Photographer Interview ::: Velvet Owl Photography

This Washington Photographer is one talented mama! Her pictures are full of light, color and beauty. She is such a sweetheart and truly loves her job as an artist. I am happy to share with you some great inspiration on the blog today. Make sure to take a look at her sight and blog as you will melt over her images!

Vancouver, Washington : Heidi Haden : Velvet Owl Photography Site : Velvet Owl Photography Blog

1a. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a happy, positive, passionate, quirky, laughs at anything, sings every song on the radio, art loving FOOL! I’m a wife & a momma of 3 beautiful girls ( 5yr old, and twin 2.5yr olds)….my family is my world.

1b. How long have you been a professional photographer?

I’ve been doing photography professionally now for a little over 3 years, and it is my true passion for sure.

2. What do you photograph most of the time?

I primarily photograph engaged couples, weddings, high school seniors and families. 

3. If you could photograph anything you wanted, for yourself and creativity, what would it be?

I definitely love, love, love weddings! I love capturing the details, true connections and the overall excitement of the day . Okay, I really just love couples in general. Engagement sessions, maternity sessions, anniversary sessions…. I think I have a soft spot for them all.  I find being able to put my ideas and creative input into a couples session, whether it be a certain theme or use of unique props, really gives me that fulfillment. Of course I strive to create art that looks pretty,  but my ultimate goal is that it speaks with REAL genuine emotion…in every type of session I photograph.


4. How do you find inspiration?

I feel like I haven’t run out of inspiration yet. I’m not really sure where it comes from directly, but I’m sure that everything I enjoy and/or surround myself with, has something to do it. Fun-ness inspires me haha! My children, music of all kinds, nature, color, people watching, and my latest addiction to Pinterest! I often find myself enjoying an activity with my family or friends and think, “Hey, this is fun, it would also make a killer session!”   I have so many ideas & never enough time. I stay awake at night with ideas bouncing around in my head like sugar plums fairies…or something like that! 

5. What do you think makes a photographer successful in this industry?

I’d say skill, likability, business savvy, being relative and current, marketing, blogging and creativity. Bottom line, if you are good at what you do, they will come. When they find their way to your inbox, RESPOND! I can’t tell you how many people have written me thanking me for how I run my business and telling me the troubles they had had with past photogs who simply ended up being flaky and unprofessional.

Being current is also a big part of it. I want to attract people who are in love with my work, not people who are just shopping by price. I want people to fall in love with my images. To draw those clients in, I need to keep my work up to date and show it, and show it often, on facebook, as well as my blog. Once they see enough of your stuff, and consistency in how good your work is, they will know you are worth the investment. Keep things interesting, fresh and up to date.

6. If you could offer your two cents on business advice, what would it be?

Be in control of your business, don’t let it control you. Try to stay organized. Balance is key. Know how much you can handle, and don’t take on what you can’t. Don’t be afraid to say “no” to clients who won’t be a good fit for your style.  Don’t worry about what others in the business are doing, stop obsessing over other photographers blogs. Be yourself. Create your own art that speaks to you and makes you satisfied as well as your followers. 

7. What body and lenses do you use most or are your favorite?

Nikon D700 and I love my prime lenses for portrait sessions  (50 mm 1.4 or 85mm) For weddings, I’m glad to have a couple ‘big dog’ lenses. My 70mm-200 and my 24-70 are both used quite frequently on wedding days! Thankfully I got a new Kelly Moore camera bag this year and it fits my favorites quite nicely ;)



 I think that there is some really important advice in this interview! Thanks for reading and why not leave her some comment love below? :)



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