We are so excited to welcome the wonderfully talented Aubrey Jones to the Rock the Shot Blog! Take a moment to learn more about her beautiful wedding and senior portrait photography, and be sure to visit her website Aubrey Marie Photography. Thank you so much Aubrey for taking the time to share your work with us today!
Where did your inspiration for photography begin?
In college, I had a part time job working at a photography studio. My job basically consisted of cleaning, answering phones, clerical work – anything besides the photography side. But that’s where my interest was piqued.
How would you describe your photography style?
I would say fresh and classic with a focus on natural moments.
Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?
I actually graduated college with a degree in communications, which I think is helpful on the business side of my photography business. As far as the actual photography side, I am self taught.
What brand/model camera do you shoot, and what is your favorite lens?
I currently shoot with a Canon 5d MarkIII and I would have to say my favorite lens is the 50mm.
Do you have any tips for photographers on how to find the light?
Take the time to study all sorts of lighting situations. Pay attention to where light is coming from, how strong or soft it is, whether there’s any reflectors bouncing the light in a certain direction, what happens when you shoot from different angles, etc. The more you study and experiment, the more you’ll learn how to use the light to get the results you want.
What is your favorite subject to photograph?
Well, I only photograph weddings and high school seniors. I don’t know if I could choose between the two. The industry and the clients are always evolving and changing, so there’s always something new and exciting happening in both areas.
What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or in your business?
I can’t just cross my fingers and hope that opportunities will open up for me or new clients will come my way. I have to take action and sometimes get outside of my comfort zone to make things happen.
If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?
Just focus on yourself and your own work. Don’t obsess over what others are doing. You will drive yourself crazy constantly comparing your work to others.
What do you love most about being a photographer?
A few years ago, I photographed a wedding for a sweet family. The bride’s aunt had cancer, and even though she was sick and weak, she came to the wedding. Before the ceremony, I was able to capture a few sweet moments between the bride and her aunt. A few months later the aunt passed away and the bride sent me an email letting me know how much those photos meant to her and her family. That story is my reminder of why I do what I do.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
To be honest, I’m not quite sure. 2015 marks the fifth full year of my photography business. Five years ago, I had no clue I would be where I am today. Every day I just strive to be the most honest, hardworking woman I can be. I feel that as long as I continue to push myself, grow, and work hard, I’ll be successful – whatever that may mean for me at that time.
About the Artist: Based in her hometown of Oklahoma City, Aubrey Jones specializes in wedding and senior portrait photography. Her main focus is building great relationships with her clients, which allows her to capture natural moments on camera.