26/31 Epic Summer session| Feature by Andrea Brooke photography

26/31 Epic Summer session| Feature by  Andrea Brooke photography
Is this session personal work or client work?

Client work. I had the best time with this lovely woman. Nothing is more satisfying than capturing the best parts of someone. Helping them to celebrate themselves, their personality, their beauty. For part of the photoshoot, we photographed her in the wedding dress her father bought her mother; which was a very special thing, for her and for me, a privilege really. She wrote the following afterward which is a reminder of why I do what I do.
“Growing up I had big glasses and even bigger eyebrows. I had my gawky teen years followed by pregnant years. Thinking back I’ve never had a time where I felt confidently beautiful. Going into this session I hid behind my goofiness and made ridiculous faces and felt very awkward “posing”. However, between the silly faces and insecurities, Andrea was able to capture moments that make me feel absolutely beautiful. She was able to help me relax and have fun IN FRONT of the camera, Something I usually hide behind.”

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

What is not magic about summer? Sunshine, vitamin d, good moods, pools, lakes, water, late nights, patios, barbecues, picnics. Summer brings out happy in people, it for sure brings out the happy in me. I love that we can photograph late into the evening, that we don’t have to instruct anyone to try to look
less cold, try jumping jacks, no rushing due to weather. Summer is beautiful and wants to be photographed, and I am here to oblige.

 What about this session makes it an Epic summer session?

Beautiful scenery, beautiful light, beautiful girl. I would be a happy woman if I had to do sessions like this all the time.

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

I am planning on photographing underwater which I am very excited about. A couple of outdoor weddings, and lots of my children soaking up the summer.

What gear was used to achieve these?

5D Mark iii & Sigma 35mm 1.4 , reflector

Any summer tips or photographer advice?

My summer tip is getting outside and shoot. Where I am from summer doesn’t last too long and I am always sorry to see it go. So take advantage!!

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ABOUT THE ARTIST :
I am a mother to three superheroes of varying sizes. They are my pride and truly, my joy. I redecorate homes instead of counting sheep to put myself to sleep. I love my family and our Thanksgiving football games. I love my friends and I love making new ones. I sometimes engage in games of synchronized golf and enjoy other random silliness. My dreams are full of hot air balloons and European or tropical traveling adventures. I love ideas and spend large amounts of time thinking about them. I love people, and I love capturing the raw, quirky, interesting, imperfect and beautiful things about them.

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23/31 EPIC SUMMER SESSIONS| Feature by Meshea Shaffer of Olive Gray photography

23/31 EPIC SUMMER SESSIONS| Feature by Meshea Shaffer of Olive Gray photography
Is this session personal work or client work?

client work

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

I love summer, I live on the beach so the majority of my sessions are shot on the beach. It doesn’t get any better than The warm sunshine, sand on your toes, and the salty ocean air

What about this session makes it an Epic summer session?

The light! Oh goodness, the light this night was unbelievable, so golden and warm

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

Families are my specialty

What gear was used to achieve these?

35mm 1.14

 

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ABOUT THE ARTIST : 

I’m Meshea

I am a Family, Maternity, Child and Newborn photographer located in Destin, Florida and surrounding areas.

I am a wife to my wonderful husband of 11 years, and a mother to my beautiful daughter. I started my photography journey in 2011, at the time I only did photography as a hobby, but after the birth of my daughter, I closed my eyes and took the leap into a full-time photographer.

I have never looked back……

I love so much meeting the wonderful families that I do. Connecting with them and telling their story. Being able to capture their memories is priceless to me

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22/31 EPIC SUMMER SESSIONS // Feature by Leah Moore

22/31 EPIC SUMMER SESSIONS // Feature by Leah Moore
Is this session personal work or client work?

This was a client session for a fabulous couple who I know from our small coastal town & who also used my husband David, as their wedding photographer. Kareen was about 30 weeks pregnant at the time of the shoot & has since gone on to have a beautiful little boy that she & her hubby Adrian, have named Leopold.

