Highlighting the up-and-coming creative class of Maine
feature by Felicia Ridley
How did you get into photography? What motivated or inspired you to pick up a camera?
I was the young, innocent age of ten when I picked up my first camera, which was a simple digital Olympus. I was never very sociable when I was younger, so taking pictures helped me gain a voice and let me show people the elegance in even the simplest things.
What important things do you look for when trying to capture that "perfect" shot?
I believe there is no such thing as a perfect shot, because it's all perspective. I may think my shot is perfect, but someone else may not. I think all photographers need to have pride in their work and love what they do. As I look around, I notice how certain objects curve into other objects. I notice each individual wrinkle and bump in the object. That is what you need to notice to get an excellent shot, the small things that the normal person going on about their day would not see. An important thing to look for when you are capturing the beauty of the human body is looking for angles. You need to think to yourself, is this angle going to look good for my client? Try it, and if the picture isn't quite right, take another using a different angle. My theory is, anyone that has taken geometry class is more than capable of taking successful pictures.
What are your favorite things to photograph?
My all time favorite shoots would have to be families. I love to photograph all the love that goes on when I am with a family, especially when there are the young ones running around having a good time.
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