Lindsay Adler : fashion photographer


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 in demand NYC fashion photographer

I can remember the first time I found Lindsay’s website! I was like a kid in a candy store! She was perfect, her images were perfect, and I was mesmerized at the way she captured her subjects. And then I had the chance to meet her!

If I had a few words to describe her: hard worker, talented, down-to-earth, hustle! Lindsay’s work ethic and drive for her craft is inspiring. I have watched her over the years become the best in the business!

I love that she also doesn’t just keep it for herself, but she has a passion for teaching others how to be great as well. I’m so excited for you to meet her!


"Enchanted Forest" Fashion Editorial by Lindsay Adler Photography, NYC Fashion Photographer

" Kiss of the Red Dragon" Fashion Editorial by Lindsay Adler Photography, NYC Fashion Photographer

how did you discover that fashion photography was your ultimate passion?

Throughout my years photographing, I have tried all different types of photography. I’ve tried nature photography, photojournalism, family portraits, weddings, and much more. While I explored the different facets of this beautiful art form, I was always in love with photography but my heart and creativity never felt ‘at home’ until I found fashion photography.

I’ve always been driven to clean, bold and graphic imagery. I love rich colors, extremely graphic compositions, and images that demand a second look. Fashion photography was able to bring this all together for me. I took a class in college about the masters of fashion photography– Penn, Avedon, Watson, and dozens more. Their work truly spoke to me, enlightened me, and made me fall in love with photography all over again.

tip for you: don’t be afraid to experiment with different photography topics and read up on your favorite photography masters, it helps you to know what you really want to be photographing

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you speak all over the world and have been named one

of the top 10 best fashion photographers in the world.  It’s easy to look at someone who has ‘made it’ and say they were an overnight success.  Typically, the truth of the matter is that there were years and years of hard work that led to being an ‘overnight success.  What did your overnight success years look like?

I’ve officially been in business more than 15 years, and I experimented with a variety of fields of photography before I finally discovered my true passion in fashion photography. I started with a portrait studio in a small town in upstate NY with a business that photographed a wide range of subjects; families, weddings, senior portraits, children, and more. I ran this studio while also attention college and saved up enough money to finally move to NYC to pursue my passions. I’ve been in NYC 6 years now, and slowly I have been building connections, stronger editorials, growing my business and improving my work.

Seldom have there been times or incidents that I consider something that really helped me career to jump forward. Instead, it was a lot of little steps, tenacity and constant passion.

tip for you: it takes time to build a successful business, if you’re frustrated, keep going!




what three tips do you have for photographers who would like to break into the fashion photography world?

Build your network: The more people you work with, the more connections you have. Build a strong creative team of talented and business-minded hair stylists, makeup artists, wardrobe stylists and more. Each of these individuals not only strengthen your work, but they also help increase your reach to potential clients through their contacts and relationships.

Target people, not businesses: When you are trying to capture the attention of a particular client (even a big business), remember you are targeting an individual. Even if your client is technically the business, it is the people who hire the photographers. Figure out who the decision makers or influencers are, and then do your best to capture their attention or forge relationships with them.

Find and define your style: Having a defined style helps to make you memorable, and is extremely useful when marketing yourself. Figure out your key subject area, common visual threads throughout your own, and a common mood/feel to your imagery. Use these elements to help craft a cohesive style and body of work. This helps make you memorable to potential clients and gives your portfolio impact.

tip for you: choose one of the above tips and make it happen this week in whatever realm you are working in

Fashion Editorial by Lindsay Adler Photography, NYC Fashion Photographer


Your work is so clean and bold and colorful. 

you’ve achieved your own style that is so recognizable!  How did you do that?

I recommend that photographers take a close look at their own body of work. What speaks to them most about it? What are common threads amongst their favorite images.

When I looked at my favorite images, I found that they were all fashion/beauty images. They all were clean, graphic and bold. When color was used, it was employed for cohesion, emotion and impact– typically a very saturated use of color.

