BE INSPIRED SESSION | FEATURE BY Keana Willis of Luna Kai Photography

BE INSPIRED SESSION  | FEATURE BY Keana Willis of Luna Kai 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.

Well, I love it all, from getting engaged to that first cry in the delivery room. I love photographing every phase of a woman’s life! I’ve “been in business” since maybe 2008. But really for the last 4 years, I’ve really started to push my business further. Now that my kids are 4 and 7 and in school, I have the time to give to my clients. Which also gives me time to myself to do the things I love in life:) A few personal facts would be I love riding horses, I eat weird food and will eat the same thing for like weeks…so weird.I know…I LOVE coffee and have a subscription…I was born and raised on the garden Island Of Kauai in Hawaii.

What about this session was most memorable?

My client’s energy, she was just so fun!

Were there any hurdles?

The only hurdle we had was driving down this super wet muddy 4 wheel drive road up in the mountains in Kokee trying to catch the sunset…

Your best photographer/session advice?

Just have fun, don’t think about it too much and know your camera. Know what light you need to get the shots you want.

What gear was used to achieve these?

Nikon D810 and my Sigma 35mm Art Lens

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ABOUT THE ARTIST : 

I absolutely love the outdoors. I enjoy taking my kiddos on adventures from hiking to the beach to traveling around the world

My kids are at that age to where they fight all day. So to all, you moms out there just hang on tight cause it’s a wild ride. Just remind yourself that they grow up so fast and you will never get yesterday back so live this day to the fullest:)

Coffee and more coffee..cappuccinos to be exact

I love to ride horses. I used to have an Arab hackney her name was Escapade and a Thoroughbred name Uila

I’ve never been to Europe but I have an uncle that lives in Austria that I plan to visit in the near future

I’m completely head over heels in love with my husband..met him and married him within six months

I’m an Aquarius born on valentines day…so not fun..I have to remind my husband he’s not allowed to kill two birds with one stone:-/

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BE INSPIRED couples session| feature by Amelia LaVoie

BE INSPIRED couples session| feature by Amelia LaVoie

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 working with a really playful & intimate couple. I love everything to be really natural & authentic. I typically start a session getting to know the couple, about their relationship and what makes them most comfortable. I try to give direction more than specific photos and document them interacting.

I have been doing photography for a year, although I have always had a passion. My business just launched in the month of October! It has been a roller coaster ride that I have completely loved & been so thankful for!

I am a coffee addict, I am married & my husband has fully supported my journey in this wonderful community, I’m a vegetarian, not for health but for my complete connection to animals, my family and I are insanely close & last but not least my favorite band is Hanson, forever and always.

 

What about this session was most memorable?

We went out to their amazing Scout and just had an adventure through the Joshua Tree National Park, finding spots on the side of the road that spoke to us creatively. They moved here and fell in love with the energy of the desert & it was so neat to talk to them from a newcomers perspective.

 Were there any hurdles?

No! We woke up that day to an overcast sky, but that didn’t stand in the way at all! I loved it!

Your best photographer/session advice?

My personal best advice would be to do your best to make your client comfortable, location, direction and so forth. Try to just enjoy the moment and have fun!

What gear was used to achieve these?

This session was taken a little while ago, so I used a Canon T3i Rebel Body, I borrowed a fellow photographer prime lens, 50mm F-1.2 (I believe!)

“I try to give direction more than specific photos and document them interacting.”

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

I strive to take the in-between moments & adore all things free and wild. Making people laugh and having fun is one of my very favorite things. I am an extrovert who absolutely loves the fact that my job allows me to meet and collaborate with so many amazing people.

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BE INSPIRED Session | At home newborn lifestly featuring Ashley Gardner

BE INSPIRED Session | At home newborn lifestly  featuring Ashley Gardner

 

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 started my business in March of this year and it has grown faster than I ever imagined it would. I truly love capturing the heart and souls of families, couples and new parents and I believe my work shows just how much I love photography. I go into every session excited to create memories that will last a lifetime. I’m a mom of two kids (and currently pregnant with my 3rd!) so I know how fast time flies by and just how important it is to have beautiful photographs of your family to look back on.

What about this session was most memorable?

This session I had worked with the family for their maternity photos as well as the birth of their baby girl. I was so excited to be able to do their newborn photos as well. I love being able to be apart of so many beautiful memories.

 Were there any hurdles?

The session went pretty well! Big brother was still getting used to his sister, but it worked out and we got some cute photos of them together!

Your best photographer/session advice?

Have fun! Don’t stress out about sessions too much. Go with the flow. Especially if you’re doing lifestyle photography. Not everything will go as planned, but those usually always turn out to be the best photos.

What gear was used to achieve these?

