Today’s interview is with Heather Stockett, Natural Light With Atmosphere student!

What’s in your bag/what do you shoot with?

Canon 5D Mark ii, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.2L, 35mm 1.4L and an expodisc.

What drew you to the Natural Light With Atmosphere photography workshop and why did you originally sign up for the course?

I absolutely LOVE the idea of being able to shoot in ANY kind of atmosphere! That and the cute photo of the little boys in the truck.

What was your most challenging/intimidating atmospheric element before taking the course? Do you feel more confident shooting in this condition now?

Shooting in broad daylight. Can we say raccoon eyes? I am a mother to 3 little boys who love to go outside to play at the worst possible time for photos (they really should plan better). After reading Megan’s very informative PDF and taking the class I no longer cringe at the thought of high noon play time.

How has your work/vision changed since taking NLWA? How do you see yourself applying these new techniques/knowledge to your future photographic endeavors?

I have always adored backlit photos whether it’s dreamy, hazy light or sunflare. Megan helped me take my back lighting photos to a new level and I cannot thank her enough for that. This class doesn’t necessarily have to only be used for outdoors. I used some of the knowledge I gained on a recent indoor newborn session with indoor backlight. Worked like a charm!

Why did you choose full participation over a study along? Do you think that was beneficial?

I am the type of person that needs feedback and wants to ask questions. I also loved the interactions and friendships I made with my classmates – one of the best parts of the class! I believe that taking the full participation gave me the extra push I needed. Megan and the teaching assistants have a great way of giving feedback and advice that helped me to visualize my end goal. I would not have gotten that with a study along.

What weather element is your favorite to photograph in?

Back light. You cannot beat the enchantment and magical light that happens during the golden hour.

Which week/assignment was your favorite?

Even though I love the golden hour, my favorite week was the last week. I had the BEST time with my 4 year old, Jackson, playing in the rain. I’m sure my neighbors thought I was crazy, shooting in the pouring down rain with a Ziploc bag over my lens, but Jackson had a great time jumping in the biggest mud puddle he could find. Watching the pure joy in his face was priceless, not to mention I got to learn something in the process.

Thank you Heather for this candid interview!