The traveling Lensbaby Project | Susan Brooksby

The traveling Lensbaby Project  | Susan Brooksby

The TRAVELING LENSBABY PROJECT continues, this time it traveled to the lovely city of Arvada, Colorado to the amazing Susan Brooksby. 

13 (1)What is one thing about your photos that says the most about you as a person. Dig deep!

My children. If you look through my photos that is what it’s all about. The joy of childhood, the way children explore and see the world is so amazing to me. It has really help me slow down and appreciate everything a little bit more. I also find it to be a need to capture my boys now as they are so I can preserve that moment and time for them and for myself. This is a deep personal rooted issue of not having many photos of myself as a child so I find it important to do this for them and their future children to see.

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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’s been a long journey to finding my photographic style and I am still trying to improve on it everyday. I’ve owned a dslr for years but couldn’t ever figure out how to use it. I just didn’t take the time to learn it because all that technical stuff bores me. I just wanted to take good pictures and it was becoming increasingly frustrating. At that same time I discovered Instagram and couldn’t believe all the amazing photos I see on there was shot with a phone. I will say that was the start of my journey to finding my photographic style. That year I shot exclusively with my iPhone and learned how to capture my little ones in different lighting conditions. The phone was convenient and easy and I didn’t have to worry about getting the settings right or missing the moment. Also connecting and sharing with other photographers kept me going and learning. I eventually figured out how to use my dslr.

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What Lensbaby lenses have you shot with before? How have they transformed your work?

This is my first time ever using a Lensbaby lens and I think I am hooked! I love the flare that this Lensbaby creates and twisty DOF really gives it an interesting creative look to my photographs.

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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?

Experimenting is the best way to grow as an artist. Sometimes doing the same thing over and over can get pretty boring. Often time when I am in a rut, seeking new things and new ways to shoot gets me out of that rut and back to shooting again. And plus how are you ever going to learn anything new unless you give it a try it, right?

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ABOUT THE ARTIST: 
Hi there! My name is Susan Brooksby. A mom to three boys and married to my husband of nine years. Together we reside in Colorado in a city about 20 minutes west of Denver. I love the Mountain View and beautiful sunsets. I enjoy quietness when I can get it and indulge in social media a bit too much.

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Be Inspired session | Ashley Gardner photography

Be Inspired session | Ashley Gardner photography
Tell us abit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.
My approach is very relaxed and laid back. I don’t like stiff posing in front of the camera. Natural and unscripted is what I do best!
I’ve only just started up professionally within the last 6 months, but I’ve been photographing as a hobby for the last few years.
FACTS:
I make lists for everything! It helps me stay organized
I’m a huge iced coffee addict. Even in the winter!
I’m a military wife and my husband and I have been together for 7 years
What about this session was most memorable?

This session was so much fun. The family was completely down for anything, didn’t mind trecking through the tall grass to get their gorgeous photos. We even stayed as it was starting to get dark because they were so much fun to photograph!

Were there any hurdles?
Surprisingly this session had no hurdles aside from some mosquitoes flying around! This sweet family was a dream to work with.
Your best photographer/session advice?

My best advice would be to just relax and enjoy the people or family you’re photographing. Get to know them in that short window you have while you’re behind the lens. But just have fun!

What gear was used to achieve these

I used my Canon 60D and my 50mm lens

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

I’m a mom of two (soon to be three!) littles and wife to the sweetest and most supportive husband I could ask for! I first got into photography as a hobby after my first was born because I wanted to document our new life as a family of three. I fell in love with photographing our life and my love for photography has grown over the years and I eventually got up the courage to start doing it professionally. My photography style focuses on connections, light, laughter and love. I feel so blessed and grateful to be able to do something I absolutely love.

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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.

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REDEFINE | the truth in you lifestyle project feature by Emilie Iggiotti

REDEFINE | the truth in you lifestyle project feature by Emilie Iggiotti

 

“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. “

• Why are you passionate about these type of lifestyle sessions?

I love the idea of spending two hours with one person, and getting to know them on a personal level. I love the intimacy of a photo shoot, the confidentiality of it, the talks, the secrets, the confidences…

• What do you think makes these sessions so unique to your brand/ business?

I always wanted to photograph women, I just did not know about it, and it took me 5 years to finally admit it. I know there are a lot of boudoir, portraits and maternity photographers, but I did not want to be limited to one type of photography. I photograph women the way they want to be photographed.

 How do these sessions compare to other boudoir work ?

I would say it’s a mix of boudoir, portrait and editorial. But most of the time, my clients define the session they want to have. But we usually end up shooting a lot of different images, from the very simple portrait to the very artistic and moody shot.

• What are the tips you would suggest in shooting women in this manner? What is your approach ?

I talk to my clients a lot before the session. I often send mood boards so we know where we are going. I engage a lot with them on the day of the session, it’s like a conversation we have together. I give to my models as much as they give. I am not a person hidden behind my camera, but we are two human beings having a conversation while taking pictures. We laugh, we tell stories, we share a lot.

• What were the challenges for you in the beginning?

My biggest challenge was to explain my vision and my goal. In our society, as women, we are always reminded that we must fit in a box: girlfriend, fiance, bride, mom to be, wife… Women have their picture taken because they need to fit in a box. But what if you want to book a session just because you want to feel pretty or because you want to celebrate your life? Not because you are getting engaged, not because you have a new job, not because you are about to become a mom, but just because you want to do it for you. I am not saying that all these photo shoots are bad, it’s amazing and it’s part of your legacy too. No what I am saying is that we need to dissociate photo shoots from specific roles that we play in life. How about doing a session and just being ourselves, and discovering the truth in you? Whatever that truth is.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST :

Emilie Iggiotti is a lifestyle photographer based in Edmonton, Alberta. Born and raised in France, she started her photography business in 2009, after losing her job as a jurist. In 2011, she moved from France to Canada. She is specializing in women portraiture and has created a unique lifestyle session called “The Truth in You”.

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