Canon 6D
Canon 35mm lens

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ABOUT THE ARTIST : 

I’m a military wife, a mom of two rambunctious kids and currently pregnant with my third little one as well! I was born and raised in beautiful Northern California and have lived here all of my life. I’m blessed to live in a state that has stunning mountains and beautiful beaches all within a 2 hour drive. When I’m not out scouting locations, taking photos or editing I spend my free time with my husband and kids! I’m also a huge reality tv junkie, coffee addict and wine lover. I’m a pretty outgoing and talkative person, so a good majority of my clients end up becoming great friends I’m absolutely blessed to be able to do what I love so much and it truly lights a fire in my soul to create beautiful images that people can cherish forever.

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COLLABORATION |Keziah Kelsey + Lauren Wright, Photographing a Mom and baby

COLLABORATION |Keziah Kelsey + Lauren Wright, Photographing a Mom and baby
Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.

KK – I’ve been in business officially for a little over 3 years but have been photographing for over 20. I began when I inherited a Zeiss from my grandfather, a world war 2 veteran who documented the medical camps with it. I approach my work with a sense of empathy and love as I enter people’s homes, families, and hearts to make honest portraits of the truth of this season of their life. I try to be very present with them; attentive to their ways, their affections and the moments that count.

LW-I’m a dream catcher, not only in my personal approach to life but in my professional world of creating images as well. I live for catching moments that disappear all too quickly, for somehow capturing a moment that only those involved actually felt, unaware that others saw it. Small tangible details that I first see through my lens, then get to see again when editing is what excites me. This is why I make photographs. I’ve really only begun to find my voice and I think that my daughter helps bring this emotive and nostalgic side out in me. I see me in her. When I see her joys and remember my own growing up, it makes me feel what I am seeing through my camera. I want others to see it as well.

 

Tell us about your feelings regarding community and other photographers?

KK- I love our community; I have many very good photographer friends, they make up the majority of both my friend group and my client group! With any large community, there can be difficulties and conflicts and photography is not immune to that. I’ve experienced troubles in our community as well but overall I believe in a surplus mentality. There’s always enough to go around so we can all afford to share. I love connecting with people who get the ups and downs of being in a small business and also being an artist. It’s a unique set of joys and woes and having friends who really get it can really make life easier on tough days.

LW- What a community I feel as though I have found! I have my niche. I have my small group of photographers I know and can turn to for true advise, free from judgment and free from fear of competition. I think that is hard to come by in such a large pool of talent. I’m somewhat of a guarded person, I hesitate at first to share but the overwhelming support & truth of this community has amazed me (and pulled me out of creative blocks many times :)). For this I am so thankful.

What was the experience collaborating with another artist?

KK- Lauren and I have collaborated together before so we didn’t really find too many difficulties in setting this up. I adore Lauren’s photographic voice; so based in sensation and detail. I found shooting together to heighten my own awareness of the textures and details, while also enjoying the camaraderie that having a friend along lends. Shooting together helps the whole session feel more like a coffee talk with friends, relaxes the subject and gives a sense of intimacy that can be hard won sometimes.

LW- This isn’t the first time I have shot with Keziah, I took her on as a mentor last winter and she arranged a learning session that we shot together. This was SO hard for me, I was completely out of my comfort zone but also eager to learn. One of my most favorite images ever created came from that session!

Were there any hurdles?

KK- We definitely wound up cropping each other’s arms and toes out of a lot of frames! HA! I think the biggest hurdle was definitely just the physical space. We are both close shooters, so there were moments in the session where we’d be shoulder to shoulder working. Our other major hurdle was scheduling; we both book out fairly far in advance and are working moms juggling school runs and households so finding a date on both our calendars with good light was a super challenge!!

LW-  I felt an initial uncertainty how the session would flow, not wanting to step in the way of her thought or vision and visa-versa. Scheduling was a little tricky too:)

Your best photographer/session advice? How would you approach sharing the same subject with another artist?

KK- I think, like any session, approach with a combination of planning and intent ( what do I want to make today?) and the openness to feel inspired by your subject, the light and locational details. I am always very inspired by water and Lauren rolled with it, she was taken with some fluffy dandelion bush things and we shot there for a while as well. I think allowing yourself the flexibility to just be like, ‘oh I love that, lets try and work with it!’ lets you break your own boundaries and create something amazing.
Sharing a subject is kind of a moot idea, we all share basics. It’s fun to work side by side and see another person grind their gears as they think about the same set of information as you but differently/ It’s inspiring to try and expand as you incorporate their want list and your own into a session.

LW- Know what you want to get from your session. I truly believe that sharing a client with another artist will be difficult for some, but for others, if you can find a complimentary voice in this crazy, creative field then you are fortunate. Collaborate as much as you can when you find that.

What gear was used to achieve these?

