Friday, February 11, 2011

Laura Winslow of Laura Winslow Photography {Exclusive Interview}

Laura Winslow is an incredibly talented photographer--each photograph of hers you will see in this post will show you just that. I am a tremendous fan of her work, and based on her large portfolio, I am not alone!

Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to conduct an interview with Laura of Laura Winslow Photography, and I am THRILLED beyond words, to share it with you today! I believe she is incredibly down-to-earth, open, kind, gracious and inspiring!

{Event Styling & Alice printables by The TomKat Studio}

{Question} Please tell us a bit about how you decided to go into photography, and start Laura Winslow Photography?

Like most photographers, I have been drawn to photography for what seems like my whole life. I used to dress my little sister up and make her sit on little chairs in front of the window, with her stuffed animals and anywhere else I could practice!

                                                    {Styling by The TomKat Studio}

When my son was born and I received my first DSLR from my hubby, I spent all of those beautiful quiet moments photographing my sweet son. My family and friends are such a support system and were so encouraging in starting my business and I feel so fortunate for that.

                                          {styling by The TomKat Studio}

{Question} We would love to get to know you! Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up as an army brat and have moved 17 times and wouldn't change it for the world. In my previous life, I interned at the Department of State and on Capitol Hill when I lived in DC. I studied World Politics and Spanish in college and later found my way to teaching and taught high school Spanish for seven years. As a result of my educational and personal background, I love traveling. I lived in Germany and Spain and had a blast taking a group of 40 students to Europe. Such a wonderful experience to share the gift of travel with a group of young people.

                                    {Printables & Styling by The TomKat Studio}

When we moved to Arizona from the New Orleans area three years ago, I stayed home full time with my son Jackson and began my photography business. My daughter Addison was born not too long after.

{Question} You have taken some absolutely stunning photographs of products and staged children's events, which we all find incredible inspiration from. What is it that you love most about doing this type of photography in particular?

Thanks so much! I just love working with Kim (of the TomKat Studio), and we have so much fun dreaming up shoots and complement one another really well. I am always trying to think of new ways to be creative and unique, and this is what I love about commercial photography. I love "layering" all of the elements in my head to create a beautiful image--the color scheme, the patterns, the cakes, the flowers, the wardrobe and sweet little models.

                                     {Styling by The TomKat Studio}

 While I absolutely adore child and family photography, staged shoots provide a unique opportunity to think outside of the box and be as over-the-top as you wish. This ability to style and dream with absolute abandon is what draws me so much to it. There are no boundaries, no limits really. When fun and exciting commercial projects are combined with adorable child models, my heart just smiles. It is just a blast to me, and I thrive on this happiness! I begin dreaming up new ideas as soon as each shoot ends!

                                  {printables & styling by The TomKat Studio}

{Question} What are your goals for LWP in 2011, and can you give us any hints of what we might expect to see from you in the new year?

I feel so blessed to do what I love and to meet so many wonderful people. I think when you have a certain style of photography, you naturally attract those that are of similar personality and style. My clients become friends and I love that! I want to continue to photograph with passion and happiness. A constant goal is to stay fresh and to push my limits with my creativity. I love making each shoot unique in some way.

 I want each and every family that I work with to feel special and to have beautiful memories of themselves, of their child, of their family...I don't take my job lightly and seek to provide each client with my absolute best. I also love the commercial projects I work on as they provide a unique outlet for creativity. This year, you will see different and various commercial work from LWP that will be on some wonderful websites and in magazines as I work on some freelance projects and both with wonderful new and familiar boutiques.

{Question} Please tell us how we can stay connected with you!

{printables & styling by The TomKat Studio}
A HUGE thank you to Laura for taking the time to answer my questions--in such a genuine, kind and thoughtful way! I simply cannot wait to see what Laura has in store for us all!


JKMommy said...

WOW that is gorgeous. I am DIY-ing my son's 1st birthday party now and this puts me to shame! :) LOL!! Oh well I can get a lot of ideas! :) Great photos!

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Grace said...

What a fabulous interview! I absolutely adore Laura. Her bright, shining personality is so evident in her photography style. She is a true gem - both professionally and personally.

Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) said...

See what you mean about Laura's photography! Fabulous!