I loved sitting down with this artist, not only because her work is stunning, but because she is a friend and local photographer. Samantha Lovett has such a unique and dreamy style, I’ve always said I would know her work anywhere. Her photos make you say, “Gah, I want to go there.” Thank you again Samantha for sitting down with me today, I’m so excited to dive into this interview.
1. Samantha, tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up in a small town in the very north of Scotland. From there I went to the University of Glasgow to study Human Physiology. Although I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in Glasgow, I was unsure if I wanted to pursue a career in my subject. I spent the summer after graduating trying to figure out what I wanted to do and I never came up with anything so I decided to go to South Korea. Why not, right? There I met my German American husband who works for the USAF. After traveling around Asia I joined him at his next stations in Central Coast of California for 4 years. Now we live in Germany along with our two dogs. Long story short!
2.When did your photography journey begin?
I guess it’d have to be in South Korea when my husband (boyfriend at the time) bought himself a “fancy camera”. He was more interested in taking continuous shutter shots of himself making funny faces than anything so I stole it from him and started photographing our travels and adventures. As many of us start out, I would take far too many pictures and edit them in some weird way that now makes my head hurt to look at. However, it didn’t take me long to get out of the awkward phase and realize how much I loved photographing people and their interactions with one another and their environment.
3. What are some things that inspire you in your day to day life?
I love to laugh and I feel (hope) that my work portrays this. As much as I’d love to be a photographer that captures the raw and moody moments, I have surrendered to the fact that I always lean towards the happier and joyful moments during sessions. Which is interesting to me because all of my favorite artists are the complete opposite. I can only assume that through life my focus and inspirations will change as I have a family of my own.
4. If you could have any artist photograph your family, who would it be and why?
Although he is a wedding photographer I would love Jonas Peterson to photograph my family. I love how he incorporates the landscape in such a breathtaking way. I’m much more likely to hang something like that on my wall than a shot that focusses only on the people.
5. What piece of equipment have you been dying to get your hands on?
I use my 50mm f/1.4 almost exclusively so I’d have to say it’d be the 50mm f/1.2. Also, I’ve had my eye on a few mirrorless cameras.
6. If you could photograph anything what would it be and why?
I’m drawn to stunning landscapes and animals. I love incorporating animals and beautiful backdrops into my images when possible. I look forward to photographing my own children one day in stunning locations such as on safari in Kenya, underwater with tropical fish and walking along the great wall of China. These are all places I have been and always dream of returning to with a family.
7. Who are some of your more recent favorite artists to follow?
Jonas Peterson, Neil Thomas Douglas, Brooke Shaden, Laura Zalenga
8.What’s in your camera bag?
Not much at all. Despite doing this professionally for nearly 5 years now I still have quite the aversion to all things technical so I try to keep my equipment to a bare minimum. Usually when I buy something new, I sell something in it’s place. I currently use a Canon 5D mkii with the Canon 28mm and 50mm f/1.4. My backup body is a Canon 7D.
9. I love the whimsical feel to your photos, what draws your eye to your style and way of editing?
Thank you! I always find it interesting to hear how another photographer views my work. It’s very hard to label your own work as we view it from such a different viewpoint. My editing style has stayed relatively consistent over the last 3 years. I’ve always loved color and a concentration on the environment. I love deep, beautiful colors and images that focus on not only the subject but their beautiful surroundings. I edit to bring out the most in the person and the situation I’ve placed them in.
10. If you could give one piece of advice to both new and seasoned photographers what would it be?
Don’t compare yourself to other photographers. I believe this can stunt your own natural creative flow and growth as a photographer without you even realizing it. When I started out I made a conscious effort not to follow photographers in the same genre as me. I tried to draw inspiration from landscape, fashion and travel photographers along with graphic designers, poets and other types of artist that activated my creativity in different ways. My newsfeed on facebook is not full of family photographers. As much as I love to watch and encourage fellow family photographers, I try to keep who I follow to a minimum as I know my mind is a sponge and I want my ideas to be completely original. This may not work for everyone but I know it worked for me and it’s helped me find a style all of my own that I’m completely comfortable with.
Thank you again so much Samantha for taking the time to sit down and give us this beautiful interview, to see more of Samantha Lovett’s work, please click on the links below.
Rebecca Wang is a documentary and lifestyle photographer that lives on the beautiful central coast of California. She has 2 boys, ages 3 and 7, and an amazing supportive husband whom supports all of her ideas. Rebecca is a military spouse, so traveling and change is very common for their family and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Rebecca is inspired by her daily life and the adventures and traveling her family do. She has had many blog interviews and guest appearances, a spread and cover photo on beyond the wanderlust photography magazine, had an honorable mention and two nominee photos in the child photo competition, and is currently doing her first 365 photo project. She is so happy to be apart of the Light Inspired team, and can’t wait to find, meet, and showcase inspiring artists for you all to meet.