COLLABORATION |Keziah Kelsey + Lauren Wright, Photographing a Mom and baby

COLLABORATION |Keziah Kelsey + Lauren Wright, Photographing a Mom and baby
Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.

KK – I’ve been in business officially for a little over 3 years but have been photographing for over 20. I began when I inherited a Zeiss from my grandfather, a world war 2 veteran who documented the medical camps with it. I approach my work with a sense of empathy and love as I enter people’s homes, families, and hearts to make honest portraits of the truth of this season of their life. I try to be very present with them; attentive to their ways, their affections and the moments that count.

LW-I’m a dream catcher, not only in my personal approach to life but in my professional world of creating images as well. I live for catching moments that disappear all too quickly, for somehow capturing a moment that only those involved actually felt, unaware that others saw it. Small tangible details that I first see through my lens, then get to see again when editing is what excites me. This is why I make photographs. I’ve really only begun to find my voice and I think that my daughter helps bring this emotive and nostalgic side out in me. I see me in her. When I see her joys and remember my own growing up, it makes me feel what I am seeing through my camera. I want others to see it as well.

 

Tell us about your feelings regarding community and other photographers?

KK- I love our community; I have many very good photographer friends, they make up the majority of both my friend group and my client group! With any large community, there can be difficulties and conflicts and photography is not immune to that. I’ve experienced troubles in our community as well but overall I believe in a surplus mentality. There’s always enough to go around so we can all afford to share. I love connecting with people who get the ups and downs of being in a small business and also being an artist. It’s a unique set of joys and woes and having friends who really get it can really make life easier on tough days.

LW- What a community I feel as though I have found! I have my niche. I have my small group of photographers I know and can turn to for true advise, free from judgment and free from fear of competition. I think that is hard to come by in such a large pool of talent. I’m somewhat of a guarded person, I hesitate at first to share but the overwhelming support & truth of this community has amazed me (and pulled me out of creative blocks many times :)). For this I am so thankful.

What was the experience collaborating with another artist?

KK- Lauren and I have collaborated together before so we didn’t really find too many difficulties in setting this up. I adore Lauren’s photographic voice; so based in sensation and detail. I found shooting together to heighten my own awareness of the textures and details, while also enjoying the camaraderie that having a friend along lends. Shooting together helps the whole session feel more like a coffee talk with friends, relaxes the subject and gives a sense of intimacy that can be hard won sometimes.

LW- This isn’t the first time I have shot with Keziah, I took her on as a mentor last winter and she arranged a learning session that we shot together. This was SO hard for me, I was completely out of my comfort zone but also eager to learn. One of my most favorite images ever created came from that session!

Were there any hurdles?

KK- We definitely wound up cropping each other’s arms and toes out of a lot of frames! HA! I think the biggest hurdle was definitely just the physical space. We are both close shooters, so there were moments in the session where we’d be shoulder to shoulder working. Our other major hurdle was scheduling; we both book out fairly far in advance and are working moms juggling school runs and households so finding a date on both our calendars with good light was a super challenge!!

LW-  I felt an initial uncertainty how the session would flow, not wanting to step in the way of her thought or vision and visa-versa. Scheduling was a little tricky too:)

Your best photographer/session advice? How would you approach sharing the same subject with another artist?

KK- I think, like any session, approach with a combination of planning and intent ( what do I want to make today?) and the openness to feel inspired by your subject, the light and locational details. I am always very inspired by water and Lauren rolled with it, she was taken with some fluffy dandelion bush things and we shot there for a while as well. I think allowing yourself the flexibility to just be like, ‘oh I love that, lets try and work with it!’ lets you break your own boundaries and create something amazing.
Sharing a subject is kind of a moot idea, we all share basics. It’s fun to work side by side and see another person grind their gears as they think about the same set of information as you but differently/ It’s inspiring to try and expand as you incorporate their want list and your own into a session.

