Thursday, February 17, 2011

Photographer Interview with Rachel Durik {an American Mum}

The first picture I ever saw of hers blew me away.ra

Seriously. Outstanding.ra 1

Every picture I see of hers makes me smile.

Her pictures are so crisp and clear.ra 2 The color? Impeccable.

She is really, really good great.ra 3

And, she is really, really approachable.ra 5

Don’t you love that? It just makes my day when photographers are nice and helpful. I can not wait for you to meet her. Put this girl in your favorites folder immediately and mark my words: she is on her way to the top.ra 4 You are having a workshop in London this summer. How exciting is that? Will the kids be with you?  rachel 1   
I am! During 2010, I was able to start teaching workshops and online classes. I was even honored to be the featured speaker for the I Heart Faces workshop in Dallas.
rachel 4Through the year, I got a few requests to come to the UK, and this summer we’re planning a trip to see family there, so I’m combining the two. It’s super exciting, but to be honest, I’m more nervous than ever! rachel 3Sometimes I feel a bit foolish in front of British people, but no doubt it’s going to be an awesome day of learning, portfolio building, and networking, along with goodies from some awesome sponsors. ra 6 (If you want in, you can get details/register here: Savor Photography London Workshoprachel 2
It has to be hard leaving your country and coming to America. What was the hardest thing for you the first year you were here?
rachel 5
I am actually American! I think a lot of people have the misconception that I’m British because I have a British husband and we used to live in England.
ra 7 But if you want, you can imagine me speaking in a British accent. It’s more exciting that way.rachel 10    
Do you feel like the kids see their Grandparents enough? Do you worry about that?
rachel 9
I worry about this all the time. Having married someone from a different continent, we’re always going to be far away from family no matter where we live. We try our best to see our families as much as possible. rachel 6We’re headed to the UK this summer for the first time in three years, which is a long time in kid years. The airfare alone will cost $5000 which is why we can’t visit more often. rachel 8
How did you come up with the name Savor Photography for your business?
rachel 7
I think I saw a magazine article about savoring something. I liked the idea of savoring moments since time is so fleeting.
ra 8 However, I came up with the name and registered my website less than 24 hours later, not something I recommend!rachel 13  
How did you decide on the logo? How important do you think branding is? I know that everyone and their brother talks about it now, but do you think it is vital for building a business?
rachel 12It’s hard to say. My branding and logo is homemade, which everyone says we shouldn’t do. And I agree.
ra 9 I’d love to get proper branding, but I just don’t have the money to invest in it right now. rachel 11Image is absolutely important for first impressions, but if your business is built on recommendations and word of mouth, it might not be as important. (Is that a sacrilegious thing to say?!)      r6 
Tell me about the business of photography. Do you love that side of it?
ra 10 
Oh goodness, no. I hate it. I’ve learned it along the way, but struggled. I actually wrote an article for
I Heart Faces about this. (Article can be found here)ra 11 Photography talent doesn’t mean businesswoman by any means! ra 12
How did you come up with the idea of un(workshop)?r4
When I began teaching, I decided on calling it an (un)Workshop because I didn’t feel like one of the big guys offering their fancy workshops.
ra 13 The workshop was inexpensive and accessible, and focused on those that were new in business or ready to move from hobbyist to pro, the opposite of a $3000 workshop for intimidating superpros. I’ve met so many wonderful people from it and I’m so happy I started teaching!r3
Have you had a lot of fun helping others learn photography in new ways? r5
It’s a very rewarding experience to see people have an “aha moment”. I remember trying to learn photography all on my own, so I teach by remembering what I wished I had known.r1 I’ve also been very enriched by meeting the other photographers along the way! It’s a fun bonding experience to spend the day together when we all have a lot in common. I keep in touch with so many former students!
Do your children like being models?
r2
Ummm…no! My son has never been a good model, but at least my daughter would take pictures for me if I promised dressing up. Now, she’s totally over it and I have to bribe her with M&Ms. Small price to pay!durik
What would you say has been easier so far, parenting a boy or parenting a girl?
durik 4    
My daughter has always been easier. She’s a very soft-hearted little girl that hates conflict. My son is very stubborn, much like his mama, so I struggle more with him, but likely because of our similar personalities. That being said, my daugher’s girl drama is beginning. I can only imagine teenage years!durik 3
What is the most exciting thing you have shot so far in 2011?durik 2
So far, it’s been the Naples Wine Festival Vintner Dinners. I got to go in multi-million dollar homes to take pictures of the d├ęcor. It was so lavish and likely the only way I’ll ever see the insides of those homes!durik 1
When you are feeling low on ideas, where do you turn to give you a surge of creativity?r
Art, and art blogs. My friend Amy (
Living Locurto) gave me this tip. A lot of artists or those in fashion are on the cutting edge of trends. If you seek your inspiration there, you can see what’s up and coming instead of just copying the old stuff floating around on photography blogs.durik 10     
What are three goals you have for your photography business this year?durik 9
1. I really want to shoot a wedding in the UK this summer. (If you know of someone getting married in the UK, send them my way!)
durik 132. Establish a relationships with local vendors.durik 113.Attend a workshop myself! durik 8
Pricing is so hard for everyone, how did you decide upon pricing? Do you second guess yourself?durik 7
Pricing is such a headache. When we moved to Naples, I knew it was time to change my pricing because I live in a very rich area. I bought the Easy as Pie pricing guide and it made complete sense. It was scary charging so much, but so far it’s worked to my advantage!durik 6 
Has anyone ever been unhappy with how their session turned out? How did you deal with that?durik 5
Luckily, no. Knock on wood! I try very hard to manage expectations before a session. We talk extensively about wardrobe and I always encourage female clients to have their hair and makeup done before a session.
durik 14   
Who is a photographer you especially enjoy?
Susan Stripling for weddings, Lisa Holloway for kids, and Khara Plicanic of Kabloom Studios for overall awesomeness. durik 12
Any last words of wisdom you would like to share?
Create what makes your heart happy and your creative side will be fulfilled. :)a rachel

