Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Gentry.
Laura, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
As a child I had one of those 110 film cameras with the cube flash that fit on top and turned a quarter of the way when you used it. After taking a photo you would slide your thumb on the bottom to load the next frame. I took photos of my dolls, my friends, my cat. As soon as I finished the roll I would walk to the one-hour photo to drop of my film. It was next door to Baskin Robins, so I would go there while I waited. I did this so often that the smell of film as you open the package will be forever engrained in my memory.
As a teen I had Scott Mutter and Ansel Adams posters in my room and would wonder how and where they were when they took these photos.
As a young adult I assisted a very talented wedding and portrait photographer, Fran Reisner, in between working my job as a teacher and coach. I specifically remember being enamored by a portrait of hers. It was a bride tip toeing across a babbling stream with her beautiful full gown pulled up so she could see where she was stepping.
As a mom, I got my first digital camera and began taking pictures of my babies. I began capturing the big moments and all those in between moments I never wanted to forget. I didn’t start taking photos for others until a friend of mine convinced me that I must start doing it or I was wasting an opportunity. I will forever be grateful for this push!
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Finding beauty in the monotony of the daily life is my art.
I find it interesting that most people don’t see their daily life as “beautiful”. It is difficult to convince someone to let me come take pictures of them in their home. I find beauty in the way a mom calms her child by taking them into her arms and holding tight and the way a dad throws their toddler up in the air making them giggle with joy. The home is an intimate space and lifestyle photography allows me to see families in the purest form possible.
I want people to appreciate the messiness of now. The way their child dresses themselves, the chaos of raising a family, or the newness of just starting one. I capture details, like the way a child has to stand on their tip toes to open a door. Things that you take for granted and that disappear as years pass. Details you forget that you never thought you would.
How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
I feel successful when my client enjoys the time spent with their family during a session and then I am able to deliver a gallery that they love even more over time.
- Website: www.lauragentryphotography.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @lauragentryphotography
- Facebook: @lauragentryphotography
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