Lili Nis of Soul Chasing Photography shared the beautiful camera bokeh image and was selected by Tori Aspern of Roots and Twigs Photography as our overall winner for this theme. I caught up with Lili to learn a little more about her photography journey.
- Tell us a bit about yourself? and Are you a hobbyist or a pro?
Hi and thank you for having me. My name is Lili Nis. I am 38 years old and mother to three small children. I am originally from Indonesia but now live in Bremen, Germany.
I am a passionate hobbyist who loves to capture a real deep emotion.
- Tell us a bit about your photography gear. What is the lens do you not have but you desire to have the most?
I just upgraded my Camera from Canon 5Dmkii in to Canon 6D. I have the Sigma 50mm1.4Art , Sigma 35mm1.4 Art as well as the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 35 , Edge 80 and Twist 60.
Since I love the creativity that Lensbaby offers, I am dreaming having the Velvet 56 for my Portrait Images.
- How did your journey to be a photographer happen?
Like most of Mothers with Cameras, at first I just want to take beautiful pictures of my kids. But with the time I wanted more than just a candid image. When a friend told me there was a local workshop on how to use a camera in manual mode, I just pushed myself to attend it, and since then I have become addicted to Photography. Every night when my Baby is asleep and I’m waiting for my husband to come home from work, I sit in front of my laptop and jump from one photography community to another and read all the articles about Photography and let myself be inspired.
- Who inspires you?
Oh my goodness, this is a really mean question lol, there are so much talented photographers that i admire. Here are three that I really admire:
Anita Cline from My Three Sons Image, her free lensing and Lensbaby images are amazing! She captures the emotions so perfectly, I don’t know any other artist who creates such a perfectly beautiful “blur” in her images.
Candice Zugich from The Blissful Maven. From the very first time i saw her photographs I fell in love. There is so much love and emotion in her images. I admire her post processing so much.
Holly Nicole from The Timekeeper. She is not just an amazing artist, but she is also a very lovely person who always supports another photographer around the Globe. I’m always in awe of how can she capture the daily life (of her children) and transform it in to something magical, something outstanding.
- What advice would you share to the aspirants in this field?
Take it easy. Don’t push yourself so hard and don’t compare yourself with other photographers who have already been in business for a long time 🙂 I wish that someone had told me that. You have to know the photography rules but you do not need to limit yourself to the rules.
- One thing that you have learnt as a photographer over the years?
For me, photography is about emotion. I want that people who look at my images to feel the emotion that I am trying to portray, not just a beautiful portrait. They should see or feel, by looking at the image, the sadness, the anger, the loneliness , the happiness etc, I do not really care if my image is not perfect by photography rules as long as they make people feel something.
You can view Lili’s work on her Facebook page. Please take some time to head over to Lili’s page and share a little bit of love with her.
Look out for the change in themes in a few days time. February 6th we will feature the new theme.