There is more to being a photographer than just taking great photos. Have a read through today’s Q&A feature and find out all about the talent behind the lens.
Lucy Humphries, Port Macquarie NSW
How did you get started as a photographer?
Like most photographers, I’ve always loved taking pictures – always the one at any occasion snapping away to preserve the memories. I learnt ‘old school’ dark room developing through my Dad’s photography business as a teenager and adored the whole process. Of course, when my husband bought me my first ‘proper’ camera I fell in love fast! To inmprove my knowledge I embarked on a professionally accredited course and last year started my business.
What did life look like before photography?
Always a creative at heart, prior to our move from the UK to Australia I had my own start-up making gift hampers. I’ve also worked in schools as a support worker (so I’m well versed with entertaining little ones on family shoots!).
Tell us about a day in the life of a professional photographer …
Put simply, my work is varied! From family to product shoots, fashion and all in between – I love it!
Do you have a special story to share?
It’s got to be the alpacas! On a recent family shoot held on location on my clients property, their adorable alpacas did a tremendous job of photo bombing!
If you could photograph 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Families. I adore candid moments and capturing the magic which makes a family. The way people look at one another can be so beautiful and very revealing.
What is the best thing about your job?
The variety! Keeps me on my toes.
Tell us something we don’t know about professional photography …
It’s not just pointing a camera, the technicalities of getting the perfect image involve ensuring your light is perfect, the subject is positioned right…and so much more.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
I think I would have most likely gone back into the child care sector somewhere.
Here’s a blank cheque! What are you going to spend it on for your business?
A fancy pants new camera and a studio space all of my own.
If you could photograph someone famous, who would it be and why?
It would have to be a Liverpool football player, most likely Steven Gerrard, for my husband.