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Posted 5/5/2011 by Stacey B. in General Photography
 

Stacey B.
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1. Who are you? Please include self-portrait and any links to other sites featuring you, like your blog, website, etc. Pimp yourself out!

I am Stacey Bishop! I am 32 and a mother of 4. I started here about 3 years ago and learned most of what I know from the amazing members of this board. When I came here, I was a mom with a camera. I am now a passionate professional photographer...YAY!!

Website: www.staceybishopphotography.com (always in the process of updating and never finished:/)

My blog: www.staceybishopphotography.blogspot.com Client preview and tutorials

So these photos are from over a year ago. Definately time for new self portraits. Maybe I'll attempt today and add to this but I wanted to get it posted since it is so late.






2. What inspired you to get into photography? And when?

I have always been creative. I didn't have a ton of clothes growing up so I would come up with ways to use my brother's shirt or style myself in a different way using the same things. I took art class after art class trying to tap in to my creative side. I was terrible. Later when my hubby and I purchased our first home, my passion became home decorating. I love it and although I felt that it captured that creativity that I screamed to let out, I knew there was something more.

I even remember trying (and failing terribly) trying to get "creative" with my point and shoot camera when I was taking my second child's baby announcement photo. That was the first itch I got to take better photos.

I used to go to the typical department store photo studio for my kid/family portraits. I never LOVED them but did it anyway just to have them. About 5 years ago, I went to Sears for my kids routine portraits. The 18 year old girl who was behind the camera was so impatient and awful with my kids. Finally, she said "well if you can't get them to sit still, then I guess this isn't going to work". MY KIDS WERE 3 and 1. Of course they were not going to sit still!!

That was the first time I thought, you know what? I am NEVER going back. I bought my first camera (Nikon D80) 5 weeks after my sweet son Wade was born in 2008.

3. What is your education? Degree? Self-taught? Workshops?

I am a breastfeeding self taught mother....I say that because when I got my Nikon D80 and my son was 5 weeks old. I literally learned photography as I breastfed. Books, Google, you tube, this forum, anything where I could soak up info. I would get up for late night feedings and hit the laptop. I first searched for photographers. I found bluelilyphotography.com. I looked at her photos (Her style has actually changed a little since then but I still LOVE her) and used her as an inspiration for what I wanted my images to look like. From there, I would open a photo in Photoshop elements and Google everything under the sun until I found a solution for everything.

4. What kind of photographer would you describe yourself as?

Ooh, good question. That's tough. I love lifestyle photography but I have to be honest. If I'm not gonna get a 16x20 worthy pic of my kids, I most likely take it on my iphone.

So, I guess I am more traditional that way. I love capturing the in between moments of a bride and groom. That is my favorite part, but I also put a lot of stress on myself to get tons of traditional, both looking at the camera for grandma and mom who are paying for the wedding and don't "get" that style.

I am %90 wedding photographer right now. That is because first, I LOVE SHOOTING WEDDINGS!! And second, I have a young family and my time is better served with them. A wedding allows so much creativity all packed in 1 day away from my kids. I just can't commit my day to day time for individual and family sessions.

5. What kind of equipment do you use? Not every piece you own, but your favorites or use most often.


I primarily use my Nikon d700, Nikon 24-70 2.8, Nikon 85 1.4. These items take the bulk of the work. I also use the Nikon sb600 and Gary fong lightsphere. I have other lenses and backup equipment but rarely pull them out with the exception of an occasional macro and 50 1.4.

Wish list includes:
Upcoming Nikon d800
Nikon 70-200 2.8
Nikon macro 105 2.8

6. What did/do you struggle with the most?

WHITE WEDDING GOWNS!! Man, it is really tough. I really have to go with the flow in regards to light at a venue. Sometimes I am forced to make a choice. I either need underexpose or pull back on the reflector, or fix in ACR. It drives me crazy. I like a lot of contrast in my edits so I have to be doubly sure that I am not blowing out the dress through processing either. Not cool.

7. What was your biggest "A-ha" moment? Can be something technical/camera-related, something personal as it relates to photography, or something you learned about yourself as a photographer.


My biggest A-ha moment was definitely metering. Putting my knowledge above the knowledge built into the camera. I got back control and allowed myself to move beyond what the meter was telling me.

Another one was how Bridge can work for me. Barbie sharing her workflow really opened my eyes to what I was missing in bridge. Image processor in bridge has literally changed my life. Thanks Barbie!

