This week’s member spotlight is Sari Underwood an Orlando Florida Photographer.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in Puerto Rico but have lived in Central Florida most of my life with the exception of brief moves to New Orleans and Germany. I am a mother to a wonderful 5 year old daughter and a 16 month old son. Married to my “high school sweetheart” for 10 years now (opposites really do attract!). I love Starbucks, sweet tea, digital scrapbooking and chillin’ at home with my family.
How long have you been doing photography?
As a hobbyist, I started about 5 years ago after I had my daughter. Soon after she was born, I got into digital scrapbooking because I wanted to document every moment of her life. I soon wanted to take better photos and got my first DSLR. But I didn’t start to really delve into it seriously until about a year ago when I started to really consider doing this as a career.
Are you a self-taught photographer? If you are not a self-taught photographer how did you learn?
Yes, self-taught in that I love to research things all the time. Probably a little too obsessively! I’ve read books, joined forums and taken a few photography workshops to learn.
Who is your biggest influence/inspiration?
I am inspired daily by so many talented photographers. But I’d have to say my biggest inspiration comes from my children. Without them, I probably wouldn’t have started on this journey.
Do you specialize in a certain area of photography?
Newborns, children and families. I’ve had quite a few newborn sessions lately and I’m really enjoying those!
What equipment and software do you use?
I shoot with a Canon 40D, 85mm 1.8 and 50mm 1.4. I work on a Mac using Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2.
Do you have a studio or do you shoot on location?
I’m 100% on-location.
What advice would you give someone who is interested in photography and wants to improve his or her photography skills?
Read as much information as you can get your hands on and get out there and practice! Really know your camera in and out and only rely on Photoshop to enhance your photos instead of “fixing” them.
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Thanks, Sari, for sharing a bit about yourself and your photography!