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In honor of Women’s Day, we caught up with family photographer Drew Bittel. We’ve followed her blog, Mom*Tog, for quite some time now and are drawn to her beautiful and lively images. Drew started her own business 9 years ago and it has evolved into a platform for teaching others about photography. Here is was she had to say:

When did you get started in photography? 

I officially fell in love with photography my senior year of high school, but never imagined I could make a career out of it.  It wasn’t until after I got married and saw my wedding pictures that I realized I wanted to start a business.  I loved not just looking at my pictures, but also being able to feel the emotions that I felt at that very moment.  I wanted to do that  for other people.  That was almost 9 years ago and while my business has evolved a lot, I still love capturing those moments for my clients.

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What would you tell a photographer who is just starting out?

Just be you. There are so many amazing photographers out there, but there is just one you.  Stay true to your style and self.  Don’t do something just because it is trendy and everyone else is doing it.  Shoot what you love and be inspired by what makes you happy.

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What is your go-to camera body/lens for portraits?

I shoot with the Canon 5D Mark II.  My go to lens is the Canon 50mm f/1.2. It’s on my camera 90% of the time.

Any tips for shooting children?
When shooting toddlers, know your settings before you start shooting, so you can get the shot fast. We all know toddlers don’t stay in one place for long!  When shooting families with young children, I always go in with a game plan for the shoot. I have a couple of UNposes I know I want to try, so the session can run smoothly and I don’t draw a blank. And have fun!  Make it a big game or adventure.  If you or their parents are stressed, kids know it and will feed off of it.
And the most important tip is to have patience.  Lots and lots of patience.  You can’t make a newborn or toddler do something they don’t want to do. They are challenging ages, but I think that’s what makes it fun!

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Any sources of inspiration?

I really do my best to stay away from Pinterest or other blogs as a source of inspiration.  Ultimately, I think looking at Pinterest limits creativity rather than inspires it. My clients and kids are my main sources of inspiration.  I love to tell their stories.  I love to capture their connections and find out what is unique about each of them and incorporate that into their session.tumblr_inline_n1whhvS3UX1ssrw4d

 

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