You know sometimes social media can be a pain! But every now again it works out to be a good thing and it did for me. Social media gave me opportunity to meet Renee L. Ferguson. So?? Well…we’re both from West “By God” Virginia 🙂 🙂  and her folks knows my folks (West Virginia talk) 😉  And??? She’s the face of Phinishing Touches Photography and here is her story:

Renee in her studio with some of her “magic” toys…


What is it about photography? Where did it all begin for you? (Did you start out with film, digital or both)

Photography is a passion of mine. I love being able to capture expressions that you may not get in a typical photo session. I started in photography as a young girl. My grandmother gave me my first film camera. I started out with film. Kodak Instamatic.


Me as a photographer I like photographing a little bit of everything. How would you describe your photography (macro, weddings, etc.) and why.

I live portrait photography (lifestyle and family photography, and children’s photography) – I just love capturing people.

Macro and landscape – It is peaceful and allows me to see in a different perspective.

I love taking pictures of the moon. (not sure why)

However, my newfound love is documentary photography because of a book project that I have been working. Its purpose is to document the lives of influential African Americans from West Virginia.


Photography is challenging. What is your biggest challenge? What is your biggest fear?

My biggest challenge is trying to find my style and niche.

My biggest fear is going beyond my comfort level no matter how I feel and putting my work out to the public.


Exactly what it is you want to say with your photographs, and how do you actually get your photographs to do that?

I always look to capture the expressions that you don’t normally see in a portrait.

I keep my eye to the camera as I talk and capture what I see and use those unique images to present to the client. (That is hard to explain.) While I am conversing with my clients before taking their photos, I pay close attention to their mannerisms…(the tilt in their head, frequent expressions, smiles, gestures, and body language.) I will look for those things as I talk during the photo session and capture them as I talk.


If you could shoot black & white or color, which one would it be?

I would have to say color, although I know Black and White is timeless.


Photography techniques and equipment change quickly, and it’s very important to stay up-to-date. What do you do to always keep up with the times? 

I read a lot of photography articles and follow equipment companies and many photographers. (Social media)


You had a day where you could “play” and actually go out and shoot for fun, what would you shoot?

Beach and water scenes


Phinishing Touches LLC is…the business name behind Renee L. Ferguson Photography. It was established in 2011 with the initial focus of becoming a greeting card company. It has since evolved and now specializes in lifestyle, documentary photography and digital painting.


To find out more about Renee and see what she’s up to:



IG: phinishingtouch & reneelfergusonphoto (moving more towards the latter in the future)

FB: Renee L Ferguson Photography

Twitter: @PhinishingTouch


We took a walk around the local park near Renee’s home in West Virginia 🙂 🙂