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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25/31 EPIC SUMMER SESSIONS | FEATURE BY Chloe Lodge

25/31 EPIC SUMMER SESSIONS | FEATURE BY Chloe Lodge
Is this session personal work or client work?

This session was instigated by me as I was new to the Seychelles and eager to explore the landscape, light and colours with a family who lived there.

Tell us a bit about the magic of summer + the connection to your lens?

We’ve lived in sunny climes for six years now so sunshine and warmth has become part and parcel of our daily lives. From SE Asia, the Middle East and here in the Seychelles, just off the coast of Africa. There is something truly uplifting about that summer feeling even when you live it every day. It seeps into your bones and frees the expression within, not only for those in front of the lens but those behind it too.

What about this session makes it an Epic summer session?

This was an epic summer session for me as it was one of my first sessions captured in this tropical paradise, we chose a beach they visit often and was really close to their home and heart. The Seychelles is a picture perfect world of blues and greens but as I shot it I yearned to translate many of the shots into black and white as I was so attracted to the light and textures. The opening capture will remain one of my all time favourites – a small boy adventuring on his journey and yet the parents watching over him in the shadows, it speaks to me on so many levels.

What else is on your summer bucket list to photograph this summer?

I’m planning on investing in an underwater housing for my DSLR. I absolutely adore shooting in, on and near water. It draws me in and I can’t wait to explore it to greater depths.

What gear was used to achieve these?

D750, Sigma Art 35mm

Any summer tips or photographer advice?

Living in certain environments it’s easy to get precious about your gear but I’ve learnt in recent years if you’re paranoid about every grain of sand or droplet of water it can hold you back creatively. Free yourself of the worry, be careful of course but otherwise go for it. Your best shots are almost always on the edge of your comfort zone.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST :
Chloe Lodge is a lifestyle photographer currently based in Dubai. Chloe’s work exudes a sense of the adventurous unknown, a feeling of coming home and the deepest love we feel within. Chloe is currently taking time out from client work to nurture her art and her soon-to-be-born baby girl. As a Brit married to a New Zealander with their Malaysia-born dual nationality son their family has a truly International flavour. Over the past six years they’ve lived in Paris, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai and the Seychelles.

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8/31 Epic summer session| Stephanie Tetreault of Sweet Beginnings Photography

8/31 Epic summer session| Stephanie Tetreault of Sweet Beginnings Photography
Is this session personal work or client work?

This was a stylized, personal shoot for me using clients.

Tell us a bit about the magic of summer + the connection to your lens?

This family is so sweet and were so easy to capture. I absolutely love sun drenched, golden images so styled them in brown and chambray tones to help accent that crazy summer sunset backlight.

What about this session makes it an Epic summer session?

I think the overall tones and casual but connected feeling. I do my best to focus on connection without looking too posed. I also shot a video that helps to tell the story as well.

What else is on your summer bucket list to photograph this summer?

Lots of families, couples, newborn and maternity captured by video as well

What gear was used to achieve these?

Nikon D750, Sigma Art 35mm

Any summer tips or photographer advice?

When shooting backlit images move yourself left and right until the right amount of light comes in the lens. Took me forever to figure out how powerful this tip was.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

 

Hi there! This is me! The photographer at Sweet Beginnings Photography! I love coffee, my sweet little family, sweets, yoga and being in or around the water. I married my best friend in Maui with my toes in the sand almost ten years ago. I’m a busy mama that is just trying to make my dreams happen while trying to maintain a good balance between mom and career. I botch this most days but that’s always my goal! We live in a rural, somewhat small town Lincoln, California which is near Sacramento. Kinda has that fun farm town feel and we love it.

I mainly shoot outdoors with the exception of newborns. I shoot with a Nikon D750 and Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 lens. Thats it! I keep it simple as far as gear, nothing fancy. No reflectors, no special lighting gear. I shoot kelvin and always try to get everything right in camera. I shoot wide open mostly and backlit which is what I’m kinda known for. I picked up my first camera soon after having my first child, Ethan, in 2010. I believe we picked it up from the local Rite Aid. I just had this crazy, nagging urge to photograph every single minute of his first moments. I quickly realized that I wanted it to be more than a hobby. It was like a crazy tick that I couldn’t get rid of. I love movement in images. I love connection. I love golden, dappled light and the way it dances and bounces around on my subject’s skin. I love airy images just as well as moody images. I continuously dip my toe in whatever moves me for the day and I think that is so important to do so as an artist.

Being a family and newborn photographer absolutely grabs me in the deepest depths of my soul. To see mothers connecting with their sweet baby’s in the womb and out is so beyond moving and it is so necessary to capture. It’s quite easy to get caught up in the day to day monotony as mom. We are typically frazzled and burning the candle at both ends. Our role is possibly the most important we will ever have, yet we are almost always the ones behind the camera. We need to be in front of it, hugging our babies and capturing those tiny little moments that all add up to something magical and indescribable. The bond between a parent and child can never be put into words but I want to freeze it………freeze it in time, so that we all have something to cherish as we grow older. Something we can all hold onto that is tangible and real. That is my why. I believe we are all created with special gifts and I want to use mine in the best way possible.

