The traveling Lensbaby Project | Danielle Hatcher photography

The traveling Lensbaby Project | Danielle Hatcher photography
What is one thing about your photos that says the most about you as a person? Dig deep!

I hope the one thing my photos say most about me, is that I see beauty in every day life. My images aren’t usually particularly breathtaking or groundbreaking, but I see beauty in all of it. The mundane. The simple. The quiet. The imperfect. My images are pretty straightforward. Not a lot of editing… just a little tweak here and there. I shoot with unabashed mom goggles and I’m ok with that. I even get mom goggles for/with my clients, because I form a genuine connection with them and love their family + children as my own.

Can you tell us a little bit about the process you’ve gone through (or that you are going through) to find your photographic style?

The time period that I really found my style was when I shot every day. There was a summer I shot every day for 100 days, and at the beginning of the following year I started a 365 project (though I didn’t finish). Both those time periods were huge for my growth in terms of finding and refining my style. I started simply shooting (and sharing) for me. Not for anyone else, or what I thought others wanted to see.

How has it evolved over the years?

Well when I first got started with a crop sensor and a 50mm, my style consisted of lots of limb chops and blurry images. Now I shoot mostly with a 24-70 so I would consider myself a fairly wide shooter. I like to get a lot of the environment when I shoot. But my shooting style has remained similar for the most part – I’ve always kept it fairly simple. I like to use lines, light, negative space, and connections to create visual interest in my images.

What Lensbaby lenses have you shot with before? How have they transformed your work?

I have actually never used a Lensbaby before, although I have used a tilt shift a few times before and I frequently freelens with my 50mm.

Why is it important that photographers not get too fixed in their ways? What makes experimentation so crucial to an artist’s growth?

I’m a huge fan of mixing things up to keep my work feeling fresh. I get bored real fast. And with my way of shooting, it’s easy for me to feel like “I’ve shot this before.” Or even, “I’ve shot this five times before.” I love to use new techniques (as I’ve mentioned the freelensing above, I also like to play with a copper pipe, prism, shooting through a plastic bag, etc.) just to put a new twist on the same old things. I shoot my clients in-home on location so that I don’t go to the same park every shoot. All of these things keep it interesting to me, and my work feels fresh. I LOVE learning new things – it’s like a challenge for me to work on and perfect a new technique. I think if a photographer gets fixed in their ways, their work can start to feel predictable. They might get burnt out. An easy way to prevent this is by trying new lenses (like Lensbaby’s), setting a goal (like shooting every day for a certain amount of time) or starting a photography project based around a central theme.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST 

I am a California native – born in So Cal and moved up north for college. After I graduated, I realized how hard I fell in love with Northern California so I stuck around. Just a few short months after that I met my husband. The rest is an honest to goodness blur. Here we are almost 12 years later, with 3 kids and a dog living in the burbs of Sacramento.  I love Diet Dr. Pepper. Cooking. Working out. Playing golf. Shopping. Traveling. Binge watching Netflix. And, of course, spending time with my family. Our rescue dog eats/steals all our toddler’s food, yet she’s still the size of a kindergartner (the toddler, not the dog). I am an extroverted introvert with the worst case of black thumbs you’ve ever seen (black thumbs = opposite of green thumbs). I have a strange phobia of ice, and use far too many exclamation points (I’ve deleted about ten from this paragraph already).  My kids beg me to stop singing along to the radio, so I have officially given up on my pursuit to be the next American Idol. I shoot with a Nikon D700, and an ever growing list of lenses (my current faves being my Sigma 35 Art, and my Nikon 24-70).  Sometimes when I get a wild hair, I’ll shoot a roll of 35mm film.

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The traveling Lensbaby Project | Susan Brooksby

The traveling Lensbaby Project  | Susan Brooksby

The TRAVELING LENSBABY PROJECT continues, this time it traveled to the lovely city of Arvada, Colorado to the amazing Susan Brooksby. 

13 (1)What is one thing about your photos that says the most about you as a person. Dig deep!

My children. If you look through my photos that is what it’s all about. The joy of childhood, the way children explore and see the world is so amazing to me. It has really help me slow down and appreciate everything a little bit more. I also find it to be a need to capture my boys now as they are so I can preserve that moment and time for them and for myself. This is a deep personal rooted issue of not having many photos of myself as a child so I find it important to do this for them and their future children to see.

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Can you tell us a little bit about the process you’ve gone through (or that you are going through) to find your photographic style? How has it evolved over the years?

