// Your entire collection seems so effortlessly, yet impeccably, styled. How do you create such authentic environments for your shoots?
We try to shoot in real environments whenever we can. We are always looking for interesting people, locations, etc. and try to utilize our connections that we have access to by creating win/win trades and such with locations. Talent is so important. Finding talent that can express different emotions easily makes our job so much easier. I also feel like the stylists we work with make such a difference on a shoot. Bottom line is that we shoot in places that inspire us and where we want to be.
// Describe your approach to post production and what kind of role it plays in creating a final image?
We always ask, "Is there anything we can do to make this image better?" We try to outsource all the basic retouching, but then Chris and I do the final finessing color correcting. I do feel that post production is a wonderful tool to add production value to images. We have been in many situations where we are at a resort and the weather is terrible, so in post you have to make it look beautiful and sunny. This is not easy to do, but it can be done and it makes all the difference in the world on the final image. There is so much potential in post production and we feel like we have barely scratched the surface.
// What is the best processing tip you have that might help other photographers?
Experiment, try new things, and ask for feedback. I am guilty of totally losing perspective sometimes in post filtering and color correction. It's good to step away from it, come back to it, get input until you land on something that looks right. There are lots of tools out there; try different things. We use CaptureOne Pro for basic color correction and processing, and VSCO and Nik color effects in addition to all of the tools Photoshop has to offer.
// Any tips for photographers starting out or looking to join the Stocksy team?
Be persistent. It takes years to be good at anything, so keep shooting and don't give up. An important lesson I learned early in my career is to shoot and create even if you don't feel like it. I would also suggest trying not to compare yourself to others. Social media has made painful comparisons inevitable which can be really crushing to us sensitive artist types, but you have to turn that pain and insecurity into action, inspiration, and motivation. Find out what inspires you and go shoot it. Bottom line is keep shooting and creating content that you love in a consistent and persistent way.
We asked Trinette to round up some of her favourite things. Below is a sampling or her picks, but be sure to visit her Pinterest board for even more!