Levi Stolove: At the age of 9 my cousin introduced me to his SLR camera and I became an avid shooter by the age of 13. Fortunately, my high school offered photography classes and I was able to start honing my dark room skills. This lead me to seek it as a major at Bard College where I primarily focused on fine art photography. While studying at Bard, I worked at a sheep farm where the natural backdrop started to inform my work. Post college, I continued to create art photography while working with youth in the non-profit sector and studying Chinese medicine.
Growing up in a surf town in Orange County and in a surfing family, I was tossed into the waves at a ripe young age. I still remember so vividly the first wave I ever caught. I was on the nose of my oldest brothers surfboard, fully dressed in my school uniform with no bathing suit to be found! I sat down and held on for dear life! It must have been that moment that made my heart skip a beat for the ocean. I continued to spend the rest of my childhood jumping in and out of the waves, both on and off of surfboards!
Jump down the road a few years and I am in love with my soul mate. We met snowboarding in Utah, became engaged snowboarding in Mammoth, and went snowboarding on our honeymoon in Whistler Canada! We jump at every chance to surf and snowboard together and are waiting for the day our little boy wants to get on board too! These days I spend most of my time chasing my silly little boy around, but I still make it out in the water! Along with surfing I love to play some beach volleyball, coach a high school volleyball team, and now take care of my growing succulent garden! I love these things, it’s like they are indestructible!
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My love for photography began when I dropped out of college majoring in Architecture. From there, I moved to Florida hanging out with friends from back home. This is when I starting taking photos. I would mail my parents images of the beaches, oceans and building’s. My parent’s really encouraged me to pursue the photography field and helped me along the way. A year later I wanted to go back to college for photography but instead I starting reading every photography book I could find. During this period I met a local photographer who offered to hire me as an assistant. I assisted in weddings and portraits learning lighting and posing. After working there for several years I decided to open my studio in 1978. My landlord at the time was an attorney who had a client that owned a photography studio. The owner passed away and they needed someone to run the business so my landlord asked me to run the studio. This is where I learned the business side of photography. Since then I haven’t looked back always willing to learn the latest techniques in my field.
I truly love the wedding business, today’s brides a more than willing than ever to let me create images that are unique and personal. I try to think outside the box and most of the time it really works.
In my free time I love traveling to National Parks with my 2 sons, taking landscape images, hiking and fishing. I really love the game of golf but I am really terrible at it. Maybe I just love the outdoors. Bowling is my game, 2- 300’s this year and a 297. My favorite professional sports teams are the New York Yankees and the New York Knicks. So you can probably tell that I am from the Empire state of New York.
I would like to personally thank Digilab for the honor of, Photographer of the Month.
1. What inspires you?
Technology has inspired me. Although my back ground in photography started with film, digital imaging has opened the door for me to create, experiment with today’s latest software and trends.
2. How long have you been in the Photography Industry
I opened my studio as a full time photographer in March 1978.
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As a child, my parents infused me with art. My father would sit with me in museums, asking which was my favorite and why. Then he would discuss color, light, composition, subject, medium, the artist and art history.
I became interested in photography in my early twenties. I worked for Andrew Kilgore, a black and white portrait photographer. Andrew taught me all there was to know about darkrooms and black and white film. That opportunity was an invaluable foundation.
After raising two children and ending a marriage of 28 years, I needed a vehicle for re-entry into the world. I purchased a point and shoot and learned how to use it and photo editing software. The next year, I bought my first DSLR. I continued to grow by purchasing better cameras and traveling. I’ve only worked with Canon, my first a Rebel, then a 50D. I now use a 5D Mark II and am thrilled with the results I get.
I began entering competitions at the suggestion of my friend Stewart, who thought I was much better than I thought I was. To my surprise, in the first year, I was juried into 12 shows; most were international calls for entry. My images began selling. I started my own business, Photos by Pinque, and my friend Katie built my first website: photosbypinque.com. I joined the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, who quickly became a client. In November of 2011, I was invited to show at Bittersweet Café, in Louisville, near Boulder. This led to my work exhibiting as the focus of décor in Parma Trattoria, a wonderful, new Italian restaurant in Louisville, Colorado.
1. What inspires you?
The biggest influence on my photography is the fine art I’ve been exposed to my whole life. Also, music, fine art, daily life, and the play of light on surfaces and people. It’s all about feelings and composition.
