Photographers Interested in my Questionnaire

Out of all the Emails i sent out i had several saying they were too busy ( at least they replied wishing me luck ) , four said they would love to help out and the rest never replied .

I was expecting a poor reply rate but thought that because i had sent out so many i would get more back that this .

Alisa Murray who is very big in the US said she would love to http://alisamurray.com/ i thought im off to a good start here .

The above is just some of Alisas work

Unfortunately i never heard from Alisa again even after emailing her several more times which was rather disappointing.

Audrey Would http://www.alwphotography.com/#home-f496bwas another well established US photographer who said she would love to help me out .

Above some of Audreys work

Again i never heard from her again after her initial reply , i contacted her again on several occasions but with no reply , this was starting to look bad , few replies and the ones that had replied weren’t emailing me any more.

Kate Powers  http://www.katepowers.com/ another US photographer actually came through on her promise and completed very nicely the Questionnaire .

Above are some of Kate Powers Images

Dear Kate

Thank you very much for your quick reply and offer of help , please see below a questionnaire that I have created . if it isn’t too much trouble could I send you a few of my images for critique in a few days time.

Thanks again for your help

Gary Conway

Questions to Famous Children’s Photographers

1. Was it a conscious decision to go into children’s photography?

Honestly, my children’s photography is not the main focus of my business. It’s a segment of the industry that I sort of fell into because of the nature and style of my work. I do enjoy photographing kids, but it wasn’t what I set out to pursue.
2. What if any previous experience did you have that would help you photograph children?

I think flexibility and patience are the most important things in shooting kids. Adapting to moods and staying agile (creatively). I feel like the best kids work happens when kids are being themselves and we’re not forcing them into specific ideas that aren’t working.
3. Do you feel that a qualification or affiliation with any photography body has benefited your career, if so who and why?

No. Nothing.
4. Did you originally strike out to create unusual images or did your work develop that way?

I wouldn’t really call my images unusual?
5. Who are your main influences and why?
6. As the photography industry is becoming over saturated, what if any ways do you counteract the competition?

I think the most important thing is to just keep shooting and evolving…continuing to grow creatively. I don’t try to follow trends or keep up with competition…I think art directors know when images aren’t genuine so I try to stay true to what I feel looks beautiful.
7. Your Genre of photography seems to be predominately female, do you think being a female is an advantage and if so why?

Hmmm. Curious who you’re looking at. There are quite a few successful male kids photographers.
8. In your opinion are males likely to struggle is this particular market and why this may be the case?

Not at all. As long as they have the personality skills to work around kids there’s no reason there should be an gender specific restrictions..
9. Is there a particular age group that you prefer to work with and if so which one and why?

Not really, they all have their particular nuances..:)
10. What is your stance on touching up of images?

We retouch everything we use. But we don’t do major compositing. Mostly work on color and skin tones. I think it’s important to present high quality imagery when presenting work.
10.1. Do you remove small blemishes and skin imperfections as a matter of course

Usually.
10.2. If a child has a small scar that is quite noticeable, would you approach this matter with the parents and if so how, or would you leave it in the image even if you may think it spoils the image.

No reason to leave a scar in if you feel that it spoils the image. Also no reason to approach a parent about such a thing. When casting a project, those types of things can be spotted and there’s no need to book a kid with an imperfection that you feel ruins the image

11. What keeps you motivated and inspired to create new ideas and pieces of work.

Constantly evolving creatively, the excitement of making images I love…I love how much my work has changed over the course of this last decade and I love the process.
12. Do you advances in technology and photography I.e. 360 photography, immersive interactive VR photography will have any impact on your market?

No.
13. Does any particular modern advancement in photographic technology interest you?

I love that most of us are now incorporating video into our stills projects. It’s exciting to start thinking in moving narrative and learning all of the new technology.
14. Would you ever refuse or have you refused to do a photo shoot on moral or ethical grounds?

