Twice a month I participate in a wonderful little blog circle. It’s been such a fun way to learn about others’ work and help to support and promote each other. Today I get to share with you an amazing post by Renee McDaniel. Renee will be talking about taking risks in photography, you do not want to miss this, it’s so inspirational and motivating! So at the end of my little post here, you can click on over to her page and be ready to get inspired to take those photographic risks!!
I just love getting to know other creatives in this industry and I am so excited to share with you this month’s Photographer Who Inspires, Tanya Montpetit! Her work is so beautifully emotive, and I just can’t help but stop and stare at all of it! So grab a cup of coffee or what have you and sit down for a little inspiration!
What got you started in photography?
I’ve always been passionate about the art of photography. Younger, I was taking pictures of everything around me with my first Minolta camera that my father gave to me. I’ve studied in Graphic design and have been a graphic designer for the past 20 years. For many years, I’ve put my camera aside an a couple years ago, I took the plunge and bought my first full frame camera. My kids were one of the main reason I’ve started to practice my passion again. Since then, I’ve been taking pictures almost everyday!
What three words describe your photographic style?
Emotion, connection, authenticity
What’s your favourite compositional technique?
I just love working with lines, patterns, shapes and contrast and I frequently use the Rule of thirds. But most of the time, I just go with my intuition and how I feel. It always makes the best pictures!
Canon or Nikon?
I am a Nikon girl!
Most of the time, I use my Sigma 35mm f1.4. It is so versatile and I can achieve almost everything I want with it. I also have a Sigma 24-70 f2.8, a Nikon 85mm and 50mm 1.8 for portraits and street photography and a Lensbaby 85mm Velvet that I’ve just purchased and it also amazing.
LR or Photoshop?
As a graphic designer, I’ve been working with Adobe Photoshop for many years but when it comes to photography, Adobe LIghtroom is my primary tool. I only use photoshop if I want to add more depth and special effects like overlays to my work.
Presets or Custom?
Both. I make my own presets for many of my pictures but I just love the SMAL Presets from Sven Malojlo and the Terrain and LXC Presets from Tribe Archipelago when I want to acheive a consistent and moody look in my work.
Tell me a bit about your biz! Are you only personal work, or a mix of personal and client?
I currently only do personal work but I would love in to start offering my services of Birth photography and Fresh48 sessions in 2019. It would be such a privilege capturing the moment when a couple becomes a family.
How would you describe your ultimate dream shoot or personal project?
I think that capturing a birth would definitely be a dream shoot for me. Writting inspiring articles and having my pictures published in magazines are definitively personal projects I would love participating in as well regularly. I just love to be inspired by many talented artists and If I can inspire others the same way, it would be such an honour! Oh yes… and shooting portraits of a celebrity one day would be extremly amazing too!
What’s one of the most interesting experiences you’ve ever had in a session or personal project?
I would say that every sessions or personal projects are very interesting. They bring you something different each and every time and I always cherish every moments and experiences they bring me.
What’s your favorite image you’ve ever taken (please share, and tell me the story behind the image)?
My favorite image I’ve ever taken is this one of my daughter with a handmade blanket I’ve made. (Mysterious_Girl.jpg) One afternoon after many years of letting my photography skills aside, I’ve asked her to put my blanket on her head and I just found beautiful light near a window in my house. I told her to look in the window and I found it was perfect! When I’ve transfered it into Adobe Lightroom, I was so impressed on how she looked with this beautiful natural light. It was definitely the moment where I decided to pursue the art of portraiture and I just love it!
What sort of projects are you involved in now?
Well, 2018 was such a great year for me! I started my Instagram account in August, and I just loved how easy it was to meet so many talented photographers, and amazing communities who pushes you to explore and push yourself as an artist. As a member of the Clickinmoms community, I’ve decided to apply for Click Pro by presenting my portfolio of 150 pictures in November and I was so excited to be accepted! It is definitely a goal I am very proud of. I also just had this amazing opportunity to write my fist article for the Click Magazine on Black and White photography that will be published in one of their next issues and I also got one of my picture selected for publication in the upcoming issue of DearPhotographer magazine. It has been such an amazing and creative year for me and I can’t wait for what 2019 will bring!
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get started in photography?
I think the best advice would be to start taking pictures everywhere and everyday! The more you capture your daily life, the more you will find what kind of style you prefer and what makes your heart sing. Sharing your pictures with the world on Instagram, Facebook or Flikr even if you are not confident of your work. You will discover the things you have to work on and your strenghts. Getting a membership into a community that inspires you. Take somes classes and experiment with it everyday. It will definitely help boost your skills and confidence.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
I’ve always been a graphic designer and photographer but when I was young, I wanted to become a flourist, a cartoonist for Disney or a fashion designer. I guess my love of colours, beauty and creativity has always been a big part of who I am.
Thank you so much for sharing a little more about yourself with us Tanya! Your work is breathtaking and I know you will go on to many great things in this industry!!
Now without further ado, go and check out Renee McDaniel / Family Photographer in Manhattan Kansas and be ready to start taking more photographic risks today!
The Secret to Low Light Photography
9 of My Best Tips!!