We are so excited to welcome the amazingly talented Heather Ellis to the Blog! Take a moment to learn more about her amazing wedding photography, and be sure to visit her website Heather Ellis Photography. Thank you so much Heather for taking the time to share your work with us today!
Where did your inspiration for photography begin?
I have always loved photography. I was the kid who always carried around a camera and took pictures of everything. I have thousands of photos from my childhood, and looking back through those memories is one of my favorite things to do. Eventually I realized that I wanted to help others capture their memories too!
How would you describe your photography style?
My style is very classic and timeless. I like to use color and light in my images to help tell the story, and my goal is to capture the happiness and love that my clients are feeling.
Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?
I have my Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, which has proven invaluable to me as I have started my own business. I have learned the photography aspect in classes taught by other photographers and through a lot of personal study and practice.
Do you shoot Canon or Nikon, and what is your favorite lens?
I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III and my favorite lens is the Canon 135 f/2.
Do you have any tips for photographers on how to find the light?
Light can be used in so many different ways to enhance an image. You can get a dramatic effect by placing your subjects in full sun, or you can get more of a dreamy effect through back lighting. I personally tend to back light my subjects, and love to shoot early in the morning or in the evening to help soften the light my images and give that romantic glow. But because you can’t control the light, I have learned how to shoot at all times of the day, with and without flash. The biggest tip I can give is to use back lighting in the middle of the day. The sun is rarely directly overhead, so turn your subject so that their back is facing the sun. Even if it’s just slightly behind them, you will get even light on their face at most any time of day and avoid harsh under-eye shadows.
What is your favorite subject to photograph?
I love shooting couples and weddings, because the emotion they radiate is so genuine. It makes my job easy when two people look at each other and are madly in love.
What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or in your business?
This year I have finally let go and realized that I don’t have to take every client that comes my way. I don’t need to take sessions that I don’t love (such as newborns), and I can focus on only shooting the things that I am passionate about. It has allowed me to be more creative and enjoy my work again. It also helps me attract more of my ideal clients, since those are the sessions that I am putting out there. It has been a very freeing year!
If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?
I believe that the most important aspect of photography is the business side of it. You can be the best photographer in the world, but if you don’t how to run a business successfully, you will fail. You need to take business classes, learn about taxes, register your business, get insurance, market yourself, and learn how to become profitable. It’s a lot of hard work, but if you have that business knowledge you will be well ahead of other photographers trying to break into the market.
What do you love most about being a photographer?
My very favorite thing about being a photographer is getting to meet so many wonderful people. My brides and grooms become my friends, and we spend most of our sessions laughing together and just having fun. I still keep in touch with all of my past clients and love all of the lasting friendships I have made.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I want to be doing the exact same thing I am doing now. As long as I get to continue being a mother, wife, and photographer, I will be happy!
About the Artist: Heather is a wedding and family photographer in Lehi, Utah. She is married with a five year old son, and she loves to spend time with her family. She has been a professional photographer for five years and has loved growing a successful business that also allows her to be home with her son. As a photographer, she strives to take classic, timeless images that capture the emotions of the moment. In her spare time, she loves to sing, play the piano, and watch too much TV!