MEET OLYMPUS VISIONARY TRACIE MAGLOSKY

 

WHO ARE YOU?

I am a partner, photographer, friend so many things, but I am a mom first. We have three boys, all teenagers, who are each unique and wonderful in their own ways. They've all been patient enough to be my subjects from time to time. They are certainly the reason I was drawn to photography to begin with and continue to be my motivation and inspiration on this journey. I grew up in Northern Ohio and was born and raised in Toledo. In my late 20s, I moved to Cincinnati where our studio is located currently.

My specialty is portrait work with a slant toward maternity, newborn and weddings...I love highly emotional moments and capturing those moments. On most days you will find us in the studio and on occasion we will be on location for a wedding or outdoor portrait session.

 

 

WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WERE A PHOTOGRAPHER?

I believe I realized I was a photographer when others were asking me for photographs. I had been photographing my own children since they were born but when others began asking for photography services I was able to take my photography more seriously. What a gift!

I don't believe I've ever had much interest in shooting many frames without people in them. Once in a rare while I might photograph some flowers but the reality is that I always wish there were a human subject. When my children were born my love of photography was born with them. I knew the value of documenting their lives and that's where the passion began. It didn't take me long before I started putting little outfits and hats on them and trying to control more of the lighting, composition and story. I loved Anne Geddes and her thoughtful placement of newborns with her intricate sets.

 

 

 

INTRODUCING OLYMPUS

How did you get started with the Olympus system?

My first Olympus camera was a point-and-shoot Camedia that was a baby shower gift when my oldest was born. As fate would have it, when I was choosing my first professional camera, my familiarity with the brand led me to stay with Olympus even until this very day. While I'm no longer using a point-and-shoot, I'm still not willing to give up on the portability, accuracy and image quality that I've come to love from Olympus.

What’s your go-to Olympus setup

My favorite camera to use is the E-M1X, although as I'm familiarizing myself more with the E-M1 Mark III; I'm enjoying the smaller body as well. As a portrait photographer I do love the PRO Prime lenses. Specifically, my favorite being the M.Zuiko 45mm F1.2 PRO, then the M.Zuiko 25mm F1.2 PRO and finally the M.Zuiko 17mm F1.2 PRO. However, for outdoor wedding ceremonies, the 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO rarely leaves my camera. Specialty shots with flowing gowns are best created using the M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO which is also amazing for larger bridal party shots.

 

 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A MEMBER OF THE OLYMPUS FAMILY?

Being a part of the Olympus family has been truly life-changing. The friendships that have been created are forever and the combined passion of the team is truly explosive. I'm honored to be on such an esteemed team that continues to challenge me to reach new heights in my business and in my photography.

 

 

 

TIPS FOR OTHER BUDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

My best piece of advice to aspiring photographers is to FAIL FAST & FAIL UP. Take a million terrible pictures and study what you don't love about them. Then, take 999,999 terrible pictures and 1 that blows your mind and study them again. You can take 10,000 classes but until you take 10,000 images it cannot sink in from your head to your images.

TIPS FOR OTHER PRO PHOTOGRAPHERS

My best piece of advice to pro photographers is to stop comparing your work to others! Allow your authenticity to flow through your work and your life. Make some more amazing mistakes so you can continue to grow. Try to add an element you've never used to break yourself out of creative ruts. Value your uniqueness above all!

 

 

 

MORE ABOUT TRACIE

Website:  Tracie Jean Photo

Instagram:  @TracieJeanPhoto

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