BE INSPIRED Session | feature by Kassie Jones Photography 

BE INSPIRED Session | feature by  Kassie Jones Photography 

 

Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.

As a photographer, we are blessed to document some of the most important moments in people’s lives. And well, I love it all. Seriously. From him popping the question to that first cry you hear after hours of labor; from snuggled sleepily in mama’s arms to running wild through a cotton field. I love capturing every phase of life. I enjoy the rush of walking in to meet with a client for the first time, as strangers, and walking out friends. I’ve “been in business” a little over two years, but I’ve loved photography and all that comes with it for as long as I can remember. A few personal facts about me: I think macaroni can be a meal or a side, and my husband thinks this is weird. My mom was a Jones before she married my dad, and now I’m a Jones. No, no relation. Just trying to keep up with the Joneses. Ha! My husband and I recently purchased my childhood home, which was built by my grandparents, and I think that’s pretty cool.

What about this session was most memorable?

This was my youngest newborn (excluding birth and fresh 48 sessions) at four days new, and the first newborn from a different culture. Learning traditions from her grandmothers about their heritage were probably my favorite part, and hearing them tell about how the whole family came together to create the perfect Harry Potter themed nursery. The pillows in the crib were handmade by the maternal grandmother; the white wall behind the crib was built by the paternal grandfather.

Were there any hurdles?

Not knowing the ins and outs of their culture. I wanted to be sure I didn’t offend them in any way. For example, I wasn’t even sure if they celebrated Christmas (they do, by the way).

Your best photographer/session advice?

Relax. With newborns especially; they can sense when you’re nervous or tense. Pay attention to the details; even the tiniest of details. Make your clients feel comfortable, and don’t be afraid to laugh with them. Challenge yourself; it’s how you grow. Be confident; they love your work or they wouldn’t have hired you to capture their most precious memories. Practice community over competition; you’d be surprised what you can learn from ‘tog friends.


What gear was used to achieve these?

Canon 6D

35mm

100mm Macro


 


 

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ABOUT THE ARTIST :

Hey Y’all. I’m Kassie. Jesus follower, wife to a super-hot bearded man who happens to make a killer assistant, and photographer. I love laughing until I snort and binge watching our favorite shows snuggled on the couch. And I absolutely LOVE having my camera in my hand, even when I’m not working….but really, can you call doing what you love “work”?

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FINALIST | THE FIRST ANNUAL SHOWCASE GALLERY

Every Friday until February we are going to be sharing one of our ten finalists for the First Annual Gallery Showcase, sponsored by WHCC Co. These images will be on display at our annual Dear Photographer Workshop – Elevate + Grow, This year the Gallery will be hosted at the Ace Hotel in Portland, Oregon, June 8, 2018.

To enter continue sharing your images with our hashtag #DPMAGFAVES for a chance to be printed on our spring issue and be displayed in Portland.

ELEVATE + GROW WORKSHOP REGISTRATION

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Image by Naomi Mackie 

This could be any woman, in any country, at any time. And yet, when we look at this image you place yourself into it. You see yourself as that you mother with that newborn baby. You can feel the moment, you can feel the bond, you can feel the future. The conversion of black-and-white emphasizes the importance of these newborn moments. And the grain adds a dimension of timelessness. It is this combination of sentimentality, reminiscence, and pure skill of photography that this image is chosen as a finalist.

Words by Janel Peyton

 

LEARN ABOUT THE FINALIST : 

IMG_1270.jpgI am a wife and a mother of four boys living life in the land down under. Our family life is messy, untamed, wild and adventurous. We homeschool and raise our boys to have a childhood free from expectations, to be able to think freely and to keep the raw essence of their childhood for as long as possible. Most of my photography focuses on our children and their environment hoping to tell their story through my lens.

When I was 15 I was given an old Pentax camera at school, I was shown how to develop and process film in a dark room. During the day when all the other kids were sitting outside eating their lunch, I was busy in the darkroom processing film. My great-grandfather was a photojournalist during the second world war in Europe and at home, we had many of his photos published in books that I would spend my days looking at.

