If you’re looking for up and coming photographers, Airon Mothershed is one to watch out for! She has a variety of subjects she captures and does so with amazing talent! Plus she truly values education and investing in herself and it shines through in her photos! Airon was in my Perfect Portrait e-Course awhile back and since then has come forward with brilliant work every time I see her post her work! She has some great advice for new photographers like you and shares with you some of the resources that helped her progress quickly with her skills!
Describe your photography journey.
What (or who) was your inspiration for wanting to get into photography?
What type of photography do you enjoy the most and why?
My first love was landscape photography, and I feel that genre comes easiest to me. I can look at a landscape scene and instantly know how I want to frame it. However, my interests are varied, and I love to photograph whatever inspires me! I love to photograph my family. My little one isn’t very interested in posing for portraits, so I have to catch him in unexpected moments (and that means I have to work harder on my portrait work). But, I’ve also found I love photographing dogs and pets, in general. We don’t have any of our own, but a family at our church raises miniature schnauzers, and I love to photograph these amazing dogs! It’s so much fun, and the puppy snuggles are unbelievably awesome. The best part about not relying on my photography for a living is that it means I can photograph whatever gives me joy.
Where do you see yourself as a photographer in the next 5 years?
Hmm . . . good question! I would love to have some work published. I’d like to grow more in the craft — to the point that people see my work and say, “Wow! That’s awesome. Who is that photographer?!” I expect to retire from the military around that time frame, and perhaps that will provide a segue for photography to become at least a part-time business. I would love to travel more at that point and would especially love to photograph Antelope Canyon in Arizona. I would also love to learn OCF and learn how to do studio lighting.
What do you think your biggest struggles are as a photographer and what do you do to overcome them?
What is one piece of advice you would give to a brand new photographer?
Tell us some ways or places where you continue to learn more about photography (or editing)?
Do you have any funny or embarrassing moments to share about a time when you were out shooting?
Oh, wow . . . yes. Last year, I had a friend visiting, who was interested in learning more about photography. She brought her brand new DSLR, and I took her to a local national historical site at sunrise. Keep in mind that this historical site normally charges $50 for a professional photography license to shoot at this site. I had called the site ahead of time — several weeks earlier. I explained that we were not pros but hobbyists and wondered if the cost would be the same. The woman answering the phone stated not to worry about the fee; just to go out and enjoy it. So, we did . . . at sunrise. And, we met a somewhat surly ranger who immediately called the person that normally answers their phones, and she had no recollection of me or my phone call. We left shortly thereafter. Bottom line — even if you just do this as a hobby, always find out if you need a permit (or ask permission if it’s private property), and it’s not a bad idea to double check. I was so embarrassed!
Describe how you find inspiration in your work.
What tips do you have that would help others that are looking to advance their portrait photography skills?
I’ve found it helpful to follow lots of photographers on Instagram and Facebook that I admire. Many of their styles are not mine, but I still find beauty and inspiration in seeing how they photograph their subjects. It’s also helpful to join a couple of supportive photography forums or groups on Facebook — I encourage you to look for a “positive” one where the photographers seek to mentor and help.
How would you describe your style?
Where can we find you? Do you have a website or social media channel where people can follow you?
I have recently started an Instagram page for my photography @naturegrl94. I’m still building it, so please be patient!
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