Photographer Interview: Captured Moments by SK In Tyler, Texas


Q: Do you like to talk about yourself or your pictures? If yes, about what aspects of photography? If no, why?

A: Yes! I love talking in general. I consider myself a novice photographer, because I have taken photographs for 10 years, but only started doing it professionally about 2 years ago. Photography to me is a work of art.

Anyone can use a paintbrush, but it takes someone will true talent to paint a masterpiece. Personally I am still perfecting my talent, so that I can capture a masterpiece!

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Q: How would you describe your attention span?
I have a very good attention span. I grew up as the oldest of 10 children, so I learned to juggle tasks and to pay attention very well.

Q: When did you decide to become a photographer?
About 2 years ago. It’s been a decision I’ve been in the process of making for several years, but when I traveled to Europe with a theater group (I was the photographer) the photographs I came back with settled it. I love capturing moments in digital, and decided it was what I wanted to do!

Q: What does photography mean to you?
Photography means a love of art. It means embracing your inner child and enjoying the aspects of life God created through a lens.

Q: Can you recall the first photo you took that made you go WOW!?
The very first photograph that “Wow’d” me was when I was 13 or 14 years old, photographing my little brother holding one of my show rabbits. I took it with my dad’s film Nikon SLR, and the color and expression took my breathe away.

Q: Do you have any formal training regarding photography?
No. Everything I learned is through personal experience, critique from other photographers, and online forums.

Q: How do you feel about cropping?
I crop photographs to get close, intimate shots.

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Q: Where is your favorite place to live and work as a photographer in the World and why?
Right here in my hometown of Tyler, TX. Reason why is there are two beautiful parks within 5 miles of my house that make for gorgeous photographs.

Q: Define the word “beauty”!
Pure, unblemished, Created bv God.

Q: What is your most favorite and least favorite word in photography or life? How do they make you feel?
Amatuer. I don’t like the word (although it has its place) because it sounds almost degrading,
like the person can’t do things a “professional” can.

Q: How does your personality change when you look through the camera?
I light up, get really excited, and focused on capturing what you would not expect.

Q: How do you feel about missed shots which cannot be recreated?
I am sad when this happens, but I work quickly to find another one to satisfy my want!

Q: Ever concerned about failure?
Sometimes, yes. But the recent compliments and praise from my clients had me realize my work impresses them and makes them smile, and that’s what its all really about.

Q: Who are your influences?
My father, who taught me to shoot using film.

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Q: What is your favorite image, either your own or someone else’s or both? Describe its creation or meaning to you?
The photograph of my little sister, with a slight smile on her face. It was taken at my grandma’s on Easter this year, and when I edited it into a black and white portrait, I was astonished by how beautiful a simple snapshot turned out.

Q: Describe a day in your personal or professional life.
My daily routine is to wake up with my husband, cook breakfast, send him to work, check online (and FB!) at craigslist, look at photographs ive taken, edit, make lunch, grocery shop or rest in the afternoon, make dinner, spend time with husband, and sleep!

Q: What are the biggest personal or professional challenges you face on a daily basis?
There are many great photographers in this part of East Texas, so I would say my challenge is
to find clients that aren’t already taken!

Q: What has been the single biggest obstacle against growing as a photographer in whole?
My pride and joy, my baby boy Kidron. I am pregnant with him, which will and has taken out
some opportunity’s as a photographer (like a wedding the week he is due). But I don’t mind, because I knew being a mother would take time out when I got into this business.

Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
Children and Brides. Children because they are so innocent and excited about life, and Brides because they have such love and joy that is shines through them.

Q: Have you ever thought about or actually stopped doing photography? What were the circumstances?
No, never! I love it too much.

Q: Describe what black and white photography means to you?
It means classy, contrast, and purity.

Q: Do you think of yourself as an artist and what do you think of the word artist?
I do. I believe I am an artist, simply given a moving canvas to work with. The word sounds,
artsy! Dignified, fun, a little crazy.

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Q: How do you describe your photographic style?
Natural, Angled, Fun.

Q: What has been the most surprising or most predictable reaction to your photographs?
When clients see the work, they are shocked at how “good” it is.

Q: Who or what would you love to shoot that you haven’t already?
Pregnant Mothers. I would love to shoot maternity photos.

Q: What would you have done differently during your photography career so far and could this be an advice to others?
I would have bought a tripod at the beginning. And a short lens. Both make a world of difference!

Q: What are your thoughts on the paparazzi and their effects on photographers and photography?
I know the things that can be done with a photograph to manipulate it, so I rarely take magazines seriously.

Q: How do you feel about digital manipulation and to what extent do you utilize it?
I use it to remove blemishes on skin, and un-wanted things in the background.

Q: What other thoughts would you like to share?
Photography is fun! Don’t ever let someone tell you that you “can’t” don something. You can do ANYTHING you put your mind and heart into.

Connect with Shanna-Kaye via her official website: Captured Moments by SK Photography.

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