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Once I decided common elements in my favorite work, I gave myself assignments to shoot using these elements. Every time I would shoot I would think ‘clean, bold, graphic’ as I planned and execute the concept.

I recommend others try something similar. What is your favorite work? What do those piece have in common? Is there common subject matter, color palette, emotion, or other visual elements? When you discover common themes in your most powerful work, challenge yourself to utilize these tools and themes often in future shoots.

tip for you: to find your own style, choose your favorite 20 images that you’ve ever shot, look for the patterns and emotions you notice in each of them, ask someone else to do the exact same things with your photos

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What would you tell a beginning photographer who would like to start shooting fashion work?

You will face a lot of rejection of your work. There is no doubt of it, no matter how good you are. Sometimes your work is not a good fit for a publication. Perhaps it doesn’t fit a particular clients brand. Remember that rejection is not failure. If you’ve been rejected, take it as a learning experience or perhaps that it wasn’t a ‘right fit’. Don’t let it slow you down. Don’t let it hold you back.

tip for you: if you’re being rejected, it doesn’t mean you’re a terrible photographer, it means you’re learning and it is NOT failure!


What are three things you’re thinking while you’re shooting?

1.What is the goal or main point of this image? What is the main concept, item or story that this image is about.

2. Are all the photographic elements of this image working together to further at goal? Is the posing, lighting, styling, lens choice, angle and composition all working together to emphasize or draw attention to the main concept of the photograph?

3. How could I add extra impact to this image? What extra little touches could give my images that extra ‘pop’. Could I use color, movement, styling or another element to add just a bit more drama and immediate impact to my photograph?

tip for you: be more intentional when you’re shooting, choose one of these questions to ask yourself at your next session or opportunity to photograph



How do you keep from freaking out when you have

someone famous in front of your lens or you’re doing work for a world renowned client?  What was it like for you the first time you photographed someone famous?

I like to test out lighting or a set as much as possible before a bit shoot or photographing an important client. I try to remove as many variables as possible so I have control, confidence and cool on my set.

When photographic someone famous or of particular import, I try to have someone knowledgeable about their life and career on set to help them feel at ease and at home. I feel it is important to try to get to know your subject and make them feel welcome in the environment you have created to photograph them.

tip for you: find out more about your clients before they show up for a photoshoot


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you have a lot going on in your life! you travel the world

teaching, photographing, and creating amazing programs for conferences, and CreativeLive along with your own tutorials on your site.  What are your three tips for keeping up with such a busy schedule?

1. There is time for work, and there is time for play. When I am working, I work extremely hard, focused and for long hours. But when I play, I really reward myself. Certainly I have goals, but life is not just about the destination… it’s about the journey as well.

2. Outsource tasks that are not your strengths. As soon as I could afford to, I outsourced things like my taxes and bookkeeping. The time I spent focusing on them before meant less time dedicated to marketing and photographing.

3. Surround yourself with people that build you up. Get rid of the negative influences and people that are sucking your time and energy. This will make the absolute biggest difference in your life.

tip for you: declutter your life of things and energy

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frontDarker_grandeHow do you use your Kelly Moore Bags?

I personally own several Kelly Moore Bags, and I use them throughout my life. As I travel the world, my Kate Bag is a fantastic carry-on to carry my laptop, camera essentials and the must-haves for international travel. Of course if I need a little bit more room for gear, I’ll select my Jude bag, which has the same gorgeous feel. I use both of these bags at photoshoots, for traveling to teach, and business meetings. I also use my B-Hobo bag when I want to just carry a camera and a lens for going out and about in NYC!

What Kelly Moore Bag is your go-to bag?

My Kate bag is my go-to Kelly Moore bag. I love its texture, sturdiness, stylishness, and ability to carry both my laptop and essential camera gear. It isn’t too big for me too manage, nor too small to fit the gear I cannot live without.