The Adventures of an American Mum by Rachel Durik

Savor Photography

63 comments:

Green Monkey said...

very honest and very approachable indeed! an english wedding sounds devine~ Love the clarity of your work. Best of luck with the workshop. Shannon

Caseybumpinalong said...

Another excellent interview! You are right about the photos - so clear and crisp! Beautiful!

TechnoBabe said...

Wow, this is one of the best ones so far. Really a great interview. And her photography is outstanding.

Lolli said...

Wow, wow, wow!! Her images are simply stunning! Her color and clarity are spot on. Thanks for another great interview!!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Wow...truly phenomenal! So crisp. And, I LOVE the simplicity. Every capture is just overflowing with joy!

Caroline said...

Crisp and clear is right!!! Love these photos. I completely understand the not liking the businesswoman part of photography...lol. Such an inspiring interview!

April said...

I'm such a sucker for babies and wedding pictures...hers are outstanding! The colors just jump right out at you! Thanks for sharing her incredible talent with all of us, Becky!

Mighty M said...

The emotions captured in these pictures is amazing! You know so many talented photographers!!

Cecily R said...

Great interview Becky! She's an inspiration for sure (and you're right...very approachable!)!

My Photographic Eye by Irela said...

I have been following her and am just amazed at the quality (and creativity) of her photographs. Absolutely beautiful.

Becky another great interview. Thank you so much for sharing.

Casey Freeland said...

The Eyes! Like she's capturing the souls of her subjects. Just amazing.

Casey

Wanda said...

Simple and perfect and totally inspiring. So nice to get up close and personal with another amazing photographer. Thanks Becky!!!

Sarah Halstead said...

Wonderful interview. I LOVE her photos. She is amazing!

Tamar SB said...

Thanks for this interview! I love her blog - looking at pictures of sunny Florida makes me not think I am in snowy Boston!

Tamar

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Always love your interviews, Becky. You ask such insightful questions. And Rachel is just as sweet as can be--and an awesome teacher. Approachable and warm, and very gifted!

jennykate77 said...

She's amazing!! I'm like you...I LOVE the crispness, the clarity, and the color. Her photography is gorgeous...and so perceptive.

Thanks for introducing us to her!!

Maddy said...

You're so right!! Her photos are so crisp and the colors beautiful! If there's anything I love about great photos is the "crispness" factor. I'm still working on achieving that effect!

And I'm with her...I hate the business side of things. It kind of puts a damper on the fun side of shooting!

Betsy said...

I love the clarity of her pictures! What unbelievable work! I'm so glad you shared some of her story with us!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Great interview Becky! Her pictures are so clear and gorgeous! Workshop in London.....what a wonderful backdrop that will be.

Valeria said...

hey in London, British people and one Italian! I'm going too! I can't wait! I'm sure it will be awesome!

Becky, great interview as always!!

Sarah said...

great tips Rachel and your work is stunning! thank you for sharing it!

Laura D said...

Love her pictures - the simplicity of them, the crispness and clarity is amazing...I would love to achieve this but seem to only achieve it small amt of the time...practice, practice :). I love, love the picture of her daughter in the snow and the bride with the netting over her eyes - simply beautiful - Thanks Becky for interviewing wonderful photographers each week!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love her work. Thanks for inviting me to view it. She capture people's inner beauty in a unique way.

Skeller said...

what's not to love about a woman whose wit is as fabulous as her photography?!?

as always, Becky, LOVE your interviews!

Becca said...

Oh I love you Rachel! :-) thanks for doing an interview - you rock and i love your work!

Angela@the crazyness that is me said...

Love those photos. So clear and fresh looking - no over photoshopped blahness! Great interview as always :)

I'm just the MOM said...

Oh the brightness! I LOVE THESE PICTURES! :)

Lori said...

