By Alicia Finch
How long have you been behind a camera for and what piqued your interest in a photography career?
I’ve been behind the camera for 18 years. It started when I went to our local library and asked the ladies at the desk if they had any photography books or magazines. They offered a whole stack of photography magazines for me to keep. I haven’t been able to get enough of it since.
What kind of photography do you do and is there a reason that is your favorite?
I consider myself a vagabond photographer. I enjoy grabbing my gear and heading to new places, using what is available and creating makeshift studios on the spot. I focus on portraiture, primarily professional headshots and family portraits, with my latest venture being book cover art. I do freelance work, and my Saturdays are generally spent working with wedding photographers as a second shooter.
Where did you study photography?
Remember those magazines? The kind librarians had? In the back of those, there were ads for the New York Institute of Photography. I signed up and completed the program. I would shoot film, mail in my prints for each unit and they would record a critique on a cassette tape and mail it back to me. I got a nice certificate of completion from them, but I’ll never be completely done studying.
What’s the main thing you love about your career?
I love that it’s been something that was able to grow with me. I had always done photography part-time. I started while I was a young mom and wife. Now that my kids are older, I’m able to work more than I ever had before. I’m thankful for all those years where it felt I was muddling through, figuring things out. It still amazes me when I look back to see where I was, compared to where I am now. I am excited to think of where the future will lead as I keep moving forward.
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