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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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Artist of the Month - Anthony Thurston


Another month is nearly over, so it's time again to present you our Artist of the Month in August - Anthony Thurston. His artistic heart is specialized in creating absolutely beautiful images in boudoir and intimate lifestyle photography. You may struggling with self-confidence and having the feeling of not being enough. Anthony is counteracting these social stigmas and is aiming for transformation. You will be leaving his studio with a new light and belief in your new beauty, sexiness and confidence. 

How old are you and where are you from?

I am 29 (I will be 30 in January, and am still in disbelief about that fact). I was born here in the Portland, Oregon area, but also grew up in upstate/western New York in the Lockport/Buffalo area before moving back to Oregon. I lived about an hour south of Portland for most of my life, but about two years ago moved back into the Portland area.

Tell us a little bit about your life in the moment?

I am currently married, my wife Brittany and I have 2 kids, both boys. We have been together now for 11 years this month, which is another crazy thing for me to think about. I am really excited about this month because I am finally realizing some of my goals to travel and do more boudoir across the country. I will be heading to Boise, ID and then later in the month I will be in Atlanta, GA to shoot and teach a boudoir Workshop with Kevin Lowery called UnCovered, where we will be talking about both male and female boudoir photography. Then later in September, we are doing another UnCovered here in Portland.

In terms of more day to day life, I have been really pushing for more in-home boudoir sessions. Studio sessions certainly have their place, but my passion is definitely shooting in home settings. It takes a bit to convince most women this is a good idea, let alone having some strange guy they hardly know over, but far and away these are in my opinion some of my best work. 

How did you end up being a photographer?

Funny enough, I was attending school for Web Design and Interactive Media. While I was in that course my father started getting more into photography (If I recall he had bought and was gifted a rebel of some kind). So when it came time to choose some elective courses and photography was an option I jumped on it. Even used some of my ‘extra’ student loan money that term to buy my first serious camera for the class, which was a Canon 60D.

After that, I started getting more and more into photography. I was around ~21 at this point, and as many young men would think, the idea of shooting sexy photos was incredibly appealing. Let’s just say that I was horrible at it, I am talking wrinkled white sheet backdrops with bad lighting and models that didn’t help the situation. Looking back on that I sort of wonder how I even got to where I am now, if I could find any of those images (many were lost to Facebook when my original account was permabanned for posting my newer boudoir work) I’m sure that I would be glad they are lost to the ether now. Ha!

Anyway, at some point after that, I don’t exactly recall when. I was watching creative live, and I saw Jen Rozenbaum’s course on boudoir photography. She was an inspiration and her idea of boudoir photography, the reasons behind it, for empowering women and not just wanting to take sexy pictures really resonated with me. I was living in a small conservative town though, and being the introvert that I am in real life it was difficult to get any real boudoir work. So I continued to do other things until Mystic Seminars moved to Portland.

I attended Mystic with the idea that maybe I was going to take up shooting Weddings, but what I saw there actually pushed me into who I am now, I saw Brianna and Ewan Phelan speak. Brianna and Ewan talked about boudoir in a totally different way from Jen, none of the bright and fluffy images, it was dark, gritty, and it was incredibly sexy – as well as sexual. It was not just self-love, body positive empowerment, it was sexual empowerment. The moment I saw that, I knew that is what I wanted to do.

I also sucked at it in the beginning. I really struggled with the darker style of lighting, but I kept at it, shooting as much as I could with whoever I could. Soon my own style and version of the darker and moodier boudoir emerged, and that has what evolved into the work that you see from me today.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

In 20 years, that would make me almost 50. About halfway through my life if I play my cards right. Ideally, I would like to still be shooting boudoir and teaching new generations of photographers about shooting sexy things well without being a creep or seeing their models/clients as objects. I would also love to be traveling the country, and the world more experiencing other cultures and shooting boudoir all over.

What gear are you currently using?

Ahh, the all important gear question. Everyone is always so interested, and then disappointed when I tell them because honestly, I am the most minimalist/basic photographer there is. No joke.

I am currently shooting with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and usually, pair that with the Fuji XF 35mm F2. That said, I also pair it with some manual focus Pentax film lenses, a 28mm, and a 50mm. I also recently had the Mitakon 35mm F0.95 II in for review and I am very much thinking about buying that and making it my go-to lens. Just incredible.

But other than the above, I have a pop-up reflector and some Yongnup speedlights, but 99.98% of the time they stay in the trunk of my car unused. I am very much in the natural light camp.

What advice could you give out to a new starting photographer?

I would say this to a new starting photographer; shoot as often as you can, try things, experiment. Give yourself permission to suck and fail. It is the only way you will find out who you are as an artist.

Most of my ‘light bulb’ moments along my path in photography have come from experimenting, be that while I am shooting or while I am processing, or they have come from failures. It is a hard road, it’s is discouraging, but as the saying goes ‘the night is darkest before the dawn,’ and you will never know what tomorrow can bring you creatively if you don’t pick up your camera and try.

Did the LLF community changed the way you see or shoot boudoir/models etc.?

Funny enough, yes. The LLF Community has been instrumental in changing the way that I shoot. Not only am I constantly seeing incredible work from other photographers in the community to give me inspiration, and getting ideas for things I want to try myself. But I am also constantly learning so much about my own work from the community, how it is being received by people that are let’s say, more conservative than I am.

It has helped me become more aware of what I am sharing and how that is being seen by a wider audience. This is incredibly valuable for someone like me who tends to walk a fine line between pushing limits and going too far.

What plans do you have for this year?

I sort of mentioned this earlier, but I will be in Boise and Atlanta later this month. Then in September, I will be doing another Uncovered Workshop here in the Portland area, and then in October I will be heading to New York City for Photo Plus Expo which has become a yearly ritual for me.

Beyond that, I don’t know who I will be shooting, where I will be traveling, or what I will be doing. I am just taking it all in as I go and look forward to meeting and working with those who happen to cross my path.