LW- Know what you want to get from your session. I truly believe that sharing a client with another artist will be difficult for some, but for others, if you can find a complimentary voice in this crazy, creative field then you are fortunate. Collaborate as much as you can when you find that.

What gear was used to achieve these?

KK- I shoot with a Canon Mark3, sigma 35 ART 1.4
LW- I use a Nikon D750 with a Sigma Art 20 mm 1.4

Will you collaborate with more artist in the future, if yes Who would be on your list to work with?

KK- I would definitely do it again!! A dream list of collaborators? hmmmmm, that’s a super tough one! I’d love to work with Justyna Butler, Devon Hall, Tatum Pfieffer, Candice Zugich.. I could go on!

LW- I have not yet considered collaborating with other artists , I think i would need to have an existing relationship with that person, as I do with Keziah. I think to have another intensely creative individual work along side you in your coveted space requires deep trust and appreciation for the other and what they create as well. I believe that is rare. I would certainly collaborate again with her!

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS : 

K E Z I A H  K E L S E Y 
Keziah Kelsey is a former art educator, an artist, and fine art photographer, in 2014 she pivoted from high concept styled shoots in the fashion world to intimate, raw, and real portraits of family, motherhood, and childhood as she began her own family journey. Her photography business has grown from a side hustle to full time and has deepened in tune with the seasons in her life. She now offers full service, end to end professional photography as well as mentoring, classes, and workshops for budding photographers.

She has recently been honored with 1st place in the 2017 Shoot & Share competition and is a member of NAPW, the Motherhood Society, PPA and a Click Pro. Her work has been shown at multiple, international galleries and published extensively in the last few years.

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L A U R E N  W R I G H T  

I am a Mother, a Wife, and an Artist. I love each hat I wear equally. They each teach me something new every day, and what I learn I like to bring into my work.
I struggle and dig deep every day for what makes me happy with my art. I actually crave (in a weird way) the struggle of keeping my mind feeling creative and heart filled with joy from my work. I want to constantly create & feel the rush of seeing an image perfectly depict a moment or intimate detail that only those in the image experienced but now is tangible and felt just by viewing it.

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REDEFINE | DAY IN THE LIFE -DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY featuring Thomas Laskowski

REDEFINE | DAY IN THE LIFE -DOCUMENTARY  PHOTOGRAPHY featuring Thomas Laskowski

“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. “

We love the honesty in your photographs, how do you go about to capture it?

I think it all comes from the belief that real is better than pretty.
I have so many portraits of my kids, and I know that in a world of smartphones every parent does as well. And as much I as love beautiful portraits they almost never make me stop and think. Or reminisce about anything. But I do that a lot with honest documentary images. Candid family photographs bring memories and joy and yeah..sometimes a little sadness as well.

I try to make sure that I’m not affecting the scene. It’s easier with my kids because “ahh…Dad is always with a camera” Nobody cares anymore. My kids just go on with their lives. Is a little tricker when it comes to my clients. Kids stop doing what they are doing when they see me taking pictures, or they sometimes start to do a show for me. Eather way this is not what I want. It’s great to have images of two brothers messing around but not if they do that just for me. So I just don’t photograph them when they do that. I go somewhere else. They very quickly realize that I don’t take pictures when they show off or look at the camera. Plus my session is usually at least couple hours long. So after the first one, no one is usually noticing the camera anymore.

I approach every scene like a puzzle. I know there is a picture somewhere there and I just need to find it. Plus I want to make sure that the image is not only about how the scene looks like. I don’t want to photograph my son running at the beach at sunset. I want to photograph how it feels to be a little boy running on the beach at sunset. I try to look beyond the obvious.

What were the challenges for you in the beginning, in your journey?

