Behind the Lens | Cindy ZahorchakPosted by Kelly Buss on Mar 14, 2014 in Behind The Lens, Blog | 8 comments
People come to an everyday photography project for so many different reasons, with so many different motivations. Behind the Lens is a monthly series that features Capture Your 365 community members who are focused on photographing and sharing the daily details and routines of their lives. Cindy Zahorchak, known as mamaz042421, joined our community in January 2013 and immediately grabbed the community’s attention with beautiful pictures of her family.
Meet Cindy Zahorchak.
What sparked your interest in photography?
I’ve always loved pictures. I was an avid scrap booker, collecting all my special memories into creative layouts, but it was my sister-in-law’s creative eye at photography that sparked my initial interest. I became fascinated with the natural captures and the creative point of view. I wanted her style of pictures with MY memories. Then, I wanted her camera! Now after a couple years of photography classes with Katrina Kennedy, I no longer need the adhesive, stickers, and die cuts to help tell a story…my pictures say it all by themselves!
What camera do you use?
I use the Canon 60D.
What is your favorite lens?
My favorite lens is the Canon 50mm f/1.4! I don’t have any other impressive lenses in my camera bag at the moment. However, I hope to add a new wide angle lens very soon!
What makes you happiest about your photography?
What makes me happiest about my photography is being able to capture what my heart feels in a moment of time, savoring a memory down to its tiniest details! I like looking through the lens and seeing what isn’t so obvious. All of a sudden the world looks different through the viewfinder perspective and an artist’s mind. I love the “lucky” shot, tiny details, beautiful lighting, and my giggling children. Oh and newborns! And while I’m at it, my fantastic camera bag and camera strap. I’m a sucker for accessories!
I like photography because it can be challenging and there is always something new to learn! I am so grateful for CaptureYour365. Last year, 2013, was the first year I did CY365, and I absolutely loved the experience. The CY365 community is amazing and so supportive. I would be at a loss without all of you and your inspiration!
What is your favorite class at Capture Your 365?
I’ve taken them ALL and my favorite has been Exposure. I feel that class really deepened my understanding of how my camera works off of auto and then some! One of my favorite things people say to me when I take their picture is, “Oh, the flash didn’t go off.” And I can say, “I know!” Truly, though, you can’t go wrong with any of Katrina’s classes. I learn something new with each and every one of them. I enjoy the webinar sessions and connecting with others who share the same passion for learning as I do. All of Katrina’s classes have opened up my eyes to photography and enriched my knowledge. I look forward to my “Practice” year and gaining new insight and skills, all the while capturing everyday life, slowing it down one memory at a time.
You can follow Cindy’s photography in her CY365 gallery.