Good Golly Photography
Location: Memphis, TN
Tell us how you got into photography: As a child of a camping family, I spent many vacations in the lush Great Smoky Mountains. It was at a campsite there where I recall wanting to remember the trees, the rushing creek and everything around me. That summer my dad taught me how to “capture” it all on our family camera, a Canon AV-1. It was love from the get-go. This magical tool froze everything my eyes could see, so I would get to look at it all again when I got home. Those early personal experiences in photography as a youngster became a course of study at the university where I received a BFA with an emphasis in photography. From the classroom to my own art studio, I now pursue photography as a career with emphasis on individual and group portraits, which reflect the uniqueness of each family.
Define your photography style: If lifestyle photography and portrait photography got together and had a baby, that baby would be my photography style. I call it portrait meets playtime. I’m all about capturing moments, but I’m not afraid to help those moments along.
Describe your favorite photo: My favorite photos are when kids don’t hold back and really let their little personalities shine! I like when they are little stink-a-potamuses (yes that is what I call them)! I love capturing all of the emotional sides of childhood.
Tell us your most memorable photography story: My most memorable photography story is actually the inspiration behind my photography style. When I was in college, my photography professor let us each choose a project to work on for the semester. We could pick any subject matter, but their had to be a cohesive theme. I chose to photograph the women in my life. I spent a day with each of these women capturing their daily routines. I captured my maternal grandmother, Gigi, putting on her makeup (which was huge since she didn’t like being photographed even with a full face of makeup). I photographed her hands holding her makeup brushes that as a child I used to pretend with. I captured my paternal grandmother, Mommar, sitting on her porch swing at her log cabin. I photographed her hands while she cooked. She always cooked everybody’s favorite dishes at each family gathering. There was always way too much food. I also photographed my mother reading. She always sits in her reading chair with her nose in a book. I captured her hands holding her book. Both of my grandmothers have now passed away and I am so grateful for that assignment in class that sparked an interest in capturing memories. I will always treasure these pictures and the stories they tell.
Are you an Early bird or Night owl? I am definitely a night owl!
Who is your favorite photographer? Barb Uil of Jinky Art
What is your favorite Mod product(s)? I love the Mod straps! They are adorable and they are super comfortable. I love that they don’t dig into my shoulder and they stay in place. I don’t have to worry about the strap falling off while I work.
What’s the one camera/camera accessories that you can’t live without? I love my Canon 5D Mark III and my 24-70 2.8L II lens!