I think that beginning of any road as actually much simpler than the rest. We are passionate about what are we doing, have a lot of energy and ideas, and because of that things go rater smoothy. I just use to photograph my kids. Everywhere, doing everything, all the time. Things get a little harder down the line. One you photograph every corner of your house and every possible activity things get a little trickier. (To the point that it’s now sometimes easier for me to get an image that I love when I’m with a client. It’s a new environment, new people, new activities. It’s simpler. )

Also, it’s not easy to be a parent and a photographer simultaneously. When trying to focus on spending time with my kids and photograph them and the same time, I sometimes end up doing none of it. Images are not good enough and I’m not good enough father.

Why are you passionate capturing an honest image?

There is more than one reason. It started very organically. I’m a photographer, I have a camera, due to the nature of my work I spend a lot of time working from home and with my kids. What else is there to do if not to take pictures of them. Couple years ago, I was at my folk’s place, and I somehow gravitated towards to that old green box full of pictures. Going through them I had realized that the photographs I have the most connection to, the ones that mean something to me are not the perfect ones when my family and I stand in line in front of a camera but the ones that my dad took with his old Zenit camera when no one was looking. Not the “stand here sweetie, look at me for a moment” vacation pictures, but the ones where I can see my old home, the old garage in the backyard that no longer exists, the way my old room looks like and my family looking a behaving…normal. My pictures are not the same at that moment. I decided to step away from the traditional family portraits for myself and my clients as well and move to a documentary style photography.

Plus we also live quite a distance from the rest of our family, and as much as we try to stay in touch they don’t really know how our lives look like on the day to day basis. It’s really easy to feel the distance when you see Suzie hugging a laptop while talking to her grandma on Skype or Kostek kissing a webcam. So photographs exist partly because of our family. It’s a way to show grandparents something that they cannot experience. The normal life of the grandkids.

But the main reason is: I take pictures because I believe it’s important. I strongly believe that life is made of regular days. Annoying Monday mornings and busy evenings. And I think it’s incredibly easy to ignore those times. To not pay attention to the boring, regular and mundane but focus only on big family events. But how many weddings, Christmas days and family trips do we really have in our lifetime? Life is what’s happening here and now. There is way more Mondays than birthdays. When you take your kids to school, and you missed the bus or when they leave smudged fingerprints and toothpaste on the clean bathroom mirror. Sundays when they wake up earlier than on school day and won’t let you sleep. Or that split second when they love each other just before they start fighting again, This is what I want to remember and more importantly what I want them to remember. I have a box of pictures from my childhood, but besides that, my memories from when I was a child are really foggy. I don’t want that for my kids. I want them to remember those days in 50 years. So I try to take pictures all the time. Of everything. When they brush their teeth and ride a bike. Playing a board game with mum and doing homework. Sleeping, eating, crying, dancing, reading. I have pictures of them sitting on a toilet, licking a shower curtain, covered in chicken pox, at the doctor’s office, and so on. Basically all the time, every day and everywhere. But only a handful gets published.

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What are the tips you would share with anyone trying to capture their children or subject with a more honest candid way (aim for at least 5, but any are welcome)

Try to think why you are taking a picture. I know we sometimes just want to save the moment, but think about “why”? What is the thing that brings your attention? When your daughter is playing in the sand, don’t just point at the whole situation and shoot. Decide what do you like the most. Is it her feet covered in sand? Her hair being tousled by the wind? The look on her face? Have a strong point of focus and then shoot. Know why you are taking a picture.

Remember what it was like to to be a child. How it felt to do what they do now. With the image of my son on the beach, I have mentioned above I want to capture the feeling of being a four-year-old boy at the beach at sunset. – It’s not every day that he does that. It gets a little dark, he has a lot more freedom the usual, The beach is empty and wide, the sun is slowly hiding behind the horizon, and the waves make this calming sound. I believe it was special, little magical and quite unreal for him. So that’s the image I have tried to take. It’s not about how it looks like.

