I am a self-taught photographer, specializing in on location, natural light photography. However, recently discovered my love for in the studio, editorial type photography.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Chantal. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am a stay at home mom, who is completely self-taught in photography. It is my complete passion.
Chantal, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passion is photography. I love capturing a moment in time and bringing my vision to life via photoshop. I started photography after having my first daughter, who lit the fire in me to pursue my dreams.
Who is your inspiration in life Chantal? How do you keep inspired?
I don’t have a “who” but rather a “what.” I am inspired by people. All the different types of people. I am inspired by the world, and it’s beauty, and because of that, I think I always stay inspired. There is beauty everywhere.
We all make mistakes Chantal; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I’m not at the point of having a large client base. However, I think as time goes on, I will find growth in every session. I will always aspire to learn from each session and get better each time.
Chantal , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I think my clients needs always come first. But, I also believe in staying true to ME. I have a style of shooting, and I think, in a sense, I choose my clients based on that. They see my work, and usually, their needs match my workflow.
Please tell us, Chantal , about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Finding a balance and a style in the photography world, was the hardest part. But, once I found my style, my priorities just fell into place.
Chantal, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Every time I go out on the field I can show clients my vision. It’s hard for individuals, who aren’t photographers, to truly see my vision, but with careful explanation and instruction, my clients are always happy.
Chantal, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment, at this early point in my career, is taking my love of photography, from a hobby to business.
Chantal, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
When I went from doing only outdoor natural light photography to trying indoor, studio work, it forced me to get creative. Small spaces, lack of mobility and editing in a completely different way. It was my most exciting accomplishment.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Make sure it’s your passion, don’t make it your job.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I’m still learning, and I feel like I’ll always be learning. I always want to be better than yesterday. I would love collaborations with editorial work, clothing brands and creative shoots.
Chantal Berkhout @chantalberkhoutphotography