Introducing: Nicole Lopez Photography

How long have you been in the business?

2.5 years.

Can you tell us about this first picture?

This image is of my very first senior that I photographed after getting my DSLR. This shot was actually my favorite from his entire session. I loved the “cool” action that I used on it, haha!

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Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it?

Oh boy, first, the white balance. Could this be any more blue? And also the highlights on his jeans and dead grass distract me. The pose could be better if I had positioned him more in the frame of the door behind him, and shot him straight on instead of at an angle like he is in the photo.

Can you tell us about this second picture?

This is my favorite photo from my most recent senior session. I love so many things about it – especially that people think I used a backdrop or blue gels for the background, but it’s actually just a blue dumpster! I love that it broke the typical rule of thirds rule. Even though it’s a centered image, I feel it’s still very powerful and it wow’d me when I saw I had captured it.

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What is one of the biggest things that contributed to your growth as a photographer? 

Honestly – TONS of studying and practicing! I am CONSTANTLY reading and learning, and then I practice what I learned. I am not afraid to try new things. I have a true passion for becoming better than I was yesterday and for increasing my technical knowledge. I love getting together with my fellow photog friends and bouncing ideas off them and getting their feedback. It’s invaluable.

Thanks, Nicole! I can tell that all of your practicing and studying has helped you create beautiful memories! Your “Now” photo is just gorgeous! 

Where do you go to learn more about photography? Who do you go to for feedback and ideas on how to improve?

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