As the years went by I focused more heavily on painting and sketching, and spent many years at the school of fine arts exploring different media. After some time I revisited the film camera and darkroom, I felt my creative soul began to come alive once again. When I had my first born son I switched from film to digital and since then the camera stays by my side. It is a part of me now, it is who I am an artist and a photographer.

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BE INSPIRED SESSION | Product lifestyle Session Feature by Catherine Philbrick

BE INSPIRED SESSION | Product lifestyle Session Feature by Catherine Philbrick
Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.

I approach my work as a way too see beyond myself; A way to view the greatest depths of people’s lives. What a privilege it is to narrate someone’s story in all its simplicity and profundity! Light, shadow, composition and feeling play a huge part in setting apart a “pretty picture” from a captivating moment in my mind.

There’s a joy and a weighty responsibility behind the lens. I constantly reflect on what it is to visually tell a story with great emotion; knowing the gravity of a moment in time.

To facilitate a safe space for my clients is key. There has to be an atmosphere of trust to let go, be present, and know that we can be ourselves. I invite my subjects to see beyond their insecurities, and own their beautiful chaos, interwoven through the medium of imagery.

My time in the photography world has been quite short. I have been professionally photographing for 1 ½ years, and have a background in Family Daycare over 9 years. It’s a reason why I love connecting with little children through lifestyle sessions so much.

What about this session was most memorable?

This product lifestyle session was a first for me. I had not had much experience in product photography before being asked by Clover Flowers Co to capture their floras. To be able to work together and create a concept that was true to the values of Clover Flowers Co was an incredible experience. Working with Marg (head florist) was also phenomenal. As you can see, she is an amazing artesian. Marg’s passion for life is evident through her design. Christmas was in the air, and her products were a gorgeous example of Christmassy cheer. Not to mention the fun I had with Marg’s model Emma (the coolest English chick I’ve met).

Were there any hurdles?

Like with any new experience, I felt like I placed myself in the deep end. I had two main hurdles: 1). The constant sun to cloud shift, and 2). The lack of styling experience I had with products, and composing models. But like with most things, I just worked with what felt right in the moment.

Your best photographer/session advice?

As a storyteller, I believe it’s pivotal to share your own, unique voice as an artist. The depth in which your voice is communicated is so important. It has such value and worth, because of who you are as an artist, and a person.

Here are my two cents regarding Lifestyle Sessions. Slow…it…down. The moments before capturing a frame will confirm where your headspace is at, in how you see yourself as a photographer. So take deep breaths. Reflect on what your purpose for the session is in the moment. See yourself for who you are as an artist. Echo what matters most to you.

What gear was used to achieve these?

Canon 5D Mark iii

Sigma Art 35mm 1.4

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Catherine Philbrick is the visual artist behind Catherine Elise Photography. Cat is a Worldwide Lifestyle Photographer, specializing in Family Lifestyle and visual story telling. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Cat spends her time annoying her husband Jeremy, drinking lots of cups of tea, and is learning the art of slowing down.

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OUR FAVORITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS OF 2017 | THE DEAR PHOTOGRAPHER BLOG + COMMUNITY

Hey fellow artists !

Once again here celebrating our community! This year we reached an incredible goal on Instagram and hit 50K fans! Every single artist that contributes to our hashtag #dearphotographer has had a small role in making our account one of the most encouraging and supportive out there. Specially our Guests, who take a week out of their schedule in between client sessions and real life to share their art + heart with us. There are over 1 million, Yes 1 million plus images shared to our account hashtag. This year alone we had over 85.5 thousand heart button hits for our content. So get ready for 2018 because we are not stopping with the amazing #dpinsta_Guests. Below is our list for the Dear Photographer favorite 17  Instagram accounts of 2017. Its a tiny list but it is jammed packed with so much talent. Take a moment to check them out, I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for them

Cheers + Thank you.

