Jan 26, 2019 | By: Captured Moments by Rita and Co.
1. Why are you a photographer? Everyone literally sees the world differently. Photography is my way of showing the world how I see it. I love that I get to show my subjects beauty and personality in one frozen moment of time. The world around us is constantly changing and I think capturing special moments with the ones you love is one of the most important things to do. Portrait photography is an art form unlike any other. It is a mix of art, science and psychology. You have to have the training and the experience to do it justice. I love that I get to be creative everyday.
2. What part of your job do you do best?
Photo shoots. Simply put they are magic. Watching how the light falls on faces and shapes backgrounds. Getting to know each person, their personality and create with them. To get outside and work with new people every day is a blessing. I feel like I am part of the family by the end of the shoot! I also love creating albums. I get to create pieces of art that will hopefully be enjoyed and cherished by generations to come. What’s better than that?!
3. How has photography changed since you started in the business?
When I first started I was using a film camera as well as digital. I adored working in the darkroom in college. There was something so meditative about developing your own images. Even though I am strictly digital now, I still use all the film camera techniques when shooting and to professionally understand Photoshop you have to understand how a dark room works.
4. Who inspires you to be better?
My daughter, Maya!!! She is 2 and a half and watching her grow and discover new things makes me step back and look at the world with fresh eyes. She makes me believe in the impossible!
5. What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
“The Mysteries of the Many Moods of a 2 year old” or Photoshop
6. Why are printed photographs important?
We all take way more photos now then when I was younger. Most photographs today only exist online or in your phone, but no technology lasts forever. I have some old photography projects saved to ZIP drives and images on a Myspace account that no longer exists. I don't know if I will ever see those images again. The only thing that last and will never go out of style is the printed photograph. What is the number one thing people say they would grab if their house was on fire? Pictures. There is nothing more important than documenting your life and your family for future generations to treasure.
7. What’s your favorite drink?
Dutch brothers Coffee, Chop Shop Stevia Lemonade, and Iced Tea
8. What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue? World travel. I travel as much as I possibly can and would love to do more. There is nothing I love more than seeing new places, experiencing different cultures and seeing how other people live. I love taking pictures of new places, seeing different light, and breathing different air. I think it’s important for everyone to see the world. It shifts your perspective in ways you can’t imagine. It betters you.
9. What songs have you completely memorized? Way too many 90’s pop songs
10. Are you usually early or late? I can’t remember the last time I arrived at a social event and didn’t start by saying “Sorry I’m late”
11. If you suddenly became a master at woodworking, what would you make? My husband is amazing at creating things out of wood. He has made furniture, jewelry and art installations. I love collaborating with him on art pieces for clients by merging our photography with reclaimed wood installation pieces.
12. What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home? Bali! I went there for a college photography course. It changed my life. Not only because it cemented my love for photography but it pushed me out of my comfort zone. I traveled with 1 photography teacher and 7 other girls I had never met before. We stayed in an artist village and absorbed the Balinese culture. To see people living so simply and beautifully was eye opening. I treasure all the photographs I took there and remain in touch with the girls I traveled with.
13. What is the most annoying habit that other people have? Loud chewing. It makes my skin crawl.
14. What’s the best thing that happened to you last month? My sister had a baby!!! I wish she lived closer so I could be there with her!
15. What keeps you up at night? EVERYTHING!!! To do lists, ideas, noises, Netflix, You Tube, totally random thoughts etc.
16. What is something you will NEVER do again?
Sky dive. I did it when I was younger, and I loved it. However, looking back I have no idea how I did it and have no desire to do it again.
17. What would be some of the most annoying things about having yourself as a roommate? I tend not to close cabinet doors. According to my mom I have been doing this since I was little. She could tell exactly where I had been in the house by seeing what cabinets were open. I now notice my husband closing them behind me. It’s just a glitch I have. I don’t even think about it to try to correct it.
18. What irrational fear do you have? Clowns. I can’t even. Just all clowns.
19. How do you relax after work? Hang out with my fam. Cuddle with my daughter. Walk my dog. Orange Theory Fitness class, Watch Bad tv (I call it ‘turn off your brain’ tv) I am a sucker for the Real House Wives and other random Bravo shows.
20. If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make? Be kind
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