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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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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REDEFINE | Underwater Photography with a GOPRO featuring Tessie Wallace Photography

REDEFINE | Underwater Photography with a GOPRO featuring Tessie Wallace Photography


“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. “

When did you first learn about underwater photography? did you first realize you liked this topic?

I was first attracted to underwater photography a few years ago, when I saw the work of Lia Barrett online. She works with a family friend of mine and I was blown away by her images. I don’t think I even owned a camera back then but once I got on Instagram last fall, I started seeing underwater images and thought it would be amazing to try it. I also took Summer Murdock’s Magic of Light class and her underwater photography definitely got me researching what type of housing I could purchase for my own camera.

What were the challenges for you in the beginning, in your journey or figuring underwater photography?

I just started underwater photography mid-July, so I’m still learning something new every time I get in the water. I have been using my brother-in-law’s GoPro Hero 4 and I purchased a dome attachment for it. Figuring out the best settings has been a huge challenge for me since you can’t really control the shutter speed and ISO. I did turn on the Protune feature, which gives me some control. But the biggest issue so far has been water clarity. It makes such a difference as to whether your subject is sharp or not. And clean, clear water gives you more options for editing. The light and time of day is also very important since I am using a GoPro. I can shoot on a cloudy day, but the sunlight (or underwater pool lights at night) makes a much more dynamic photo. I just did a shoot at sunset and it was amazing because I was able to get sun haze and major flare, which I’ve never done before. So I’m definitely still learning!

 Why are you passionate about this topic?

It’s just really fun to let go and see what you can capture underwater. There’s a freedom to it because I don’t have to tell anyone what to do. I just play with my son and take a lot of photos. He has finally started swimming on his own and it’s his favorite thing to do, so capturing his joy gives me tremendous pride. I love documenting him on his journey and he loves to see the photos I take, which has driven my passion even more. He is also an amazing subject because he doesn’t blow out bubbles and he swims with his eyes open.

What are the tips you would share with anyone trying to achieve underwater photography?

Just go for it! It’s really fun. You will need to lay flat so your feet aren’t in the shot and wear goggles (even though you can’t always see what you’re shooting if it’s really sunny). Also be aware of your light source and use it to your advantage. Backlighting is hard for me with the limitations of the GoPro, so I usually place subjects looking towards the light. You also need to be closer to your subject than you think – especially with the dome attachment. Editing is where the magic happens. I use a lot of contrast, clarity and some dehaze in Lightroom and then take it over to Photoshop for the skin tone corrections. Clean, clear water is also much easier to edit than cloudy water. But you can get a beautiful ethereal effect from cloudy water as well. I do prefer a moody, dramatic edit, which takes time to do on my computer. But I also really like documentary style photos and so I always edit some of my underwater photos close to the SOOC. They don’t have as much drama, but they capture the connection between my son and me. So many options, just enjoy it!





Hello! I’m Tessie, a Charleston, West Virginia based photographer who craves color, light, beauty and magic.  I specialize in lifestyle and documentary photography, which includes various portrait sessions as well as labor & delivery, fresh 48 newborn sessions, and underwater mini sessions.  My goal is to capture real moments and connections in an artful way.  I also work alongside my husband as an artist-blacksmith and welder.


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Dear Photographer feature by Kerlyn Van Gelder

Dear Photographer feature by Kerlyn Van Gelder
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Dear Kerlyn,


You are continually cultivating raw moments of connection and love you are inspired by. It’s an amazing thing to live and feel life so intensely and emotionally. Continue to allow that to flow naturally in your life and in your art. Your dreams know no bounds! You have achieved goals, ones you didn’t even think were possible when you first started. You always find the road less travelled, even if it’s in your own backyard. Don’t lose that need to explore, to see new things, to create new memories with your loved ones.

Remember to pause. Take the moment in, let it fill you with inspiration, and create emotional, breathtaking, honest, intimate stories. You have become so inspired by your life and your wild little one! Kane gave you new eyes and don’t stop seeking the adventure in life like he does!

It took you some pretty annoying internal struggles to get to where you are, feeling happy with what you’ve created. Don’t forget that, and as time goes on and life gets a little busier, remember the little things that you appreciate so much. Don’t be afraid to put yourself and your honesty in your photos. Live your life more authentically than the day before.

