Photographer Spotlight: Lindsay Alexander

We are so thrilled to welcome the fabulously talented  Lindsay Alexander to the Rock the Shot Blog.  Take a moment to learn more about Lindsay and visit her website. Thanks so much Lindsay for sharing your work with us today!

Where did your inspiration for photography begin?

I have degrees in vocal performance and communications and after working in the advertising world and singing on the side for years, God opened the door for my photography through the birth of my first son. Yes, I am one of those typical mommy photographers who grabbed a DSLR after her first kid was born, learned to shoot in manual and then BOOM, started a business a year later. The truth is, I have been studying photography and had fascination with the art since I was a young girl but it did take the deep desire to capture my child to bring that love to the forefront. I think as an artist, having a deep connection to your art based on your deep love for someone or something keeps your imagery authentic and true. As a business owner, it certainly keeps you humble. I have never had the desire to “be” some great photographer. I just wanted great images for myself and doors were opened because of that.

 How would you describe your photography style?

Sunkissed, Authentic, and Emotional

Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?

I like to say it “took a village” to raise up this photographer. While I technically sought out my education myself through online classes, tutorials, seminars, workshops and LOTS and LOTS of studying- I also had an amazing mentor who guided me each step of the way.

Do you shoot Canon or Nikon, and what is your favorite lens?

I am a Nikon girl and currently have two D700’s on my hips. When it comes to capturing my favorite images you will find my 85mm f/1.4 on my body. Its my go-to!

Do you have any tips for photographers on how to find the light?

I try really hard to have consistency in my art. I used to shoot at all times of day to work with my clients schedule and now I will only shoot sunrise or “golden hour” sessions. I love to achieve that golden, sunkissed look to my images and have found that timing is everything. More often than not I backlight my subjects and use a reflector to highlight their face. When the sun is not being my friend, I work with even light or even dramatic shadows to create mood.

What is the most challenging thing about photographing families?

Depending on the age of the kids involved, its keeping everyone happy and in the moment. I tell my clients at the start of each shoot that “kids run the show” and I truly mean that. Having three little ones myself, I can completely relate to what it took to show up to the session. Getting dressed, buckling everyone in the car, driving to the location, the bribes and incentives for good behavior that are thrown out as a final hope and then….voila….they pile out of the car and are expected to be perfect for ONE HOUR! No way!!! I tell my clients that life is not perfectly staged and flawless and their images will not be that either. I want to capture authenticity for my clients- the good, the bad and everything in between. We do a song and dance to keep everyone positive and the momentum moving forward. My reward candy treat bags that I pass out at the end help too:)

What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or in your business?

To keep the main thing the main thing. For me, the main thing is “why I started my business in the first place”- to stay home with my kiddos and have an wonderful creative outlet to grow my art personally. Its so easy to get caught up in the cat and mouse chase of “being the best” at something. I know Who I am doing this for and if I keep that at the forefront, everything else falls into place. This has been a growing year for me and a year full of changes. Faith in the midst of uncertainty has been a powerful thing.

If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?

To take risks and give something scary a try. You truly never know where it may lead you.

What do you love most about being a photographer?

Honestly, its the look on my clients face when I turn my camera around and let them see what I just captured in the viewfinder. It’s like they are shocked every time. I think as an artist its so much fun to see people differently then they see themselves. To show them beauty they maybe didn’t recognize before. It’s powerful, emotional and why I keep doing what I am doing.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Well I will have been married for thirteen years and will have a eleven year old, a seven year old and a five year old. My world will be wonderfully busy with the things that matter most to me:) With my business I just pray that I am doing exactly what God wants me to do. I wouldnt have thought five years ago that I would be where I am now. His plans are way cooler than my biggest dreams. I am just going to let Him drive this ship.

