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With photography come a lot of props. Blankets, chairs, backdrops, beanies to wagons, sofas and even beds. Even if you are lucky enough to have a studio, space still becomes an issue with storing props and equipment. So we thought we would share a couple ways others are saving space and storing props.
Love the use of the walls to store chairs! The hooks to hold up the backdrops is such a good idea too.
What you’ll learn during this 4-week Online Workshop:
Week 1 | Creative Lighting- learning how to spot meter better than you have before, maximizing light in the darkest of places to create the right mood, how to use sunflare and backlight to enhance your own style
Week 2 | Being Creative with Nothing- how to use what you have at home to enhance your shoots without breaking the bank and how to shoot anywhere versus location scouting only to have some other photographer shoot the heck out of it!
Week 3 | How to photograph children and still be creative- how to work with the emotions/personalities/temperaments of children and still create the images you want
Week 4 | Finding your own creative voice- learn how to take the right steps how to find your own niche, style and NOT be like every other photog in town
German-born Cristy Elaine specializes in fashion and conceptual photography. Her avid use of studio and natural light give way to a dramatic and bold style that has led to both international and regional publications, advertising campaigns, and gallery awards.
She is continuously producing editorials for fashion magazines with top styling teams and is currently in production of a surreal photo novel, Dream a Little Dream.
Quality, consistency, and a variety of lighting techniques separate Cristy from the rest as she constantly works on expanding her portfolio.
Do you edit mostly in Photoshop or Lightroom?
My workflow involves both Photoshop and Lightroom, equally.
Why do you think honest critique on your images is important?
Sometimes we don’t see mistakes in our work because we’re emotionally attached to our images. A new, fresh set of eyes from someone who has experience in the field is very valuable as it can help you grow as an artist by seeing mistakes you may have overlooked. Sometimes people lack skills for retouching and need a guiding hand as to show them how they can improve without changing their overall style.
What camera do you use? Favorite lens?
Canon 7d and 5d2
What has been the most helpful critique you ever got on an image?
When I first started shooting, I wasn’t shooting with sharpness and clarity in mind, and once that was pointed out to me it changed my entire shooting process. I started to experiment with lighting and the rest is history!
What 3 words would you use to describe your style?
Edgy, Colorful, and Bold.
Inspiration comes to me through films, literature and poetry; and most definitely music. When my senses are stimulated, so is my creativity.
What is one specific way that you balance work and family?
I like to retouch and do submissions during the week, and shoot Fri-Mon. This gives me time to be both mommy to my active 3 year old, and business owner at the same time without a conflicting schedule.
Always over deliver and get your work done in a timely manner, never over book yourself. Your clients deserve a clear headed photographer in all situations.
Always have a contract and model release! I learned this the hard way, no matter whom the client is, always protect yourself and the client!
There are no two people the same in our world, therefore you can have similar thoughts and opinions yet your visions will always be yours and yours only. I shoot what I’m inspired to shoot and nothing less. When you’re true to who you are as an artist, you stand out amongst the crowd. Shoot what makes you happy instead of trying to be a master of all trades.I’ve gone a different path than a lot of the local photographers in my area, I travel outside of my own state to work with new teams, thereby constantly meeting new people and creating new work.
Where have most of your 2011 clients come from (besides WOM)?
Referrals, Social Media, and Modeling/Advertising Agencies.
What has been the best workshop or convention you’ve attended so far?
Congrats Chrissy Sandifer! Your image is so beautiful that we had to feature you as the Chic of the Week.
The angel of this image is perfect! Along with beautiful sky backdrop, there was no way I could let it slip by without sharing it in a CHIC of the Week post.
Congrats again to Chrissy Sandifer of Chrissy Sandifer Photography! You’ve been awarded a gift certificate from one of our vendors for being selected as Chic of the Week!
Which photo of your own would you like to see featured on the site?
If you upload your favorite photos to the forum, we just might feature yours next.
I am a mother of three awesome kids, ages 8, 6, and 4. I am also an Army wife of over 10 years. Currently we are in the process of moving to Kansas City, KS. I am not in business yet, just following my kids around documenting their everyday happenings. Needless to say they are pretty sick of the camera
This was shot around 6pm at night during the month of March. Shot in Raw and edited slightly in photoshop.
This was shot on a golf course. She was running up and down the hills then stopped and raised her hands high up and I just had to get a picture- it was not until I got home that I noticed the ray of light in the photo!
What critique from Chic Critique Forum did you find helpful after sharing this image?
I loved how welcoming everyone was when I first joined. I notice that I love not only responses to my post but also seeing the critiques offered on others- it helps to train my eyes and look at photos differently. Sometimes I think it is hard to critique our own work- especially when its photos of our kids
ENTER YOUR BLOG POST IMAGES FOR THIS WEEK BY CLICKING ON THE FROG BELOW: Don’t forget to leave a comment on the other entries because that is half the fun! Also, submit your photo early since those seem to be the ones who receive the most comments.
Who doesn’t love Maxi skirts? I wanted to show you 2 ways that I love to wear mine. One is casual & one is more dressy. Oh and I’m obsessed with these sandals that I’m wearing. I have old lady feet and they are SO comfy!