Lensbaby Unplugged Member of the Week
Interview with Anne Cognato
Q: What is your favorite shoot you've ever done?
A: I went to a local garden that is absolutely gorgeous and I shot so many pictures. Getting the courage up to do portraits and shooting my friends on our beach weekends. That was a lot of fun. It helped to boost my confidence.
Q: What inspires you to reach for your camera? How often do you reach for your camera?
Q: What are your favorite Lensbaby Lenses to use in your session?
A: Right now it is the Composer Pro with sweet spot 80. I like it because sometimes you are shooting and when you get home, something different appears. There is a controlled randomness to it.
Q: How did you hear about Lensbaby, and what encouraged you to purchase a LB lens?
A: People kept talking about the lens on a group I belong to (sheclicks on Facebook). I did my research and decided to give it a try.
Q:What was your journey to becoming a photographer like?
A: I was very unsure of myself in the beginning, a lack of confidence. But the more I shot, and the more I learned, the confidence slowly came. As any artist, you are putting yourself out there for all the world to see, and it can be nerve wracking. I still get nervous, but I am more confident in my work.
Q: What is your favorite subject to photograph and how would you describe your photography style?
A: Flowers and plants. The don’t make faces at you and there is so much to see in them. Leaf shape and color, flowers in a gentle breeze, raindrops on petals. I like macro, sometimes getting in very close, sometimes a little further away.
Q: What do you love the most about photography?
A: Freedom. When I am with my camera, my brain is focused on just that. Everything else melts away. There is freedom in that.
Q: What helps you when you're struggling with a creative block?
A: Just keep doing it. Even if it is not working. Eventually something will come. Or I might try something unconventional for me , maybe self portraits just to do something different.
Q: Would you consider yourself an adventurous photographer, or do you tend to stay in your comfort zone?
A: I think I am adventurous. I am willing to try different things.
Q: What else would you like to see from Lensbaby in the future?
A: I don’t know.