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121 responses to “Lindsay Adler : fashion photographer”

  1. Marie Wood says:

    “Rejection is not failure” is one of the main thing I need to remember! Thank you for this great blog post!

  2. Lica Juarez says:

    My favorite tip is target people, not businesses. So often in trying to win contracts or gain clients the business end takes over and personal relationships aren’t developed with the client. Work is much more fulfilling when there is personal touch and attention given to the client not just the business.

  3. Amy Clark says:

    Love this interview. I am just starting to really add off-camera lighting into my work. Before I mostly tried to work with just natural light, but there were certain shots I could not create in that confine. I am curious when starting out, did you use just a speedlite, or is there another go-to off camera light you would go to?

    • Hey there! When I first started off, I invested in a speedlight and then a modifier or two to give it a better quality of light. I’d say check out a Westcott Rapid Box or Apollo Orb if you are looking to really utilize your off-camera flash. I will say, however, that much of ‘my look’ was done with studio strobes.

  4. Eric Reardon says:

    “There is time for work, and there is time for play.” Is my favorite line of the post as it reminds be to not take everything as a job.

  5. Lindsay is awesome! I took her Creative Live bootcamp and it was the best! Thank you, Lindsay for being a great inspiration and a fantastic teacher!

  6. Heidi says:

    It sounds so cliche, but my favorite tip is finding your own style. I think it’s far too easy in this world to try to mimic what we see others produce if they are successful. Thank you for that resounding tip!

  7. superlole says:

    Love the tips about seeing what you are loving about your photos. Find what you favorite things are to photograph and focus on those elements every session.

  8. vicxentoria says:

    This entire post has been nothing short of inspirational and breath taking but I love this quote best: “The time I spent focusing on them before meant less time dedicated to marketing and photographing.” I completely resonate with that. There are so many “disturbances” that’s taking me away from my craft that I wish I didn’t have to do.

  9. It is sometimes hard to just “work extremely hard and focused” and brake away to balance that with “play”. Thank you for the reminder to enjoy the Journey. Your work is dramatic and breathtaking.

  10. Ne-Ne Wright says:

    How profoundly accurate is the tip of balance between work and play and how funny it is that surrounding yourself with supporters and people that can and “will’ build you, mesh so much together. I tend to have people that want to come out and play at the most inopportune times. They don’t realize that to do so would hinder my success and dampens my work ethic. When you have people that understand and support your goal, better yet, even people with the “same” goal, you are more successful. Which brings us back to balance because if you do not master balance, either one or the other will suffer. (your work or your relationships). Balance and support is an amazing recipe that I have personally failed at and agree are critical to success. Thank you for confirming.

  11. Diana Camden says:

    “What is your favorite work?” This advice is especially helpful to me. I love taking pictures of nature (flowers, sunsets, animals) and capturing a picture that tells a story (when I did yearbook photography years ago). So now that I am a bit older and have time to develop my hobby, I can begin to see if my focus changes or has remained the same. I do have a question, however. Of all your pieces, what has been your most favorite or what was your favorite shooting session?
    I love fashion and photography! I do envy you that you can combine those two things in a career. Your pictures are amazing.
    Diana Camden

  12. Stacey Brace says:

    I would love you read the Lighting Guide! Listening to your story is interesting and inspires me! Thank you for telling a little about your photography!

  13. I like the outsource tasks tip. With that said, do you outsource your photo editing, or do you do all your own photo editing yourself?

    • Great question! Typically nowadays I retouch one image to show the retoucher the look I am going for, and then have them use that as a guide for completing the rest in a series. All ‘creative’ retouching I definitely still do myself (most color toning, compositing things in, etc)

      • LauraPearman says:

        This is a great way to maintain style focus on each project. Do you have a group of trusted retouchers you always go to then? How did you find them?

  14. I love the tip about not letting rejection hold you back or slow you down and instead take it as a learning experience to grow from. I loved reading this post and thanks for all of the amazing tips.

