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Lensbaby Storytellers: Emma Wood


  • 2 min read

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Have you heard about the Lensbaby 2012 Photo Story Challenge?

We're inviting you to let your imagination run wild this summer and tell us a story using still images or video, shot only with your Lensbaby.

Emma Wood is our next featured photographer-a natural light, lifestyle photographer who tells us her fairytale-like story with these gorgeous black and white photographs.

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How long have you been shooting with a Lensbaby and what made you decide to try one out?

It was a gift for my birthday last December. I had been wanting a tilt-shift lens but just couldn't afford one. So I was delighted to be able to create what I had in mind with a Lensbaby.

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Which optic did you use for this shoot and why did you choose to use a Lensbaby over a straight lens in this series?

For this shoot I used a Composer Pro with the Sweet 35 Optic. I wanted to create something dreamy and unique. I often find myself with my Lensbaby on my camera when I'm in a rut with my work or even if I just want something different. It just takes me away from normality and that's what I love about it.

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You captured some beautiful moments here with these kiddos. Do you have any tips for photographing children and creating this magical looking environment like you did in this series?

I think it's important when using a Lensbaby to not over think a shoot. I try to let my kids just do what comes naturally because it's all about capturing the moment and having it be authentic. I don't bend the lens too much when kids are the subjects because it is easier to find focus and I probably shoot a few more frames that I normally would. I want to remember them as they were and I find that using a Lensbaby often gives a dream like, nostalgic quality that we often associate with children.

What would you say are the top 2-3 key elements to have in a series to make a good photo story?

I think it's always good to find different perspectives and angles, that way I can explore the same location and keep things interesting. I like to make sure I'm capturing the details as well as the bigger picture. It's also important that the viewer finds a connection with the subject in some way or another.

See more of Emma Wood's work at her website: Emma Wood Photography

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