Shooting RAW. Getting past the misconception that RAW is more advanced. Actually, I want to get back to only shooting Jpeg one day. That would tell me that I could get a great sooc with every shot!!

8. Biggest lesson learned? Can be either about photography, the business, yourself, etc.

Not offering more than what is paid for and that means TIME!! Because I felt like I had to compensate for something, sometimes I would offer to help create an announcement, only charged a tiny bit for creating an album, the list went on and on and I came very close to hating it all just because of choices I was making.

MOST RECENTLY.....OUTSOURCING!! If you would have asked me a couple years ago if I would let someone else touch my images, I would have called you crazy. Today, with 4 kids including a 0 year old, I took the leap. I tried 3 outsourcing places. Photographersedit.com, shootdotedit.com and fotofafa.com. Fotofafa is my favorite at this point. I always edit my preview photos for my blog, myself. But, the bottom line is when you have 2000 photos; only about 60-80 are super fun to edit. The rest are WORK!! I usually edit weddings for 15+ hours. I now, spend about 4. 1 on the preview for blog, 1 on sorting through images (no need for RAW adjustments, they do all that) and 2 on final touches on the images.

Fotofafa runs deals a lot too. I recently had 640 images processed for about $100. That is basically 10-15 hours of my work for $100. Best business decision I ever made. Best assistant I ever hired


9. What is your greatest triumph or achievement? Could be just opening your own business, to awards, to a compliment.

I am in the process of completing a photography workbook. Start to finish. Picking up your camera for the first time all the way to workflow and editing. Since I shoot Nikon, I have done a ton of research and shooting with Canon cameras so I can create a book that will reach to all. I have also started doing private mentorship workshops. My workbook serves as a supplement to these mentorships.

Also, I am living my greatest achievement. That is scaling down, saying no, and getting back to what I started photography for. I am plastering my walls with beautiful photos of my kids. I have photo walls everywhere in my new house and I have had so much fun creating new and interesting ways to display my most precious assets. My family!

I have a whole future of photography ahead of me but for now, I'm being selfish


10. What is one of the most important mistakes you made that served as a basis for your progression?

Oh for SURE it is taking terrible photos and then trying to fix them for HOURS in Photoshop. I look back at some of my editing and literally dry heave. BUT, I built a confidence in Photoshop that I wouldn't have had without the knowledge I gained from "fixing" a photo. Luckily, I rarely have to use most of that knowledge. I have a pretty good system of keeping it "clean" in my edits but I love that if I mess up a shot bad, I can totally fix it.

This also began my blog to help others. I have had to scale back on that a ton too but it began as a place for me to put before and afters with recipes of what I did so that I could remember. Slowly, I started to share it with others and at one time, I was literally answering emails all day long with aspiring photographers who were stuck or had a problem or question. This has brought me a lot of joy.


11. What is it about photography that makes your heart sing and your mind race with possibilities?

I see the world in a whole different light! I realized that the rule of thirds pertains to everything. All commercials, billboards, movies, architecture. I had no idea that world existed.

I go to an old city and revel in the beauty of peeling paint and bars on the windows in an alley. I see a field and notice the way the wheat stalks sway in relationship to the light. I see an abandoned chair and heave it into my car knowing darn well there is probably murderous DNA on it.

My world has changed all because I picked up a camera.

12. Which do you like better - taking the photo or processing it? Why?

That is tough. I get butterflies and anxiety before every shoot. I panic that I will be late, that my memory cards will be stolen at gunpoint, that my babysitter will cancel, that I will forget a shot....

Once I get there and start, I get into my groove, I turn into a whole other person and go for it. I love that and it feels good but I think I will have to say processing. I like being in my pj's editing with hot cocoa and TiVo.

I love the little camera button on the History tab in Photoshop. I take about 10 little pics of my editing along the way. I love taking a nice photo to a spectacular photo. It doesn't always happen that way but when it does, it is so fulfilling.

13. What inspires you? Could be anything - other photographers, nature, art, music, people, etc.

Nature for sure but mostly other photographers. Just when I think I am doing well, I blog surf my favorite inspirational photographers and act like a little kid looking through a window at a puppy store so wishing that I could have what was inside. Posing, locations, light, processing, vision from other photographers, it all inspires me.