  15. it’s an effort to make things look effortless. do you go in with an idea of what you’re going to do (i’m a super duper planner) or just let things happen organically? (scary)

  16. Sophia says:

    Wow! the photos are stunning! How do you prepare props or backgrounds for a photo?

  17. Absolutely stunning photos. Your photos always leave me breathless and wishing to be as creative as you are. How do you come up with some of your concepts?

  18. griselda says:

    Her work is stunning. I am mesmerized by all the color. I loved her tip on rejection. I feel like the photography business is so competitive and you have to go with the attitude that she describes in order to survive.

  19. Finding the common thread in the images that most excite you- and narrow your focus around that style. I know this, but reading it today made me KNOW THIS. Thanks 🙂

  20. 127hermon says:

    I love your work. I was wondering if you post process your pictures and if you have any thoughts on post processing because some people are really for it and some people are really against it. Thanks!

  21. Those photos are beautiful! I really appreciated what she said about working hard, playing hard and remembering that the journey is important too.

  22. What a wonderful interview! I really needed the reminders about finding your passion and style. I realize that I’ve been trying to recreate

  23. I like how you said that rejection isn’t failure.. Gotta keep pushing and working hard to be successful!!

  24. Your words have hit me like a ton of bricks!!! I have been struggling with the idea of what my style is who do I want to target and that I will fail but I must be willing to get back up and push on even harder!!! Thank you so much for your amazing post!! You have opened up my eyes to a whole new perspective of pbotography!!

  25. Jen Vazquez says:

    Hi there Lindsay — I’m so excited! I have loved your help with photography for the last year since I found you on CreativeLive. You are brilliant, down to earth, and helpful!
    My question is I love how vibrant your images are! Do you ever tend to lean toward a certain color? If you do, do you try to push yourself to something different or do you just go with how you feel? Thank you!!!!

  26. This quote – “Seldom have there been times or incidents that I consider something that really helped me career to jump forward. Instead, it was a lot of little steps, tenacity and constant passion” is so meaningful to me. It’s so easy to look at someone’s success and assume it was easy or overnight…!

    I would LOVE to learn more about studio lighting – as a natural light photographer I’m clueless!!

  27. I like the tip ” there is time for work and there is time for play”. It is so true but sometimes hard to do when you are trying to get ahead! I’ve leaned if you don’t take care of yourself, your work ends up showing it.

  28. ccmonty says:

    I love the advice to find common themes in your work and to use those themes. I find themes in the works I’m most passionate about, now I need to make the opportunities to keep doing those kinds of projects.

  29. Kiera Reese says:

    What an awesome portfolio! I think your tip about focusing on people, not companies, is such a practical tip! The ideas about finding a style is really helpful too. I’m going to print out some of my favorite images now! Thanks for sharing!

  30. “Outsource tasks that are not your strengths” will likely revolutionize my entire life. Having “permission” to do so from such talented, driven women is life changing… you mean I DON’T have to master it all and be perfect in every. single. aspect…?!

  31. Such breathtaking pictures, the tip that really speaks to me most is: Find and define your style: Having a defined style helps to make you memorable, and is extremely useful when marketing yourself. I am really struggling with this right now and really trying to discover myself and where my talent is. Thank you so much for your insights and inspirations <3

  32. Lisa Rowland says:

    Love the tip about outsourcing. I need to learn to let others help me with things that I’m not strong at to help me be stronger at what I am good at! Always good to have affirmation about things that you know you should be doing! LOVE her work!

  33. Lindsay your work is absolutely amazing! the color and composition is breathtaking
    my favorite piece of advice from you would be about knowing the end goal or point of your picture. It can be easy to get lost in the details in setting up a shot or in getting someone else to play out your vision.

  34. rengstrom says:

    Her work is so amazing and I love the colors!! What are your suggestions for really finding your own style and voice in photography? I like what you said about going through your work and finding what speaks to you but how do you also further edit down and find inspiration?

