P&P blogger Profile: Lori Osterberg
Lori Osterberg of VirtualPhotographyStudio.com
My husband Andrew and I “fell” into photography after our wedding photographer “lost” all of our ceremony images. Andrew had been photographing since high school, and we started photographing weddings on the side with a friend. After a few years of running a general studio, we specialized in wedding photography, and never looked back. The Internet did wonders for us in the 1990’s, and with a website that showcased over 20,000 images, we soon began photographing clients wherever they wanted to fly us. We’ve transferred this knowledge now into our current business that coaches other photographers on building up a successful studio.
Why do you blog?
We started blogging several years ago to share business tips with photographers. It’s now a way of communicating with people from around the world.
If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?
I read a ton of blogs every day, but I guess my top 3 would be
Digital Photography School http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/
How To Change The World http://blog.guykawasaki.com/
Smashing Magazine http://www.smashingmagazine.com/
How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
I’ve been a professional photographer for almost 20 years now, and have used Photoshop for over 10 years.
What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
We shoot with Canon.
Mac or PC?
What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
Have laptop, will travel!
What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
Always find a mentor to help you grow to where you want to be. We never would have achieved the success we did without the help of other top professionals like Monte Zucker, Heidi Mauracher, Denis Reggie, and a ton of others.
What inspires you to create?
Finding things that no one else can see. I think the gift of a true photographer is looking above the big picture, and capturing the details that most people miss.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
Always do what you love. If you’re not happy today, you’ll never achieve happiness in the future.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
I’m a Colorado native, but would love to end up by the ocean. Maybe New Zealand or Australia.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Photograph, travel and write
What talent would you most like to have?
The ability to paint a picture and make it look like a photograph
From Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word? Can
What is your least favorite word? Can’t
What turns you on? A perfect day
What turns you off? Disrespect
What sound or noise do you love? A Rocky Mountain Stream
What sound or noise do you hate? Loud traffic
What is your favorite curse word? Shoot
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt? Landscaping
What occupation would you not want to participate in? Doctor
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Wow what a ride.
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