16/31 EPIC SUMMER SESSIONS // Feature by Susan Grimes

16/31 EPIC SUMMER SESSIONS // Feature by Susan Grimes
Is this session personal work or client work?.

This was a personal session. Just our family out on a little adventure

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

Summer is my favorite time of the year because of it’s happy laid-back energy. Our summer focuses on simple family fun and I really enjoy capturing the light and energy that goes with it. Those little summer snapshots keep us going throughout the year.

What about this session makes it an Epic summer session?

This event was just magic for me. Everything fell into place with the colorful hot air balloons, happy excited kids, and a balloon launch right at golden hour on a beautiful spring day. To top it off, we found this great little spot away from the crowds right next to the launching balloons. It was great to be able to capture such a happy family experience.

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

Sprinklers, swimming, fishing, catching lightning bugs, eating melting popsicles, and family time are all on my list, but the beach is always at the top.

What gear was used to achieve these?

I shot with a Nikon D750 and the Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 lens. I use this combination 99% of the time.

Any summer tips or photographer advice?

My biggest advice is to keep moving and trying different perspectives. An unexpected viewpoint can really be inspiring. After that, just embrace the light, colors, and energy that comes from summer.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST :

Susan is a family photographer living in North Carolina with her three kids and husband. She primarily focuses on capturing her family’s little stories and big adventures. She is also a ClickPro at ClickinMoms.
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7 /31 Epic Summer session | Rebecca Wang of Rebecca Wang photography

7 /31 Epic Summer session | Rebecca Wang of Rebecca Wang photography

 

Is this session personal work or client work?

Personal, just because session.

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

There is something about Summer evenings, that really just does me in. The way the sun hits your face perfectly, and you can feel the warmth on your cheeks. The cool summer evening breeze that you feel with the windows rolled down on a late night drive. The instant happiness you feel being surrounded by the sun always inspires me when I’m shooting in the summer months. I want to really be able to capture those moments. Not just the sun, or pretty skies, but the sweat from the heat, the shirtless photos, the sprinkler shots. Something about summer makes me just want to pick up my camera and take in everything around me.

 What about this session makes it an Epic summer session?

After being around so many talented women, I really felt so inspired to step out of my comfort zone and shoot something new. My insanely talented friend, Karen and I went off on our own and hiked around the red rocks. The sun had already set, so she threw on a dress and I documented her. The spontaneous of it all made it thrilling and made me fall in love with these shots of her.

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

Star trails. I have a shot I hope to capture this year when we do our family camping trip in Yellowstone. – What gear was used to achieve the video ? MARK III, and of course my trusty 28mm. -Any summer tips or photographer advice? The best summer tip I could give, and something I’ve been trying to remind myself of daily, is to try and really document the little things through out the day. What I mean by that is, try to imagine the smell of grass and how you could convey that in a photo. Capture the emotion of the moment and not just the moment. Look for the ordinary and turn it into summer magic.

What gear was used to achieve these 
MARK III, and of course my trusty 28mm.
 Any summer tips or photographer advice?

The best summer tip I could give, and something I’ve been trying to remind myself of daily, is to try and really document the little things through out the day. What I mean by that is, try to imagine the smell of grass and how you could convey

that in a photo. Capture the emotion of the moment and not just the moment. Look for the ordinary and turn it into summer magic.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST :

Rebecca Wang is a lifestyle and documentary photographer who loves to capture connection, and the little moments in both her personal and client work.  She is inspired by raw emotion, dark and moody light, and epic scenery.  In her personal time she loves to hike with her family, camp, eat all of the chocolate, and spend quality time outdoors with her family.

W E B S I T E | F A C E B O O  K | I N S T A G R A M 

 

1/31 epic summer session | Jodi Lynn Buckels of Jodi Lynn Photography

1/31 epic summer session | Jodi Lynn Buckels of Jodi Lynn Photography
Is this session personal work or client work?

This session with my daughter and her friends was personal work; I have captured she and her four best friends each year since she was born near her birthday with a creative shoot, something that inspires me and also provides me and all these families with amazing keepsakes of their childhood. It is typically my favorite shoot each year, watching these sweet girls grow has been such a gift and capturing it; absolutely priceless and so fun.

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

Sweet summertime for me is a time for adventure, camping, swimming and being in the great outdoors. As a family we take more family trips, slow down, do less of the ordinary and mundane, find new places to discover and visit some of our special places that bring our family peace. I love to capture my children being who they are; unscripted and true. Some of my most coveted photographs of my own were taken during summer adventures. It is such a beautiful time to practice, explore light and to think outside the box with my creativity in photographs. I also love the fresh perspective new environments and locations brings.

What about this session makes it an Epic summer session?

This session was at our favorite Sonoma Coast beach, on a breezy, mild August night. We styled these darlings in Lacey Lane, one of my favorite girl brands that has such a nostalgic feel to it. We were celebrating my daughter’s 5th birthday and I will forever remember their joy, smiles and laughter. True childhood play and delight and a perfect amount of crazy. It was one of those memorable nights and watching them explore and be together made an imprint on my heart. I can still feel the happiness and hear their giggles.

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

We are taking a few trips that I am so excited about to capture my own family, we are camping at Lake Almanor and Shasta, two simply beautiful landscapes and places we haven’t been more recently. My children seem to come into their authentic selves when they are away from school, their day to day and technology. I also have a few days trips planned with my children to Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay and at the end of the summer to Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Los Angeles. I am excited to think outside the box and have some fun capturing this season of their lives in new and exciting places. My children are growing quickly before my eyes and having this personal work means more to me than anything.

