Emily Parsons: Top 30 Under 30 in 2016



Photography found me 5 years ago when my family bought me a camera as a gift. Since then it has become my full-time career. Growing up in the country brought with it an appreciation for the outdoors and the beauty of natural backdrops. Most of my clients are drawn to my work as a wedding photographer due to my interaction with nature in my imagery. I have recently opened my first photography studio in Prince George, BC where I am a women’s portrait photography for glamour, dance and boudoir portrait work. In conjunction to weddings, I am kept very busy with this variety of work that I love!



Tell us what your one must-have piece of gear is and why:

I’m pretty minimalist in terms of my camera gear as I like to use natural light as much as possible and keep things as simple as possible so I can focus on the image I am trying to capture rather than technology. For weddings, my one must have piece of equipment (besides the camera of course) is my 35mm 1.4 L series lens. This lens is a must have for me in terms of capturing the backdrops that I want to draw in to tell the story.



Tell us what your one must-have piece of software is and why:

VSCO editing software. I’m a huge fan of the film look and VSCO has proven time and time again to draw out the best colours, tones and grain for what I had envisioned.


What’s your advice for someone just starting out?

Don’t guess your pricing. Take the time and do a full business plan- interview successful photographers, know your expenses (ALL of them)- then compile your information to know how much you need to be charging. Guessing won’t get you anywhere.


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