Today’s interview is with the lovely and talented lady, Becky Earl. I have known Becky for several years I think, but we have never actually met in person. She is someone who is not afraid to change or do something different. Her beliefs are strong and she is a great example to other mama’s who take pictures. Lets get to know her a little bit!
I am married to a terrific guy who helped me have 4 beautiful children (whom I get to photograph all day long). I shoot film because I feel it shows my vision in such a beautiful and brutally real way. I live in the lovely state of Utah and could eat yummy Mexican food every day of my life.
I have been taking pictures for over four years now. I ran a business for about one and a half years and decided it wasn’t for me at this time. Running a business took all the fun and passion out of photography for me. I felt my work became boring and predictable and nothing I wanted to shoot. I was too concerned with pleasing the client and ended up resenting my camera. I put all that away and decided I wanted to shoot what I wanted to shoot and how I wanted to do it. I have become a better photographer because of it and am very happy.
Mostly? My four kids. But when I need a little something different I may do a model search. When I say model I don’t mean the Vogue kind. I just mean someone who has a unique look who doesn’t mind having fun in front of my camera. I never liked shooting newborns or toddlers, so if I photograph a kid they usually have to be at least 4 years old. I love shooting individuals. Never families and almost never couples. Its much easier for me to capture my connection one on one with someone rather then trying to get other people to connect and capture that.
Everything I shoot now! I love capturing my children. I really want to get better at capturing more artsy portraits of them. I am a horrible “lifestyle” photographer. So I love photographing them as they are now, in portraits.
My main source of inspiration is through light. I love seeing how light falls on everything. Whether it someones face, a mountain, through the clouds. It reminds me I am such a significant part in this beautiful world. It makes me happy and want to create.
Cliche, I know…but being YOURSELF! That is the ONLY way to succeed in this industry. Its not enough to be a really great photographer anymore. We can find that just about anywhere on the internet. The key is showing your vision in a unique way. And the only way to do that is to be true to your artistic self!
As said before, I am not currently in business, but if I could go back and tell myself one thing to help me succeed in my business it would be to FIND THE BALANCE. You will only have a successful business if you have balance in your life. Have work time and have home time. When you are at work, work but when you are home be at home.
Oh and stay off social media when you are supposed to be working…(is that even possible?)
I have three cameras that I use. My Polaroid 600SE which is SO.MUCH.FUN. My Contax 645 which is my workhorse. Its a medium format film camera and takes the most beautiful pictures ever! Then I have a medium format TLR camera, my Rolleiflex 3.5.
I have one lens that goes on my Contax 645 and that is my Carl Zeiss 80mm 2.0 lens.
Thanks Becky! <3 ya girl!