It’s been a long journey to finding my photographic style and I am still trying to improve on it everyday. I’ve owned a dslr for years but couldn’t ever figure out how to use it. I just didn’t take the time to learn it because all that technical stuff bores me. I just wanted to take good pictures and it was becoming increasingly frustrating. At that same time I discovered Instagram and couldn’t believe all the amazing photos I see on there was shot with a phone. I will say that was the start of my journey to finding my photographic style. That year I shot exclusively with my iPhone and learned how to capture my little ones in different lighting conditions. The phone was convenient and easy and I didn’t have to worry about getting the settings right or missing the moment. Also connecting and sharing with other photographers kept me going and learning. I eventually figured out how to use my dslr.

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What Lensbaby lenses have you shot with before? How have they transformed your work?

This is my first time ever using a Lensbaby lens and I think I am hooked! I love the flare that this Lensbaby creates and twisty DOF really gives it an interesting creative look to my photographs.

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Why is it important that photographers not get too fixed in their ways? What makes
experimentation so crucial to an artist’s growth?

Experimenting is the best way to grow as an artist. Sometimes doing the same thing over and over can get pretty boring. Often time when I am in a rut, seeking new things and new ways to shoot gets me out of that rut and back to shooting again. And plus how are you ever going to learn anything new unless you give it a try it, right?

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ABOUT THE ARTIST: 
Hi there! My name is Susan Brooksby. A mom to three boys and married to my husband of nine years. Together we reside in Colorado in a city about 20 minutes west of Denver. I love the Mountain View and beautiful sunsets. I enjoy quietness when I can get it and indulge in social media a bit too much.

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The traveling Lensbaby project |Chelsea Furlong, VA

The traveling Lensbaby project |Chelsea Furlong,  VA
Weekly special project. LENSBABY is in Hampton Roads VA
Taveling Lensbaby Chelsea Furlong-56.jpgWhat is one thing about your photos that says the most about you as a person. Dig deep!

I think the emotion and the darkness in my photos is what says a lot about me as a person. Obviously I was in full sun for most of these images at the beach, but often my personal images of my children are pretty dark and I play with shadows a lot because I love the dark, dramatic feel of them. I have a sensitive soul and I feel like my images often convey that deep sensitivity.

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Can you tell us a little bit about the process you’ve gone through (or that you are going through) to find your photographic style? How has it evolved over the years?

It took me a long time to find my personal style. I had no idea who I wanted to be as a photographer when I was starting out, and it’s taken me several years to just go with what feels right. I’m always saying that once your art comes directly from your heart, you’ve found yourself. That happened for me last August, and I remember the exact moment I found my voice as a photographer. I’ll never forget the snap of the shutter in that exact moment because I felt something inside me ignite. I knew the second I hit the shutter that the photograph I had taken was my defining moment. It changed my art and my world. What’s interesting about style is that I thought that once I found my style, that would be it. There would be a period at the end of the sentence and I’d be forever that artist. But it’s not that way at all. Yes, I found my style, but it’s still very much evolving. Daily. My skill level, voice, and style are all progressing with every single photo I take. And I hope that never changes.

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What Lensbaby lenses have you shot with before? How have they transformed your work?

This Lensbaby Twist 60 was the very first Lensbaby I’ve used! I’m a huge fan of freelensing because it challenges me and I love the dream-like feel of the images it produces. I loved the Lensbaby for the same reasons! One of the only times I focus manually, is when I’m freelensing and I always love the challenge of getting my two extremely active little boys in focus, so I had a blast with the manual focus on the Lensbaby!

 

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Why is it important that photographers not get too fixed in their ways? What makes experimentation so crucial to an artist’s growth?

When photographers don’t take the time to step out of their comfort zones, their work can become stagnant and monotonous. I always know when I’m in a bit of a photography rut because I feel bored with my images. Often those ruts come right before a huge jump in my work though. When I’m stuck and feeling uninspired, I’ll usually step back and find something to focus on or perfect that I’ve never done before, or I’ll try out a new lens! I always have a list of technical or artistic photography related skills that I want to try out, so I’ll take several days to practice only that one thing until I’m happy with the result. If that doesn’t work, or I don’t have the time in the next few weeks to work on a new skill, I simply switch out my lens. I use only prime lenses so going from one lens to another can have a huge impact on the look of my photos, which can spark up my passion all over again! It’s easy to become fixed in your ways, but you lose the fire in your soul when that happens and photography becomes more like a chore than a passion. When you step outside of that comfort zone, experiment with new equipment, materials, and lighting, and push your own limits, that’s when the good stuff happens. That’s when you create art, rather than take photographs.Taveling Lensbaby Chelsea Furlong-27.jpgTaveling Lensbaby Chelsea Furlong-23Taveling Lensbaby Chelsea Furlong-41Taveling Lensbaby Chelsea Furlong-35Taveling Lensbaby Chelsea Furlong-36Taveling Lensbaby Chelsea Furlong-38Taveling Lensbaby Chelsea Furlong-40 (1)Taveling Lensbaby Chelsea Furlong-46Taveling Lensbaby Chelsea Furlong-43

