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Motivated by Unique Photography

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Motivated by Unique Photography

Artist Interview with Jacki Spearly

Jacki Spearlyis a photographer based in the United States who is motivated to create more when she sees other photographers producing unique works. We had the opportunity to interview her and learn more about her process!

Jacki Spearly with Lensbaby Velvet 56

Q: When did you start taking photographs?

A: I started shooting as a child and continued though my 20's. Life got in the way and I picked up my first DSLR in my late 50's and I have been shooting ever since!


Q: Which is your favorite Lensbaby lens and why?

A: I love my Velvets with Omni glass! I love the soft glow and the Omni adds beautiful color refractions!

Jacki Spearly with Lensbaby Velvet 56

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

A: Don't give up. Practice, practice, practice. use your rear screen to aid in focusing at a higher F-stop and then open up. Give yourself lots of options....shot at a lot of different apertures.


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

A: Kathleen Clemens & Jackie Kramer have influenced me the most in how I shoot florals and how to see and create my own vision.


Jacki Spearly with Lensbaby Velvet 56

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

A: I think the hardest part is to shoot for myself and not worry about what others think. We all want our work to be liked by others, but we have to satisfy ourselves first.


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

A: I have been mostly self taught.


Jacki Spearly with Lensbaby Velvet 56

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

A: I try to find the story I want to tell in my images. the story and the subject that best tells the story is where I try to place the most emphasis and focus.


Q: What inspires you most?

A: I am inspired daily seeing what others do that is so very unique and special. It motivates me to try to be more creative as well.


Q: What is your favorite subject to photograph?

A: I primarily shoot florals, however I like to shoot at cemeteries, old buildings, rural grunge, etc.


Jacki Spearly with Lensbaby Velvet 56

Q: How would you describe your photography style?

A: Boy, that's a tough question. I guess I am still trying to create that style, that look that says it's me. Some people tell me they can tell my images are mine, but I'm not sure why that is.


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

A: The most rewarding for me is the experience. Going out to shoot, finding that thing that catches my eye and then getting completely immersed in the process of shooting to create my vision.


Jacki Spearly

I began shooting B&W as a high School Student in photography. As an Art Ed student at PSU I created a curriculum for B&W photography and taught it in the public schools. In my later years I got my first digital Nikon and began shooting primarily nature - flowers and animals. I found Lensbaby about 3 years ago and and been completely immersed in all the creative possibilities the lenses and omni filters give to me. I love to shoot extraordinary with Lensbaby!

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