About the Artist: Born a California girl but raised in the south, Lindsay Alexander now calls Fort Mill, South Carolina home. Lindsay is a singer, aspiring writer, former professional blog owner, wife to her hubby of eight years, and mommy to three. A longtime lover of the creative arts, it was after her first son was born that the passion for photography was ignited. With encouragement from friends and family, Lindsay embarked on a journey to begin a tucked away dream of starting her own photography studio. Now, almost six years later, Lindsay has established a natural light lifestyle photography business specializing in seniors and families. Traveling the Low Country and across the U.S., Lindsay’s art is known for its authentic editorial style imagery wrapped in gorgeous light. When she’s not spending late nights editing or writing, Lindsay can be found playing with her kids, singing at her church, or sipping sweet tea on the porch with her hubby.

Visit Lindsay at her WEBSITE | BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER pages today

Featured Vendor + Giveaway: Bittersweet Design Boutique

We are so excited to welcome Bittersweet Design Boutique to the Rock the Shot Blog today! Learn more about their beautiful templates, get a coupon code for their shop, and enter to win a $200 shopping spree!

About Bittersweet Design Boutique

Bittersweet Design Boutique is a design studio dedicated to creating unique photo card templates and marketing materials for professional photographers. We take care of the design work so our clients can focus on what they do best–capturing amazing photos & creating memories that last a lifetime! Our templates are easy to use and high-end, targeting your ideal client as a photographer.

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You’ve mastered the art of photography, now it’s time to show off your work with beautiful packaging and marketing materials. Make a great first impression with gorgeous design work that features your best work. By making a small investment in design templates, you can create a seamless brand in the matter of minutes, showing potential clients that you carefully plan out every little detail.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR ROCK THE SHOT FANS:

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About Rose: Several years ago, while browsing the Craigslist ads one afternoon, I noticed a local photographer’s need for a second shooter. On a whim, I made a quick phone call to the photographer and learned that I was the only person to call out of the hundreds of email responses that they received. Several cups of coffee later, I was designing photography goodies and marketing resources instead of second shooting, which was exactly what I had hoped for all along. It didn’t take long before other photographers started contacting me about my work, and Bittersweet was born.

 

I currently live and work out of a (teeny) 650 sq. ft. home office in San Antonio’s Pearl district with my husband and two Boston Terriers, Pepperoni and Meatball.

Visit Bittersweet Design Boutique at their WEBSITE | BLOG | SHOP | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST pages today!

Enter the Giveaway using the Rafflecopter app below for a chance to win a $200 shopping spree!

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Too Cool For School Giveaway: Win a Canon 5d Mark III

School is in full swing, and what better way to CELEBRATE than by winning a Canon 5D MARK III camera!! This year we’re teaming up with Pretty Presets for Lightroom to make this giveaway one spectacular celebration. Don’t wait any longer! Enter our giveaway below for your chance to win this incredible camera and get an AMAZING jump-start on your photography career!


Be sure to check out these awesome offers, too!

Enjoy $10 off any $30 over at Pretty Presets for Lightroom during the giveaway with the code “toocool“.

AND… sign up for Rock the Shot Forum Membership and save 30% off any level membership using the same code “toocool“.


More about the Canon 5D Mark III {$3400 Value}

  • Full-frame 22.3-megapixel sensor
    Capture high-quality images that are full of detail with a 22.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ image processor. Colors are bright but natural, and fine detail is preserved even in dark shadow areas and bright highlights.
  • High-quality performance, even in low light
    The EOS 5D Mark III delivers superb picture quality whatever the lighting conditions. Keep shooting hand-held even after the sun goes down, thanks to an ISO 100-25,600 sensitivity range.
  • 61-point wide-area autofocus
    Focus quickly and accurately, even on off-center subjects, with a 61 point wide-area autofocus system. 41 cross-type points ensure highly accurate tracking of moving objects.
  • High-speed continuous shooting
    Keep up with the action at 6 fps, recording up to 16,270 continuous JPEG images to a UDMA mode 7 card in a single burst.
  • High dynamic range imaging
    Preserve detail in highlight and shadow areas with in-camera HDR image creation.
  • Full-HD video with manual control
    Enjoy high quality Full HD video at 1080p resolution. Use manual controls and Canon’s comprehensive EF lens range to achieve cinematic visual effects.
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    Give your video footage the soundtrack it deserves. The EOS 5D Mark III records digital stereo sound at 48KHz and offers manual control over audio level. A standard 3.5 mm microphone socket enables the use of third-party microphones; a headphone socket permits audio monitoring while recording.
  • In-camera editing functions
    Begin your digital editing workflow before you arrive back home. Rate your images on a scale of one to five and compare two images simultaneously on screen. Use in-camera raw processing to explore creative possibilities – such as black and white conversion and retrospective white balance.
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    A magnesium chassis provides strength and durability without adding weight. Weather sealing offers protection against dust and moisture.

