Featured Photog: Laura Winslow

Laura Winslow

Laura Winslow Photography

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I am sure you have seen Laura’s work … She is one busy lady!  She shoots for some of my favorite vendors.  Her work is SO full of energy and fun … not to mention props!  She has a great talent for working multiple props into one shoot seamlessly. I’m super excited to feature Laura!

Now on to the Q&As …

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Q. Tell us a little about yourself in just two sentences.

I am a former high school Spanish teacher, mommy and wife who loves to travel and to meet new people. Having moved seventeen times, I am quite used to change and love dreaming up new possibilities for everything.

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

I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II and my fave lens is the Canon 50 1.2.


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

I feel like I have always shot for fun, even when I had to borrow my mom’s instant Polaroid camera! When my little sister was born, I began posing her among stuffed animals and dolls, then when she started walking I would sit her on an ottoman by the light of the door, dress her up and take photos of her all day long. She was my very first model, the poor thing! I began shooting professionally once I had children and stopped teaching.

Q. Are you formally taught or self taught?

I am primarily self-taught, I would say. I did take a class that was a few hours long that helped me become more comfortable in manual mode, but other than that I have taught myself Photoshop and the technical aspects of photography. I do believe that much of what makes a photographer successful is their eye, their sense of creativity and passion for what they love. Of course the basic techniques must be mastered, but it is a combination of all of these factors that will allow someone to thrive.


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

I photograph maternity, newborn, children and families and also do commercial work. I just adore children and I love being creative with shoots. With commercial photography, there is often even more opportunity to think outside the box. It is a blast to work with Kim (Stoegbauer, of The TomKat Studio) and to photograph the gorgeous styling she does.

Q. How many sessions are you shooting a month?

I typically shoot 8-12 sessions per month, not including smaller commercial side work. I have been known to take on over 20 sessions a month, though.


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

Since I typically edit at night when my kiddos are asleep, I definitely jam out to my iPod with headphones on!:)

Q. 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.

To me, the best marketing tool is staying true to the style you love and believing in yourself. Exude confidence because you truly feel what you are doing is what you were meant to do. I think the clientele that you want will naturally be drawn to you for your common style and feel of photography. I also very much believe in networking and cross-promoting of other businesses that you feel fits your own style. If you do this in a genuine way and because you truly love their businesses, it will almost always be a win-win situation.


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

I think the best thing to do to “stand out” is to be yourself, stay true to your own style and passion and to not worry about other photographers at all! I really don’t–I have a great group of fellow local photographers that are close friends and I just love them! Sometimes we “talk shop”, but mainly we just laugh and have fun talking about our many other common interests.

Q. What was your biggest mistake and how did you fix it?

I am sure we all make mistakes but thankfully I try to move past them and as a result have a hard time remembering any right now! I have an awesome selective memory like that!:)


Q. What is your favorite part of being a photographer?

The ability to be creative while really feeling a connection to the heart of a person. I feel as photographers we probably already have an intuition about people, their feelings and their body language. I love to make a person feel at ease and to really bring out their true selves. It is a beautiful thing to be able to have another person see themselves for the first time as others see them.

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

Wow, this is so difficult, primarily because I am so hard on myself and can find something wrong with every image that I take. I am definitely my own worst critic. That being said, though, this recent image that I captured is a favorite primarily because you can feel the true love between this wonderful couple. They have a definite ease about them–their four adorable children were all right there as I photographed them, just off-camera. They cuddled, chatted and joked around as only two that know each other so well can. I hope I was able to capture what I felt and saw and in a small way translate that into this image. I hope they have a memory to treasure and for their children to treasure.


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

I love the freedom of shooting on location, and I adore searching out new locations to be inspired by. This particular location was during a session for headshots for Grace of Finley and Oliver (http://www.finleyandoliver.com), and it was so amazing. The perfect mix of whimsy and depth that simply had me wanting to shoot all day.

Q. Is there anything you would like to share with us? Maybe mentoring you offer or any side projects.

I have given thought to offering workshops but am still not certain if I will. I currently am in the process of organizing a Luxe Anticipation Tote to my clients that book both newborn and maternity sessions with me. They consist of goodies from an incredible list of generous vendors and will be absolutely amazing! It is a wonderful marketing opportunity for everyone and I am excited to debut them on the bloggie!:)

More of Laura’s Stunning Work:


Thank YOU so much Laura for sharing your work with us and for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions!

Fondly,

Tabitha



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Niina - May 30, 2011 - 9:44 am

Laura Winslow´s photos are always amazing, full of color and beautiful light – and the props, the clothes – her photos just make me happy! I´m checking her blog every day for new posts :)

Grace - May 30, 2011 - 9:47 am

I have had the pleasure of working with Laura on several occasions and she absolutely rocks my socks off! Not only is she an amazingly talented photographer, she has such a beautiful soul.

Megan Bryant - May 30, 2011 - 10:14 am

Loved reading this. And I love her work!

Sherri - May 30, 2011 - 12:44 pm

LOVE Laura’s work – so lovely to see her featured here!

Haleigh Rohner - May 30, 2011 - 4:41 pm

Ahh, we love Laura! Her “favorite image” of me and my hubby that she shot recently is definitely a favorite of ours too. Love her and her work too! She’s as sweet as she is AWESOME, too!

Sarah - May 30, 2011 - 4:48 pm

Laura is one of my absolute fave photographers!! So fun hearing your answers, Laura- you are a true inspiration. :)

Laura - May 30, 2011 - 11:46 pm

Tabitha, thank you so much for the sweet feature and for thinking of me! :) Thank you all for your thoughtful words–I so appreciate them! xoxo

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