The first time I saw the image from Claire Porter of Wilhelmina Photography I fell in love.  All I could imagine was the fairies sitting on the toadstools, kind of along the lines of Tinkerbell.  This image not only captured my attention but it captured the attention of blog contributor Kim Sidwell.  We wanted to know more about Claire and so I connected with her and asked her if she would answer some questions.

Tell us about yourself.  Are you a hobbyist or a pro? 

I live in Winchester Hampshire in the UK, although I have traveled a bit when younger as my father was in the army.

I am married with three children.  I have been with my husband for 18 years and married for 11.  My children are aged 15, 10 and 4.  My 10 year old daughter has Asperger’s Syndrome.

I am a hobbyist photographer, but would one day love to go pro, however, due to my health though that may may never be possible.  I have Sjogren’s Syndrome which is affecting my eyes and MS which impacts greatly on my life, but I still work as a Healthcare Assistant and have for 20 years.  I am also a volunteer photographer for the charity “Remember my baby”, photographing babies born sleeping.

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I adore this image of my youngest and my oldest together. They have such an amazing and sweet bond. Its beautiful to watch them interact together.

 

What will we find in your camera bag?

I have a Canon 1100D and two kit lenses, the 18-55mm and 75-300mm.  I also have a 50mm 1.4, 28-135mm and a Lensbaby Composer Pro with the Sweet 35 and Sweet 50 optics.

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This was the first picture I took with the 50mm 1.4. It’s far from perfect but I love it anyway. I love the softness around the edges but the sharpness of the eyes.

 

Who inspires you?

There are many Photographers that inspire me – Kate Vellocott of Kate Vellocott Pictures amazes me with her Lifestyle Photography and almost story book feel to her images.

I’m actually inspired greatly by Old Photographers from a different time. I love looking at the photographs from old LIFE magazine subscriptions and I am hugely influenced by the 1800’s photographer Julia Margaret Cameron who was the first photographer to purposefully photograph her subject out of focus. I love her style of close up portraits and that is what I mainly do

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Close up portraits in black and white are what I love doing most. The feel of this with the wind in her hair reminds be of a time gone by.

 

What inspired you to pick up your camera initially?

I actually started my photography using an iPhone only.  I had lenses that clipped onto the iPhone and took photos mainly of bugs and flowers.  My husband then bought me the Canon DSLR camera and things progressed from there.  I have only been taking photos for around 2 years now.

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Flowers and Nature are something I photograph a lot and to be truthful I am probably better at this than I am at taking portraits etc. I just adored the pink against the light in this photo.

 

Photoshop or Lightroom? and why that choice?

I use Photoshop Elements 14.  Elements is what I learned on so I suppose that is why I find it the easiest to use.

I am determined this year to crack Photoshop CC but do find it complicated. I start in ACR and then transfer over to Elements to finish off.

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I attempted to edit this in Photoshop cc and I love the results although I can see my mistakes I feel it’s the only way to get better. Life is full of mistakes but that’s how we learn.

 

If you had to choose one area of specialization, what would it be?

I would love to have a go at Birth Photography.  To capture all the emotions and joy of that moment would be the most wonderful thing ever and a complete contrast to the voluntary work I do.

I also love Lifestyle photography so doing lifestyle sessions in your home would be an honor to do.

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I had the pleasure of taking some breast feeding photos for my sister in law and it was the most amazing thing I have done. My niece would feed whenever my sister in law put on her morning makeup sitting up on the dressing table each morning.

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