Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.
My name is Renee and I am a dreamer. For real. I don’t stop. I cruise through life with no exact plan from day to day and wing it. I have five children who have made me embrace chaos and find the beauty amongst it all. Parenting is tough and I mostly wing that too. I am a doer and I don’t quit easy. My partner Lee understands me and nurtures my creative soul even when he doesn’t ‘get it’. My business officially launched in January this year and I am so freaking excited for what the future holds. The work I set out to create evokes emotion and I hope that it makes my viewer feel something, deep within. I love love. I love catching all those in-between moments and making precious memories that mothers will hold and stare at while time stands still. I want to create all the feels.
What makes you the most nervous during a session?
When I am not 100% certain that the clients are aware of my shooting style and will want to all stand in a row or pose awkwardly and look at me smiling. I now knock that straight on the head when I am introducing myself just so we all feel more at ease.
What about this session was most memorable?
For me, it was like I was the viewer. When I am in a creative shoot for whatever reason I am a lot more relaxed and I tend to slow down and watch the story play out in front of me. This is how this session went down. Even though I had explained my vision to these two, they did not need any prompting throughout. I believe this is what made it so authentic. I was fortunate enough to witness the way these two love each other.
Were there any hurdles?
Funnily enough, there was! I had my eye on this motel for so long and it always looks as if no one is ever there. The day of the shoot, we when pulled up, there were cars parked blocking where I wanted to shoot. It was meant to be, however, as it forced us to peek over the fence where we found the 70s style courtyard filled with cacti and the swamp-like pool. I felt like we hit the jackpot!
Your best photographer/session advice?
The energy that you bring to your session will be what determines the overall vibe. It has taken me a long time to get here but being comfortable within myself and being relaxed really does help your client to feel like you are their friend and having relaxed clients is so important.
Slow down. You do not have to shoot non stop the entire session time. Reset, breathe and continue.
Do not be afraid to speak up if what you are seeing isn’t working, you will be so glad you changed it up!
What is one goal for your business?
My goal is to never stop growing. And by that, I do not mean my client base. I want to keep learning and never feel like I have reached my limit. When I am feeling a little flat I want to continue to do creative shoots – this is where I feel I attract my ideal client and feel most fulfilled in my work.
What gear was used to achieve these?
I used my Nikon D850 and Sigma Art 35mm. I also used my 50mm to do a little freelencing.
Any presets used or hand editing?
My goal has been to create my own preset. I have dissected quite a few and combined components I love into this one. I still tweak it from time to time.
TVP Presets have been a long time favorite of mine
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
I’m Renee. Mother to five beautiful babes with a very supportive partner and best friend. I am a coffee addict and a cardio junkie who loves the outdoors.