For today's interview we head north to Michigan, the home of Selessa Studio.
If you follow senior photographers on Instagram, make sure you're following Selessa Holmberg. Her work is incredibly vibrant and always fresh. On top of that, she's one of the nicest people in the business.
Selessa sat down with us for a quick interview last week...
SeniorInspire I can always pick out one of your images from the incredible colors. Do you have a secret to getting such vibrant color without overdoing it?
Selessa Holmberg Oh, thanks so much Nick! I know many amazing photogs that have such great color! I always love to adjust in Lightroom, making my own presets. And carefully adjusting for each photo and yes, try to not overdue for sure. Photoshop slight adjustments, and most of the time I use OCF which I see usually adds color.
SI Amazing locations are another thing you're known for. How many favorite locations do you have?
SH Okay, did you hear something? Yes, I might be a bit bad when I am driving around, keeping my eyes open for anything interesting for locations. I've been known to swerve over and drive behind a building that caught my eye while driving. And I drive my hubby crazy asking him to turn around, if I notice something that might work for a shoot. I was so excited to bring some of my model team to Chicago last year during the spring for some colorful fun areas. The pandemic squashed that idea and all my planning. As far as my shooting area choices, I talk to seniors at a consultation, showing samples. I suggest based on clothes that they want to bring as well.
SI You seem like the nicest person in the business. Do you have a favorite swear word?
SH Thanks, I try. That is so nice of you to say! Yeppers not always as nice when I am trying not to swear, ha ha. Oh crappity is one that comes to mind.
SI Here in Chicago crappity is a 2 out of 10 on the cuss-o-meter, but we'll count that. LOL. I believe you live fairly close to two Big 10 universities. Is the Holmberg house pro Spartans or Wolverines?
SH I grew up in West Bloomfield, but now live in Wolverine Lake. Both are close to the two big Universities. But since my daughter went to University of Michigan and my son went to Michigan State, we are a divided house!
SI Woah, that must be rough on your daughter and son during football season! What's something about each of them you're proud of?
SH This answer could be way too long! But I’ll force myself to keep it short. Neither of my kids were interested in the artistic world. I'm proud of my daughter for her caring, thoughtful ways, and her intelligence. She will be a Nurse Practitioner next year. And I'm proud of my son for his maturity and love seeing how he treats his girlfriend, so caring and kind. His intelligence, he’s a system developer. He actually is writing some code for day trading now for my husband to use. So obviously they aren’t taking after me in the artistic world.
SI If you weren't a photographer, what do you picture yourself doing for a career?
SH Well I graduated in advertising so that is where I began. I had my own small advertising business with about 10 employees plus freelancers during our busiest seasons. We worked with mainly car companies. If not advertising, I would have loved working in the fashion design field.
SI Are there any non-photography pages you follow on Instagram for inspiration?
SH Yep, Stephanie Danielle, Lisa Prang, Sonyaxsingh, InstaDogs for a smile and Cats of Instagram for a laugh.
SI Going to add all those accounts on Instagram (except the cats). Thanks so much for the tips and for sitting down with us today!