Emma Collins Photography shared a stunning {Urban} image and Sharleen Stuart Photography fell in love with it.  Today I caught up with Emma to learn a little bit more about her and her photography

You can see more of Emma’s work at @emmacollins_photography

 

Tell us a bit about yourself?  and  Are you a hobbyist or a pro?

I’m a mum of 3 (I have a 15 year old boy and 2 daughters aged 12 and 7), and I’m a pro photographer, so spend much of my time spinning lots of plates! I’ve been working as a photographer for about 8 years now, although I started growing the business more since my youngest started school 3 years ago. I specialize in natural photography of families and babies, but I also do a bit of commercial work too.

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This image is an old favourite as it evokes a memory for me and I like the layers in the composition and I always love the challenge of capturing all 3 kids in one frame. We were on holiday in Denmark, I had dragged my tribe to a chair museum, let’s just say they had had enough and made full use of the exhibits!

 

Tell us a bit about your photography gear.  What is the lens do you not have but you   desire to have the most?

I’m a Canon girl! I have a Canon 5d mkiv and my back up body is my beloved old 5d mkiii, and I have a grown lens collection:  Canon 85mm L f1.2, Sigma Art 50mm f1.4, Canon 35mm L f1.4, Canon 28mm f1.8 and an old 50mm that I hacked for freelensing! I occasionally use a tripod but avoid them most of the time as I end up fighting with them!

My most desired lens … hmm that’s tricky, I have a long wish list … I need to replace my 35mm as its not working properly, but what I really want is something way less practical, the Canon 24mm tilt and shift, or an ultra wide angle lens like a 14mm … and I would love a drone or some proper waterproof housing!

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I love looking for shadows and reflections, different ways of capturing a moment. This is a favourite example of a shadow telling a great story, my 2 girls chatting together, my oldest leaning to listen to her little sister … and I love the vibrant orange too.

 

What makes you pick up the camera when you don’t feel like it?

It was always so easy to take endless photos when my kids were young, but I admit it is far more of challenge now they are older. They don’t like to be photographed, but they also aren’t as cute and they don’t do such cute things! Nowadays I tend to be inspired by pretty light or new places, I feel like I”m at a cross section and trying to figure out where to go next with my own personal work.

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I don’t have a drone, but I would love to get one … right now I settle for any opportunity I can get up high and take an image from above, I find it fascinating how it gives a completely different perspective to a scene.

Film or digital? Black and white or color? Lifestyle or traditional?

I definitely prefer a more natural style of photography, capturing moments as they arise rather than staging a shot. I don’t have a preference for colour or black and white, I find it depends of the photo and the mood. Although I started out on film I only shoot digital at the moment, but film is one of the avenues that I have been considering exploring for my own personal growth.

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I already mentioned that I love shadows and reflections, well this is one of my favourite reflection images. It was an enormous puddle on a beach in Crete, which allowed me to capture a large amount of detail, I love the texture that is added to the image from the layers of sand under the water… sometimes I leave a reflection upside down, but I also like to turn them as I did here.

 

What personal projects are you working?

I am currently having fun learning the art of freelensing, I love the way it makes me let go of the idea of perfection. I’m also teaching myself how to make short films, and what started out as a hobby is now filtering through into my commercial work.

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I don’t get so many opportunities to photograph my oldest, he tends to shy away from the camera, so I’m always delighted when I do manage to get a shot. I took this shot from a dark landing into a small roof top bedroom at my mum’s house, I really like the pocket of light and the sharp angles.

 

Most important thing you learned about editing.

That I’m lazy!! I have a really loose natural style to my work and I don’t like it to be over edited, I strive to make the image as good as I can in camera so that I don’t spend hours in Lightroom.

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I was shooting through a misty shower door for this shot, I like the smudgy effect that the steam creates and the different layers of light and reflection, and I do love a moody engaging stare!

I would encourage you to take some  time to go and visit @emmacollins_photography and view her page.  You will love all the portrait images that she has taken.

We still have the {Abstract} theme on Share Six until July 5th so don’t forget to share your images to the Facebook page or the Instagram page (#sharesix_abstract). You have a chance to be featured as the banner on the Facebook page and web page, as well as to do an interview highlighting who you are.  We would love to see your work.