I am excited to share Lindsey Stuebinger's Photography work and her fabulous interview. Her work is breathtakingly beautiful and I know that you will walk away floored and inspired to shoot. Thank you, Lindsey, for sharing with us!!
How long have you been shooting and what inspired you to begin with?
-I've been interested in photography since I got my first camera; however, I never pursued it as a passion until I found out I was pregnant with my first son in 2010. I was determined to chronicle his life with photos and set out to purchase my first DSLR. I then took a basics of photography class to learn how to shoot in manual, when to prioritize aperture, shutter speed, exposure, etc. - that's when I was hooked. I began shooting for friends here and there for practice, and finally opened my business in January 2016.
What is your current favorite image and why?
- Of my personal work, one of my favorites is one of my youngest, Jack. He's wearing a bright yellow rain coat, playing in a puddle after a storm. The contrast of the bright yellow jacket with the stormy sky, the reflection and him just exploring- I find endearing. Of my client work, my current favorite is a maternal silhouette shot. Her pose, standing strong against the wind blowing the reeds, the way the silhouette highlights her growing figure- I feel like it represents motherhood as I think of it- strong, resilient.
Describe your work in three or four words.
- This was hard for me to answer! I'm part of a tight knit little photography group (shout out to the Momtogs!) and they helped me decide on these descriptors: timeless, vibrant, joyful, polished.
What is in your camera bag and favorite lens to shoot with?
- I shoot with a Nikon d750 (which I love, especially for its low light capabilities!) I'm mostly a prime girl, but once I got the Nikon 70-200 2.8 earlier this year I fell in love with that too. My favorite is probably between the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art and the Nikon 70-200 2.8- totally different looks but I love them both! My dream lens is the Nikon 200mm F2!
How/Where do you find your inspiration and creativity?
- I find inspiration when location scouting a lot. The other day I was taking my kids to the aquarium, and right across the street was a butterfly museum. A picture really started forming in my head of the possibilities in that location, what wardrobe would look great there, what time of day would the lighting be ideal, etc. My children also inspire me- wanting to capture details of their fleeting childhood. A photographer friend who has teenage children once told me she wished she'd captured more of the details of her children's littleness- their hands, their feet, the facial expressions they make when trying to solve a problem. All that has inspired me to find ways to capture them. I've started a list on my notes on my phone of ideas that hit me before they're gone- it's gotten quite long.
What are your current goals?
- I keep wanting to try new things. Most recently I've been obsessed with all these photos I'm seeing of astrophotography- gorgeous photos of the Milky Way. I would really love to try that out this year. (I'm in Dallas, so I have to drive quite a bit away to get to a dark sky!) My favorite thing to shoot is women's portraiture - beauty, maternity, and seniors- so I'd really love to shoot more of that as well as learn about the high end retouching side of beauty photography.
One word of wisdom that you would like to offer or encouragement to fellow photographers?
- Don't get caught up in negativity about your work. They say comparison is the thief of joy- and I think that's pretty accurate. Don't compare your raw shot at the beginning of your photography journey to someone's perfectly processed work of art at the height of their career. Stay true to what you're trying to accomplish, the story you're trying to tell- your work with be better and you will have a shot at being original.