Nothing of that nature has ever come up in my career.

15. Through experience gained have you any advice you could or would like to pass on to me

The best advice ever given to me was to make the imagery that comes out of you naturally. Dn’t try to conform to a particular style because you think it will be more lucrative. Stay calm, be confident and have a good time, no one wants to work with a grumpy photographer and at the end of the day, we have the best jobs in the world…:)

 

Good luck! Let me know if there’s anything else you need!

Above is the completed Questionnaire by Kate unfortunately when i asked if she would critique some of my images i never heard from her again .

Yvonne Cannon http://www.yvonnelorraine.com/a UK photographer was also very helpful by completing the questionnaire .

Unfortunately Yvonnes site doesn’t allow copying of her images so i can not show you her best work above are some of hers i found on a Google search .

Questions to Famous Children’s Photographers

 

1.      Was it a conscious decision to go into children’s photography?

Yes

2.      What if any previous experience did you have that would help you photograph children?

Three children of my own

3.      Do you feel that a qualification or affiliation with any photography body has benefited your career, if so who and why?

Yes the MPA and the BIPP have given me the training and qualifications I need to personally be able to go out and charge a decent fee for my services – I wouldn’t hire a cowboy myself so I don’t sell the services of a cowboy :o)

4.      Did you originally strike out to create unusual images or did your work develop that way?

My work has developed

5.       Who are your main influences and why?

Lisa Visser, just an amazing photographer and Anne Geddes since I was a child

6.      As the photography industry is becoming over saturated, what if any ways do you counteract the competition?

People book me on recommendation, they return because they like me as a person, I don’t worry about competition

7.      Your Genre of photography seems to be predominately female, do you think being a female is an advantage and if so why?

Absolutely, you have to feel comfotable infront of the camera, I can think of nothing worse than stripping off in front of a strange male and then trying to pose in a relaxed way..

8.      In your opinion are males likely to struggle is this particular market and why this may be the case?

I know many men that are doing very well in this market; I guess it is down to personal preference of the “sitter”

9.      Is there a particular age group that you prefer to work with and if so which one and why?

Newborns, I just find the whole session satisfying from meeting the family through processing the images.

10.  What is your stance on touching up of images?

I currently do too much!

 

10.1. Do you remove small blemishes and skin imperfections as a matter of course?

Yes

10.2. If a child has a small scar that is quite noticeable, would you approach this matter with the parents and if so how, or would you leave it in the image even if you may think it spoils the image.

I ask at the time of photographing

11.  What keeps you motivated and inspired to create new ideas and pieces of work.

My driven personality and desire for perfection and recognition

12.  Do you advances in technology and photography I.e. 360 photography, immersive interactive VR photography will have any impact on your market?

No

13.  Does any particular modern advancement in photographic technology interest you?

Not massively

14.  Would you ever refuse or have you refused to do a photo shoot on moral or ethical grounds?

Yes

15.  Through experience gained have you any advice you could or would like to pass on to me

Don’t worry about what the studio around the corner is doing, do what you like and what you enjoy.

again unfortunately even though she said she would and after lots of further emails to her she didn’t do the critiques , i can only presume it was too close to Christmas for her .

Stephanie Rausser http://www.stephanierausser.com another  US photographer who is more a life style photographer but her work does include a lot of children’s images.

Above are some of Stephanie’s images

Hi Stephanie

Thanks very much for the completion of the questionnaire , your answers are helpful and enlightening .Could I impose on you one more time and ask if you would critique a few of my images .

Thanks very much again for your time .

Gary Conway

On 05/12/2011 23:20, Stephanie Rausser wrote:

sorry for the delay. see answers below.

Questions to Famous Children’s Photographers

 

1.      Was it a conscious decision to go into children’s photography?

no, it just happened organically.

