We love sharing these personal profiles of our favourite Australian professional photographers! Find out all about the person behind the lens in our Q&A series.
Alisa Schepis – Captured Moments by Alisa, Hillside Melbourne VIC
How did you get started as a photographer?
I became a photographer after my love for photography grew over the years of having my own children. I remember watching a photographer taking photos of my twins and thinking, wow, that looks like so much fun! Then when I had number 4, I did lots of research and ‘practiced’ on my baby. I loved it and never looked back!
What did life look like before photography?
Before I was a photographer, I was working a full time office job for the Government.
Tell us about a day in the life of a professional photographer …
After taking the kids to school, I set up the studio, greet the clients, take photos for hours, then quickly load them to my computer. I then pick up the kids from school, perform my motherly duties until late at night, when I clean and disinfect the studio, perform a load of washing of the material used, then try and begin editing until early hours of the morning, before going to bed and starting all over again!
Any memorable moments?
I have had so many poop and wee disasters! babies pooping more than they have ever pooped before and babies peeing on mummy or dad during nude shots. But my most special memories are things like this: I have many first time mums come in. This particular mum was struggling with how to settle her bub. she was very stressed, during the shoot she was in awe at how I had stopped the baby crying. We went over some tips and tricks and I showed her some timeless methods. I also cut her babies toe and finger nails and she was too scared to attempt it. She emailed me after the session to thank me for my help and said that she felt much more confident. These are the moments I treasure most!
If you could photograph 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Definitely newborns! I love them so much!
What is the best thing about your job?
Getting cuddles from newborns and making children smile!
Tell us something we don’t know about professional photography …
We don’t JUST take photos. We have to do lots of training and learning around how to keep babies safe and handle them correctly when wrapping and positioning them. We have to study camera work, lighting, editing and more! We have extra laundry after each session, and we are generally up editing for hours after the shoot, or late at night when we get our kids to bed. and also…. props, subscriptions and editing software are expensive!
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
Probably back in my office job. 🙁
Here’s a blank cheque! What are you going to spend it on for your business?
Props and wraps!!