Excited about our Have You Met series where I showcase YOU, the photographers of our community. We had over 400 photographers apply for the series in less than a week. I can’t wait to showcase the talented photographers. There is a mix of hobbyist and business owners as well as full-frame and crop sensor users. This may be my new favorite part of the site.
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No.01Tell us a little about yourself and your photography journey.
My name is Lana, I am 34 years old, living in Long Island, New York. I am a wife & mama to one beautiful & crazy little 3 year old boy, Jackson. I’ve been interested in photography for as long as I can remember, but I didn’t start my business until after my son was born. One of my friends just sorta forced me to make a Facebook page & everything just took off from there. Word of mouth is a very powerful thing!
24-70mm | f/3.2 | ISO 200 | 1/40
No.02What is the best advice you received so far on your photography journey?
The only person you should be comparing yourself to is yourself. This is so true in photography & in life. I really try not to compare my work with anyone else’s. I think that just puts a block up on anything I’m trying to overcome. Don’t get me wrong, I love looking at other photographers’ photos, but I glance & move on. I know there are so many people better than me & it can get discouraging, so I try to take this advice. It only matters how far I’ve come from where I started.
24-70mm | f.2.8 | ISO 320 | 1/100
No.03What is your favorite thing to photograph?
My favorite thing to photograph of course is my son. I want to capture every second of him while he’s still little. I want to remember everything he does, the way our messy house looks, the craziness that is our lives.
35mm | f/2.4 | ISO 50 | 1/1250
No.04Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration everywhere. TV, magazines, music, the internet, LIFE. I think everyone inspires me in different ways.
35mm | f/2.8 | ISO 160 | 1/750
No.05What type of background do you have? Self taught? Formal training? Mentor?
I took a film photography class in college (when I went back to college at age 30). I learned about processing in the dark room and all that, but if you ask me to do that now I’d have to break out my notebook. I took some online classes but about 95% of what I learned is self taught. I’m constantly on the computer reading forums, watching youtube videos, googling any question I can think of. One of my favorite websites (besides Click it Up a Notch of course) is Creative Live. Free classes with tons of information. It’s amazing what we have at our fingertips.
24-70mm | f/2.8 | ISO 250 | 1/200
No.06Are you currently doing any photography projects? If so, what?
This is the first time I’m doing a 365 project. You can see it if you follow me on Instagram. But I’ll admit, I’m doing it with my iPhone. It’s really just a project for myself, to capture at least one photo (mostly of my son) everyday for a year. Does it really matter if it’s from a cellphone? I have to say 90% of my photos of my son are taken with my phone. I mean, who has time to break out the camera? By then the moment is past.
No.07If you could only use one lens for a year, which would you choose?
If I could only use one lens it would be a 50mm.
24-70mm | f/3.5 | ISO 500 | 1/125
No.08Share links to 3 of your favorite photography tutorials and tell us why.
No.09What is your favorite image right now?
It’s so hard to pick a favorite image. But I’d say my number one is the black & white (see attached) of my son by the window. But it was taken with my phone. Does that matter? :)
No.10What type of camera and lenses do you shoot with?
No.11Let’s light someone else’s candle, who is a photographer you think we should check out?
No.12What is your biggest challenge when it comes to photography?
I think my biggest challenge with my business is constantly coming up with new ideas. I have a lot of returning clients for birthdays & holidays. How many different ways can you say Merry Christmas? No one wants the same photos over & over again. But no one ever tells you as a photographer you have to constantly keep coming up with new & creative ideas! Its draining sometimes (& expensive)
35mm | f/1.8 | ISO 125 | 1/640
No.13How do you display your photos?
No.14What's the strangest thing you carry in your camera bag, and why is it in there?
Strangest thing I carry is lollipops. You never know when you have to bribe someone.
No.15What is next on your list of things to learn this year in photography?
I’m looking into offering prints to my clients. Right now I only offer digital but I’d like to offer gifts & prints.
35mm | f/2.4 | ISO 100 | 1/60
No.16Show us what your workspace looks like.
It’s a mess & so is my son… So am I for that matter, that’s why I like to stay behind the camera.
No.17If people want to follow more of your work where should they go?