Fine and Delicate Details
Artist Interview with Sofia Sitnikiene
Q: When did you start taking photographs and why did you continue?
A: I learned photography while studying graphic design. Following the birth of my first child in 2012, I was inspired to pick up my camera. I kept going because I was in love with it and wanted to become a Click Pro.
Q: Which is your favorite Lensbaby lens and why?
Q: What tips do you have for beginners just learning how to use the Velvet 85 Lens?
A:Initially, leave the lens on your camera for two weeks. Practice with nature and still life first. When you feel comfortable with the lens, try shooting moving subjects.
Q: What professional photographers have influenced your work, and how do you incorporate their techniques into your photographs?
A: I am inspired by the work of Yousuf Karsh and Sebastião Salgado, and I think I've become a better black and white photographer after studying their images through books.
Sofia Sitnikiene with Lensbaby Velvet 85
Q: What is the most difficult part of being a photographer?
A: Feeling stuck at times, unsure of what to create.
Q: Do you have formal training as a photographer or are you self-taught? What was that journey like?
A: I am a self-taught photographer. When I was at university, I gained some knowledge. Most of my learning was thanks to books, online tutorials and Clickin Moms. In the beginning, I mainly photographed my children; later, I discovered macro and street photography. My online community helped me improve and grow through practice and encouragement.
Sofia Sitnikiene with Lensbaby Edge 35
Q: What details do you believe make the best photographs? How do you go about focusing on them in your work?
A: Having an understanding of how light works is important for a photographer. It continues to fascinate me. When taking an image, the first thing I pay attention to is the light.
“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” George Eastman, founder of Kodak
Q: What inspires you most?
A: My children and nature are my main inspirations, followed by music, poetry, time, and my dreams. Through photography, I can express my artistic vision and love of monochromatic imagery. Documenting life through images that matter is my goal.
Q: Tell us your favorite quote!
A: “Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – C.G. Jung
Sofia Sitnikiene with Lensbaby Sol 45
Q: What is your favorite subject to photograph?
A: My children and nature.
Q: How would you describe your photography style?
A: I am a fine art photographer, I am drawn to dark, moody and vibrant edits. My main goal is to capture an honest reflection of how I view the world.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of being a photographer?
A: Being able to freeze a moment in time and growing as an artist.
Q: How do you bring the best out of your models? What tips do you have?
A: In order to photograph my children, I simply let them do what they do best, which is play.
Q: Share the most enjoyable part of your photographic journey.
A: Friends I have made and the supportive community I have found.