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Featured Vendor + Giveaway: Paper Lark Designs

We are so excited to share the amazing Paper Lark Designs with you today! Learn more about their beautiful templates, get a coupon code for their shop, and enter to win a $200 shopping spree for 3 lucky winners!

About Paper Lark Designs

Tis the Season for a Fabulous Fall Giveaway!

I want to make this a very special giveaway as a way of saying thank you to my amazing, lovely, and talented customers. Yes that’s you!I have been so overwhelmed by the support and great feedback from Photographers that I wanted to offer 3 x $200 vouchers for a let loose, no holes barred spending spree at Paper Lark Template Shop! Because I believe you deserve it!

I know how hard you work creating beautiful photos, perfecting your craft and ensuring your clients and their families treasure their photos for years to come. I also know how darn tricky it can be to find time for all the seasonal marketing, social media and even to source lovely printed products for your clients. That’s where I hope you will find a friend in Paper Lark. With so many fun ideas and events throughout the year to design for, Paper Lark is charging ahead at full steam to create cute and stylish solutions for the modern photographer.

Come and visit Paper Lark Designs or the join in and share with us on our Facebook Page to see the latest designs, current sales and a few freebie templates! You may find the perfect template:)

Be sure to enter and…..Good Luck!

EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR ROCK THE SHOT FANS:

20% off ALL templates during the giveaway using Promo Code: YOUROCK

More About Paper Lark Designs: I’m Alys, the designer behind Paper Lark Designs. My HQ is a bright and breezy studio and here I spend the day charging ahead at full steam to create cute and stylish solutions for you, the modern photographer.  Feel free to get in touch or even better to make a suggestion on what you need designing. I am all open to ideas for my next product!

Visit Paper Lark Designs at their SHOP | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST pages today!

Enter the Giveaway using the Rafflecopter app below for a chance to win one of three chances for a $200 shopping spree.

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The Natural Light Workshop: Registration Now Open for Members + GIVEAWAY

How we use natural light, has the ability to make or break any photograph. Though shooting at the golden hour of sunset is a gorgeous time of day, it’s not always the most convenient! Learning how to shoot at all times of day in every type of lighting condition brings so much freedom! Not only can you schedule sessions at any time of day, you can make every location and lighting situation work in your favor.  Natural Light with Brooke Snow is an in-depth exploration of learning to see and use the best light in all types of conditions.

You’ll watch Brooke on several different filmed shoots, each depicting a new time of day or lighting challenge!  These lessons will arm you with powerful problem solving skills for natural light, so you can get the best results despite the challenges!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below where ONE LUCKY Rock the Shot reader will have a chance to win a FREE Full-Participation Seat for the Natural Light Workshop – how SWEET is that?!

COURSE OUTLINE

Week One: Find the Light First, the Location Second:

  • Learning to See the Light
  • Directions of Light
  • Looking for Clues in Your Environment
  • Simple Tools for Enhancing the Light
  • Live Demo Video: Finding the Light First
  • Live Demo Video: Shooting Indoors

Week Two: Troubleshooting

Problems/Solutions for:

  • Midday Sun
  • Backlighting
  • Intensity of Direct Light
  • Dappled Light
  • High Contrast Light
  • Finding Catch Lights
  • Finding Even Light
  • Overcast Light
  • Color Casting
  • Not Enough Light
  • Live Demo Video: Shooting in Open Sun
  • Live Demo Video: Shooting in Dappled Light
  • Live Demo Video: Shooting in Overcast Light
  • Live Demo Video: Shooting in Partly Cloudy/Midday Sun

