Audrey Woulard is the owner and photographer of Kids And the City (KATC). She has been a full-time professional photographer for 20 years, specializing in fashion-forward high school seniors and families seeking something different. Based out of Chicago, she also travels to the surrounding suburbs, such as Naperville, Plainfield, Willowbrook, Highland Park, and Winnetka. Audrey's images stand out due to her unique approach to light, creating a unique experience and look for each client. She can also creatively showcase hobbies and sports, making her a sought-after photographer with a high return client base.
To correct for chromatic aberration after the image is captured, you can use the slider in Adobe Camera Raw or Adobe Lightroom to quickly fix it. Transcript: "How do I correct for chromatic aberration? Now I'm not sure if you mean before you snap the shutter or after so I'm just going to assume we're talking about after the image is captured and you notice that you've got some images that have a little bit of the purple you know fringe happening. So there are several ways that you can do I'm sure several different software. I'm gonna talk about Adobe Camera Raw and within Adobe Camera Raw there's a slider where you can easily just slide it on out of there and it's totally fixed and I believe the same slider exists in Adobe Lightroom as well. So that's how I fix it if I see it after the fact. So hope that helps."
Yes, I can make interesting pictures with boring places. I look for the light and color to make the image stand out. I've done this in an office building in front of revolving doors which I will link an example of. Transcript: "The question is, can you make interesting pictures in boring places? For me, yes, I actually can. In fact, I prefer that. And the reason that I prefer that is because it really keeps me on my toes creatively. And it makes me search out one of the most important aspects that I feel we have in photography, which is light. I have to make light work for me. And by going in a boring spot, I am able to just create something that most people wouldn't even think about or walk on, I guess, walk into the scene and be able to see it. Because if you walk into a scene or a location and that location visually to anybody is just pretty, then I have to kind of figure out, all right, well, how can I make it just look really interesting? At the end of the day, it's going to look like what everybody can see if it's a pretty location. Right. But if it's something that's just off or something that people would just walk by or they would just say, this is boring. Like, why am I here? Then if you can create something, I guess, eye catching about it, you kind of look, I guess, like more of an expert, if you will. I'm going to try to link something. I did an Instagram reel where I was really in a boring office building in front of revolving doors. But I looked at the light and I looked at the color that was on the door to make the image interesting. So I'm going to link it there and maybe that'll give you guys a better visual. Hope that helps."Interesting image in boring location
I'm Audrey Willard, a portrait photographer from Chicago. I've been doing this for 20+ years, and have had the opportunity to travel around the world teaching and sharing my craft. Transcript: "Hi, my name is Audrey Willard and I am a portrait photographer here in Chicago, Illinois. I have been a full-time portrait photographer for over 20 years. I am in Nikon USA, Ambassador, and I photographed, teens, and tweens. And this career that I started off by photographing my own children, has afforded me the luxury of traveling the world to teach and share my craft at places like Australia, London, Amsterdam, Paris, and the like, so thanks so much."
I would choose an 85mm lens because it gives me the perfect distance to achieve a good close-up, three-quarter body, and full body image. It also allows me to direct my subjects without being too close to them. Transcript: "Assuming you're working with a full-frame 35mm lens, if you were limited to shooting with a single prime lens, what focal length would you choose and why? Anyone who follows me knows I am an 85mm lens girl. I have been that way as long as I can remember, probably since I was able to afford an 85mm 1.4 Nikkor lens. That's been my go-to for at least 15 years and the reason is this. A, it's a beautiful, high-quality portrait lens. However, the focal length, which is what your question is all about, gives me the best distance to achieve a good close-up, a good 3.25 body, and a good full body image. And the distance that I'm away from my subject is perfect because I can talk loud and I don't want to be really, really close to their face. And I'm talking loud and directing. It just gives a nice cushion, especially when you're working with teenagers and sometimes teenagers can be somewhat self-conscious and they don't really want you all in their face like that. So having that nice distance between me and my subjects is perfect and that 85mm nails it every single time. Hope that helps."
To create depth in an image, I use a wide aperture and layer each plane of focus by having something in the foreground and background that are on different planes of focus. I also attach a Instagram real showing my thought process. Transcript: "How can I exaggerate the feeling of depth in my images? Even wide-angle shots seem very 2D to my eyes is what the question is. Great question because with every image that I capture I try to capture you know some real depth. I really kind of like my images to have like a 3D look and the way you know you can achieve is going to be different and really really really really depends on the intent that you have when you are getting ready to snap the shutter. So from my perspective I tend to shoot very very wide open so usually under like that aperture of 2.0. So I'm really below that but the same sentiments I'm able to capture when I'm using you know more narrow aperture. So for example I'm gonna see if I can attach a Instagram reel that I did that gives like an aerial view of me capturing images with depth and kind of like my thought process and that thought process is I like to have something in the foreground and in the background so I like to layer each plane of focus. So I kind of have like my thought process with the location in the foreground, got my subject and then the background have something else there that is on its own plane of focus and I can kind of layer that you know four or five six layers but I'm very very intentional when I do it. So I'm gonna see if I can link it below where you can kind of like take a look at that reel and get that you know bird's-eye view of exactly what I'm talking about. So I hope that helps."Example of how I capture a 3D look
The first and most important skill to master for portraits is understanding light. Light has so many different meanings for a portrait and the learning possibilities of light are infinite. Transcript: "What's the first most important skill to master for portraits? My opinion, and I don't even think this has to do with just portrait, but just photography period is light. I think understanding light is the first thing that you need to understand because that's going to really kind of like outline, build a foundation for the portrait or picture that you are going to create. It can set the mood. It can set the tone. It can set the intent. It can set so many different things, but the most important thing about light is that if you don't have it and it's not proper, you're not going to expose the image properly. So it's just light has so many different meanings for a photograph or portrait, but honestly, learn light as much as you can and light is infinite. So that really just tells me, at least in my opinion, that the learning possibilities of light is infinite, regardless of how good you may be. You still have something to learn when it comes to light and photography. So hope that helps."