We are so excited to welcome Ashley Berryessa to the Photographer Depot blog today. Take a moment to learn more about her and visit her social media pages to check out her work. Thank you Ashley for taking the time to share your talent and experience with us.
When did your interest in photography begin?
Long, long ago. I sound cliché, but I took a class in high school and that triggered an interest. Throughout the years I just have loved photographs; I love looking at them and I love the emotions that are displayed through them. I never thought about starting business, as life is complicated enough as a single mom of two. However, about 2 years ago I just thought, "I am ready to do this." I wanted to do something for me, something that I love.
When did you decide to make photography your profession?
Two years ago I bought the “real” camera that I wanted and started researching how to use it, what lenses were the best, how to use light, how to pose…the list goes on and on. It was a HUGE learning curve and I was completely obsessed. I would dream about photography and wake up to it being my first thought.
What were your biggest hurdles when you started your photography business?
Everything! I didn't know how to operate a camera on manual mode. I didn't understand light and how it played a role in making a beautiful photo. I didn't understand posing. I didn't have a clue how to make a website and blog, let alone market my business! It was all such a struggle.
What was the best piece of advice you received when you were starting out?
The best piece of advice I received was to "just keep shooting."
Are you full time or part time right now?
Do you shoot natural light or studio light, and why?
I shoot natural light and use an off camera flash set up at wedding receptions. I have yet to branch off into studio lighting for portraits and such, because I just don’t have a huge interest or need for it at this time.
What changes would you like to see in your business over the next year?
I am constantly pushing myself and my skills, so every year I just strive to be better. After every shoot I look at what I don’t like and what I do like and figure out why, so I can implement changes the next time. In a year, I hope to expand my business even further and push my images to be the best that they can be.
What software do you use to edit your images? And what do you like most about it?
I use Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 5. I prefer Photoshop, because I think it allows me more freedom, but Lightroom is really quick and effective.
What motivates you each day to pick up your camera and shoot?
I want to be the best I can be and have the confidence that I can be really good at this. I know that where I want to be won’t happen overnight, and that it takes a lot of time and a ton of practice. For that reason, I have no other option than to just shoot every day.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I would hope to have a studio/office space, with a successful, thriving wedding and senior portrait business.