Week Three: Light and Composition:

  • How to Use Light to Tell a Story
  • Light and Shadow
  • Side Lighting in Composition
  • Front Light vs. Backlight in Conveying Emotion
  • Live Demo Video: Shooting in Contrasting Light
  • Live Demo Video: Shooting at Sunset

Week Four: Lighting Tricks:

  • Silhouettes
  • Starbursts
  • Creative White Balance
  • Hazy Light vs. Sharp Light
  • Live Demo Video: Shooting Silhouettes & Starbursts

Camera Requirements: DSLR (your camera is capable of changing lenses)
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: The workshop is held entirely online within the forum.
Time: The workshop will begin on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Materials are presented on Tuesday each week for 4 weeks, and may be accessed at your convenience during the workshop.
Materials: All course lessons and demonstrations are taught via video. Included with the course is a 29-page PDF course manual detailing all the course content for quick reference. In addition, this course includes exciting corresponding homework assignments and personalized critique (full-participants).
Instructor: Brooke Snow

TESTIMONIALS:

“This class has been a turning point in my photography journey.” – Megan Hoffman

“I LOVED the live shoots! It’s so helpful to watch you in action, and have you explain what you are doing and why! I will never look at light the same! This class is a MUST! My confidence level is so much better after what I have learned in Natural Light!” -Ann White

“I learned heaps about how to manage and not be afraid of shooting in different light circumstances. Especially shooting in dappled light, loved that. I’m more confident in knowing how I can shoot no matter what the weather conditions are.” -Michele Bird

“I am a visual learner and it was so great to see Brooke in action, seeing her deal with everyday circumstances and how she problem solves. I really appreciate everything that she has taught and the genuine person that she is.” – Raini Castro

“One thing I’ve improved on is to cut back on my editing time considerably because now I make better use of the available light.” -Sandra Armenteros

“After taking this course I am so much more confident of a photographer. I am able to look at and for the light and know what I need to do in order to get the picture I want.” -Cindy Berning

“I thought I was pretty aware of the light around me, and was pleasantly surprised to be introduced to light at a whole other level! I am now always looking at the quality of the light around me.” -Thelma Achamire

“I learned heaps about how to manage and not be afraid of shooting in different light circumstances. Especially how to shoot in dappled light, loved that. I’m more confident in knowing how I can shoot no matter what the weather conditions are.” – Michele Bird

About Brooke:  Brooke Snow has been a professional photography educator since 2009, and has become known for her interactive online teaching style through the use of video and live demonstration. Her favorite things to photograph include laughter and adventure.  She loves life in the rural countryside and lives with her husband and rambunctious 3 year old son in Northern Utah.

Visit Brooke at her WEBSITE | FACEBOOK pages today!

Registration is OPEN to ALL!

This workshop is offered for the Rock the Shot Forum Members price of $185 for Full Participation Registration and $150 for *Study-Along Registration

If you are a current member of Rock the Shot Forum, please register HERE. Under the “Add/Renew Subscription” tab, you may add the workshop.

This workshop is offered for the Non-Members price of $210 for Full Participation Registration and $175 for *Study-Along Registration

Non-members may register HERE, and receive FREE access to the forum for the duration of the workshop

(total class size will be limited to 35 Full-Participants and 45 Study-Along Participants)

*Study-Along registrants will have full access to the materials, and may study along; however, will not be able to post questions or photos for critique.

The workshop will begin on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014. See you then!

Please note: Workshop seats are non-refundable, and non-transferrable

NOTE: After you complete registration you will receive an automatic email with further details for the workshop (please check your spam box if you do not receive this email). We will also send out an email welcome packet one week prior to the start of the workshop. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email support@rocktheshotforum.com

Enter below for a chance to win a FREE Full-Participation Seat for the Natural Light Workshop:

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Hurry! Giveaway ends on Monday, October 6th. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 7th.

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