The life of a photographer entails capturing 'those heartfelt moments' in people's lives.
It's freezing a moment of time so that it can never be forgotten, it's capturing the beauty of life's elements through a lens, it's enticing emotion, imagination and thought process through visual stimulation.
It's an art, unique in itself, and no two photographer's are the same.
In our Life of a Photographer series we talk to Dubbo based photographers about what life behind the lens is like.
This week we spoke to Jasmine Middleton.
Q: When did you become a photographer and what inspired you?
A: I first started my business back in 2018, I have always enjoyed using my camera and taking photos at family events. Only that I got into a little bit of trouble from my husband about not using my camera so often is when I decided to offer family photos to people other than my family and friends. So we could say my husband "inspired" me to do something with the passion I have for photography.
Q: What is your favourite thing about photography?
A: I love meeting new people and building relationships with all my returning clients.
Q: How would you best describe your style?
A: I started out with the idea I'll purely be an outdoor family photographer. I have since done a couple of small weddings and newborn lifestyle sessions along with maternity and a few small events so I don't have a style as such but my main focus of family sessions is outdoor and natural styles.
Q: Are there any challenges photographers face that the general public isn't aware of?
A: Continuous bookings. I work full time in a completely different role (not even close to photography) due to the fact I don't think I could rely on photography and the business it brings. If I can never cater for someone I always refer a few other photographers locally as I know how hard times can be sometimes. Also the weather, being an outdoor photographer, the weather is a challenge.
Q: Can you describe any images you've captured during your career that will forever hold a special place in your heart and why?
A: I actually have two sessions that will stay in my heart. I had a family session with a client who has an unwell father, on his bucket list was family photos. I know the photos I captured were meaningful to the client and her family as they were to me also as I had the privilege to freeze the moment in time and give everlasting memories.
Q: What does capturing a moment in time mean to you?
A: My last answer basically answers this question. But I also like weddings, christenings. Newborn lifestyle they are all moments that will be a tad hard to remember exact details. Being there to photograph these occasions are capturing moments in time.
Q: What does a day in the life of a photographer look like?
A: For me personally, it's a normal day of my life. When I finish my full time job I will either go out and capture photos for clients or be editing. Though our lives are just like any others .
Q: How do you come up with different settings for images?
A: I won't lie, there is one spot I always go back too, the scenery might be the same though the sunsets / overcast skies / dusty roads are never the same and can make one image look completely different to the last session I had there. I am about to venture into something a tad different and this will involve me shooting indoors so I will be purchasing a few different backdrops.
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Q: Is there anything about the Central West that provides photographers with unique opportunities such as our sunsets or specific landscapes?
A: Sunsets are a big one. We have views that go on for days unlike the city where the buildings are so high! We also have old rustic styled venues that are harder to find in places like Sydney.
Q: Any advice for those who aspire to become photographers?
A: Follow your dream and just remember, you may not have the same knowledge as the photographers that are already established, but we all started in the same place. Never feel scared to ask another local photographer for advice either. And if you like your style stick with it! Also give it a go. If it's something your not sure about or think your not capable just do it your either going to love it or hate it.
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