Beyond The Lens – Our website has been on fire with content all week thanks to talented people like Massachusetts photographer Catherine Hodges. Since the beginning of this year, I have been supporting upcoming talent by publishing news stories about them and sharing their work on all of our social media platforms. Hodges is one of those many talented people that I sent a couple of questions to answer. Hodges completed her interview this afternoon after typing out the answers and sending them to me on Messenger. Enjoy the interview!!!
~*~*Beyond The Lens /w Catherine Hodges*~*~
Internet Hollywood: What’s up Catherine!? Welcome to the home of Internet Hollywood. This was definitely an interview I should’ve made happen a long time ago, but everything happens for a reason. I’m really excited to finally share some of my questions with you. How has your journey as a photographer been going so far this year?
Hodges: Hi Justin! Thanks for having me on Internet Hollywood! This year has been going well so far. I’m mostly an outdoor/natural light photographer, but I’ve still booked plenty of shoots even with the terrible Boston weather.
Internet Hollywood: I have been making it a priority to learn the background story to what made people interested in trying out the goals they want the most. When did you become passionate about photography to the point you wanted to make a career out of it?
Hodges: I’ve always loved taking photos. My dad had a band when I was younger, and I would always want to go out and take photos for them. I also made my friends model for me in high-school so I could take their photos. About a year ago, my now husband, bought me a DSLR camera as a gift (because I just kept telling him how much I wanted to be a photographer), and that’s when I finally went all out on trying to make photography a career.
Internet Hollywood: Do you feel photography helps you express a sense of yourself that comes from within?
Hodges: Absolutely! I actually have social anxiety and am very shy, but when I’m behind the camera I feel like I can take on the world. It makes me feel confident and gives me a chance to show people what I see when I take a photo.
Internet Hollywood: What are some of your favorite themes to use when you want to express yourself strongly when you’re doing photo shoots?
Hodges: I love using bright colors! If I can get next to a garden or flowers it’s even better because I will use them to shoot through and make some cool bokeh.
Internet Hollywood: What camera do find yourself using all the time now that you are more experienced and what camera do you not recommend people get if they’re just starting out?
Hodges: I’m actually still using my first camera! It’s a Canon T6 Rebel with a cropped sensor. It’s amazing what a small camera will do when you learn as much as you can about its capabilities. I don’t really have a recommendation on what cameras not to buy. I feel you should get a camera that feels comfortable in your hands and then learn as much as possible about it and how to use it.
Internet Hollywood: Are you planning on doing other things like a magazine with your photos in it for the future?
Hodges: I don’t have any particular plans as of now for magazines. However, I recently did a shoot for Love Girls Magazine Boston’s cover, and it was really awesome. I got to connect with the awesome Scarlet De Lemeny, and took photos for a magazine that is about empowering women. So I’m definitely not opposed to doing more shoots for magazines.
Internet Hollywood: What do you consider the “perfect shot” when taking a picture of something or someone when you’re trying to catch someones attention?
Hodges: For me, a perfect shot captures the subject in a unique way, whether that be with bright colors and a soft background or unique poses and interesting props. It should catch the viewer’s eye and hopefully their imagination and emotions.
Internet Hollywood: Last question; What is your main goal in 2018 and are you working on any projects at the moment that you would like to share?
Hodges: My main goal for 2018 is really just networking and building my portfolio. I really want to get my foot in the door as far as fashion photography as well. I have 3 fashion shows I’m shooting for so far in the next few months, and I’d love to do more fashion styled shoots.
Internet Hollywood: Thank you for the interview, Hodges. Keep up all of the amazing work!
~*~*Thank you for reading*~*~
Photographer: JS O’Connor Photography