  35. I absolutely love fashion photography! I find myself just taking photos of everyday life. I’ve always loved portrait photography, especially following the likes of Richard Avedon- one of my favorites! While in school, my best photos were of studio portraits. Without a studio, what is the best way to get into fashion photography?

  36. Jen Vazquez says:

    Hi Lindsay — you rock!! I was wondering if you have ever turned away a “big” job (disability or monetary) and if so for what reason? Additionally, do you dream about photography?

  37. Cindy says:

    Rejection is not failure…how true and important to remember. Thanks for sharing!

  38. Rose Schmidt says:

    I like the tip of staying focused within the bounds of clean, bold, and graphic. I can understand how that helps (in many aspects of life, too).

  39. fahrvrgngn says:

    “Get rid of the negative influences and people that are sucking your time and energy. This will make the absolute biggest difference in your life.” is such great advice for every aspect of life. Thanks Lindsay for all of the great inspiration and advice.

  40. Thank you Lindsay for sharing yourself with us and Kelly Moore. Your work is quite elegant, I can see why you’re named one of the top 10. My question for you is, what was one of your trickiest or toughest lighting challenges and what did you do to pull it off? Is or was there ever any situation when you thought, this just isn’t going to work out.

    • There are so many problem-solving situations I have gotten into. Perhaps it was a small space, or lots of reflections, or just terrible mixed lighting. I often think ‘oh no, how will this work’… but in the end I just keep trying different solutions until I find the right fit!

  41. I would love to know what photo editing software you use and how long it typically takes for you to find tune an image.

  42. Sherri Kerr says:

    What is the one thing that keeps driving you forward? I thought I had found my passion in nature photography but it just doesn’t seem to be doing it for me lately. I still love photography, but how do you pick yourself back up?

  43. ruthcdempsey says:

    Wow! the first time I saw your work was on Creative Live just beautiful! Thank you for sharing your encouraging words, especially the “surround yourself with people that build you up.” ~ Ruth C Dempsey

  44. I opened myself up to the possibility of becoming a photographer 3 years ago. I’ve always taken nice photos! So I got a real camera, trim some online classes and training seminars and started doing small family photo, and prom sessions. Since then I’ve done a couple of weddings as well. All the clients have been happy. In that time I was approached by someone who says to me, maybe I’ll hire you after you’ve had some schooling and gotten you’re degree! I didn’t know how to respond to her? What would you say? What would you do? I can’t afford a photography degree right now!

    • I guess my question would be how do you deal with rejection before you’ve even tried?
      It kind of put a damper on my spirit before it’s had a chance to really blossom. Also what type of off camera lighting technique is best for beginners. Equipment too?

      • Just understand that this individual doesn’t really understand what makes a good or even a great photographer. They aren’t your client. They aren’t looking for good work, or good interactions, or great customer service. You just have to know when someone isn’t a good fit and is looking for barriers to NOT hire you– that is what that individual is doing!

  45. I am hoping I am not too late! Lindsay – I have watched you for quite some time on Creative Live, and I have purchased come of your classes as well. I have learned so much about posing from you. But I have remained a “natural light” photographer. I know some say calling yourself that is just a misnomer. How far into your photography journey was it before you used off-camera flash and other means of artificial light? Sometimes I think I shy away simply because it is something I have not yet learned. If you were at the beginning of that journey, where would you start? What books, classes or photographers would you point me toward?

    • I think you can absolutely use natural light beautifully, but I do think it is beneficial to broaden the knowledge/tools available to you at times. I would say just start with a single light and really experiment. I think maybe a course on lighting on creativeLIVE or kelbyone!

  46. hanna grace says:

    When looking at an inspiration image what are your top three things you look at to avoid copying the photo outright? I am steadily looking at the lighting used and the post processing and I am interested in hearing what else I can look at that will give me inspiration without breaking the unspoken code of artists. 🙂

  47. Hi Lindsay! I am still struggling to find my own style.. I know I will get there sooner or later..Just need to find it soon because am starting my portrait business soon. I find it a challenge because I usually copy other people’s styles ..I need to break out of that. Thanks for being such a generous and inspiring person and photographer!

