I follow a lot of different photographers on facebook and instagram because it's always fun to see what other photographers are up to and who doesn't love seeing great photos? Part of my morning routine is looking to see what new photos have been posted on social media and one of my favorites, by far, is Laura Kasper Photography. Her photos are always full of so much personality and real emotions (below are just a few of them!). I briefly met her while I was living in Japan and definitely wish I had more time there to get to know her. So I'm not going to lie I was super excited that she was up for answering some questions for my 2017 photographer Q&A blog post. If you are looking for a fabulous photographer in Atsugi/Zama/Tokyo or wherever she ends up next in this military adventure, I would highly recommend getting in touch with her - www.laurakasperphotography.com :) enjoy!
1. Being in the military we all travel a lot, so where did you grow up? My Dad was in the Navy so we lived in Virginia, California and then finally settled in Maryland.
2. When did you start getting interested in photography? I have always been interested in the arts growing up. I painted, took ballet lessons and figure skated competitively for 16 years but I really didnt start getting into photography until after I had my first daughter. My husband gifted me my first camera before his first deployment so I started practicing every day taking pictures of her and of all my travels while he was away. Pretty soon, I was taking family photos for friends and realized how much I love it!
3. What's your favorite part about being a photographer? I love being able to capture real moments and memories for people. I love being able to capture emotions, details and clients' personality in the images. I love how photography pushes me creatively which really gives me a sense of accomplishment.
4. What would you recommend every person should hire a photographer for?I would say any event or lifestyle session where a photographer can spend time with you whether that be in your home, favorite park or anywhere where you and your family feel the most relaxed and happy.
5. Quickly describe a common photo session with you: I love to make each session a memorable one. I want everyone to feel relaxed and have some fun! I do a mixture of posed and candid shots. I like the posed to warm up with until everyone is more comfortable then we move to candid where we can really capture some real emotions.
6. Photo advice for the someone wanting to take a good photograph? I would say, think about light and emotions. These can really add to a photo. Different types of light can make a photo more interesting with how it highlights or creates shadows on your subject. I love photographs where the subject is conveying some sort of emotion that makes me feel something in return. I’m all about that feels, ha!
7. Just for fun, what is your favorite quote?
A good inspirational quote,
"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things long after you have forgotten everything.” - Aaron Siskind