Welcome back to our third edition of the Interview Series. Read carefully for the little treat that you as a reader will get!
Meet Adrienne Gross, photography genius behind just ADG.
I’ll preface this post by saying, just ADG is responsible for quite a few of the Khenri shoots, photos of my daughter and photos for my huge Hollywood glam birthday party invitations.
1. What’s up gangsta! Give us a little bio/background.
Where to start, where to start . . . Grew up in a small town in Northwest Indiana where people pretty much only listened to John Mellencamp, then went to college at Indiana University where I often interacted with John Mellencamp. I was always interested in photography, but got REALLY into it in college (side effect of hanging with the band). I moved to Des Moines for law school eight years ago and haven’t left since. Well, I mean, I’ve left for vacations and such but I still LIVE here.
2. You recently debuted your photography business to the world. Congratulations! What inspired you to do this?
To be honest, the biggest reason was helping fund an expensive hobby. Kind of like the kid in college who gets a job to pay for their car, but needs the car to get to work. Kinda. And having a lot of entrepreneur friends. “If they could do, then I could do it.” So I did it. I just did it one day and stopped saying “I should” and just did. After all, I needed to fulfill the career aptitude test I took in college that had “Entrepreneur” as #1. (Also in the top five? Lawyer (DONE), chef, and spiritual leader.)
3. What is one of your most memorable photo shoots thus far?
Last month, I did a shoot with Mandy Mohr and it was made memorable by her daringness to get a great shot. Seriously–the girl is fearless. She LAID DOWN ON A LEDGE. Ten floors up. And didn’t think twice. And it doesn’t hurt the girl cannot take a bad picture. Seriously. Anyone who needs a model needs to grab her up.
4. What type of things do you buy when you go to the grocery store?
What’s a grocery store? Sadly I do not make it to the store for real grocery shopping too much. Lately I have been on a Trader Joe’s kick and I simply cannot leave the store without tamales and mochi ice cream.
5. Let’s talk about cats. Tell me a funny story about your roommate, Hank.
Hank. Oh Hank. He is my step-cat (aka roommate’s cat) and he is very interesting. I don’t even know where to begin. Last night, I came home and he made the scariest face ever. He was yawning, but staring right at me with evil eyes. He would not break eye contact. I almost had a nightmare.
6. Who did your logo? It’s so nice!
I bought it online. I kid, I kid! This chick named Keelia hooked me up with it. She does good. She took what I said I liked and based on my personality, font preference discerned from the naked eye, and direction created it. It was painless and I couldn’t be more pleased! 🙂
7. How can someone book a session with you?
Several different ways! You can visit my website, http://www.justadg.com, and there is a link for booking inquiries where you can fill out a form. Or visit my facebook site — http://www.facebook.com/justadgphoto — and send me a message or post on the wall! OR! You can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And there’s twitter, too – @justadgphoto
8. You take a lot of pictures of babies.. what’s your funniest baby story??
Babies. Oh man. Babies are great but TODDLERS are the best! You’ve seen me at action with toddlers–they just love me! So fun. And I can somehow keep up with them and get them to cooperate. Note I did not say sit still. 😉 I have learned with photography you really need to watch your word choice. I was doing a SESSION with a baby the other day and I mistakenly accidentally told a friend I was excited to shoot a baby after work. I got a weird look.
9. Do you get any inspiration from other photographers? If so, who do you most enjoy?
10. I’m dying to know.. what is your spirit animal?
It’s a raccoon.