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Member Spotlight – Stacy of Flair Custom Photography

This week we spotlight, Stacy from Flair Custom Photography, a Helena Montana photographer. Stacy, thanks for taking the time to let us get to know you a little better.
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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m Stacy. I’m the married (to one unbelievably hunky guy), home schooling mom of four crazy kids. I live in the beautiful state of Montana and I absolutely love it. Well, from May through November and December 25th , I love it. The rest of the year I tolerate it and count the days until the temperature rises above freezing.
My passion for creativity began as a child. I was blessed to be born to a mother who is amazingly talented. Creativity run through her veins. From an early age I remember her creating, restoring old furniture, quilting, sewing, crafting and painting. Because of her example, I find such joy in being able to creatively use photography to capture moments that people will cherish for a lifetime.

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How long have you been doing photography?
I’ve been doing photography as a hobby since 2001. I launched my business in 2009.

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Are you a self-taught photographer? If you are not a self-taught photographer how did you learn?
Not long after I got my first DSLR (a Canon Rebel XT complete with a kit lens), my husband bought me a course at the Picture Perfect School of Photography for my birthday. It was the first real instruction I had ever gotten in photography. And I loved it! From there, I have continued with other courses and workshops along with much googling, reading, googling, reading, and also lots and lots of practicing. I also belong to a couple of great forums with other photographers where I’ve been able to learn and grow.
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Do you specialize in a certain area of photography?
I don’t specialize in a certain area. Sometimes after a newborn shoot, I’ll say “I only want to photograph newborns! They are so sweet!”, but then I’ll have a senior shoot and I say, “I think I want to specialize in senior sessions. Seniors listen to instruction, they don’t run away, I don’t have to bribe them with Smarties to look at the camera……” So while I think specializing in one area is fabulous for some, for me I realize that I love every part of life. I love being able to capture the preciousness of a newborn, the twirl of a 4 year old, the sassiness of a senior, the love of a family, and the legacy of those who’ve grown wise with years.

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What equipment and software do you use?
For my portrait sessions I use a Canon 5D. If it’s an outdoor session I will mostly use a 50 mm 1.4 lens. For studio work I primarily use my 24-70L lens. When shooting sporting events I use a Canon 40D with the 70-200 f4 lens.
I use Photoshop CS4 to edit all of my images.
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Do you have a studio or do you shoot on location?
Both. I love outdoor /on location sessions! And that is primarily what I book from May-October.

I also have a studio set up in my home. Nothing fancy, and if you are a past client, you know what I mean. I have my living room set up with backgrounds and studio lights and closets full of props. It’s what works for me right now. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t browsed around in the local paper and Craig’s list to see available spaces though!
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What advice would you give someone who is interested in photography and wants to improve his or her photography skills?
To start out here are 3 things I would recommend:
1. Get a DSLR – Don’t go overboard here, even the entry level models have all the controls that you’ll need to learn how your camera works.
2. Join a photography forum – I have learned so much from spending time pouring through tutorials on photography forums. It’s been a blessing for me to be able to learn from more experienced photographers!
3. Shoot your camera everyday – even if it is just snapshots. Get comfortable seeing through the lens and composing different types of images.

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Website: http://www.flaircustomphotography.com
Blog:  http://www.flaircustomphotography.com/blog
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tamsen - July 14, 2010 - 12:53 pm

thanks, love these photog spotlights! it’s so cool to learn more about other photogs i respect and admire :)

Jenny - July 14, 2010 - 4:01 pm

Great interview! Thanks for sharing Stacy! Love your work!

Casey - July 14, 2010 - 4:12 pm

Great to learn more about you Stacy! Wonderful interview!

Rebecca Knowles - July 14, 2010 - 4:13 pm

Great to learn more about Stacy! She does such beautiful work!

Tracy Tisdale - July 14, 2010 - 4:14 pm

Beautiful images, Stacy. I just loved reading about your journey!

Claire Hunter - July 14, 2010 - 4:17 pm

Stacy, your images are beautiful. Great interview!

Jolie - July 14, 2010 - 4:18 pm

Thanks for sharing yourself with us!

janet - July 14, 2010 - 4:37 pm

Stacy, I’m so glad I met you thru various forums. You are so talented & I love reading more about you. Truly one of the kinds person I have ever met. Thanks for sharing more about you..

Samantha - July 14, 2010 - 5:03 pm

Beautiful work Stacy! I do the same thing with thinking I have a favorite subject or specialty. I am always changing my mind from session to session. lol.

Nancy - July 14, 2010 - 5:15 pm

Loved reading this, Stacy! You’re such a sweet, talented person. I’m looking forward to trading kids with you and getting my hands on your beautiful blondes!

tina - July 14, 2010 - 5:27 pm

Gorgeous work Stacy – I enjoyed reading more about you :) :)

Casey - July 14, 2010 - 6:18 pm

Awesome, Stacy! So good to learn more about you! <3

Amanda Eller - July 14, 2010 - 6:47 pm

Loved your interview!! Your kids are so darn precious….they get it from their momma! :)

Mistie Van Noort - July 14, 2010 - 6:53 pm

Love your work!!

Shannon Joy - July 14, 2010 - 8:46 pm

AWESOME!!! Loved learning more about you, Stacy!!! Love your work!

Kellie Penn - July 14, 2010 - 8:50 pm

Stacy…your work is just stunning! I’m a huge fan!

dalia - July 14, 2010 - 9:52 pm

great advise! Wonderful images Stacy!!

Stacy - July 14, 2010 - 5:54 pm

Thanks so much for the feature! And to all you great ladies who left comments, thank you. You ladies inspire me to learn more, work harder, and enjoy photography more every day!

stephanie greenwell - July 14, 2010 - 6:23 pm

awesome! i love learning about you all!

veronica starr - July 15, 2010 - 8:08 am

LOVE your images, the colors are beautiful!!!

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Member Spotlight: Sari Underwood

This week’s member spotlight is Sari Underwood an Orlando Florida Photographer.

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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.
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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Share with us the links to your website, blog, and/or Facebook

Blogsite: http://www.sariunderwoodphoto.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sariunderwoodphotography

Thanks, Sari, for sharing a bit about yourself and your photography!

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tamsen - July 7, 2010 - 12:52 pm

wow, Sari is gorgeous!!!! and hers kids are incredibly gorg too! thanks for sharing, i’m off to check out her site for inspiration now! love her work!

jules - July 7, 2010 - 2:12 pm

I love seeing Sari’s interview. I love her work and learning more about her!
beautiful!!!

Jolie - July 8, 2010 - 1:34 am

Thanks for sharing yourself with us!

traci - July 8, 2010 - 1:54 am

thanks for sharing, sari!!
your images are stunning!!

laura - July 8, 2010 - 1:57 am

I love your work too Sari! Thanks for sharing more about you :)

Carrie Owens - July 8, 2010 - 1:57 am

Loved reading this! :) Beautiful images, Sari!

dalia - July 8, 2010 - 2:50 am

thanks for sharing! your images are gorgeous!!

Nancy - July 8, 2010 - 4:29 am

So great to learn more about you, Sari. I love your style!

Samantha - July 8, 2010 - 12:52 pm

Beautiful work Sari..I am in love with your black&whites! Thanks for sharing!!!

Kim Hill - July 8, 2010 - 2:57 pm

Gorgeous work, Sari. And I love love love that portrait of you. You need to change your profile pic to this one!!!

stacey s - July 8, 2010 - 4:39 pm

You rock Sari! It’s great to learn more about you. :)

evie - July 8, 2010 - 7:30 pm

Loved reading more about you, Sari! And your work is awesome!

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