KK- I shoot with a Canon Mark3, sigma 35 ART 1.4
LW- I use a Nikon D750 with a Sigma Art 20 mm 1.4

Will you collaborate with more artist in the future, if yes Who would be on your list to work with?

KK- I would definitely do it again!! A dream list of collaborators? hmmmmm, that’s a super tough one! I’d love to work with Justyna Butler, Devon Hall, Tatum Pfieffer, Candice Zugich.. I could go on!

LW- I have not yet considered collaborating with other artists , I think i would need to have an existing relationship with that person, as I do with Keziah. I think to have another intensely creative individual work along side you in your coveted space requires deep trust and appreciation for the other and what they create as well. I believe that is rare. I would certainly collaborate again with her!

K E Z I A H ‘S  G A L L E R Y

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS : 

K E Z I A H  K E L S E Y 
Keziah Kelsey is a former art educator, an artist, and fine art photographer, in 2014 she pivoted from high concept styled shoots in the fashion world to intimate, raw, and real portraits of family, motherhood, and childhood as she began her own family journey. Her photography business has grown from a side hustle to full time and has deepened in tune with the seasons in her life. She now offers full service, end to end professional photography as well as mentoring, classes, and workshops for budding photographers.

She has recently been honored with 1st place in the 2017 Shoot & Share competition and is a member of NAPW, the Motherhood Society, PPA and a Click Pro. Her work has been shown at multiple, international galleries and published extensively in the last few years.

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L A U R E N  W R I G H T  

I am a Mother, a Wife, and an Artist. I love each hat I wear equally. They each teach me something new every day, and what I learn I like to bring into my work.
I struggle and dig deep every day for what makes me happy with my art. I actually crave (in a weird way) the struggle of keeping my mind feeling creative and heart filled with joy from my work. I want to constantly create & feel the rush of seeing an image perfectly depict a moment or intimate detail that only those in the image experienced but now is tangible and felt just by viewing it.

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BE INSPIRED Session | Feature by Brittany De Jesus

BE INSPIRED Session | Feature by Brittany De Jesus
Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, we recently saw that you reach out to strangers, share more on that. 

As of right now,  I’m trying to find what I want to specialize in, I’m out here finding my niche;  to be honest I really just want to be able to do it all in this big beautiful photography world. I’m currently shooting family sessions and swooning over couple sessions, I have been known to walk up to random people on the beach and hand them my business card, or in this latest series where I brought two complete stranger together to create magic and connection. I guess you can say my approach as a photographer is unpredictable- I’m faking it till I make it. 🙂

 What about this session was most memorable?

This session was most memorable because i had these two people who never met, never saw a picture of one another who instantly gave off this undeniable connection. It was truly pure magic. As a photographer, I still can’t believe that I got to capture it.

A little backstory;

The guy in this series is actually my husband’s cousin and the girl is a model I met through the Instagram community. Since I am trying to build my portfolio to showcase what kind of photographer I am, I set them up to meet for a shoot at 7am.. normal right haha. I think helping clients get comfortable in front of the camera (especially strangers) is very important. I knew I wanted to showcase love that was undeniable, and to do that there had to be some sort of connection. So, they went for it. But First, I told them to walk around on the beach and get a feel for one another while I set my settings on my camera. Then Secondly, when we started shooting I asked them if they were comfortable touching and getting super close for detail shots because you should always ask first just in case they have boundaries, ya know. lol. As you can see they had no problem with boundaries. So hot!

 Were there any hurdles?

The only hurdle I had or ever had (so far) is learning to get over my self-doubt. I second guess every single thing I do, and it can be detrimental to my entire soul, to my entire brand, really. So since I know this, I know how to deal with it.  Doubt is usually perceived as a negative, but it is a feeling anyone can turn into a positive.

 Your best photographer/session advice?

There is always an element of fear when you put your work out there for the world to see. My advice to someone like me “the doubter” is to always strive to learn and not hesitate, remind yourself that art is too fickle of a thing and some people will like certain things and some people won’t  like them at all. But you should never be too self-satisfied that you quit being a doubter altogether. Because doubters are the ones who are constantly pushing themselves to achieve more, pushing themselves to learn more and most importantly experiment more. Do what you are afraid of, and watch that shit blossom! Xoxo

 What gear was used to achieve these?

I’m not too fancy yet,
but I achieved these photos with my Canon 70D,

The lens I used was a Canon EF wide-angle 28mm f/1.8

 

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ABOUT THE ARTIST :

Brittany DeJesus is a thirty-year-old lifestyle photographer based in South Florida. She is married and has two wild boys whom she says, will always be her very first muses.