Listen to whispers from your soul, the ones that tell you you’re enough and you’re needed. You’ll fall down and you’ll cry but remember the One who gives you strength. Thank Him for your incredible life and sow seeds into your relationship with Him. Kiss your guys and fill them with love for every day is a new day for adventure, to create art, and to seek all the things that make your heart move.

Love, yourself.

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I’m Kerlyn! I am an autism momma to my adventurous son, wife to my high school sweetheart, adventurous traveller, and intimate storytelling photographer! I believe in the authentic storytelling of visual art and showing the vulnerable moments we feel that are unable to put into words. I am a lover of last light, intimate connections, and spontaneous memories with the ones you love!

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REDEFINE| Mama + babies in honor of world breast feeding week feature by Erika Venci

REDEFINE| Mama + babies in honor of world breast feeding week feature by Erika Venci
 Tell us a little about yourself as an artist and your process?

Like many others, I started getting into photography after my son was born. I wanted to document everything. Once I realized how much I loved it, I was obsessed with learning and practising. A few things that inspire me are golden hour light, connections between mothers and their children, and getting real emotions in my photos. I try to capture a range of emotions in my galleries.. joyful photos and also more calm and loving photos help create diversity in my client’s galleries (and feed my soul!).

I like to help my subjects relax and open up by talking a lot to them about my process of capturing real moments. I also love hearing stories about their families and little ones while we are shooting. I also like to explain to them my ideas and how I am envisioning a certain shot to help them picture it, too. I find if they understand that I am an artist and can come up with sometimes crazy last minute ideas, it makes the photo shoot more care free and fun.

What compels you about your project? How did the project start?

This project means so much to me. As a breastfeeding momma, the moments I was able to capture for moms and their little ones made me (and them) so happy. I started this project for many reasons. I want to be a tiny part in normalizing breastfeeding. I believe that moms should not feel ashamed to nurse their babies in public and although I have never had a bad experience, I have heard of plenty of mothers who have. My heart always goes out to them.

These photos also reinforce that toddlers nurse, too! Sometimes toddlers nurse even more than newborns for comfort and it is natural and normal. There are many benefits to breastfeeding and they do not stop at 12 months of age. I also would like to start offering “milk” sessions for moms because there was a point in my breastfeeding journey where I couldn’t find a photographer in my area that openly offered these types of sessions. I want moms to see me as a “safe” place to seek out this kind of session and help them to document their precious moments with their children.

 How does it connect to your photography journey?

Completing a project around breastfeeding or postpartum is something that has been on my mind for a while. I finally felt like I was in the right place with my business and craft to do it. I felt that I had enough clients and referrals that trusted me and my vision and were willing to model for me.

Can you share your tips for photographing mamas, especially during nursing babies?

I assumed these sessions would be easy since the breast is so comforting to little ones. It was the opposite. The babies were pretty distracted by their new surroundings and really did not want to nurse but would rather look around and explore! It threw me for a loop at first but with a lot of patience and reassuring the moms that this was normal, I was still able to get the images I needed. One of the little boys (bless his heart!) was so excited to be at the park that I only had a couple of seconds to capture him nursing each time he did stop to nurse! That session was a workout for me and his mom! 🙂 So, have patience and let the little ones explore or play before actually nursing,

Gear used 

Nikon D750, SigmaArt 35, and Nikon 105 f/1.4



I am a lifestyle and portrait photographer living in the Columbus, Ohio area with my computer savvy, amazing husband and our almost two year old son. My family runs on pour-over coffee, animal crackers, giggles, and wine. I fell in love with photography after the birth of our son and feel like I have finally found my passion. I quit my corporate world job last year to become a work-from-home mom and it was the best decision I have ever made. Photography feeds my soul and I am so happy to be on this journey!

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The Dear Photographer blog Instagram community is unlike any other out there, We really hope that our hosts and those following along can see that we appreciate all the love and support you’ve given us.  Social media has always been very helpful to share the heart of why we do what we do. It has a way to unite and bring together photographers from all corners of the world. In the past, we’ve had hosts from all around the globe, near AU, and Hawaii, Iceland and other parts of Europe.

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