Feeling the Moment
Artist Interview with Crystal Livesay
Q: When did you start taking photographs? Why did you continue?
A: I started when I had my first child. I really wanted to capture all of those moments. As the kids grew older, I was struggling so much with my mental health, that photography became therapy for me. It has helped save my life.
Q: Which is your favorite Lensbaby gear and why?
A: I love the Sol 45. It was my first Lensbaby and I am partial to it. It is the perfect size for taking everywhere and the effect makes moments look like magic.
Q: What tips do you have for beginners just learning how to use the Sol 45?
Q: What professional photographers have influenced your work, and how do you incorporate their techniques into your photographs?
A:Jeremy Cowart has been a huge influence on me. I love his work so much and how he embraces light and creativity. He also uses his words on social media as well and chooses to be himself. I admire his courage and creativity so much!
Q: What is the most difficult part of being a photographer?
A: The most difficult thing for me is being willing to share my work with others and learning not to compare or have imposter syndrome.
Q: Do you have formal training as a photographer or are you self-taught? What was that journey like?
A: I have had no formal training and have been self-taught, though I have paid for some photography education from other sources online. I love to learn and I love to try new things. For me, a lot of my growth has been just learning to watch the light and shadows around me.
Q: What details do you believe make the best photographs? How do you go about focusing on them in your work?
A: Details that add to the story you want to tell, or that convey your vision are so important. I always want my photos to have a feeling about them. I shoot in a way that focuses on the feeling of that moment so the viewer can feel what we felt in that moment.
Q: What inspires you most?
A: Light. Always light. I am so inspired by light and shadows. The way it bounces off of something or the shadows hide something...or a fun shadow pattern. I look at it wherever I am and notice the shadows and angles and sun and flares. Without light and shadows, your photos would have no depth.
Q: Tell us your favorite quote!
A: "Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well." - Vincent Van Gogh
Q: What is your favorite subject to photograph?
A: My children
Q: How would you describe your photography style?
A: Genuine and Organic
Q: What is the most rewarding part of being a photographer?
A: Capturing and reliving moments and creating a legacy for my family.
Crystal Livesay with Lensbaby Spark 2.0 & Sweet 50 Optic