This month’s Instagram interview is with Christine Keegan @homemadeinchina. We’ve been following Chistine for a while now and love seeing the other side of the world through her eyes.
I’ve been living in China with my family for nearly ten years now. My husband and I have four children ages 4-11, and my main job at this point is being their mom as well as supporting what we do here. I also teach Art part time at a small Chinese primary school. I’m a bit sarcastic and love all things moody, but also crooning out a Coldplay or worship song on the piano. I get excited about coffee and chai, mountain air and the smell of a campfire, hummus and naan, a good novel or biography, blending images and words, cuddling up to watch a documentary with my husband, laughing with my kids, and beautiful light.
I’ve always had an interest in different forms of journalism and my nature definitely has an artistic bent to it, but I didn’t pick up a camera until we got rid of our point and shoot and bought a Canon Rebel in 2008. We had only lived in China for about one year at that point and right away I was intrigued by the difference kind of images I was getting as well as the interesting world around me. And my kids were young and cute at that point too. I took a class early on that taught how to shoot in manual and that immediately opened up a whole new world for me, allowing me to understand how to manipulate my camera and understand the light in order to get the images I wanted.
Tell us what your go to camera + lens setup is and what is your processing method.
I have a very minimal, simple set up. I still don’t have a full frame camera… maybe someday:) Right now I use a Canon 7d and one lens- the 35L. I also have the 50mm 1.4 that I used exclusively for many years until I purchased the 35, but it never gets used anymore. Recently I bought an old Olympus OM-1 film camera and have just started learning my way through that process. For processing, I use Lightroom and my most often go-to are VSCO presets, with a few tweaks here and there to my liking.
Getting out of the city has been the most inspiring thing for me recently. I love street photography and it has long been one of my favorite genres to shoot regularly, but both the vigor of fresh air, new subject matter, and the people and sights of places in the rural areas have been incredibly moving to me in the last couple years. Words are also like a fuel to my spirit, and when I’m reading or writing, they often play off what I’m seeing or taking photographs of, and that is usually a real source of inspiration for me. One other helpful thing is personal projects. I’ve found that they push me (as with a 365) or give shape to ideas and purpose in creating images. I think too that my inspiration often comes from creating a series of images that tells a story. I don’t often have one stand-alone stunner… but prefer to think in a range of images that will give a sense of place, details, emotion, etc. And that is a home-run artistic moment to me.
Amy Donohue is a lifestyle portrait and wedding photographer living in Central Vermont serving all of New England. She has a one-in-a-million husband and three kids who inspire her work through their everyday adventures of living in Vermont. She completed her first 365 project in 2013 and has continued to shoot and share daily on Instagram and her website. She is so excited to be a part of the Light Inspired team and looks forward to seeing you on Instagram where she showcases some pretty amazing images for Light Inspired.