Get to their eye level. We always look at kids from one perspective. Looking down. And when we take a picture that way, we are just looking “at the scene”, plus we usually end up with photos of the top of their heads. Get down on your knees or crouch down to their height. Don’t just point and shoot. Get to their eye level or even lower. Not only your pictures will be more interesting; as this is not our normal way of looking at kids and it gives us a unique perspective, you also will become more approachable, but more importantly, you will be a part of their world. You will see everything from their perspective.

Just do it more. Funny thing about a photography is that the camera can show you things in a way that you can’t see without it. When you try to take the picture that describes the moment exactly how it is you need to really focus on what is exactly going on. Not only how it looks like but how does it feel. To you, but more importantly to them. And that requires attention, and that allows you to see more. You dedicate this moment to solely looking at them. Nothing else. And that is not something that we usually do during busy days. It definitely allowed me to be more present, to be more in the moment with them and understand them, not only when I’m taking the pictures but also when I put the camera down.

Shoot through moments Do not stop taking pictures simply because you just took one or two. When your daughter is drawing a firetruck on the kitchen table being completely focused on what she is doing, and you want to save that moment; do not take just one photo ( or even just 3) Stay with it. Keep shooting. She may stick her tongue out in a minute or scratch her nose or make that face that she always makes when she is thinking. The photo will be infinitely better, and it only takes a minute of waiting. Shoot through the moment. Take the “safe” shoot and keep shooting for the better one.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST :

Thomas. Father of two. Dublin based documentary photographer.

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Be Inspired Session | Feature by Mel Christina

Be Inspired Session | Feature by Mel Christina

 

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 approach most of my subjects trying to use shadow, light, and natural elements in emotive and artistic ways. I’ve always loved art that has a certain dark beauty to it, so I try to incorporate that in my work. I’ve recently made the transition to pursue photography as a full-time hobby/business, so I’m super new to the “ business” side of things. Taking this leap was the BEST decision I have ever made because it’s exposed so much of fear, creativity, vulnerability, motivation, and all those roller coaster human feels that go with “putting yourself out there”. I’m grateful for the experience of trying for something meaningful and special to me. Some personal facts- I’m a lifelong learner and lover of all things plants and flowers. I love cake before bedtime. Yes, don’t judge! I have a passion for birds and get overly giddy when a full moon is approaching. I want to someday develop my own film. As in, I’ll attempt to convert our laundry room into a dark room!

What about this session was most memorable?

This session was super special because the couple was young and has such a genuine love. They had such a relaxed and effortless beauty about them. I really just followed them with my camera and caught so many amazing shots. It’s incredible how genuine love can speak in images. They are also easy on the eyes.

Were there any hurdles?

Ha! I learned to not wear my Birks ever again to a session! I walked in puddles to follow them, nearly broke a hip!

Your best photographer/session advice?

Ask questions to get to know your clients! They are all so unique and interesting. That old cliche, “you can learn something new about someone every day”, is so true! I love getting to know people, asking questions from what is your favorite song to what kind of dream vacation would you take if you could. I love connecting with a stranger, a new person- everyone has something beautiful inside. I know that sounds cheesy, but it is super true! Relax and be your everyday quirky, random, people- interested self.

 What gear was used to achieve these?

For these images, I used a Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 24-70, and Sigma Art 35

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ABOUT THE ARTIST :
Mel Christina is a natural light, photographer, based in Austin,Texas, specializing in children, families, lifestyle and potraits. Mel’s approach to work is to capture unscripted, artistic lifestyle photography.

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Gold for September | Pediatric Cancer awareness through beautiful imagery

Gold for September | Pediatric Cancer awareness through beautiful imagery

Each day, 42 families in the United States will receive the devastating news that their child or teen has cancer.

This month we teamed up with Cynthia Dawson of the Gold Hope project and many other Instagram communities who are sharing from the hashtag #teamup4goldkids Originally we wanted to feature just images from the hashtag but it felt a bit empty without bringing attention and sharing the beautiful souls and faces of those who have fought, and are currently fighting this monster.

