About Me

Interview from Contributing Photographer.

Hi Lindsey. When did you start shooting?  
Lindsey: I started taking pictures of landscapes and nature when I was in high school, but I didn't get my first SLR camera until I was a freshman in college.

Did you always want to be a photographer?  
Lindsey: A photographer was one of many things I wanted to be growing up. I also wanted to be an Interior Designer, Architect, Painter, Graphic Artist, Hair Stylist, Doctor, Culinary artist, Newscaster, Psychologist, Movie Producer...the list goes on and on. I was all over the place growing up. I do remember having "photo shoots" with my little sister when I was 13 or 14 and I thought I was pretty good (I'm sure I wasn't).

First thing you think when you wake up?  
Lindsey: "I love sleeping." I'm often quite confused when I wake up though, most of my thinking is at night before I get to sleep.

What has been the hardest thing for you with your photography/business?  
Lindsey: I think one of the hardest things was not getting too discouraged and to try not to compare myself to others. I also NEVER would have guessed how much money I would have to put into my business, but I can say that it has all been worth it.

What’s your favorite photo-blog?  
Lindsey: I'm not sure that I have a favorite blog. I love looking at wedding blogs like snippet & ink., and style me pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Utah Bride and Groom, and Utah Bride Blog.

What kind of music do you usually listen to during your shoots?  
Lindsey: I'm usually outside for shoots so I don't have music. I usually just make my clients sing for me....just kidding. I'm liking that idea though, I'll have to try it out.

Who do you admire?  
Lindsey: I admire so many people, the list would go on forever. My parents would be at the top of the list of people I admire.

Do you have a mental image of each shot you create?  
Lindsey: Yes I usually do. It makes me really excited when I know it's going to be an awesome shot.

More important: Capturing your final imagined shot or a spontaneous atmosphere?
Lindsey: Spontaneous atmosphere for sure.

Have you ever paid someone to take your portrait?  
Lindsey: Not since I can remember.

Do you take inspiration from any other photographer in Utah? 
Lindsey: So many, as well as from people who are not photographers..

Which is the worst side of your personality?  
Lindsey: I am a perfectionist.

… and the best?  
Lindsey: I am a perfectionist.

Favorite quote?  
Lindsey: "The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache."  -Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Which camera do you usually use?  
Lindsey: 5d Mark ii.

Do you do your own retouching?  
Lindsey: Yes, I don't like a lot of retouching though. I like to keep it simple.

What equipment (other than your camera) do you find yourself using the most?  
Lindsey: I love my 85mm lens.

What is the strangest thing that has happened during a shoot? 
Lindsey: I have had an array of experiences while shooting; I've been sun burned (blistered), stung by stinging nettle, walked through snow/mud up to my thighs, the list is endless. I'm not sure if that's really strange though...mostly funny. A couple of weeks ago I had a man (that didn't speak english..) follow me and a bride and groom around for a while and was taking pictures of us, that was pretty strange.

What is good taste?  
Lindsey: That is a loaded question. I think overall someone with good taste follows simple rules of design, that applies to photography, interior design, architecture, fashion design, painting, etc. Once those simple rules are accomplished the rest comes easier. You also have to know the rules before you can break them.

What reoccurring elements in photography today drive you crazy?
Lindsey: I can't say I'm a fan of the crazy eye-popping, or crazy actions in general. I also don't like when I see crooked horizon lines.

How important is self-promotion.  
Lindsey: I think you should let your work speak for itself, treat your clients well, and get to know other people in the industry. That way most of your business will come from referrals.

What has changed the most since you first began shooting professionally?  
Lindsey: My confidence. I have been able to feel more relaxed and creative at my shoots after I gained confidence in my photography.