Photographer of the Month Interview : Julie Crawford / Magnolia + Ember



We are pleased to announce Julie Crawford / Magnolia + Ember
www.magnoliaandember.com as our March Photographer of the Month.

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Instagram @magnoliaandember

What inspired you to use Woodland Albums? The look of The Legend album.

What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think of Woodland Albums? The quality and uniqueness.

Share with us your favorite Woodland album and why. What materials/ options do you choose? The Legend. Mostly I use the original design in the dark brown color option. I choose the option of debossing the couple’s names on the outside flap.

What type of clients do you think will enjoy these albums? Those who enjoy the fine art appeal and free-spirited vibe.

How long have you been a photographer?  Eight years in weddings.

How did you discover your passion for photography? I’ve been obsessed with cameras and photographing since I was a little girl. One day I decided to turn that passion into a career, and it took off.  

How do you define your style? Natural and organic. Nothing about a traditional photo shoot speaks to my heart. Rather, I create experiences. I want to capture the authentic feelings between soul-inspired lovers. The approach I take photographing couples has a beautiful way of manifesting the greatest emotions that will radiate through the lens.

  

What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot? Canon gear all the way. A couple of 5d Mark iii’s, 35mm 1.4, 50mm 1.2, 85mm 1.2, 100mm 2.8, 70-200mm 2.8, and a few Speedlite 600ex-rt’s

Your favorite lens? By far the Canon 85mm 1.2

Share with us your favorite image and why. Oh I have a lot of favorites. If I was forced to choose only one, I’d have to say this intimate shot captured in Malibu. The closeness of their embrace, the way he strokes her arm, the dress, his hair, and this list could go on and on.

When you are shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned? Very little is actually planned. I want to create authentic moments naturally rather than planning everything. I like the beautiful way the Universe brings us what we need when we trust the creative flow.

What are some of your rules of thumb in photography? Be yourself in your work. Photograph was puts fire in your soul. Don’t be afraid to be all of you. Your energy attracts your tribe.

Whose work, photography or otherwise, are you inspired by and why? I don’t really have a particular photographer that I can narrow down. I follow a lot of amazing artists on Instagram who inspire me. I guess the best way to answer the question is to say anyone who lives out west and gets to photograph these beautiful landscapes I love every single day. I travel often for destination weddings and adventurous elopements, but I could always use a little more western vibes.

What is it you like the most about being a photographer? That I can capture the essence of shared love between two souls. I love that I get to give my couples something only I can give them. Every photographer would capture the same event differently. And I love that I can uniquely capture the energy I feel between lovers and portray that through creative art.

If you weren’t a photographer what would you be? I already do what I would do if I wasn’t a photographer. I express myself through creations inspired by my travels and spiritual journey on Wander Knot. I make and sell metaphysical based jewelry, crystal candles, and design clothing.

Photographer of the Month Interview : Anne Adolphson / Click by Anne LLC


We are pleased to announce Anne Adolphson / Click by Anne LLC www.clickbyanne.com 
as our February Photographer of the Month.

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Instagram @clickbyanne

What inspired you to use Woodland Albums? I searched for quite sometime for just the right album to offer my clients. I wanted the album to have an organic-type feel which would fit my brand, but I was also looking for quality and luxury. The Legend Album ticked all the boxes for me. The genuine leather cover was BOTH organic and luxurious. Furthermore, the sturdy thick card stock pages elevated the overall quality of the piece.

What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think of Woodland Albums? Quality. But I also think of the word unique. I strive to be able to offer my clients something that one doesn’t see everyday. Something that would stand out from all the other albums and photo book choices. And also something that would stand the test of time so the piece could be cherished for generations.

Share with us your favorite Woodland album and why. What materials/ options do you choose? As I mentioned earlier, I adore the Legend Album for its genuine leather cover and thick sturdy card stock pages. Perfectly fits my brand!

What type of clients do you think will enjoy these albums? Clients who love these albums really appreciate the ability to be able to see all of the images from their gallery printed in one place, designed in a way in which tells a story. Not all clients are wall art lovers. Some clients want to be able to hold their entire gallery in their hands. These clients also love a good keepsake!

Any suggestions for Woodland Albums? Maybe to offer more paper options?

