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Lensbaby Unplugged Member of the Week | Laura Rivera

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Lensbaby Unplugged Member of the Week

Interview with Laura Rivera

Each week we feature a Lensbaby Unplugged Member and learn more about their photography history. Read more to learn about Laura's photography experience!
Laura Riverawith Lensbaby

Q: What is your favorite shoot you've ever done?

A: All of them are my favorites--there is something unexpected and special in each one as long as you look well enough.


Q: What inspires you to reach for your camera?

A: I shoot daily for work; and then every weekend for myself. It is my art therapy!

Q: What are your favorite Lensbaby Lenses to use in your session?

A: I love taking the Trio 28 out and about because it is so versatile and also I just love wide-angle lenses. The Sol 45 too--so lightweight that I love carrying it. The Burnside is great because it always seems to add a bit of unexpected character to the shot (even if there is no obvious twist). And when I need a challenge, the pinhole/zone plate is always there for me! Really, all of the Lensbaby lenses I have always add an emotional depth to my shots that wouldn't be there otherwise! That's why I love them! Who needs to see yet another perfectly exposed, tack-sharp photo? Yawn. My iPhone does that.

Laura Riverawith Lensbaby

Q: How did you hear about Lensbaby, and what encouraged you to purchase a LB lens?

A: First, I saw some photos on Flickr that intrigued me. But those were with the early lenses and although I liked the effect a lot, I wasn't ready for all my photos to have the same look/effect to them. So I waited. Then I got a new digital camera (had grown up on film) and found that everything I shot seemed cold and sterile. At the same time the Velvet 56 came out and that seemed more versatile. So that was my first Lensbaby purchase!


Q:What was your journey to becoming a photographer like?

A: Kinda simple: my dad photographed all the time and een had a darkroom in our finished basement. I grew up around his cameras and photos.


Q: What is your favorite subject to photograph and how would you describe your photography style?

A: I love still life. I shoot what I want, but don't know how to describe my style. Everyone else just calls it "weird." :)

Laura Riverawith Lensbaby

Q: What do you love the most about photography?

A: The chance to be creative is very healing. It's my therapy.


Q: What helps you when you're struggling with a creative block?

A: Trying to make a copy of a photo I appreciate--my own self sneaks in somehow and suddenly I feel creative again.

Laura Riverawith Lensbaby

Q: Would you consider yourself an adventurous photographer, or do you tend to stay in your comfort zone?

A: I like to try new things. I don't consider myself adventurous, but I don't limit myself either. I am always asking, "what would happen if..."


Q: What else would you like to see from Lensbaby in the future?

A: More basic education on how to select a lens and how to focus a manual lens. Also more "mentors" about getting the look you want that is your own style instead of ambassadors whom everyone tries to copy.

Laura Riverawith Lensbaby

Laura Rivera

Mom, brain tumor survivor, marketing professional, photographing as a hobby since college (a long time ago!). Take a look at is where I work and I have taken most of the photographs on that site.

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