Laurie Yuenger, with Pixel This!

How did you get started with photography?

I always had a love for photography, so as a child my poor parents had to pay to develop many rolls of film.  My dad had been into photography as well, so he gave me some basic pointers.  After I was married and had my own children I decided it was something I wanted to pursue professionally.  

Do you have any formal training?

While I am mostly self taught (forums, books, researching online, networking with other photographers) I have also taken a few workshops.  The workshops were great building blocks, but time and practice helped me to find my style and really hone my skills.

What types of photography do you do and why?

Professionally my main focus is young children.  I love working with newborns, babies and toddlers.... they are a lot of work (you can't really tell them how to pose) but that's one of the things I love about it!  There is something amazing about getting some great shots from even the most hyper of toddlers, and nothing as sweet as getting some newborn snuggles in between poses.  

Personally I also love photographing landscapes and macro, and experimenting with new techniques.

What kind of equipment do you use?

In my camera bag I have:
D700, D200, 14-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, 105mm macro, 50mm 1.8.

In my studio I use Einstein strobes, several soft boxes, various fake floors (including wooden one I custom made, and I love the candy floor style for bringing my studio on location).  For backdrops I mostly use the diamond cloth, but also have some muslin and candy drops.

Earlier this year I purchased and installed the track system, which has cut down my prep time for my studio work greatly.  I no longer have to remove wrinkles from my backdrops prior to sessions (because they are hanging instead of folded and put away) which saves a ton of time, but I also do not have to guess which backdrops they will want to use ... then half the time they bring in an outfit that goes with one I didn't choose to prepare and I end up spending more time editing out the wrinkles!  My repeat clients even commented on how cool it was and how much faster it was to change the backdrops.  

What size is your studio?

Around 500 Sq feet - it's a bit of a funny shaped room but it works well for my office and studio space.  

Any tips or tricks you'd like to share with others?

I have a favorite quote, which I think is important for everyone to read (especially those just starting out).

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I've ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You've just gotta fight your way through.”

― Ira Glass
Laurie Yuenger, with Pixel This!

**Items shown in Laurie's pictures above include our Diamond Cloth and wall mounted Track System

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