2. How long have you been in the Photography Industry?
Since my 20’s.I started my own business three years ago.
3. What photographers inspire you?
Irving Penn, Annie Leibovitz, Edward Weston, Richard Avedon, Andrew Kilgore and the many photographers I view on the web everyday.
4. What gear or gadgets can you not live without?
iPod, sunglasses and 5D Mark II.
5. Name a person, place or thing you can’t live without?
My photography, my children, the people in my life and Coti my dog. My spiritual home is the mountains.
6. What is the biggest challenge you have had in your business so far and how did you overcome it?
Pricing and valuing my work, understanding the legal rights for photography and photographer, and inventory issues. I overcame these by trial and error, industry networking, lots of research and making a LOT of mistakes.
7. Tell me about one of your biggest disasters from a shoot?
My biggest disaster was not in a shoot but in the placement of my art. The hardware used to hang two of my pieces failed, causing the 5’ x 8’ canvases to come crashing down in the midst of lunch at Parma.
8. What is the most successful marketing strategy you have implemented in your business?
9. How does Digilabs help your business?
Digilabs has given me a convenient retail portal for my work. It has made fulfilling orders remarkably simple to customers throughout the country. The Staff at Digilabs was enormously helpful and supportive while I set up my website.
10. What word of advice can you give to other (seasoned or new) photographers?
Keep your camera setting on manual and look at the results daily. Never leave home without your camera. If you can’t work it out of the photo, work it in. Never be afraid to break the rules.
11. How are you changing your business to incorporate social networking and/or new technologies?
I asked my Facebook friends to help me select the eight images for my first competition. Five were accepted. I love my Facebook friends.I post a photo everyday on my Facebook page, which is also linked to my webpage. Artists from all over the world have become my friends through that process.
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My name is Carrie Nedo, I was raised in the small town of McBain, Michigan. Growing up I loved to ride & show horses, play sports & spent a lot of time exploring the great outdoors! My love for photography started in middle school and as I graduated high school I landed a job traveling and photographing the hunter/jumper horse show circuit! From there I went on to study at Central Michigan University earning my Bachelors degree in Photography & Journalism.
During college I worked for a local newspaper & photographed at a few Michigan motocross race tracks. It is there were I meat my wonderful husband and decided to move to Traverse City, Michigan and start my own wedding/portrait photography business. I am currently living the dream of running my own photography business & am very happy to announce that I will be a new mommy soon!
What inspires you?
People are truly who inspire me to do photography. I absolutely love knowing that with one click of a shutter, I can capture a moment in time; “I believe that every photograph I make, stops a memory from fading away.”
How long have you been in the Photography Industry?
I have always loved photography even at a young age. At 16 I joined my schools photo club. My teacher ran a fundraiser and said whoever raised the most money would win their own SLR Film camera, needless to say I raised the most money ever and from there I built my own small darkroom in the basement under the stairway. It has been over 12 years now since then & I still love doing photography as much as I did then!
What photographers inspire you?
There are hundreds of amazing photographers out there! I have to say that I will never forget driving 3 hours just to see a gallery showing of Ansel Adams prints! He has truly inspired me!
What gear or gadgets can you not live without?
I cannot live without my 35-350 L & 50 1.4 lenses! I almost never take them off my camera! I also could not live without using Light room and Photoshop.
Name a person, place or thing you can’t live without?
I truly could not live without my husband. He is my number one supporter in my personal and professional life!
What is the biggest challenge you have had in your business so far and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge for me in this industry is keeping up with the every so changing technology. As soon as you master one program or piece of equipment another one comes out.
What is the most successful marketing strategy you have implemented in your business?
My most successful marketing strategy has been running my monthly mini session specials! I do 1 themed photo shoot one weekend a month at a different location were my clients can come to me and try something new! It works out great for creating new and unique images.
How does Digilabs help your business?
Digilabs Pro has been amazing with keeping up with today’s trending client needs! They have superior products; design & support that can help me get any job done in a quick high quality & timely manner.
What word of advice can you give to other (seasoned or new) photographers?
My advice would be to keep up with the new technologies and to always photograph each image from your heart!
How are you changing your business to incorporate social networking and/or new technologies?
I am constantly upgrading to new software, trying new products and of course I have incorporated Facebook into my business by posting specials and client sneak peeks! It has been a great networking tool to outsource to new clients that I would not have been able to reach before.
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