Thursday, February 25, 2016

Weekly Feature | Simonds Photographic

Mama's! Welcome to another fabulous week and another fabulous feature! We are so lucky to have Jill - Fort Collins Photographer of Simonds Photographic joining us at the Snappy Mama. She has picked the theme {adventure together} this week and we can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Now on to my favorite part -- the pictures and the interview!

Tell us three things about you, unrelated to photography.

I am a published poet, but sadly have not made writing a priority for far too long now, amidst being a full-time working wife and mother. 

I am a sucker for dark chocolate, and anything coconut. 

I am active, adventurous, and have a hard time sitting still. My favorites are: snowboarding, running, boxing, snowshoeing, surfing, hiking, cycling.

Describe your work in three words.
Authentic, fresh, fun.

When did your photography journey begin? 
Officially or professionally, early 2012. But, it all started when I was a kid, infatuated with my dad’s 35mm and back then were the days of those silly disposable cameras – I loved experimenting and creating visual art, learning to find light, and looking for beauty in the ordinary. 

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and what is something you'd like to photograph from there?

I am a proud Colorado native, would consider myself well-traveled and have a passion to see so much more of the world, but there honestly is nowhere else in this earth I’d rather live than Colorado. The beauty around us is impeccable, accessible, breathtaking, and nourishing to the soul. Importantly, the culture matches my personality and our laid-back lifestyle, Colorado is just in my blood. I love digging our roots into Fort Collins for the phase and pace of life we’re in now, but I would love to be able to spread out at some point, with plenty of land around us in the foothills or mountains. I would photograph just that – the wide open, nature, sunrises and sets, and probably will always gravitate toward my favorite medium: people.

What are the biggest challenges you have overcome in your photography?

More than anything in a photograph, I fixate over the light and the depth. I am always growing and challenging myself, but my biggest goal in my work was to accomplish consistency with my lighting and my focus in order to capture vivid and rich light combined with interesting depth of field. I feel I’ve overcome the challenges of understanding times of day, direction of light in location, and creating simple composition around my subject for a rich story-telling photograph.

Keep all of those {adventure together} images coming in and have a great week!

XOXO, Allison and the Mama's 

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