Hello fellow photogs! It's Wednesday and we are inching closer and closer to the weekend! I know I will be practicing photography, what will you be doing? May I suggest reading over this next feature and really taking to heart what she has to say. Let it sink in and then go and PRACTICE!!
My next amazing featured photographer is a Clickin Moms Mentor a Mod @ourlightwithin * on IG and owner of www.ginayeo.com She is also author of an amazing Clickin Moms University tutorial, check it out here!
So enjoy getting to know Gina Yeo and then go and friend her on IG and get hooked on her work, just like me! hahah!
What got you started in photography?
I’ve had a camera in hand since I was a little girl. My father was our family photographer and I grew up in front of his camera. As a little girl, I remember being given my own camera and spent much of my childhood capturing images of my world. As I grew friendships and school replaced my love of photography except for special occasion events. However that all changed with the birth of my first daughter. I picked up my camera again on a regular basis in order to capture her in every way I could. It was at this time that I grew as a photographer and sought out improving my skills.
What three words describe your photographic style?
Dramatic, colourful and magical.
What’s your favorite compositional technique?
This is so tough to answer! I have many favourite compositional elements that I love to use! My most used element of composition is probably simplicity.
Tell me a bit about your biz! Are you only personal work, or a mix of personal and client?
I’m a pure hobbyist!
How would you describe your ultimate dream shoot or personal project?
My dream shoot would be outdoors in nature with gorgeous buttery backlight, mountains and a body of water. I’m a lover of nature and mountains so anything with those components are dreamlike for me!
What’s one of the most interesting experiences you’ve ever had in a session or personal project?
As a family we’ve had the fortunate opportunity to spend summers in the mountains. One late afternoon we were lakeside in the mountains. My children were fishing and I had my camera in hand in order to capture them. Since we are right in the middle of bear country I’m very bear aware. On one of my bear checks I spotted a grizzly bear about 8 meters from where we were just on the other side of a small rocky ridge! I quietly freaked out a little (my children tell me I said a few bad words) as the bear happened to be in between me and my children should he decide to move towards me. Luckily my bear encounter training took over and when I voiced, “Hey Bear,” (with my bear spray in hand) he took a glance over at me and ran off. Phew! The whole situation was a little scary but we actually come into contact with quite a number of bears in the summer, although most are much farther away in distance, so we’re fairly prepared and do our best to be bear aware and prevent any negative encounters. After all we are in their home and must respect their space.
What’s your favourite image you’ve ever taken (please share, and tell me the story behind the image)?
Another very hard question to answer! I have so many favourite images. My favourite images are always going to incorporate beautiful light, well executed captures on a technical level, good composition, which will probably involve movement, and the image will evoke emotion in me even years later when I look at it. The image I’ll share will be my first favourite image. Although I have grown as a photographer since this image this is the first image when everything in my style came together for me. Vision, light, composition, mood and that magic I love to infuse into my work.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get started in photography?
Learn the technical components of photography and then dive into the artist side. Take learning slowly and step by step. Enjoy the journey of learning and growing as an artist because there is no finish line. Never compare instead be inspired by other photographers around you. Surround yourself with like minded photographers that will help you learn, grow and support you along the way. Embrace your inner artist and listen to your heart shooting what you love.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
If I wasn’t a photographer I think I’d like to do something in nature. I’m not exactly sure what that would be but I love being outdoors. I think I would love to have a career that would incorporate that love. Perhaps lead mountain guided hikes.
Thank you so much for sharing a little about you with us Gina!! Your work is absolutely phenomenal!! And readers, what about you? Any of you care to share a little about your dream client or shoot? Comment below!
Until next time! xoxoxo