Cynthia’s Words ;

“When I hear about a family struggling with an ill child, as a mom I know all too well what they may be thinking, feeling, and experiencing; and as a photographer, I know all too well how important pictures mean to them. As both a mom and a photographer, I know how important my own photos of my children are since suffering the loss of a beautiful child, my first born, Ava. As we try to figure out life without her, one thing always brings me comfort . . . The photographs I have of her. Because of the way photographs bring our family a dose of comfort, we brought together like-minded photographers from around the country to help us provide that gift for other families who sadly have a child with cancer. The Gold Hope Project was inspired by my Ava and is a special place where her memory can live on. Many families with ill children are emotional, physically and financially strapped; it is the heart of The Gold Hope Project to take at least one worry off their shoulders and gift them something magical – the smiles of their children frozen in time. The Gold Hope Project’s goal is to make sure that these already over-burdened families have an everlasting documentation of the joy and whimsy of their children while simultaneously raising awareness of and funds for pediatric oncology research and treatment.” 

Photography has great power. Join The Gold Hope project in this amazing cause.

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Micah; photographed by Joy of Life Photography for The Gold Hope Project

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Mitchell-photographed by Molly O. Photography for The Gold Hope Project

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Camila; photographed by Karyn Olsson -Photography for The Gold Hope Project

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Parker ; photographed by Karyn Olsson Photography for The Gold Hope Project

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Maddy; photographed by Crystal Hardin Photography  for The Gold Hope Project.

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Ariana; photographed by Lindsey Rabon Photography for The Gold Hope Project.

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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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REDEFINE | Freelensing feature by Carrine Powers of Jupiter Hue Photography

REDEFINE | Freelensing feature by Carrine Powers of Jupiter Hue 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 freelensing? Or, when did you first realize you liked it?

The first time I came across the term “freelensing”, I was reading a comment in one of the photography groups I had just recently joined in February of 2016. In situations like this, it would have been nice if would have made note of the artist and the image that inspired me to google how to do it, I would love to give them credit right now. It would also be nice if I could say I read a few things online and went out and created magic right then, buuut that’s not how it happened. In reality, I was scared to even try. As with a lot of things you read on the internet, the scary accounts of possible damage, to my camera and lens, stuck out and didn’t seem worth the risk. However, I kept seeing these dreamy OOF bokeh-holy images, the creation of such beauty being credited to freelensing. Soon thereafter, I was happy to have found and enrolled in an online course that focused on using tilt-shift lens and the freelensing technique to achieve a dreamy, painterly look. I learned a lot was so inspired by the artist, Justyna Butler, and her course that I can honestly say both were a huge influence on how I capture images today.

What were the challenges for you in the beginning, in your journey or figuring out freelensing?

When I first unmounted my lens, which was a brand new Sigma Art 35 1.4, from my brand new Nikon d750, I was a nervous wreck. I didn’t have a second body, or at the time, any other lenses. I had zero extra money to even buy a cheap nifty 50 use just for freelensing. I reeeeally wanted to try freelensing so badly that I was risking what seemed to be EVERYTHING to do it (without our gear we are dead in the water, no?). And boy, was I awkward it at first trying to hold the lens and camera, but I practiced and practiced and soon I got comfortable shooting. That part wasn’t really tough compared to letting go of the rules. It was one thing to admire that dreamy look in another’s work, but in my own, I was frustrated and hard on myself about nailing focus. During these first attempts at freelensing I found standard objects flowers, weeds, leaves to capture. And doing so I learned and became more comfortable holding my lens. Looking back it took longer than I would like to admit to free myself and go for it with moving objects. Once I was able to let go of the constraints of the “perfect focus” I was able to cross the freelesning technique from still-life into my documentary work, capturing my children.

Why are you passionate about this topic?

