Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Behind the Lens: AnyWhere Photoz Photography, Baton Rouge, LA


We love it when photographers reach out to us and ask to be featured on our Behind the Lens series.  And we are thankful that Nicole sent us an email  introducing us to her beautiful work.  Nicole hails from Baton Rouge, LA which unfortunately has been seeing some terrible weather....she was out of power for 3 days!  

As you will see from Nicole's images below, she is creative and definitely has an eye for detail.  We love her work and find her photos to be truly inspiring.  I, for one, want to capture a dragonfly after seeing her photo.....gorgeous!  

Thank you Nicole for sharing your story with us!

Name: Nicole Williams
Your studio/business name: AnyWherePhotoz Photography         
Location: Baton Rouge, LA


Your Style

In 50 words or less, how would your clients describe your photography?  This was a recent testimonial from a client.  “What can I say but WOW!!!!! Everything was professional and most of all fun. Nicole puts her time and attention to detail on location and in the editing room. Dedication shows through on each and every shot. She truly ''captures the moment".”

Are you self-taught or classroom trained?  I am a self-taught photographer

How many years have you been a professional photographer? 5 years

Where do you want to take your photography business in 5 years? Unsure at this point but I am moving to the top and I want that business to go with me.

Is there a photographer who inspires your style?  No there is no particular photographer.  I think there are several photographers that do really nice work that I like.  I kind of take a little form them all to help form my signature style.  Which I am still working on developing.  But if I had to put a plug out there it would be Alain Martinez.  His work is really nice!

Favorite location to take photos?  Downtown Baton Rouge and by the various lakes.  Love the water.  Makes for beautiful pictures.

Favorite vacation spot? Haven’t been on many vacations but going to the Dominican Republic to shoot a wedding in September.  I am sure from the web pictures that will end up being my most favorite vacation spot. 


Your Business

What was the pivotal moment when you decided to become a photographer?  For years I shot with a point and shoot until my husband/ business partner dropped and broke it.  He took me to the store to replace it and bought me my first DSLR.  He knew my LOVE for photography before I did and believed in me.  It was at that very moment that I thought “hey” I could actually do this.  

What’s the best marketing tip that has worked for you?  Talking to my clients.  I try to get to know them as a person instead of a client.  Because of this the relationship is better, they are much more comfortable in front of the camera on shoot day, the pictures reflect this relationship.  I also find because of this they return for more shoots and refer me often to friends and family.  And the best part of this tip….it is FREE!

What’s the most surprising thing a customer has asked you? Why don’t I quite my daytime job so I can provide more shoots. 

Favorite print lab? WHCC, Nations, and Blue Marble Imaging


Your Gear
Are you Canon or Nikon (or –other): I am a Canon girl and I have a 40d and a 60d

If you could only have one lens on a photo shoot, what would it be? 85mm 1.8

What brand bag do you carry your camera in? Shoot Sac

What gear would we find in your camera bag?  Everything LOL But my absolute favorite things to have would be my 70-200 2.8, 85mm 1.850mm 1.4.  Extra batteries, memory cards, flash, lens cleaner, and lollipops for the kids of course. 

Are you a natural light fan or strobe fan? I mainly shoot natural light however; I am starting to test the waters of OFC.

Are you PC or Mac? I am a Mac junkie.


Your Tips and Tricks

What post processing tools do you use?  Aperture and Lightroom

Do you shoot in Raw or Jpeg?  I shoot Raw almost always and Jpeg for events/parties.

Best advice you would give your 20-year old self?  Invest in your craft early by buying good equipment.  And find a mentor who will actually teach you.

Best advice you would give a new photographer? Learn how to operate your camera then Shoot, Shoot, Shoot.  Get a good mentor and don’t be afraid to have a different camera style than others. 

What site do you use for your photography and why? Zenfolio, I like that the setup is easy, it looks good and my clients can move around within easily without any problems. 


What Else Should We Know?

What was your worst photography experience? I tried to play tennis for the first time last year with my son.  I feel and broke my collar bone in two places.  I had to have surgery, a 4-inch plate inserted in my collar and 7 screws to keep it in place.  Could not pick up my camera for months and that to me was the worst experience ever.  I learned at that how much I really do Love my craft.

What would surprise people most about you, whether it is photography related or not? I absolutely love Korean Dramas (and no I am not Korean, I do not speak Korean, and I barely understand it) Thank God for English Subtitles. 

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

Three things I can’t live without….my family, pizza, and my camera

I wish I had more…..time

The best thing about being a photographer is…I get to capture a moment for someone they can look back on for years to come.  I get to tell that story for them with pictures that otherwise would be gone. 

The most important lesson I ever learned was….IN Business Everyone has an agenda and mines is not what is important to them.

My favorite time of day is…Evening when the sun is going down.

4 comments:

  1. wonderful interview. and beautiful photographs!!!

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  2. I really love your photographer features. They are very enlightening, informative, and inspirational! Thanks so much for sharing in this way. ;->

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  3. @ Lissa Forbes Thank you for reading my article and your sharing your thoughts.
    @ momphotographer Thank you for you compliments.

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  4. Love this piece on you Nicole!! You inspire me, I just wish I had the confidence in myself and the time!!! Keep up the great work and keep on shooting!!

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