Model: Alyson Marie, MUAH: Michelle McBride, Claws: Trudi Bell, Neck Corset and Gloves: Karen von Oppen.
This interview was featured in issue 08 of Sinical Magazine. Print copies can be ordered here.
Gracefully Wicked Artistic Photography is based in Plano, Texas and is the husband and wife team of Jeff and Tiffany Carter. We had the pleasure of speaking with Tiffany Carter.
Sinical Magazine: How did you get started as a photographer, Tiffany?
Tiffany Carter: I really can’t remember not having a camera in my hand. I am a completely self taught photographer and went professional a little over 3 years ago. This passion to create art through photography has always ran through my bones.
Sinical Magazine: When creating a composition what is your main focus?
Tiffany Carter: My main focus for composing an images always begins with the eyes. Once I have that done, then I will look at my surroundings and decide how I want to compose.
Sinical Magazine: How much planning goes into a shoot?
Tiffany Carter: Most all of my shoots are extremely artistic and some require months of planning. I’m very particular in choosing the correct model for the shoot. It makes all the difference.
Sinical Magazine: What do you view as the most important aspect of a photo shoot?
Tiffany Carter: Getting the perfect makeup, hair, wardrobe and model teams together! TEAMWORK is the key to a successful photo shoot!
Model: Sabra Johnson.
Sinical Magazine: What photographers have been a source of inspiration to you?
Tiffany Carter: Dorthea Lang, Gerard Goh, Herb Ritts, and Mark Delong to name a few.
Sinical Magazine: What type of camera and lighting equipment do you use?
Tiffany Carter: I use the Canon 5D Mark III and the Canon 7D and I use Alien Bees as my lighting equipment.
Sinical Magazine: Do you have a preference for shooting pinup or fetish?
Tiffany Carter: I don’t like cheesy pinup but I love film noir, vintage and fetish photography.
Sinical Magazine: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in a studio?
Tiffany Carter: I love both but when I have my partner in the studio with me, we really get to be very creative with the dramatic lighting. The natural lighting has always been so fresh and beautiful especially during the fall. I like to take advantage of that.
Model: Jennifer Reed.
Sinical Magazine: Your partner is your husband, Jeff Carter?
Tiffany Carter: Yes, he is my lighting guru and makes a lot of our props. With his engineering background, he is very skilled with our lighting concepts.
Sinical Magazine: What are some of your favorite lighting set ups?
Tiffany Carter: I love to do dramatic and film noir lighting and I use fog in a lot of my sets.
Sinical Magazine: What are some of your favorite outdoor locations to shoot at?
Tiffany Carter: I have a lot of places near my home in Plano, Texas that are full of nature and flowers and seclusion which can be much needed if any artistic nudity shots are being done.
Sinical Magazine: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to working with models?
Tiffany Carter: I have been very blessed when working with the models I have worked with. The only thing I would say would be a real pet peeve is showing up excessively late which causes the entire team to be inconvenienced.
Model: Minxie Mimieux
Sinical Magazine: Who are some models you would like to work with?
Tiffany Carter: That is a hard question because I have been blessed to work with so many wonderful models. I frequently work with Alyson Marie, Sabra Johnson and Melissa Meaow.
Sinical Magazine: Have you had many issues with copyright infringement or models breaking your policies?
Tiffany Carter: I unfortunately have to deal with copyright infringement due to the vast amount of people on the internet now. I have had only a couple of models break my policies.
Sinical Magazine: Who does the make up at your photo sessions?
Tiffany Carter: I have had the pleasure Tiffany Carter: of working with several wonderful makeup artist such as Michelle McBride, Rene Teague-Smith, Amber Lynne Downs, Mickey Gunn, LaDonna Stein an several other wonderful makeup artist.
Sinical Magazine: How do you find the time to balance out your family life with your work?
Tiffany Carter: That was very tricky when I first started out. I worked an 8-10 hour day for a billing company and then would do photo shoots in the evening and every weekend. I soon realized after 3 years that I couldn’t focus the amount of time with my family, job and photography. I then quit my “day” job and became a full time photographer which balances out my family time and photography much better.
Sinical Magazine: What projects are you currently working on?
Tiffany Carter: I’m about to start an edgy Steampunk project, an Erte costume shoot, and a couple of dark edgy high fashion shoots. |