Fun Photographer Interview With Samantha Kempf
Q: Where is your favorite place to live and work as a photographer in the World and why?
A: I think it would be up in the North-Eastern United States where the woods change colors and the mountains get misty.
Q: Define the word “beauty”!
A: It’s in the eye of the beholder; hopefully a good photographer has many beholders. :)
Q: Do you like to talk about yourself or your pictures? If yes, about what aspects of photography? If no, why?
A: No, because unless people specifically ask about a photo; I feel like it is boasting.
Q: How would you describe your attention span?
A: Compared to an average person I have little to no attention span.
Q: When did you decide to become a photographer?
A: When I was young, I loved to capture things that I thought were special or interesting looking.
Q: What does photography mean to you?
A: It means a capture of a specific moment in time.
Q: Can you recall the first photo you took that made you go WOW!?
A: No, I’ve taken way too many pictures to remember the very first that said that to me.
Q: Do you have any formal training regarding photography?
A: No, none at all.
Q: How technical is your photography?
A: Not very.
Q: How do you feel about cropping?
A: Sometimes I feel like it is necessary.
Q: How does your personality change when you look through the camera?
A: I become more automatic/robotic in hopes to capture what i may not see a second time.
Q: How do you feel about missed shots which cannot be recreated?
A: Horrible! I can’t stand to have missed something.
Q: Ever concerned about failure?
Q: Who are your influences?
A: I don’t really have any.
Q: Describe a day in your personal or professional life.
A: Wake up late, stay up late. take care of mom. Play with my camera, draw and paint, take more pictures.
Q: What are the biggest personal or professional challenges you face on a daily basis?
A: Finding time to do my art things while still being able to take care of mom
Q: What has been the single biggest obstacle against growing as a photographer in whole?
A: Money for a better camera.
Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
A: Animals and nature.
Q: Tell your funniest, scariest, most bizarre, most touching story from a photo shoot!
A: I was taking a picture of my dog once in the yard and the flash scared him so he jumped on me while i was trying to take another picture.
Q: Have you ever thought about or actually stopped doing photography? What were the circumstances?
A: My camera has broken before I was distraught the whole time.
Q: Do you ever have photographer’s block and if yes how do you deal with it?
A: When I do, I go draw or paint.
Q: Describe what black and white photography means to you?
A: It makes things seem as though more thought should be put into them.
Q: Do you think of yourself as an artist and what do you think of the word artist?
A: Yes. I think that not everyone can be an artist but the ones that are are incredibly good at what they do.
Q: How do you describe your photographic style?
Q: What has been the most surprising or most predictable reaction to your photographs?
Q: Tell a little secret about yourself that no-one knows …
A: Sometimes I’ll sit in thunder and lightning getting soaked attempting to get a picture of the lightning strike.
Q: Who or what would you love to shoot that you haven’t already?
A: Underwater animals, fish, whales, otters, etc.
Q: What would you have done differently during your photography career so far and could this be an advice to others?
A: Ask someone who knows more than you do about what type of camera you need.
Q: What are your thoughts on the paparazzi and their effects on photographers and photography?
A: I think they don’t really hinder photographers.
Q: How do you feel about digital manipulation and to what extent do you utilize it?
A: If digital manipulation is asked for then I love playing around with it until I get what they want. If it’s not asked for the most I would do is crop a picture.
Connect with Samantha via her MySpace profile.