Interview with Kelly Ross Photography

Kelly Ross has been working together with Custom Photo Props for quite a while now.  Her beautiful images help to show our products in use.   We love her creativity and the pure, simplicity of her images are stunning.  We are so thankful for her work and excited to share a little bit more about her studio.

For all you newborn photographers out there, we are sure you will be able to relate to a lot of what Kelly has to say.  Sometimes, in your day-to-day routine, it can probably feel that you are by yourself with the ups and downs of being a photographer.   What you can take away from our “photographer interview” series, is that you are not alone in your struggles.  We hope these interviews help to encourage you today, wherever you are in your photography journey.

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What made you decide you wanted to become a photographer and how long have you been in business?

I have been in business almost 8 yrs. I always loved taking photos since I was a child and was the selfproclaimed Family Historian. I was very blessed to be so lucky to make it my career.
What part of your photography are you most critical about?

Oh I don’t think I could pick just one area to be critical of. I love to be very particular about everything I do. Myrule of thumb is to get it as close to perfect before you take the shot.
Who is your biggest supporter?

Most importantly my family when I was growing up… and especially my dad who was a man of very fewencouraging words but bought me my very first real camera when I was about 15. His own quiet way ofsaying he approved. Who knew all these years later I would be doing what I dreamed of as a kid.
Biggest pet peeve in the photography industry?

Ohhhhh….. Why can’t we just all get along and help each other rather than some of the drama that goes on.

Biggest struggle as a studio owner?

The business side of things. I like to be the artist not the office responsibilities. Even though I have the most AMAZING Office Manager it’s still hard to juggle.
Favorite gear – camera, lighting, favorite newborn prop?

I shoot with a Nikon750… my go to lens is my 35mm and second fav is 24-70mm… unless I am outside and itsalways the 70-200mm… Favorite newborn prop…. I have so many wonderful vendors I work with. Hands down Custom Photo Props furs and knits are a staple in every session!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Still doing what I am doing and loving every baby that walks through my door.
What does Photoshop mean to your work?

I edit lightly in Lightroom, and then pull them into Photoshop for some tweaks to clean up the skin.
What has helped you succeed in the ever-changing newborn industry?

My constant need to always be improving my skills and taking every step I can to make that happen. I have awonderful network of photographers in my area and we meet and host meetings and learning once a month.Having these connections just keeps me growing!
What is the most important thing when you shop for newborn products and props for your studio?

Quality and speed of delivery! And, of course that they are affordable.
Your ordering process – do you have your clients come into your studio for a presentation or do you do everything online?

I enjoy letting the clients view their galleries online from the comfort of their own home. We all know thathaving a new baby is time-consuming and asking moms to come back out feels like it would be addingstress to them. I did do in person sales a few years ago and it always seemed a struggle for them to come backto the studio. I want to make it as comfortable of an experience for them as possible.

To see more of Kelly’s work, check out a few of her sites:

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Interview with Appleseed Photography

 

Welcome to a new series we are doing on the blog.  Each week, we will interview a photographer.  Whether you are just starting out or many years into your journey, our hope is that by giving you a little insight into another photographers world, you will gain some new knowledge or inspiration.  Or you might just be able to relate and feel like you are not alone!   Here at Custom Photo Props, its more than just selling props.  We don’t just care about our business, we care about yours too and we want to give something back to our customers first and foremost!  You are the reason we get up in the morning and you are the reason we are still going strong after all these years!

Meet Appleseed Photography!  An award-winning newborn and child photographer from Dawson Creek, BC.  Her love and passion for what she does and her stance on giving back to her community is inspiring!  It was wonderful to get to learn a little bit more about her journey and here is what Denise shared with Custom Photo Props.

What made you decide you wanted to become a photographer and how long have you been in business?  Appleseed has been around for 7 years next month! I was a vendor before getting into professional photography –  so the brand is 7 but my photography business is about 2 1/2 though I have been learning photography for much longer than that!
What part of your photography are you most critical about?  All of it!! I find if you are content with your work, you will stagnate and never get better. I pick myself apart ALL of the time! It’s the only way one can grow, I think!
Who is your biggest supporter?  My MOM! She thinks I am pretty cool. But for real, it’s my Mom!
Biggest pet peeve in the photography industry?  Hmm..I’d say the pretentiousness & snobbery. I love networking and making new friends in the industry, so I found it was a little challenging when I first started out, so it’s my mission to make it a little easier on the new photographers and making some great friends along the way.

Biggest struggle as a studio owner?  Keeping it organized and clutter free!! I am always finding myself selling stuff off when it gets a little too cluttered. My current space is quite small too!
Favorite gear – camera, lighting?  Im using and loving the Nikon D3 & D610! For lighting, I am currently alternating between 2 octas and a PLM. 
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  Hopefully in a bigger studio space! I have a pretty big list of goals to accomplish so I am hoping to have achieved them in 5 years 🙂
What does Photoshop mean to your work?  It’s really the finishing touch. I try my best to get it right in camera so I can do minimal retouching, saves a lot of time!
What has helped you succeed in the ever changing newborn industry?  I’d say trying new things! Stepping outside of my comfort zone. There’s also a lot of FB groups I am a part of that inspire me everyday!
What is the most important thing when you shop for newborn products and props for your studio?  I try to choose pieces that can go with many other props I have so they are more versatile! My sister and I make a lot of what I use too. I choose neutrals, muted tones, organic, vintage & rustic items are what I tend to buy.
Your ordering process – do you have your clients come into your studio for a presentation or do you do everything online?  This is another thing Im hoping to be doing in 5 years –  having clients return to my studio to choose and order their images! Im currently doing online galleries and it’s working out well, so we will see. It’s really all about what the client wants!

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Learn a little bit more about Denise’s work here at  Appleseed Photography Website or her Facebook