Feature Friday//Tasha Boin Photography//June 9, 2017
Let us welcome Tasha Boin of Tasha Boin Photography for this week's Feature Friday! She shares a bit about herself below accompanied by some really wonderful images.
Please tell us about yourself…
I am a born and raised Alaska girl, have lived in Oregon and Arizona...but like many Alaskans, made my way back to the Last Frontier. I am a wife and mom to two rambunctious little girls-Emma, 6 and Chloe, 4 and I am due with my third child, a boy any day now! I currently run a part time photography business specializing in Lifestyle Family Photography, but would love for it to become a full time endeavor once my kiddos are not so needy (is that a thing?!). :) I live for documenting my family's daily adventures and having an outlet like photography has been an amazing gift to have as a mother and person in general!
Can you describe your style in 3 words? Why those words?
Detailed, Connected and Outdoorsy.
I chose these three words because I love capturing all the details of otherwise mundane moments, I feel those are the pictures we adore the most when we look back at them years down the road-the messy hair getting whipped by the wind, tiny hands, twirling skirts, dirt and scrapes on knees. I strive to capture connections between my subjects, whether it be loving, caring, emotional, funny...you name it, that is what brings an image to life and lastly, I chose outdoorsy because I LOVE shooting outside and prefer that it be in the mountains, next to the ocean, or it can even be in a field down the street-but I feel that is where my clients really let loose, in the natural elements where they have room to roam and be themselves.
What sparked your passion for photography?
I have always loved photography-dating back to the dark room days in high school, but like many of us moms, it was reignited with a vengeance when I had my first child. It was around that time that I became a stay at home mom and engrossed myself into capturing as much of my children's lives as humanly possible, that I really started taking photography seriously. I became obsessed with all things photography in the process. I joined Clickin' Moms and would say that is the main thing that really helped me in honing my photography skills.
What's in your camera bag right now?
I have a Canon 6D and as for lenses I have the Canon 50 mm/1.4, Canon 135/2, Sigma 35 mm/1.4 and Lensbaby Twist 60; I also own a speed light which comes in handy in the winter months at times.
What is your dream shoot or project?
My dream shoot or project would be to just finish something that I start! :) I would love to complete a 365 someday!
What are some of the misconceptions you had about photography and photographers at the beginning of your photography journey? Have they changed, and how?
Some of the misconceptions I had about photography when I first started out is that I thought I had to be like everybody else to become the best photographer that I could be. I didn't take the time to harness my own creativity, because I was too busy looking at what the trends were. I know we all emulate somebody or somebody's style at some point in our journey, and that it takes time to dig deep and look within to find our own style...but it's easier said then done. I never realized the importance of consistency in the beginning, my editing was ALL over the place-I fell into the trap of actions and presets and solely relying on them "transforming" my images. My skin tones were wonky, one image might be vintage while the other saturated...oh boy! I thought that those rules didn't apply to me and that if I liked to edit one picture one way another a different way, then that was going to be my style...but I quickly realized the importance of finding MY style and my voice and to not rush it.
What advice would you give to newbie photographers? What advice do you wish you'd been given at the very beginning?
I would tell them everything that I have already stated and that it really isn't all about how many likes you get on a photo or how many Instagram and Facebook fans you have, that it's about the journey of learning and that it is not a race or a competition... and that the journey really never ends. That is one of the main things I love about photography so much-that you will always be learning and growing, changing and evolving. It never gets stale.