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Carving Light Through Photography


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Carving Light Through Photography

Artist Interview with Beth Oliver


Beth Oliveris a photographer based in the United States who finds her creative joy in carving light through her photography. We had the opportunity to interview her and learn more about her process!

Beth Oliver with Lensbaby Velvet 85

Q: When did you start taking photographs?

A: I started about 20 years ago when my children were small but I began to find strength through it after I discovered the joy of making art with it about ten years ago. I started with free lensing and have evolved from there. I really enjoy not just the end art it produces but losing myself in the process. I also like trying to find ways to do things in "out of the box" ways.

 

Q: Which is your favorite Lensbaby lens and why?

A: I could never pick a favorite. I love all of the babies for thier unique personalities.
 
 

Beth Oliver with Lensbaby Edge 35

Q: What tips do you have for beginners just learning how to use Lensbaby Gear?

A: Don't bend the composer much. Also, do not shoot wide open at first until you are comfortable. It takes a bit for each lens.

 

Q: What professional photographers have influenced your work, and how do you incorporate their techniques into your photographs?

A: Ana Rosenberg, Vanessa Moselle, April Milani- just a few... I love thier work and do enjoy to study it. I imagine how they worked light in and set things up. They are wonderful artists.

 

Beth Oliver with Lensbaby

Q: What is the most difficult part of being a photographer?

A: Probably the most difficult part is the time. I have a full time job and this time I have to put this second.

 

Q: Do you have formal training as a photographer or are you self-taught? What was that journey like?

A: I am self-taught. I am a learner and love to teach myself things so when I needed to add photos to a website many years ago the images were not cutting it. That is when the whole exposure triangle began and my 50mm lens entered my life. I have never looked back. You never know what doors open up.

 

Beth Oliver with Lensbaby

Q: What details do you believe make the best photographs? How do you go about focusing on them in your work?

A: Light carving is a favorite of mine. POV and fun and different angles make for great images. I try and shoot in the afternoon when the light is at it's best and most giving. I also do crazy angles and it helps to bring my images to life.

 

Q: What inspires you most?

A: Nature has been the most inspiring and eye opening gift in my life. I beat breast cancer a few years back and although my family and friends held me up through it all it was nature that has held me up after the the storm. I now see the goodness of the Mother Earth and understand the respect needed in order to enjoy and receive her love. It was mostly through my lens that I would see her so I begged for more.

 

Q: Tell us your favorite quote!

A: "It's all blurry until you embrace the detail" unknown

 

Q: What is your favorite subject to photograph?

A: Cats

 

Beth Oliver with Lensbaby

Q: How would you describe your photography style?

A: Ethereal

 

Q: What is the most rewarding part of being a photographer?

A: When someone says, "I knew right away that was your image before I looked at the caption"

 

Q: How do you bring the best out of your models? What tips do you have?

A: For cats: I use patience and kind energy. I sometimes use treats for posed shots. For family sessions I like to email them questions before the session to get to know them a bit so they are more comfortable with me.

 

Q: How do you plan to grow this year?

A: Do something that is uncomfortable Beth... so self portraits maybe


Beth Oliver

Beth is a light chaser, and paints with her lens. Interested in pet photography, creative landscapes, and portraiture, she observes and focuses on detail.
 
 

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