Faces of MetroPPA - Elise Breeding

Elise Breeding is a 3rd generation photographer, and has also attained her CPP and a Bachelor's degree in photographic arts and is the current 1st Vice President of the Professional Photographers of Oklahoma.

She has been working full time in the photography industry since 2001: in her dad's studio, the UCO campus newspaper, the International Photography Hall of Fame and a local yearbook company, and then opened her own studio in 2010.

Elise has been married 13 years and she and her husband Matt have 2 kids Anna (9) and Ronan (4).

Her business Photography by Elise is being renamed Scissortail Photography this year.


Which is your favorite lens? Why?

The lens most often on my camera is a Canon 28-200mm with variable 3.5-5.6 aperature. It's nothing fancy, but works great for the preschools and location children/families I photograph regularly.

What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Explain your work flow.

Ive been using Adobe Bridge since its creation date in 2005. I'm slowly learning all the great capabilities of Lightroom, but I'm a creature of habit and i can work quickly with what i know.

After a portrait session, event, or wedding I immediately download the images to my desktop and add a production date for the client to my calendar (it may be several days later). At which point i click through and compare the raw images in Bridge, starring the favorites. I then have the system select all the starred images and open them in the editting window. From here i select similarly lit/exposed images and make any contrast/exposure adjustments in batches throughout the group and then have it output jpgs.

I may edit a few further for blemish removal, stray hairs,etc, and then duplicate the jpgs to an "ipad" folder to send to the tablet. I'll meet with the client within about a week to let them view and order the images on a monitor cast from the tablet in my studio.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

Staying active with the local photography groups is important to me. MPPA and PPOK are my regulars, but i also take advantage of PPA's online member benefits. There are quite a few videos and various topics members can view online, so I'll often have one playing on the other monitor while I edit.

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

I have begun marketing classic studio portraiture for children, and I am in love! But when I'm not building this market, I absolutely love weddings and preschools.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

I worked for my dad for 15 years before he retired and I branched out on my own. I wish I had listened to him and minored in business. He did all of the business side when we worked together, so there was a lot more to growing a sustainable business that I didn't even realize needed to be done.

What lighting equipment do you take on a shoot?

I use Yongnuo speedlites with 12x12 softbox for location portraits, as well as a reflector.

How important is Photoshop in your final images?

Due to the fact that i work with kids, the main role Photoshop plays in my editing is simply for retouching, most younger kids really dont have too many blemishes, so flyaway hairs and brightening the eyes are really all I do for 8x10 and smaller size images. Plus the occasional virtual nose wipe- 'cause kids got boogies.

In wall prints I'll smooth the background and do a little more portrait work

Name three things on your photography bucket list.

I'd love to see Yellowstone, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Travel Route 66 (I love history!) with the freedom to stop whenever I want.

Earn my PPA Masters degree before I turn 40.

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?

Lots of fruit and veggies (maybe ice cream or pie in the freezer).

I store my coffee in the cookie jar on the counter to keep it fresher... but dont tell my kids i usually have a small cookie stash there too.

A website and/or blog you visit often?

Aside from PPA's content, and Spotify, I usually just open a browser when I want to research a topic or style of photography. It's not uncommon to see 15-20 browser tabs open on one monitor while photoshop and bridge are open on the other 2.

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