- 1. How long have you been with LumoPro?
I started with LumoPro in October, 2013.
- 2. What is your favorite part about working at LumoPro?
I can’t pick just one, so I have narrowed down to two. I absolutely love our customers. They are creative, funny, inventive and extremely talented. I also love our brand and what it stands for. Being able to make customer service and experience my top priorities is truly refreshing.
- 3. What got you into photography? How long have you been taking photos?
I’ve always enjoyed taking photos to document life events. But I really got into photography when a coworker encouraged me to purchase a DSLR in 2009. Ever since, I’ve been obsessively learning everything I can about photography and lighting.
- 4. What is your favorite photography subject?
My favorite subject is people. I have a cooperative (at the moment) niece and nephew, who are very entertaining subjects. Making portraits holds the most interest for me right now, and I enjoy shooting all kinds of people and learning their stories.
- 5. What kind of lighting gear do you use most often?
99% of the time, I am shooting with one or two manual speedlights. I’m always amazed at the huge variety of setups I can get out of a couple speedlights and a few different modifiers.
- 6. What is your favorite LumoPro product?
This is a tough one. I want to say the LP180, since that is a dead sexy flash. But I think I’m going to go with LumoPro softboxes. The great thing about all of the softboxes is zipper up the back. It seems like such a simple thing, but that zipper makes the difference between a 60 second setup and a five minute setup time. And also, the difference between me looking like a competent photographer and looking like a crazed psychopath fighting with invisible demons softbox rods. My personal fav is the 36x48” for its versatility.
- 7. What advice do you have for photographers venturing into lighting?
As with any other part of photography, EXPERIMENT! If you’re shooting digital (and with rechargeable batteries), there’s virtually no cost to experimenting with your lighting. It’s the best way to learn and get really comfortable with your equipment. Also, watch this super simple video and do the exercise. It seems cheesy, but understanding how light affects a subject is a really important part of learning lighting.
- 8. Other than photography, what are your hobbies?
I enjoy traveling with my husband and our road warrior dog and reading in my spare time. I’m also an active member of BWA (Binge-Watchers Anonymous). And every four years, I become an avid, fanatical follower of curling.
- 9. If you could spend one day with any photographer, living or dead, who would it be?
I have to say, I’m a huge fan of Sara Lando. Her work is beautiful, unique, intriguing and utterly memorable. I would love to spend a day trying to figure out how her mind works.
- 10. What was your favorite book as a kid?
The first books I remember earning the coveted place as my “favorite” were anything by Eric Carle. I love (yes, present tense) his imperfect and colorful illustrations.
- 11. If given the chance, would you rather photograph the Olympics (specify Winter or Summer), the X-Games, a polo match with the entire royal family or a professional beer pong tournament?
As much as I would love to see the Queen kick some tail at polo, I would choose the Winter Olympics. Capturing the ups and downs of the highest level of curling would be amazing. Also, they have to leave the skeleton sleds unguarded at some point right?
- 12. What are your three desert island movies?
This question is a true challenge. Let’s see. Atonement, which is not only one of the best book-to-film adaptions ever, but also has a simply outstanding soundtrack. Up in 3D, because it is such a sweet story and has great visuals. And… Season Four of The Office. I know it’s not a movie, but I’m on a desert island – who’s going to argue!
- 13. If you had to choose one piece of lighting gear to have during a zombie apocalypse, what would it be and why?
Background Stand Kit. There is almost no end to the utility you could get out of this piece of gear. The stands and crossbar pieces could be used individually for zombie slaying. The carry case could haul other gear when not in use for the kit. And when assembled, the kit could serve as tent support, clothesline, room divider, booby trap – the list goes on.
- 14. With which Disney princess do you most closely identify?
Merida (of Brave). She values doing things her own way and has three crazy younger brothers. Most importantly, she’s a ginger.
- 15. In your opinion, if only photographers were able to run for president, who would you nominate and/or vote for?
I’m going to have to choose Gregory Heisler. His brilliant mind and people skills would serve our country well. #Heisler4Prez!