Today we’d like to introduce you to Missy Peters.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Missy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Growing up, I loved photography so much that I built a darkroom in the basement of my parents’ home. It was rather simple – absence of light, an enlarger, photo paper and negatives! I painted the walls black for dramatic effect. I know my parents don’t regret the decision because it earned me an art scholarship in college. I minored in studio art, loved it, but never thought of it as more than a hobby. Instead, I pursued the sciences. I earned a Masters in prosthetics, tying together anatomy, biomechanics and sculpture. I felt this was a more concrete direction, and in many ways, it has been. I still dabbled in film, but found my iPhone camera easier to carry with me and cheaper to edit with. It was only a year ago that I bought my first full frame DSLR. I watched a lot of YouTube videos and taught myself how to edit in Lightroom. The passion was back and my spirit was alive in artistic process behind the lens. I quickly grew tired of photographing my pets and asked a number of girlfriends to pose for me. I bought lace dresses second hand, found wind, a mountain top or perhaps a desert, and photographed until I felt that the passion I felt inside was visible in the digital image itself. My goal in photography is to feel something when I look at each photo. The landscape sets the stage and the person brings the spirit. I merely consider lighting and photograph it.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My most obvious struggle has been not taking photography seriously. It is a personal obstacle that I previously felt a career in art wasn’t substantial. Yet, I can’t complain. My job in health care has prepared me well to own my photo business. I see a lot of parallels between my medical interviews for work and the way I take a new photo client out to coffee. I ask each person to share a vulnerable piece of who they are with me shortly after meeting each other. I must make them feel comfortable, confident, and deduce how to design further through what they say. It has also taught me to market, communicate well, and be professional. All things I couldn’t have done out of school 10 years ago. But to bring it back, making a living from artwork remains a challenge. That’s why I keep my job in healthcare.
Please tell us about Pepper Peters Beauty & Boudoir Photography.
I specialize in boudoir photography and romantic photographs of women in nature. Boudoir photography is a natural passion for me combining anatomy, intimacy, and beautiful women. Who doesn’t love beautiful women? My portraits have a general theme of “women beautiful” and can be anything from graduation portraits to intimate weddings. I routinely photograph my clients, both boudoir and portraits, in natural settings and use Mother Nature’s strength in the images. Her mountains are strong, Her tides are consistent, and Her wind teases the composition. She controls the sunlight and I submit to her at each of my shoots. I find that individuals who share a strong passion for nature are a good fit with me. I love when I client is up for hiking, changing outfits, and then photographing remotely. I hope there are more of you out there.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have pursued my artistic passions for wages earlier on in life. Yet, I have a feeling now is the perfect time.
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