  48. You don’t need expensive gear to make it happen. Thats the biggest inspiration Lindsay has given me. HEr work is exceptional and her teaching skills are incredible. 🙂

  49. The tip I was most inspired from today? With Lindsay it will always be her images. How can it not be?!
    Second to that today I will have to go with: “make it happen this week in whatever realm you are working in”
    “This week”
    Like right now.
    That spoke to me. I can sit around and dream about what I want to achieve to create … Be inspired by amazing artists, but a dream without a definable goal is merely a wish. I need to put on my big girl pants and make it happen. Make that dream a goal and my reality.
    This. Week.

    Thank you. Xoxo

  50. Lieve Berben says:

    Discovered her by accident and after watching her tutorial I was sold. For me she is nr 1 in teaching, clear, straight to the point and so simple! She gives me so much inspiration. Keep on going, teaching and sharing. Thank you very much.

  51. ‘Don’t be afraid to experiment with different photography topics and read up on your favorite photography masters, it helps you to know what you really want to be photographing.’
    Thats great advice, however I find that hard to do. The photographers works that I’m drawn to and look at over and over again is no where near what I shoot. How did you get away from shooting all the other stuff and start shooting what you love?

  52. Seeing that she started in my same neck of the woods, upstate NY, makes me so inspired! I love the advice of finding the pattern in your photography to get everything cohesive.

  53. The best tip for me – was finding your style be reviewing 20 of your favourite photographs and being more intentional when shooting.
    Love your work – it is all inspiring!!
    Thanks so much

  54. It takes lots of pictures to get that one really good one. i have to remember not to give up.

  55. I loved the encouragement she gave about defining your style. I am in the process of doing just that now with my new photography business. I sometimes feel discouraged when I don’t book the clients (number wise) I would like to book. But I am learning that I am creating and being true to myself and those who appreciate that, will be the ones I will book. I’m seeing now that rejection isn’t a bad thing. They just aren’t my clients! Such a great reminder! Thanks for the interview.

  56. slyons says:

    I have never really thought about what my style is so I liked the tip: To find your own style, choose your favorite 20 images that you’ve ever shot, look for the patterns and emotions you notice in each of them, ask someone else to do the exact same things with your photos. With this tip, I hope to decipher what my style is so I am able to better define that in future photos.

  57. Heidi Hicks says:

    I’m going to take the tip about choosing my top 20 and find what’s speaking to me. I’ve been stagnant for awhile and having a hard time finding my passion again. I needed this- thank you!

  58. Laura Martin says:

    Wow. I love your work. How much work do you do in Photoshop post shooting?

  59. Loved the tip about discovering your personal style- so simple but makes so much sense! After being in the other side of the camera during your recent birthday photoshoots, Was there anything you learned watching the other photographers that has led to you to change the way you do something in your photography?

  60. We’re supposed to just pick one tip?! Oh man! This interview was awesome, there are so many special nuggets of information packed into this one post. Thank you for writing it! Lindsay has some incredible tips, all of which I want to work towards. One tip that’s SUPER important for my business is finding out as much about the client beforehand as possible. It’s my goal to make my photo sessions comfortable and relaxed. I usually deal with people who are phenomenally afraid of the camera and HATE getting their photo taken. I also love the tip of asking yourself 3 questions while shooting so you’re being really intentional…especially how can I add extra impact to this image? That’s an awesome tip and being intentional is something I strive toward. I will be coming back to this post frequently to remember and re-read these tips. Thanks again for this awesome interview!

  61. cutiephinphin says:

    My fav tip: Rejection is not failure. It’s so easy to forget that and let rejection bring you down.