ABOUT THE ARTIST :

I’m a lover of coffee, food, music, traveling and mother nature. But above that I’m a mother to two energetic little boys. My 2 and 4 yr old sons are the reason I’m a photographer. They feed my soul and feed my creativity, so you’ll see them pop up in my photos almost daily. If you follow my photography journey , you’ll find you’ll get to know them quite well without even knowing them.

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The traveling LENSBABY project | Sandy Fales , Wild Prairie Photography

The traveling LENSBABY project | Sandy Fales , Wild Prairie Photography
DSC_0479What is one thing about your photos that says the most about you as a person. Dig deep!

I think the one thing my photos say about me, as a person, is that I want the people that I meet to be themselves because, for the most part, do the same. I wear my emotions on my sleeve. When I photograph, I want to capture that same feeling from the image. When I am in photographer mode, I am still me. I still talk and interact with others as I would normally do. Only in these moments, I click that shutter to document what emotions unfold. I would hope my photographs would tell the world that I am okay with raw emotion; in whatever form that takes.

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Can you tell us a little bit about the process you’ve gone through (or that you are going through) to find your photographic style? How has it evolved over the years?

To be honest, I am not sure what my photographic style is. I know that I like to capture the real moments. I will more often than not cull a photo that another photographer would keep. I don’t like straight on smiling images unless it has another element to it as well. I have to feel a connection in the photo or it goes in the trash. Maybe that is my style. It could technically be a great image, but if I don’t feel something when I look at it, it goes. I think that is why I have never gotten into studio work or artificial lighting. I totally understand and get why those are elements are important in some instances but, for me, I think I would lose something in the process of doing those things. I need to be in the groove for me to love the images I take. I am a minimalist person by nature and I think that carries through to my photographic style.

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What Lensbaby lenses have you shot with before? How have they transformed your work?

This was the first time I have shot with a Lensbaby! I thought the lens was wicked cool though I did get frustrated because I am not the best at manual focus. I also like to shoot at a pretty wide open aperture, so that further complicated focusing for me. I think if I owned this lens, and had a chance to work it on a long term basis, I would get the hang of it and would no doubt be in love. The swirl it gives the bokeh is pretty amazing and unique in itself. I would like to try other Lensbaby lens in the near future and see how they could add to the dimension of my images.

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Why is it important that photographers not get too fixed in their ways? What makes experimentation so crucial to an artist’s growth?

What’s that old saying? “Don’t knock it ‘till you try it”. For me, change is eternally difficult. I get nervous, I second guess myself, I don’t like it. However, I know that change is a necessary part of growth and exploration. If we never take chances or risks, we will never discover the ‘could have beens’ in our lives. To think that you could never do better is probably the biggest travesty you could serve yourself. You must continually strive to do better, to be better, to break molds, kick ass and take names. That is what makes life an adventure. This is no different for photography. To grow, change must occur; that is a given. Allow it to come in, sit down and stay a while. All the while, you know that this season is not static. So instead of fighting these changes, embrace them. You never know what you might find at the other end. This is how we grow. We allow those changes to happen and we welcome them with grace.

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I know that change is a necessary part of growth and exploration. If we never take chances or risks, we will never discover the ‘could have beens’ in our lives.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST: 

Hello My name is Sandy Fales, and I am the face behind the camera at Wild Prairie Photography . I am a recent transplant to beautiful Colorado Springs. I love it here. The mountains, the air, the people..everything. It is truly where my heart lays. I moved here from a cattle ranch in Nebraska where I lived for five years. I started my life over and made my new home in a place where I felt welcomed and happy. My journey has not been easy and I am thankful for everyday U have my two sweet babes. Never let yesterday fill up today and always be the change you wish to see in the world are the things i try to live by.

