A wife, a mother, an iPhoneographer. Jennifer, like many of us, uses her iPhone to capture moments in her life and that are truly special.
Jeniffer in her own words…
EC: Where are you from? Tell me about yourself? Any hobbies?
JF: I was born and raised in the southeastern United Sates. I currently live with my husband and three children in Tennessee. I am a ceramicist and a photographer.
EC: How did you get into iPhoneography?
JF: My husband gave me an iPhone 3G for Christmas in 2008. A few months later I began using editing software available to iPhone users and a whole new world opened up to me. I am a ceramicist by trade, but since having three children, I have not been able to spend long hours in the studio. I quickly discovered that taking and editing photos on my iPhone allowed me to express myself creatively throughout my day while caring for my children. I love being able to document everyday moments, whether it’s a sweet moment between my kids, or just the way the play of light, shadow, and color captures my imagination. I have recently upgraded to the iPhone 4.
EC: Can you recall the first iPhoto you took that made you go WOW, I really got something here!?(be sure to include the photo if you answer this)
JF: Yes. I was just starting to discover editing software, and Camera Bag was the first photo editing app that I downloaded. I took this picture before I learned to adjust the resolution settings, but the way that I was able to capture the mood that I was in, and somehow make a finished product in a matter of seconds, well, I was hooked from then on out.
EC: What does iPhoneography mean to you?
JF: It means being able to have a creative outlet literally at the tip of my fingers at all times. It means being able to capture my world, my thoughts and feelings, and moments with my family that I might not otherwise be able to find the time to do via other art forms. It has given a “voice” to the observer in me.
EC: Do you have any formal training regarding traditional photography?
JF: I have always had a love of photography. As an undergraduate I studied both photography and ceramics. I also enjoy shooting film with toy and vintage cameras that I find.
(first leaf of fall)
EC: Who or what are your artistic influences?
JF: I am inspired by anyone who has a passion for what they do, and having graduated with a BFA has given me exposure to many art forms that I find inspirational and can draw from. If we are talking about traditional photography, the first photographers that I remember capturing my heart and mind were Julia Margaret Cameron and Francesca Woodman. I am also inspired by the work of Cindy Sherman, Ann Hamilton, and Kiki Smith. I am very fortunate to have several friends who are talented artists (my husband included!) and they provide endless amounts of inspiration for me. As far as iPhoneography goes, I am constantly inspired by what I see my fellow iPhoneographers producing through such communities as Flickr, Pixels at an Exhibition, and EYE’EM, to name a few.
EC: What has been the some of the challenges of using the iPhone as a camera?
JF: There are very few technical challenges, and any limitations of using a mobile phone for a camera only serve to add to the charm of the finished product. The challenges that I tend to deal with are people’s acceptance of cell phone photography as a valid form of expression.
(After the Rain)
EC: Has your work been published before, if so, where? Did you ever expect your work to be noticed by the iPhoneography community?
JF: I had the tremendous honor of being included in the Pixels at an Exhibition show in Oakland, California. I was also part of a group photography show at the MIR Gallery in Nashville, TN, a couple of my pictures have made the daily pick over on Shutter Sisters, and most recently, one of my photos, “goggles”, was featured on Mashable’s 10 Incredible iPhone Portrait Photographs.
I take pictures for pure enjoyment and for the tremendous creative release that it allows me to have on a daily basis. I also enjoy capturing the world as seen through my children’s experiences. Any recognition or validation of what I do from friends and the iPhoneography/mobile phone community is a complete thrill.
EC: What has been the most surprising or most predictable reaction from people to your iPhotographs?
JF: I am happiest when someone tells me that a photograph of mine calls up a certain memory for them, or makes them feel a certain way, or if it is just plain enjoyable to look at. I think the most surprising thing was when a close friend of mine, who is an amazing professional photographer, asked me to take a portrait of her family with my iPhone!
EC: What’s in your iPhone camera bag? What app(s) do you currently use the most often?
JF: I have about 20 photo editing apps that I have collected over the past year and a half. My current favorites are Iris Photo Suite, Film Lab, TiltShiftGen, Pro HDR, CrossProcess, and PictureShow. I use them alone or in combination.
EC: One of my favorite photos of yours is “Evoke.” Do you mind running through a workflow of this peice?
JF: Sure! Thanks for the compliment! This is a self-portrait, and one of those times when I wanted to document exactly how I was feeling. I happened to be feeling very Hollywood that morning. :)
Most of the time I use one or two apps to achieve the results that I am looking for. Recently, though, I have begun to experiment with layering up to 4 or 5 apps. When I do this process I tend to just go by feel, not really documenting every step. I will try as best I can to recreate some of the steps I may have taken for Evoke.
STEP 1 This is the original, unedited JPEG straight off the camera.
STEP 2 Next I took it into Iris Photo Suite (my first stop for almost all of my pictures these days) to do some cropping and adjusting of levels. A also looked into all of the possible photo effects within IPS until I settled on the vintage canvas effect.
STEP 3 As you can see, that created some undesirable color splotches in the shadows and highlights. I didn’t want to let go of the texture, so I took the photo over to MillColour to see if some of the options there could soften things a bit. I can’t remember exactly, but I think I may have chosen the milk filter.
STEP 4 There was still a bit too much red, so while I was still in MillClolour, I played around with the color controls until things “felt right”. I still wanted a bit of something more… so I took the picture over to Film Lab to see if one of the options there could give it a final touch. I don’t remember which film I chose, and I may have taken it back to one of the previous apps for touching up, but here is the final photograph.
EC: What other thoughts would you like to share?
JF: Thank you so much for having me as a guest. I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful and supportive community. I have gotten to know so many talented and generous iPhoneographers out there. This is indeed a very special group of people, and I feel so fortunate to be a part of it. Thank you for taking an interest in my work, Edgar.
(Eye of the Pug)
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