Photographer Spotlight: Ali Lauren

We are so excited to welcome the fabulously talented Ali Lauren to the Rock the Shot Blog! Take a moment to learn more about her beautiful wedding photography, and be sure to visit her website Ali Lauren Photography. Thank you so much Ali for taking the time to share your work with us today!

Where did your inspiration for photography begin?
When I was young I sang for a competitive, travelling choir and I was fortunate enough to join them on many trips over the years. Because I was young and without a job to save spending money, my favorite souvenirs to bring home were my photographs. At the time I was working with an automatic point and shoot camera (barely one step up from a disposable), and while I didn’t have a very strong grasp of photography at that point in my life, I worked hard to document my trips in a manner that would preserve those adventures and memories.

How would you describe your photography style?
I was 18 years old when I started to get serious about photography and began to learn on a 1984 Pentax ME Super which was gifted to me.  After I developed my first roll of film I fell in love with the medium. Even though I’m shooting primarily digital today, I feel my style emulates the look and feel of film.

Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?
I enrolled in a few beginner photography classes where I learned to shoot in manual and with film. Since then, I’ve made it a point to shoot every single day, and attend workshops and photography conventions whenever possible.

What brand/model camera do you shoot, and what is your favorite lens?
My digital gear is all Nikon and I’m currently shooting with a Nikon Df on one hip and a D750 on the other.  All of my film gear is Pentax and my favorite film camera is definitely the Asahi Pentax 67. And, while I don’t use it as often as I wish I did, the Nikkor 85mm tilt-shift is my favorite lens, but you can’t go wrong with a nifty fifty!

Do you have any tips for photographers on how to find the light?
Sit and observe. Go on solo photo walks and take note of how the light is hitting the trees, grass, pavement etc. Watch for surfaces which act as natural reflects and those that suck up the light. The more time you spend simply observing light, the more quickly you’ll become better acquainted with one another.

What is your favorite subject to photograph?
I have a soft spot for red hair and freckles!

What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or in your business?
Over the years, the most important thing I learned is the power of ‘word of mouth’. Nearly all of my business stems from word of mouth referrals from past clients. I genuinely love and appreciate each and every client who comes my way and I do my best to ensure they all know it.

If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?
Business! I know, this is the last thing a ‘creative’ wants to talk about, but it’s so important. The business side of things is something I struggle with, and from what I’ve heard, I’m not the only one. Everything from taxes and insurance to marketing and SEO can be overwhelming, but to build a successful business it’s imperative to learn these things (or hire it out). Over the last few years I’ve made it a point to learn all-things business related and continue to read as many articles and books as I can get my hands on!

What do you love most about being photographer?
I love that photography has allowed me to create a career unique to me and my strengths and weaknesses. I’m able to express myself creatively every single day and it’s wonderful.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hand-in-hand with my husband, exploring the world, taking photos and writing stories about our adventures. At least that’s where I’ll be in five years!

About the Artist: I am an animal-loving, travel-addicted, tea-drinking, novel-reading, nerd.  I am wife to one of the most amazing and supportive men you will ever meet and proud mother to a handful of beautiful (but often smelly) fur-babies.  My savings are spent on vintage books, over-priced Starbucks drinks, Martha Stewart magazines, and the best chocolate I can get my hands on.  I love Edgar Allan Poe and Angela Lansbury a bit more than I should probably admit to and often turn to their work for comfort and inspiration.

Visit Ali at her WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK pages

June Photo Challenge: Summer Fun

Photo Credit:  Keila June Photography – winner of our Summer Fun Challenge 2013

Summer is finally HERE – time for some fun in the sun.  This month, share one of your favorite “SUMMER FUN” images with us!  There are no specific rules for this challenge, you may interpret the theme in any way you wish.  Everyone is invited to participate!

Special thanks to our very generous sponsors for the FABULOUS prizes for this months challenge!

Here are the prizes you can win:

1st Place PRIZE: A Year Subscription to Galler.ee {$240 Value}

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Galler.ee provides photographers with the world’s best design templates and studio tools for only $20/month, with a new product released weekly.
2nd Place PRIZE: Block and Box Package from Simply Color Lab {$170 Value}

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1 8×10 Album Block with 20 Fine Art Mounted prints and 1 8×10 Image Box with 20 Fine Art Mounted prints

Album Blocks: Don’t hide the album in a drawer…Create a rotating display of fine art mounted prints. Includes a beautiful solid wood base in 4 colors or stains. A solid styrene mount that won’t warp over time, allows your clients to keep your images out in the open where they belong. Perfect for the client that can’t choose just one image for display.  Available in 5×7, 8×8  or 8×10 print sizes with either 10 or 20 prints.