  Her portraits of people are often innovative and raw, her style provokes love, which is often embraced by human connection and the pursuit of the intangible feeling of home”

 

Be Inspired Session | Feature by Mel Christina

Be Inspired Session | Feature by Mel Christina

 

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 most of my subjects trying to use shadow, light, and natural elements in emotive and artistic ways. I’ve always loved art that has a certain dark beauty to it, so I try to incorporate that in my work. I’ve recently made the transition to pursue photography as a full-time hobby/business, so I’m super new to the “ business” side of things. Taking this leap was the BEST decision I have ever made because it’s exposed so much of fear, creativity, vulnerability, motivation, and all those roller coaster human feels that go with “putting yourself out there”. I’m grateful for the experience of trying for something meaningful and special to me. Some personal facts- I’m a lifelong learner and lover of all things plants and flowers. I love cake before bedtime. Yes, don’t judge! I have a passion for birds and get overly giddy when a full moon is approaching. I want to someday develop my own film. As in, I’ll attempt to convert our laundry room into a dark room!

What about this session was most memorable?

This session was super special because the couple was young and has such a genuine love. They had such a relaxed and effortless beauty about them. I really just followed them with my camera and caught so many amazing shots. It’s incredible how genuine love can speak in images. They are also easy on the eyes.

Were there any hurdles?

Ha! I learned to not wear my Birks ever again to a session! I walked in puddles to follow them, nearly broke a hip!

Your best photographer/session advice?

Ask questions to get to know your clients! They are all so unique and interesting. That old cliche, “you can learn something new about someone every day”, is so true! I love getting to know people, asking questions from what is your favorite song to what kind of dream vacation would you take if you could. I love connecting with a stranger, a new person- everyone has something beautiful inside. I know that sounds cheesy, but it is super true! Relax and be your everyday quirky, random, people- interested self.

 What gear was used to achieve these?

For these images, I used a Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 24-70, and Sigma Art 35

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ABOUT THE ARTIST :
Mel Christina is a natural light, photographer, based in Austin,Texas, specializing in children, families, lifestyle and potraits. Mel’s approach to work is to capture unscripted, artistic lifestyle photography.

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BE INSPIRED Session featuring Antonyette Jones

BE INSPIRED Session featuring Antonyette Jones

 

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 have always been so captivated by photography even as a little girl flipping through family photo albums was one of my favorite pastimes. The ability to capture a moment that could bring back memories and take you back in time was so intriguing to me. Anyways, becoming a photographer didn’t come easily, I worked retail and as a bartender when I finally about two years ago I decided to take a leap of faith and do what I love! Since then I have been growing myself as I grow as a love and lifestyle photographer. It took me a while to figure out just where I belonged because I love to create I wanted to shoot any and everything! Today I find myself shooting with mainly couples, I love to capture that pure authentic love! Looking back at when I was a little girl and thinking about how my love for photography started I know I am exactly where I need to be. Taking this leap of faith has been one of my greatest blessings yet! I am able to watch my couples grow and even capture their growing families! I know everyone says it but I really feel like I have the most rewarding job!

What about this session was most memorable?

The thing that stands out most about this session was the fact that it was so effortless. Of course, we had an idea in mind but we hardly did any posing. The shoot was full of laughing, dancing, and at some points running from what we thought sounded like rattlesnakes. I remember feeling so confident during the short that it would be a memorable one!

Were there any hurdles?

So, I know I mentioned the shoot was effortless, that being said we did face a few hurdles getting started. For one this was one of my first sunset sessions of the summer and it almost didn’t happen! Mainly because of the traffic we were so afraid the sun would go down before we could get started! The second hurdle was that we were right in the middle of a residential neighborhood. My clients wanted to embrace the SoCal scenery and I had passed by those hills every day on my way to work. I knew if I played with my angles we could capture the hills and mountains without the houses being a distraction!

Your best photographer/session advice?

It is so flattering being asked for advice since I am so often looking to gain advice, with that being said, my advice would be to never get too comfortable. Always look to learn and try new things! never be afraid to try new things and new places. Be creative because you never know who you will inspire! My best session advice is again to be creative, play music, and make your shoot an experience!

What gear was used to achieve these?

My 5D Mark iii, 50mm 1.4 lens, which is my go-to lens. That’s right, I like to get up close and personal!

 

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ABOUT THE ARTIST :

I am 23, born in Northern California and raised in Southern California, but please don’t be afraid to have me travel! Ever since I can remember I have had a love for photography and telling stories through my art but only after spending time as a bartender and never having time for photography did I decide to take that leap of faith and pursue my dreams of becoming a photographer. By the way, I still can whip up a darn good margarita! In the past two years, God has blessed my journey in ways I never expected! Although photography is a huge part of my life, it is not the only part. I am super family oriented and outside of work, my family has become my favorite model! They are actually models in some of my favorite shots! When I am not behind the camera I am ALWAYS planning another adventure so you won’t find me without my planner. I love to travel and see new things and I am so excited to see where being a photographer will take me!

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