Feb 2, 2019 | By: Captured Moments by Rita and Co.
1. Why are you a photographer? It would take a novel to explain why I am a photographer. I was not born with a camera in my hand but by the time I was a teen my camera rarely left it. I discovered early on that capturing a frame of film was a powerful thing. Where else can you freeze time, create a permanent memory and print it to have forever.
2. How long have you been in the business? By the time I graduated High School in 1984, I was generating sales in photography. My parents gave me a professional camera as an early graduation gift and it allowed me to bring my passion for photography and my desire to make people laugh together. It only took a few “photo shoots" of fellow classmates and sales of 3x5 prints for the lightbulb to go off in my head. I was in business.There was nothing to stop me from there. 35 years later and the love of making people laugh and creating their tangible memories is stronger than ever.
3. What is the most rewarding thing about your career? Hands down, the subjects in front of my lens. I have been able to work with so many amazing people over the years and help them the preserve their memories. Knowing that years of my work is hanging on walls around the world is rewarding as well.
4. Why are printed photographs important? It is more imperative. More now than ever before. With the majority of images being taken digitally today, only a slight fraction will ever make it into print form. It is the smartest investment you can make to ensure your children's children will know who their family was. And the reality is there is no guarantee that the computers of tomorrow will be able to read the photos you take today. Just imagine having photographs you cherish today, useless tomorrow.
5. What part of your job do you do best? While I do have mad skills behind a camera, it is the people skills I possess that have set me a part from other photographers. Making a subject relax in front of a camera is key to bringing out their very best in a fraction of a second. From newborns to Great Grandparents, and all ages in between, you have to “perform” to each age group differently to make that happen. And try doing that when they are all in the same portrait!
6. What do you like most about photo shoots? The entire process. From the initial consultation to the delivery of your finished photographs, I love taking what most people dread doing and turn it into an enjoyable experience. I understand the stresses when trying to plan and execute a photo shoot. I love being a part of making the process enjoyable.
7. What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way? Talk on the phone. I am not a fan of communicating with family and friends by text. I agree it is convenient, but not when you have something to discuss.
8. What have you only recently formed an opinion about? Social media. I have enjoyed it for years but now it seems almost required to stay in touch with family and friends, and I have a problem with that. It has made a drastic change in our society, and not in a good way.
9. What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of? Selfies. I am guilty as charged but I just don’t understand the need to snap photos of ones self in various places and facial expressions with a smartphone. Call me old fashioned, but it seems mindless to me.
10. Where is the most interesting place you’ve been? In an underwater cave filled with nurse sharks 85 feet below the surface of the Pacific ocean off the coast of Puerto Vallarta.
11. If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make? Manners. It seems to be falling by the wayside these days. And maybe with manners, everyone would follow the rules that are already in place.
12. What are you addicted to? Caffeine
13. What is something you can never seem to finish? Cleaning my house.
14. As you get older, what are you becoming more and more afraid of? Aging in general. I suffer with Peter Pan syndrome.
15. What is one of your favorite smells? General Mills. We had a large plant in my hometown and the air always smelled like cereal. It is a smell that makes me long for my childhood.
16.What would be the scariest monster you could imagine? Germ warfare
17. What book impacted you the most? Understanding exposure by Bryan Peterson. I read it way before the internet and it became my bible for understanding light and how to capture it on film.
18. What is something that your friends would consider “so you”? pulling a prank
19. What risks are worth taking? Following your heart
20. If you could convince everyone in the world to do one thing at one point in time, what would that thing be? Hug each other
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