Saturday, November 29, 2014

Feature Saturday with Amy Booker Photography!

Amy Booker of Amy Booker Photography was the winner of our 'imagination' challenge and has graciously shared some more of her amazing work with us <3




1. Please tell us about yourself...
My names Amy Booker, I am located within Oregon. I have a 3 year old daughter and I love creating meaningful art together.




2. Can you describe your style in 3 words? Why those words?
Colorful, Unique, and Fine Art.
I use a lot of different vibrant colors in my work, and I feel like I have a unique style. I create a lot of Fine Art/Digitally Manipulated pieces.



3. What sparked your passion for photography?
I started 6 years ago when I was a freshman in high school. It was just fun to take pictures but I was more into the editing side of photography. Right now my passion is sparked by a lot of movies, music, and emotions.




4. What's in your camera bag right now?
Canon 6d, 85mm 1.8, 50mm 1.4






5. What is your dream shoot or project?
I have had an idea in my head for awhile but I want it to be a surprise. I think my next project is to do something inspired by the movie Maleficent with levitation photography and big wings.




6. What are some of the misconceptions you had about photography and photographers at the beginning of your photography journey? Have they changed, and how?
I would always doubt myself but I kept on pushing myself to keep at it and not give up on projects which helped me learn a lot of new skills. Now if I have a project I will make sure to view the vision in my head and brainstorm how I will make the piece happen.



7. What advice would you give to newbie photographers? What advice do you wish you'd been given at the very beginning?
Don't ever doubt yourself. Value your work!



Find more of Amy's work here:

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Meet This Week's Judge: Lori Dozier!


This week, we have Lori of Lori Dozier Photography judging the "simplicity" theme. Enjoy some of her beautiful photos and learn a little about what indpires her! 




1. Tell us about yourself...
I think the first thing I tell *everyone* about myself is that I’m Texan. I was born and raised there and had never even seen accumulating snow until I moved to Minnesota eight years ago on New Years day. I live here in MN with my husband and our two energetic pre-school daughters. I have a masters in speech-language pathology, but I’ve been home with my girls for the last three years. I am emotional and passionate and dramatic and talkative. I make friends quickly, but am close friends to only a few. I am incredibly honest (to a fault), and loyal. I love coffee and red wine and warm days. And of course, I love creating photos! 



2. What ignited your passion for photography, and what fuels it now?

I have been drawn to visual art for as long as I can remember. I guess I’d say that I was influenced by the people around me. My grandpa painted and my dad was always a bit of a shutterbug. I can remember doing styled photo sessions with my younger brother with my polaroid as a pre-teen. Then later, I remember being made fun of for lugging around my dad’s old Pentax film SLR when everyone else had cameras that fit into their purses or pockets. I got my first DSLR about 6 years ago, before I had kids. I took a lot of pet, nature and food photos then :).

Most recently, I’m inspired by my children and love to capture them as they are. I am drawn to simplicity and details, especially when those elements inspire a more complex story. I also infuse a lot of symmetry into my images. My girls are very active, as am I, and I find symmetry to be calming and therapeutic. Finally, I am inspired by connection and emotion. If I can look at one of my images and and it makes me smile or my heart ache, I feel like it’s a successful image.  



3. What's in your camera bag right now, what do use the most? the least?

I’m a Nikon girl. I shoot with the D600. In my bag I have the 28, 50 and 85mm 1.8, the 105 mm 2.8 macro, the 135mm 2.0DF and the lens baby sweet 35. I also have a 50mm 1.8D that I purchased to try freelensing. I use my 85mm if at all possible. It’s fast, sharp, consistent and I love the focal length when I’m outdoors. But, since the cold winter months are upon us here in MN, I’ll be using a lot more of my 28mm indoors and working with the macro. Since I’ve been so busy with client work the last couple months, I haven’t really used the lens baby or my 50 1.8D (for freelensing) as much. I use those more in my personal work.



4. What's your dream project or shoot?

Hmmm, that’s a tough one! I get inspired by new and different surroundings. So, I think I’d love photographing a new (to me) place and the details that tell that location’s story. Even though it’s a little out of my comfort zone, it’d be awesome to do a little travel photography all by myself. So much of my work is people- and family-focused, which I love, but I think I would embrace the challenge of telling the story of a place through photos. Stay tuned, I have the opportunity to make this a reality in 2015!



5. What is the biggest challenge you face as a photographer?

The biggest challenge for me is probably the continuous search for inspiration and constantly trying to be creative. It is exhausting, and some days I feel like everything I create is junk! So, I have a handful of tricks that I use to inspire creativity, like trying out new places, searching for new light sources, attaching a lens I haven’t used recently, or just taking a day off from shooting.



