In The Shadows Of Life Collaborative | Collection FIVE

“If you don’t have any shadows you’re not in the light.”

-Lady Gaga

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Cate Wnek Photography

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Lens & Beauty

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Kate Vellacott pictures

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My Light My Love My Own

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Nicola Stewart Photography

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Rahel Krabichler- photography and imagination

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Ana Rosenberg Photography

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Samantha Lawson Photography

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Niki Boon Photography

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Photographs by Jennifer

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In the Shadows of Life Weekly Features (11/24-11/30)

Shadow owes its birth to light.

-John Gay

Life Aglow

Life Aglow

Ally Wasmund Photography

Ally Wasmund Photography

Erin Hensley Photography

Erin Hensley Photography

Charming Hearts Photography

Charming Hearts Photography

Aldona Gucwa Photography

Aldona Gucwa Photography

Under The Willow Tree Photography My Life

Under The Willow Tree Photography My Life

Charlotte Heart Inspired

Charlotte Heart Inspired

The Willow Tree Photography My Life

Under The Willow Tree Photography My Life

Catchnkiss Photography

Catchnkiss Photography

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Privizzini’s Passion Photography

In The Shadows of Life | Weekly Features (11/17-11/23)

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.

-Sir Francis Bacon

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Joni Burtt Photography

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Catchnkiss Photography

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Devon Hall Photographic Arts

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Ashley Tabor Photography

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Melodie Pinkston Photography

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Allyson Wasmund Photography

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Allison Gipson Photography

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Melina Nastazia Photography

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Horse & Feather Photography

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Aldona Gucwa Photography

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Alec Mills Photography

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Amanda Scott Photography

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Open Shutters Photography

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Under The Willow Tree Photography

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Melodyj Photography

In The Shadows of Life Featured Photographer | November

This month we share with you the talented Emma Wood of Emma Wood Photography. Soulful, yes. Inspiring, definitely. Her photographs are packed with a quiet atmosphere that carries a very loud voice.
“The mood comes first, and is very much an echo of the connection between subjects or the subject and the artist”, Emma says. And she’s right. Her work conveys a palpable connection between the subject and the artist. Her love for her subjects and the art is palpable with every single one of her images, and that is why her work speaks so much to us. We leave you now to get lost in her words and imagery. We invite you now to get lost in the journey that is Emma Wood.

 

 Childhood and lifestyle images are often full of color and joy. How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography by portraying such images in a different way?

I’m not and never have been a conventional portrait artist, so pushing the boundaries of photography in any way that I can, is exciting and full-fulling.  Breaking rules means that I’m exploring new concepts and challenging myself to create something different and new. Color and joy can come into this, and certainly have their place but for me, it’s about capturing life in every form that compels me to pick up my camera.  And it’s the moodier black and white images that I lean towards because they enable me to better express who am I as an artist.

 

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For us as a group, the use of deep strong shadows is what sets the mood in our lifestyle images.  How do you define “mood” in your own lifestyle photographs?

I adore shadows, and how they help me to achieve a certain mood in my images. The mood comes first, and is very much an echo of the connection between the subjects or the subject and the artist.   Light and shadow are probably the most important element when bringing out any mood that I wish to convey or extend so it feels very natural and organic that shadows play a large part in my work. 

 

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    Why do you like portraying your lifestyle images in this way?   What draws you to this style of photography?

Most of the images that I take are of my own children, so for me as a Mama, it’s the perfect way to communicate what is going on in my life, through these mood evoking black and white images.  I’m an introvert so vocal communication can be a challenge for me, but I find it so much easier to voice my thoughts through my images.  In a way, it’s given me a voice and a freedom to speak my mind in a world where I once felt stifled.

 

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    When shooting in beautiful light, what attracts you more- the light, or the shadows that go with it?

Both, where there is light, there are shadows, the ying and the yang, one complements the other so perfectly and it’s this combination of both (high key or low light) that allows me to extend the mood that is usually already apparent.  A lot of my work is on the moodier side, so I definitely would say that I embrace and have a special connection with the low light and the shadow that it creates. 

 

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    What do you find inspiring in childhood that drives your need to capture it?

