Corner Member Close Up: Susan Hernandez

Friday's are almost always the best day of the week around the Corner, as we get to meet and get to know a new photographer from SmugMug or right here from the Corner. We interview them, and get to browse through some of their favorite photographs. This week in our "Corner Member Close Up," we meet long-time member Susan. The interview is brief (answers are short and sweet) so it's an easy read. Enjoy the photos and enjoy getting to know Susan Hernandez a little better (and enjoy the weekend!).

Name: Susan Hernandez
Username: Susan


Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Susan, I currently live in Spring Texas with my husband and two sons. I started my own photography business about 2 years ago, shooting portraits, weddings, and architecture.

What does your username mean?

It's just my name.

How old were you when you took your first picture with a camera; any camera? Was it any good?

I remember being in 10th grade, about 15 years old. It was with a cheapie old Pentax ME and of course the picture was not good (under exposed).

What was it about photography that made you want to become a photographer? Why do you take photographs?

Photography provides a great medium to express your view of the world. Soul-searching... hmmm, interesting question as an artist who opens themselves up for the world to see their creations, I too like to open my soul so others can see the world through my eyes.

How long has photography been a passion for you? When, where and how did it start?

Photography has been my passion for over 20 years. It all started when I took a class in high school.

What is your background/training in photography?

I had completed a photography course throught New York Institute of Photography.


What was your very first camera?

Pentax ME.

What equipment is in your camera bag now? What pieces of equipment will be added to the collection next?

You are asked to choose one lens from the following group: 14mm wide angle, 50mm prime, 200mm telephoto, 105mm macro. You could only use one of these for the rest of your photographic life. Which would you choose and why?

I would have to pick the 105mm macro because it allows for more creativity. My take on photography is to document those small things that often get overlooked, although its not the most commercial type lens for my line of work, it's the one that would give me the most enjoyment.

Bonus Questions

Do you like your photos most of the time or dislike them most of the time? Why do you think that is?

Most of the time I don't like my work, I feel that I'm my own worst critic because I want everything to be perfect.

You are given a dream assignment to photograph one location in the world. Where/what would it be? When would you shoot it? Why that place and that time?

I would pick Venice Italy because it's one of the most beautiful places. I would love to photograph during the Carnival celebrations. It would be fun to capture the whole atmosphere; the people in their colorfull costumes and beauitful masks and the Architecture.

What are your goals for your photography?

To become of of the top 100 Wedding Photographers in the US and in about 10 years I would love to work for Architectual Record.

What was your most embarrassing moment while taking pictures?

This just happen recently, while I was photographing a wedding I stepped on the stage and the priest yelled at me in front of everyone stating "please don't step onto the stage".

The Corner

What initially drew you into Corner?

The work of other members.

What keeps your hanging around the Corner?

The kindness of the members.

What advice would you give other members of PhotographyCorner?

Don't give up on taking photos. It takes patience, time and practice to become a good photographer. it's not the camera that makes the image but your vision.

If you could meet any member of the Corner, but could ask them only one question, who would you want to meet and what would that question be?

This is a hard question because there are so many people on the corner that I would like to meet in person but if I had to choose just one person it would be Faisal, my question would be why do you shot with a Canon with Nikon is better, lol, just kidding. My question would be how do you always get those amazing abstract architecture shots?


What thing about yourself as an artist do you want to be remembered for?

I would like to be remember for my abstract view of everyday objects.

If you knew it were your last day with your equipment, whether it be by choice or not, what would you photograph and why?

If it was my last day with my equipment I would have to photograph my family so I can preserve our memories.

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2011–04–29 16:17