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.
Only you can decide how much Photoshop is too much. If you are consistently photoshopping your images to match your desired expectations, then no one can tell you that it's too much. Transcript: "How much Photoshop is too much? Personal question really. I'm saying meaning personal to you. Only you can decide how much Photoshop is too much. When it really when it comes down to it, it doesn't matter what other people think if they feel Photoshop is too much when they look at your work because it's work that they didn't create. Now if I were to look at it just from my own perspective how much Photoshop is too much is when the Photoshop takes away from the intent that I meant to create. If it takes away what I was hoping to convey with the image that I captured. So sometimes you know if you're editing a picture and you're just you know you find yourself looking at it too long you may just kind of go overboard based on your own expectations because remember that that's key. What is your expectation? So if I'm too far off the mark from what I actually wanted that's when I know you probably took it a little bit too far but that may not have been the intent you know that other people may want. They may look at something that I've created it's like oh if I would have taken that I would have not photoshopped it the same way she would have done and that's fair for someone else to feel that way but I think in order to kind of create a style and be I guess known for the work that you create you got to be consistent. So if your photoshopping is consistent no one can tell you that it's too much. Hope that helps."
Spending time with my family, including my dog, makes me the happiest. Sitting on the couch next to my husband brings me peace and joy. I'm thankful for the people in my life that make me happy. Transcript: "What makes you happy in life? I love this question. And the reason that I love this question is because I just think sometimes people don't take enough time to really tend to their happiness. I do. So for me, my family makes me happy. My husband, my kids, I find I was really lucked out in the family department. My father, you know, cousins, my in-laws. I really like being with my family. And I got some good friends too. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that. But yeah, my family is what makes me the happiest. And that includes my dog. So, surrounding myself with good people, you know, outside of work, is just rejuvenates me, even if I'm just sitting around. You know, like we can be in the family room with the TV on, we've got like three couches in there, but me and my husband will sit directly next to each other, you know, on the couch. So all those things just really, really make me happy. And I'm so thankful that I have it."
Photographers create artistic separation from their peers by looking at other types of art for inspiration such as graphic design, architecture and interior design, rather than looking at other photographers' work. Transcript: "How do photographers create artistic separation from their peers? Excellent question. So just speaking from my perspective, I would like to think that my work doesn't look like most photographers that are within my sector of the industry. And I think that has to come from the fact that I really don't look at other people's work. And the thing that inspires me to create that really kind of like hones in on my intent when I create a picture is really not photography. It's like graphic design, graphic design, it's architecture. It is design elements like in terms of and I'm forgetting the word that I wanted to use here, but like furniture and architecture, things of that nature, interior design. That's the word I'm looking up, thinking of. But yeah, I look at that type of stuff. And that kind of really, you know, gives me the inspiration for the portraits that I create of people. I prefer to take pictures of people rather than other things. But the images that really like inspire me are interior design pictures. If I'm going to talk about photography or photographs that would, you know, I guess, inspire my work. So I find that creating my artistic separation from other people, it's just not looking at what they do and letting it influence me, but rather just appreciate it for who they are and then just kind of keep it moving."
My thought process for studying my images and trying to grow is to compare my old work to my new work and assess if there is something I would change. If yes, then I get on it. If no, then I still tweak a little bit. Transcript: "When you're studying your images, in an effort to grow, what thought process do you use? And I love this question because it's something that I tend to do, at least from a regular basis, I tend to do it at the beginning of every year. So I go back, I will go back probably the last maybe three or four years of images that I love and see what I still like about it, what I don't like about it. I tend to compare it to my newer work or the work that I did over the past year. And then I just start to balance it. And then sometimes I think about, oh, you should have did this differently. Or, ah, now I see why you were doing things that way in let's say 2017. And now how my work has evolved now in this past 2022. So now I'm moving into 2023, I tend to assess it from the perspective of, do I still like my work? Do I want something to change? Am I still inspired by me? If the answer is no, then I really start looking and comparing old work to new work. If the answer is yes, then again, I still compare old work to new work, but I wanna see if there's something that I would change. If the answer is yes, then I get on it. If the answer is no, I still tweak a little bit, but comparing my old work to my new work is my definite thought process. So hope that helps."Check out my website!
Editing a photo can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the desired outcome. It is important to consider the intention of the photo when taking the shot in order to have the best result when editing. Transcript: "So the question is, how long does it take you to edit a photo? So you're going to get a lot of different answers on this, but I'll give you what my perspective is. It really depends on what I'm trying to achieve. For me, I'm a portrait photographer and I'm taking pictures for clients to review and then they decide what they want to place an order for their walls or place in an album. So I guarantee client seemed they see, 40 different pictures, fully edited. So sometimes I can edit an entire photo session and it only take me an hour sometimes, I'm taking one picture and I'm changing something. Creating light in post something. That's gives me a like a little bit more of an elaborate edit. Then that can take me maybe 30 minutes for just one picture. But here's the thing, I photograph with a lot of intention, meaning the magic kind of happens, really when I snap the shutter and not like after. So sometimes people like want to take pictures and they want to have, you know, the goal of having it all technically correct. Yes, that's what we all want to have. Have. But I'm also thinking of other things that I want that image to look like. And a lot of that happens when I'm snapping the shutter there are times when I Maze Look at a scene and say you know what, I can do this in post. So the intention of me capturing that picture happens and post so I know what I'm doing before I stuff the shutter so it really kind of varies really what you want to do. But the beauty of post-processing is the world is your oyster hope that helps."
When you can't verbalize an emotion that sparks when looking at a photograph, take a look at the image and write down three things you like about it. Then, go back to images you have taken before that have made you feel the same emotion and compare the similarities in order to figure out what hints to your photographic style. Transcript: "So the question is when we make an image we like but can't verbalize. The reason is the emotion that clipped and it's a hint to our style AMA can be. If there's something that really that you created, that really makes your heart sing it can give you indications of what you really like to see within your images. My advice to you would be when you have that situation, that happens when that emotion just Sparks, take a look at that image, put it aside and then come back to it, maybe like two days so that it's like out of Of your head. And then you're looking at it with a fresh set of eyes, find out, you know, list like three things you like about that image, then write them down and then the next time you have that same emotion that just clicked, but you can't verbalize it. Do the same thing, take that image right down like three things, you really, really loved about it but then go back to the image that you had before where you felt that same emotion and then look at what similar because those words will now be, you'll be able to collect really figure out how to verbalize something that maybe a hint to your photographic Style."