Archive - October 2011


Vikki Marie Wiessner, Idaho

Vikki Marie Wiessner

How long have you been a photographer?

About seven years.

What first piqued your interest in photography?

Since I was very young, I looked at people and places and things through a lens built in my own mind.

What is your photography forte?

Art of people.

What tip or trick have you learned along the way that made the biggest difference to the quality of your photos? 

Looking at each person I shoot as though I can see through them, know them, and try and get "them" on canvas.

What do you think photographers could do to help in the Church’s call for photos?


It's like tithing; giving of our talent is giving to the Lord and His work. If we can share what we do or make an image purposefully geared to the gospel, then I feel we are giving our talent towards His work. After all, He is who gave this talent to me.

Where is home?

I am from Arizona originally and do love the memories and people there. Idaho has wrapped itself around my heart the seven-plus years I've lived here. This is home.

What type of camera do you use?

Nikon D700.

What about photography inspires you?

When I see a client look at a picture and see themselves as beautiful.

How do you decide what to shoot and how to shoot it?

I don't. I am very much an "on a whim" kind of shooter. Very little is planned, which isn't good all the time. =)

Where is your favorite location to shoot?

Where there is magical light.

What do you love about photography?

Creating. Inspiring others.

How important is Photoshop in your final image?

The shooting of an image and Photoshop are partners to me.

If you could have your dream camera and lens, what would it be?

Nikon D3.

What is your favorite lighting?

Natural. Mostly the sunset-golden feeling.

Where is your dream location to shoot?

Italy—for its character and history-filled architecture.




Jenny Hanson, Utah

Jenny Hanson
How long have you been a photographer?

I have loved taking pictures since I was in junior high, and it became a passion when I was in my mid-twenties. For a long time I didn’t consider myself a “true photographer” because I didn’t study it in school, and I still don’t know how to fully operate a manual camera. I have come to realize that although that stuff is nice, it doesn’t really matter all that much if you are passionate about taking pictures.

What first piqued your interest in photography?

I grew up in a really beautiful area (the Pacific Northwest) that provided me with tons of stuff to photograph, and I always loved taking pictures of friends and memories in high school and college. I think those are the things that initially got me into it. Also the fact that I have a brother who is an amazing photographer probably didn’t hurt.

What is your photography forte?

I think it has changed over time. Initially I loved photographing nature—especially flowers; then I fell in love with animals; now that I have two kids I take tons of pictures of them and their little friends. I also really enjoy capturing the patterns, shapes, and colors that are all around me.

What type of cameras have you used?

My first camera was a Minolta point and shoot. Then when I was 25 I got an SLR—a Nikon N75—which took my photography to a whole new level. I went digital about three years later (after much hesitation) and got a Canon Powershot. The camera I shoot with now is a Canon Rebel XS, and the lens I use primarily is a 50mm-f1.8. I’m sure at some point, when I have the financial means, I will upgrade to a nicer camera and get a few more lenses, but thankfully right now I’m pretty content with what I’ve got.

What do you love about photography?


Well I love a lot of things. I love the simple act of composing an image in the viewfinder of my camera and how gratifying it is to know I’ve gotten a good shot. I love knowing that I’ve seen and captured something, however random or mundane, in a way that no one else could. I love that the pictures I take are a representation of how I see the world. I love the editing process and that it allows me to be as creative as I want. I love that photography is one of the few areas of my life where my perfectionism and attention to detail are more of a blessing than a curse. I love having a hobby that I can share with people and perhaps brighten their day or allow them to see something in a different light. I love that it will never get old because I am always learning and growing. And I love that as long as I have a camera, I will always be able to shoot things around me and document what is going on in my life.

What tip or trick have you learned along the way that made the biggest difference to the quality of your photos?

I learned not to be scared to experiment. By tilting the camera, changing the point of view by crouching down on the ground or standing up on a table, not always centering everything, getting more candid shots, etc., I can create something that is a lot more dynamic and interesting. Life isn’t perfectly framed, so why try to make all of your pictures that way?

If you could shoot anything, what would it be?

I dream of one day being able to travel more and to photograph the people and surroundings of as many different places around the world as possible.

What are some ways that you have been able to share your photography with others? 

Back in the days before e-mail and online photo sharing, I loved sending pictures to friends and family while I was away at school or traveling. Now I love to make cards with my photos, which I give as birthday gifts and sell from time to time. Last year I made a few photo books and gave them away as Christmas gifts. I also really enjoy being the “designated photographer” wherever there is something going on—kids’ birthday parties, family get-togethers, church functions, etc.  And I’ve recently started photographing families, which has been really fun and also a welcome challenge.

What advice would you give someone who is getting into photography?

Try photographing lots of different things until you find something you love. Also, find someone, whether it’s someone you know or a professional photographer, whose style you like, and try to learn all you can from that person. It’s good to have something you love to photograph and someone who inspires you to be better, because that’s how you’ll really improve and evolve as a photographer.