This week’s Featured Photographer is:
Daphne Laput Photography
Areas you Serve:
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m a married mother of 2 in rural NY state. My time is constantly spent with children – either my own or those at the daycare I work part time at. We’re in a whirlwind of personal busyness with between work, having our eldest hit school age, our own further education, our first house, etc. It’s been a busy year! I’m entirely self taught and have gone through a lot of trial and error to get to where I am and capture images I truly enjoy and show our day to day life as I see it.
How did you get started in photography?
I’m a mom with a camera – and still very much only think of myself that way! I started out as a teen mom with a camera because I could not wrap my mind around spending hundreds or thousands of dollars for pictures of my son, when I could do it myself? 😉
Don’t worry, my tune has changed now!
What do you shoot?
I pretty much exclusively shoot my kids as I work towards becoming a proper business in these next couple years. I want to fully enjoy and document my own family’s moments while my kids are little and not have to worry about being caught up with client work constantly. I focus on our day-to-day life and a true representation of our young family.
Who or what inspires you?
Oh my children, by far. At 5 and 2 there are plenty of challenging moments but it’s so rewarding to find beauty in them and be able to capture it. There’s several life style photographers I follow for inspiration (Joni Burtt, Heather Robinson, Erin Hensley, and others) as they seem very sure of who they are in their photography – it’s a beautiful thing to see.
What kind of camera bag do you carry and what’s in it?
…The diaper bag doubles as the camera bag. Yes, I’m a terrible expensive gear owner.
I’ve jumped around on gear a lot this year, though always Canon. In the past 12 months I’ve gone from a t2i (R.I.P. via sippy cup), 60d and in October I upgraded to a 6d. I have a 35mm f/2.0 and 50mm f/1.4 I both use regularly and I’m eagerly waiting the arrival of my 24mm f/2.8! I just received a prism and a flash so I’ve been trying to incorporate those into my work as well.
What are some of your favorite photography products?
Besides the camera and lenses I’m not too much of a “product” person!
Three random things about yourself:
1. I’m a 1st generation American born citizen on my mother’s side.
2. I’m overly invested in my kids’ wardrobes.
3. I’m quite the introvert!
Best piece of advice you’ve received?
To break the rules. I think everyone should know them – but it is totally okay to embrace blurry pictures, chopped limbs and centered subjects. Often these are my favorite as they truly tell the story of my family and life right now.
Any advice you’d like to share?
Surround yourself with work better than yours – in your eyes. Seeing photos that make you think and use techniques you don’t fully understand will keep your work interesting and really expand your knowledge as well as finding out what suits “you” and what doesn’t. It gives you something to work towards instead of becoming sedentary.
Mac or PC? Photoshop or Lightroom?
We’re PC users, my husband actually builds our desktops to try to ensure max amount of picture room, haha.
I currently use mainly Lightroom with a little bit of Photoshop when something needs cloning or resizing. One of my “goals” for 2016 is to have a better understanding of Photoshop.
Where else can we find you on the web?
I’m a monthly contributor over at Dear Photographer and keep an eye out for a workshop hosted by me in collaboration with Beyond the Wanderlust in March 2016! I also post regularly to my Facebook and Flickr.