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Jacksonville Senior Photographer // Scarlett Lillian Seniors: A's to your Q's!

Dec 21, 2007

A's to your Q's!

Here is a video blog answering all your awesome questions you left to this entry recently. It took me about an hour to go through all the questions and answer them, so grab some popcorn and M&Ms and enjoy the video! (And sorry, it might take a few minutes to load since it's so long!) I made this in 2007 when I was first starting out, but I hope my answers somehow help bless your photography and business, and a big thanks to everyone who participated!

Here are a few resources that I mentioned in my answers that you should definitely check out:

My slideshow software- http://www.showitfast.com
All about eating raw- http://www.living-foods.com/articles/tenadvantages.html
The workshop I'll be attending- http://loveaffairworkshop.com
My printing service- http://pictage.com

My favorite gear I talk about:

To create my blog photos and collages, I used these awesome actions by MCP Actions!

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And I definitely can't shoot without my ShootSac!

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Blogger girliegator said...

Hi Scarlett, You are amazing! Thank you for answering all of those questions. What a HUGE blessing!!! It was nice to see and hear you. You are even more beautiful than your pics show. You are so sweet and I appreciate your generosity. Also, I love the fact that you aren't afraid to share your faith. Your business is blessed because of it. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 21, 2007 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger ~Desiree said...

Your generosity is so very much appreciated!! Thank you!

December 21, 2007 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Thank you Scarlett! Your video was so informative and I really enjoyed it! Hearing and reading / seeing what all you've been doing in the past year has really inspired me. I'm excited about the upcoming year and hopefully I will be shooting the way I TRULY want (not just headshots) and be doing a lot more of what I truly love! Thank you for your openness and responses!

December 21, 2007 at 11:16 PM  
Blogger Jess Cumbie said...

Girl, I can't believe how much stuff we do similar, LOL! I really didn't know about that Becker guy! I feel sooo in the dark sometimes but it's soooo refreshing to know that there are others right there with me! I think some of my clients are just very very very uncomfortable in front of the camera which stinks! You've met me, I'm the same goofball with my clients as I am with my friends but there have been some that will NOT losen up AT ALL.... Sigh, I'll stop whining now... Thank you so much for being open about your processing and workflow I'm so happy to know I'm not alone, I'm still trying to figure out lighting and if I want to buy a reflector etc etc. I just love you. I'm hoping to make it tonight but I do have to go up to GA but I'm hoping that we'll get home around 6 or so, but that all depends on how things go with the family. You know how it is if they make you mad you leave early, if you are having a good time then you end up staying longer than you should. But we have all our dogs at home so we really can't stay long, plus Wes knows I really want to go eventhough I don't have a cocktail dress that fits! hahaha!!! OK I'm rambling I'm going to finish watching your video now :D

December 22, 2007 at 8:15 AM  
Anonymous Autumn Todd Photography said...


Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! I really admire your photography and look forward to your blogs!

December 22, 2007 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger katie said...

This was awesome. You had told me that you were going to do a Q&A and Im so glad to see it. Your genuine answers and personality is amazing and I know that I definitely appreciate that all the much more than people who rub off questions and hide their techniques. Alot of what you do is soo similar to my processing- like post production and use of bridge, etc... Im so inspired by the fact that you are relatively new to photography and have had so much success! It makes me want to commit so much more of the time that I dont seem to have, to the thing I am most passionate about. Anyways, I wont go on forever =] Just want to again say thanks and that I love hearing about your techniques and seeing your work!

December 22, 2007 at 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are awesome! Thank you so much for taking your time and making the video and anwsering all the questions for us! God Bless you!


December 22, 2007 at 9:43 PM  
Anonymous photoTristan said...

What they said! ;)

December 23, 2007 at 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Jared Rey said...


Thanks so much for this video and thanks for your honesty on everything.

Quick question on the 50mm 1.2. When you are in those low light situations how low are you willing to go on your fstop when DOF gets more shallow?

December 24, 2007 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Thanks so much everyone! I'm sooo glad the video could be helpful to all of you! I hope I didn't ramble too much, but it was fun talking about it all.

Jared- I usually shoot wide open at 1.2 unless it's super bright outside, then I'll close it up accordingly.

