Gina was nominated by
“Gina and Little Lubby Dubby Photography have inspired me to do MORE. To make my photography and my business BE more. She is a constant reminder that it is not always about the money. Our art and talents are a gift, and giving back is the best way to honor that! The way Gina does that is a true inspiration. The memories she helps preserve for thousands of families through The Tiny Footprint Project, as well as the gorgeous images she provides to the families through her “Pay What You Can” program is remarkable. Her passion for her clients and mostly the littles with special needs is so very evident in her work.” – Anneliese
How did you get started in photography? Or, tell us about the moment when you knew that photography was for you.
I actually got the “spark” when I was teaching in a Special Education classroom. Those big companies would come through for photos, and they just didn’t have the time to take time with my students. We’d get pictures back that just didn’t capture the kids’ personalities at all. It got so frustrating. So I started bringing my camera to work. I knew those kiddos’ joy and personalities and I became determined to capture that for their parents. I wanted those parents to have photos for their walls that showed their child’s personalities.
After years in the classroom and in clinical settings, I started really focusing on photography for kids with Special Needs. And, eventually some programs that helped to provide photography for children and their families who could otherwise not afford it due to the overwhelming expense of raising a child with exceptional medical and educational needs.
How did you figure out your Photography/editing style?
I’ll let you know when I figure it out.
What has been your biggest setback?
Marketing. It’s just so challenging. After a couple of cross-country moves, the challenge seemed to have doubled. It’s something that certainly needs to be a priority, I think. It’s one of my ongoing goals.
What gives you the passion to keep going?
Having a client tell me that I captured their kiddos’ spirit and personality. Best feeling ever. One parent solidified for me that I’m doing exactly what I’m meant to be doing when she said that she looks at my images and sees her child and his personality instead of his disability. That’s ultimately my goal in every single session. Regardless of the kiddo or their abilities. For me, it’s never about the outfit or the backdrop or a certain pose. It’s about seeing that child and their personality shine through in every image.
What is one thing you wish every Photographer knew?
That their images are meaningful. More meaningful than they may ever fully understand. Each time we capture that spark in our subject’s eyes or that “look” that is just theirs and theirs alone, we’re capturing something that can be cherished forever. We never know what the future is going to hold, but we’re given an opportunity, each time we pick up our cameras, to capture a moment of life. A moment that is meaningful.
What is a quote you live by?
Never give up.
I know that I have a long way to go with my photography and just in life. But, I also know how far I’ve come. There have been so many times that I have compared myself to others, and it’s just not about that. It’s about setting goals and dreaming big. And never giving up on those goals and dreams.
What is your next Photography goal?
To continue to improve my skills. I have a vision for what I want my photography to be, and it’s a work in progress, but I’m working hard to really get there. To get to that point where I can say, “yeah…THIS is what I set out to do. THIS is the me I really wanted to become” And, I’m sure, within a month of that, I’ll set a new goal. It’s just what I do.
What does real beauty mean to you?
I think real beauty is found in an attitude of joy and gratitude. I work with kiddos of all abilities, and I can honestly say that I’ve never met a child who isn’t joyful, no matter their limitations. They and their parents inspire me each and every time I am with them. They show me that real happiness and real beauty is found not in worrying about what could be, but instead cherishing each milestone, and every adventure, and finding joy in what is.
How do you instill real beauty into your clients?
Through play. Sit-on-the-ground-act-a-fool-sing-a-song PLAY. Sit-in-the-dirt-play-in-the-rocks-blow-dandelions PLAY.
I’m not going to lie. I get blurry shots more than I’d like to admit. Not because my settings aren’t right, but because I bounce out from behind my camera to play, then quickly bring it to my face to focus and capture those real emotions and moments. It’s one of the downfalls of play. Sometimes my fingers just aren’t quick enough to get perfect focus.
Luckily, once I build rapport, those genuine expressions come more quickly and naturally and I capture what I’m after.
Quick Fire Questions:
Favorite color? Red
Favorite lens? 70-200L for outdoor 24-70L for studio
Lightroom or Photoshop? Photoshop
Favorite midnight snack? Simple Nachos-Chips ‘n cheese
How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? 15 minutes (unless you ask my husband. He’ll say an hour)
If you were stranded on a desert Island and could only bring one thing, what would it be? My family (they come as a set…so they only count as one thing)
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