It's been a hot minute since we've done a photographer interview in the newsletter, so we're bringing it back with a giant bang!
Today, we're heading south to sweet home Alabama where we're going to sit down with none other than, Monica Dooley!
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SeniorInspire So nice to get a chance to talk to your today! Have you always been a photographer?
Monica Dooley I have been a photographer for twenty-three years. Before that, I taught High School Literature / Creative Writing. I think that is why I love Senior Photography so much, it keeps me with the age group I connect best with. Plus, it keeps me young!
SI I can always pick out one of your images from their dreamy feel and incredible colors. Is there a secret to getting your look?
MD I would like to say I did not choose my look, it snuck up and chose me. With my literature background and teaching classics, I found I could create a mood, a feeling, an emotion with my camera just as easily as with words, and more beautiful! As much as I love reading, I haven’t picked up a book in so long. I now find my inspiration behind the lens and my heroines are seniors in long, flowing gowns. Color is my main focus when shooting. I try to have no more than two colors in my images, that’s why clothing is so important. I tend to shoot tone on tone for that reason.
SI Describe your perfect senior client.
MD My perfect client is the one who selects the Exclusive session and shows up in PJ’s, clean face, no makeup, hair not styled and a “blank canvas” attitude. It’s so fun and rewarding to transform them into the person they didn’t know they could be. Hopefully they take that confidence home with them to inspire someone else.
SI Besides Lynyrd Skynyrd and barbecue, what else is big in Alabama?
MD I would say other than Lynyrd Skynyrd and barbecue, Alabama Football is what’s big in Alabama. If you live in Alabama, you have to pick either Auburn or Alabama and support your team with passion and a big Roll Tide!
SI OK, let's say someone steals ALL of your camera equipment, except your cameras, your lenses and one other thing. What's that one other thing you'd want them to leave you?
MD The one other thing besides my camera and my lens that I would want to be left with is my Kelly Moore Mimi 2.0 green leather camera bag.
SI If you were shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
MD My two items on a deserted island would be Vicks Vapor Rub and Birkenstocks.
SI Birkenstocks? LOL. Those things must be comfortable. My seniors show up in those all the time!
It there an artist you follow on Instagram whop sparks your creativity?
MD There are so many crazy talented photographers that inspire me. But the one who I find to be truly my creative soulmate is Jessica Drossin. She is my “Yoda Master”, my “Grasshopper”, my “Spirit Artist”.
SI Oh my! I just checked out Jessica and my jaw hit the floor. She is crazy good!
Thanks so much for sitting down with us today. It was great to get a chance to chat!