There is such a sweet innocence about childhood, it’s so honest and raw.  The  emotions of children are tangible and transient – it’s mesmerizing to me, and I find myself wanting to capture every single tiny little fragment of it.

 

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    Can you give one tip on how to shoot in “moody” light or low light?

 

I usually do underexpose a little when I know that I want that moody, earthy feel to my images.  It’s something that I’ve always done and I know that I’ll be able to really bring out the deep shadows when it comes to processing the image.

 

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     What keeps you going when you feel uninspired?

When I’m feeling uninspired I try to do something completely different, I might reach for my macro, I might shoot from a different perspective or I might work on one of my photographic projects.  Lensbaby has often helped me through these moments of doubt, there is just something so liberating about using a lens that is always unpredictable, and that always takes your vision to that next level.

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    What is your favorite time of day to photograph? And why?

Sun up or sun down, when the atmosphere has a deep buttery feel to it, and the light spills into the corners of the world.  Even in my darkest days, shooting in light that illuminates subjects as it does at these times of the day, lifts me up.

 

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    What’s in your camera bag?

I have the cutest new camera bag – It’s the new Jetsetter by Shutterbag, and in it is my (now fairly battered and sand encrusted) Nikon D700 with my lens baby sweet 50 attached, my Nikon 85mm 14, Sigma Art series 35mm,  a lens pen, and my lens baby iPhone lens.

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JPEG or RAW? Photoshop or Lightroom?

 
Definitely RAW, I love the control that I have with images shot in RAW.  I use a combination of both Photoshop and Lightroom, (I do all the basics in LR and the little extras in PS),  I’m not sure what I’d do if I had to give up either one 🙂

 

 

In The Shadows of Life | Weekly Features (11/10-11/16)

“Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.”

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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 April Kraus Photography

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885515_10152440454730264_1758018894507204507_o An Infinite Moment Photography

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1425562_10152440453815264_4738448977015790979_nErin Hensley Photography

1462628_10152440454015264_385445505462190202_o My Three Sons Images

1510548_10152440454685264_8092113236120794190_nRadhika P. Photography

1614540_10152440453950264_4579443096358098261_o Privizzini’s Passion Photography

10300168_10152440453680264_7996568532071820220_nHeather Robinson Photography

10468035_10152440454055264_2194963900965744566_oCatchnkiss Photography

10571990_10152440455075264_1370879548109121528_oApril Kraus Photography

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Joni Burtt Photography

In The Shadows of Life | Weekly Features (11/03-11/09)

“Life is Composed of lights and Shadows, and we would be untruthful,

insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows.”

~ Walt Disney

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Melina Nastazia Photography

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Morgan Webb Photography

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Lynzi Berg Photography

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 Sarah Landa Photography

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Tami Dunn

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Catchnkiss Photography

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Sonia Epple Fotografie

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Joni Burtt Photography

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 kelly m photography

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ZENtography

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 Rubylee Photography

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 Crystal Raynard Photography

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Charlotte Heart Inspired

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 Meagan Dwyer Photography

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Cheryl Hickerson Cagle

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Allyson Wasmund Photography

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Privizzini’s Passion Photography

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Sonja Stich fotografías

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Sabrina V. Photography

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Erin Hensley Photography

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Kapuschinsky Photography

In The Shadows of Life Collaborative | Collection FOUR

“There are dark shadows in the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.”

-Charles Dickens

What drives you to capture your life and the life of your children in such a unique and different way? What emotions are you trying to convey? What do you feel as the camera closes in to your eye and your finger presses the shutter?  What do you want the world to know about you, about them, about the most important thing you have ever done and will continue to do as long as we are blessed to do it? What is the message you want the rest of us to see? Complicated questions we continue to search answers for with every click.

Today, we share with you some of our all time favorites.

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Cate Wnek Photography

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Niki Boon Photography

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Kate Vellacott pictures

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Lens & Beauty

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Rahel Krabichler- photography and imagination

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Photographs by Jennifer

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Ana Rosenberg Photography 

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Nicola Stewart Photography

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My Light  My Love My Own

In the Shadows of Life Weekly Favorites (10/27 – 11/2)

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.

Charles Dickens
In the Shadows of Life weekly favorites 10/27 – 11/2
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