December 24, 2007 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger BLAIR - PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Loved this! Thanks!

December 25, 2007 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Thanks Jackie!

December 26, 2007 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Melissa E Earle said...

Hello Scarlet!

I just watched the entire video, downloaded it, (which did take forever lol) left it up on my computer and listed while I was working on some images. Even though I didn't ask any questions, it was AWESOME to her all your answers!

I am not sure if you would be up to something like this, but I would so totally pay to watch you talk and show more closer, how you do work with your images after you take them. If you ever do anything like that I would so completely be all about that! Let me know!

Thanks again!
-Melissa E Earle

January 19, 2008 at 7:23 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Melissa- Awww, thanks girl for the awesome feedback. I do have some exciting news coming up about about a mentorship program you can participate in with me. Stay tuned!

January 21, 2008 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Thanks Scarlett! You should definitely do this video Q&A thing on your blog once/month or something! I love it. I've just started teaching myself to play around with Photoshop (of course, I have a VERY old version), and you're right - it's all about playing with the tools and learning what they can do for you!

I hate to plug another site here (honestly I have no affiliation to him!), but thebschoolblog.com has some really helpful videos demonstrating certain photography techniques. Short and sweet.

January 28, 2008 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Erin- Yes, thebschoolblog.com is another awesome resource to learn stuff! Becker is amazing! He is awesome in how he gives his knowledge to the photography community like that! I just wish I had time to do more frequent videos like him. Maybe one day! :-)

February 2, 2008 at 3:07 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

Hi Scarlett!

I just finished watching your Q&A! You go girl! Fantastic information. Thank you for taking the time to share your tips and tricks.

Oh, and my 5- year- old daughter, Megan, walked up at the end and saw you and said "Who is that? She looks really pretty." So cute!

February 9, 2008 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Cheryl- LOL, so funny about your daughter. Tell her thank you. And so great that you could be blessed by the video!

February 11, 2008 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Heidi J Selch said...

The video was A-W-E-S-O-M-E! Thanks for sharing your vast photo knowledge! I live way up North in WI and the sunny photos just warm my day ;)

I had a question for you...I mainly by my equipment from B&H, but when looking for equipment I notice some places offer it for extremely cheap, How & why are they able to offer it for so much cheaper & where do you normally get your equipment?

February 18, 2008 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

So glad you could benefit from the video Heidi. I have no idea why some places are cheaper. I use amazon.com, they seem to have the better deals.

February 20, 2008 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Nichole said...

I am so excited to see this video but for some reason I can't get it to work! I wasn't sure if you took it down or reposted elsewhere? I LOVE your work you are too cute.

May 15, 2008 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger Nichole said...

Yeaa, I finally got it to work you just totally made my day thanks for the honesty and not being one of those secretive photographers!:)

June 26, 2008 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

LOL, my pleasure. I believe in sharing the wealth and paying it forward! Hope the video was a help!

June 27, 2008 at 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Tracy Norred said...

Hi Scarlett! I was just recently introduced to your blog and love your work! Thank you so much for posting the Q&A video! I've been a photographer for about a year, but am just getting into 'people' photography & second shooting weddings. Lighting has been one of my biggest questions, and obviously I'm not the only one who had questions about it! Your video answered so many questions for me, and I can't even tell you how much I appreciate it! Have a wonderful day! =)

July 6, 2008 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Tracy- Glad I could be of help. Even though I feel like I need to update the video or make a new one b/c I continue to learn so much more about lighting each day. Like in the video I remember saying "SHOOT IN THE SHADE!" But now I've been experimenting with shooting in the harsh sun and kind of like that too. That's what I love about photography, always a new creative challenge!

July 7, 2008 at 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Christina Marie said...

Hi Scarlett, I'm been reading your blog and am amazed everyday at how open you are to your information. Bless ur heart. Was noticing that you mention you shot your first wedding in jpeg format and was quiet surprised. Leave it to you to try the unheard of. So you say you love it so i'm wondering what made you try it and why u will change to jpeg since raw has more flexibility and now since you are doing your shooting in jpeg will you will be using bridge as your editing choose? I'm still in misbelief..lol :)

October 20, 2008 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Christina- I'll be blogging about that very thing SOON!

