Chic Critique is so excited to have Stacey Woods of Stacey Woods Photography as our Monthly Mentor for the month of December! She will answer any questions you may have regarding her video & business ALL MONTH LONG exclusively in the forum!
Stacey Woods is a mama to three beautiful babies (a boy and two girls), wife to a Southern man, and a country girl at heart -- even though her feet will always prefer to be at the edge of the ocean. She is a sentimental writer, a born teacher, and an inherent encourager. She is a sweet-tea aficionado and a lover of sunlight, and believes that everything can look a little prettier with a coat of white paint and some grace.
Do you edit mostly in Photoshop or Lightroom?
ACR + Photoshop
Why do you think honest critique on your images is important?
Because no one wants to be pacified! Growth can't happen without honest feedback and teaching. Constructive criticism is invaluable at every stage in the game... not just the portfolio-building years.
What camera do you use? Favorite lens?
What 3 words would you use to describe your style?
Relaxed. Connected. Documentary.
Where do you pull your inspiration from?
I pull lots of inspiration from my three beautiful babies. I love the funny things my kids say and do, and I often stop and appreciate little happenings and try to burn them into my memory forever... things that I want to remember about their childhood and things that I hope they will want to remember too... and I hope that carries over to my client work and the approach I use to photograph them with their families.
What is one specific way that you balance work and family?
I try very hard to set boundaries with my time. I turn off my computer when the kids get home from school and try to do one fun thing with them every night. I don't want them to only remember my face from behind a computer.
Best biz/photo advice?
You cannot, should not, and will not please everyone.
Do the work that is in your heart. You know that vision that you see inside, the one that you must get out or you'll explode? Make that happen. Bring it to life.
What have you learned the hard way?
That I cannot edit while my children are here. Editing happens while they are sleeping or are at daycare/school. I manage my time as wisely as I can so that I can be present with them when they're at home.
How does your business deal with the rise in photographers. What have you done to standout and compete?
Not to sound flippant, but I don't really think much about my competition. Worry won't add a day to my life, anyway. Most of my business comes from word of mouth, so I concentrate on giving my clients the best experience I can. I know I'm not Everyone's Photographer, and I'm totally fine with that. I love and appreciate the clients whom I do serve.
Where have most of your 2014 clients come from (besides WOM)?
Mostly word of mouth, sorry!
What has been the best workshop or convention you've attended so far?
I haven't left my home to attend a workshop since Charlotte was born, but the last one I attended was Joyce Smith's Extraordinary Workshop in PA. It was thorough and wonderful, and Joyce is just a delight. I still continue to take online classes and workshops now, as I am addicted to learning. And I hope that never stops.
What is your most popular product?
Coffee table albums and digital negatives, by far.
Go meet Stacey and ask her any question you have HERE in the forum all month long!
Guest Contributor | Leslie Vega
Want to take a little trip to London? Here is your chance! Lindsay Silsby of Pied Piper Photography had the most amazing photo shoot with an American young lady who is interning in London and wanted the "Londoner" session. I think Lindsay nailed it! Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Don't forget to head to the Forum this month ang out with Lindsay while she is our Celebrity Mentor!