Artist Interview with Lynne Grant
Q: When did you start taking photographs? Why did you continue?
A: I started taking photographs about 6 years ago while on maternity leave with my 2nd child. I love learning and with photography that never ends. It’s a part of me now.
Q: Which is your favorite Lensbaby lens and why?
Lynne Grant with Lensbaby Velvet 56
Q: What tips do you have for beginners just learning how to use the Velvet 56?
A: Keep it in your camera for at least a month so you can practice with it, don’t give up as it’s so worth the perseverance.
Q: What professional photographers have influenced your work, and how do you incorporate their techniques into your photographs?
A: I love the master that is Ansel Adam’s and so love a dramatic b/w landscape. Kelly brown and her newborn work is such an inspiration to me also. Not forgetting the Lensbaby community who continually inspire me every day.
Lynne Grant with Lensbaby Sweet 50
Q: What is the most difficult part of being a photographer?
A: Trying not compare yourself to others, especially in the beginning.You have to shoot for yourself and create your own path.
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 love to learn and with photography that never ends, think that is why I enjoy it so much.
Q: What details do you believe make the best photographs? How do you go about focusing on them in your work?
A: If a photo tells a story or creates emotion in the viewer (good or bad) then you have done your job correctly. I love incorporating movement, details and connection in my work. Lensbaby lenses help me with this so much more than a regular lens does.
Q: What inspires you most?
A: Light! I have learned to see it now and I never gave it a thought before I was a photographer. Especially low, golden, winter light, it’s my favourite.
Q: Tell us your favorite quote!
A: “My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.” — Steve McCurry
Q: What is your favorite subject to photograph?
A: People, whether that be a family, my own children or those passing in the street. I am very partial to nature too.
Q: How would you describe your photography style?
A: I am not sure I really have one but I’d go for creative, natural and emotive.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of being a photographer?
A: Creating memories for myself and others. I find that my memory is so much more vivid of a time that I have photographed. “My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.” — Steve McCurry
Q: How do you bring the best out of your models? What tips do you have?
A: Giving them exact direction, praise and a relaxed, friendly environment.