Weekly Artist Feature

Our featured artist this week is Angee from 2B Seen Photography! She will also be guest judging and has chosen {Then and Now diptych} theme for us! So excited to see what you all make of this! So today we get to a closer look at the artist behind 2B Seen Photography! Grab a cup and enjoy reading up on Angee this wonderful Monday morning! I find Angee work so emotional! The depth of emotions that go through this woman’s images! I’m in awe! You’ll definitely want to follow Angee if you aren’t already!!

Eve

Tell us a little about yourself

Hey!  I’m Angee and I’m a full time accountant and a photography enthusiast during my “free” time.  I am Mom to a 10-year-old boy and a couple of fur babies that I adore.  I’m also recently engaged to my long term boyfriend and getting married in June.  (Finally!)  My dear friend, Mikey, works alongside me as an assistant and together we brainstorm and work to bring our visions to life.  She is my biggest cheerleader and her support means the world to me.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography means everything to me.  I love being able to freeze a moment in time to look back on many years from now to relive.  In fact, I am a lover of all forms of memory keeping.  I have been an avid scrapbooker since 1997 and every year I create a slideshow set to music to play for the family on Christmas.  I’m that friend.  The one who shows up to the party with the camera and who raves about the camera being the best party favor.  And I have the photos to prove it.  It’s also my creative outlet, a way to express myself artistically and create something that is mine and from my creative eye.  I cherish what photography does for my soul.

When did you start pursuing Photography?

I found my passion in high school.  I was on the yearbook staff and remember poring over the photos and picking and choosing which ones to use for the layouts being my favorite part.  Years ago my dad gave me a Minolta 35mm camera that I referred to as my “fancy camera” and then my passion really ignited.  Once everything went digital I went through a few point and shoots before finally getting a mirrorless camera (that I learned to use on manual) four years ago and my first DSLR last year.  This year I upgraded to a full frame DSLR and am finally satisfied.  (I think…I do love new gadgets!)  I just created a Facebook page at the end of 2013 and just really started to share my work more this year.

What motivates and inspires you?

Life motivates me more than anything.  I lost a child in 2003 and all I have left of him are the photos that I took.  Thankfully, there are a lot of them.  It is SO important.  The need for creativity in my life also motivates me.  I enjoy coming up with ideas and using wardrobe and location choices to bring those visions to life.

Can you share with us a few of your favorite images and why are they your favorite?

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We had just had a storm and when I saw that sky I knew I had to take my camera out.  I asked him to jump in the puddle, but he really got into it.  He got a running start, he spun around, he came from every direction.  We had a blast taking these.

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This is my 5-year-old nephew, the biggest ham I know.  I had an idea to put him and his brother in superhero capes and take them to the state capitol for a session.  This was my favorite.  Love the light, his movement and his expression in this.

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Recently I have discovered a love for freelensing and this is my favorite image to date.  It’s so sweet and really depicts the love and the bond between my son and his favorite cuddle partner.

What advice you would give to another photographer just starting up?

If you’re having trouble with exposure read Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson.  This book helped me tremendously to fill in some of the holes.  I also joined a Project 52 group this year and it has really forced me to get creative, even when I was completely uninspired.  Also, keep your camera handy.  I have found that I’m much more likely to shoot if the camera is right there, ready to go, rather than in my closet.

Nikon or Canon? What lens is always attached to it?

I have a Nikon D610 and my Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 is attached to it most of the time.  I also have a Nikon 50mm 1.8G that I’ve been using for freelensing.

Lightroom or Photoshop? Both? 

I use both, but mostly Lightroom.  I started out in Photoshop but I’m so glad I went to Lightroom because it has really sped things up for me.

If you made it all the way to the end, thanks for hanging with me!  And thank you so much for having me, Eve!

Angee

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