Feature Friday: Menzel Photography

Interview with Britta Menzel

“It’s more than a photo shoot, it’s an EXPERIENCE. It’s more than a snapshot, it’s ART.”  That’s what you can expect when working with Menzel Photography.  This husband-wife team is all about making your experience special and are located in Bosie, Idaho.  Let’s find out a little more!

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Britta Menzel.  I’m 30 years old, happily married (8 years in June) to my love David and we have 2 beautiful children!  Our son Gage is 3.5, daughter Petra is 18 months, and baby #3 is due late October!  We have lived in beautiful Boise Idaho for the last 8 years excluding an amazing 1 year stint when we lived in Australia (right by the beach).  As crazy as it may sound, we are thrilled to be back home in Boise!  We love living in the downtown area, and target clients who share our love for downtown Boise!


How did you get started in photography?

I actually have loved photography since I was about 10 years old and got my first film camera.  I would spend hours posing my Barbie dolls and taking photos of them.  Then when I was in college I was able to take a few film photography classes where I learned how to use an SLR camera.  After graduation I got married and my amazing supportive husband bought me my first Digital SLR.  Now 8 years later my husband is not only my biggest supporter, but also my business partner!  I shoot with Canon and love them, but I don’t understand the “war” between Canon users and Nikon users.  They are both great cameras!  Oh, I always shoot in RAW full manual mode as well.


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

Currently I work part time with my photography while staying home with my beautiful children!  But I am working towards building up enough work to be full time!


What three words describe your style?

Vibrant, Urban, Art!


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

Usually when I fall in love with a photo during the session I get home later to find there are several others that I love even more!  I’m always surprised during editing because about a year ago my husband became a business partner and took over the editing side.  We have the same vision and love the same images so I know I can trust him creatively.  When I get home from a shoot I give him the memory card and he gets to work.  He doesn’t let me see the images until he is done editing, so the final results are always a surprise for me too!


What are you inspired by?

Big Cities, bright colors, and interesting lighting!  I’m working toward building a reputation in my area as the “urban photographer.”  I target clients who love the downtown scene!  I know so many photographers are into rural fields and soft golden light right now, and although they make beautiful images, it’s just not my style!  I want my work to emphasize how vibrant and colorful life is in the city!


Are you self taught?  Learn somewhere else?

As I mentioned above, I took a few film photography classes in college, but when it comes to the digital stuff I’m completely self taught.  My husband is also self taught on the editing and he’s a natural!  I also worked as a model when I was younger, so that gives me a little more experience with understanding how to pose clients from both sides of the camera.


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

I always embarrass myself during sessions.  I love public speaking and majored in communications, but somehow I always manage to say something silly or put my foot in my mouth.


Do you have any rituals that are apart of your editing process?

For me it’s the wait while the hubby edits, but I know he has a few specific edits that he does to pretty much every photo.


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

I have a glass addiction, but with a young family and only part-time work, it takes longer to save up to buy them all.  My current favorite that I use for pretty much every shoot is my 50mm, but I’m saving up for the 70-200 1.4 IS.  I’ve got a HUGE wish list!


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

Do what you love!  Don’t follow trends, but also be open to advice. No matter how creative you are, or how long you’ve been shooting, there is always something to learn.  STUDY LIGHT LIKE NOBODIES BUSINESS!  Understanding how lighting works in photography is what separates the amateurs from the pros!  Spend as much time as possible researching and learning about light!!!


Where can we find you? 

Website/Blog: www.MenzelPhotography.net
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/MenzelPhotography
Twitter: @BrittaMenzel
Google+:  https://plus.google.com/112488609497998531168

Thank you Britta for this amazing interview and best to you and your business!


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