Today I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Christie from Christie Adams Photography!
Tell us a little about yourself
I’m Christie and my husband Chris and I have 2 daughters, Sabrina and Thérèse. I’m 31 and on my third career…well 4th if you count my stint working at a restaurant in Paris when I graduated college. When my visa ran out I came home and worked as a graphic designer in NYC. After a few years I left the fast-paced advertising world for a job as a French teacher. When Sabrina was born I resigned to be home with her and now I’m juggling being a mom and running my photography business. I couldn’t do it without my supportive husband (who cooks dinner most nights), great babysitters and outsourcing.
Where is home?
Ridgewood NJ, about 20 miles outside of Manhattan
some random facts about me
I love peanut butter sandwiches, Anthroplogie, pilates, Dexter, the NPR show “wait, wait, don’t tell me” and Ricky Gervais. Reading US Weekly is my guilty pleasure. I love to travel and, in college, backpacked for a summer in Europe. I can’t believe I waited so long to get an iphone. I love making lists. I love the Twilight series (the books, although I did see both movies).
How would you describe your style?
clean, modern, fresh.
My goal is always to capture real emotion in babies and families and show the simple, perfect essence of newborns. My tagline is “capturing the art in the everyday.” I go into a session with a plan, but I let the baby or family lead the way. If a newborn doesn’t fall asleep then I capture beautiful mom/dad images holding and loving their child. If a toddler doesn’t want to sit still then we run around. Every session is different and that is why I love my job!
What’s in your Camera bag?
canon 5d mark ii
24-70mm 2.8 L
100mm macro 2.8
If you had to choose one lens, which would it be and why?
This is hard- probably my 85mm but I do use my lenses pretty equally.
What is your most used/favorite photoshop action or set?
Starting out I bought a ridiculous amount of actions before I found my own way. I have made a couple of my own actions to help me streamline my workflow and I find the Totally Rad Action set really useful
Mac or PC?
mac all the way!!!
What do you have your eye on to buy next?
One of these days I’m going to sell my 50mm 1.4 to help fund the 50mm 1.2L
What advice do you have for individuals interested in pursuing a career in photography?
My biggest advice would be to get the technical stuff down before you get to the point where you are charging clients. Do sessions for friends until you know your camera inside and out and produce quality images. Take your time. Be sure you know what you are doing in terms of having a business license, collecting sales tax etc. Realize how much money it takes to even run a legitimate business and don’t undercut the market. Being a professional photographer is about 25% being behind the camera and 75% doing everything else.
List your top 5 photographers that inspire you
There are sooo many incredible photographers I love to follow. Lisa Lucky has such a gift, I absolutely love her work. Nicole Fields I would love to have capture my family. Desiree Hayes is hands down the best boudoir photographer I’ve ever seen and I would LOVE to have a session with her. Jennifer Breton’s work is stunningly beautiful. Kristen Cook is just divine and Mindy from Pastel Photography is a true artist in every way.
What are some of your favorite blogs to read?
In addition to those mentioned in the above answer I love to read http://www.houseofturquoise.com/ because I love decorating and blue is my favorite color.
Latest (or favorite) workshop you attended?
I went to Imaging in January which was a blast and an overload of information. I loved it and definitely will go next year. My first big workshop that was a turning point for me was Jodi Otte’s workshop I went to 2 years ago. She covered newborn posing, lighting, marketing, pricing and it was incredibly eye-opening to me.
I’ve learned the most from…
I’m constantly learning from fellow photographer friends. It means so much to me to have a support network and colleagues. Not to mention people to do swaps with so that I have great photos of my family including ME.
Also, good old trial and error. I’ve learned that what I love to do is to capture newborns and babies and it’s been liberating to say no the kinds of jobs I don’t enjoy. I’m not a jack of all trades.
Something that is overrated?
What would you like to be doing 5 years from now?
My girls will be 6 and 9 and in school f/t so I hope to control my work hours to be M-F 9-3 and I’d love to have a natural light studio either in a bigger house or a space somewhere in the Ridgewood area.
If you had one wish…
I’d love to skip right over January, February and March and get right to spring!
Thanks so much for sharing with us, Christie!!!