Adri De La Cruz

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AKANESS SHARKS  // @AKANESSSHARKSPHOTO 3

NAOMI OVANDO  // @3BEBESMAMA2

CHARO DIEZ // @CHARO_DIEZ 4-4088798008-1514861595473.jpg

TATUM PFEIFFER // @ROSLYNCOALPHOTOS8-1-2764912623-1514863177280.jpg

AMANDA MCCLELLAN // @AMANDAMCCLELLAN 9

CHRISTINA MCLAUGHLIN // @CMSOULPHOTOGRAPHY10.jpg

KATIE METKA // @KATIEMETKA13.jpg

MEGAN YANZ // @MEGANYANZ 12-1330857165-1514865805829.jpgSARA BLANCO // @SARAKBLANCOPHOTOGRAPHY 01

BRITTANY DE JESUS // @HELLOBRITTANYDEJESUS

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NATALIE BLACK // @AGNES.BLACK02-1447589260-1514866487143.jpg

VANESSA MENDEZ // @VANESSAMENDEZPHOTOGRAPHY005

PERLA FARIAS // @PERLAFARIASPHOTO004

TRACI EL // @TRACIPHOTOGRAPHS 007.jpg

ANA MYER // @ANA_MYER

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SHERIDA TAYLOR // @SHERIDA_RAE_PHOTOGRAPHY

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EMILIE IGGIOTTI // @EMILIEIGGIOTTIPHOTOS

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THE BEST IMAGES OF 2017 | DEAR PHOTOGRAPHER BLOG + COMMUNITY

Words by Adri De La Cruz

Oh what a year it’s been. If you’re like me than 2017 hit you like a ton of bricks. My only hope is that you grew from every experience, as a human and as an artist. I am so tremendously proud of the community we are building over at our Facebook group so I wanted to end the year with an amazing giveaway. To thank you all for the continued support and inspiration The Dear Photographer blog partnered up with The It Bags. If you are looking for something beautiful for on the go, check out these bags. They will be selecting a winner from this collection of images and gifting them a camera bag. Thank you to everyone that submitted images. I hope 2018 brings you so much light, grace +  growth.

 

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JESSICA LOUISE BEST2017 4

LAURA WOOD BESTOF2017 2

SUE SONNENBERG BESTOF2017 3

ELISE MEADER BO2017 1EMMY LOU CANEDO BWATOF2017 5APRIL KRAUS BESTOF 2017 4

KIMBERLI FREDERICKS 

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ASHLEY MARSTON BO2017 1

GINA SANTELLANO BO2017 3

KRISTY BURRELL ROUSELL BO2017 4ANGIE RETHWISCHBO2017 1CARRINE POWERS BO2017 2DANIELLE DOBSON BO2017 4KEZIAH KELSEY BOF2017 3

‎JYOTSNA BHAMIDIPATI BO2017 1BECS VIVEASH BO2017 2MANDI JOHNSON BO2017 3APRIL CHRISTOPHER BO2017 5

ALLIE WILSON BO2017 1

ANGELA DORAN BO2017 3CASSANDRA CASLEY  BO2017 5

JONI BURTT 

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MELISSA WALKUP 

BO2015 6AMBER WALDER BO2017 1MINDY TINGSON BO2017 2

SARAH GUPTA BO2017 3JANINE HARRIS 1LINDSAY SAUNDERS 2KAYLA LUNDE 3CYNTHIA DAWSON 4NICKI BERGESON 6OLIVIA GATTI 7

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JANEL PEYTON 9

REBECCA WANG 10

KAREN OSDIEK 11

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KERLYN VAN GELDER 2

JUSTYNA BUTLER 3

BETHANY SAMS3

CLARE BAKER WELLS 4

TATYANA NAGAEVA 5

LAUREN MCKEOWN6

KATIE METKA bo2017katie metke

LESLIE D’ HAESELEER

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SUSAN BROOKSBY bo2017sb

LIZ DEGROFF bof2017

DAPHNE LAPUT bof2017d

FIONA YATES BOF2017FY

MEGAN OWEN BOF2017MO

MARISSA ROSELLIER bof2017mr

STEPHANIE POITER bof2017steph

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AMBER TALBERT 332

BETH CAGNONI BOF2017 EEMIKAELA SHANNON BOF2017 MMM

SARAH LANDA BOF2017 SARAH LANDA

CHARLOTTE GREEN BOF2018 CHARLOTE GREENCASEY MCCAULEY 24068419_10212678217364996_8952705497702930600_o

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FINALIST | THE FIRST ANNUAL SHOWCASE GALLERY

Every Friday until February we are going to be sharing one of our ten finalists for the First Annual Gallery Showcase, sponsored by WHCC Co. These images will be on display at our annual Dear Photographer Workshop – Elevate + Grow, This year the Gallery will be hosted at the Ace Hotel in Portland, Oregon, June 8, 2018.