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

Ahhhhh Summer!! I live on the east coast of Australia in a little town on the NSW north coast & many people complain that we don’t really have seasons because it never gets that cold. I am NOT complaining. It could literally be Summer all year & I would be happy. The light here is pretty harsh right up until two hours before sundown so this lovely forested spot was the perfect place to escape the Summer heat.

What about this session makes it an Epic summer session?

For me personally it was epic because Kareen & Adrian said that they were up for whatever I wanted to do & they were happy to go anywhere. They are super cruisy people & nothing felt rushed or forced. It’s also always a nice change to work with a couple WITHOUT kids. Do not get me wrong, I love the guts out of children (I have four of my own to vouch for that fact) buuuuuut it’s a completely different flow when there are no rugrats present.

 

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

For me it’s more about the medium at the moment. I am currently trying to shoot most of my personal work on film & it’s so awesome to do that in Summer as it copes so much better with the harsh light (in my opinion). Kodak Ektar100 & Summer are like best mates!
As for the WHAT though I am dying to shoot in New Zealand & really hope to do it next Southern Summer (in January, all being well). Winnebago + family 🙂

 What gear was used to achieve these?

I am a Nikon shooter & shoot primes. 85, 50 & 35. I’m not a big gear hoarder & I’m a big believer that it’s how you use your gear rather than what gear you have? The best camera is always the one you have with you.

Any summer tips or photographer advice?

Boring advice but– insect repellent is a great addition to your bag over Summer. It’s highly likely your clients won’t think to bring it & you know what it’s like as soon as the sun starts to dip, especially near the beach.
I don’t really feel qualified to give photographer advice as I think so much of the beauty of the art is that we are all so wonderfully diverse. The only thing I have to say that’s worth passing on is to not be afraid to say NO when you feel like a client is not a good fit for you, is trying to lead you in a direction you don’t want to go or you are not confident that you can deliver. There’s nothing more soul destroying than editing your way through a session that makes you cringe or jumping in too deep before you are ready & not meeting client expectation.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

 

Mother to three little men & one teeny lady, wife of photographer DAVID MOORE, teacher of high school History & photographer of families & small people. Lover of music, wine, jewellery, fabulous frocks & the stuff that other people throw away (I live for Council Clean-up)!

Despite being heavily involved in the photography business of my husband, for about a decade I did not seriously pick up the camera until about three years ago. Tired of my over-the-shoulder critiques & too time-poor to capture our own family’s story, Dave handed me the camera & told me, “do it yourself then” & so I did. I’ve not looked back.

I am COMPELLED to use my camera & will always find something to shoot.  I want to document the everyday activities & interactions between people that make them a family. My true desire is to capture individuals the way their loved ones see them. I want to hang out at your house & watch you all cook or go to the beach with you & the dog & have a swim. I want your kids to show me their special little treasures, most likely they will be the things you want to throw out! If you’ve got a baby belly I’m probably going to want to touch it & make completely random guesses about the gender! I don’t however, want to put your baby in a basket, a flower pot or a tiny suit! If that’s what you’re into then that’s cool, it simply means I’m not the right person to photograph your family.

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The secret is out! | WELCOME THE NEW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF DEAR PHOTOGRAPHER MAGAZINE, janel peyton

The secret is out! | WELCOME THE NEW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF DEAR PHOTOGRAPHER MAGAZINE, janel peyton

 

W E L C O M E   J A N E L !

 

I cannot even begin to share with you all how much I admire Janel. She encompasses creativity and kickassery (made up a word, yup) and so much kind heartedness. Her talents go beyond taking beautiful photographs. On a personal level, she is the type of woman you want in your corner. Encouraging and supportive, yet honest enough to tell you the truth even when it stings a little. I am proud to have hired her to lead the Dear Photographer Magazine team, and together we will make some rad stuff come alive in print. Take a minute to read her words, and check out her phenomenal photography portfolio.

