Today’s interview is with Mindy Harris of Pastel Photography.
What gear do you shoot with?
I have a Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 5D (original), 50mm 1.4, 100mm 2.8 macro, 135mm 2.0, and a Tamron 28-75mm lens.
What is your go to lens?
That depends on the situation. Indoors I am almost always using the Tamron 28-75mm. I have recently been loving the 50mm 1.4 outdoors.
What path did you take in becoming a professional photographer?
I never dreamed of being a photographer…. It happened in such a neat way. While I lived in Ohio, I knew someone from church who had six children. When the sixth child was born she also had 13 month old identical twin boys. I decided to help her take care of all these babies every weekday during my summer break. I completely fell in love with the kids and bought a point and shoot camera to take photos of them- only because I thought they were super cute. From that point on, I became a little obsessed with getting amazing captures of them and started getting books and reading online on how to go about doing that. That was five years ago and I am very sure I would not be a photographer if I did not spend so much time with that family.
If you were not a photographer, what career do you see yourself in?
I graduated from college last year with a bachelor’s degree in middle school education- so I suppose I would be a middle school teacher!
What would your dream shoot be?
I would love to shoot in a field of wildflowers. All bugs and snakes would need to be removed from this field. The family would be crazy about each other all would be well-fed and well-rested. The sun would illuminate the family with a warm glow and there would be a light breeze- enough to lift hair but so gentle that we would not even notice it. At the end of the session, we would eat ice cream!
Funniest or most awkward moment on a shoot?
I was trying to get a little girl to laugh- she was such a tough cookie! I said “does your daddy wear pink underwear?” Her reply to me was “no… my daddy doesn’t wear underwear at all….”
Most memorable photography moment?
My favorite moments are always working with repeat clients. I love seeing how much their children grow.
What is your current favorite photo that you’ve taken and why?
A portrait of the six kids who helped me start it all. The photo reminds me of how it all began and of how quickly time flies.
Who or what inspires you?
When it comes to family photography, I am inspired by the adoration parents and children have for one another. My childhood was not full of happiness, and I rarely felt that I was loved. I get inspired by families who genuinely love each other and try to keep that love and happiness alive no matter what circumstances they might face.
What’s on the horizon for your business?
I would love to continue to travel and photograph the families of professional photographers around the country, and maybe one day, around the world.
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?