Embracing the Blur with Lensbaby
Artist Interview with Emma Davis
Emma Davis is a photographer based in Sydney Australia who creates captivating family portraiture. We had the opportunity to interview her and learn more about her process!
Q: When did you start taking photographs? Why did you continue?
A: I started because I wanted to capture my children's childhood memories. I continued because I fell in love with light and shadow and blur and the way that images make me feel.
Emma Davis with Lensbaby Trio 28
Q: Which is your favorite Lensbaby lens?
A: Definitely my Edge 80, it has the perfect slice of focus with that dreamy, nostalgic blur that conjures up all the warmth of favourite childhood memories. The Omni system is a close second.
Q: What tips do you have for beginners just learning how to use the Lensbaby Edge 80?
A: Embrace the blur! Narrowing your aperture gives you more control of your focus.
Q: What is the most difficult part of being a photographer?
A: Culling! I always overshoot and then struggle to cull when I'm editing!
Q: Do you have formal training as a photographer or are you self-taught?
A: Both! I learned on film back in the darkroom days at high school, then taught myself digital and Photoshop. Everything I know about light, I learned from the ClickLoveGrow Advanced course.
Q: What is your favorite subject to photograph?
A: My children.
Q: How would you describe your photography style?
A: Warm, vibrant, storytelling.
Q: Tell us your favorite quote!
A: "We do what we know how to do, and when we know better, we do better." - Maya Angelou
Q: What details do you believe make the best photographs? How do you go about focusing on them in your work?
A: Light is king! Look at the way the light is falling around your subject - highlighting their features, catching their hair, illuminating the tiny details.
I'm a photographic storyteller, lover of light and shadows and keeper of memories. I live in Sydney, Australia with my six children, and when I'm not chasing them with my camera, I can be found teaching photography over at ClickLoveGrow.com.