Q: Hello Hayley! First of all, congratulations on winning the 1st Place in the amateur Category at NEWBORNS 2016 PHOTO COMPETITION! How does it feel to be a winner?
A: Thank you so much! It actually feels surreal to be a winner. I haven’t really been using my camera for all that long, and I still feel like I have so much to learn!
Q: Can you tell us the story behind your winning photograph “Immediate bond”?
A: I had been trying to find a good place to take a couple of simple portraits of the little one with her mama and daddy, and I ended up finding a wall that was right next to a north facing the window. From there I asked her father to hold his daughter up for a kiss, and the magic happened from there!
Q: Can you tell us something about yourself? Where were you born and raised? When did you start with photography?
A: I am a 28 year old mama to a three-year-old! I was born and raised in central Missouri and started with photography around 18 months ago! Really in the last year, i have learned a lot more about post processing and my work has really grown from there!
Q: Why you are drawn to newborn and baby photography?
A: I love how all moments are candid moments. A baby is not aware of the camera and that is the sort of subject I’m drawn to. Also the fact that there is no better feeling than to witness the brand new love a parent has for their newborn.
Q: Where did you learn photography? Are you a self-taught or officially educated photographer?
A: I like to say that I am “community taught”. I taught myself the in’s and out’s of my camera but social media has really helped to push me in my photography journey. Without guidance from inspiring professionals and access to youtube, I really wouldn’t know a darn thing!
Q: What’s in your camera bag?
A: Oh it’s a mess! My canon 6d, my only two lenses- Sigma art 35mm and sigma art 85mm, a polarizer and nd filter and my battery charger!
Q: Do you edit your photographs in Photoshop or Lightroom?
A: I mostly use lightroom but use photoshop to clone distractions and smooth skin!
Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: “No one is you and that is your power”.
Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: Instagram, facebook, my friends, and family!
Q: Describe your work with three words.
A: Candid, emotional, honest.
Q: How did photography change your life?
A: It gave me a lasting hobby. Something to be passionate about, that still involved my son. It has brought me the best friendships of my life. I am devoted to it!
Q: What do you think about other entries in NEWBORNS 2016 PHOTO COMPETITION?
A: All gorgeous. Every single one. And Lisa’s photo? Mindblowing!
Q: How do you grow in photography? What are the steps that one must follow in order to learn and grow?
A: Determination and patience. I used to try to skip steps- move up to a higher skill level than I was ready for. That doesn’t help in the long run!
Q: What would be your message to other photographers?
A: Stay true to your art. You do YOU
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