PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE MONTH | Chantal Brown
CONGRATULATIONS! We are pleased to announce Chantal Brown – www.chantalbrownphotography.com as November Photographer of the Month. Check her blog and don’t forget to follow on Facebook and Instagram @chantalbrown.
What inspired you to use Forbeyon?
I love the high quality of thick pages and gorgeous eco materials. I tried sample albums from other vendors and I can feel Forbeyon is by far the highest quality ever.
What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think of Forbeyon?
I love the heaviness and love feeling the soft and gorgeous album material. I love that Forbeyon Designer is really easy to use. I love the great customer services, especially when they are willing to work with your album cover design ideas.
Share with us your favorite Forbeyon album and why. What materials/ options do you choose?
My favorites are the eco materials. I love the feel of the gorgeous red cherry pie material and the softness of emotion yellow material. My best selling sizes are the 8×10 and the 10×10 albums.
What advice would you give to the first time buyers of Forbeyon albums?
Go to Forbeyon company and check out all their gorgeous sample albums and other products. Once you’re in there you’ll fall in love with all their products.
Any suggestions for Forbeyon?
Double check the albums are spec free. Inspect the cover album are aligned and clean off the powder dust. I usually inspect the albums before giving to my clients.
What inspired you to be a photographer?
I started shooting back in the film day. I took a class in college and immediately fell in love with photography.
How long have you been a photographer?
I have been shooting for 12 years now. I shot my first wedding with film 12 years ago and that’s when I knew I wanted to be a photographer. I transitioned to photograph high school senior portraits about 2 years ago and I love it.
Are you formally taught or self taught?
I took one semester of film photography back in college. After that it was mostly self taught. I took a few workshops and learned a lot from reading online classes.
How do you define your style?
My style is simple, natural and fun. Most of my images are in nature. I photograph mostly high school seniors and love to capture their natural beauty in nature. Occasionally I love to do styled shoot where we go all out with dramatic hair and makeup.
What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?
I normally shoot with my favorite Canon 5D Mark III. I love the quietness and full frame. I mostly shoot with 85mm 1.2L and 70-200mm 2.8. Sometimes I like to use 50mm 1.2L for a wider shot.
Your favorite lens?
For portraits, my favorite lens are 85 1.2L and 70-200mm 2.8. Back when I used to shoot weddings my favorite were 50m 1.2L and 24-70mm 2.8.
Share with us your favorite image and why.
It’s so hard to choose only a few favorite images. All my clients are very unique in their own way. The 50s themed photo shoot are some of my favorites. Sometimes I love to go all out and have a fun and have a dramatic photo shoot. I love a few other nature images as well. I love photographing high school seniors. I love to capture their natural inner beauty. I want them to see that inner beauty of themselves.
What is your most important objective when shooting?
To bring their inner beauty to life. I love capturing their personality, their laughter and who they are.
When you are shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned?
I would say about half and half. A little mixture of both. Depending on what my clients want. We may plan a prom styled photo shoot with dramatic makeup. Sometimes if my clients want a natural and simple picture with nature I’m all for it. Occasionally we tend to go with the flow.
Where do you get your ideas and inspiration?
This is a tough one. I try not to look at other photographers work. My style is more simple and with nature. If my clients want to have a session with no makeup and barefoot I’m all for it. I love simplicity.
What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?
Stick to your own style, don’t mimic other photographers. Only I know what kind of style I like.
What’s the best part of being a photographer?
People tend to take things for granted. I love to freeze time, to freeze moments.
If you weren’t a photographer what would you be?
I’ll be a world traveler, if that’s possible. Although I’ll take my camera with me to capture memories.