Thursday, May 23, 2013

BEHIND THE LENS: Jaime Scott Photography, Harrisonburg, VA


We are thrilled to feature the beautiful work of Jaime Scott Photography on our Behind the Lens series today.  As you will see from Jaime's work and her interview below, she strives to create a fun, relaxed atmosphere at each of her session so she can truly capture her client's personalities. 

Jaime is a natural light, self-taught photographer who believes that you need to push your self to learn new things and take each learning opportunity as it presents itself (we couldn't agree with you more!).  We are so inspired by your story of how you got into this wonderful business (love your can do spirit) and are impressed by your many talents!  Hint:  We'd love to hear you sing! 

Jaime, thank you so much for sharing your story with us today.  We love your work and can't wait to see more! 

Your Name: Jaime Scott
Your studio/business name: Jaime Scott Photography
Location: Harrisonburg, VA


Your Style

In 50 words or less, how would your clients describe your photography?
Eh, thats a tough one….I am never good at things like this. hah! I will post a blurb that had me in tears that a client wrote on FB in regards to their session recently ….  "I know!!! I cant stop looking at them! Jaime Scott Photography is amazing!! She is super talented and so much fun to work with! She's so relaxed and she made {child's name} feel so comfortable and pretty. Love her and her beautiful kids." This statement is exactly what I hope to achieve at every session. I want the kids to have fun, be themselves, and LOVE having their photo taken with me.

Are you self-taught or classroom trained? I am self taught. I have been reading anything and everything I can get my hands on.  I always push myself to try new things and learn as much as humanly possible. There is a lot of information out there….most you can find for free, you just have to take the time to read and be aware of a learning opportunity when it presents itself. 

How many years have you been a professional photographer?  This is my third year in business. I have been confident enough in the last few months to proudly say that I am a photographer. It is a humbling artistic medium, there are so many wonderfully talented  professionals in this industry.

Where do you want to take your photography business in 5 years?  In 5 years, I hope to have moved into a work space where I can have clients over, not necessarily a studio but just a "pinterest" explosion of ideas and a place where I can spray paint things without turning our 10x10 yard into a highly flammable pink grassy area. I hope to be photographing what I really love which is children and all their quirks and cuteness.

Is there a photographer who inspires your style?  Who would that be?
I don't know if there is just one photographer whom inspires my style, but Jen Carver was definitely a huge help with learning some techniques in post processing and ultimately helped me find "my style." I felt like for awhile I was drifting around like a vagabond with no home, and one day it all just clicked.

Favorite location to take photos? I go through spurts….. right now I have been shooting at this location I call the Enchanted Forest (lol…the kids like it) …Mainly I shoot outdoors….. I have several spots around town. Wherever the light is best at the time of day that I am shooting is usually where we end up.

Favorite vacation spot?  Hahahahahahah……. vacation….. mmmmmmm…..that sounds nice.  This year I AM actually taking a vacation and we are headed to Hatteras Island, NC (Nags Head)…. so the short answer would be the beach. Any beach.



Your Business

What was the pivotal moment when you decided to become a photographer? The shortened story is….I found myself without a job at 6 months pregnant with my second daughter… it was unexpected and as one could probably imagine I was terrified…. Sooooo…..I said what can I do?!? What will I do? How will we make money? I decided for the 3 months leading up to my daughters birth that I would start learning how to really work my camera. I would really start a business plan that would work….even though my husband said you are going to do what?!? He did support me. I have always taken photographs my whole life, I mean even if it was one of those disposable party cams, the fact is I have boxes and boxes of photos from every point in my life. So it made sense in a way to begin this endeavor.  It may sound crazy but I HAD to make money.  I also play the guitar and sing, (at one point I was aspiring singer/songwriter) so I have always had creativity in my bones just different ways to express.

What’s the best marketing tip that has worked for you?  I would have to go with Facebook on this one. I also have started blogging more to help boost my SEO. I also have found that for me my marketing,  is no marketing….. For example, I am in a ton of moms groups and my kids are in dance and preschool, the last thing I want to do is push my self on people. Organically things come up and will happen on their own, people will eventually ask what I do or something along those lines. That is my approach right now and it works for me and who I am. It may not be what works for others. But it is what I am comfortable with if that makes sense. Just being myself.

What’s the most surprising thing a customer has asked you?  There was one time I was photographing a sweet little baby and that was born with an extra digit on each of her hands and feet. The client asked me if I would Photoshop the extra digits out as they were already planning to have them removed. They were super awesome about their request but I was of course a little surprised.

Favorite print lab? Simply Color Lab and ProDPI




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

If you could only have one lens on a photo shoot, what would it be? 70-200 f/2.8L

What brand bag do you carry your camera in? Epiphanie

What gear would we find in your camera bag?  In my main camera bag I also carry my Canon 7D, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and Canon 70-200 f/2.8L, lots of CF cards in their appropriate little cases, I like the aluminum ones. Battery charger, extra battery and a Canon Speedlite, card swiper (to run credit cards), business cards …. I think that about covers it. I also always keep my back-up camera with me, either in the car or at arms reach in another bag. 

Are you a natural light fan or strobe fan?  Currently I use natural light for portrait sessions. I have become pretty picky on the times of day that I will shoot…so that helps me control my lighting a little bit more.

Are you PC or Mac? Mac



Your Tips and Tricks

What post processing tools do you use? I upload into Lightroom 4 with basic edits and then I also use Photoshop CS6. I have Elements 11 as well but once CS6 came into the picture elements doesn't get much action.

Do you shoot in Raw or Jpeg? Raw

Best advice you would give your 20-year old self? GO BACK TO COLLEGE!!!!! FINISH YOUR DEGREE!!! (hehe)

Best advice you would give a new photographer?   Have a plan. It doesn't matter if it isn't laid out in black and white, even if its in your brain…. just have a plan.

What site do you use for your photography and why?  I use zenfolio and blogger right now. I just got accepted for rebranding and design with Laynie and Belle (yay!!) so I am going to be switching to ProPhoto. I just started using the Simply Studio proofing and it is working quite nicely.

What Else Should We Know?  I am a coordinator in Virginia for the Gold Hope Project. We provide photography services for children and their families that have been  diagnosed with  pediatric cancer, whether they are a fighter or a survivor.

What was your worst photography experience?  I am reluctant to tell this story because it was horrible. It was my worst nightmare come true. However, I have put it behind me and definitely learned from it.  

Awhile ago my computer crashed. Along with the crash…..my external hard drive. I lost thousands of things and had to send the hard drive to a data recovery lab. This my friends is no inexpensive endeavor. It cost THOUSANDS of dollars to recover data. I cried and cried. Photos of my children….gone. Client photos….(gasp!) gone. But in the end it worked out with minimal damage. However back it up not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES!!!! I am telling you it is NOT something you want to EVER deal with. Please learn from this!!!!!! It happens!



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

Three things I can’t live without…. (besides family) …… Coffee, Diet Dr Pepper and Popcorn
I wish I had more… room to store things …. like props… ;)
The best thing about being a photographer is….. being able to meet such awesome people and be such a special part of their lives. Being around kids.
The most important lesson I ever learned was…You CAN do it. Believe in yourself.
My favorite time of day... is late at night.

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