Meet Julie Elfers!
Julie is one of the amazing Moderators in our Facebook Groups and we’d like to take some time to ‘formally’ introduce her.
1. How did you get involved with SPS?
I wanted to learn how to use my fancy camera and came across an ad for SPS and signed up. That was a life changer for me. I was really involved with the Photo Fix Facebook group and Kyle invited me to jump on board as a volunteer to help moderate the group. In spring of 2015, I officially became part of the SPS team!
2. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a wife to an amazing guy who keeps me grounded and (mostly) sane. I’m mom to four kiddos ages ranging from 5-13 and two crazy dogs. We live just outside of Madison, WI. I have a sports photography business and teach photography classes locally. I feel so blessed to have my hobby as a career!
3. What’s your favorite thing to shoot?
I LOVE to shoot my kids doing something they love. I love to capture their natural expressions and I love it when they see an image of themselves looking happy and amazing. It’s so empowering and self-esteem boosting for them and it brings me joy like nothing else.
4. Who, besides Kyle Shultz, are your photography idols?
Brooke Shaden. (You can follow her on Instagram here or @brookeshaden .)
5. What’s your favorite piece of gear?
This is a tough one. I think my favorite would be my 70-200 lens. I love the background compression I can get from it, and I love the reach of it.
6. What gear have you bought that you wish you hadn’t bothered with?
A really awkward cloth diffuser for my speedlight. I never got it to work right and it was always floppy.
7. Do you have a favorite shot? Would you share it with us?
A foal was born at the barn where my daughter rides. The barn owner asked if I could come out and take pictures and I captured a super sweet moment of mama and baby together. It’s my favorite shot.
8. What’s in your ‘working’ bag? Why?
I shoot with a Canon 5d Mark IV. I shoot a lot of sports, so I always have my 70-200 with me. I always have my nifty fifty (50mm f1.8) with me for times that I need a bit of a wider angle lens (or when I’m shooting portraits).