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10 Questions: Bob Sala

Meet Bob Sala. You might have come across his work - cinematic 60s-70s ambient stills that remind you of your mother’s childhood (or for some, your own). His (portrait) images go beyond making a fashion statement on a particular era; they tell a story of society and culture.

10 Questions: Vittore Buzzi

Milan based photojournalist Vittore Buzzi's photography is fuelled by the search to understand and accept reality - which translates into an exceptional eye for capturing moments and stories.

10 Questions: Meg Umberger

When you view Salem based Meg Umberger’s work, you can’t help but to feel the warmth, and the tingling feeling of her passion for creativity.

10 Questions: Alex James

Alex James' work brings drama and cinematic atmosphere into life - making ordinary moments and landscapes extraordinary.

10 Questions: Twyla Jones

Twyla Jones' work is both honest and surreal to me; it evokes emotions that hit you deep down and leave an imprint.

10 Questions: Darina Stoda

Darina Stoda was born in Estonia - a place of forests and rivers straight out of folklore, and has since lived for many years in Norfolk (UK) surrounded by large wild spaces and ocean. Even though I’ve never been to Norfolk or most parts of the UK, when I see Darina’s work, I can almost smell and feel the crisp air - her dreamy approach to incorporating nature in her story telling is inviting.


10 Questions: Jakub Fabijański

What is very inspiring is Jakub Fabijanski’s work, which brings a kind of dreamy cinematic take to photojournalism that you can’t help but to fall in love, along with the people in his photographs.

10 Questions: Don & Helen Bringas

Based in Spain, Don & Helen document weddings all over the world. Don & Helen’s work speaks humour, spontaneity and most importantly, the emotional connection to a moment captured in their frame forever.

10 Questions: Jesus Caballero

Portugal based photographer Jesus Caballero, traded in a career as a biologist for photography. Trained professionally in photojournalism (even mentored by a Magnum photographer), Jesus skillfully combines lifestyle with photojournalism to give wedding a fine art visual voice.

10 Questions: Susann and Yannic

Berlin based photographers Susann and Yannic created a food blog “KrautKopf” 2 years ago to share their love on making good food during the off Wedding season (Winter months) and have not looked back since.

10 Questions: Danelle Bohane

Auckland based New Zealand photographer, Danelle Bohane, started photography when her grandfather bought her a camera when she was still young. From there it has been a journey of discovery inspired by her love of people, art and connections.

10 Questions: Jessica Tremp

Australian photographer Jessica Tremp shoots Weddings to pay her bills whilst also being an accomplished fine art photographer. With no formal training in photography, Haunting, poetic and mesmerising - with a strong narration and fluid energy - Jessica’s work draws you in, hungry for clues; wanting more.

10 Questions: Thierry Joubert

French photographer Thierry Jourbert blends childlike openness, and philosophical ideas of trace and sign, with a skill for telling other people’s stories. Unafraid of dreaming big - Thierry’s work showcases his mastery of light and the depth of human emotions.

10 Questions: Junebug

For those in the wedding industry, Junebug Weddings is a familiar name. Based in SeattleJunebug was formed in 2006 and is now one of the leading international wedding blogs. In this special interview with Junebug Weddings, we reveal what it takes to be the world’s leading wedding resource, and where Junebug predicts the Wedding industry will be in 10 years’ time.

10 Questions: The Eagle Hunters with Sasha Leahovcenco

Sasha Leahovcenco’s passion for documentary photography is evident through his personal work. Sasha’s Eagle Hunter work provides a striking sense of what it must be like living in those amazing landscapes and harsh conditions, and you feel their pride in keeping with their long standing traditions. Come read our special 10+4 Questions interview.

10 Questions: Yoris Couegnoux

Yoris Couegnoux's work showcases great skill in capturing light, combined with sensitive narration. His work transports you to a cinema set, as if you were watching a modern interpretation of a classic film.

10 Questions: Lilli Waters

Melbourne based photographer Lilli Waters' photos are widely exhibited and published. Her practice draws inspiration from nature; there’s a rawness and openness centred around female themes, and strong narration that leaves you wanting more.

