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.

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A LOVE SO DEEP

It is said that a photograph is worth a thousand words, and this image was no exception. This kiss can be felt from a mile away. I love that no matter how invested we are in both of the protagonists in the story, the real captivating detail is that intrusive and strong hand placement. That specific touch is transformative. It elevates the image and sucks us in. This incredible monochrome is the fifth finalist for our First Annual Showcase Gallery.

Words by Adri De La Cruz

 

 

LEARN ABOUT THE FINALIST :

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I am a wife and a mother, two jobs I hold most dearly. I am also an educator, a job I love dearly, however on hold as I spend these early years with my two young kiddos. I am exploring my love of photography. Trying new things, exploring different styles and genres. I believe I am best summed up as documenting our daily and dreaming of creations. I believe that beauty can be found anywhere, from the small looks and little hands of my adoring three-year-old, the joy and freedom in my six-year-old, the connection of lovers, the fierceness of one’s soul, and the way the light and shadows play. I aim to capture it all.

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REDEFINE | VISUAL ABSTRACT INTENTIONALITY FEATURE BY JONYA STREEPER

REDEFINE | VISUAL ABSTRACT INTENTIONALITY FEATURE BY JONYA STREEPER
Tell us about what drives your work, How did you get started?

I started shooting in high school and because I was desperate not to be there, I enrolled in college photography and darkroom classes. I applied my new skills to what I loved and took photos of punk bands through the 90’s. I didn’t really pick up a camera again until I had my first child.

My work is driven by a desire to contain life’s chaotic day to day energy and anxiety, and to channel it into visual expression. Photography can be a powerful tool for processing loss, love, and things beyond our control.

Your images have a very retro and minimalistic feel, do you aim to capture that in any way?

I’m not deliberately seeking a retro feel in my work, but my subject matter and locations may invoke a sense of nostalgia. I’m usually creating photos of my children in a minimal environment often devoid of any information that may ground the image in a contemporary context. I am drawn to minimal and abstract imagery and love capturing weird liminal spaces that may exist only for a moment.

Would you say that is your desired style of shooting?

Experimenting with double exposure and out of focus imagery is where my interest is right now. The layers and oddness I can capture between making lunches and dropping off kids at school etc is very satisfying for me.

We also see a lot of architecture environment in your work, can you share more on that?

We live in a Rummer, which is basically the Oregon version of an Eichler. We fell in love with it all the way from California and decided on a whim to move even before really knowing much about what we were in for. As we’ve grown from two adults to a family of four, we’ve really enjoyed adapting to living in a minimalistic environment, and we love how it contrasts so dramatically with the beautiful landscape of the Pacific Northwest. My photos document the growth of our family in the same space as it has evolved to meet our needs.

What are the tips you would share with anyone trying to achieve your desired style of shooting? (aim for at least 5, but any are welcome)

I don’t know if I have any tips! I shoot from instinct influenced by my daily life. Just find a subject matter and technique that speaks to your heart. Play and explore until it feels right because there really are no rules to self-expression. Also, much can be said for the confidence gained by putting yourself and your work out into the world.

Share an artist who inspires you a photographer or otherwise?

Oh man, this is a tough one, though I’d have to say my husband Bradley, whose paintings have been used many times in my photos. I sometimes use his work to add texture to my double exposures. He pushed me to move beyond just taking a photo and into a state where I’m creating something personally meaningful. He has helped me open my work to be different and by adding layers that may not always work together to create something visually interesting. He inspires me to embrace my awkwardness and use it to make something different. Watching his creative process inspires me to try and spark the imagination and provoke an emotional response in the viewer.

 

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ABOUT THE ARTIST :

I was born and raised in San Diego. I received my BFA in art history from San Diego State University. The continuous perfect weather of Southern California drove me to move to the PNW. I currently live in Portland, Oregon in a glass house full of wonderful maniacs. I am available for commission portraits and other fine art projects.

 

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DEAR PHOTOGRAPHER | Feature by Laura Wood

DEAR PHOTOGRAPHER | Feature by Laura Wood

 

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You have no idea how much photography will come to mean to you. You have no idea how beautiful the world will feel when you learn to appreciate the beauty in the way the sun shines through windows you’ve forgotten to clean for weeks, that you will go for walks in your pajamas and wellies just to appreciate a sunrise. How it will feel to learn that being ‘overly sensitive’, a comment often used to critique your personality, will become your biggest strength in this journey and the key to your success – that you will feel a calmness in belonging to a group of people who are moved by the world in the same way as you are. You don’t know that motherhood will cause your heart to break and swell a thousand times and that this will become your reason for everything and the driving force behind all you do.

Dear Present Laura,

You are working a little too hard and are ready to focus on family for a while again – you are worried that you aren’t creating as much as you should be and fear that people will lose interest in your work when you take a step back for a little while. You have forgotten that having your first son was and continues to be, the inspiration behind everything you do and that welcoming a new baby will only breathe more love and life into everything you do. You will learn and grow again and create when you’re ready to and, as your priorities shift again, your work will become more honest and heartfelt than ever.

