Spotlight Interview … Portrait Photographer and Retouching Artist Regina Pagles


JRP: Portrait Photographer and Retouching Artist Regina Pagles has been kind enough to share her thoughts and images with James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you Regina for taking a few moments with us.

Regina Pagles: Hi everyone… it’s a privilege to be here!

JRP: Where do you call home Regina?

Regina Pagles: Springdale, Utah … 1 mile from the entrance of Zion National Park.

JRP: How did you get your start in photography? Did you have any formal training?


Regina Pagles: My dad was a hobbyist photographer and I just followed in his footsteps. I have not had any formal training.

JRP: What is it about your chosen genre of photography that most inspires you?

Regina Pagles: It inspires and challenges me to take an incredibly nervous person, one who has never sat for a portrait before and make them look like they are seasoned veterans in the resulting images.

JRP: Name a few photographers that have contributed to your growth and style.

Regina Pagles: Sue Bryce, Peter Hurley, Joel Grimes, Don Giannatti. Scott Kelby, and Calvin Hollywood.

JRP: What would I find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?


Regina Pagles: Canon 5d mkll, Canon 24-105mm lens.

JRP: As for lighting do you personally favor artificial or available, hard or soft, and why? What type of modifiers do you use and why?

Regina Pagles: I only shoot in studio with strobes. I don’t like to experiment and prefer to stick with the basics. I use a soft box in close for my main light, for the soft quality of light it produces, which I love.

My 3 light set up as follows:
– AlienBee B800 in med. soft box, camera left at approx. 30 degree angle.
– AlienBee B800 in med. octabox behind camera, up high, for fill.
– AlienBee B800 with 40 degree grid behind subject, aimed at Thunder Grey seamless background.

JRP: Please describe your digital work-flow and the software you use. You have a rather long experience with Photoshop. Does your post processing contribute heavily to your style?


Regina Pagles: I used to love retouching and I would spend 10 hours on each image. Granted, I was learning to use Photoshop at the same time, so that played a large role in the amount of time I would devote. I still feel like I know only a small fraction of what the program has to offer, but I ran out of patience. Nowadays, I will spend 15-30 mins. on male portraits and double that for females.

I think my retouching plays a role in my images, but I can’t tell how much. Most of the time in Photoshop is spent color correcting, which I am horrible at. However, what ever it is that I am doing in my attempts to color correct, must be giving ‘a look’, that others ask about and want me to clarify. I think it’s just my poor eyesight and the inability to decipher too much red from yellow.

JRP: Could you share one of your most memorable shoots and what made it special for you?


Regina Pagles: Gosh, I really can’t pick a favorite. I love all my subjects and every shoot is special to me.

JRP: If not photography what would you be doing with your time?

Regina Pagles: Cooking and eating 🙂

JRP: What has been some of the best advice given to you by another photographer?

Regina Pagles: Don Giannatti, loosely quoted …
“When a photographer defines a style based on elaborate lighting, the resulting images then often place focus on the photographer. When very simple lighting is used, the focus becomes more about the subject, and less about the photographer.”

JRP: What special advice would you like to share with other photographers?


Regina Pagles: If you take money, then photography becomes a job and other people own your creative vision. Fine for some, not for me. No shame in being labeled an amateur.

JRP: Thank you Regina for sharing your thoughts and images with us. We wish you continued success.

Regina Pagles: Thank you! It is an honor to be interviewed 🙂

JRP: To view more of Regina Pagles‘ photography please follow these links:



3 thoughts on “Spotlight Interview … Portrait Photographer and Retouching Artist Regina Pagles

  1. Great interview. Your work has a very unique style, lighting and subject. I appreciate how you describe how you came to photography (initially as a hobbyist); your settings and lighting choice within a context you choose to work in. You’ve helped me more process the entry points of various photography.

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