Tuesday, October 4, 2011

BEHIND THE LENS: Katie Evans, Round Rock, TX

If you are looking for a little photo inspiration as well as tips on how to take great pictures today is your day!  Yes, today we are featuring a fantastic photographer--Katie Evans.  Katie not only takes beautiful natural light images but she has also written a step by step guide to help you move beyond the automatic setting on your camera called The Key to Taking Pictures Like a Professional Photographer.  

AND guess what?  One lucky Moms Who Click reader can win a copy of her eBook.  To enter just leave a comment on Katie's Facebook wall letting her know Moms Who Click sent you and for an extra entry leave a comment on our Moms Who Click Facebook wall with one tidbit that you learned about Katie from her interview below.   Deadline to enter is midnight, October 11, 2011.  We will announce the winner on October 12, 2011.   Oh and Katie is offering all of our readers $4 off her eBook until October 18, 2011--just use the code momswhoclick when checking out.

Here is a sample page from her book........

And now let's meet Katie.........

Your Name: Katie Evans     
Your studio/business name: Katie Evans Photography
Location: Round Rock, TX
eBook:  “The Key to Taking Pictures Like a Professional Photographer” www.thekeytotakingpictures.com

Your Style

In 50 words or less, how would your clients describe your photography?
The way I would describe my photography style is fresh and natural lifestyle photography.

Are you self-taught or classroom trained? I’m self-taught.

How many years have you been a professional photographer?  3 years

Where do you want to take your photography business in 5 years?
To be honest, I really like how my business is doing right now. I’m not someone who likes to be over booked and stressed out so I like to keep things manageable. I love the teaching end of photography so in 5 years I see myself as doing more and more workshops and growing my blog to teach others.

Is there a photographer who inspires your style?  Who would that be?  I love the work by Audrey Woulard.

Favorite location to take photos?  I don’t really have a favorite location…I love beautiful lighting so wherever I can find that!

Favorite vacation spot?  Oooh, I love going on vacation! My favorite spot at this point in on the beach in Maine or at my parents cabin near Yellowstone Park. My husband and I love roller coasters so we really like “Islands of Adventure” in Orlando.

Your Business

What was the pivotal moment when you decided to become a photographer?
I can’t say there was really one moment that I DECIDED to become a pro photographer. It happened gradually. I would take pictures of my kids and family, then of friends and then it just kind of evolved from there.

What’s the best marketing tip that has worked for you?  I don’t do any marketing except for word of mouth.

Favorite print lab?  White House Custom Color

Your Gear

Are you Canon or Nikon (or –other):  Nikon

If you could only have one lens on a photo shoot, what would it be?  My 50mm

What brand bag do you carry your camera in?   Crumpler. I like things nice and compact.

What gear would we find in your camera bag?   Nikon D80, Nikon 85mm lens, Nikon 50mm lens, Sigma 35mm lens.

Are you a natural light fan or strobe fan?   Natural light, all the way. I’m a minimalist AND I like the natural light look.

Are you PC or Mac?   Mac

Your Tips and Tricks

What post processing tools do you use?  Lightroom

Do you shoot in Raw or Jpeg?  Jpeg

Best advice you would give your 20-year old self?  Don’t sweat the small stuff and count your blessings.

Best advice you would give a new photographer?  Practice, practice, practice. Making mistakes and figuring out how to fix them is the number one thing that made me a better photographer.

What Else Should We Know?

What was your worst photography experience?  It all turned out okay, but I was teaching my 2nd workshop and as I was running out the door I couldn’t find our car keys. My husband and I searched EVERYWHERE. I was staying at a friends house so she just let me frice her car but I had all of my teaching materials in our car! Luckily I still had my laptop but I was frustrated that I couldn’t get the rest of my stuff. I ended up just starting the workshop with only my laptop and about 30 minutes later my amazing husband came in carrying all of my materials. He found a locksmith and brought everything to my workshop for me.

What would surprise people most about you, whether it is photography related or not?
I still get a little nervous every time I shoot a session…even after all these years! But I think it actually helps me stay on top of my game.

Tell us something else you’d like us to know:
After writing my book and teaching workshops, I’ve found that I’m more drawn to teaching that I am to shooting sessions. I still LOVE to take pictures and I always will but I really like the teaching side of it.

And just because we want to know you better, fill in the blanks

Three things I can’t live without…. 1) My husband and kids, 2) my camera (typical answer, I know, but it’s true!! 3) my MacBook Pro

I wish I had more….. time in the day and energy like my 4 year old son.

The best thing about being a photographer is…having an outlet to be creative and having a skill where I’m able to document my family’s lives.

The most important lesson I ever learned was….you have to be happy with life RIGHT NOW. You can’t wait until…the kids get older or you have more money or you are thinner or you live in a bigger house. You have to look around and notice what is wonderful RIgHT NOW and be happy about that.

My favorite time of day is…10am when I just finished my workout and there’s still so much time left in the day!

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