In The Shadows of Life Featured Photographer | January 2016

In The Shadows of Life Featured Photographer | January 2016

Solas Images

“For me, mood is any image that evokes emotion and makes the viewer “feel” something when he or she is taking a look at that particular picture.”

Our collaboration came together in a love of embracing mood, low light, deep shadows, and perfect imperfections.  We are so excited to start off a new year with this amazing photographer who embraces all of those ideas. She captures life and childhood in a beautiful and memorable way.

When you see one of Solas Images photos you know right away. You are drawn in with a richness and depth  that you can feel down to your bones.

Enjoy getting to know Lisa of Solas Images and her beautiful work!

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?

Dark and moody images are truly what inspire me as both a person and photographer. Creating these photographs that are (hopefully) memorable to those who see them. My desire is that if they move me, they will move others as well. To make that connection so that a person will still be thinking about a picture, long after that individual has seen it. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why they linger in people’s minds… because they do break the rules of lots of colors, kids looking at the camera and smiling/posing, etc. They are not what one typically finds in every day photos, but I love that.

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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?

For me, mood is any image that evokes emotion and makes the viewer “feel” something when he or she is taking a look at that particular picture. I find that mood is most profound when a photographer embraces the given shadows.

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

This style speaks to me on the greatest level possible as far as photography. I find myself appreciating the depth and drama to the fullest extent. There is an honesty about it that I revel in. The irony, is that I’m not a very solemn person. If anything, quite the contrary. I’m about as Type A as they come, but I don’t take myself too seriously, as I figure life is short. I joke A LOT and our house is full of laughter and silliness on a daily basis. It’s interesting, because I don’t necessarily feel like my style represents my personality, but for some reason it works. If you had asked me when I was starting out if this would be my trait one day, I wouldn’t have said yes! Mainly, because it feels “so unlike Lisa”, but it’s such a natural process on my end now. It’s fulfills me and therefore I run with it. Opposites attract, I suppose!

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

The shadows. My light source is secondary. I have no idea why, but my brain naturally processes dark quicker than light, both while shooting and in post processing. I’m 100% drawn to the low lights situations over the evenly/well lit settings.

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

The innocence, the wonder, the frankness. Children have these untainted souls and such an amazing way of viewing themselves and the world around them. Unfortunately, I think we lose many of these honorable qualities as we grow into adulthood. Experiences, both positive and negative, seem to often drain the characteristics that kids hold. It often feels that as adults, we tend to discount the fact that the emotions a child has are just as valid as someone who has additional years of life. This simply is not the case. Every feeling that a little one holds is just as real as that of an adult, and in some cases, may be even more relevant as there isn’t such a strong feeling of needing to hide one’s sentiment. There’s an openness and vulnerability that is beautiful, and to be able to capture that affirmation with my camera is a blessing.

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

Take the time to stop and seek out shadows, even if you don’t think they’ll initially work. The more you shoot in dark environments, the more comfortable and confident you’ll become. Try various angles, as those can make a world of difference. Don’t let the lack of light scare you.

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What keeps you going when you feel uninspired? Creative blocks are the worst, aren’t they?

Honestly, I just live through them and understand that they’re temporary. The first one I encountered was the hardest and felt like it lasted FOREVER. Once I got over that hump though, I had a better idea of what to expect and was more prepared for the next one (yes, I’ve had multiple!). I don’t have a great solution other than the guidance to give yourself time and patience. As artists, it’s impossible for us to be “on” every single day. We’re humans, not machines. There will be times where we just need to temporarily step away, and that’s fine. Pushing too hard can lead to frustration, which can then lead to a decrease in passion. None of us want that.

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

Early morning and late afternoon as they tend to give off the most shadows and contrast.

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What’s in your camera bag?

Nikon D750 + 35 1.4 lens. I also have a 70 – 200, which I rarely shoot with.

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JPEG or RAW? Photoshop or Lightroom?

JPEG and Lightroom.

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