Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Artist Interview with Rooney June Productions

 Artist Interview
with Jennifer of

Tell us a little bit about you.

I am a wife and a mom living in the San Antonio area in Texas! 

What’s in your bag. (Photos are lovely). 

I shoot with a D750 and a Sigma Art 35mm.

When did you fall in love with photography? How long have been a photographer?

Like so many others, I got my very first DSLR after my son was born. I quickly knew I loved shooting. 

What sort of work do you specialize in? 

I shoot families and children, but my heart is actually in boudoir. I just love it so much. I love to show the idea of sexy without showing very much in an image. 

Do you create personal work often? 

The past couple years have been really hard for my business so I do a lot of personal work. It definitely keeps me sane. I like to experiment with personal work so I know what I like for paid sessions. 

What or who got you started in photography? 

Obviously, my son being born got me started in photography, but it was my husband’s idea to buy a nice camera. I thought maybe I could start a photography business, but I actually had no idea how hard it was. 

Who are some of you favorite artists past or present? 

Starting out is hard and you have all these people that influence you and tell you what style is best. I will admit that I got really caught up in doing what I thought other people would like the most. But then I bought The Blissful Maven’s breakout and it changed my life (seriously). I realized I need to shoot what I love or it’s not worth doing. I have so so many favorites right now, too many to list. 

How often do you get in front of the camera?
I get in front of my camera once every couple of months or so. I should and I am trying to more often. Honestly, when I get one I love it really helps me appreciate me. It helps you to see yourself the way others do. 

What are some of your favorite photographer communities? 

I have been a member of Clickin Moms for a couple of years now. I haven't joined any other forum communities, but I know there are some great ones out there. Other than that I would highly suggest the Dear Photographer group on Facebook. It is an incredible group set up by Adri De La Cruz and has to be THE most supportive group I’ve ever been in. The talent there is more than I can even describe. 

Print or Digital? Why? 

I LOVE seeing my images printed, but I am terrible about printing. I am a perfectionist and a procrastinator, which means I put off starting projects or getting things done because I don’t want to mess up. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. HAH!

Do create other types of art? What kind(s)? 

I do crochet. I wouldn't say it’s amazing, more like mediocre. It’s relaxing to do and when my mind is going crazy needing to create something it’s there. 

How do you balance your personal/family and passion? 

Balance. Is there such a thing? I don’t have that figured out yet. 

From where do you draw your inspiration? 

Where do I get my inspiration? Lots of places! Light is a big one. I kind of obsess about light. Outside and inside. When I’m walking around my house and notice the light that I’ve never noticed before I think of ways to shoot in it. Music. The way a song can make you feel, I will try to shoot to match that. Mostly when I can’t sleep I’ll think of things I want to shoot. 

If you could go back in time, what advice would give to your young photographer self, today?

If I could go back in time I would tell me to listen more to myself and not feel like I had to be doing what others were doing. If you shoot what you are passionate about it really shows in your work. Experiment. Try weird things. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, but that’s how you learn. Shoot what makes your heart happy, otherwise, you will want to quit. I would say don’t worry about the rules. The rules are good in some situations, but most of the time the images I love are rule breakers. I don’t always get the focus just right, I love grainy images, and I LOVE a good head chop!! 


What tips would you give to Artsies reading this in an inspirational rut?

Every once in a while I get in a rut. Can’t think of anything creative. I shoot my kids doing the same thing over and over. Some people say to shoot through it, some say take a break. Personally, I don't pick up my camera until I feel the need. I don’t force it. But when you do come back to it try new things. Try shooting from a new angle or shooting through something (tulle, a sandwich bag, prism) for a fun effect. And pay attention to light. To me, a great image is all about where the light hits. 

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