Weekly Artist Feature

This week I have the privilege of featuring Sandy from Wild Prairie Photography! I find Sandy’s work moving and inspirational! I can really feel what she’s feeling in her photos and it gives me chills! I was able to ask Sandy a few questions and you will not be disappointed with her response! Thank you so much Sandy for helping me out this week as our guest judge! The theme she has chosen is {Emotive B&W} and can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! ❤


Hi! I’m Sandy! I hang my hat in the Sandhills of Nebraska with my rancher husband and two sweet babes. We raise black angus cattle and our beef ends up on the shelves of your local supermarket! I am a ranchers wife, homeschooling mama with a self proclaimed obsession for afghans, good food and laughter. I truly believe that you should be the change you wish to see in the world. Every. Single. Time. Be good to people, share your knowledge, love equally and abundantly. I pour my soul into my photography. Every image that I produce comes from my heart at its core. I love it.

What does Photography mean to you?

Photography means taking something my eyes and brain see and turning it into something that everyone else can see too. Not just see it but see it the way I see it. The colors, the mood, the emotion. Photography isn’t just taking pictures. For me, it is telling a story. Getting the details along with everything else. Preserving the now for another time.

When did you start pursuing Photography?

I started pursing photography seriously in September of 2014. It all actually began in 2010 when I moved to Nebraska. Everywhere I looked with my eyes my heart swelled with adoration. I was extremely frustrated though because I could never capture with my camera what my eyes envisioned. In August of 2014 my hubby finally (after months of pleading and saving money) agreed that we could buy a camera. Ahhhh, it was like magic in my hands. I put it on manual and haven’t looked back. I am a fast learning and soon I had friends and family asking me to photograph them. I realized it was something that I could do and still care for our cattle and our children. Wild Prairie Photography was born!

What motivates and inspires you?

Ummm….everything? Seriously. When I look around I see beauty in every shingle thing. My tag line when I post photos to my fan page is {Life is always amazingly beautiful, if viewed through the right lens}. It took me forever to write something that came from my heart. When I say, “viewed through the right lens” I don’t necessarily mean a camera lens. It has everything to do with your perspective on life. How you view things can be what makes or breaks you. I find beauty in everything because I allow myself to see it. Open your mind and your heart and everything with shine with beauty to you too. I promise. I am motivated to always keep learning. I never stop learning. Ever. As photographers its our duty to continually improve ourselves. I have heard “the only photographer you should compare yourself to, is the one you used to be”. That is motivation enough for me to keep moving in a forward direction. Never looking back.

Can you share with us a few of your favorite images? And why do you love them so much?


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These are some of my favorite images. They are some of my favorite because the people I love most are in them. On a technical aspect I love them because I feel that black and white lends a photo something extra. It takes away preconceived notions about something and lets your mind run wild with whatever you come up with. I also love color too. The tones and motion in these color photos make me feel at home, if that makes sense. I want people to feel something when they look at a photo of mine. I am not always after a certain emotion. As long as you feel something when you look at it I feel like I accomplished my goal.

Did you have any bumps along the road and if so what advice would you give another photographer struggling with a similar situation?

I am constantly doubting myself. Even now. I am always wondering if my editing style is something that someone else will like. Or worried about someone liking my images in general. I need to chill out on that. I need to take my own advice above. I should only be comparing myself to my old self. I need to be happy on the journey that I am on. That is the only advice I can give. Keep shooting, keep getting better, keep going. You never know where you will end up.

Sandy Fales

Wild Prairie Photography


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