Archive - February 2012

Karen Dórame, St. George, Utah

Karen Dórame
How long have you been a photographer?

My mother was an award-winning photographer. She gave me my first camera in high school and also taught me how to use it.

What is your photography forte?

Travel and stock photography—and some studio/location photos with clients.

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

I had neglected photography for a while because my husband created all photos of the family. When my daughter took her one-year-old infant to a studio, they tried to turn her away because the child’s condition caused him to look different from other children. That’s when “Special Kids Photography of America” (SKPA) was born and I started attending national photography conventions where I learned the tips and tricks from professionals. Now SKPA trains other photographers to get great photographic results from special children.

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

Study the Church publications to see the type of photography that is needed and used.

What type of camera do you use?

Nikon D700, D300, and D200 (converted to infrared). However, lenses are more important than the camera. For professionals, it’s the camera that’s the accessory.

What about photography inspires you?

I get excited when I spot a “photo opp” that I know will be a winner. If I don’t spot it, I create it!

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

Experience helps. Sometimes I have to think and plan. But on other occasions, I have to act fast or the opportunity is gone.

Where is your favorite location to shoot?


What do you love about photography?

I love to take my camera with me everywhere. It can be upsetting on occasion, because I act like the paparazzi and photograph everyone in site.

Film, digital, or both?


What photographers inspire you most?

Many, but three are Henri-Cartier Bresson, Jerry Uelsmann, and Gertrude Käsebier.

What advice would you give to new photographers?

Study the works of photographers you like. One of the best places to learn is as a national or regional convention, such as Imaging USA (2013 in Atlanta) and WPPI (Las Vegas).

How important is Photoshop in your final image?

I use different post-processing software. All my images are enhanced, even if only a little sharpening and vibrance.

Who is your favorite photographer and why?

Too many to mention.

What is your favorite lighting?

Lighting is all-important in photography. I don’t care what type it is, only if it is used correctly to produce the best results.

Where is your dream location to shoot?

Anywhere that’s in front of my camera.

What types of photos have you shared with the Church and members?

I have shared photos that might illustrate or enhance an article or other Church publication.

What is one tip that you would like to share?

Never stop learning what will improve your skills to make you a better photographer.

—Karen Dórame

Justin Soderquist, Provo, Utah

Justin Soderquist
How long have you been a photographer?

Just over 2 years.

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

Take the time and give your best. Talents are best when shared.


What first piqued your interest in photography?

I got interested in photography shortly after my wife and I had our daughter (probably one of the most photographed kids in recorded history). That, combined with the fact that we had recently moved to beautiful British Columbia, made it seem like the logical next step.

What is your photography forte?

I really love landscape photography. I like portraiture (and other types) as well, but something about trying to capture the beauty of the outdoors just seems to click with me (no pun intended). 

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

One of the best tips I’ve learned along the way has been to focus heavily on timing. Sometimes that means chasing down (or patiently waiting for) the perfect lighting conditions, weather, and so on. Other times it means being constantly on the lookout and ready to hit the shutter when that split-second gesture strikes your subject’s face. Some of my favorite photos are the ones that capture fleeting moments—where maybe only seconds sooner or later there was nothing really interesting going on in front of the lens.


Another way that timing contributes to photography deals more with the time one spends with his or her subject. The better you know your subject, the better you can capture whatever it was about it that prompted you to pick up your camera in the first place. A lot of times this means you continue to work your subject even after you think you’ve got “the shot.”

What do you love about photography?


One of the things I love most about photography is how it has helped me learn to see. I notice things now that I wouldn’t have thought twice about before. There’s a lot of good to see in the world when we take the time to look for it. I also love how it works as an excuse to take my family up a mountain or to a beach.  

What advice would you give to new photographers?

Take lots of pictures; make lots of mistakes. Then take fewer pictures (because you’re becoming more intentional about them), but continue to make lots of mistakes. Experience is a great teacher. If you get to the point where you think you’ve pretty much got the hang of things, your photography will suffer accordingly. Also, take the time to read a lot and look at other people’s work. There are a whole lot of amazing resources available for little or no cost.

What is your favorite lighting?

Sunrise (if/when I can actually get myself up for it) and sunset. There’s a reason they call it the golden hour.

Film, digital, or both?

Definitely digital—I mess up too much to be able to afford film! 

—Justin Soderquist