I would like to introduce "Tracy and Josh Shoopman of Tracy Shoopman Photography" as our Photographer of the Month for the Month of July. Here is the personal interview that we were blessed with. Thank you Tracy and Josh. :)
Tracy Shoopman: When I was about 9years old my mom gave me a 110 Kodak film camera and that is when the love of taking photos started.
Candie and Michelle: Awww, what a sweet memory. Did you go to school for photography or were you self taught?
Tracy Shoopman: Self taught
Candie and Michelle: You are really talented. How many years have you been doing it?
Tracy Shoopman: For about 27years ..but last 5 years as a business
Candie and Michelle: What’s the first picture you ever remember taking?
Tracy Shoopman: I can’t remember
Candie and Michelle: Understandable. How do you balance family life and your photography business?
Tracy Shoopman: It can be hard at times working from home. Especially when school is out, trying to edit and spend time with family.
Candie and Michelle: I can see how it can be. How do you like living in Knoxville, TN?
Tracy Shoopman: We don’t live in Knoxville.. We live in a small town called Oneida out from Knoxville.
Candie and Michelle: Oh okay. Where is your favorite location in Knoxville to do your photo shoots at?
Tracy Shoopman: Local parks
Candie and Michelle: Nature is beautiful. Have any other photographers influenced your photography style?
Tracy Shoopman: Many photographers inspire me
Candie and Michelle: What are the biggest challenges you face as a photographer?
Tracy Shoopman: My biggest challenge would prob be trying to get all the pictures edited and also spend time with family. A lot of no sleep nights trying to get the editing finished.
Candie and Michelle: I understand completely. What’s your favorite picture you have ever taken?
Tracy Shoopman: My daughter at Naverre Beach
Candie and Michelle: That was a beautiful picture. What is the most memorable photograph you have ever taken?
Tracy Shoopman: My daughter as red riding hood
Candie and Michelle: Truly stunning photo. What are the biggest challenges you face as a photographer?
Tracy Shoopman: Not enough time for everything
Candie and Michelle: What is the weirdest photograph you have ever been asked to take?
Tracy Shoopman: Bride using the potty
Candie and Michelle: That would be a weird one for me too. What is the one thing/place/person you have always wanted to photograph?
Tracy Shoopman: Paris
Candie and Michelle: That would be mine too. What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started out?
Tracy Shoopman: Lighting
Candie and Michelle: Is there any advice you would want to give to aspiring photographers?
Tracy Shoopman: Invest in a good camera and lens
Candie and Michelle: Good advice. Where do you see your photography taking you in the future?
Tracy Shoopman: International
Candie and Michelle: Awesome! Please explain your photography packages for our readers?
Tracy Shoopman: We try to keep them basic simple and affordable
Candie and Michelle: Good to know. :) If anyone of our readers are interested in your work what would be the best way to contact you?
Tracy Shoopman: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much Tracy and Josh for taking the time to sit down with us. We feel blessed to be featuring you this month. :)
-Candie & Michelle