Interview with Malisa Phillips
Happy Friday everyone! Time to meet Malisa Phillips. This amazing photography is based out of central Texas near Fort Hood. She does amazing work and is an amazing person. And after the interview, be sure to check out her facebook page and show Malisa some love!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a 26 year old wife to an Infantry Soldier of the US Army, and we have 3 amazing kids who are 2, 4 and 6. My husband has served for over 13 years and I couldn’t be prouder of him 🙂
I love coffee. You will also see me with a cup or two or Caramel Macchiato while out and about.
I love to bake, although I have to find new ways to minimize the sugar intake.
I am a HUGE fan of books. I cannot live without my tablet or kindle. I am mostly devouring everything to do with paranormal events, romance, and heartbreaking life events.
I am a huge fan of the arts. Whether it be music, dance, painting or photography.
This quote from A. Armstrong says it all: My camera is my canvas and the light I use to capture each image is my paintbrush. And I’ve done pretty well in all of them (Or so I’d like to think) I try to push myself further when it comes to new obstacles, new techniques, new styles. I’m a little obsessed with pushing past my doubts and continuing on this path of self discovery.
How did you get started in photography?
Oh you know how the story goes. New mom wants to take amazing pictures of her children because the typical studio sessions just weren’t cutting it 😉 Growing up my nana said I never left the house without a disposable camera. And this was true. I had thousands upon thousands of images of my friends and I doing activities, documenting life. I cherished those images so much. But unfortunately I lost them all in a fire, including my very own baby pictures. This was the deal breaker for me. I needed to make memories for my children, because I no longer remembered my own.
If this a full time job or a part time gig?
It’s pretty much full time right now.
What three word describe your style?
Hmm, I ask myself this very question daily. I like to think it’s soft, detailed, emotional. I can’t take an image that has no story behind it.
Do you always know when you get the perfect shot?
Well, I know what shot I’m aiming for before I shoot, and I always have a visual in my head, but sometimes the story changes during a session. I have those moments where the “perfect shot” is actually the one not expected. I can tell a client I am adjusting settings, or getting a practice shot, and right then and there they loosen up and give me great images!! Sneaky I know.
Any surprises during the editing process?
Not normally. I HATE surprises by the way!
What are you inspired by?
So many things inspire me. It’s hard to explain. When I first started, I was so into my little box of cookie cutter images, and I refused to break out of my shell. I was very into studio work. That’s what I learned first. My soft box was my best friend. It wasn’t until this past year, I finally gave in and told myself to shoot outdoors.
I HATED the outdoors and natural light. The sun and I never agreed on camera settings, and the golden hour was a new concept to me. But my first time outdoors, during sunset, was like falling in love. The rays of the sun leaving golden tones on the trees, rim light on someones hair, the kaleidoscope of colors that enthralled the grass and trees left me dancing. There’s nothing better.
Another thing was realizing families wanted real moments captured, not posed. The best images I have are when no one is looking. I love it when I can capture life when it’s happening. A mom and dad playing with their child, a girl dancing around in a field, a new moms pregnancy glow, the birth of a child, a first cry, a first kiss, and sometimes unfortunately, a moment of farewells. These moments can not be planned or recreated.
Are you self taught? Learn somewhere else?
Yes. It has been years of trial and error. I took one workshop, and pushed myself to learn everything I could from there.
Any special moments or funny bloopers you want to share with us that happened during a session?
Oh there’s at least one from every session. Mostly my newborn sessions. I always have a baby peeing or pooing on dad (Wink)
Do you have any rituals that are apart of your editing process?
I’m a little obsessed with Cayden Lanes & Florabellas Actions! It’s mostly eye defining, sharpening, maybe a haze, and if a background is drab, I will add a bit of color to make everything pop!
Do you a glass addiction? What is your favorite lens?
Um YES? But I tend to buy and realize it’s not what I want, so I pass it on. 95% of the time you will see me with my 50mm 1.4 or now a 105mm 🙂
What advice you give a photographer just starting off in this business?
Be patient. Success doesn’t happen overnight. I’ve had a lot of hair pulling moments getting myself where I am today. I have laughed, cried, thrown in the towel a few times, and jumped back in pushing myself ten times harder. Another thing I could say is that this industry is not what it used to be. Art is subjective, so don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re not good enough. My advice to you would be to prove them wrong. Learn, study, practice, and start to love photography MORE before deciding what’s next. I accept no limitations in my life or my work. I move past it, and so should you.
Where can we find you?
I’m located in Central Texas near Fort Hood.
Thank you so much Malisa! Love your work!