Featured Artist – Jessica Sharpe of Dalton Ln Photography
KMLC- What was it about photography that drew you in and made you decide to pursue it?
Jessica – I always tell everyone I wish I had one of THOSE stories, you know digging through my grandparents attic, finding that old film camera & developing a deep emotional connection to photography at the age of, oh, lets say 9…. But that never happened. I have always taken pictures here & there, but I never knew it was what I needed to be doing until 2009. Valentines Day that year wasn’t exciting for me, my husband was loading up on a bus, and heading to the airport. Destination, Iraq. It wasn’t great, or ideal, but I knew we would be fine. Then we got some news. My husband was part of one of the largest troop movements in history from one war to another. He wasn’t staying in Iraq, he was moving to Afghanistan. There was news coverage of it all the time and we stayed by the TV seeing images of these men & woman, once I seen how much just catching a glimpse of a familiar face meant to me, I knew I wanted to do the same things for others. No war involved of course, just capturing a memory for someone.
KMLC- Define your artistic style?
Jessica -My artistic style….I would say I am a blend of portrait and lifestyle photography. I love a session with a theme, but never anything too posed. I love rich jewel tones and unique areas. I want my images to be timeless and evoke emotion or a connection when people see them
KMLC- Where do you find your motivation to grow, be creative and unique?
Jessica -I find motivation in everything! We live in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, you can not go for a hike here without being inspired by the lighting. I also love to people watch, seeing the way people connect to one another is amazing, and I love to convey that. Other than that I have a great group of peers who inspire and encourage me in a number of ways. .
KMLC -Being a business owner can pose many challenges, tell us how you find balance between your business, art and your personal life.
Jessica – It’s a tightrope act for sure! But one you have to balance on! We make time for family outings, movie nights, things like that. I also take time away for myself for things like girls night! Right now with opening the studio things are crazy, but I plan on making date nights with this handsome guy of mine a priority before he leaves in January!
KMLC -What KMLC products did you use on these images?
Jessica – Clouds/Actions/Textures! I use them all! I have the Grab Bag! Love It! Tack Sharp is my best friend! Due to my style of shooting my skies are almost always blown, so the clouds (especially the newest collection!!!) are a go-to! And then I almost always have a faint texture on all our images!
KMLC- Tell us about these images.
Jessica – This session was recently shot as a birthday surprise. Grace, 11, had admired this violin, which she appropriately named Robyn, in the music store catalog. She has started playing earlier this year and was using one the school had provided. When I seen she had got the violin, I knew what we were going to do.
The area we photographed in was a little walking path a neighbor of mine had done complete with a creek and bridge. luckily it was a little over grown and not too manicured so it worked perfectly!
KMLC – We all want to know, what’s in your bag?
Jessica – I’m a canon girl through and through! I shoot with a Markii 5D. My lens of choice is either my 70-200 or my NiftyFifty. I tend to shoot more natural light so my reflector is always on hand. Other than that you will find my Galaxy3, BurtsBees lip balm & always Pez! Little kids love Pez! They don’t melt or make a mess, and there are a ton in one tiny little pack, that’s a whole lot of bribery!
Thanks for sharing with us Jessica! Amazing images!
To check out more of Jessica’s work at Dalton Ln Photography, go visit her facebook page HERE
and her website HERE
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If you would like to be considered as a KMLC Featured Artist, follow the link, fill out the interview and send in your images per the directions at the interview HERE