Image Boxes: Deliver and store proof prints or fine art mounted prints in our best in the industry solid wood boxes.  Each available in 4 cover mediums, Printed Paper or Canvas, Fabric, or Leather.  Holds from 10 Mounted Prints to 200 Paper Prints.  Each box is handcrafted for the most professional presentation and includes a magnetic closure and black satin ribbon pull.

3rd Place PRIZE: $150 Gift Certificate to Handcrafted Crowns

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Handcrafted Crowns offers elegant photography props perfect for newborn, baby and children fine art portraiture. We have a variety of prop goodies from crowns, tiebacks, wraps and posing fabrics.

Here are the details for entering your submission:

1. Create a post on your blog and include ONE photo submission for the challenge. If you like, include some fun facts about the photo, and any tips or tricks you might like to share about how you captured and/or processed your image.  For this month’s submission, there are no requirements – you may interpret the theme in any way you wish.
2. Include the Rock the Shot Button and type the link www.rocktheshotforum.com in your post. DO NOT include http://
3. You can also link your submission from public Facebook pages, Flickr, Pinterest, etc. Just be sure to include the link www.rocktheshotforum.com within your post. If you are having trouble with this method, check out our step-by-step video tutorial HERE 
4. Submit the link to your post using the InLinkz button below. You must submit the actual post link (permalink), not just your website URL. NOTE: do not include http:// in your link
5. You may submit your photo at any time during the challenge – the deadline for this month’s submission is Tuesday, June 30th, at 11:59pm CST.
6. The winners will be announced on Friday, July 3rd, 2015.

LEGAL STUFF: This promotion is in NO WAY sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You will NOT be notified publicly via Facebook if you are a winner. You MUST be 18 to participate. By entering this giveaway, you are providing information to Rock the Shot and NOT to Facebook. Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items.

By submitting your photo, you grant Rock the Shot permission to re-post your photo on our blog and/or Facebook page.

Photographer Spotlight: Amie Pendle

We are so excited to welcome the amazingly talented Amie Pendle to the Rock the Shot Blog! Take a moment to learn more about her beautiful natural light Lifestyle photography, and be sure to visit her website Amie Pendle Photography. Thank you so much Amie for taking the time to share your work with us today!

Where did your inspiration for photography begin?
I think my inspiration began like a lot of other photographers. The arrival of my first baby in 2005. I took photography in High School, but it was film. And the idea of being in a dark room, or rolling my own film in a black out closet gave me such anxiety! When DSLRs came out it sparked that inner flame again, minus the stress!

How would you describe your photography style?
I’ve honestly never been able to describe it. I feel like every session, every client provokes a new experience and brings new life into my images. I let my setting and subjects dictate what art is created.

Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?
I’m one hundred percent self taught! And super proud of it! I pushed myself to learn as much as possible, as fast as possible! There’s so much free information on the web! It’s just a matter of taking the time, soaking it in and applying it!

What brand/model camera do you shoot, and what is your favorite lens?
I shoot with a Cannon Mark II. I love it because I know it like the back of my hand! My favorite lens is by far the Sigma 50mm 1.4 ART. I’m a prime girl all the way!

Do you have any tips for photographers on how to find the light?
Finding light is easy,. Harnessing it and using it the right way can feel tricky, but you should never be scared of it! In midday I’ll use my polarizer. In the evenings, I’ll shoot straight into the setting sun! Indoors I place my subject in the best indirect lighting and adjust my settings on my camera to it.

What is your favorite subject to photograph?
Hands down Boudoir! I’ve developed a system and a style in my studio that I feel woman want. Is modest enough to not frighten their children in 35 years should they stumble across mom’s little black  book, yet makes them feel naturally beautiful and sexy!

What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or in your business?
That it’s okay to charge what you’re worth. I’ve heard it before. And figuring out my self worth has taken a long time. I always feel like I’m learning and I’d say, ” When every shot is a perfect shot, I’ll bump my price!” and that is SO not necessary!

If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?
I tell my husband sometimes that I would never want my daughter to be a photographer. There’s heartbreak, stress, disappointments. But there is also so much appreciation, love and sometimes the photos you take are the only things families have left. What we do is important. Even if you do it as a hobbyist, take the time to really learn the fundamentals. Support other photographers when you can, and value yourself!

