Friday Five

This week I am continuing with my Friday Five feature of another of my fPOE photographers.  The talented Laura Evans was kind enough to share a little about herself.  Laura has a unique vision of the world and it shows in her whimsical, vintage inspired photograph’s. I simply adore her work and the beautiful light that fills her images. She recently acquired a Lensbaby and has taken some beautiful photos of Paris.

Something that few people know about you.
i was advised to quit playing the Violin in primary school!

Which is your most-used lens?
Hmmm after this weekend easily my lensbaby composer with edge 80 but since i have only owned it for a few weeks i’m not sure it counts. But i’m counting it 

If you could have lunch with someone famous, who would that be?
Dickie Chapelle, she was a war photographer who died in Vietnam & a pioneer as far as pushing the boundaries for women in that genre. William Eggleston so i could pick his brain about photography since he has inspired me so much in my own work. & i guess i’d ask Ansel Adams & Richard Avedon to the party just because.

When/Why did you start taking photos?
I started taking photos at 17 when i decided to do an A-Level in Photography for no other reason than i knew it was something i wanted to do.

What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
Stuff of the pretty shiny variety … & my son!

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Ms. Evans. You can find her on the web at:




Friday Five

Today we are going to get to know Angela Haugland one of my fellow team mates from fPOEInspired by nature and architecture, Angela has a unique vision that focuses on vintage themes and translates through all of her images.

When/Why did you start taking photos?

I started taking photos when I was in high school, I had borrowed an old Canon AE-1 film camera from my grandparents to take a photography class in school, and instantly fell in love.

Why do you love photography?
I love that simple things can be captured in such a beautiful way, and memories can be preserved forever. There is a very personal connection to photography for most people, whether they are the ones buying prints, or the ones taking the shots. You have to feel connected to your art, and I feel like a lot of times, that my camera is an extension of my arm, and serves as just another way to reach out and collect little bits of beauty all around me.

Who are some photographers from the past and present that inspire you?

Hmm…. that’s a tough one… I think I will have to go with Henri Cartier-Bresson. He’s a french photographer with an emphasis on “street” photography (architecture, city still life, portraiture, etc). He has a quote I really love too, “To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye, and the heart. It’s a way of life.”

If you could travel anywhere in the world to take photographs, where would it be?

I would love to go to Italy again, everything there is photogenic! Ha! I was there in 2003, but only for a week. I would love to take a trip and stay for at least a couple of weeks… I would also love to go to South America someday…

If someone gave you $3000 today to spend on photography equipment, what would you buy?

 Oh gosh! Come to think of it, I could use a new camera body! I’ve loved the heck out of the one I have, and it might be time for an upgrade… $3000 will do quite nicely for that! 🙂

Please stop by and visit Ms. Angela’s etsy shop, her Jewelry Shop and of course facebook!

Friday Five

This weeks Friday Five featured photographer is Erika Lafrennie from Traveling Gal Photography.

When/Why did you start taking photos?

For me, taking photos was more about finding a way to capture all of the amazing things I discovered while traveling. Gradually, I began to realize that I enjoyed taking those photos almost as much as I enjoyed the adventures themselves. I’ve been taking pictures since 1995, but in 2011, I started taking photos in earnest for the sake of photography. My style varies between fine art photography and social documentary photography.

What inspires you?

Hands down, other cultures! I have lived in or traveled to more than 25 different countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and I am never happier than when I am in a new place that feels completely alien to me. Taking pictures is a wonderful way to digest and understand the world around me.

What would be your dream job as a photographer?

National Geographic! I would also love to work for an NGO documenting social causes in desperate need of global attention. Right now, I would most like to return to the Omo River Valley of Ethiopia to photograph the disappearing tribes who live there. The Ethiopian government is developing industrial sugarcane plantations and completing construction on the Gibe III Dam. The tribes of this area rely on the Omo River below the dam site for their survival, either through flood recession agriculture or to provide food and water for livestock. Once complete, the dam will interrupt seasonal flows of the Omo River, effectively threatening the only two options for survival in the region.Government troops are also forcibly removing people from their land, and human rights groups are reporting numerousbeatings, systematic rape, and unjustified arrests throughout the region, as well as a rapidly increasing number of deaths from starvation. Along with the normal everyday advancement of technology into the region, the way of life in this part of the country will be forever changed. Likely, entire ethnically unique tribal groups will vanish from a region that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 specifically for its colorful genetically and linguistically diverse peoples. I would revere the opportunity to return, spend more time with these incredible peoples, and document what’s going on there.

(Photos from my series, “Disappearing Tribes”)

Why do you love photography?

Photography is the tangible result of the way an individual sees his or her surroundings. It’s the closest you can get to seeing inside someone else’s mind. When I was younger, I lived in New Orleans for a while – a gorgeous and inimitable city that I fell completely in love with. For me, New Orleans has a very European air, and its rich history breathes and co-exists alongside the present day. Years later, a coworker who was born and raised in New Orleans saw some of my photos and didn’t recognize the city of his youth. He asked me where they were taken, Paris? Prague? He was stunned when I told him because he had never seen his home in that way.

What is your favorite camera?

Obviously, there is an undeniable difference of clarity and resolution between photographs taken with a professional-quality SLR camera versus a cell phone camera, but it doesn’t necessarily make the cell phone shot less lovely. I prefer digital to film, and my brand of choice is Nikon, but as a general rule, I don’t answer this question. I believe one either has the natural talent to compose a great shot, or not. One of my all time favorite photographs was taken with a dusty, old disposable underwater camera purchased on a street corner in Kanchanaburi, Thailand for $5 because all of my camera batteries had run out. When inspiration strikes, you use what you have and make the best of it.
Thanks to the lovely Ms. Erika for sharing with us today. You can learn more about Erika on the web.

Friday Five

I am starting a feature post called “Friday Five”. Every Friday I will interview a fellow artisan by asking them five questions. First up is my fellow fPOE, Female Photographers of Etsy, team mate Shannon Clark.


When/Why did you start taking photos?

I started taking photos in Jan 2011. I had admired the work of others for many years and being a creative person, I decided to give photography a try. A year and a half later, I love it!



What’s your favorite thing to photograph?

I’m partial to city and carnival settings, basically man made subjects. I feel like you can go in every editing direction with them (from wild and modern to classic and vintage) as opposed to nature and landscape photography.




If you could travel anywhere in the world to take photographs, where would it be?

New York!! Or any large city



What are you most proud of?

I’m proud of a lot of things, it’s hard to narrow it down to one. I think the opportunity that made me most excited and feel accomplished was signing with a publisher who has had their artists’ work in big stores such as Bed, Bath and Beyond. Fingers are crossed that can be me! I’m also proud of having my wholesale accounts for Iphone cases and for having the most featured photos from an artist/photography on Picnik’s facebook page!


What do you do to unwind?

Edit photos!!


Thanks to Ms. Shannon for sharing a bit about herself and her wonderful photos. Follow her on facebook and view more of her work!


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