“There is only one sun. We can’t all claim to only have one way to use the light, but we can REDEFINE how we choose to express it. “
Tell us about what drives your work, How did you get started?
I got started about 3 years ago when I had just had enough!! I had always wanted to take up photography, and so it was always in the back of my mind, but the turning point was definitely me getting frustrated and angry with wanting beautiful artwork of my children in my home and realizing that I could not afford to pay for what I wanted. I just got extremely angry and said, ” You know what? I have always wanted to do this and I know I can do this myself!” So it really started out as just a way for me to have pretty pictures, but I quickly became obsessed! I just could not get enough and I still can’t. I feel like I am at it literally all day every day, and it’s the most fulfilling thing I have ever done.
I also have a large family so the idea of creating an amazing income stream with something I am passionate about is a huge part of what drives me. I am currently working really hard on the business side of things as well as venturing into teaching beginning photography class to other moms.
What were the challenges for you with negative space?
I would say that The challenge with negative space for me was grasping and understanding that an image with negative space is not necessarily completely empty, or filled with plain areas only (for instance a blank wall, or the sky) and that things can actually be happening in the negative space area, but that those things should never take over the main subject, they should kind of blend into the background. Now I do understand this, but I have yet to complete my portfolio with these types of negative space imagery. So it’s something that I am definitely excited to work on!!
What draws you to shooting this way?
Well, I am THAT crazy homeschooling mamma with 9 children, hahah! So I definitely think that I am so drawn to shooting this way because it brings me a peaceful, calm and uncluttered feeling. I love how it feels dramatic yet quiet. I love the feel of contemplation, importance, solitude, and relaxation it brings.
What are the tips you would share with anyone trying to seek out more negative space in their work
1. Start practicing today, like right now where you are!! Blank walls are your best friends! Don’t be afraid to take pictures off of the wall, or move furniture around.
2. Practice, practice, practice!! It’s easy to practice with an inanimate object ( since it sits still ) use easy geometric shapes like an egg, or a light bulb or a can of soup or a vase, a piece of fruit or a vegetables
3. Slow down and really look at your main subject and move around to see if you can frame your subject with negative space. You might have to get closer, move backward, get low to the ground, or even get up high and shoot down.
4. Get creative with your placement of the main subject. Use the Rule of Thirds, Use a Creative Crop, Place your subject at the bottom of the frame, at the bottom right of the frame, Even center placement can work because of the symmetry negative space can have.
5. Get creative with your shutter speed! Creating ghosting type imagery with a slow shutter speed is super fun and just adds to the drama that is already there within negative space imagery!
ABOUT THE ARTIST :
I am a Lifestyle and Documentary Photographer of individuals, couples and families in Middle Tennesse ( will travel upon request as well! ) My work uses a blend of minimalistic composition and natural light, along with capturing raw and authentic connections between people. I am also a contributor to Cavan and Offset as well as a 50 Beautiful Mother’s Photographer with Beauty Revived.
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