How long have you been a photographer?  6 years

How did you discover your passion for photography? Much like many other photographers today, I discovered my passion for photography through photographing my own children. I treated myself to my first DSLR with a tax refund. I just wanted to be able to document our family’s day to day life. I also had a couple of good friends who were also really interested in photography. We would get together and try different shot ideas and really started finding joy in learning new things. After some time, co-workers and friends started asking me to take photos of their children. It slowly but surly started taking off from there.

How do you define your style? That’s a tough one for me. When I really think about it, I believe my work is ever changing. I feel as though it has ebbed and flowed with me throughout my photography journey. As we all know, the industry is forever changing, and with that, we tend to be inspired to try different looks to see if it speaks to us. But at the end of the day, I just want my clients to cherish the memories I have captured for them for generations to come. So to answer your question (finally. Ha!), I pray my clients define my style as TIMELESS.

What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot? You would find my Canon 5D Mark IV adorned with a fabulous camera strap from Camera Straps Made With Love (The Original Photoblocks). For a studio session you would find my Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 Lens and my Sigma Art 50mm 1.4 Lens. If it was a newborn session, I would also have my Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro Lens. For an outdoor session, I would have my Sigma Art 50mm 1.4 Lens as well as my Canon 85mm 1.2L Lens. I usually also have a couple of hair ties, gum, glass cleaner, a lens buddy (stuffed animal that attaches to the end of your lens) and extra memory cards shoved in my bag as well.

Your favorite lens? For outdoor shoots, my Canon 85mm 1.2L is the clear winner. The bokeh is SO creamy and dreamy. For studio shoots, I love my Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 Lens. It’s fast and sharp and allows great focal lengths in close proximity.

Share with us your favorite image and why. In 6 years of shooting newborns, this is/was my very first twins session. I had a picture in my mind of how I wanted this wrap shot to look, but of course I had no idea if it would actually work. Much to my delight, the boys melted right into it. I love how relaxed they look with each other. Almost as if they were still in the womb. I love the symmetry of the pose and how the shape of the pose is mimicked in the shape of the prop. I also love the monochromatic color tones throughout.

When you are shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned? I have a fairly-set work flow I work through during every session. But of course, it always seems to work out that my most favorite images are from the moments in between. A curious glance from a baby, a naughty little smirk from a toddler, joyous laughter from a child when he is thrown in the air by his dad, the loving look on a mother’s face as she cuddles her children – it’s those captures that are truly priceless.

What are some of your rules of thumb in photography? It’s when the rules are broken where you find the true magic and beauty.

Whose work, photography or otherwise, are you inspired by and why? So so many fantastic artists out there! Too many to name them all. But let me try to name a few:
My Four Hens Photography – Sarah’s family work is so emotive and gorgeous. Her work speaks for itself and often doesn’t need a caption. However, her ability to pair words and images together is unbelievable.
Twig and Olive – I drool over all their work. The emotion captured, the color tones in their editing, use of light. All of it – YUMMY.
Erin Tole Photography – I love her newborn style. She is crazy good at posing, wrapping, creating/capturing gorgeous light…you name it, she nails it.
Nicole Smith Photography – Her ability to pose newborns and capture light is amazing.
Kinderbella Photography – Not only is her posing beautiful, but this woman’s ability to see color is unparalleled. Her client’s skin tones are always on point…always. Her Lightroom presets are my go-to!

What is it you like the most about being a photographer? I love being able to create beautiful things for other people most of all! I also love being my own boss and having flexible hours for my family. With that being said, all of the things I just mentioned can be the things that are also most difficult about being a photographer. Taking pictures and making portraits are two totally different things. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I am always my worse critic. If I love a gallery I have created, I feel ecstatic! If I create a gallery which I think isn’t my best work, I am terribly hard on myself. It’s an emotional roller coaster that can be mentally exhausting. Being one’s own boss sounds empowering. And it can be! However, I have never worked for anyone who demands late-night hours, weekend hours, holiday hours….and everything in-between! I have come to find out that working for me isn’t easy!

If you weren’t a photographer what would you be? I have a master’s degree in education, and was a teacher for 10 years before going full-time with photography. So I could possibly see myself returning to the education world. However . . . that would be too practical. And for everyone who knows me well, I don’t like practicality. So really, it would be anyone’s guess!

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


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We are pleased to announce Lauren LaBeau Steadley / artLaBeau studios – www.artlabeau.com 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!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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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!
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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.

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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!

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