6.  If you had $500 to spend on photography...
How should you spend it? 
How do you wish you could spend it?
How would you really spend it?

If I had $500 to spend on photography, I should spend it on education! I wish I could spend it on new gear, but, I probably really would spend it on education :) 



7. Is there any one thing you wish someone had told you at the very beginning of your photography journey?

Another tough question! I guess I wish someone would have said, “this is a personal journey, create art that you love.” Art is so subjective and there is just no way to please everyone. I think that if you love what you create and create what you love, it will probably make the journey a much more positive one.  





Tuesday, November 25, 2014

{imagination}


This was seriously ridiculously hard to judge. I had 29 images that were strong contenders. 
What a talented group of photographers that follow this page!



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I love this. Even without the added Photoshopped magic, just the image with the magnifying glass alone is very intriguing. It's beautifully lit and reminds us of the imagination that books can bring to life. I also love that it's an older child. Imagination happens at any age.








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My son just finished the Harry Potter series, and I love the creativity of this image. I love the owl and the glow of the magic wand. The boy's suspenders are too much cuteness. I'm so curious about what's on his tummy. My son read the books, but I didn't, so I'm left wondering what happened to this little Harry Potter.











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Melina had several images that I loved, but this was my favorite. I remember the days of my children being absolutely entranced by water. I would put a stool by the sink and just let my son play with the water in the kitchen sink so I could get something done. Love the window light, the pose, the wings, the water... Love it all.








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The innocence of this image makes me happy. The sweet kiss to a toy just reminds me how young kids can imagine that their toys are real and deserving of their love and kisses. I adore the light.











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This is so well done. The grain of the wood perfectly matches the lines of the face. It's cartoony and realistic at the same time. Plus, the sign is hilarious. Really really wonderful.








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The treatment on this image is fantastic. The painterly feeling really lends itself to the interest of this image. Is she taller than a house? Is it a doll house? I'm not really sure, and I love that this image has me wondering what's going on.








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I love the golden hues in the sky that match the golden light of the treasure box. I love the light on his quietly delighted face. This is so well done.








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I LOVE this image. LOVE the reflection of the snail. Love that a little girl is holding the snail. Love the snow. Love her intent expression. Fantastic.








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I adore the interesting light in this image. Her pose is unexpected for a princess and something about it just has me wondering what is going on in her head? I love it. It's very dramatic.








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I love the composition of this image. The expression and lighting on the girl is superb. I've never read this book, but ya know, this image makes me want to.








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I love the colors of this image and pretty much everything about it, from the clothing, the pose, the composition, and even the little leaf on the ground. Something about it is extremely captivating to me.








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And the winner is ........







I love everything about this image. While obviously a composite, it doesn't look like a composite. It flows well with the rest of the image, and the tiger doesn't look pasted in. The entire image is just dreamy and beautiful. It definitely makes me think of the movie Life of Pi which was such a visual delight. If you haven't seen that movie, I highly recommend it.




What an amazing compilation of images.
Thank you for the opportunity. So amazed at the talent. xoxo



Laura Morita Photography

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Maven Flyer Vol. 39


Welcome to 
 The Maven Flyer
Vol. 39
For the week of November 24, 2014


Here we will offer suggestions for places for you to submit your images
for sharing and competition.
If you have or know of a sharing community or theme, please let us know
by emailing the name, link, and specifics to 
snapmaven.info @gmail.com

At this time you will need to visit each page to learn the specifics of the pages 
rules and deadlines for sharing images.

Happy Sharing Everyone!

