Our Q&A series are a fun and fantastic way to find out more about the life behind the lens. We hope you enjoy this photographer feature today on the blog.
Jasmin Whitton Photography, Albion Park Rail NSW
How did you get started as a photographer?
I studied photography in Highschool which I then did in TAFE. After working in retail for 2 years, I decided to start my own photography business unintentionally as I was just taking landscape photos until friends and family asked me to take their photos and it just blossomed from there.
What did life look like before photography?
I was a liquor store assistant manager / staff for 4 years before going full time with my business.
Tell us about a day in the life of a professional photographer …
I start the day with a photoshoot, afterwards I will clean and sanitize the studio. After dinner, I will do some light admin work and then start editing for a few hours before bed.
Do you have a special story to share?
Once I was photographing boudoir photos in a local bar. One of the bar owners wanted to do some hilariously posed photos such as newborn poses with bottles of beer and whiskey, him in one of the maternity gowns and the best one of all was one of him laying across the bar counter with a calendar with him as the front cover. He was in his jocks and socks, and as i was trying to pose the calendar to make it seem like he was nude, he sugested to go full birthday suit. I turned around to ask my friend who was assisting me if it was okay and by the time I turned back, he was jocks free with the calendar in place. This was the first time meeting this guy and i absolutely lost it laughing. This was the beginning of one of my favourite friendships!
If you could photograph 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Maternity Photography. I love using our handmade glamorous gowns outdoors.
What is the best thing about your job?
Being able to do what I love every day and to do a job where I can take my time and put all my energy into.
Tell us something we don’t know about professional photography …
It is a lot of work. We spend hours on the computer editing, doing admin work and much more. The time we spend away from our families to focus on the business is added into our prices so you’re not just paying for the photoshoot time, you’re paying for our undivided attention to your photos.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
I’d either be working in an admin role or be a full time carer for my disabled brother. I currently look after him part time with my parents but I would take on his care full time.
Here’s a blank cheque! What are you going to spend it on for your business?
I’d buy a house. It would be large enough to have many rooms for many different studio sets such as a newborn room, portrait / family room and a boudoir room.
If you could photograph someone famous, who would it be and why?
Abbie Chatfield. She’s an iconic feminist and I’d love to do her boudoir photos one day!
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