What do you love most about being a photographer?
Being able to express my creative side! Being able to take great photos of my family! And all the doors it’s opened for me!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I am currently working on a new project called The Freelance Creatives. A website dedicated to encouraging & inspiring all woman with a creative soul. Cause in the end we may be photographers, but we’re also SO much more! Bakers, Mommies, fashionistas etc. In 5 years I see myself putting all I’ve ever learned from my camera back into a bigger and brighter career shooting for myself and teaching!

About the Artist: Married mommy of two, Amie wakes up everyday, has about a hundred cups of coffee and starts working her never ending to-do list, mostly consisting of creative ideas and projects she’s found on Pinterest. She has a studio space on her property that has been customized to her liking where she enjoys photographing boudoir, maternity, children and babies. Always a big dreamer and never content sitting in one spot, happy to talk photography with anyone who will listen!

Visit Amy at her WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM pages

May Photo Challenge Winners

We are so thrilled today to announce the WINNING photos for our May Photo Challenge.  Our theme last month was “Reflection”, and the images were absolutely WONDERFUL!  We want to thank all of our readers who submitted entries for the challenge, and a HUGE THANK YOU to our fabulous sponsors Simply Color Lab; JoTotes and Nested Company for their generous prize donations to the challenge this month.

Here are our winners for the “Reflection” photo challenge:

1st Prize: #26 by Jessica Warhol Photography

2nd Prize: #16 by Family Art Photo

3rd Prize: #30 by Loren Adair Rosado

Honorable mention 1 #21 by Julie Ann Photos

Honorable mention 2: #3 Carrie Anne Photography


If you’re one of our top five, proudly display the button “Top 5 Photo” button on your blog and Facebook pages. This button can be found HERE.

Winners, please contact Kathy at kathy@rocktheshotforum.com

Thanks to everyone who entered, and STAY TUNED for our June Photo Challenge…

Photographer Spotlight: Lena Mirisola

We are so excited to welcome the amazingly talented Lena Mirisola to the Rock the Shot Blog! Take a moment to learn more about her beautiful lifestyle and portrait photography, and be sure to visit her website at Lena Mirisola Photography. Thank you so much Lena for taking the time to share your work with us today!

Where did your inspiration for photography begin?
I took thousands of photos of my friends with a point and shoot. I started setting up shoots, experimenting, even faking sick from school when I got a new idea. Although they were truly terrible photos, my camera was on my hand at all times and it was truly beneficial.

How would you describe your photography style?
Authentic. Full of life. A little wild. Colorful!

Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?
Self taught – I’m technically at MassArt for photography right now, but I’m shooting B&W large format 4×5 and B&W medium format as well. All analog darkroom work – all my knowledge of photography and the commercial industry was developed years before I came to school. I also am fortunate enough to have an amazing mentor, Barbara Peacock, who has elevated me to places I could have never imagined.

What brand/model camera do you shoot, and what is your favorite lens?
CANON! I shoot with the 5D Mark III, and my favorite is definitely the 50mm f/1.2.

Do you have any tips for photographers on how to find the light?
See with your eyes first. Light is everywhere! Master backlighting, #harshlightdoneright, delicious flare… pick up your camera and photograph a subject from all different angles and all different types of light, adjust your settings through trial and error, and PRACTICE! The more you do it, the better you will be at looking at a place and knowing exactly where to put your model for the type of shot you’re going for.

What is your favorite subject to photograph?
People – young women especially.

What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or in your business?
Get gear insurance NOW. Right now. Reply to brides within 24 hours. Don’t hold back using smiley faces and exclamation points in emails… be yourself and be real, not just “businessey”. Experiment with different lighting. Be organized – calendars, reminders and to-do lists are your friends!

If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?
Learning how to work with models to help them be natural in front of the camera and how to have FUN on a shoot!

What do you love most about being a photographer?
Everything. I can’t imagine life without my photography wired mind. Photographers see the world differently, no cliche intended – we have a deep love of light, and form, and beauty in hidden places. I just love being passionate about something so wonderful.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Living in NYC or LA, as a freelance photographer shooting advertising campaigns, maybe doing some art directing at an agency, but definitely with a fantastically decorated apartment.

About the Artist: With a precocious eye and a love for people & light, Lena Mirisola turned her passion into a wedding & portrait business at the ripe age of fifteen in 2010. Currently studying at Massachusetts College of Art & Design, her commercial client list includes The New York Times, The Boston Globe, AOL, Citibank, The New Yorker, Microsoft, and  more. For her personal body of work, she shoots 35mm color, black & white medium format & 4×5 large format, hand developing her film and printing analog in the darkroom. That is, of course, when she isn’t sipping tea in Chinatown.

Visit Lena at her WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER pages

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