This weeks featured photographer is Susie Moore of Susie Moore Photography. Thank you Susie for sharing a little bit about yourself! Your work is amazing!
Website: Susie Moore Photography
Facebook: Susie Moore Photography
Tell us about you, your family and interests:
I am a wife, and mom to two grown boys. They are 22 and 24. I can hardly believe that! But it is because of them that I’m a photographer today. I always loved Photoshop and graphic design, and I designed digital scrapbooking supplies while my kids were in high school. After they graduated, I knew I had to get involved doing something other than being a mom, and though I was a registered nurse before I had kids, I knew I didn’t want to go back to nursing. I really loved photography, and was always the family photographer during my boys growing up years. So it only seemed natural to combine my love of all things Photoshop with photography! Besides photography, I like snow skiing, diet coke, Chipotle, Bible study, singing, and hanging out with my husband and family—not necessarily in that order!
What’s in your bag?
I’m a Canon girl. So in my bag is my trusty Canon 5D MarkIII, 85mm 1.2 lens, 135mm 2.0 lens, 70-200mm 2.8 lens, and a 50mm 1.2 that virtually never gets used. I also also have some extra CF cards, a Hoodman Optical Viewfinder (one of my best and most valuable purchases, ever!), a gray card, and a wide assortment of lip gloss!
What do you do to stay creative?
I am definitely inspired by other photographers, and if I see a good concept, I’ll try to figure out how to change it up to make it mine. I also pour over catalogs and magazines that I get in the mail for new and creative posing, or for different shooting angles that I haven’t thought of before. One of the most effective ways for me to stay creative is to schedule all of my shoots within a two week period each month so that I have at least one week a month where I’m not doing any shooting. If I don’t do this, I start to burn out, and my creativity goes down the toilet. Having that week off gives me a chance to recharge, and really look forward to the shoots that are coming up.
What does a typical day look like for you?
There IS no typical day anymore now that my children are grown and out of the house, but I’ll give it a try! Typically, I’m up at 6:00, and I’ll have some quiet time and do a devotional before breakfast. After that, I’ll usually spend the morning answering emails and getting some editing done. Since moving to the Indianapolis area, I’ve joined some philanthropic organizations, so many times I’ll have a meeting or have to serve in some capacity in the morning and my day will get flip flopped! If I have a shoot, we usually start with hair and makeup in the early afternoon and then shoot until dusk. One great thing about be empty nesters is that I don’t cook nearly as much as I used to, and my husband doesn’t mind going out for dinner a few nights a week (or more)! 😉 I love that! At night, I’m usually back on the computer editing or hanging out on Facebook (probably way too much!), or doing a little reading.
Please share one tip that has been helpful to you in your photography business:
By far, the most helpful thing for my business has been in-person ordering sessions! I can only imagine how low my sales would be if I just uploaded my client’s images to an online gallery, and hoped that they would buy my collections. I’m positive that it wouldn’t happen. I can’t count the number of times that my clients have been looking at one collection, and I was able to subtly prod them into my highest collection. I think when clients have me there for guidance, and they can see and touch all of my products, it makes all the difference in the world!