Photographer Interview: Julie Doolittle Of Santa Fe, NM
Q: What does photography mean to you?
A: It is an expression, an art form, a way of speaking to every person with a simple frame captured at the right moment.
Q: Can you recall the first photo you took that made you go WOW!?
A: I took a photo at Christmas time downtown of a shop window…breathtaking!
Q: Do you like to talk about yourself or your pictures? If yes, about what aspects of photography? If no, why?
A: I like to talk about myself ;) and my photos. I like to understand what others see and like about the photos that I take and why or why not.
Q: How would you describe your attention span?
A: Intense but short bursts. :) I like such a broad spectrum of things that I flit about a little bit like a butterfly sometimes. :)
Q: When did you decide to become a photographer?
A: When I realized that I could capture beauty in people that they couldn’t see themselves…about seven years ago or so.
Q: Do you have any formal training regarding photography?
Q: How technical is your photography?
A: Not technical at all. I’m all about expressing myself and taking every opportunity, more so than the technical side.
Q: How do you feel about cropping?
A: I try to take photos that don’t need cropping but in those rare instances, I’m not against using crop while editing.
Q: Where is your favorite place to live and work as a photographer in the World and why?
A: I’ve only lived in Santa Fe…but I would love to try nature photography in the redwoods.
Q: Define the word “beauty”!
A: Triggering an emotion, a reaction, deep within the soul, that takes the breath away. Simply put: beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Q: How does your personality change when you look through the camera?
A: I am so eclectic in the realm of my personality, so it comes out through my photos, more so than changes when I take them, though I am more daring in photos than in reality. :)
Q: How do you feel about missed shots which cannot be recreated?
A: Very sad and disheartened, but it inspires me to be more aware and quicker to react in the future.
Q: Ever concerned about failure?
A: I use to be, but I consider it a learning experience that can’t be avoided. That is why I don’t delete ‘bad’ photos…I learn why they are bad and make myself aware of those errors in future shots.
Q: What are the biggest personal or professional challenges you face on a daily basis?
A: I don’t have the time to go out and take photos on a daily basis, though I’d like to.
Q: What has been the single biggest obstacle against growing as a photographer in whole?
A: Financial limitations in regards to equipment and training
Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
A: Flowers and people
Q: Have you ever thought about or actually stopped doing photography? What were the circumstances?
A: I went through a time in my life when I lost a lot and struggled with my worth in the world…I didn’t take so many photos then.
Q: Do you ever have
photographer’s block and if yes how do you deal with it?
A: I just snap away until something works…or until an idea comes that inspires me for future shoots. I create an opportunity.
Q: What types of assignments are you attracted most?
A: Portraits for special events like senior photos and weddings
Q: Describe what black and white photography means to you?
A: Black and white photography is a chance to express the photo, the emotion, without the distraction and ‘busyness’ of color.
Q: Do you think of yourself as an artist and what do you think of the word artist?
A: I think of myself as an artist because photography is art, an expression of sight through anothers eyes.
Q: How do you describe your photographic style?
A: Artistic and fun…I let the subject be who they are, shine through the lens.
Q: What has been the most surprising or most predictable reaction to your photographs?
A: Surprising is when they are loved and fawned over…I can be overly critical of my own work.
Q: Tell a little secret about yourself that no-one knows …
A: I like too many things, leaving me with too many options, and so I have nothing I’m completely sold out for.
Q: Who or what would you love to shoot that you haven’t already?
A: I’d like to photograph a moose in Alaska…I like moose. :)
Q: What would you have done differently during your photography career so far and could this be an advice to others?
A: I would have pursued it with more single minded determination and passion.
Q: What are your thoughts on the paparazzi and their effects on photographers and photography?
A: If people stopped paying for the shots of celebrities living their lives, paparazzi would cease to exist. So, who is truly to blame?
Q: How do you feel about digital manipulation and to what extent do you utilize it?
A: I like digital manipulation when it accents the shot, but not when it makes it something it isn’t, and definitely not the way magazine ads use it to create false perfection.
Q: What other thoughts would you like to share?
A: I think that photography should be emphasized more with younger generations.
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