{Feature Friday: Kristylee Photography}

{Interview with Kristy Lee Rodgers}

Based out of Rancho Cucamonga, California, Kristy Lee captures the true spirit of her subjects letting their inner beauty shine through.  This photographer is not concerned about capture the traditional smile, but rather focus’ her energy on capture one’s true self.  This is what makes Kristy Lee Photography so special and stand apart from all the rest.  Make sure you drop by and visit with Kristy – you will be amazed!

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Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a mother of two wonderful little boys. I am a dreamer, a crafter, an artist. I am simple and earthy. I love to laugh, hug and cuddle my boys!

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How did you get your start in photography?

I have always owned a camera and used to just enjoy taking pictures of nature or my travels with my husband. But after seven years of trying, I was finally blessed with my first child and eighteen months later came another boy! Let’s just say the photographer in me was finally born! I wanted to capture every moment, every milestone, every smile and sleepy face. Now that I am done having children, I revel in the sleepiness of my newborn clients. Every baby part down to their toes, the way they curl, those skin wrinkles, eyelashes and lips. I feel this is what I was meant to do.

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Is this a full time job or a part time gig?

Oh wow, so far it’s looking like a full time gig, added to my first job as a full time at home mom, wheph! I really am trying to find balance with both, but it is not easy. If only there were more hours in a day sometimes:/

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What three words describe your style?

Natural, Organic, and Simple. I love shadows and soft back lighting. I try and do very minimal editing to my sessions.

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How do you describe your approach to photography to your clients?

I try and find a connection with my clients. I want to find natural, relaxed, and playful body language. I try very hard to be myself and my clients response to that becomes such, and hopefully leaving the session having had fun and a wonderful experience. When photographing toddlers and children, I remind parents they don’t always look and smile at the camera and that’s okay. Their just being themselves and that’s what I am hoping to capture!

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Do you always know when you get that perfect shot?  Any surprises during the editing process?

Not always. But I do know when I am feeling a good set up or lighting situation. Clients are in a relaxed groove I get excited. Once I upload the images, the surprise is seeing a RAD shot when I didn’t expect it!  Perfection is something I still strive for.

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What are you inspired by?

Gosh, that’s hard because I am inspired by things for different reasons, not just photography. Lately it seems I am inspired to redecorate my home, haha. I am inspired by things I love, like music, nature, and yes I am a girl so shopping! I laugh at times when I go shopping, because I never can put work to rest and just shop. I find myself touching fabrics and textures and ask, “how could I cut this up to make something for a newbie?” or, “ooooh, can a baby fit in that?” If I am in an antique shop, oh no, I could do some serious damage there,lol! I try and limit my shopping outings, but then I get side tracked (when I am supposed to be working) and wander over to look at what’s new on Etsy.

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Are you self taught?  Learn somewhere else?

Self taught and still learning! I believe part of the passion for me in photography is the ability to keep growing. I read a lot and try and educate myself as much as I can, but for the most part it’s been trial and error.

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Any special moments or funny bloopers you want to share with us that happened during a session?

Well, I suppose poo and pee from my newborns is just part of the job. But my most memorable session was having a client request a certain location for her shoot. Upon arriving at this private all girls college campus, apparently they were protesting about something and amongst all the signs and laughter, we couldn’t help notice that these 100 plus students were completely nude! Yep! I said naked and I mean not a piece of clothing to be worn except their sunglasses! I was utterly shocked and embarrassed, because I had photographed here many times before. So this came as a surprise. Needless to say, my new clients are STILL my clients, and we laugh about our first session together. I don’t think anything can top that memorable session, or least I hope nothing will=)

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Do you have any special rituals that are apart of your editing process, music you like to listen to, etc?

No, not really. Once I drop the babes off to school I enjoy a few cups of coffee while I work on editing. Pandora does fill the background sometimes, or I like to listen in on the morning shows. I do prefer to edit in the mornings. I don’t work well at night.

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Do you have a “glass” addiction?  What is your favorite lens?

Hmmm…..I haven’t found “the one” yet. Nor do I have as many lenses as most photographers own. But I am sure when I do, I will brag about it or them quite often. I do have my eye on the Canon 24mm 1.4L. I do crave a wide angel, but than again the 85mm 1.2L is on the wishlist too!  I am very indecisive sometimes:/

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What advice would you give a photographer just starting in this business?

Educate yourself as much as you can! Read what ever you can find that pertains to what you are shooting or shooting with. Make sure you research your equipment before jumping into a purchase. I wish I would have waited on some of my past equipment including some software actions/presets to get to what I have now. Some where just a waist of money, or I didn’t care for the product at all. Having the best equipment is nice, but knowing how to use what you have is key. Read your manual, and practice, practice, and practice some more! If you are fortunate enough to take workshops make sure they are hands on, not just a “shoot out” for your portfolio. You want to walk away from it having gained some knowledge, not just say you got some great photos. Photograph and promote what you TRULY love the most! If it is newborns please educate your self with how to photograph them in the safest way! I can’t stress this enough. I recommend many hours of practice with them. They are delicate and we should give them the highest respect of any subject we photograph! Many photos ARE composites for babies safety. Please have “hands on” training and knowledge BEFORE attempting any of the composted poses. Connect with other photographers if you can. Join groups and meet others that share your similar interests. You will be surprised how helpful they can be and maybe even make some great friendships along the way=)

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Where can be find you? 

Website: www.kristyleephotography.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kristyleephotography.netpages

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Thank you Kristy for such am amazing interview and inspiring us to do our best!

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