This technique crossed my path during a rut. Ya know, the lulls and dulls of inspiration. When all the every day, daily images have been taken, all the light of that season explored, and you’re sporting the “been there done that” attitude that kills your drive to create anything. For me, freelensing was a gateway to a creative place where I have been able to breed ideas and techniques together to continue to manipulate my craft, as a way to keep thing fresh and new. Being able to embrace distortion and OOF, slow shutter, in camera double exposure, tilt-shift lens, vintage film lenses, the list goes on – and hopefully, will continue to get longer, I enjoy exploring. When you find that something that really speaks to you, whether it is a project, an online course, another creative mind, a workshop, or a technique (or all the above) it becomes part of your journey and who you are as an artist. Not to say I wasn’t passionate about photography before freelensing, but I can say without a doubt, freelesing bore passion into photography, for me, in such a way that was not there before.

What are the tips you would share with anyone trying to achieve this technique?

If you are just starting out or you have been inspired to come back to the Art of Freelensing a few tips that I feel are pretty fundamental in achieving success are as follows: Unmount your lens from your camera body, set your lens focus to infinity – if your lens does not have an infinity symbol shown – turn the focus ring all the way left. I like to put my camera on live view, for one bc it a larger (= easier) viewing screen and for two the mirror is put into a flipped up position, out of the way so not to hit the end of my lens (especially when I use my Helios; which has a longer contact ring). Position your lens so close to the camera that it IS touching the camera body, most of your image should be in focus when you look at the LV screen, then every so slightly tilt the lens, you will notice the focus changing, added blur and hopefully some light leaks. Because your focus has been set to infinity you will need to move yourself and your camera around to find the slice of focus or light leaks or flares that you desire. The only time I need to adjust my focus ring after it is unmounted is when I want a closer crop of my subject. There is no one way to freelens, these are a few tips that I use that I hope will help you get started. The more you practice the more you will find what is best for you and your art.

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Carrine Powers is a daily life photographer living in Central Florida. She is a momma to 2 daughters, 2 sons, and a step-son. Currently, her work centers around her family, and the occasional client. She enjoys being involved in communities of interest, Photography, school PTA, and other Moms. She and her husband love to travel by road as often as possible, the mountains being a favorite.

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REDEFINE | THE MAGIC OF COLOR FEATURE BY DANA NICOLE PHOTOGRAPHY

REDEFINE | THE MAGIC OF COLOR FEATURE BY DANA NICOLE PHOTOGRAPHY
Share with us a bit of your approach to the work you do. How long you’ve been shooting + future goals.

As long as I can remember, I’ve always been attracted to vibrant colors. I love all things that glitter and sparkle because they add a bit of magic to everyday life. This is how I approach my photography. I feel like color can transform an ordinary moment into an extraordinary one. I’ve been shooting professionally for about seven years now and have always strived to push the boundaries of color in my images.

Tell us about your use of color in images?

I live in Tampa, FL so I shoot at the beach frequently. The sunsets on the west coast of Florida are nothing short of amazing. I love how the sky can so quickly fade from turquoise blue, to purple, pink and orange hues. Pastel colored skies are my favorite! I am so inspired by those colors that I just love to enhance them a bit to make my images look as magical as it felt to be there at that moment.

Is there a specific color pallet you love? Do you seek out specific colors in your environment?

I also love to play with contrasting colors. For example, I purposely put my daughter in this red dress because I new she would be surrounded by the green grass and trees. I really wanted her to pop! When you look at this image, your eyes will go directly to her. This is an easy technique for playing with colors in your work and I would recommend it to anyone just starting out. Look for bold colors around you and play them up by using a contrasting color.

In the future, I hope to teach my techniques for achieving vibrant colors in my work. I used to teach elementary school before I took up photography full time, so it feels like teaching about photography would be a natural next step for me. Until then, I’ll continue being inspired and embracing the beautiful colors found all around me!

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ABOUT THE ARTIST :

Dana DiSalvo lives in Tampa, FL with her husband and three daughters. She is a natural light photographer specializing in family, children, and maternity sessions.

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