Today's interview is Heather Beam of Heather Beam Photography. She is an amazing, fun-loving mom that has turned her love of photography into a business in the Vancouver, WA area. She loves to get other friends involved in her work and organized a shoot out at a barn the other day with some of the other photogs that I hang out with and admire. Bummed I was working that day! Check out what she got! Seriously fun...
One thing that I have noticed about Heather is that she is always thinking of others. She is quick to give out compliments, but not quick to receive them herself. She has done a fantastic job learning a craft and honing her skills and she will have MANY more years of work to come, I'm sure!
Please enjoy her interview and "like" her on Facebook....
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself, family, hobbies, etc...
A: I am blessed with two busy little boys. My husband and I celebrate 9 years of marriage next month. I love spending time with my amazing girlfriends, they keep me sane. I’m addicted to Pinterest and all things photography!!
Q: Are you a self-taught photographer or have you had any mentors along the way?
A: Self-taught, always learning and hopefully growing! I have fabulous mentors who just happen to be dear friends as well! Koren Faust from Kaptured by Koren pushes me to see only the best in my work. She is so encouraging and supportive. Anna Hollister from Anna Hollister Photography is my creativity sister! We could create so many styled shoots together if we had the time! She is so great and supportive with critique as well! Last but not least Angela Pollard from Diamondheart Photography. She is always willing to take the time to answer any and all of my “duh” questions and give me hands on support!
Q: Whose work has influenced you the most?
A: Wow, I am influenced by everyone!!! I love trolling facebook and pinterest to admire photographers. It is inspiring to see so many Moms following their dreams of photography. I LOVE editorial, fashion and beauty photography and drool over the work of Pascal Demeester and Stephen Eastwood (google them-awesome!!)
Q: What made you decide to do photography? How did you get started?
A: I have always loved editorial and fashion and beauty photography. Obviously I don’t have the opportunities and life to be able to pursue that right now…ahem two children under five… so I went with what I was given! My hubby bought me a DSLR because a point and shoot was not cutting it. I started photographing my kids and my family, my friends and their kids which turned into family sessions, weddings, etc.
Q: What camera do you use and why?
A: I use a Nikon D7000. I love it.
Q: What is your favorite lens?
A: If I’m doing beauty type shots or anything where I can completely take my time I love my 35mm 1.8. For everything else I love my 17-55mm 2.8
Q: Before you put your work online, do you ever have someone critique it first?
A: Not always but yes I have many times and will continue to do so!! I think it is SO important, especially when you are a “newbie”, to get critique from photographers you trust and respect. You will never grow if you don’t ask for help. I’m blessed to have people like this, who I can take what they have to say about my work and learn from it.
Q: Have you had any "disaster" shoots? What did you do?
A: Oh yes… well let’s just say fake it till you make it…then vent to your girlfriends later!
Q: Do you ever use artificial light or is it all natural light?
A: Mostly natural but I recently got a umbrella studio light and have been experimenting with that.
Q: What is your favorite thing to shoot?
Q: Are you a Mac or PC lover?
Q: What editing program do you use and why?
A: I use Lightroom… I like it because it is pretty simple and there are great presets out there to play with.
Q: If you could photograph ONE place in the world, what would it be?
A: I would love to photograph Fashion Week!! Beauty and fashion and accessories… that would be amazing!!!