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Brooke is a lover of raw emotion and believes there is nothing more magical than everyday understated beauty. She is mostly known for her love of unique lighting, use of shadows and ability to sweep you away in a emotion drenched image. Along with being a full time wedding photographer Brooke has been successfully teaching workshops in the united states as well as the UK. Brookes work has been featured countless times on national and world wide blogs and was recently interviewed for Photo professional magazine on her Non wedding that really shook up the industry. Being honest to herself and always craving something new keeps Brookes work fresh and exciting.
Do you edit mostly in Photoshop or Lightroom?
We all need to train our eye to naturally compose a shot and then master it further so it becomes more than just a good image, but transforms to the kind of image that burns itself into your memory.
What camera do you use? Favorite lens?
Nikon D800 35 mm 1.4
I rarely shoot from below, its never a flattering angle and if your clients don’t love how they look in the image, it doesn’t matter how amazing the setting was.
What 3 words would you use to describe your style?
Honest, moody and passionate.
A lot of myself is left in my work, where I am in life, my goals and experiences. But I would say music is my biggest inspiration.
I want my children to have memories worth keeping when they are older, I am always trying to create little adventures for us to go on. I work at night so I can spend as much time during the day with them.
Try to not let props be the branding of your style, it should be the subjects and their story. If you have props it should belong to the client and important to the storytelling process for the shoot. That way its something they cherish and it will never fall in the trend category.
Letting go of heavy Photoshop. I was spending so much time away from my children and loosing the natural beauty in the image.
My best advice is to stay completely honest to yourself. If you focus on finding what makes you tick and creating images that reflect that you cannot lose. No one is better at being YOU than YOU.
Word of mouth is my number one and I feel is the most important way to grow as a business but, I have found instagram and basic social networking to be really helpful for promoting yourself
I do not attend a lot of workshop to be honest, although I did really enjoy Jesh De Rox beloved workshop.
Inspiring quotes by Leslie Vega for Chic Critique Form
Leslie Vega is a seasoned brand designer for photographers and wedding professionals. She founded Leslie Vega Design in 2008 and has been creating breathtaking brands for clients across the globe ever since. From logos to stationery and beautiful web presences, her passion exudes in her work and in her client experience. View her work at www.leslievegadesign.com
We asked our blog readers to send in Then & Now photos to see how they’ve evolved. The slides below show photos of photographers’ photos from when they first started out compared to where they are now.
We wanted to show how much you can improve with hard work and persistence. Thank you everyone who was brave and sent in photos for us to use.
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Simply send your Then & Now images to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be featuring different photographers each week. If you want to include a description or statement with your photos you can include that too!