10 Questions: Sam Hurd

Sam Hurd is well known in the photographic industry for his ‘prisming’ and ‘lens chimping’ techniques - and epic portraits series (of celebrities). Sam is not afraid to experiment. His works reflects a sense of experience, skills and maturity beyond his years yet it still has that freshness in it that is charismatically attractive.

10 Questions: Niki Boon

Niki Boon’s work marries fine art and photojournalism so delicately that the energy and spontaneity captured in her work transports you as if you had lived it yourself, viewing it now almost nostalgically. It’s a testament to what life should be when growing up.

10 Questions: Gary Lashmar

Gary Lashmar's work, commercial and personal, especially his street photography, is the proof of Gary’s passion in life, his unique point of view and approach to life - a style that he alone defines - and he shoots from his heart.

10 Questions: David Heidrich

David Heirdrich’s work reminds you of fairytale stories - art and emotion evoked by out-of-this world settings in ethereal light that David so perfectly and intricately captures.

10 Questions: Victor Hamke

When you look at Victor Hamke's work, you feel his sensitivity - his storytelling vision marries surrealism with documentary - a style so unique and poetic that it completely mesmerises you.

10 Questions: Clare Barker Wells

Clare Barker Wells' family and newborn work not only captures key moments but also the in-betweens artistically.

10 Questions: Cristina Venedict

Cristina Venedict's fine art captured our eyes - it  not only showcases her skills as a photographer, but her imagination and creativity. Her work is painterly,  poetic and romantic. 

10 Questions: Zalmy Berkowitz

Zalmy Berkowitz's artistic vision describes rhythm and movement amongst the chaos of life’s candid moments. His film work makes you fall in love with analog all over again.


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10 Questions: Kelly Sutton


A trained teacher (she has a Masters in Teaching!), Kelly Sutton found her second career (3rd?) as a photographer after spending time at home caring for her children. She is now a Californian based children’s  photographer. When you view Kelly’s work, you are instantly hit by raw emotions; kids crying, messy tables/rooms, poignant portraits of a little one’s gaze caught between moments - the perfection in the imperfection captured is beyond heartwarming. Some of her most powerful work revolves around the kitchen table at home - a simple concept documented only with a single Canon body & a Sigma 35mm lens. Kelly’s great eye for suspended moments skillfully captures the energy, the memories of growing up - a story about you when you were little.  Hope you find magic in Kelly’s storytelling as much as I have in putting this post together.

On behalf of LLF Team once again, have a Merry Christmas, safe holidays and a darn awesome 2016!

NB: includes hyperlink to Star Wars trailer - potential spoiler for the purists!

1. What do making images mean to you?

For me, it just has to be honest, true, and from the heart — storytelling in its most raw form. With each image, I'm writing our family history, and at the same time paying homage to this tornado called Motherhood. Documenting my family, our ordinary, everyday life together, and our real love in whatever shape and color it casts in those suspended moments in time, has become my love language.  By nature, I tend to be a quiet observer. Thankfully, I'm perfectly content sitting with my back against the wall, hiding behind my camera, as the story unfolds, in front of my lens. My dearest friends will share that I wear my heart on my sleeve, but I don't always have a lot to say. For my family, these images are my love letters to them, because the words I don't always share out loud fail me. For others, these images are my way of letting them know, you're not alone...Life, motherhood, parenting, "adulting," is damn hard, but so rad at the same time. It's nice to feel like we're on the same team.


2. What is life to you? What it should be?

Heart, humor, and humanity. My family is my everything. We have a good life filled with laughter and sarcasm. We are happiest when we are together.  I don't take myself too seriously, but everyday I try work a little bit closer to leaving the world a little more beautiful, a little more wise, a little more just, with much more love and acceptance for everyone. It's important to me to try and create the kind of world I want my boys to grow up in. As big and daunting as that task can be. I want them to see that it's the little moments, collectively, that can make a world of difference.  All I want to do is teach peace, and do something creative, everyday.


