We are so excited to welcome the amazingly talented Erin Neace to the Rock the Shot Blog! Take a moment to learn more about her beautiful photography, and be sure to visit her website at Lux Senior Photography. Thank you so much Erin for taking the time to share your work with us today!
Where did your inspiration for photography begin?
My inspiration for photography began as a child in the 80s. My parents bought me a little 110 film camera and I took pictures of pretty much everything in my little world! My father was a photography enthusiast, and my favorite things were old family pictures. As I became an adult, that love for capturing the world as I saw it expanded to my children… I loved taking pictures of them, but I wanted to make more beautiful pictures. So I read books, and through trial and error and following good techniques I learned, I grew as a portrait photographer.
How would you describe your photography style?
I would describe my style as light, bright, airy, and natural. Although I guide my Senior girls to pose well for good photographs, I never put them in the stiff looking poses you sometimes see.
Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?
I am completely self taught – with only the help of the internet, books, and a few helpful hints from other photographers I know.
What brand/model camera do you shoot, and what is your favorite lens?
I shoot digital (95% of my client work) with a Canon 5D mark iii. I shoot film (mostly for personal work and styled shoots – but hopefully more in the future) with mainly my Pentax 645N. I also have 4 other film cameras. My favorite lens would have to be the Canon 85L for backlit shots and the Canon 135L for any other type of lighting situation.
Do you have any tips for photographers on how to find the light?
Open your eyes and study the world around you at all times of day. Whenever you see light that makes you want to sing – take note of it, shoot in it, experiment with it, play with it. Always use a model of some sort to practice in different lighting scenarios.
What is the most challenging thing about photographing seniors?
The most challenging thing about photographing seniors is making them feel comfortable and be themselves in front of the camera. Some of them are very natural with this, but most are not. I frequently show girls poses, how to move in front of the camera etc. by doing it first myself. If I can do it in front of them, then they will have less fear of looking awkward.
What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or in your business?
Set clear business hours and stick to them. Take time for yourself and know that you don’t always have to squeeze jobs in if it is running you ragged. If you have to take fewer sessions to make your life less hectic, don’t be afraid to raise your prices and give each client a more hands-on experience.
If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?
Learning how to shoot manual so you actually understand the nitty gritty of how and why settings work or don’t work. Know what depth of field is and the many ways to control it. Basically – the basics. Keep it simple and stop thinking that the next new set of actions will make your images look the way you want them to, just be a master of your craft and add those extra touches in AFTER you understand the basics.
What do you love most about being a photographer?
That moment when you take THE shot and gasp at the exact moment the shutter clicks; knowing you’ve just made magic happen.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself teaching more and shooting less. Taking even MORE time to set up the perfect session for each Senior – something that inspires us both.
About the Artist: Erin Neace is a natural light only senior portrait photographer based in Centerville, Ohio. Her work has been featured in various photography blogs and publications, including Senior Style Guide, Seniorologie, Pretty is Everywhere, Beyond the Wanderlust, Lemonade & Lenses Magazine, Chic Magazine, Denim + Grace and Belle Lumière (film).
Erin is married to her tall, dark, and handsome husband Jeff; and lives a fast-paced lifestyle with their three children and two dogs. A few of her favorite things are coffee, flip-flops in Summer, riding boots in Fall, white Christmases and lilac bushes in Spring…