01 Jun Interview: Christine Burns Photographer
Welcome to my interview with photographer Christine Burns.
Christine is a photographer with an incredible eye for capturing the smallest of moments, at putting people at ease and producing beautiful, heartfelt work.
She has just completed a beautiful collaboration with the The Peelo School of Dance and I am sure is busy editing photos from the latest wedding as I type!
You are introduced to a stranger at a party, they ask you what you do, how do you answer?
This is something I still struggle with ! I should say “A Photographer” but it usually comes out like the “… well I do some photography and I am at home with the kids !!!! “ I am progressing to saying “I have a small photography business” – I think it is because I am self taught and it started out as a hobby that I find it hard to say it.
Why do you do what you do and what inspires you?
A love of photography, this love has always been with me. Providing some nice memories for people is kind of good too.
What is your morning routine?
A good morning would be – kids off to school, a walk to wake me up, a bit of housework, make a smoothie and start some work, however working for myself this changes a lot, so it varies
Five things you wish you had known starting out
1 – Spend less time on the Web
2 – Those amazing creative people you admire everyday – they have doubts too !
3 – Stop trying to be what others are
4 – You can do it
5 – Oh and the boring bit … Learn more about TAX etc
Five tools that help you run your business
Meetups with other photographers etc – so important
Lightroom, Photomechanic, Photoshop etc for my editing
Blogstomp for creating blogs
My shootsac – easy access to my lens, cards etc when shooting
A good professional camera & professional lens etc
If money was no object what three things would you change straight away and what three would you still do?
1.Have an office out of the house but close by … a little space in the garden
2. A natural light studio
3. Travel more
still do ..
1. Keep my business going
2. Try not to give in the constant request for stuff from our kids ! Hang on to our values.
3. Live in Ireland
How do your customers find you?
Social Media. Do you use it, what platforms have worked the best, what tips do you have?
Yes – Facebook for reaching out to clients. Twitter for connecting with other photographers etc, Instagram for amazing photos
It is great but can suck you in and drag you down, try not be a slave to it, and remember people are mostly showing the good bits of their lives !
Apple or PC Apple
Tea or Coffee Depends on time of day, but always coffee when out
Digital recording or paper paper
Country or City Bit of both please
Early Bird or Night Owl Somewhere in between!
From Matt Jones: Lennon or McCartney? Lennon
What is your favourite…
Book Too many, I read a lot, but anything from Isabel Allende always works
Film Any one I can watch more than once
Place somewhere the sun is shining & we are on holidays
Quote “Don’t cry because it is over. Smile because it happened” Dr Seuss
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