3. There are a lot of professions out there - why be a photographer?

Funny enough, I am teacher, before I am a photographer. Up until my first son was born, just four years ago, my life revolved around teaching, and social change through education. I'm always proud to share I earned my Masters in Teaching from the Center for Teaching Excellence and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco. Before resigning to stay home with my two sons, I taught middle school in a low-income, rural, agricultural district, for six years, and still miss it, every day — well, I really miss the kids. Photography is something I've always loved, but in these last short few years where I have found myself up to my eyebrows in motherhood, it has re-energized my creative heart, and provided me with an identity beyond being a mother, albeit ironically the major theme in my work is this life of motherhood.  I do photograph others, on occasion, but my truest art comes from the images I create for my family.

4. What movie did you love recently?

I can't tell you the last movie I saw where I didn't fall asleep before the ending, although I'm sure that within a week's time, the answer to this question will undoubtedly be Star Wars: The Force Awakens (potential spoiler: link to movie trailer) ;) Honestly though, my husband and I save the rare occasion we are out by ourselves for a cold beer, and seeing our favorite bands live. The last show we saw that made my heart oh-so-happy was Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield sing Elliott Smith. There's something about witnessing music in person that I find absolutely magical, especially when I find myself sitting with my forever love, in a tiny neighborhood theater deep in Los Angeles, listening to songs so ever dear to my heart...songs that are the soundtrack to my youth, songs playing in real time, that I never thought I would ever hear live again. It was a beautiful evening I will not soon forget.


5. Is/Are there any project(s) you wish you could do - or might do?

So much of my personal work is real, everyday life, with no planning, thus I tend to not think of projects until I am immersed in them already. My "Diary of a Kitchen Table Series" or "An Education of the Love of Brothers Series" have materialized completely organically. I mean, I never imagined the role my kitchen table would take on in my images, and now it's become a defining piece of who I am as a photographer. Evolution is imperative in the world of art, so I'm always open to new ideas and projects. I think if I had to make a wish list, I would love to travel more for photography, as well as expand my list of collaborations, with photographers that challenge me artistically. I've been really lucky to find a few small groups of photographers already who not only do I feel honored to call dear friends, but also give me support and push me creatively. I consider myself very lucky, indeed.


6. Do you shoot with your left or right eye?

Right eye.


7. Are there any unseen experimental images in your attic you’d like to show us now? 

I feel pretty open with sharing the images I create, as I create them. If I have tried something new, or experimental, I share those before any others. I like to release them into the universe, whether anyone else ever sees them or not. It's always scary to share something, especially something that has pushed me creatively, but I believe growth comes along with vulnerability. If I can push something out into the world, no matter how scary it may feel at the time, in the end I am stronger for it. So I guess the short answer to that question is, "No...not really." ;)


8. Who was an influence growing up?

At what age do we consider ourselves fully grown? I guess I would define that based on life perspective. Fifteen years ago, I would have considered myself an real deal adult, while now, in my mid-thirties I genuinely consider myself growing up still, or maybe I'm regressing. I met my husband at the young age of twenty-one, and he's been a huge influence and support in who I have grown into, over the last fourteen years. He is a very talented artist and Art Director, in his own right — he's my biggest cheerleader and my most honest sounding board. He's always given me the space needed to be my true self, and for me, that's the best influence I could ask for.


9. If you were to start all over again, is there anything you would do differently? Why?

All the rejections, feelings of self-doubt, uncomfortable moments, and triumphs are all unique to me, and have helped me find my unique voice. I can't imagine doing anything differently--I like where I've found myself.


10. Where do you see yourself in 10 year’s time?

Happy, enjoying life with my family, and my camera in hand. I'm not much of a planner.   


Bonus Q: Do you think the gear you use affects the way you photograph? Why?

I like to keep it simple. I shoot solely with my Canon 5D MIII and my Sigma Art 35m/1.4. I find myself shooting indoors, in low-light often, and I find this combination to be amazingly versatile for whatever kind of light I find myself in.

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