    I do have a question. Do you use an idea/concept more than once or do you use different ideas/concepts for each session that you do? What gets you inspired and get your creative juices running when you have photographed so many? What is the deciding factor when choosing to use a particular concept?

    • Man, those are great questions. I usually use a concept once or twice… I mean there are always different takes and technical approaches I can vary to bring new life to an old concept! When I choose a concept in the end it is a mix between what is most inspiring at the moment, what the client wants, and again what the goal of the shoot is!

  62. senialopez says:

    Hey Lindsay! Thanks for this great piece. You are always so helpful & inspiring (I saw you at Imaging USA this year!). I had a question about your presentation. How do you/did you present your portfolio? Do you think prints are more effective or does your website alone usually get you jobs? Thanks in advance.

  63. it takes time to build a successful business, if you’re frustrated, keep going! – you have a giving personality and an encougaing one which i applaud i just found this blog not long ago and its like your a great teacher all your words are helpful to me

  64. christian says:

    Love Linsay Adler. Here’s the tip I liked “If you’re being rejected, it doesn’t mean you’re a terrible photographer, it means you’re learning and it is NOT failure!
    I watched Lidsay Adler on creative live. LOVE her work. Thanks for helping all of us out with your knowledge!! ❤️

  65. Lindsay’s photography is so beautiful. Thank you for the great article.
    My Favorite Tip: “There is time for work, and there is time for play. When I am working, I work extremely hard, focused and for long hours. But when I play, I really reward myself. Certainly I have goals, but life is not just about the destination… it’s about the journey as well.”

  66. I love Lindsay’s tip : Outsource tasks that are not your strengths. Definitely something I need to do more of!

  67. tomkat1989 says:

    Great article! Thank you!

  68. Maurevans7 says:

    I have been currently researching photography editing software. While I love natural light with as few edits as possible, I do like some editting (depending on the photo. What are some of your favorite software? There seems to be quite a few on the market and it can be overwhelming to narrow down the ones that are more user friendly but also produce the better result.

    Thank you so much for your time! and the awesome giveaway 🙂

  69. kellykk says:

    I thought this interview was great! I was inspired by the tip about being intentional and the steps to focus that intention. Thanks!

  70. fgolemb says:

    Lindsay, your work is remarkable! I thoroughly enjoyed your blog post. I think your positive attitude and encouragement is just as incredible. I love how you have stressed that rejection is NOT failure and how important it is to be true to yourself and your own unique style. Thanks!!

  71. My favourite quote ‘There is time for work, and there is time for play. When I am working, I work extremely hard, focused and for long hours. But when I play, I really reward myself. Certainly I have goals, but life is not just about the destination… it’s about the journey as well.’

  72. Lindsay, your photos are absolutely amazing! I love your bold color and graphic style! I find myself in that stage of shooting whatever type of work comes my way, families, events, and have been feeling uninspired lately, so I really appreciated your comments on concentrating on what really inspires you!

  73. Kallie Berry says:

    Lindsay’s work is so inspiring! I feel like I’ve been enthralled by her images without knowing the woman behind the lenses! Thanks for a peek into your life and work!

  74. I absolutely love how you use color in your photos! It is beautiful.

  75. Marla Boyle says:

    I really enjoyed reading this post from Lindsay. Some many great tips and advice! One of my favorite tips:
    “to find your own style, choose your favorite 20 images that you’ve ever shot, look for the patterns and emotions you notice in each of them, ask someone else to do the exact same things with your photos”

    I can’t wait to get started and do this! Finding my style has always been an issue and I look forward to taking some time to learn more about how to achieve this.

    Great post! Thanks so much!

  76. What’s your favorite shoot that you have done and why? I am always interested in what is happening behind the scenes and locations. 🙂

  77. My favourite tip is definitely “Find and define your style”. It’s something I’ve been working on for a little while now. Fashion is what I’d love to break into, although where I am now (Jamaica) it’s quite difficult. But I’m gonna keep on keeping in!

