Whitney Rose is a portrait photographer based in Arizona. She loves traveling and taking photos in the desert. She also loves pizza and we can definitely relate to this! She is a loyal member of the Tribe community, and we have been dying to feature her work here.
Tribe Collective: Tell us about yourself. What is your background, and how did you get into photography?
Whitney Rose: I got into photography in 2010 when for my Father's 60th Birthday, he was gifted a Nikon DSLR. This camera came from my Mother and was a kind of karmic payback since my Father had sold all his photography gear years prior and given up his passion to help pay some sudden bills. He started showing me how a camera worked, what all the settings were, and before I knew it, I was borrowing the camera every time I could get to snap some photos of my kiddos.
Tragically my Father took his life in 2011, and I was the unfortunate one to have found him. I suffered greatly with depression and PTSD and didn't start healing again until I picked up my Father's camera. It became therapy to me, and a way for me to connect to him from beyond. Each and every shoot I do is for him; it is because of him, and I know he is very proud of how far I have come.
TC: Please provide us with a list of the gear you use on a regular basis:
WR: I have a Nikon d750, a Sigma Art 35mm and a Sigma Art 85mm.
TC: What does your post-production process look like?
WR: I start in Lightroom with my favourite Tribe presets, and then do some minor tweaks until I finish in Photoshop.
TC: How has your photography style evolved over time?
WR: When I first started, I shot just "to shoot". I photographed my kids, my friends' kids, my friends, their families, a friend's wedding. You name it, I photographed it. But it wasn't until recently that I have found my true love and passion for portraiture.
TC: What are your favourite tools for capturing, editing, and enhancing your photographs?
WR: I recently got a set of Fractal Filters, and they are an amazing supplemental tool to add some amazing prismatic effects to my portrait work.
TC: What is your greatest piece of advice for emerging photographers?
WR: Everyone starts somewhere, I cringe at some of my first photos, and even some from a year ago. Always stay humble, keep learning and growing.
TC: What are you discouraged about in your work/business? What encourages you?
WR: I am my own worst enemy. I have a lot of self-doubt, and that can be difficult as a photographer. I critique my work very harshly and am learning to really appreciate my skills and talent. I am encouraged by my loved ones: my Husband, Mother and Children, who all very greatly support my passion and they love seeing the images I create.
TC: When was a time you thought you would/had failed? How did you overcome it?
WR: After my Father's suicide, I stopped taking photos for almost a year. I just couldn't find any creativity. I was kind of dead inside. But then one day, on the anniversary of his death, I decided to go and do a personal project. The images from that day still move me and remind me of why I take photos, why I love photography, and how much it really heals me.
TC: What defines success for you as a photographer? If you never achieve that, will you still be satisfied with what you do?
WR: I think being happy with the art I am creating is all I can ever hope for. To come home and look through the images with a big smile on my face and a warmth in my soul. I'd love to grace the pages of fashion magazines someday, but being content and proud of my work is enough right now.