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Lensbaby Unplugged Member of the Week | Jessica Chevalier


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Lensbaby Unplugged Member of the Week

Interview with Jessica Chevalier


Each week we feature a Lensbaby Unplugged Member and learn more about their photography history. Read more to learn about Jessica's photography experience!
Jessica ChevalierwithLensbaby Edge 80

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

A: My favorite shoots are when I can be surrounded by nature & just tune into my surroundings with the camera. I let my mind focus on the quiet of the moment as soon as I put the camera up to my eye. I love to have at least one of my lensbabies with me at all times when out & about.

 

Q: What inspires you to reach for your camera? How often do you reach for your camera?

A: I have rather busy summers & falls, but winter & spring provide the perfect environment for creativity & I tend to take pics almost daily. The freshness of spring when everything comes alive and the opposite in winter when the landscape is barren & white are the perfect backdrops for inspiration.
 

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

A: I love all my LB lenses, but definitely find I have favorite subjects with each. I use my Sweet 35 in combination with macro filters to take flower shots. Edge 80 is fantastic for architecture. I love the twist 60 in the garden & forest. And last, but certainly not least, I use the Velvet 56 for nearly everything!

 
Jessica ChevalierwithLensbaby Edge 80

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

A: Some photographer friends had some LB lenses & I loved the looks they were getting in their photographs. I went to the LB website & bought my first LB, the Sweet 35, in 2012. I was immediately hooked!

 

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

A: I've had a camera in my hand since I was a teenager, in the days of film! I have always loved the process of documenting my surroundings. Photography can really connect you with the world, especially when you might need a little grounding in your life! I still shoot film, as well as digital. Once I got the camera in my hands, I never wanted to put it down! And one of the joys of it is that you never stop learning. There is always something new to explore.

 

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

A: Nature is the predominant theme in my photography as well as places that are on the verge of disappearing. I hope to showcase these subjects in a way that evokes feelings nostalgia & an urgency to preserve. I look at old photos from the turn of the century & my heart sinks when I see beautiful countrysides that have been lost to development. I ponder if someday, someone might come across my work & feel the same way.

 
Jessica ChevalierwithLensbaby Sweet 35

Q: What do you love the most about photography?

A: Every time I pick up the camera it forces me to get out of whatever fog I may have been stuck in. I love the documentation of things through photography & how it can give you a sense of place. I also love how I can look at other people's work & immediately get a glimpse into their minds & souls & see what is important to them.

 

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

A: Sometimes you just have to do some still life. When it's been a while & I feel stagnant I like to gather objects from my various collections & see what I can come up with. I can then be creative in how I arrange things & also play with the lighting in the studio (natural or flash). The end results may be a complete failure, but it got me to pick up the camera, practice, & then look at it subjectively so I can improve for the next time. On the flip side, sometimes it works! The important thing is to just keep trying.

 

Jessica ChevalierwithLensbaby Twist 60

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

A: I am not adventurous in the sense that I'm going to run out & climb a mountain to catch a sunset, but I wouldn't be opposed to it! I do like a challenge. There are definitely some subjects that I struggle with. Whenever I can, I will try to shoot them just to get the practice in. I figure eventually I will get it or form new ideas on how to make it work for me. Not everyone will be good at everything, but it's nice to try & learn from those experiences.

 

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

A: I am pretty happy with their offerings now!

 

Jessica ChevalierwithLensbaby Velvet 56

Jessica Chevalier

I am a fine art photographer living in the Adirondacks. I have spent my life in the country and am continuously inspired by the natural, rural, and historical surroundings of the Northeast. I like to capture the small details that might otherwise go unnoticed. I feel like photography is a form of preservation. A documentation of a blip in time so that future generations can experience the beauty of the past. My award winning photography has been featured in various juried shows around the northeast. My food photography has been featured in LOCALadk magazine.
 
 
 

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