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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.



BE INSPIRED | Session featuring Wild Prairie Photography


Is this a personal or client photography session?

This particular session was client work.

What about this session was most memorable?

This session was the first session in my new home Colorado Springs. Joanna found me on a Facebook message board and was requesting a photographer with a passion for candid’s and natural shooting. I contacted her and we were a perfect match. I loved that she wanted me to just hang out with her family as this type of session is kind of my dream session!

Where there any significant hurdles?

Ahh…low light inside. My camera isn’t the fanciest (high ISO is a challenge for my camera) but…I totally embraced the grain here. It turned out amazing. Sometimes it’s not the technicalities of a photo that make them great. It is the subject, the emotion, the feeling you get when you see the finished product. Even though my camera wasn’t the greatest at low light, I still made it work and I call that a success.

Your best photographer/session advice?

Have. Fun. Period. When I approach a session, I think about how I would feel as a client. What would I want? How would I feel if I was on the other side of lens? Then I incorporate those wants/feelings into my session. Of course, I take the clients wishes into account as well; but we have to realize that first and foremost, our duty as photographers is to provide our clients with an experience that they will remember as amazing. For, at the end of the session, our client to say “wow”. That is the end goal. Just be yourself during your session. Really let your inner you shine through. If you are relaxed, your clients will also be relaxed!

What gear was used to achieve these?

I shoot with a Nikon D5300, totally not a pro camera (my dream camera is a Nikon D750, the goal is have that by the end of this year!) but I make it work for me! I always use a 50mm 1.8 lens. I am totally a prime lens girl through and through!



About the Photographer: 

Hey guys! 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. Golden sunsets silhouetting the mountains are my absolutely favorite. When I am not gazing into the beauty of nature, I love chasing my babes around and forever preserving those little moments we have together.

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