-Adri De La Cruz

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When I was approached to be Editor-in-Chief of Dear Photographer Magazine, I was incredibly excited. This is the opportunity to take an already established community of immensely talented photographers and put it in print. I am humbled to be in charge of organizing, designing and featuring such an extraordinary talent pool of artists. I feel unworthy to delve into all this art and provide a publication that teaches, provides insight and showcases tremendous artworks from some of the best photographers in the world. But I would be lying if I said I wasn’t ready to dive in wholeheartedly.

The goal of this magazine will be to bring the artwork we see online in our Dear Photographer community – all these phenomenal images from around the world and bring them to the print world. This magazine will be more than just
a simple magazine. It will feature some of the most emotive, most creative, most vulnerable, most eye-catching images along with articles that will make your heart swoon. We will be partnering with advertisers to provide the readers with opportunities to learn about new products, services, and workshops in the photography field. And we will be interviewing some of the best photographers and learning what makes their souls sing.

This magazine will be fresh, modern, but most importantly soulful. It will be an art gallery in print. And I am thrilled to be here.                                                

 

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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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12 /31 Epic summer sessions feature by Karlee Hooper Photography

12 /31 Epic summer sessions feature by Karlee Hooper Photography
Is this session personal work or client work?

Personal Work

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

My fondest childhood memories are of Summer. The long days, warm nights, fresh raspberries picked from the yard and endless time outdoors with my family and friends. I hope to use my camera to capture those magical Summer memories for my girls as they grow up.

What about this session makes it an Epic summer session?

This is an epic Summer session because it records time spent alone with my oldest, staying out late and playing in tide pools warmed by the sun until the sun sets and turns the sky pink (her favorite color). Salty hair, sandy everything and fond memories make for epic Summers.

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

I would love to try underwater and drone photography at the beach this Summer. If only both weren’t so expensive. I will probably have to settle for photographing my girls enjoying Canadian Summer when we go home to visit.

What gear was used to achieve these?

Nikon D750 and Sigma 35mm ART

Any summer tips or photographer advice?

Be really careful around sand, especially with zoom lenses. I learnt that lesson the hard way. Clean the sand off carefully with a lens brush when you get home!

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Karlee is a Canadian hobbyist photographer residing in California with her Australian husband, two young daughters and labradoodle. Karlee loves to document her everyday as a stay-at-home mother with her Nikon D750. When not taking photos, Karlee loves cold drinks, an afternoon nap and that the California weather means she can wear flip-flops every day of the year.

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10/31 EPIC SUMMER SESSIONS | Feature by Christine Trimble

10/31 EPIC SUMMER SESSIONS | Feature by Christine Trimble
Is this session personal work or client work?

This is a client session. I just moved to a new area and in an effort to get my name out, gave a session away.

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

Summer is about taking it all in and living in the moment. It’s carefree and fun! This was actually my first session with my 15-30 and I think it was the perfect lens choice. Just about all of the images were taken at 15 mm, allowing so much of the scene to be captured while not losing the families connection.

What about this session makes it an Epic summer session?

It was shot in full sun on the beach!!! I misjudged how early we needed to be there and didn’t start shooting until 45 minutes after sunrise. It was way outside of the box and I love that it worked out.

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

Underwater photography and astrophotography are just two of the many things I hope to dabble in this summer.

What gear was used to achieve these?

These were shot on my Nikon D750 with the Tamron 15-30

Any summer tips or photographer advice?

Just get out there and do it, even if you are unsure. The worst thing that will happen is you don’t get the images you want and you learn what not to do. I was shaking in my boots while shooting these but they came out great. Push your limits and you will grow. Also, don’t wear jeans to a beach shoot.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST :

I’m Christine! Wife and mother first, light chaser second. I appreciate authentic and honest imagery. I aim to create images that make you feel emotion and remind you that there is beauty in the magical and mundane moments of our everyday. I’ve been living behind my lens for just over two years.

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