BLOG of AUTUMN THEODORE PHOTOGRAPHY
Enjoy her interview!
Angela, how long have you been a photographer? What kind of work do you do?
I've been full-time since 2012. I photograph mostly weddings and portraits with a limited selection of small women-owned businesses.
What is your favorite thing to photograph? Why?
My favorite thing to photograph is people. I know that's vague but what I love is learning about a person or a couple and see what makes them...them! And then find a way to photograph them in a way that they recognize their best selves!
When was the last time you felt frustrated about your work as a photographer? How did get get past it?
I feel frustrated often, I think it's part of being a creative person. If I'm not shooting who and what I want, then I plan a shoot or project to get me back on track to what I love!
Do you have a muse? (This can be a person, a city, an Instagram account, anything!)
I don't look to one person in particular. Each client becomes my muse and I use something they say - it lets me know what makes them feel alive and whole and build off of it to create their session.
What's something you haven't yet learned how to do yet (in photography), but want to learn soon?
I have dabbled in video but I want to do more - not to become a full-time videographer, but be more confident and competent at filming video and audio.
You may or may not notice, but when I use photos of me on my website, they are often photos by Angela. :) Feel free to check out more of her work too!
Etiquette changes often with regard to how society and culture change - especially with regard to technology. So let's consider positives and negatives associated with when we email.
Wait...why do some photographers need to work late? Let me tell you - because daylight can make it difficult for me to edit photos. Editing photos at night means I get a more accurate look at the brightness, color, etc.
Let's consider what we think of early risers vs. night owls...and then stop thinking about it. It doesn't matter what time others email. They work when they work, and needed to reach out to you for feedback, to ask a question, to schedule a meeting, or to just say hi. It's so silly to think that time matters.
(But don't call or text in the middle of the night since noise may wake someone up...rude!)
I would be totally lost (and unsuccessful) if I didn't...
One of my most click-on blog posts of 2017 was about the 21 tools I use to run my business - read it if organization is on your to-do list for 2018. If you need even more help with organization, feel free to email me. :)
Happy Friday + Happy New Year!
If you use Instagram, you know that people post their "best nine" this time of the year. Here's mine:
First of all, I love that Joe DeLoss is right there next to the eclipse! It also seems that folks liked the Biltmore Estate and the Cathedral of Learning as much as I did! I'm a little embarrassed that three images of me showed up in this top nine, but I am so proud that two LGBT pics showed up as well. #lovewins :)
I also wanted to share my own personal top nine! I went through the tens of thousands of photos I took this year, and chose the following:
These are in no particular order, and have different meanings of importance to me. First of all, I am proud of all the photos. Second, some of them are important just because I was having such a fun time taking the photos that day, or because the person in the photo makes my life special, or the products in the photo are some of my favorites.
I'm proud of the work I did this year, and can't wait for 2018! If you'd like to know more about each of these 18 photos, visit my Instagram. They photos are tagged with each client.
Thank you for everything you brought to my life in 2017. I wish you the best this holiday season and through the New Year!
In 2017, I started describing myself as a "commercial photographer," since I knew that was the focus I wanted to take. Working with businesses is my favorite since I love photographing events, headshots, products, and especially brand photography.
In 2018, I'll begin to focus more on two specific types of clients: large businesses with 50+ employees, as well as small businesses with at least 3 years of success in business.
In 2017, I traveled to Asheville, Nashville, and Boston - three cities I had never visited before. These trips were fun and inspired me in my work.
In 2018, I will plan to visit three new cities to inspire me even further. (Any recommendations?)
In 2017, during a winter project, I taught myself 20 new photography techniques in 20 days. Most of it had to do with studio lighting and flash photography. Little did I know that this "for fun" work would lead to a gallery show as well as being featured at Wonderball in 2018.
In 2018, I commit to another learning project this winter. (Still thinking about what I want it to be...)
In 2017, I spent over 20 hours doing pro bono photography work for three local businesses that help others in our community.
In 2018, I will announce the 2018 recipients as well as commit to continuing this work for years to come.
In 2017, I started writing this blog...and have gotten feedback that's more amazing than I could have ever imagined!
In 2018, I commit to 52 more blog posts. See you every Friday :)