I am a new photographer, so what camera is good for a beginner? Canon or Nikon?
I started off with the Nikon D200. It was great, but I felt that I outgrew it quickly (and it didn’t help that my dog peed on it). I had trouble obtaining crisp photos, and I also found that I was unable to enlarge my images to the desired sizes and still maintain the quality.  I finally switched to Canon because I wanted the ability to have multiple lenses (huge variety). Plus, all my favorite photographers at the time had the Canon 5D.  So, while it was expensive to switch over early in my career, I am glad I did. Especially so after the Canon Mark II came out!

I suggest if you plan on photography becoming more than a recreational hobby–go with Canon. They have such a variety of lenses that offer very low f-stops (meaning: the ability to take photos in low light and also create that delicious blurriness behind your area of focus called bokeh).

If you want a solid SLR to get great photos but don’t plan on this becoming more than a hobby, I would suggest any of the Nikon cameras. Nikon has great durability, is semi-water proof, lighter weight, and will always take a photo on command. The D90 or D300 are my preferences :D.

Also, here is a big secret. The body of the camera is NOT important as the lens. You can get the most expensive body and a crappy lens and still take crappy photos. You can get a semi-okay body and amazing lenses and take great photos. The secret is the LENS not the BODY. Be sure to pace yourself with the new purchases, as great lenses sometimes cost as much as the camera body. A great starter lens is the 50mm f/1.4 for either Canon or Nikon.

Words of wisdom:

  • Invest in the best lens you can afford.
  • Starting a business is very taxing on relationships. Make sure to keep your priorities where they should be!
  • Make sure you have back-up equipment, even if you have to rent it. People only get married once, whether your camera is working or not.

How did you get started?
Hard work. Sacrifice. A lot of trial and error. And struggling to make myself stand out from the rest. I remember reading on my favorite photographer’s blog that the general set up cost to run her business was about $30,000. At first I didn’t believe it; however, after more time and money I realized she’s 100% correct. Photography is expensive, time consuming, and extremely competitive. With all the amazing affordable digital cameras available today, it seems that everyone is now a photographer.

Do you take interns? Are there any paid positions? And if so, are there any positions available?
Currently there are no internship, paid positions, or second shooting positions available at this time.

Can we meet up for coffee and can I pick your brain? Do you offer any workshops?
I’d love to meet up for coffee and get to know each other (love meeting new friends!), although, as for photo talk, what’s on this page is basically the extent of what I chat about. Anything else, like what do you do in Photoshop, how do you set up your lights at weddings, what are your camera settings…those are all questions that I would love to dive into during a one-on-one session. One-on-one sessions, we call them “eephiphany workshop”. It’s an 8 hour, intense, ask anything you want where we dive into all the areas tailored to fit your exact level of photography/ business growing interest. I set up a session for us to photograph (family, bridals, engagements, after session) and then we come back and edit, chat and dive into all that fun stuff J. The workshop is $1,500. plus Texas sales tax and done my office in Weatherford, Texas.