14. What is something about you that we do not know? Could be something serious or silly- your choice?

My formal education is a degree in Kinesiology with emphasis in Physical Therapy from Cal State Fullerton. I have always had a passion for the Human body and loved dissecting things. When I was in fifth grade, I dissected my first thing, a cow eyeball. I was hooked. I even took the lens of the eyeball home in a plastic baggie. A few days later, my mom freaked out about the rotting carcass smell in my bedroom. It was so hard to let that eyeball go.

Now of course, I wish I had gone with Graphic Design

My husband and I operate our Family bakery! I manage the office mostly from home and going in once or twice a week for a couple hours. Our bakery mostly specializes in gourmet bread but we also offer lots of goodies and pastries as well as Sandwiches made to order on any of our 30+ varieties of bread. Yummy!! This is the most fulfilling project in our lives besides raising our beautiful kids. The challenge of growing a business is so awesome and exciting. Truly brings us happiness......and tons of stress


15. Can you share with us your loved ones? Especially if they have been featured in your work?

I'm totally bummed I don't have more pics of my hubby and I together or even of just him. I need to get on that!!

Here are my babies...

Averi 8

Owen 5

Wade 3

Crew 7 months


Me and my cute hubby of 10 years!!



16. Can you share your top tip/technique with us?

I use a combination of actions and pieces of actions to create my "basic edit" action that I run on most photos after I adjust in ACR. Beyond all of that complexity, I can create the same basic look with these steps:

Here is my basic edit
Defog (unsharp mask set to 20, 60, 1) and adjusted.

Soft light layer (create an adjustment layer and set the blending mode to soft light)

Curves layer (just bring the center up a little for contrast and brightness). If you dont have curves, use an adjustment layer and set the blending mode to "screen"

Levels layer (black slider to 10, grey slider to about 124).

Extra sharpen (set to 150, 3, 1) and adjusted to about 40% or so. Use only as needed.

Coffee shop photography vignette. Check out her tutorial. This vignette is the best out there and I use it on EVERY PHOTO!!
Coffee Shop Photography Vignette Tutorial

17. Who are you picking next and why?
kb0526! Kim has been great on this board. She organized some AMAZING webinars and has been such an important part of my process. As a very talented Graphic artist, she has also shared countless templates with us. She is a talented photographer that captures joy in her images. Her photos are simply wonderful, have great style and I would love to learn a little more about her.

18. Please share some of your favorite works with us!!

here is a random collection of photos














Thank you Crystal for choosing me!! I admire your work way more than you know!! I love your actions and totally use them. I always love to check out your review of others actions. Your advise to get Auto loader changed my life!!



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Posted: 5/5/2011 5:44:29 AM
Stacey, thank you for an enjoyable read and lovely display of photos. I also enjoyed going over and visiting your blog and would encourage others to read your collection of tutorials - well done.



Thank you for sharing.



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Posted: 5/5/2011 5:46:07 AM
What a wonderful read and your photos are beautiful, as is your family. Your kids look so much like you.

While I was reading this:


I go to an old city and revel in the beauty of peeling paint and bars on the windows in an alley. I see a field and notice the way the wheat stalks sway in relationship to the light. I see an abandoned chair and heave it into my car knowing darn well there is probably murderous DNA on it.


I just kept nodding my head. I really think it is so true that once you pick up a camera, you look at everything differently.


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Posted: 5/5/2011 6:31:06 AM
Hi Stacey, thanks for putting together such a wonderful, informative post


I go to an old city and revel in the beauty of peeling paint and bars on the windows in an alley. I see a field and notice the way the wheat stalks sway in relationship to the light.


Me too!
And I had no idea you help run a bakery, that is awesome.
I also miss your posts on your blog I completely understand tho, looks like your plate is overflowing right now


Cathy


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Posted: 5/5/2011 6:45:37 AM
Thanks! that was a great read. Can't wait to try out your tip


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Posted: 5/5/2011 6:46:42 AM
So glad to see the interviews continuing! It was nice to learn more about you. You have a lovely family!


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Posted: 5/5/2011 7:52:59 AM
Great interview, I can't wait to try your pp. Love all your photo and your family is gorgeous. I really enjoy the interviews to see where people got their start, thanks for sharing a piece of your self with the peas.


