q&a

In an attempt to answer questions that I receive most often…

WHAT KINDS OF PHOTOGRAPHY DO YOU OFFER?

I like to consider everything I photograph to be under one umbrella, but, in reality, I run two businesses ~
An editorial/advertising food/lifestyle business, in which I create imagery for company marketing needs/branding/packaging/advertising campaigns/cook books & magazines.
My other business is fine art portraiture specializing in children via kiwi street studios.
You can view my portfolio HERE.

DO YOU HAVE A STUDIO?

Yes, I do, and, it’s pretty darn cool. Check it out HERE.
I’m one of many artists working out of an old industrial space in the warehouse district of Camp Washington, right outside of OTR.
My studio is set up as a natural light studio, but I also offer continuous light or strobe options.
I have a full kitchen for food shoots, wireless, as well as all the expected amenities – in an industrial/warehouse kind of way

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?

If you look through my galleries, you’ll get a pretty clear idea. I’m versatile, but there is a common thread of a slightly moody, rustic, graphic, minimal and textural feel, while remaining classic.

ARE YOU A FOOD/PROP STYLIST?

I am not a trained, professional food stylist, but, I am a professional prop/set stylist. I do the majority of all the food and set/prop styling on my shoots ~ unless a food/prop stylist is needed/required, or the client (Chef) plates it. Even then, my hands are usually all over evreything until I like the way it looks.

DID YOU STUDY PHOTOGRAPHY IN SCHOOL?

I took one official photography class at university, other than that, I am 100% self taught.  There are so many opportunities to learn online these days, with determination and a great work ethic, anything’s possible. The key is to keep working on your craft.
I wrote a blog post about that very thing. Read it HERE.

HOW DID YOU LEARN ABOUT/BREAK INTO FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY?

I have always loved food. One day it occurred to me I also loved taking pictures of the food I was making. I started to look up and study images of other food photographer’s work that I admired, broke it down, and practiced relentlessly. I still do.
From there, I created a portfolio through the work I produced via 513{eats} – the food community/magazine project I started in 2011 – as well as from my own kitchen/studio. I began sharing my work, talking to area restaurants/chefs, handing cards out, and created a magazine to showcase what I could do – basically, selling myself.
It’s all about creating your best work, being professional and getting your work out there. Constantly.

MAY I LINK OR USE IMAGES OR OTHERWISE SHARE CONTENT FROM YOUR SITE?

Yes, you may, and thank you for the compliment. If you are asking to link a post from my blog to yours – yes, that is absolutely fine.
The short version…please ask first, link, credit, and we will all be happy.

If you are asking to use my imagery for any other reason, the short answer is I am happy to talk to you about it, first.
Contact me through the contact form in the menu, or directly at gina@ginaweathersby.com

YOU SHOT IMAGES OF MY FOOD/PRODUCT/BUSINESS AND I SEE THEM ON YOUR SITE. MAY I USE THEM ON MY SITE FOR MARKETING PURPOSES? I’LL GLADLY GIVE YOU CREDIT.

Thank you, in advance, for asking verses helping yourself and me having to contact you, afterwards,
which is unpleasant for both of us.
Please remember, I own the copyrights to all my images. Using, sharing, or otherwise altering my images without permission is strictly prohibited and are protected under copyright laws. Plus, it’s just not nice.
If you’re interested in purchasing or licensing images, I would be more than happy to send you that information.
Contact me directly at gina@ginaweathersby.com for more information.

If it’s just a matter of sharing the link from a blog post, then absolutely yes. Refer to the previous question, as well as my answer.

Please understand that I am running an income producing business, as I’m sure you are. While credits are nice, they are not acceptable forms of currency.

WHAT KIND OF CAMERA, EQUIPMENT, AND LIGHTING DO YOU USE?

I have all the up to date, state of the art electronic devices/equipment I need to produce the type of imagery I create. My shooting style is very relaxed and by choice, does not include a lot of equipment. I prefer to keep it very simple. The style of food photography I gravitate towards is the same ~ relaxed, rustic, tactile, a bit on the casual side. I believe that natural or available lighting gives me this look and feel. This is a personal choice and works beautifully for me.
I do offer continuous light or strobe options, when needed.
I use a Canon 5D Mark 3.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LENS?
I own a nice selection of premium lenses, but, honestly, I use three of them for the far majority of my shoots. They are the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L. If I am shooting an event, I will use the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L

WHO DESIGNED YOUR WEBSITE?

The website is based on a WordPress platform/template that I’ve fully customized via Prophoto. I can’t say enough wonderful things about their products or their customer service.

HOW CAN I HIRE YOU AND WHAT ARE YOUR RATES?

I would LOVE to chat about creating together. Visit THIS LINK for that information.

DO YOU OFFER WORKSHOPS?

Yes I do, and I genuinely love teaching/sharing. (See next question)

HOW CAN I GET ON YOUR WORKSHOP EMAIL LIST?

Everything to do with workshops can be found HERE.

DO YOU HIRE ASSISTANTS OR INTERNS?

I do hire photography assistants, food and prop stylists as needed. Please contact me through the contact form in the menu or directly at gina@ginaweathersby.com, along with a resume and link to your website.
If you are interested in interning, send me that email, as well.

Did I forget anything or did you just want to chat?
Feel free to contact me through the contact form in the menu or directly at gina@ginaweathersby.com

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