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Photographer Feature: Christina Skinner

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Hey There! Tell us about yourself! 
How did you get started in Photography?

I was interested in photography from a very young age. I used to take my mom's

35mm film camera and make my sister dress up in my ballet costumes and pose for me.

In college I took a few courses and fell in love with the dark room.

I was a model for a while and decided I wanted to really give it a

try to be behind the camera and started doing test shoots for an agency

with my first DSLR. Once I had my first baby I realized how little I knew

beyond basic manual settings and really wanted to push myself to be better.

Watching your child grow and change on nearly a daily basis will really snap you in to high gear to want to photograph them in the best way you possibly can.

 

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What Inspires You or how do you find Inspiration?


This is always a tough question for me to answer. Other photographers inspire me a lot. I also get inspired by a location, an outfit, a person's face, or light. I feel like I'm always analyzing light and thinking during a conversation "if they would just turn their chin a little to the side the shadows would be so flattering and I'd get pretty catch lights."

 

 

On a typical shoot, what might we find with you?  
What's in your bag?


I don't own much gear and I rather like keeping it simple. On a typical shoot you'll find my Jill E bag and inside is a Canon 6D and my backup Canon 5D classic. I only have two lenses, an 85mm 1.8 and a 50mm 1.4. The 50mm is what I use 95% of the time because we're BFFs. Besides an Expo Disk and maybe a reflector, that's it.

 

 

How would you describe your style?


My style is like life. A little silly, a little serious, and a little glamorous. I like matte edits and real moments for myself and my clients.

 

 

 

What is the best piece of advice you have received during your career?


To shoot every day. When I'm shooting every day, or at least a few times a week, I'm growing as an artist. I'm learning to think faster on the fly, to overcome challenging lighting situations, to crop more creatively, to grab fleeting expressions, to focus on the whole story and not just getting "the shot". It helped me find my style and an artistic voice. A 52 week project was the best thing I ever did and after 4 years it's still going strong. The added bonus is that I can look back in my pictures and literally see my children growing up before me week by week.

 

 


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  • I loved this article Christina! Your work is amazing and I want to BE you!! Seriously, I have a Nikon D3100 that I’d like to become better acquainted with….maybe I can tag along with you sometime! Keep up the great work!

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