To enter continue sharing your images with our hashtag #DPMAGFAVES for a chance to be printed on our spring issue and be displayed in Portland.

ELEVATE + GROW WORKSHOP REGISTRATION

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 IMAGE BY JENNIFER KAPALA 

 

Unearthly, heavenly  and dream like would be the perfect words to describe this incredible image by Jennifer Kapala. I specifically love the texture of the dress almost coming off the subject and the way underwater photography creates the magic of levitation, one that Jennifer knows all too well how to work into an image that makes us pause. Her underwater work doesn’t feel like its underwater or like we are watching someone submerge themselves. She creates total art our of the ripples and the way she works her self into a beautiful composition. We cannot wait to Showcase Jennifer”s work  among so many other talented Artist.

Words by Adri De La Cruz

 

 

LEARN ABOUT THE FINALIST : 

Jennifer KapalaBased in Calgary, Jennifer is a multiple award winning child and family photographer and the 2014 National Association Child Photographer of the Year and am a NAPCP Ambassador. Always seeking to improve her craft, she maintains an active membership in the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) and is a Craftsman Member of the Masters Photographers International. Teaching and sparking a light in others is a passion and she has taught photography courses at Babyf in Madrid, in Santa Barbara at the National Association of Professional Child Photographers Retreat, and various local camera clubs. Underwater family and child photography is both a love and a niche and out of wanting to build a community, she founded UnderwaterKids to offer education and resources to the growing field of underwater family and child photographers.

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BE INSPIRED Session | feature by Louise Porvaznik of Mazzalou Photography 

BE INSPIRED Session | feature by Louise Porvaznik of Mazzalou Photography 
Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.

I love to worth with natural light.  I think it can transform an image from blah to spectacular.  I typically shoot in the golden hour as I get my favorite images within this time, more so as the sun is dropping.

I have been in business for nearly 7 years now, and I have come so far from the first day I picked up my very first camera. I push myself on every session trying new techniques and I don’t usually stop till I get what I envisioned.

Im from Manchester, England. So when I turn up to sessions its strikes up a conversation straight away and I get to ease with my clients from the get go.  I like to work barefoot, more so when working on beach sessions. I tend to roll about in the sand and get wet from the ocean, so I look a picture myself when the session has come to an end.  I always say, if I am not full of sand or wet from the ocean my session wasn’t successful. The car wash company LOVES me, as I my vehicle practically looks like a beach by the end of the week. haha.  I have 2 children, one, being my boy who avoids me and my camera at every opportunity, he is way too cool for pictures because he is a teenager haha, then I have my daughter who forgets I am in the background taking snap shots of her life.   Other than my photography I love woodwork and metal work, I have always been fascinated with it from being a kid.  I promised myself that one day I would have my own workshop, so I could get lost in there making one of kind pieces of art.

What about this session was most memorable?

This session was with one of my favorite families.  I have had the pleasure of capturing some pretty amazing memories for them over the years. The sky this evening was crazy good, if I am being honest SWFL skies never fail me, however this particular evening was something else.

Were there any hurdles?

In this session the older son was getting bored, so this is when quick thinking comes into play and I change the session a little to make it more lifestyle, more fun and with doing this you cannot always see the faces in lifestyle images.  So if they are looking a little grumpy I change my angle Im shooting, I shoot towards the smilier faces and have a profile or back of the head shot of the other kid(s).

Your best photographer/session advice?

The best advice for photographers is not to be stressed when shooting a session.  If it doesn’t go according to plan, shift the mood, make everyone laugh, try new techniques and go with the flow.  When I have found myself in situations like this, I capture some amazing images.

What gear was used to achieve these?

CANON 5DSR

16:35mm f2.8

Last, but not least; include a small bio and social media links:

 

 

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Natural light Sarasota FL Photographer Specializing in family, kids and fitness.

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