Dear Future Laura,

I hope you are taking time to seek out the art, places, and people who inspire you. I hope you have found a balance between family life and work and that your every day is as lovely as it is now. I hope you can see how far you’ve come and that you are proud of yourself. I hope that you still cry because you get it wrong sometimes and that you stay up late worrying occasionally – I hope you are still giving it your heart.

 

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ABOUT THE ARTIST :

I live in Yorkshire, England with my boyfriend Paul and son Arthur – we are eagerly expecting another baby in December. I am a full-time photographer/ work at home Mum and specialize in family photography. I try to see the magic of the world through the eyes of my son and to recreate his world through my images. My photography journey started when my son was born but I began to take it more seriously in 2016 and set up my business that summer. I was recently included in the Voice Collection 2017 in the self-portrait category and have received recognition from Looks Like Film as Artist of the Month and an Artist of the Year in 2016.

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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.

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Image by Jodi-Lynn Buckles 

EMBRACING ALL I NEED

With its beautiful layering, full of emotion and movement, Jodi’s work and especially this image transport us all to another world, full of sunkissed, and a feeling of grandness. It seems to me that Jodi’s unique ability to connect us to the closeness of her subject never fails. Her work is phenomenally filled with wanderlust and that touch of human connection and devotion. We cannot wait to see this image stand along the rest of our incredible gallery.

Words by Adri De La Cruz

LEARN ABOUT THE FINALIST:

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Hi, I am Jodi Lynn Buckles. I am a Mother and Wife first and foremost; I am also a Daughter, Teacher, and Photographer. My love affair with photography bloomed when I began documenting my growing family after the birth of our second son eight years ago. I wanted to capture his life unfolding…the laughter, the joy, the love, the fear, and everything in between. I had dabbled in film photography in college and was instantly mesmerized again. A few years later I realized photography was something I felt a calling towards, something that truly felt like home. A tremendous gift I felt impelled to share with the world.

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DEAR PHOTOGRAPHER | feature by Carla Monge

DEAR PHOTOGRAPHER | feature by Carla Monge

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Dear past, present and future Carla,

I believe the message I want to give you now is relevant to all three of those people, for our journeys are fluid and we often lose ourselves along the way, only to dig deeper and reencounter a truer version of ourselves, over and over as we journey on.

The image above is from 2012, one of the first images you took with your DSLR that you were proud of. The first image that made you realize you could capture your vision of the magic in our everyday lives. The photograph was made in your Grandmother’s bathroom as your husband held your two-month-old, preparing him for his bath, just a regular evening in what was your regular routine back then. You were just starting out in this wonderful world of photography, and yet you had already been drawn to what you liked, that magical play of light and shadow – and baby bums of course, who doesn’t love those!? 😉 I know that at the time you weren’t able to fully recognize the things you were drawn to and the things you were not, but looking back on your most meaningful photographs now, I can see that the core ingredients were already there. As you were learning, I know you searched and searched, and tried a bit of everything along the way. Perhaps that had to happen in order for you to realize, later on, that your taste and your vision had in fact been there all along, and that uncovering them and refining them is not a final destination but a lifetime’s creative journey.

We often over complicate things and search outside ourselves to find our style and our voice, but it is already within us, it has always been within us, and that is where you must remember to keeping digging for it, nurturing and refining it. As always, no path is ever a straight line, so next time you find yourself on an unfulfilling path, questioning your work and your meaning, just remember to slowly make your way back home through the inside, not through the outside.

Love,

Carla x
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ABOUT THE ARTIST : 

Carla is a newborn and family lifestyle and fine art photographer, living in London with her husband and her muses, her two children. A former engineer who worked in finance for many years, photography has always been her creative outlet, now turned into her profession. Her passion first and foremost is that her kids may be able to see through her photographs, how she saw them whilst they were growing up.

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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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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 8-10.

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.

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Image by Jyotsna Bhamidipati

LINE OF FIRE

 

Otherworldly and radiant are the first words felt as I laid eyes on Jyo’s incredible Line of fire image. It was chosen for its fragility, abstract qualities and the beautiful texture and tones. The light plays with the subject,  highlighting and enhancing it so effortlessly. I adore the lines and depth emanating from it the surreal light transforms this simple image into magic.  It reminded me so much of the wonder of this earth, the soft quality of the leaf broken in is a sign of time and the erosion of it. We cannot wait to have this image in our gallery and be able to gawk at it in person.

commentary by Adri De La Cruz

LEARN ABOUT THE FINALIST :

IMG_8545_headshot.jpgJyotsna (Jyo) is a mom and an electrical/lighting engineer based out in Sacramento, California. While engineering has been her background, photography is her creative outlet and passion. Having lived in and traveled to multiple countries, she loves nature and traveling. She is a lover of light and seeks to capture the everyday beauty including her daily life based on her family through her lens. Her work has been featured and published across multiple platforms in digital and in print. She also has a part-time lifestyle photography business and focuses on capturing genuine emotions and connections between families, couples, moms to be and babies.  

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