When I’m not getting down in nature, I love chasing my two tiny people around and catching those little moments we have together on film. Photography is in my soul and I hope to be able to share that with you and your family.

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The traveling LENSBABY project | feature by Jessica Mielke Photography

The traveling LENSBABY project | feature by Jessica Mielke Photography
What is one thing about your photos that says the most about you as a person. Dig deep!

Wow this is a tough question. I feel I am an authentic person and I try to be open and vulnerable with my life. I try to document in a way that shows the real, raw, vulnerable parts of life.

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Can you tell us a little bit about the process you’ve gone through (or that you are going through) to find your photographic style? How has it evolved over the years?

I picked up my first DSLR in 2008 and I have never looked back. I have bounced around genres and styles a lot actually and it wasn’t until very recently that I have found a style that I love. I struggled with what my heart was telling me to photograph over what made my family some money. For years I photographed everything, I booked whatever I could to make money but I was emotionally and artistically drained. It wasn’t until I decided that I needed to shoot 100% for me that I really began to define my style. I started editing the way I wanted to edit vs what my clients were used to.

Lensbaby-48What Lensbaby lenses have you shot with before? How have they transformed your work?

I have never shot with a lensbaby before. Eep I was so excited to get this one in the mail for the week. It was definitely tough to nail the focus for me but I still loved it and I have one in my Amazon cart right now.
I have never used a lensbaby, but I have done a lot of freelensing and I feel that helped transform my work a lot. I learned that some images are best out of focus because life isn’t always in focus.

Lensbaby-51 (1)Why is it important that photographers not get too fixed in their ways? What makes experimentation so crucial to an artist’s growth?

Experimenting is SOOOO crucial. I bounced around a lot when I was beginning and I think that really helped me figure out what I loved to photograph! You can’t grow as an artist if you’re not constantly evolving, learning, experimenting. I don’t want to be the same artist in a year. I want to be better, I want my images to speak to someone and if I don’t occasionally experiment with what I am doing that is never going to happen, change and growth will never happen.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST :

I am Jessica.  I am a seeker of light and love. I live in Aurora Colorado with my husband, two crazy kids, three crazy dogs and 5 even crazier chickens..  I photograph in the Denver Metro Area and select dates in Tucson Arizona. I am a storyteller and lifestyle photographer. I document Maternity, Births and Families. I believe that life should be documented as it is, messy and crazy, sometimes dark and grainy.

The traveling Lensbaby project|featuring Christina McLauchlin

The traveling Lensbaby project|featuring Christina McLauchlin

Questions by Lensbaby Inc 

The project is set around trying and experimenting with a Lensbaby lens, the Twist 60 is traveling through the U.S.A + Canada currently. Each artist has one week of play time.  All of the artist are attending out Out of the box collective in June in Denver CO. 

SHP_0349 copyWhat is one thing about your photos that says the most about you as a person. Dig deep!

I always try to convey the essence of the human spirit within nature. When you look at my photographs, I want you to see something beyond them. I want to strip away all the superficial to take you somewhere deep and dark and to the core of who we really are as human beings. I rarely make it to that level, but that is what I’m consistently striving for in my work. That’s what drives me to improve.

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Can you tell us a little bit about the process you’ve gone through (or that you are going through) to find your photographic style? How has it evolved over the years?

I’m trying so hard to get my skills up to the level of my vision. I can see what I want to do in my head, but I can’t always translate it to my work. There is a gap there. However, I’ve noticed that when I get close to closing that gap, my vision for what I want gets more involved. I may never close that gap and maybe I never want to! I wouldn’t like photography if it didn’t challenge me. One of my favorite quotes is “Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself.” – Gandhi.

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What Lensbaby lenses have you shot with before? How have they transformed your work?

The Twist 60 is the only Lensbaby I’ve ever tried. I love how it gives my images an ethereal, dreamy quality. That definitely makes an image more dynamic. I love the depth it gives!

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Why is it important that photographers not get too fixed in their ways? What makes experimentation so crucial to an artist’s growth?

There’s no such thing as standing still. You’re either getting better or you’re getting worse. Trying new tools and new ways of doing things keeps you engaged, happy, and satisfied as an artist.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST 
I’m a photographer located in Northern California. I put my whole heart and soul into capturing the beauty of people as they really are. I feel a strong connection to nature. My main goal with my art is to convey the essence of the human spirit against the backdrop of this beautiful earth. My children are my preferred muses.

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