I am the face of Audacious Photography…. ok that just makes me laugh. I never consider myself the “face” of anything. I think this is where I am supposed to tell you how important photography is to me and how it is my passion etc. All that is true, but that is just a small part of who I am. Just like every woman out there, I am so much more than what I do for a living. I am so much more than a photographer: I am a mom, I am a wife, I am a friend, I am a sister and an aunt. I am a woman who knows what it feels like to be truly alone and truly happy all at the same time. I have found love, I have lost love and found it again. I have danced in the rain with my kids, laughed so hard it hurt and I have earned every wrinkle on my forehead (thank God for Photoshop lol). I have followed the rules until it was time to break them and I truly understand that being sexy is who I am…not what I look like.
I am a photographer who picked up a camera to take pics of her kids and found my passion at the age of 38 (ish) and started myself on a journey of discovering exactly who I was meant to be. There is this word that I have always loved and truly describes who I have become…Audacious. By deﬁnition it means showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks. I am Terri Trawick.I am Audacious…
“Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile. Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance- Unknown.”If you’re thinking about coming to another After Dark Event remember, If you’ve never been to After Dark Before remember, Open mind, sensible shoes and a case of energy drinks?
How did you get started in the business? Who helped/guided/mentored you?
I have always loved photography…always! In high school and college I shot film for the yearbook. Fast forward 10 years, one marriage, one divorce and 2 kids later…. I was a single mom just trying to make get through the day. I bought a digital camera and had no idea what to do with it so I signed up for a local intro to digital photography class. The teacher (my future husband and love of my life)tells me he knew as soon as we met that I was going somewhere with my photography, I just wanted to learn to take better pics of my kids (yep I was a MWC… Mom with Camera). He asked me to shoot weddings with him, I refused because I never wanted to shoot anything where I could not have a do over. He convinced me to become his second shooter.
Robert routinely shot boudoir when brides asked about them as a gift for their future husbands. When I watched Robert shoot an intimate portrait for the first time, the results could have been more elegant. In fact, he shot from the mans point of view and a bit on the sexist side. We talked about this later and decided that the best approach would be for me to try my hand at it. I absolutely did not think for a moment that I would fall in love with boudoir.
The first part was a shoot I did with a friend. I will always remember the look on her face and how, here eyes teared up when I showed her the back of the camera. Her breath was literally taken away and she said, “Oh my God, I am beautiful!” I though of how many times I have felt; let us just say… not beautiful. We as women all face what society says is beautiful and what we see in the mirror usually don’t match. It clicked in my head that I could help show women what true beauty is. Every woman is beautiful, some just need help seeing it.
I find inspiration in just about every part of my life… everywhere you look you kind find … you just have to be open to it. I love to look at magazines… European version if available… Christa Meola, Christy Rowe, Emma Jones, and… and… and… there are truly some very very talented and amazing photographers out there…
How many After Dark Events have you attended and what’s your favorite moment?
This is my first… can’t wait to answer this next time. My favorite moment was When I got the email from AfterDark asking to be a mentor and asked my husband if it was a joke!
Why is education important to you? How long have you been teaching? What made you get into teaching? What do you get out of being a mentor?
Education is important because when you stop learning you stop living. I believe that we are all mentors regardless of our technical ability. We are always teachers to those that have less knowledge than we do. I have been a mentor in one way or another fora the past three years. This will be my second “official” teaching gig, the first was as a Super Monday (PPA) instructor with my husband.
What are the top 5 skills you’ll be teaching at After Dark?
- Inspiration to new photographers
- Lighting “constant and strobe”
- Posing and faltering all body types
- Client experience
- Business start up
- Nikon Shooter
- Mostly onLocation
- We rent local studios or hotel suites as needed and on occasion will set up a home studio.
Majority of Business:
- Intimate Portrait
- Available Light
- Early on in our business model, we decided to always work with an assistant when possible.
- In our intimate portrait sessions, we will not work with out an assistant, and routinely have more than one.