Photographer of the Month Interview : Lauren LaBeau Steadley / artLaBeau studios


We are pleased to announce Lauren LaBeau Steadley / artLaBeau studios – as our March Photographer of the Month. See more of her amazing work on her facebook and instagram @artlabeau.

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What inspired you to use Woodland Albums? I absolutely adore the natural, organic design of Woodland Albums. I am primarily a natural light photographer and the spirit of the products lends itself well to my style. As a painter, the fact that Woodland offers albums with fine art watercolor paper is a unique bonus and adds an artistic flair!


What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think of Woodland Albums? The gorgeous leather covers!


Share with us your favorite Woodland album and why. What materials/ options do you choose? The Legend Album is my favorite. I lean toward the dark drown leather cover with fine art watercolor paper. I love the fact you can wrap the cover like a treasured journal with the leather strap. The photos within the album are a secret treasure and as you unwrap the leather cover you are unwrapping beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. It’s truly an experience.
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What type of clients do you think will enjoy these albums? The clients who are searching for something unique with an boho flair. These are the people who yearn for the good company of others, the great outdoors, and are lovers of life’s simple moments.


Any suggestions for Woodland Albums? I would love to see Legend Albums offered with Fuji deep matte paper. I would pay extra for the incredible high quality.

How long have you been a photographer?  I’ve always loved capturing moments through photography, but I have been a professional photographer for nearly 2 years.


How did you discover your passion for photography? I adopted my heart dog, Sophie, six years ago. I’m a dog mom through and through, so eventually Sophie took over my Instagram page. At first, I simply posted iPhone camera photos of her, but the quality just wasn’t up to par. I purchased my first DSLR just to photograph my dog!


How do you define your style? My style is natural, joyful, and true… with hopefully a little bit of whimsical added in!


What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot? For a photo session, I’ve got my Nikon D750 strapped around my neck and primarily use my favorite two lenses: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 and Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4. I often bring a calibration target for white balance and depending upon the client, I like to bring fresh flowers for added color and joy.

forbeyon-003b Your favorite lens? I love the lens compression and shallow depth of field I can achieve through my Sigma 85mm f/1.4.


Share with us your favorite image and why. On a working trip to California, I went on a hike with a client and her two dogs. We talked about everything from dog rescue to our travels in Europe. I was able to pick out picturesque spots for her photos as we hiked and proceeded to snap away. This gal absolutely adores her dogs so it was easy to capture the love. After the incredible time we had, we returned to her house. The light was gorgeous, so I had her join her pups on the couch for one last shot. They snuggled right up to her and one leaned over for a doggie kiss. It was such a simple and precious moment that I was able to experience behind the lens. That’s what photography allows us to do: to peek inside the hearts of others and freeze those moments in time with their most cherished partners in life, human and animal alike. The working trip to California allowed me to meet and photograph absolutely amazing people and I will forever be grateful to every client for inviting me into their lives.


When you are shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned? I am hyper organized and love to go into a session with a plan. Now, do I always stick to that plan? The reality of photography is a big NOPE! A session shouldn’t be incredibly meticulous and strict, it really should be fun. I find comfort in creating a plan, but understand there is a unique person in front of the lens and I need to bring out that personality!

What are some of your rules of thumb in photography? You are truly only limited by your imagination. You don’t need the perfect location, the perfect weather, or the perfect model to create magic.

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Whose work, photography or otherwise, are you inspired by and why? Meg Bitton has been a huge inspiration of mine from the start of my photography journey. She turns photos into art with her vision and incredible skills. Twig & Olive Photography always inspires me with their candids and truly joyful captures. My Four Hens captures love in every single image which is what life is all about.

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What is it you like the most about being a photographer? Through photography you are not limited by reality. I recently took my dog out for a game of fetch. I saw one tree with just a few branches that were blooming. I grabbed some tulle and my camera and created a whimsical portrait from a very ordinary setting. Photography is about capturing the very best this life has to offer even if it seems like slim pickings at times.


If you weren’t a photographer what would you be? If I wasn’t a photographer, I’d go back to teaching. I was an elementary school teacher for six years and truly miss the kiddos. I taught math, so I think I’d look into teaching something art related this time around!


Photographer of the Month Interview : Afton Lewis / Afton Lewis Photography


We are pleased to announce Afton Lewis – as February Photographer of the Month. See more of her amazing work on her blog!

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What inspired you to use Woodland Albums? I was perusing Facebook one day and an ad popped up for Woodland Albums, and I instantly fell in love. It reminded me of a love note, maybe one that Robin Hood would give Maid Marian, and that romantic feel, is something I just adore.


What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think of Woodland Albums? Romance. Something about the way that the album ties up, like a secret note from you to your One and Only, it evokes a sense of happily ever after I think we all are hoping for.


Share with us your favorite Woodland album and why. What materials/ options do you choose? I love the Legend album, in the dark leather.


What type of clients do you think will enjoy these albums? I think anyone with a sense of romance, or a sense of that their happily ever after is waiting for them. I also think anyone wanting to document their happily ever after would love this album too.


How long have you been a photographer? I have been taking photographs my whole life, but I have been in business for 2 years.


How did you discover your passion for photography? I discovered my passion for photography in college. I was on a six week field camp for Structural Geology, when I discovered I was paying more attention to taking photographs of the locations and of the people than I was listening to lectures. Through no fault of the professor (she was brilliant) I just got swept up in the adventure of it all.


How do you define your style? Gosh, that is a hard one. I would define my style as adventure romance. I want to tell your story through describing the day. I want to show you the love that everyone sees on your face, and that you feel on the inside. I know you are busy with your life, I know that your wedding day flies by, but I want you to look back at these photographs and see what a gorgeous day it really was. I want you to see all the details that you might not have been able to take in.


What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot? In my camera bag, you would find my camera, a few lenses, batteries, but let’s get real for a second. Some of my adventure sessions are all day- so I make sure I am packing some goodies for my clients and my self, a water bottle, CHOCOLATE, my phone with music {for those dance breaks}, and maybe a few puns to get you laughing.


Your favorite lens? Oh, my gosh, I can’t pick just one. Each has their purpose and each are so important to the different styles you see on my page.


Share with us your favorite image and why. My favorite image is of my clients at Diablo Lake up Highway 20. The valley just draws your eye to them, and they look so in love. They look comfortable with each other, and they look happy.


When you are shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned? I plan the location, and some of the poses, but my style is really finding what you are comfortable with, and bringing out your personality. I take the time to find out what your vision is for your photos, and we work together to make it happen.


What are some of your rules of thumb in photography? Adventure is out there, go capture it!


Whose work, photography or otherwise, are you inspired by and why? I am inspired by so many photographers, for many different reasons. Intimate images by Kim helped me to learn how to relate to my clients, and make them feel comfortable in front of the camera (which can be intimidating). I am constantly inspired by all the adventure photographers I follow. LISMIC is someone I follow closely and his Landscapes are so breathtaking. John Cho is also another photographer, who not only takes phenomenal photographs, but he takes the time to help his fellow photographers. Community over Competition is what I whole-heartedly believe in and there are several photographers who strive to be that example in their lives, Joe & Patience, Tiffany Burke and Ike & Tash, not only  are all astounding photographers, they are inspiring people.


What is it you like the most about being a photographer? Making people cry. Now hear me out on this one, did you ever give your momma a present when you were little and she thought it was so sweet she cried? I want people to be so happy their emotions run out their eyes, I want them to smile so big they can’t formulate words, and I want them to be so pleased, they want to share them with everyone.


If you weren’t a photographer what would you be? Hands down if I weren’t a photographer I would still be an exploration geologist.


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