Archive - January 2013


Lorie Heaton Burningham, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, United States

How long have you been a photographer?

Professionally since 2000.

What first piqued your interest in photography?

I’ve been an avid scrapbooker since 1970. I needed photos to put in my books and loved documenting various aspects of my family’s life. And, I’m too cheap to pay someone else to take my family’s photos!

What is your photography forte?

I not only love working with people, but I love the post-processing aspect of photography. While I do try to get it right “the first time,” I find that a little tweaking in Lightroom can make a photo look much more pleasing to the eye.

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

I’ve learned how important good light and good lenses are! Great lenses are worth every penny!

What about photography inspires you?

Preserving family history. My mother was a genealogy enthusiast for more than 60 years, and photos make a family history come to life. I love helping other families capture their moments together.

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

Eighty percent of my photography is of families at the beach. Since I live on a beach where the sun rises, shooting at sunset is a must. We start 45-60 minutes before sunset so we catch the beautiful light at the end of the day. Some families love formal shots; others love candid ones. Use of a reflector or a little fill flash is a must because of the backlight!

Where is your favorite location to shoot?

I don’t have one. I love the mountains of Utah, the sunrises of my beach in Florida, the wheat fields of Nova Scotia, and the riverfront in Savannah, GA—just to name a few! I just love all of God’s creations!

What do you love about photography?

I love technology and the flexibility that Photoshop’s Lightroom gives me in post processing. I love a finished product that is different than what anyone else has captured.

What advice would you give to new photographers?

There’s no substitute for good equipment, continuing education, and shooting in RAW. Study before you purchase equipment, and talk with other photographers. There are certain things you just can’t do with a point-and-shoot. See if you can shadow a photographer for some of his or her sessions. You can learn a lot, and most photographers could use an extra hand! And, practice, practice, practice!

How important is Photoshop in your final image?

I prefer Photoshop’s Lightroom. I run every photo through it to make sure exposure and color are correct. I only use Photoshop if I need to swap a head or do significant cloning to take out people in the background of a family beach session.

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

Beach, temples, nature, families.

What is one tip that you would like to share?

Learn to use your fill-flash. If you are outside taking pictures of people on a bright, sunny day, chances are you need to use your flash so their faces don’t turn out dark. Think of what your eyes do on a sunny day. The pupil closes so there’s less light coming through—you squint. Your camera lens does the same thing. It reads the bright light from the background and lets in less light, making the faces too dark. Adding a little flash compensates for that!


Karen Edwards, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

How long have you been a photographer?

I have been into photography for 21 years and have been doing it professionally for 6 years.

What first piqued your interest in photography?

In college I was hired at a local photography studio where I received hands-on training.  I instantly fell in love with the challenge to capture the perfect moment.

What is your photography forte?

I love to photograph children and families.

What tip or trick have you learned along the way? 

Because I shoot with mostly natural light, I find that having a camera with a higher ISO capability helps me create a better photograph.

Where is your favorite lighting? 

I enjoy shooting outdoors in the late afternoon.

What about photography inspires you? 

Photographs can bring happiness, peace, and joy. I also feel that photographs can invite the spirit. I love that photography is subjective- a photograph can’t be right or wrong. Photography is a wonderful way to express yourself and what is important to you.

What photos have your shared with the Church? 

I have shared photos of temples, children at baptism age, and families spending time together.   

What is one tip you would like to share? 

I recommend trying to visualize what you want the photo to look like, brainstorming ideas, and looking at other photographs to inspire you. Timing is very important, and if you are trying to come up with ideas during the shoot, your subject may become restless and unwilling. 

What advice would you give to new photographers? 

There are many aspects to photography—lighting, camera, editing, posing. It can be very overwhelming to learn them all. I recommend taking one concept at a time and practicing it until you feel like you understand it, then moving on to the next concept. One of the greatest rewards of photography is to see the growth and development in your own photographs.