Photography Q & A

 

Doing a Q&A has been on my to do list so here it is! These questions are from Instagram and other photographers that I have come across in the past few years. I will be updating this space every month so be sure to leave your questions on Instagram or snapchat me questions you would like to see answered.

 

Q: Did you go to school for photography and if so, where? 

I didn't go to college for photography. In fact, I went for a business degree and dropped out after a year. I'n my opinion, after the technical things, you really have to have an eye for it. I used to think that was a made up thing until I saw some other photography work. I do not put down other photographers but don't think everyone can do it unless you just want to take high quality photos for money. I see it as an art not as a job anyone can do. 

Q: "Can I shoot weddings with a cropped sensor camera?"

First off many people don't know what kind of sensor their camera has. If this is true then I would educate yourself more on the subject before attempting a career as a wedding photographer. Full frame cameras are higher quality and shoot the full frame. It makes a world of a difference and usually clients can tell by the quality and sharpness. If you are honest about your gear to your clients and they are still ok with you shooting their wedding, go for it! If your clients trust you then that should give you the confidence to deliver photos you are proud of. 

 

Q: Do you edit with specific presets? If so which ones? 

I absolutely edit with presets! I love presets because they shorten the editing time by a lot and they fit my style. I started out editing with VSCO lightroom presets but have since developed my own presets( Download Here!) My presets are based off of the VSCO film presets. 

 

Q: Do you limit how many photos your clients receive? 

For my personal business, no I don't. There isn't a set amount of images my clients receive for their wedding or session. This doesn't mean you send them every photo you took. It means I don't limit their memories that are in focus and have a point. I scan through thousands of photos and edit the best of the best and send out around 250- 300 edited digital images to my wedding clients. 

What's in my camera bag

Here is a list of all my current gear. It's not the most amazing list ever but I get asked at least twice a day.

Camera bag: Ona leather Bowery bag

Camera body: Canon 6d 

Lens': Canon 35mm F/2, Canon 50mm 1.4, Canon 28-300 F/3.5 

Flash: Canon Speedlight 430EX

SD Cards: SanDisk 32gb(25) and SanDisk 16gb

Canon battery charger + Re-chargeable batteries for flash

Snacks obviously

 

Being my own boss is quite the best adventure I've been on. Over the past few years I've learned some pretty important things that I would like to share with any aspiring photo bosses out there. Although many people think its easy and that you don't do much on non shoot days, you are always on the clock. When I'm not shooting I'm responding to emails, phone calls, texts, making skype calls, scouting locations and keeping up with social media. These are all important aspects when communicating with clients and ensure your clients get the best experience. Most people work all day and only have time to chat about their session or wedding at night when they get home so being your own boss entails putting your social life to the side sometimes. Being your own boss means you are customer service, tech support, retoucher, advertiser and content creator. You wear many hats for your clients.  I've found that setting up scheduled phone calls in advance help me to be organized and available when clients need info or help. If it is not scheduled and I miss a call I try to get back to clients asap. Time management and focus used to be the hardest things for me. Working from my computer at home made for a lot of distractions(Hello netflix) and would make me fall behind on my work. With a schedule I've set up for myself it has made time managing a pice of cake. I now get up at 5:30 every  day to go to the gym, watch a tv show and prepare for my day. I've found that my workflow is faster and more enjoyable. Now I feel so accomplished by noon! Something to remember when you are starting out at being your own boss is self discipline with your finances. I remember my first big wedding paycheck and how I was excited to spend it on new camera gear. I remember taking a step back to realize that this money could benefit my growing business by putting it back into the business. Owning your own business costs money to star up and keep maintained so be smart. When you are killing it at being your own boss you sometimes forget you need a break. I like to take one day every week as a day off to recharge and be present in my friendships & relationship. On my day off I like to forget about emails and work, to binge watch a tv show or hangout with friends. This time off every week will give you the energy for your upcoming shoots and help you to not burn out. I hope these things tips and advice will help you to reach your full potential as your own boss. It's not always easy and it's not always hard. Most importantly remember why you started and always work hard to pursue your dreams. You got this!

XOXO- Maya Lora