The Importance of Personal Understanding in Photography
Artist Interview with Koren Smith
Q: When did you start taking photographs?
A: I started taking photos in 2018 just before my middle child was born. I continue photography because it's one of the few things that have remained just mine since being a wife and mom. It helps me to remind myself I'm so much more that "just mom".
Q: Which is your favorite Lensbaby lens and why?
Q: What tips do you have for beginners just learning how to use Lensbaby OMNIs?
A: Experiment and don't worry about perfection, the beauty of Lensbaby is striving for unique images, so embrace the weird and have fun!
Q: What professional photographers have influenced your work, and how do you incorporate their techniques into your photographs?
A: I love Sean Tucker and David DuChemin. I have been inspired by Sean's contrast, love his stuff. David has inspired me to give my images more thought, makes me consider the why behind the images.
Q: What is the most difficult part of being a photographer?
A: The pressure to create. That might be more of a social media thing but I feel guilty taking breaks and I really shouldn't. No one is on all the time and yet I felt shame if I'm not.
Q: Do you have formal training as a photographer or are you self-taught? What was that journey like?
A: SeLf TaUgHt lol it's been hard but fun. I love a good challenge for my brain.
Q: What details do you believe make the best photographs? How do you go about focusing on them in your work?
A: Personal understanding, knowing myself helps me to create for myself. I'm a hobbyist so the only person I have to impress is myself and in order to do that I need to know what I like. 9/10 If I mind the things that are important to me I love my images. 1/10 I still hate it though haha
Q: What inspires you most?
A: Life. Because it's funny and sad and weird and horrible and wonderful.
Q: Tell us your favorite quote!
A: "Me up at doesout of the floorquietly Starea poisoned mousestill who aliveis asking Whathave i done thatYou wouldn’t have" - a poem by e.e.cummings
Q: What is your favorite subject to photograph?
A: Meeeee lol and my kids
Q: How would you describe your photography style?
A: Weird haha but if you are looking for a genre documentary.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of being a photographer?
A: That it gives me something for myself.