We see almost only male photographers shooting the big events, was it hard to get in as a female photographer and get hired?
I’d be lying if I said it was easy. And it’s as hard staying in the industry as getting into it. Sometimes the industry has this preconceived notion about you, sometimes the girls are just not patient and passionate enough. When I was just getting started, there sure were boys who tried to convince me that no one will ever take me seriously and that my dreams will stay dreams, but luckily there were also guys who could explain to me how the camera works and what editing is, or be like 'Hey, we found this crazy spot, let’s see if we can do anything there and make it look cool.'
I’ve done a lot of work for free before it finally began to pay off and brought me to where I am these days. As life happens, there are ups and downs, and when things don’t go my way, I ask myself, ‘why do I do what I do?’ and then I try to go back and remember why I started. I still have this feeling that makes me want to push harder and find new ways to keep my job as a photographer or a creator. There’s so much competition in today’s media world it’s not just about finding the right angle and capturing a photo, the bar has definitely been raised in the past years.
What gear do you use, camera, lenses, flash?
I’ve always shot with Canon cameras. These days I use 24-70mm, 35mm, 50mm, 70-200mm, a fisheye lens, and an extender 1.4x. As for my flashes - I used to shoot with a few small Sigma flashes when I just started doing photography, and later on, I switched to Elinchrom and PocketWizard systems when my ‘fun’ shoots turned into somewhat professional.
Also, if anyone wants to know how to pack a lighting kit in one bag and travel with it - Pelican case is the answer. And if you plan on flying with it, don’t forget to include a copy of the manual for it in the case where it says that the battery meets all the necessary standards for air travel. This can make your time at the airport easier.
What lens do you use the most and why?
I use 70-200mm a lot when shooting snowboarding, but my favorite lens is 50mm. It’s lightweight, it’s sharp, it’s great for beautiful bokeh and for low-light shooting, it’s good for pretty much everything. And I simply like fixed lenses.
What is one of your favorite photos you took from a female athlete and why it is one of your favorites?
Whoa, it’s tough to pick just one. Can I name a few, please? I really like my photo of Anna Gasser that we took in Mammoth, CA, last summer. A big jump, great style, epic backdrop, natural light, fun vibe, and it made it to the finals of the X-Games photo contest. Should I mention I didn’t plan this shoot at all? Girl power, yo!