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Sitting down with one of the worlds best photographers

I reached out to Erin Hoskins of Erin Elizabeth Photography who is undoubtedly one of the world's most renowned family and newborn photographers. She kindly took me up on the offer and here's what she had to say...

1.     What got you started in photography?

"Well I’ve always had an interest in the arts - I was a musician since the age of 5, was a gifted artist as a child, attended a liberal arts college for operatic performance, and taught music in my earlier years.  So I suppose photography was in that same ‘artistic’ realm.  Once I picked up a camera, I was hooked.  I practiced night and day, narrowed my interests, slowly built a portfolio, and finally decided to start a business.  It was a decision that has had an profound impact on the trajectory of my life.  I wouldn’t change a thing!"

2.     How long have you been shooting for?

"I first picked up a camera in 2007.  I vividly remember calling my brother-in-law to ask him how I could change the shutter speed and aperture because I could not for the life of me figure it out.  A year of obsessive reading and research later, I had a decent portfolio and decided to try my hat with running a part-time business (which went on to become full-time in 2010)." 

3.     What is your current camera body?

"Ha!  Excellent question!  I have literally (as in, yesterday) gotten my hands on a Canon 5D mkIV camera body, but haven’t yet had time to bust it open and have a play (and am also waiting for the Adobe update so I can upload the files!).  So I suppose that would technically be my main camera body at the moment, however it’s been the 5D mkIII for many years prior to this.  Go Team Canon!"

4.     What is your favourite lens and why?

"Well that’s an easy one.  Anyone who knows anything about my photography knows I am straight up obsessed with my Canon 100mm 2.8L macro.  I shoot a lot of newborns, and that lens makes up about 40% of my newborn galleries…it is gorgeous!  For outdoor sessions, I adore my Canon 24-70mm 2.8L II.  It is my sharpest lens by far, and all I use at the beach."   

5.     What is your number 1 tip to other aspiring photographers?

"My number one tip to aspiring photographers is to avoid rushing in to running a business. Make sure you build your skills and compile a solid and consistent portfolio before you even think about charging a penny.  It will save you many headaches down the track!  It’s also important to remember that once you turn your passion into a business, it stops being a ‘passion’ and morphs into ‘work’.  Not that I don’t love my job, but the LAST thing I want to do in my free time these days is pick up a camera.  Running a business is a lot of work and not something to take lightly.  Supremely worth it in the end, but there’s definitely no rush."

A massive thank you goes out to Erin for her time.

Remember to check back in on Friday for part two of an insight into Erin Elizabeth Photography. 

All images are courtesy of erinelizabeth.com.au

Thanks for stopping by!

Alek