2.      What if any previous experience did you have that would help you photograph children?

I have two kids of my own and I would say that is the biggest thing that has helped me with respect to taking interesting kid photos. I got to see firsthand into the body and mind of a child.

3.      Do you feel that a qualification or affiliation with any photography body has benefited your career, if so who and why?

no, school of hard knocks really and a sincere sincere desire to make it big. or as big as I have.

4.      Did you originally strike out to create unusual images or did your work develop that way?

it developed that way. it was a slow process but i would say the sense of whimsy and humor was in there at the very start it was just enhanced as I took more and more photos.

5.       Who are your main influences and why?

elliot erwitt, peggy sirota, Tim Walker

6.      As the photography industry is becoming over saturated, what if any ways do you counteract the competition?

nose to the grindstone and try to not get engaged with who is doing what even though that is impossible to a certain extent. it is always best to just take another photo for yourself.

7.      Your Genre of photography seems to be predominately female, do you think being a female is an advantage and if so why?

maybe, we women seem to have a 6th sense, an intuitive nature so it is very likely that is a great help.

8.      In your opinion are males likely to struggle is this particular market and why this may be the case?

maybe because they are missing that 6th sense. it is interesting, i never thought about it that way but I am presently hard pressed to come up with a male lifestyle photographer that pulls off whimsy well. I am now wanting to do what I do in my photography with men. i have been having a lot of whimsical ideas for men instead of woman. as you can see from my site most of my work revolves around women.

9.      Is there a particular age group that you prefer to work with and if so which one and why?

I like all of them, it is great to have a change of pace. I could not shoot kids all of the time as I could probably go crazy. teenagers are the one age group I shoot the least. They are often the most fun too.

10.  What is your stance on touching up of images?

10.1.                    Do you remove small blemishes and skin imperfections as a matter of course

always

10.2.                    If a child has a small scar that is quite noticeable, would you approach this matter with the parents and if so how, or would you leave it in the image even if you may think it spoils the image.

I always retouch. i have an excellent retoucher in my office and to be in the game at my level you have to retouch or you are not in the game at the needed level.

11.  What keeps you motivated and inspired to create new ideas and pieces of work.

pinterest. good dreams. getting away and slowing down to be able to think. endorphins from a good hour of exercise. watching music videos and movies. slowing down enough in a fast world to be able to see what is happening. airports are a great place for that.

12.  Do you advances in technology and photography I.e. 360 photography, immersive interactive VR photography will have any impact on your market?

I dont even know what that is. I am a very untechnical photographer and spend little time on all of that. I have someone in my office who feeds me the information I need and nothing more as I think it clutters the mind.

13.  Does any particular modern advancement in photographic technology interest you?

the thing that came out that allows you to grab any part of the frame and have that in focus. have you seen that? it is awesome!

14.  Would you ever refuse or have you refused to do a photo shoot on moral or ethical grounds?

i will not shoot cigarette commercials. i have turned two down in the 20 years i have been a photographer. I find it a vile habit and I would be a complete hypocrite if I took on a job that sold cigarettes. i hope you don’t smoke! you are from england though – that could be a lofty hope! : )

15.  Through experience gained have you any advice you could or would like to pass on to me

just keep taking pictures. when you are sad take them. when you are happy take them. the best remedy is to just keep taking photos. the feeling you get after taking a bunch of photos is like nothing else. utter enjoyment. you need to have this feeling to be able to stick it out in this business. do you get that feeling after doing a shoot you set up???

Above is the answers from Stephanie for my Questionnaire she was also good enough to critique all be it very shortly on the below images.

They are very cute portraits. Need to find a post look that is yours and apply to all images. Skin needs to be warmed up a bit.These are not lifestyle images but I am sure you are aware of that.Sorry for the delay getting back to you.

All in all some good answers to my questionnaire , just a shame i couldn’t get more feed back on my work. I suspect the impending Christmas period which may have been a busy period for the photographers i contacted, may have been the reason i didnt get many replies.

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