Behind the Lens | Jennifer MatthewsPosted by Kelly Buss on Aug 16, 2013 in Behind The Lens, Blog | 6 comments
From the moment Jennifer’s beautiful horse photos appeared in the gallery this winter, I was drawn to her work. As a community, we all anxiously awaited the birth of Red’s foal, and then I cried the day Jennifer shared of the death of the little one. Even though she is one of the newer members to our ever-growing group of everyday photographers, she has made a strong impact on our community. I enjoyed getting to know her and you will, too!
Meet Jennifer Matthews.
What sparked your interest in photography?
I have always had an interest in photography, but I never took it to a level beyond the basic point and shoot camera.
We where traveling to Aruba in December, 2011, so I bought an advanced style point and shoot for the trip. The more I used it the more I knew a point and shoot wasn’t going to be enough, and that I wanted to dive into the world of photography more. Four months later, I had sold the point and shoot and bought my first DSLR in March 2012. I was hooked!
What kind of camera do you use?
What is your favorite lens?
I now have 6 lenses and while each serve their own purpose, my go to lens would be my Canon 24-105mm . It is so versatile! It came highly recommended by both hobby photographers and several professional photographers.
Next would be my macro lens, a Tamron 90mm . When I first started this journey I didn’t think I’d use one, but now I can’t image my camera bag without it. You see the world so differently through a macro lens.
What makes you happiest about your photography?
Photography has helped me look at the world in completely new perspectives. I love shooting outside using natural light. I can sit beside a flower for hours and take a million of that same flower, playing with different lenses, the angles, lighting, composition, or depth of field.
I’m still an amateur, and I’m always looking for new inspiration and ways to improve. All my life I’ve been one to challenge myself in whatever I do. My mantra is “go big or don’t go at all.”
For me photography is a never ending learning curve.
This is my first 365 project (certainly not my last), and I’m so glad I started it. It has become such an important part of my daily routine. I love coupling the prompt with my day, which some days is easy and other days is a challenge.
I can’t wait to look back when the year is over and see the progression from where I started to where I ended with the year with my overall skills as a photographer.
What is your favorite aspect of Capture your 365?
There are so many inspirational photographers here! I have received so much support from people around the world and made some amazing new friends. My skills as a photographer have advanced because of this and would not be where I am today without my CY365 family – so thank you!
This quote from Vincent Van Gogh perfectly sums up my affair with the CY365 project and photography: “I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.”