Such fabulous photo's...I enjoyed every single one of these that it's hard to pick a favorite...another great interview Becky!

Buckeroomama said...

I've always drooled over Rachel's pictures whenever I head over to I Heart Faces... and I always love going through her tutorials on the Fix-Its.

I'm so glad you did this interview with her, so that we could learn more about her. :)

Casey said...

Wow. Absolutely STUNNING. EVERY. ONE. I love the colors, the brightness, the clarity. The compositions are so fresh! Just beautiful. Thanks for featuring, Becky!! What an inspiration.

M said...

*AWESOME*

Sara H W said...

This was a great interview. Rachel is one of my good friends (and ex roommie) and it has been a joy to see her progress. Its hard to believe she was all self-taught. I was lucky enough to be one of her first models (which I had no experience at) and she turned me into a natural "poser". She had no confidence in her ability at that time and people thought the photos looked like a cd cover or a magazine shoot. She was great then, now she is pure "awesomeness" (to quote her). She will continue to go far. Thanks for this post!

the Lola Letters said...

So vivid and beautiful - all of it!
Thanks for another great interview Becky!!!!

Kelly said...

The light in these photos is gorgeous. You know you love something when you lust to see your child as the subject.

angie {thearthurclan} said...

Love everything about Rachel and love seeing her featured here! :)

Raymonde said...

You have done it again Becky, you have unearthed and polished a gem. Her photos are amazing and inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

I am so disappointed about the workshop in England. It is just up the road from where I live and guess what I am away on that Saturday :( Boohoo. Never mind I am going to ask someone to kidnap her so she stays a bit longer.

Bye. xxx

Rebecca said...

Terrific photos. So much creativity.

American Mum said...

Thanks for featuring me, Becky! I feel so special. :) I'm honored to be among the fantastic photographers you've interviewed on your blog!

Richie S. said...

AWESOME!

Julie Rivera Photography said...

I already knew I loved Rachel, but you brought out so much of her, Becky! Fabulous interview, fun questions and of course, great feature of Rachel's wonderful images. :)

Tracy P. said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous! I so appreciate those willing to share their passion by teaching others. Rachel, you are a blessing!

Dot O said...

I so remember the picture of the wide-eyed blue-eyed little fella (her son) I think in one of the I Heart Faces contests.

So much talent!! I am jealous and if I were going to the UK, I'd be signing up for your workshop. Good luck. I'm sure it will be fab!!!

Dot O said...

P.S. Becky, your interview was perfect! Love your line of questioning.

Thanks so much for taking the time to share all of these interviews - we are learning such great stuff.

Crystal said...

What a fantastic interview! Thank you for doing this!

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

What a talented photographer! I love how clean and bright her pictures are. Lovely!

Susan said...

I could just eat up Chloe! Loved the interview and Rachel has some wonderful talent. Would love to attend one of her workshops.

urban muser said...

these photos are amazing--i am inspired. great interview.

JulieBouf said...

oh goodness, these photos are simply amazing! I really need to apply myself and improve my technique ;)

mmichele said...

Wow. Those are really, really beautiful photographs.

lisleman said...

A very enjoyable post - thanks

Lisa Holloway said...

Wonderful interview and such gorgeous photos! I was really surprised to see my name pop up in here, thank you so much for that! I'll be watching for future interviews...this was so fun to read!

InaMasonJar said...

These shots are amazing!
Thanks for stopping by for a visit, Becky!
Your pics are fantastic too! so much personality in the faces. love it!
Have a lovely weekend!
Alicia

Honest Abe Lincoln said...

Your photography is so superior to most things I get to see. If I was getting married you would take the pictures.

the monkeys' mama said...

i LOVE looking at these images. The backgrounds are so perfectly suited for each subject and the subjects--whoa don't get me started! they're so clear and so stunning! thanks for sharing about this neat-o American Mum! Good luck in England and have a blast, Rachel!

kcolquitt said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog! I'm glad you liked it. Your blog makes me smile. I'll be checking back often!

Mrs4444 said...

Adorable kids sure make adorable photos :) Rachel's very talented. the business aspects make me glad I'm just a novice!haha

Jennifer Froh said...

Fabulous photography!!! Loved the interview!

Puna said...

What a fantastic photographer! As I scrolled down I became more and more impressed. Thank you for posting the interview!

nduranphotography said...

What an interesting read, and what wonderful work!

Becky, as someone just starting to take some steps in the fabulous world of photography, I have to say that how wonderful you are for showcasing up and coming artists. Thank you for that faith :)

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

Great interview! I love Rachel:-) Her kids are so adorable!!

septembermom said...

There is such life and expressiveness to her photos. Thank you for introducing Rachel to me. She's an awesome photographer!

kriznizzel said...

Your blog is just super so many great photos to day dream over I'm following you, Thanks for stopping by at my blog and you nice words

marc said...

Absolutely adorable photos! Hope you get to do a wedding in the UK--they'd be lucky to have you.