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@rachael_bashaw was selected from many images to be our featured artist for the December 2019 {Light} theme.  We caught up with Rachael to learn a little bit more about her.

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

My name is Rachael, and I mostly stay home with my two wild little boys. I’ve always loved photography, and studied it off and on over the years, but I didn’t get my first DSLR until 2017, and really started focusing on it after I tried to take some photos of my newborn second son in early 2018 that came out terribly! I made a goal to take a photo every day for a hundred day project that summer, then started my first Project 365 that fall. I finished it a few months ago, and only missed 2-3 days!

I have a small photography business that I started last year, which was probably too soon, but I feel good about it now. Does that make me a pro?

pregnant lady

This was my first styled session, everything chosen and styled by me. It gave me so much confidence!

 

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

My main camera body right now is a Canon EOS RP, which is mirrorless. I love how small it is, how well it focuses (no worries about lens calibration!), and I even like the digital viewfinder that I know a lot of people dislike. I mainly use my Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 and Canon EF 85mm f/1.8, and a cheap Canon 24mm and 50mm occasionally. I’d love to get a Sigma Art 105mm f/1.4 one day!

cousin baby

I love the soft storytelling light and contrast here – this is my cousin’s baby and I’m so glad I was able to create exactly what I envisioned for their new family.

 

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

It felt really good to finish my Project 365, so I started another one. The need for a photo every day really helps me keep shooting, even if it’s just a flower or the cat. I’m much more lenient with myself this time, but when I make sure to get something every day, it creates the habit, so that when I’m feeling more creative or adventurous, I’m much more likely to go create. Sometimes, I’ll use prompts for a month or a few weeks to give me some direction – December had a lot of that, such as “Christmas PJs” or “hot chocolate” or “by the Christmas tree”, but sometimes throughout the year I’ll try to get a photo from above one day, a self-portrait another day, etc. Whatever it takes to get at least one photo every day!

snowflakes

I love freelensing so, so much. It creates a dreamy, ethereal look that I utilized in this photo with the warm, late afternoon winter light and some snowflake cutouts I had. I love snowy winters, and while we haven’t gotten very much snow this year, this photo really captures the dreamy, cozy way it makes me and my boys feel when we have snow.

 

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

I’ve only ever shot digital, though it’d be fun to try film. It looks beautiful and I love the focus on not just shooting carelessly, but with intent, since a roll of film only has limited shots. I love both black & white and color, though I lean more towards color since a lot of the contrast in my photos comes more from contrasting tones than contrasting light. I like a mix of both lifestyle and traditional, though I do more lifestyle in my professional work.

girl sleeping

This is me. I enjoy experimenting with double exposures, both in-camera and by screening one photo over another in Photoshop. I attempted this one in-camera first, but I prefer the way it came together when I had more control in post-processing. Creative photo techniques like double exposures and freelensing enable me to create beautiful, unexpected stories through photos without much use of Photoshop magic.

 

What personal projects are you working?

Well, I’ve got my current Project 365 366. I dreamed up a big project for 2020 to get better at photographing women of all shapes and sizes, but so far it’s kind of fallen by the wayside. Hopefully that will get started soon!

boy with glasses

We recently put up some decorative trim on the outside of our blue kitchen island, and before we paint it to match the rest of the island, I’ve been using it for some beautiful framing for portraits of my boys. The light is from our big glass sliding door, and I love the quirky touch the licorice adds to a rather classic portrait.

 

Most important thing you learned about editing?

The most important thing is probably how much editing can affect the story each image is telling – even just changing the white balance or adding a little glow can completely change what you see.

kids outside

We rarely get fog here in our valley, but, a few weeks ago, there was fog for almost a day and a half straight. I was so excited to go out and shoot in the magical, mysterious, and dramatic phenomenon to create this ethereal photo.

Thank you Rachael for sharing a little bit more about yourself and your work.  Go and check out Rachael’s page @rachael_bashaw.

We look forward to seeing your images on our Facebook page and our Instagram Page. The theme this month is {Out of Focus} so tag us with #sharesix_oof.  You still have a few more weeks.

 

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