Today’s interview is with Lisa Tichané!
What gear do you shoot with?
A Canon 5D Mark II.
What is your go to lens?
My 24-70mm, although I have a love/hate relationship with that lens. It is so versatile that I find myself using it a lot, especially inside. But if you ask me which lens I truly love my 50mm 1.4 and 135mm 2L would be at the top of the list.
What path did you take in becoming a professional photographer?
I’m mostly self-taught. I have learned a few things at a local photography club, but the rest is trial and error, reading-practicing-reading-again, and being involved in online photography boards. Clickin Moms has been an incredible asset in my photography journey! The wealth of knowledge on this board is just outstanding (not to mention the fantastic workshops offered! I’m a workshop addict lol). And the very special supportive spirit you find everywhere on the board helped me find the confidence I needed to go pro.
If you were not a photographer, what career do you see yourself in?
Definitely a teacher of some sort! I love transmitting knowledge and know-how.
What would your dream shoot be?
Hmmmm. Tough question. I think it could be any shoot, as long as my belly hurts at the end of the session because I laughed too much. It would be a shoot with a high dose of silliness, where I felt that everyone was able to cut loose and where I captured true emotions.
Funniest or most awkward moment on a shoot?
I have to confess that I love the moment when a newborn pees on his/her Dad lol. I try to capture the look on Dad’s face when he realizes what is going on. Should I be ashamed of myself?
Most memorable photography moment?
Oh I have a long list of those moments. The day I understood that I could toggle my focal point was a complete revolution in my photographic journey. The first time I was booked by a complete stranger who found me on Google (What? They want ME??). The first time I held an in-person ordering session and the Dad actually cried when viewing the pictures.
I could go on and on…
What is your current favorite photo that you’ve taken and why?
I can’t help but pick a photo of my boys during our painting session.
This shot is fun. It’s real. I can almost hear the laughter and it’s infectious. This is what I wish people would look for when hiring me. This is what makes me feel good. And this is why I truly love being a children’s photographer.
Who or what inspires you?
Childhood, definitely. And people (young and old) that have the ability to completely free themselves from self-consciousness. Who can truly have fun without caring about what other people think.
I’m also inspired on a daily basis by other amazing photographers, including my talented fellow CM Pros. There’s nothing like seeing somebody else’s work and feeling this little lightbulb thing in the creative part of my brain… Not because I want to copy it, but because seeing it jump-started a vision of my own…
Last but not least, I would say that my workshop addiction comes from the fact that it’s a HUGE inspiration source. There is something about the working atmosphere and the interaction with other photogs willing to grow that really wakes up my creative mind.
What’s on the horizon for your business?
My main goal for this year is to start looking for a natural light studio. I would love to have a space for winter time where I could still hold fun sessions, like the painting session mentioned above, or themed shoots where I could set my silly creative mind free.
On a mid-term basis, I would definitely consider teaching photography! I’d love to venture into the world of commercial work too and do things such as children’s clothing catalogs.
Quickie Questions – One Word Answers!
Canon or Nikon?
Prime or zoom?
Studio or on location?
Natural light or flash?
Neck strap or wrist strap?
Color or black and white?
Mac or PC?
Photoshop or Lightroom?
Night owl or morning person?
Sunrise or sunset?
Heels or flip flops?
Flip flops definitely!
Coke or Coffee?
Coffee addict here!
Thanks so much for sharing with us, Lisa – you are full of grace and an inspiration always.