Spring is here, but the rain has made getting out to shoot tricky. I have been getting out, whenever possible, to build a portfolio of nature shots. Most of this work is centered in Niagara Falls, NY and Niagara FaIlls, Canada, as I am putting together a book on the region, which will be published by Amherst Media in 2018.
I've also ventured into some other interesting genres this year; I've photographed a team of acro-yogis, both midair and on the ground, and I've been trying to capture more of the local music scene.
Wedding season is gearing up as well. As much as I love to stretch my boundaries and photograph things in nature, it's photographing people that is my greatest artistic satisfaction. I am so invigorated by capturing expressions, nuances, and telling stories. I love to see that peak moment and let my reflexes work. I attribute my love of people-watching to my sociology background. I never was able to make much of a career using that degree, but it's paid off in other ways.
I'm also putting more of my work out there as product. I have a profile on RedBubble, a site that I LOVE. You can get any manner of wonderful, usable things printed with my images—from stationery to clocks, to pillows, to shower curtains and clothing. It's an interesting way to see work spring to life. Go to www.RedBubble.com and search for Barbara Lynch-Johnt to see some of the merchandise that's available.
What an incredible month it has been. I have photographed a fashion show, a modeling casting call, an engagement session, a prom outing, a yoga class, a private fine-art session, and oh-so-many portrait sessions, both in-studio and on location. Each time, I was able to connect with the individual(s) in front of my lens earnestly. It seems that bearing a camera makes it easier to dig in and get to know, on a human(e) level, the individuals in front of your lens.
Any lecturer/instructor will tell you, to get images of your clients that FEEL real, you need to make a connection.
I am so grateful to those of you who have walked with me, talked with me, expressed yourself, and shared some of your stories. You make this "job" a passion.
What better time to start a new adventure than the spring? With the sun shining more hours of the day, I've had a little more bounce in my step and have a lot of energy to put my plans for 2015 into motion. The first matter of business is to thank you for visiting my new website. Whatever your photo needs, I look forward to capturing memorable moments and delivering images that make you smile, help you decorate your home, or perhaps help you to get that new job you've wanted.
Welcome. We're in this together.