“Nostalgia is like a memory. We don’t need to see all the details to remember the important part. I use my Lensbaby to blur away the edges and focus on the simple details that I want to stand out.” – Mandy Lynne
Can you take us through your own personal journey to becoming a professional photographer?
My journey with photography began with a desire to capture my own children. It is still my primary focus. I also create still-life images on a regular basis for my art publisher. I am very grateful for the opportunities that have come my way.
What camera gear do you use?
My gear is Nikon and mostly prime lenses. The lenses that I use most are my 85mm 1.4, a 24 mm 1.8 wide angle and my Lensbaby Composer Pro.
How do you find such lovely props and clothing for your photo shoots? Do you usually have a vision of what you want to create and then look for props or do the props and clothes inspire your shoots?
I love to tell a story with my images.
My ideas are usually inspired by a concept that I am interested in exploring. I enjoy the process and carefully consider all the details beforehand, such as the clothing, props, location & posing. Once I start shooting, I let go and just let the magic happen. Even though the details are planned beforehand, it’s exciting to see how each session evolves.
So often, what I had in mind reveals itself in a whole new way. The clothing & location usually come secondary to my vision. Sometimes I will design clothing myself to fit the style I am trying to capture. Other times I shop at local vintage stores or online. The location can be more challenging. Each time I am out I search for new possibilities.
What inspired you to do the Breakfast at Tiffany’s shoot? We love that you included Lensbaby shots too – why did you decide to use a Lensbaby lens for that project?
I have particularly been inspired by Audrey Hepburn, her words, heart, beauty & talent. She was a timeless icon for that classic style period of the 50′s & 60′s. When I styled a session “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, my goal was to capture the glamour & her morning walk to Tiffany’s. I used my Lensbaby to replicate the movie scenes. Lensbaby is perfect for conveying that dreamy sense of nostalgia in an image. Nostalgia is like a memory. We don’t need to see all the details to remember the important part. I use my Lensbaby to blur away the edges and focus on the simple details that I want to stand out.
Do you have any tips for other photographers?
My advice to a new photographer is to slow down and enjoy your own unique journey. Experience is confidence. Something I read a few years ago has become a guiding philosophy for me. Listen to your own heart above all other voices. I think it’s important to keep other’s expectations from confusing your own dreams. Work hard, believe in yourself and good things will naturally happen.
See more of Mandy’s work and read her blog at Mandylynne.com
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