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Student Spotlight: Meet Colleen Channer

Looking for inspiration with your photography? Colleen Chaneer is a photographer to watch for! Colleen has been a student and member in the Cozy Clicks editing courses and her work has quickly progressed as she captures gorgeous portraits that have a beautiful editorial style. Come learn a little more about photographer, Colleen Channer and learn the advice she has for new photographers out there!

Describe your photography journey.

I was always fascinated with photography since I was about 9 years old. I got my first camera, a point and shoot that Christmas. When I went college, my interest peaked again and I took a couple of film photography classes. At the time I was a dance major, and I was dissuaded from pursuing any major in the arts so I changed my major and ended up becoming a lawyer. After years of practicing law, I yearned to get back into anything artistic. Each year, I create a vision board and every year, unconsciously, I put a camera in the section of wants and desires. So when I had money in my budget, it bought a Canon 77d last May and fell in love with photography all over again. My goal is to become a professional portrait photographer.

What (or who) was your inspiration for wanting to get into photography?

My friend Carolyn who quit her banking job and became a professional family portrait photographer and she is extremely happy with her new career.

What type of photography do you enjoy the most and why?

Couples photography

Where do you see yourself as a photographer in the next 5 years?

I want to have my own studio.

What do you think your biggest struggles are as a photographer and what do you do to overcome them?

There are so many. The cost of equipment and trying not to compare myself to other photographers are the biggest.

What is one piece of advice you would give to a brand new photographer?

Keep practicing. Practice on your children, other family and friends. I’ve even practiced with a soda bottle.

Tell us a little bit about the gear you use.

I recently purchased a friend’s Canon 5D Mk III. Since I was using a 77d, I bought a used Tamron 24-60 G2 and a Canon 70-200 USM II

Tell us some ways or places where you continue to learn more about photography (or editing)?

I follow many photographers on YouTube and Instagram. I began learning Photoshop over the summer at classes given by my local camera store. I’m struggling with finding a style but I will get there.

Do you have any funny or embarrassing moments to share about a time when you were out shooting?

In the midst of trying to take a photo of my daughter and reluctant cousin, I realized there wasn’t a memory card in my camera

Describe how you find inspiration in your work.

This is a difficult question. What inspires me is my desire to get better. Because of my “day” job, it’s difficult to shoot every day. So I try to get out there and shoot every weekend

What tips do you have that would help others that are looking to advance their portrait photography skills?

Learn how to edit skin.

How would you describe your style?

I don’t think I have one yet!

Where can we find you? Do you have a website or social media channel where people can follow you?

Instagram- @cchanner12

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