Snap Maven ~ Simplicity  , Weekly favorite, Experiments
Clicking Moms ~ Thankful
Distorted Beauty~ Imperfect
In Beauty & Chaos~ Grace, Weekly Favorites
Evoking You~ Together
The Dark Room~ Simplicity , Weekly Favorites
Fantastically Flawed~ Whitin (until Tuesday)
Spark~ Together
Giggles&Goldfish~Everyday Favorites
Picture Me Project~Include yourself in the image somehow!
We Were There Too~ Get in the photo with your kids!
Lemonade and Lenses~Weekly Favorite
Mozi Magazine~Weekly Favorite
Seniorologie~ Weekly Favorite(senior)
Photographer's Connection~Weekly Favorite
Photo Artistry~Furry friends (all November), Weekly favorite
Angie Marie Photography~ November Favorite
Light Inspired~ Thankful for..., weekly favorite
M4HP~?
Sweet Little Muse~ Recent Fave
Little Bellows~ Winter, Weekly favorite
Photo Corner~ weekly favorite
In Your Own Light~ closed for Holidays
By The Light~   Morning Light
Life's Experience p52~?
 Fleeting Lights ~ Peaceful
The Monochromatic Lens~Weekly Favorite
My Beautifully Chaotic Lifestyle~ Beautifully Chaotic
Let the Kids Dress Themselves~ Family
SHOTMagazine~ open, one photo per day
Faradiddles~ On Hiatus (No theme)
The Organic PhotograpHERS~ Side dish (foodie week)
A Day in the Life~ At the end of the day
Honestly, Photography  ~ Recent favorite
M.O.O.D. ~ Mysterious (all of November)
Minimalist Mondays ~Minimalist
Euphoric Capture~ Night
CLICK STYLE~ Freelensed/lensbaby/OOF
Yip Yap Girl~ I added that
The Inner Lens~Satisfied
Chasing Sunflares ~ On hiatus
The Masterpiece~What are you thankful for, Weekly favorite
Stand Alone Magazine~ On hold till the end of the month
The Snappy Mama~Window light
Photographer Obsessed~Thankful for (no top ten)
In shadow of life~BW weekly favorites
The Creativity Project- Art (all of November)
Po├ętique~ Hope
Boys Will Be Boys~Monochrome
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That concludes the links for this week!
If there is a link you'd like to see here, please let us know at
snapmaven.info@gmail.com
Please allow 2-3 weeks for addition to The Maven Flyer
Same goes for errors, though we hope to get those fixed right away.
Future issues of The Maven Flyer will be posted on Monday evenings.

You can't get featured if you don't submit!!


Go for it!


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Feature Friday with Photography by JW

Last week's 'showing motion' challenge winner is the talented Jamie of Photography by JW.  She has shared a bit about her life with us, and of course some more eye candy!
1. Please tell us about yourself...
I am 35 years old and a former elementary teacher. I'm married & have two girls, ages 2 and 4. I quit my job as a teacher when I found out I was pregnant with my youngest and began my photography business to earn some money here and there. I live in Heber Springs, Arkansas and enjoy spending time in the beautiful outdoors. Arkansas has the most beautiful scenery, particularly in the fall. I've been an artist most of my life. I paint, sculpt, and enjoy working with a variety of media.


2. Can you describe your style in 3 words? Why those words? emotional, artistic, & evolving. emotional- I am always looking for an emotion. I love to focus on things that will evoke emotion... particularly the eyes. I also love to back away and create emotion through scale. Particularly with children. I love to see this tiny person standing next to something large...like a tree that's been around for hundreds of years. It's a beautiful mix of the old and the new that stirs something inside of our humanity.
artistic- I never have as much time as I would like to further develop my artistic style in photography. As an artist, however, I take great pleasure in taking what is real and we wish were real and melting them into one reality. I love the fact that imagination has no limit and I can bring that freedom to my photos.
evolving- in the grand scheme of things, I am very new at this photography thing. I've been taking photos since I was a young teen but I've only recently learned about the technical side of everything. As with any artist (or human being for that matter) I am always learning and always discovering new things that will make me better. I think my "style" is not locked into any one category. I'm sort of all over the map and frankly, I like it that way. I want to be versatile and never afraid to try new and scary things.


3. What sparked your passion for photography? My father. He had an old canon camera that he used to take pictures when I was a child and he loved to experiment with composition. He was never a professional photographer, but he certainly had a natural "eye" for what would make a great photo. When I was a young girl, I got my first camera for Christmas and couldn't stop taking pictures. When my father passed away, I inherited his camera. Since then, I've done quite a bit of upgrading but my Dad's old 35mm Canon will always be my most prized piece of equipment.



4. What's in your camera bag right now? My (new and improved) Canon, of course. I also have my 85mm fixed lens, my "nifty fifty" 50mm, and 75-300mm zoom lens. I also carry extra cards, extra batteries, business cards, and what photographer doesn't carry bubbles and lollypops in their bag?! ;P



5. What is your dream shoot or project?
I would love to do a big styled fantasy shoot. One where I could have a huge wardrobe to choose from and be able to create fantastic art pieces from the photos. I'm a big fan of Jessica Drossin and her artistic photo creations. Oh what fun!



6. What are some of the misconceptions you had about photography and photographers at the beginning of your photography journey? Have they changed, and how?
My biggest misconception was concerning pricing. I thought photographers made an exorbitant amount of money based on my experiences with professional photos. It seemed so expensive and I couldn't see why. Now I certainly do! I have noticed how quickly things add up, how quickly you can lose profit, and how much time it can take to complete the entire process. 


