Where are you from?
Seattle, Washington. I was born and raised in Mukilteo but I moved to Seattle to be closer to both my clients as well as a great group of creative partners.
You studied Commercial Photography at Everett Community College. What sparked your love for photography?
SW:iPhones and Instagram acted like gateway drugs to what I am doing today. If I hadn't gotten an iPhone, I would have stuck with my previous major: business admin.
You run your own photography business and take great product photos. What are the greatest lessons you have learned from being a photographer and running your own business?
SW: Photography will get you in a lot of weird situations that might make you look ridiculous but as long as you pretend like you know what you are doing people won’t question you.
On a more serious note.
Running a business means that you have to wear many hats and be responsible for every success and failure. Being a photographer means that the quality of the final product depends not only upon your creativity and passion for excellence but also on having an open mind for continued education and critiques.
What is the most challenging part about being a photographer? The best part?
SW: Photography has allowed me to meet amazing people and travel to places I never thought I would go. But the hard part is staying on top of all the small things that come with starting your own photography business.
What are your top three tips for taking better photos?
SW: Take photos that make you happy. Subject matter matters. The camera you have is the best camera.
What advice would you give to a young person who is interested in being a photographer?
SW: Art School is not necessary, instead learn from successful photographers and do as much personal work as possible.
Every day in your life must be different depending on your projects and the time of year, but what does a Monday look like for you?
SW: The only thing typical about a Monday is responding to emails after that all bets are off. I could be on the computer for the rest of the day or I could be hanging out of a car photographing a Maserati.
What are your time management tips? How do you stay organized and efficient?
SW: I use a simple and efficient app called Trello
When you’re not spending time behind the camera lens(or computer), how do you like to spend your time?
SW: I like to either get outside and enjoy the beautiful PNW, make something with my hands or learn something new.
What is an area, either personal or professional, that you are working to improve in and how?
SW: Right now things are getting busier than ever and I am looking into ways to speed up my workflow. Editing takes up a big chunk of my time.
What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?
SW: Buy a camera. Marry Mackenzie Meier.
Favorite Social Media Platform
Favorite Photo Lens
Best Piece of Advice Ever Received
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”
Current Favorite Book
Rich Dad, Poor Dad