Featured Photog: Joie Dawson



Joie Dawson

Angels Among Us Photography

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I am SO excited to share one of my favorite photographers with you all! Joie has such a unique style that is just breath taking and so inspiring. Her images are full of emotion and are full of childhood fun!



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

I’m a passionate, shy, lover of all thinks pink, simple girl that lives in t-shirts and blue jeans. Blessed to be married to my high school sweetheart for seventeen years, my best friend, the love of my life, and the father to our four amazing kiddos (ages 16 to 2).

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

I shoot with the Nikon D700. My favorite lens would be the 50mm 1.4G  because of the creamy skin tones and bokeh it produces.



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

This may sound silly but I’ve always had a camera and shot for fun! I purchased my first dslr in 2006 and started portfolio building in 2010 and the official business on April 1, 2011.

Are you formally taught or self taught?

100% self taught. I did purchase a course through NY Photography online but never really took the time to do the work and turn it in. Needless to say, I didn’t get anything out of it. haha:)



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

I specialize in Children Portraiture. Plain & simple, I LOVE children! Toddlers hold a special place in my heart. I love, love, love to watch and capture the innocence of a sweet two year old discovering thing for the first time. {sigh}

How many sessions are you shooting a month?

Right now, I’ve had to limit myself to 8, 2 a week. With a two year old at home with me 100% of the time and my other 3 children it’s been hard for me to balance my time with them and the attention my clients need and deserve with more than 8 a month.



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

I would say about 4 to 6 hours it just depends on how distracted I am.Which seems to be a lot lately with my little man. lol. I must say though-that it’s the best kind of distraction…Definitely music! I have to tune all the chaos out with headphones and Jam out to all my favorites on Spotify.

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

I adore ALL of it! I love to interact with my little clients during the shootand I love the emotional connection I feel as I bring the images to life during processing. I’m truly blessed to be doing what I LOVE!



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.

My best marketing tool would be word of mouth & Facebook. I do offer a referral bonus. I give my clients a $25.00 gift card to use towards prints or services for every new client that follows through with a paid session. As of right now, I haven’t had to advertise in print.

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

I wouldn’t really say I’m competing with anyone. I’m just being me! I think what makes me “stand out” is that I’m not afraid to step out of my comfort zone and be a little different.



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

Since most of my clients are little people, I get at their level, interact, and play with them. Act goofy…. Playing peek-a-boo behind my camera is one of mine and their favorites.

What do you struggle with the most?

I would have to say, trying to find an equal balance between spending time with my family and the business. My family is so important to me! I found that the first few months of being in business that I stayed so consumed in everything business related that I was missing out on thing that were important to my children. I quickly realized that they still need me and I them and had to limit myself.



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

Honestly? I don’t know! I believe my style found me. I feel like it’s one of those things that just develops with time and a whole lot of trial and error. Eventually you find what works best for you. I wish I had some magic advice but I really just feel like it comes with a lot of practice and time. Be patient, it will come if  your heart is in it and the passions there.

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

This was hard for me! I have so many favorites. This one is the one that stands out the most to me. I love everything about it! Her expression, the lighting, the way she posed, the colors, and the processing.


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.

As of right now, I’m strictly an on location photographer.


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

No, not at this time. Maybe one day!


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


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

The best piece of advice I could give a new photographer would be; to stay true to yourself and not to worry about what other photographers are doing around you. You will only drive yourself CRAZY!

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More of Joie’s beautiful work:



Thank you again for sharing with us, Joie!
Fondly,

Tabitha



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Niina - February 28, 2012 - 2:52 am

Amazing, amazing, amzing…did I already say amazing? :) Joie must have have a long client waiting list as her work is just so whimsical, beautiful and original captures of childhood!

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