Behind the Lens | Kris Baker

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.

When Kris Baker joined our community in the summer of 2012,  I noticed her strong focus on family.  Many of her photos involve her husband or daughters.  Another aspect that draws me to her photography is her use of black and white photography, giving her photography a timeless appeal.

Meet Kris Baker.

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What sparked your interest in photography?

My initial interest in photography started when I was about ten years old and a girl scout.  One of our troop member’s father led us through the tasks to earn our photography merit badge.  At that point I had a Kodak 110 Instamatic.  I remember him encouraging me, but I didn’t pursue learning more about photography at that point.  Throughout my life, I have always taken pictures, but it has not been until the last few years that I really started taking photographs intentionally and trying to better my skills.

 

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What camera do you use?

I started the year with a Nikon D300.  In the spring, my husband bought me a Nikon D600.  I have been a Nikon girl since I got my first “real” camera, a Nikon N60 back in film days.  I have learned through the CY365 process that my phone is also an important vehicle for capturing meaningful moments when I don’t have my DSLR handy.

 

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What is your favorite lens?

This is a hard question!  I got a 50mm 1.4 lens for Christmas 2012.  For the first part of 2013, I shot mostly with that lens, trying to get a feel for it.  It was the first non-kit, as well as fixed lens, that I owned.  In the spring I got a 105mm macro lens.  That opened up a whole new world.  I love them both.  When I’m not sure what the day will bring as far as subjects for photographing and don’t want to carry my entire bag, I use my 24-85mm kit lens.

 

What makes you happiest about your photography?

The thing that makes me the happiest about my photography is that my whole family is involved and supportive.  My husband is always a willing subject when I need him to be, and my youngest daughter asks me to take photos for her and her friends.  My family is always asking what the prompt of the day is and offering suggestions.  Their support means the world to me.

As far as the photos themselves, I think the thing that makes me the happiest is when I can take an everyday, often overlooked, object or scenario and show a different side to it, a side that shows its beauty.  Most of our lives are lived in the everyday.  If I can’t find beauty there, my life would be boring and unmemorable.  Who wants to go through each day like that?

 

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During my CY365 journey, I have become fascinated with photographing the Lego minifigures.  Not only do they provide opportunities to work on technique, they also offer another avenue for creativity.  I find that I turn to them when I am at a loss for what to photograph for the daily prompt.  They never let me down!

 

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What is your favorite class at Capture Your 365?  

I have taken all of Katrina’s classes except Capture Your Kids. I have loved every one of them and learned so much from each!  I started with Capture Your Life Through the Lens in the fall of 2012.  I wrote to Katrina at the end of that class that I felt like I had been on a six-week marriage encounter retreat with my camera.  That course filled in a lot of gaps that I had in my knowledge about photography and all the buttons on my camera.  When that class concluded, it was about time for Capture Your HolidaysTaking that right upon the heels of Capture Your Life gave me the opportunity, in a structured way, to keep practicing what I had just learned.  After these two courses I was hooked.  Katrina’s knowledge and support, as well as that of the rest of the CY365 community, provided a safe a supportive place where I felt that I could share and grow as a photographer and a person.

All that said, the Inspired 2013 class has been my favorite.  The fact that this was a year long class provided so many opportunities to try new things and see my surrounding world in new and amazing ways.  The monthly webinars have been fantastic.  I don’t think that I would have enjoyed this class, or benefitted from it, as much had I not participated in Capture Your Life first.

You can follow Kris at her blog All In a Day or her CY365 Gallery. You can also read about Kris’s unique photo challenge in a guest post she wrote last year for CY365.

 

 


11 Comments

  1. Kris Baker

    With starting a new school semester, I forgot that this was being uploaded this month. I came to the blog looking for the February prompts:-)

    I am touched by all of the kind words here. Though I have not met a single person in this community face to face, I consider everyone here as a friend. When we see daily glimpses into each other’s lives, bonds are created. On my busiest days, I always make time for and look forward to looking at the day’s photos in the gallery, even if time doesn’t allow me to comment on everyone’s photos.

    I am honored and humbled to be a part of this amazing community. In addition to the incredible talent and creativity that resides here, there is also a friendly and supportive spirit.

    Again, thank you all for your kind words. I look forward to snapping through another year with all of you!

  2. Deborah21

    Kris, I am new to CY365 and I have appreciated your encouragement so very much. I loved reading about your journey in photography. Your photos here are gorgeous, and provide me with lessons in composition, perspective, and settings, as well as wonderful inspirations. Thank you for all of this.

  3. Melinda Schroeder

    Beautiful narrative. I love your photos and think they display a true love of what matters most in this life: family. 🙂

  4. It’s so fun to learn a little bit about you Kris. I always look forward to your posts in the gallery. Your photos and stories are always so inspiring. I am looking forward to getting to meet you later this year.

  5. Kris – I have been a “super fan” of yours from the start! I am so glad to learn more about you! I think of you every time I look at my little chicken man! 🙂 I hope to someday meet up with you in real life and spend some time taking photos together! If you ever plan a trip to Florida be sure to give me a shout out!! 🙂

  6. What an interesting look into you and your love for photography! Glad to learn more about you and understand a bit more about your 365 journey!!

  7. Faith Haynesworth

    Kris, your photos have been some of my favorites since I began viewing the gallery. As strange as it might seem, through them and your narratives, I feel I’m really getting to know you although we have never met 🙂 Your images and POV are inspiring. I’m glad to have this new glimpse of a photographer I admire. BTW…I absolutely love the stone staircase/church image!

  8. Love your story! I just hope I can get there someday. I LOVE photographing Legos from mini figures to our Christmas town to my son’s creations…I think I will be using them in a different way now thanks to your inspiration!

  9. Tracey Gehring

    It certainly is nice to learn a little bit about you Kris! I look forward every day to seeing your photos in the gallery. I love to see what you’ve done for the day and your write up for it 🙂 I agree with Michele your photos are definitely inspiring as are the stories behind them 🙂 I’m so glad to have met you! 🙂

  10. Nice article. I love Kris’s photos. She is great photographer. I have followed her blog since your first article about her.

  11. Kris,it is nice to learn a little bit more about you. Your photos and the stories behind them always inspire me.

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