Thursday, July 2, 2015

Featured Artist: Tralea Photography

Featured Artist: Tracie Ganiel

Tell us about yourself and your business. 
I've been married to my hubby for almost 15 years, and we have two beautiful children 8 and 11. We love to travel and we'd rather be on the road with our camper in tow more than anywhere else. I started my business about 5 years ago at the prompting of friends and family telling me 'you should do this and charge money; I never imagined it would be where it is today and I still pinch myself that people want to actually hire me to capture their memories.

Where are you located? 
I am located in Southern New Jersey, close to the beauty of the Jersey shore and a 15 minute drive from the city of Philadelphia. I love it here and I am a true Jersey girl. 

Who or what inspires your art? 
I definitely find inspiration in my surroundings. Driving by a previously unnoticed location when the light is just right may be all it takes to begin the creative process of planning to shoot there. I once drove by a recycling plant just as the sun was illuminating the plastic and glass so beautifully. I spent the next couple months planning a shoot there, it was pretty awesome. 

What do you love most about photography? 
I love that while there are general and important rules to photography, there is such freedom in the way each artist interprets it. I love that I can take an emotion I'm experiencing and show it through photography. 

Describe your style in 2 words. 
Warm / Edgy Tell us about your specialization or what subjects you prefer to shoot. 
I specialize in newborn, family and children and have been shooting more senior and tween sessions which I absolutely adore. 

What do you do to jolt your creativity when it's running low? 
When I'm in a creative funk, I always find it best to push myself with a personal project I've had in mind to shoot. I've shot some of my best work during these sessions and it has quickly brought me back to being passion filled. 

What's in your bag? 
Nikon D800 / Nikon 85mm 1.8 / Nikon 50mm 1.4 / Lensbaby Composer / extra batteries / gum, chapstick and mace 

What are your top 3 must haves when shooting? 
I typically shoot in overgrown, woodsy areas so my must haves include bug spray, always wearing high socks and my 85mm which almost never leaves my camera. 

Share a fun fact about yourself with the readers. 
I'm really loud and I love to laugh; I also love a good beer .

If you could photograph anyone in the world who would he or she be? 
This is so tough because let's be honest; there are tons of beautiful, interesting humans out there that I'd love to get in front of my camera if given the chance. When I think about it though, my heart would be most happy if I could photograph the many loved ones I've lost over the years-most gone before I was ever a photographer. 

Natural light or artificial? 
Indoors or out, always natural. 

What impact does photography have on your family life? 
Photography has only been positive in my family life. It allows me to feel like I contribute to our family a little financially while still having the freedom to be what's most important, a wife and mother. 

What's your most important artistic tool besides your camera? 

What's the most important lesson you've learned since starting photography? 
Finding balance. Devoting enough time and attention to your business and to your clients without taking away from other important areas in your life. 

What advice would you give to an artist just starting their journey in the photography world? 
Find balance! It's okay to say no to scheduling weekends so you don't miss your child's soccer game or Sunday dinner with the family. If you don't love it, don't shoot it. Practice, practice, practice. Ask for help if you don't understand something or want to learn a particular technique. The quality of your camera plays only a small part of what you put out there; it takes skill and knowledge. My stove top doesn't make a mean batch of meatballs...that's all me. 


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