Welcome to Lensbaby Journeys. We have asked photographers to write about their journey with photography and with Lensbaby, however they want to approach it. Each piece will come directly from an individual photographer in their own words, accompanied by their photographs. Our hope is that these journey stories will resonate with you, inspire you, and push you forward on your own path. 

What is your Lensbaby journey, Cathryn? 

Cathryn Wagner with Lensbaby 3G Creative Photography African Violet

Cathryn Wagner with Lensbaby 3G

Back in the early ’70’s, I worked for Fotomat Corporation at their headquarters in La Jolla, California.  Back then, just about everyone had an Instamatic camera. Fotomat Corporation had kiosks all over Southern California where one could drop off their film for development, and then in a few days, pick up the photos. I worked as an assistant to the marketing director, called a “secretary” back then.

Cathryn Wagner with Scout with Fisheye Optic Lensbaby Creative Photography

Cathryn Wagner with Scout with Fisheye Optic

I became friends with one of their staff photographers. This man used Nikon SLR’s, an Olympus SLR, and a Hasselblad for his work. After seeing some of his photos, I wanted a Nikon camera. I would dream about it… but couldn’t afford one.

Now, in recent years, I’ve been able to fulfill my dream of owning a Nikon camera – my interest is focused on close-ups and macro photography.

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Cathryn Wagner with Scout with Soft Focus Optic and 10x macro lens

Throughout my school years, I took courses in the fine arts: watercolor and soft pastels are my favorite mediums.  Then, a couple of years ago, I learned about the existence of Lensbaby and I was impressed by the effects I saw in the photos. I had found another potential medium through which to express my art, and I was fascinated.

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Cathryn Wagner with Composer Pro and Sweet 35 Optic

One day when looking through camera equipment on Adorama’s website, I found the Lensbaby Spark with the Plastic Optic on sale together and I bought them.  They were my first Lensbaby purchases. That’s all it took.

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Cathryn Wagner with Twist 60

Since then, I’ve purchased just about all of the old lenses and optics, and many of the newer ones too.

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Cathryn Wagner with Scout with Plastic Optic

These lenses are my treasures. They fulfill my artistic need. They are an addiction I’ll never give up.

To see more of Cathryn’s work, find her on Flickr.

Do you have a Lensbaby journey story? Share it with us for your very own feature! Email us at [email protected]

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