We are so excited to welcome the wonderfully talented Courtney Blissett to the Blog! Take a moment to learn more about her beautiful child and family photography, and be sure to visit her website Bliss Photography. Thank you so much Courtney for taking the time to share your work with us today!
Where did your inspiration for photography begin?
My inspiration for photography began with my children. Six years ago, I bought my first DSLR camera and wanted to capture every moment of their lives since they grow so fast.
How would you describe your photography style?
I would say my photography style is about capturing family connections. Capturing the connection between parents and a child or the connection between siblings. When I photograph… I always try and capture the love between a family, the innocence of a child, or the spirit of a teenager. My editing style depends on my subject and their personality but I’d say I edit for bold, rich colors.
Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?
I have a business degree and I am self taught in photography.
What camera brand/model to you shoot, and what is your favorite lens?
I shoot with a Nikon D4S and almost always use my Nikon 200mm lens.
Do you have any tips for photographers on how to find the light?
I only like to shoot on sunny days. Being in Texas, we have very volatile seasons and unpredictable weather. I’ve been know to reschedule many shoots because it is overcast out. I love a beautiful, color bokeh and the catchlight in a subject’s eye. Shooting during the golden hour is my favorite time of day.
What is your favorite subject to photograph and why?
My favorite subject to photograph are definitely teen girls! I love photographing them because they usually love having their photo taken! I love all things girl-y and I honestly love to photograph girls of any age.
What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or in your business?
A very valuable lesson for myself has been understanding my value. It’s a very difficult concept for business owners for love their job! I love to photograph people but the time away from my family is very valuable to me. My kids are growing up so fast and to me… I’m a mom and wife first, and a photographer second.
If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?
For new photographers, I would encourage them to take a workshop or online class! You can learn so much from other photographers! I would also recommend taking a photoshop course. There are so many things to learn with photoshop and a good understanding of the basic tools will help you in the long run.
What do you love most about being a photographer?
What I love most about being a photographer is presenting my images to clients. Nothing makes me happier to see them happy and in love with their portraits.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I can’t wait to see my growth in 5 years! I love to look back at my portraits from 5 years ago and I’m amazed with all the changes in my photographs. My goal is to keep learning, keep practicing, and keep photographing.
About the Artist:
Hi, my name is Courtney Blissett and I own Bliss Photography in Dallas, Texas. I specialize in photographing families, children, newborns, and high school seniors. I have photographed over 40 covers of Suburban Parent Magazine, photographed several national clothing lines, and watched an endless amount of YouTube videos about photography! I live in a suburb of Dallas with my husband and 2 children. My son is 11 who you will rarely see in photographs (his choice!) and my daughter is 7 who is my go-to model for just about everything. I have amazing friends and family and my biggest fan is probably my Mom! I love to travel and learn everything photography. When I edit, I need a Diet Coke and I jam to the tunes of Michael Jackson, JT, or Adele.
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