October 21, 2008 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger The Motherload said...

Hey Scarlett

I have been following u since way back in the day, I remember your first venture into photography and I am so inspired by you. Praise God for you and your family.
I am so curious to know about you shooting in jpeg, do you use bridge still or photoshop? Also, I am an amateur but I shoot with Nikon d60, what equipment/accesories would you recommend? Also, any lens recommendations?
Sorry for the questions, I would love if you did another video with more details for us newbies!
You're aces Scarlett, can't wait to hear back from you.

October 29, 2008 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Hey Motherload! I still edit JPEG in Bridge. My lens recommendation is above. And I don't have plans to do another video right now, BUT, I WILL be doing a live video chat on photographymentor.com on Nov 19, 2008 so be sure to join me and check that out!

October 30, 2008 at 9:09 PM  
Anonymous amy said...

May I ask why you prefer Canon over Nikon or others?

I have been pouring over photography blogs lately, trying to figure out which direction to go.

It seems that most portrait photographers as well as sports photographers are using Canon.

As a mom of five with a passion for taking their pics, I need to make the right (for me) choice.

I have been saving and now have the money to spend and I was going to go nikon d300, but now......now I'm so confused, lol.

SO..may I ask again why you went with canon?

Thank you so much for your time.

January 6, 2009 at 4:28 AM  
Blogger gladys said...

hi scarlett but for some reason the video that you made i cant see it its blank theres nothing on there where can push play or nothing.

January 6, 2009 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Amy- Really, both Canon and Nikon are great! It's really like, PC vs. Mac. Bottomline, it's just a personal preference. Canon is what I've always used, and I love it, so I've stuck with it.

Gladys- You need to have the latest version of Quicktime. This video is so old from 2007 and I really need to make a more updated one, ha!

January 6, 2009 at 2:42 PM  
Anonymous amy said...

Thank you so much.
SO it is the talent behind the camera that matters most.
Have a wonderful week and again thank you so much. You are such an inspiration and I appreciate the time you take out of your life to help others.
I just had to laugh when you mentioned so-delicious soy ice cream. I have a dairy allergy and my son has an anaphylactic reaction to nuts... this is the safest ice cream and we're addicted to it. It does not taste like sand, like so many of them do, lol. We love the chocolate velvet YUM!!
You should try enjoy life chocolate chips...mmmmmmm...oh so off topic sorry ;) thank you

January 7, 2009 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

My pleasure Amy!! I forgot about the soy ice cream. I haven't been sticking to the vegetarian thing as well these days. :-)

January 7, 2009 at 4:27 PM  
Anonymous candice petrunger said...

hi scarlett, i met you at joe and amy's wedding and just have a question. i know you have listed your favorite gear but if you were to buy a camera right now what would you pick. Also what does the D stand for in the title for ex 5D?
Thanks so much for your time.

January 12, 2009 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Hi Candice! LOL, I've always wondered what the D stands for too. :-) A good beginning camera would be the 40D!

January 12, 2009 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Bchai said...

Hi, Scarlet! I'm so amazed and awed by the beautiful photos in your blog and in your shoots. I heard about you from my sister-in-law, whose friend you shot for her wedding! Ever since then, I've been a total fan of your photography and I hope to learn a few tips and tricks for a wedding I'm doing (my brother's actually) later on this year. I love how you capture the candids and emotions on the faces of your subjects, that's what makes your pictures stand out among the many photographers! It's beautiful. Keep up the gorgeous work and God Bless!

May 11, 2009 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Thanks so much Bchai! I appreciate your sweet words! Glad I could help inspire! God bless you too! :-)

May 12, 2009 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Rachel DeBell said...

Hey Scarlett,

I am considering changing up my albums, and I wondered what company you use? I like the combo of the large album and the parent album ( soo many colors!). Also, do you do your own designs or do you send those out?

May 16, 2009 at 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mentioned that you were still learning about flash but then you started talking about your off camera flash and accersories....lighting is something that I struggle with. You also talked about using flash in direct light. Just wondering if you could go into more depth about your lighting because it seems like you didnt go into that much. Also about shooting in the shade,dont you get some images picking up to much of the green??

June 26, 2009 at 6:23 PM  

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