1. How did you come up with your business name?
When I started a FB page to showcase my work, I wanted something different from my name but I was not sure I wanted to have a business yet. I thought Ann Woodard, Photographer sounded more like an artist than a business name. Now that I take clients, I feel it reflects my focus. I don't want to be reproducing the same work like a business - I want to be creating new art for each client.
I've always loved a great image but didn't know how to create it. The word "photographer" always had such a mystique for me. In college, without any experience, I thought I could be the photographer for the school paper. They gave me a camera and asked me to take shots of a volleyball game. I felt so cool with that big camera, clicking away on auto like a maniac. Then I turned in the camera and they never called me again! Flash forward 10 years and the birth of my second boy. My good friend Leslie at Leslie Densford Photography inspired me to take my D90 off of manual. I felt so empowered! I also loved playing with the images in my editing program - after that I was hooked. That was a year ago this month!
These images are from my first newborn session a couple weeks ago. It was really hard but I just love these pictures so much. I really like shooting newborn and family lifestyle. I like child portraiture too - their skin is just so gorgeous and those big eyes!
My sons for sure.
My D700 and 50mm 1.4 AF-D.
Janine King from Etsy.
organic, bright, evolving...
John Dolan Photographer is definitely the pinnacle of the profession to me. He's all film (recently shot Kate Bosworth's wedding for Martha Stewart, Weddings ) - check out his portfolio "Olivia." He's done dreamy film shots of his daughter from childhood to adulthood. She is gorgeous and the pictures are so real but haunting. Wow. Shelby Brakken Photography in Portland - oh man, her colors and in-home lifestyle shoots are gorgeous.
Winter, the light just seems so crisp and clear.
At this newborn shoot, I was bending over for a good 5 minutes with the parents behind me, holding the half-asleep baby in position for him to settle himself before I realized that my shirt and jeans didn't quite cover me, if you catch my drift. Oh well, anything for the shot?
Find your own voice and trust it. It really takes practicing every day, in all sorts of different scenarios. Make your own presets.
I would teach European History at a university, preferably Oxford. :)
Build my business and maybe explore film more. Finish my website already! I also need a portfolio critique. And practice practice practice!
If you are interested in seeing more from Ann and following her beautiful work you can follow her Facebook page here, Ann Woodard, Photographer and website you can find here: annwoodard.com
I hope you enjoyed our inspiration Monday. Until next time, thank you. Lots of love, Amber xoxo