Interview: Yvette Fevurly (Part 1)
21 Jun 2010
Yvette Fevurly of yffoto.com was kind enough to be our 3rd interview in the series.
Tell me a little about yourself? Who are you? What do you do for work, fun?
I am a native Kansan who moved to Chicago to pursue my passion for architecture and design. By trade, I am an environmental graphic designer – a combination of interior, industrial, graphic and interaction design. Unlike many in the industry, I have been working with the same company since graduating from college. I must really like what I do huh? I am passionate about travel, especially to European cities! I am a Jayhawk forever devoted to following Kansas basketball. I have two cats – Lucy and Phoebe.
How did you first get into photography?
I think I have always been a photographer, the one to document every angle of a trip or event. A turning point for me was a trip to the Bahamas in college. I failed to get a single photo of one of the most beautiful places on earth. After that trip, I swore I would learn more about the art. The very next semester I took my first photography class – architectural photography.
What was your first camera ever? What camera did you use when you started your photoblog?
Man, that’s a good question… something with a flash cube maybe?? Actually, I think it may have been a polaroid. I’ve had loads of cameras through the years, but did not invest in my first SLR till college – a Canon I bought used (AE-1 I think). I started my photoblog in 2004 and was using a Fujifilm FinePix S5000 at that time. It was my first step into digital and was a really great camera.
What equipment do you use now?
I’m a Canon girl. I shoot with Canon 40D, Powershot S90 and I cannot forget about my iPhone! I have a few lenses – EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L Macro, EF 50mm f/1.8, USM 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 and my new favorite the Sigma 10-22mm f/4-5.6 – I just can’t get enough of that wide angle goodness. I have dabbled with a few artsy pieces — the lensbaby, 15mm fisheye and some toy cameras and have a flash or two.
What is on your wish list?
Canon 7D w/battery grip, 85mm, 100mm Macro and some filter sets…
Do you have any formal training in photography? If not, how did you learn and how far do you think you’ve come? Has the photoblog helped you grow and learn in your photography?
Other than one architectural photography class in college, I am completely self taught. I learned everything I know by just getting out there and doing it. I started looking at sites like flickr.com and coolphotoblogs.com and entering photo contests like photofriday.com and vxfy.com. I would just look at what people are taking photos of and the exif data so that I could go out and try to get similar results. The photoblog was instrumental in bringing my photography where it is today. Photoblogging has been wonderful to me and given me the opportunity to meet some really great photographers here in Chicago. I have learned a great deal from my fellow photobloggers and they have provided me the opportunity to get outside of my comfort zone too!
How would you describe your photographic style?
I don’t think I really have a style and this sometimes frustrates me. I don’t have a specific look or type of processing that I do for all of my photos. I don’t have a single subject that would provide a signature. I feel like I’m more of a documentarian – I shoot what I see, what appeals to me. I am documenting my life, my travels, my loves. I tend to have an eye more for architecture and cityscapes, but through my travels am looking to embrace landscapes.
What aspect of your photography would you like to improve upon?
I would like to become a bit more technical — learn the numbers — and lighting. Archie from Whateverland gave me my first tutorial on studio lighting and I loved it!
What is your typical post-processing workflow?
I use Adobe Lightroom to catalog, clean up and export and Photoshop CS4 for true post-processing. I have found a few amazing action sets that I will apply from time to time — all depends on my mood.
Check back Wednesday for part 2 of Yvette’s interview.