Featured Photog: Chloe Ramirez

Meet this week’s Featured Photog…

Chloe Ramirez

Chloe Photography

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Tell us a little about yourself in just two sentences and include a picture of yourself.

I am a wife to a handsome military man, a mother to a spunky little 3 year old, and I am currently expecting our second daughter in December! Born and raised in California and now am living in Washington State! My favorite food is Thai food.

What do you shoot with and what is your favorite lens and why?

The bodies I use are a Nikon D800, and a D700. The lenses I shoot with are a 35mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, and a 70-200mm 2.8. It’s hard for me to choose a favorite lens because I use each one for different reasons. I do seem to reach for my 35mm 1.4 lately though, it is really versatile.

When did you start shooting for fun and then move to shooting professionally?

I started shooting for fun in 2006. My parents bought me a Nikon D50 and I was hooked! After that I worked a bunch of jobs photography related, a local print shop, elementary school portraits, a couple portrait studios, and second shot for a lot of different wedding photographers. In January 2010 I took the leap and opened my business!

Are you formally taught or self taught?

I am self taught. With that said, I have learned so much from my previous jobs, different workshops, and amazing photographers!

What is your specialty and how did you decide to specialize in that area of photography?

I specialize in Weddings, engagements, and lifestyle sessions. I am drawn to photographing love and I love portraying how people feel. Weddings and engagements felt like a natural fit for me.

How many sessions are you shooting a month?

I take on limited sessions a month. I average 2-3 sessions a month, during wedding season I take up to 4 weddings a month. Anything more then that and I am zombie girl. Its not cute.

On average how long to do you spend editing each session and do you listen to music while editing or just enjoy the quiet?

For a 2 hour session it takes me roughly 4+ hours. For a 8 hour wedding it can take up to 16+ hours. I am a super perfectionist and like to take my time so I can deliver a great product. Yes, I have to listen to music while I edit! Recently I have been addicted to the band “Best Coast”

What is your favorite part of the process? Shooting, editing, etc.

My favorite part of the process is shooting! I love going into a session with an idea and executing the way I envisioned it in my head. So rewarding.

What is the best marketing tool that works for you or was a total waste of time?  Do you advertise in print?  Do you offer referral bonuses?  If yes, please share a little.

I use The Knot online for marketing for weddings. All my lifestyle shoots are based off referrals. Oh, and Facebook! It’s amazing and free!

What do you do to “stand out” from surrounding photographers that you’re competing with?

That’s a hard one. It’s not something I really try hard to do. I really love my local photographers and I have a great support system. I guess technically they are competition. I figure there is a right client for every photographer.

What do you do to help a client come out of their “shell” during a session?

I am a talker! I ask them questions, I tell them about myself. I know personally that I feel more comfortable after getting to know someone. I pretty much talk the entire session ha!

What do you struggle with the most?

I struggle with business stuff. It’s no fun, but so very necessary to keep things running smoothly.

How did you find your style? Any advice to new photographers on how to find their own style?

I think it’s something that evolves over the years. I found that once I felt comfortable with the technical side of photography it allowed me to be more creative.  I would tell other photographers to just keep shooting, every day. Study a photograph (yours or someone else’s) and figure out why you love it. Be open to learn and grow, because with that comes freedom.

Please share your favorite image and tell us what makes this your favorite?

I took this last December during a styled session I did with a bunch of amazing local vendors. I wanted to capture the atmosphere and mood of the day. Every time I look at it, it makes me happy:)

Can you show us your shooting space?  If you are shooting inside can you show a simple pull back shot or lots of images if you have a large studio.  If you shoot on location please share an image of you favorite location.

I shoot on location. I use this local park quite often. Its so versatile I use it almost every season!

Is there anything you would like to promote? Maybe a mentoring you offer or any side projects.

Definitely would like to promote my Facebook page! I have met so many amazing people because of it! I am not offering anything cool at the moment. I offer local mentoring workshops and would eventually love to offer online mentoring if there is a interest in it.

Please share an image of your Prop stash!  This doesn’t have to be an organized space just an image showing off your addiction.

Sadly my prop collection is a bit sad. I am like MacGyver and use a lot of natural elements as well as shopping in my clients homes for things;)

What is the best piece of advice you would give to a new photographer?

You can never stop learning. If you want to learn something that seems too hard get some help!  Join a photography forum, get to know other local photographers in your area, create a support system for yourself. I would not be doing what I am doing without all the other amazing photographers who took the time to help me when I was first starting out. Some of my best friends are photographers I have met through the years!

More of Chloe’s amazing work:

Thank you for sharing your work with us, Chloe!
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Lisa Holloway - September 1, 2012 - 9:03 am

Wow, thank you for introducing me to Chloe’s work – absolutely gorgeous! The image of the bride & groom under the tree in the fog seriously gave me the chills – stunning doesn’t begin to cover it!

Bre Thurston - September 1, 2012 - 10:31 am

Chloe!! What a great article :) Congrats, and I always enjoy looking at your beautiful work!

Kim - September 2, 2012 - 3:05 pm

I am so excited to see Chloe featured. I have known her for years and I adore her work! She is a cut above!

Taryn Boyd - September 4, 2012 - 3:26 pm

beautiful work…new fan!!

Tisha - September 5, 2012 - 11:25 pm

Oh My GOODNESS your work is absolutely STUNNING!!!!
you have blown me away!! Thank you for sharing!!

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