What is your title, and can you explain what your daily responsibilities are?
I am a photographer at Page Kuepper Photography and I am also a mom to three kids, a wife to a wonderful husband, friend and mentor. My daily responsibilities include homeschooling my 11, 8, and 3 year old, photographing and editing any chance I get, creating textures and actions for other photographers to use, as well as helping other photographer on this amazing journey! And…learning something new about editing or photography everyday!
What inspired you most to become a Photographer? Why did you pursue this as a career?
My kids inspired me to become a photographer. My husband had purchased a Nikon D80 years ago and told me I should use it. I was too afraid of the controls and said I was content using my iPhone. Then, one day, I saw it sitting in our closet. I pulled it out and the rest is history! I pursued photography as a career because I am slightly obsessed with it and can’t imagine doing anything else!
What do you think is the biggest obstacle to pursuing a career in the creative fields?
Getting clients to understand that what we do takes a lot of time, energy, creativity and talent and there is a price for that. Before I got into this creative world, I remember thinking, “Why do photographers charge so much? All they do is snap a photo.” Little did I know! There is so much more to it and we need to educate our clients about that so that they see value in our work. Otherwise, they don’t see why they should be paying more than a nominal fee for our talent.
With all the new versions of Photoshop and Lightroom what changes do you personally feel are the most exciting or brilliant?
I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface with what these programs can do. I literally learn something new every week if not every day! For example, I just upgraded to the Creative Cloud and the new radial filter in Lightroom 5 is phenomenal! Also the new Color Lookup adjustments they added to the CC are amazing! And I could not live with the quick selection tool and layers!
What Photographers & Photoshop artists do you follow, and why do they stand out from others in your opinion?
I follow Jessica Drossin, Kevin Cook, Lisa Holloway, Adrian Murray and Tara Lesher. They just create phenomenal work! Their use of colors, composition, subjects and storytelling are amazing! Glyn Dewis and Calvin Hollywood are amazing Photoshop artists!
What social networks do you like most? Which present good examples of Photoshop & Photography the best?
I spend most of my time on Facebook as far as social media! But I know there are so many more out there. I think 500PX is a great site! I recently found a site called Behance that I love, too! 500PX is by far my favorite for showcasing photography and the Photoshop and Lightroom group on Facebook is my favorite for showcasing what can be done with Photoshop and photography together.
What is your prediction of the evolution of social networks? How do you think these networks will showcase artists and Photographers better in the future?
We are in a full-blown digital age, so I predict these social networks will only continue to grow. However, I am not sure how many will be as long-lasting and popular as Facebook, Twitter, etc. These really are a few of the mainstay social networks, and so far I haven’t seen anyone rise up in the ranks next to them. Since these groups allow so many photographers and artists to be part of their networks, I think they are already doing a great job. Plus, social networks are an amazing way to reach a global audience!
What predictions do you have for the future of Photoshop and Lightroom?
I can’t even imagine! There are so many amazing and talented people writing these software programs. I think Photoshop and Lightroom will only get better and better and the things we can do with them will just keep exceeding our expectations.