What gear was used to achieve these?

This whole session was captured with my Canon 5D Mark III and my 35 mm 1.4 lens, my go to lens. They were moving WAY too fast for me to even consider changing lenses. 😉

Any summer tips or photographer advice?

Keep your camera with you! I feel like in the summer you never know when inspiration may come about and if you are anything like us, are out and about exploring new places, you may be moved to create. Challenge yourself with different lighting situations, particularly midday light; I always love the tones and skies summer creates.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST :

Jodi Lynn Buckles is an award-winning and published Natural-Light Lifestyle Photographer in beautiful, Sonoma County, California, just north of San Francisco. She loves to create meaningful and emotive work that captures life as art; true and beautiful. Jodi is a Mother to three beautiful souls, Daughter, Photographer and Teacher and simply adores capturing her own family of five and documenting this season of her life. Jodi has been featured on Lookslikefilm, Lemonade and Lenses, Dear Photographer and Beyond the Wanderlust. She was a Rangefinder Magazine Portrait Contest Winner in 2015, a Lookslikefilm Artist of the Year in 2016 and a finalist in the Shoot + Share Contest over the past three years. She is currently teaching photography through The Narrative Society and is so excited to be blending her passions of teaching and photography.

W E B S I T E | I N S T A G R A M | F A C E B O O K 

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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BE INSPIRED Session featuring Emmy Lou Virginia

BE INSPIRED Session featuring Emmy Lou Virginia
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 to photograph the intersection of real moments and beauty, and so for the past 4 years I’ve called myself a lifestyle photographer. Somewhere along the way, I realized that my calling lay in capturing families and their stories to save forever. Which sometimes means I photograph a mother holding her newborn and smelling its new baby skin, and sometimes means I photograph a toddler picking their nose. Because real life has real moments like these.

What about this session was most memorable?

I used to focus all of my creative energy on client work, and my personal work was mostly just grabbing my camera to document a moment every couple of weeks. But as I started seeing more of my fellow photographers’ work on instagram, I started envying the beautiful moments they’d captured of their own life. I wanted that. So in 2016, I decided one of my goals would be to be more intentional about capturing personal work I loved. To treat it with the same care I had for client work. At first, it was a challenge, but I grew to love the time I could put into it – generally my only constraints were the
patience level of my toddler (which, admittedly, is low) and/or the hunger tolerance of my husband (also low). (Because why is that pretty sunset light always at dinner time?)
In September, we took a 3-week road trip from our home in Vancouver, Canada, all the way down to Joshua Tree Park. We stayed at Airbnbs or with friends & family along the way, and adventured through the Redwoods, the California coast, Joshua Tree Park, the Sequoias, Yosemite, and the Oregon Coast. We had so many wonderful moments. (Also many not-so-wonderful moments trying to convince our 2.5 year old to stay in his car seat during the long drive. I never want to listen to kids’ music again.) But it was so worth it to see his sheer joy as he ran among  the sand dunes or looked up at the towering trees, and we made so many beautiful memories on this trip – some of which I actually managed to capture!

Your best photographer/session advice?

One thing I’ve been challenging myself to do is to look at the same scene from several different angles. It’s so rewarding to be able to capture three or four different shots just by stepping back or moving closer, changing your position or your perspective. And using backlight and direct light to create different moods!
Another, completely different piece of advice, not actually photography-related, is something we’ve been having fun with on our family trips ever since our little guy was born. Nearly every trip we’ve gone on, we’ve taken small clips of video footage throughout (using my Canon 6D), and created a video montage of our time together. Not only is this a fun creative challenge for me as a photographer and my husband as someone who works in animation, but it’s such an amazing keepsake for us and our son. He absolutely loves to watch these videos, again and again, and it reminds us of all the joy we’ve shared together. You can see the road trip video we put together from this trip : WATCH VIDEO HERE  (Obviously, judging from all the camera shake, we’re far from professionals – but it’s so fun!)

What gear was used to achieve these?
My Canon 6D and my Canon 50mm f1.4, 24-70mm f2.8, and 85mm f1.8 lenses.

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ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER :

Last, but not least; include a small bio and social media links
I am a Vancouver-based natural light photographer. I’m married to a wonderful man, we have a mischievous little 3-year old, and we live in a tiny white home full of windows and light and love.

WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | PINTEREST 

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.

Monthly Epic share of Self Portraits | #p52radness

Monthly Epic share of Self Portraits | #p52radness

 

“A woman  must find time for herself. Time is what we spend our lives with. If we are not careful we find others spending it for us. . . . It is necessary now and then for a woman to go away by herself and experience loneliness; to sit on a rock in the forest and to ask of herself, ‘Who am I, and where have I been, and where am I going?’ . . . If one is not careful, one allows diversions to take up one’s time—the stuff of life.”
― Carl Sandburg 

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Of self portraits. I’m sharing that quote to serve as a reminder, whether you have children or not. Alone time is OK. I have yet to attempt another round of solo self portraits, and I can say with certainty that they make me reflect so much. As I sit there looking at myself in the camera , having all of the tiny pangs of self hate and loathing, I am able to think of myself for a second, to look at my features and examine and as I most often do,  make a list  in my head of the things I would change about myself . Still I welcome solo self portraits as my alone time, not only physically but mentally.

So many of us have called photos with our children cheating, as we are able to hide behind hugs and giggles.  So I want to challenge you to take a solo self portrait if you haven’t already. Feel the bareness . & take it all in.

song recommendation : Sara Bareilles , She used to be mine.

 

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