Finding the perfect setting. Finding the perfect pose. Finding the perfect lighting. This may seem like a daunting task for some trying to capture the perfect photo, but not for Maple Grove photographer Kristin Jones of Any Angle Photography.
She has been shooting local seniors for many years. She is an award winning, nationally featured and published senior photographer.
Jones did not start out her career as a photographer until she was 45 years old.
“I was a ultra sound technician for 25 years,” she said. “I was a technician and a photographer for a long time, but ended up having to choose one and I like taking photos better. My husband often jokes I went from taking pictures of people’s insides to their outsides.”
Years ago, Jones took a Photoshop class at Hennepin Tech. She is on the activities committee at her church and she wanted to learn how to make better posters. At this class, she learned how to manipulate data from a camera and went out and bought one.
She said she never realized she wanted to do photography until she started doing it. She added that she can’t imagine doing anything else now.
“My kids were all in high school at the time,” she added. Jones first began taking photos at her children’s sporting events and sharing them with coaches and other parents.
She also was a former Maple Grove Senior High School Theatre Booster Club member and original president of the club. She still continues to take photos for the school’s musicals.
“That is one of my favorite things to do,” she said. “I love to photograph the shows up there.”
She added two of her youngest son’s friends came up to her and asked her if she would take their senior pictures. “That’s how it started,” she said. “I thought, wow, this is really fun.”
“The thing I love about it, is that it’s always changing,” Jones said of taking photos. “No one’s ever the same because you have to look at that person’s face. How do I make them look the best? And there’s always new lighting to learn and new backdrops to learn.”
Jones does some of her photography in her studio, but much of it is in outdoor locations around the Twin Cities.
“When I drive around I’m always thinking if I would be able to use that spot,” she said. “There are some great spots just driving along on the side of the road pulling over. In Minnesota, you can get these overgrown ditches with flowers growing in them.”
Some her favorite spots in the fall are along the side of roads. She also takes a lot of photos in Elm Creek Park.
One unique and personal touch, is that Jones provides her clients with upcoming sessions some tips on how prepare for the photoshoot.
Jones even provides her clients with a list of recommendations, including a “what to wear” guide.
Some of her tips for guys are to: shave, iron everything, use solid colored shirts, no cargo, avoid sandals and sneakers, ties and bowties up a client’s game, and bring props.
Tips for girls include: bringing a variety of outfit styles, jewelry should be classic and simple, avoid busy patterns, wear layers, and bring props.
She said props bring out the personality of the clients.
Jones even gives do’s and don’ts for all body types. Each client receives this information as soon as they book a session.
“I always ask a client to see their outfits before we photograph,” she said. “Then I plan where we go based on their outfits.”
Jones has just started branching out from just taking high school senior portraits. She is now in the tween-teen market, for those in grades six to 10.
Jones has a good reason for this.
“When you get your photo taken, you can feel awkward,” she said. “There’s something about when someone tells you that ‘you look great’ or ‘that looks amazing’ and then you see yourself and how great you look. I feel that completely changes how you feel about yourself.”
She added that she feels like many tween girls’ self-esteem is hammered so much because of everything they see. “I feel like so many of them are beautiful, but they don’t feel that about themselves,” she said.
She continued that the tween photographs are a way to show them their worth and see how beautiful they really are.
Jones is planning to expand to take headshots as well.
She offers this piece of advice to others. “If you want to learn something new, learn it, because you can still do it,” Jones said. “It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still learn it.”
To learn more about Jones and her photography, visit anyanglephotography.com.
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