Photo by Lanye Bush
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Specialty: wedding photography and women's portraiture
“Wedding photography is really my passion. I love everything about weddings and I love being able to share such an important day with someone. I value the candid emotion, the vulnerability and the love that is shared. I feel so honored to do what I do. I'm blessed beyond measure.”
Years in business: almost one year
What are your top three favorites in your gear arsenal?
“My favorite lens is my Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G VR Macro. It's amazing for ring shots but I also use it for portraits! I also really love the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II lens! I don't have one of my own, but it's next on my list to purchase. The lens compression is divine and it's SHARP. I really love lighting and modifiers as well. My favorite modifier is usually just a plain white shoot through umbrella! When I'm working with natural light I love to pull out a simple 5 in 1 reflector.”
What advice would you give to new photographers?
“My best advice for new photographers is to never stop learning. Even if you have the raw talent, refining it is key to becoming an amazing photographer! More importantly, really try to find yourself. Look at your work and see the trends. Do you like lots of shadow, hard or soft light? Do you like popping colors, airiness or drama? Once you've seen ‘yourself' in your work, then you can refine your techniques to consistently get the results that feel like you!”
How do you view success and failure in business?
“Monetarily, success would be to have enough bookings to keep myself and my business comfortable. Personally, success would be the ability to fall in love with my work every time I see it, to know that my clients are happy, and to know that the work that I do matters. Failure would be when I forget about all of that and focus completely on the paycheck.”
What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
“I want to continue shooting weddings for as long as I can! I'd love to shoot weddings across the country as well. Specifically, New York and the Northeast, Colorado and maybe Washington.”
Is there anyone in the industry you have learned a lot from or look up to?
“Yes! Seeing Susan Stripling‘s work was a huge turning point for me. When I saw her work for the first time, it just clicked for me. The way that she photographs events is how I see them in my mind when I'm there. I look up to so many Showiteers. Field & Karie Denny are so awesome! I really feel encouraged when I read Amy & Jordan Demos' blog.”