7. What advice would you give to newbie photographers? What advice do you wish you'd been given at the very beginning?

I really don't feel qualified to give anyone advice. Lol. The biggest thing I've learned is accept constructive criticism with grace. Look at the work of others and pick out what it is you like about it. Experiment. Take risks. And don't do it for the money. Do it for the art.


Find more of Jamie's gorgeous work here:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Meet This Week's Guest Judge: Laura Morita!


This week's judge is Laura of Laura Morita Photography. Her imagination bursts from every photo! Learn what inspires her here!




1. Tell us about yourself...

Gosh, the answer to this question could go in a million different directions. :)

I'm Laura. I'm a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a physical therapist, a photographer and a dreamer. I feel incredibly blessed to have been given the gift of photography and imagination and love creating images both with my camera and through my editing. I mostly photograph little people and enjoy capturing their personalities. I am probably best known for my wide angle and underwater work. I love color and light, laughter and joy, movement and emotion.



2. What ignited your passion for photography, and what fuels it now?

My passion for photography came from a deep desire to create art that made my heart beat faster. For the most part, that passion has been in capturing the lives and personalities of my children and family, but absolutely extends to capturing the lives of others in a colorful, light infused, artistic way. I preserve history: the way she looks when he kisses her, the glint in his eye when he knows he's being naughty, the grumpy face when he's forced to do something he doesn't want to do. Life is fleeting. I want to capture it, and I want it to be beautiful.




3. What's in your camera bag right now, what do use the most? the least?

My Canon 5DMkIII currently has a 24-70L lens (my latest lens acquisition). My most used lens is the 16-35L. I LOVE wide wide angle imagery and find that the 16-35L is the best for capturing skies. I also love the buttery bokeh of the 135L lens. My least used lens is the 50 1.4. 



4. What's your dream project or shoot?

This changes all the time. In the summer, I am dreaming about underwater imagery. Right now, I've been obsessed with creating animal silhouettes and mixing them with real people silhouettes. So, right now, my dream shoot would probably be finding a glorious sunset and photographing my kids' silhouettes in lot of fun positions and shapes and then coming home and creating fine art while collaborating with them.



5. What is the biggest challenge you face as a photographer?

Marketing is probably my biggest challenge. I recently opened an online store (shineworkshop.com) for photographers, with my best seller being the Nothin' But Blue Skies bundle pack which includes sky overlays, brushes, actions, and tutorials for adding a blue sky to a blown sky. I know how to add a blue sky to a blown sky and really make it look believable. I wanted others to be able to do that too. I have had nothing but incredible feedback from those who have purchased and used it. It's just hard to keep getting my name out there to a wider audience.

I am an excellent teacher and presenter (if I do say so myself). I have done several presentations for Canon and was a platform speaker at Click Away this September. I have been running online editing workshops for photographers for a couple of years and absolutely love helping others improve their craft. Marketing, however, is not my strong point. So, while I may have the absolute best workshop out there, if no one knows about it, then it doesn't really do anyone any good. I'm working on getting my name out there more because I really do want to improve the work that is out there. It's why I give away freebies on my site. Everyone benefits from learning new things.


6. If you had $500 to spend on photography...

How should you spend it? I'd probably should spend it on marketing.

How do you wish you could spend it? I'd like to buy a used Canon 15mm fisheye.

How would you really spend it? Probably on marketing. Although I also have been really wanting to get a tablet to make editing easier. Why do you ask? Are you giving me $500? You should TOTALLY do that and then I'll be really able to tell you what I would do with that money. Hehe...



7. Is there any one thing you wish someone had told you at the very beginning of your photography journey?

Don't even consider going into business until you can say with confidence that you can create consistently good images while shooting under a variety of lighting conditions. And be sure you know how to edit your images with consistency too. Photography literally means "writing with light." Learn to see and appreciate that light. Know where to place your subjects in relation to that light and how to adjust your camera settings to capture your image. And to me, almost as important as learning to see light is knowing how to edit your images to create a final product. Your editing can enhance or weaken your final image. 

Don't go into business just because all of your friends are telling you that you're amazing. That's what friends do. Go into business when you are objectively good. Join online forums. Join photography clubs. Get professionals to critique your work. When you consistently have strangers telling you that your work is great, then maybe you can start considering starting a business. Or not. You can be the best photographer in the world and not be in business. Having a business doesn't make your photography any better. Don't use your business to make your photography seem more legitimate. Use your photography to express your soul.




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