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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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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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.

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

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We are pleased to announce Afton Lewis – www.aftonlewis.com 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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