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.
SHARON JONES – SHARON JONES PHOTOGRAPHY, CROYDON VIC
How did you get started as a photographer?
I was always interested in photography since around 13 years of age. After having my family and them growing up and becoming independent, I looked into doing newborn photos and attendended my first workshop 4 years ago. I have since done many workshops and 1;1 mentoring to learn my craft.
What did life look like before photography?
I worked as a teachers aide at a Special School and ended up doing the school photos for the students.
Tell us about a day in the life of a professional photographer …
On the day of photographing a newborn I get up early,(after not sleeping well as the set ups for my shoot are going through my mind and I am excited) set up my studio for the client. I have everything ready that I will use on the morning of the shoot. I warm the room, have my camera fully charged and the bathroom ready for my clients. My studio is already cleaned and ready to go. Once they leave I load the photos onto my computer and edit one or two for a sneak peak.
Any memorable moments?
I called a dad Justin instead of Jason the whole 3 hours of being in my studio. Then when the client went home she contacted me a said we didn’t want to tell you but his name is Jason. Oh My God so embarrassing.
If you could photograph 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What is the best thing about your job?
I am creating Precious Memories that will last for generations to come.
Tell us something we don’t know about professional photography …
I have and will continue to do courses and education to better myself and learn as much as I can to give you beautiful photos. Also I will be 60 this year and I feel like I could be a mother to the other students in my courses. But I feel included and I love learning
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
Probably still working as an aide in a Special School.
Here’s a blank cheque! What are you going to spend it on for your business?
I would buy the use of an expert in the set up of Websites and Computer Knowledge. Maybe also a couple more lenses and purchase the use of a larger studio.
If you could photograph someone famous, who would it be and why?
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