that I couldn’t do what I do without the help from our amazing nanny who is with us 3 days per week. That being said I still need to discipline myself to set certain hours that I cannot do work. I have a home office and it’s very easy to come in and check email, edit, update social media, etc. Too easy! What’s hardest is telling myself that a working day is over because as business owner you never stop thinking about the things that you need to get done or the things you would still like to accomplish. I could work until midnight every night and there would still be something I could be doing!! Its never-ending, but I love it just the same.
Best biz/photo advice?
From photographer to photographer? Practice, practice, practice. Build a strong body of work by portfolio building before you take on paying clients. Get on forums. Get honest critique of your work. Ask questions. Educate yourself as much as possible. There is so, so much to learn. You shouldn’t really start a business until the camera is an extension of you. Shoot in manual. Learn your camera. And you must really, really want it. It is not an easy business to succeed in. You’ve really got to love it, breathe it, want it whole heartedly.
And one of my favorites that I always keep in mind that my husband taught me; Not all business is good business. So when you get that potential client that doesn’t feel like a good fit right off the bat or a client that made you feel badly about something…just remember that little adage. Thanks hubs!
What have you learned the hard way?
Do things for other because it makes you feel good. Never ever expect anything in return.
How does your business deal with the rise in photographers. What have you done to standout and compete?
The best you can do in this increasingly over-saturated market is to just focus on yourself. You can’t busy yourself worrying about what he or she is doing, shooting, blogging, etc. Stay true to YOURSELF, your brand and shooting style.
Where have most of your 2012 clients come from (besides WOM)?
It’s still got to be word of mouth, hands down. I don’t advertise. If your clients are happy they will undoubtedly sing your praises to their friends and family. They will want what you’ve been able to give to your clients–beautiful memories. 90% of my clients are WOM and I’d say 10% come from FB or Google inquiries.
What has been the best workshop or convention you’ve attended so far?
I haven’t been to a workshop in over 3 years—I’m feeling the urge attend another but haven’t decided on which just yet. I would say the best Barb Uil’s workshop was by far the most inspirational as well as the most organized. Definitely worth the money which is not something I normally say after returning from workshops–unfortunately!
What is your most popular product?
Digital Collections are my biggest sellers, then storyboards and canvases.
Want Stephanie Piscitelli of Bellini Portraits to critique your images? Sign up for a 4-week Critique HERE! Only Silent Seats are Available!