We had the good fortune of connecting with Natasha Hudson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Natasha, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
I think that people who never came close enough to a photography business don’t understand that the work that a photographer does, doesn’t just include clicking a button on their camera, but it’s also editing process afterwards, it’s constant marketing their business to stay on top, it’s all the expenses that come with memberships for photography editing programs, digital storage fees, insurance, updating website, buying and updating prop inventory etc. Some people just don’t take all that into consideration thinking photographers charge too much for a simple session. But there is so much more that stands behind being a professional photographer.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I live in Los Angeles and to say that anybody with a camera is a photographer here is to say the least. But photography isn’t about taking a camera in your hands and go out shooting left and right. You have to know the right angles, you have to capture that very moment that your clients will cherish forever. Ordinary photos don’t catch attention anymore, you’ve got to have something that will make you stand out. It could be your own style of capturing moments or your editing style. People don’t want hundreds of the similar photos, they would prefer less but more meaningful ones, the ones they will be eager to put on the walls of their house, the ones they will look back at and smile. I’ve learned a lot in Photoshop – how to make photos pop, the wow factor. I think my photos represent those few “rules” that I mentioned that make me stand out among others.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The best part about living in LA – you can be by the beach within a half hour and by the snow within 2 hours. Haha.. so I would take my friend to see all those beautiful places – Malibu beaches, Big Bear, Lake Tahoe – also lots of hiking trails in beautiful canyons. Trying out Mexican food and margaritas at Casa Vega, steaks at Mastros, hanging out at Catch LA, 75 above, special night at No vacancy.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my sister who is also a professional photographer. She inspired me in a way to try myself in photography. Her photography is beyond beautiful and I have so much to learn and so much room to grow to reach her level.