  78. Stefanie S. says:

    Hey Lindsay, I love your pictures and you’ve been nothing but an inspiration to me since I discovered your website about a year ago!

    Here’s my question: I love fashion photography and I’ve been dallying with it during the past years. I grew up in a rural area and to be honest – it’s my preferred style of living. Right now I live in a megacity with plenty of opportunities to escape city life, but there’s not so much going on fashion wise and I’m not exactly happy with being surrounded by noise, cars and people so much. I prefer nature and quiet and would gladly move out of the city but I’m bound by my current job as an in-house photographer.

    Someone big in the industry told me I should move to an even bigger city like London, Paris or New York if I want to make it in fashion photography. I abhor the thought of doing so. While the cities are beautiful and nice for short trips of not longer than a week at most I don’t want to live there. Ever.

    Do you know any great fashion photographers who do not live in the fashion capitals of the world? Do you think it’s possible to pursue a successful career when you do not live close to or in a megacity? Ever since he told me I should move I feel trapped between the seats because I love photography and especially fashion photography the most but I’m sure living in even bigger cities with even less nature and quiet will take a toll on my sanity in the long run.

  79. Soooo important to keep reminding ourselves that not everything works out as we want it to, all the time, – so as Lindsay said, “it takes time to build a successful business, if you’re frustrated, keep going!”

  80. When you first started out did you reach out to aspiring models or use friends? Also, did you have someone who helped or did you begin as a solo act?

  81. kb132013 says:

    My favorite tip from this article is the one about finding your own style! As a student photographer in college, after trying to grasp hold of the technical side of photography, defining my own style is the other major thing I am trying to understand / find. I feel I haven’t developed my full style yet, but I can see it blooming now looking at what I consider to be my “20 best images”- softness, feminine, and unique angels are some of the things I see, I’ll have to ask some of my classmates what they see too!

    I really enjoyed this blog post! Thank you Lindsay for all the creative teaching you have shared with the world! I’m currently watching your Creative Studio Lighting course on CreativeLive and it’s helping so much, I have a better understanding of how light works now and it’s helping in the studio with class projects immensely!

  82. One of my favorite tips from you is…. it takes time to build a successful business, if you’re frustrated, keep going! I need to use this as my “mantra”. I love your style and vibrant colors. I’m a wuss when it comes to bright colors.

  83. ‘Find out more about your client.’ I love this tip. I remember a friend of mine had a client and he couldnt make him interact and smile during the shoot. He kept asking questions what he likes to do and after half an hour, he asked do you like gardening? Suddenly the guy came to life. From then on my friend got dozens of images of his client that his proud of and the client became his friend. This tip is in my head since he told me that story. I am just starting out as a photographer and definitely will use this tip.

    This article is great. Has a lot of informations for photographers like me just starting out. I’ve read a lot of interviews of Lindsay Adler and this one is tge best, already bookmarked on my phone. 🙂

  84. Cala Iverson says:

    Thank you for this blog post. I love Lindsay’s work! My favorite tip is “Outsource tasks that are not your strengths.”

  85. beverlylynn says:

    When shooting for particular clients, do you find that there will be a lot of creative input or direction requested from them? How much do you have to work within what they want versus you? And how do you handle any diverging opinions?

  86. My favorite tip is “declutter your life of things and energy”. Regaining that focus on what is truly important is so huge! Thanks for the post!

  87. Sara Lynn says:

    What I realize with Lindsay is that she wants you to empower yourself in your own work. She hits the nail on the head when she says look at your favorite photos and find a theme, then take more of those types of photos. I believe this is what will set your “art” apart from other peoples. No need to replicated in this business. Be true to what you see and like and clients will book sessions based on similarities in their likes! Thanks, Lindsay.
    When you discover common themes in your most powerful work, challenge yourself to utilize these tools and themes often in future shoots. – See more at:

  88. These photos are spectacular!

    I need to really apply this tip to my life: Outsource tasks that are not your strengths.

    You just can’t do it all.

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