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Posted: 5/5/2011 8:16:03 AM
Fantastic interview and gorgeous work! Thank you



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Posted: 5/5/2011 8:26:01 AM
---I go to an old city and revel in the beauty of peeling paint and bars on the windows in an alley. I see a field and notice the way the wheat stalks sway in relationship to the light. I see an abandoned chair and heave it into my car knowing darn well there is probably murderous DNA on it.---

I love this!! I showed it to my brother and he just started shaking his head, because he thinks creative people are cool, but he doesn't quite understand them all the time... =) gotta love him... =)

Also I work in my family's bulk food store and bakery, the difference is the side of the country we are on... =)

I loved your interview, and I want to read that workbook you are working on!! =)

Nora

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Posted: 5/5/2011 10:19:09 AM
Loved reading this and your shots are beautiful! TFS!


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Posted: 5/5/2011 12:21:18 PM
This is great! Love your work!


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Posted: 5/5/2011 1:22:10 PM


You are such an inspiration! And SO BEAUTIFUL! I LOVED your interview and your work is BREATHTAKING!!! You babes are so darling!!! Thank you so much for doing this!


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Posted: 5/5/2011 1:28:27 PM
Thanks so much for all of your responses!! My heart belongs to peas. That was super fun. Such a great way to document my feelings about photography right now. I will copy and save this alwaysThank you all for being so patient with me.

I had no idea I had been chosen so I feel like I abandoned you. I was so excited when Shanna tracked me down on facebook and told me that Crystal had chosen me to be next.



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Posted: 5/6/2011 12:22:07 PM
Great interview & beatiful pictures!!!

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Posted: 5/6/2011 1:22:57 PM
I loved reading your interview! It's fascinating to learn what other Peas do (besides photography). Your photos are lovely!

I'm also excited to see the Pea of the Week interviews start back up. It's been way too slow here lately.

Anne

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Posted: 5/6/2011 6:45:15 PM
Awesome interview and BEAUTIFUL photos! That last ring shot is killer! TFS!


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Posted: 5/7/2011 5:32:13 AM
Thanks for taking the time for doing the interview! You rock! Love your style! Off to see your blog now!


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Posted: 5/7/2011 7:44:08 AM
What a great read...your passion shines through with every word. I so enjoyed learning more about you. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful self, family and images with us.


Blessings, Rebecca





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Posted: 5/7/2011 10:38:49 AM
Agreed with everyone - great reading and very interesting!!! Thank you!


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Posted: 5/7/2011 1:25:41 PM
Thanks so much for sharing with us! Your work is BEAUTIFUL!!!


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Posted: 5/9/2011 1:33:22 AM
I love love reading about you. Your blog was one of the 1st photographer's blogs that I saved as a favorite when I was first taking a interest in photography. I had read through every single tut you wrote. Love love your work! The processing on the maternity photo with the umbrella is to die for, it goes perfect with the background.

Can't wait to read about Kim next week!


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Posted: 5/9/2011 11:47:09 AM
Doing a little reading during my lunch hour and what a delight. Beautiful photos!

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Posted: 5/9/2011 1:04:06 PM
You are all spoiling me with your sweet comments!

Thank you


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Posted: 5/9/2011 8:30:37 PM
Thank you for sharing a little about yourself and your work. BTW,your family is precious!


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Posted: 5/12/2011 10:56:19 AM
He Stacey!!! I am so glad that the tracked to down. It is so nice to see you post!! We've missed you around here! I loved your interview!!!! Thanks for the editing tips!


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Posted: 5/12/2011 2:43:19 PM
Love your work!

Thanks for sharing yourself with us. It's great to read about all the 2Peaographers on here.



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Posted: 5/12/2011 3:26:12 PM
Hi Stacey, sorry that I didn't respond sooner...I just now saw this!!!! First of all, it was so good to get to know you better and I have to say your kiddos are just precious!!! I loved your ansswers regarding what makes your heart sing!!!!! Seeing beauty in all forms of life is a true photographer!!!!

And you are a cutie pie too, so adorable!!


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Posted: 5/12/2011 7:21:38 PM
i just saw this! great to read about you. girl you look like a child - 4 kids? and run 2 businesses. amazing. your kids are adorable and your work is beautiful!

barb

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Posted: 5/12/2011 8:45:34 PM
Thanks all!!

Barb, when you put it like that, I guess I am kinda awesome

.....now if I could just focus on one thing at a time...


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Posted: 5/13/2011 1:07:09 AM
Stacey

Great interview and images!

I have to say, I love your processing, I have been using your workflow action, so when I saw your interview, I was excited! Love the midtone glow!



Amy

Nikon D3000 - for now
iMac iAdore
PSE9 - for now
Lightroom 3
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