Interview: MontanaEvan Photography (USA)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I am 29 years old and I am a wife and a mother to a 3 year old little boy named Wyatt. I love to paint album covers, I am a huge movie buff, bacon makes everything better, and my family and career are my life.
How and when did you get into photography?
I have been photographing since September 2014, but professionally since October 2016. I have always been interested in the arts, but my mother wanted me to get a substantial degree so I went to college to become a psychologist. After a few years we both realized I wasn't happy so I changed colleges and majors to photography and have been in love ever since.
What does photography mean to you?
I think photography is just like any art form and is very subjective. I'm an artist of light, just like a painter is an artist with paint. Art is everywhere and in everything we do. I'm just so happy to be apart of it.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I like to push myself to try everything, but my go to is very colorful, but feminine portraiture.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I like to draw inspiration from the subjects I photograph. I like to use their look and then go in the opposite direction. For instance, if I see a surfer type model, I want to keep their natural look, but put them in a glamour fashion look. I like the contrast.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
I think of the wardrobe, location and type of look I want before the shoot, but I never have a specific image in mind. I like for my model to get into the character I have made them into and then let them lead me into the shot with that character. I find it more fun that way. I will always direct, but I like to be inspired as well.
Studio, on location or both?
I'm more of a location seeker. I love the studio look, but there is so much more inspiration to be had at an amazing location.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I would consider myself both really. I love what I do and I hope that I will always feel like its a hobby that I get paid for professionally.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I hate saying this, but they all are. I can remember every single photoshoot I have done and the feeling I have had with that client or model. None of them are more memorable than the others. (Until I get to shoot for VOGUE one day!)
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I am a Nikon girl all the way. It was my first camera and it will be my last. I love my 35mm 1.8 and my spark lensbaby.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Don't sell yourself short or be afraid to ask for compensation for what you do, even if it is a hobby. This is a service and you and your art are worth it.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I love this magazine and I can't wait to see what things you will do next!