Introducing: Elise Travis Photography
How long have you been in the business?
Can you tell us about this first picture?
Oh goodness! This was one of the first newborns I worked with. She was such a sweet, sleepy baby, and I can remember thinking I had totally nailed her session – and this pose. I’m still not sure which pose I was going for! I had converted a part of my dining room into a makeshift studio, and with the help of my husband, built a newborn stand out of PVC. I was ready to take over the newborn photography world!
Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it?
Aside from the perfect, beautiful baby in this image, there isn’t a whole lot that is right about it! The lighting is flat and one dimensional. The best part of photographing a tiny newborn is capturing the little details of their face, all of which are lost in this image due to the flat lighting. The white balance and skin tone are all over the map, and I committed the sin of limb chopping! I’ve also learned that less is WAY more in terms of using props with newborns.
Can you tell us about this second picture?
This image was captured on a warm summer evening, just as the sun was beginning to set. This is still to-date one of my favorite images. There is something about the way the little boy is smiling so brightly from his eyes that really draws me into this image. I love the contrast between the dark tree line and the warm golden light. It was around this point that I finally became more confident with interacting with my young clients. I became less focused on grabbing that “perfect” smile and more interested in capturing their true spirit.
What is one of the biggest things that contributed to your growth as a Photographer?
I started listening to my own voice as an artist. When I first started out on this journey, I felt like I had to fit into a certain box and produce images that didn’t necessarily speak to me. At the time, Pinterest was my biggest source of inspiration, which is like a giant rabbit hole when you are Photographer. Just over a year ago, I really started working on personal side projects, and in doing so, I learned so much about the kind of work I love and what I feel I am good at.
Thank you for sharing, Elise! Beautiful improvement.
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