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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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BE INSPIRED sesh | featuring Chelsea Warren Photography

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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 work to create images that evoke a feeling in my clients when they look at them. I want them to remember how they felt when they were being photographed; to remember the feeling of excitement and anticipation of the arrival of their baby when they spent our session imagining her in their arms or snuggling each other for one of the last times as just a couple before becoming a family. I want them to look back and see their own look of absolute amazement as they stare into their new baby’s eyes, or play with their tiny toes or soak in the beautiful chaos that is new parenthood, and feel nostalgic and grateful for their beautiful lives. I have been photographing professionally since 2010, but have recently focused more intimately on my family work. Since becoming a Mum I have a new appreciation for photographing families, and have enjoyed every moment of meeting and documenting families as they grow! I have 2 amazing boys who inspire me daily, and keep me busy!

What about this session was most memorable?

I love when I am able to document families as they grow and change and this session was one of them! I photographed their engagement and wedding, and was honoured to capture this exciting time in their lives too.

Were there any hurdles?
They absolutely rocked their session! It was incredibly windy and I actually almost got blown off the rocks, but it was worth it since I love wind blown images.

Your best photographer/session advice?

Work with the elements not against them. Nature gives us some pretty good curve balls sometimes but the results can be better than you hoped!

What gear was used to achieve these?
Canon 6D, Sigma 35mm Art series, Canon 85mm L series

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“Work with the elements not against them.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST :

Chelsea is a Wedding & Family Photographer located on Vancouver Island, BC. Shes loves photographing families as they grow and change and focuses on capturing authentic moments and genuine emotion.

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Dear Photographer feature by Teresa Vick Photography

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November 2013, Start of the journey. First engagement shoot. 

 

 

 

Dear Teresa,

Above all, remember always to listen to that still, small voice that whispers truth to your soul. The one continually whispering, “you are enough.” The one that quietly leads and directs if you would just be still and listen. Gain inspiration from others around you, but in the end, let it be your own true voice that speaks. Let it be your own soul that escapes into your work. In everything you do, do it with kindness and true love, with understanding, and patience; reflecting the heart of your maker. Take someone’s hand and bring them along with you on your journey. Strive to be honest with yourself and others about your struggles. Seek a place where your weaknesses are not glossed over in a grandiose vision of self, yet where your strengths also are not suppressed from consciousness. In the end, it is not what you said or did that matters. But whether you nourished your relationship with the One who loves you and reflected His love accurately. You will fail. You will stumble. You will fall short. Accept that inevitability, but remember to get back up, shake it off, learn from it and move on. Wake up and start the day new, seeking the heart of the only true lover of your soul.”

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ABOUT THE ARTIST :

Graphic Designer since 2005 and natural light photographer producing mostly black and white images, some color, with a fine art style, located in Vancouver, WA, USA. I love creating. I love finding beauty in the mundane and seemingly trivial. I love being a part of creating beautiful things.

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DEAR PHOTOGRAPHER feature by April Kraus Photography

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I started in film. I spent most of my college years in the dark room. And then after I graduated college, I left and started working at a job that had nothing to do with photography. I was broke and couldn’t afford film or processing. I took a couple of years off and at the time, digital photography was still not accessible to the average person. I had such a deep love for film that it was very hard for me to embrace photography without it.

After I got pregnant with my first child, I started to have a hunger to shoot again and decided to give in to the “digital age” and buy a digital camera. I started shooting again, but I had no artistic voice, just an occasional “good eye” mixed with a knowledge of my camera. A few years later, I lost my mother to cancer and my entire perspective on life, memories, legacy, art and photos changed.

 

If I could go back in time and tell my younger self something, it would be this:

I see you. I see you trying to fit in. I see you trying to be what you see others being. I see you trying to make things that look like what everyone else is making. I see you making photos that you think everyone else wants you to make. I know that it doesn’t feel right to you. It doesn’t make sense to you, or feed your soul. It doesn’t make you feel proud, or feel like an artist. I know that you want people to like your work, but what does it matter if you don’t like it first?
Stop. Stop with this.
Instead, let your voice be heard. Stop looking when you’re shooting, and start feeling instead. Get to the heart of it. You don’t have to fit in. It’s OK. Be you. You will find yourself if you just stop this and listen. Listen to your own voice. That is your actual strength. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. I promise.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

April Kraus is a natural light photographer and artist living in Southern Arizona. She is a wife, and a mom to three. She loves finding beauty, humor and connections in everyday things.

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