We welcome Marie Janssen from Blink of An Eye Photography in Burlington, NC as our ShootProof User Featured Photographer. Thanks for sharing your work!
How would you describe your style?
I love a timeless, classic look. My photos are natural, rich with color and beautiful light.
How long have you been a photographer?
I’ve always been known as the “family photographer” but over three years ago I took the leap into professional photography. I took an online course with the New York Institute of Photography and recently graduated. I’ve learned so much the last couple of years, both through my online courses and lots of practice.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve been married over 19 years to the love of my life. I met him in Holland during a missions trip and we married two years later. I lived in Holland for almost 12 years and our three children were born there. I speak Dutch fluently, and love to sing, write songs, read, write and, of course, photograph my life and the lives of those around me. Our youngest daughter was born deaf and has a cochlear implant. Her further education brought us to the States in 2006. She’s doing so well and is an inspiration to us all.
When did you first fall in love with photography?
I first fell in love with photography when I was a young girl. Cameras fascinated me, as did photographs. I remember spending hours looking at my parents’ albums and boxes of old photos. My dear Granddad gave me my first camera when I was 12…his old Kodak 110. I was so proud of that camera and vividly remember sending off my film in the mail and then jumping for joy when my prints would arrive! Since receiving that first camera, my enthusiasm has only increased as I’ve grown older.
What’s your ‘can’t live without’ lens?
My absolute favorite lens is my Nikkor f/2.8 24-70mm. For portrait photography, I often keep it zoomed out at 70 mm and treat it like a prime lens, using my feet to zoom in and out. However, I love that if I need a wide angle shot, it’s right at my fingertips. I must confess though, I’m saving up for the f/1.4 85mm. I’ve been drooling over that lens for a while now.
Where do you find inspiration?
My inspiration is found in the lives of those around me. I have a memory keeper and I love being a memory maker as well. I realize how quickly life passes by and we never know when the “last time” will be. This drives me. I want my images to tell a story, evoke a memory and bring joy to present and future generations.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
To be myself. It’s so tempting to mimic someone else but finding my own voice in photography has been freeing. It’s a process of discovery. I began to realize what I was drawn to…what I loved to see…and what my editing style was. Then, I had to embrace it. This is me.
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
I hope to be one of the premier senior and dance photographers in my area. High school seniors are truly among my favorite subjects to photograph. I’m also the official photographer of one of our local ballet studios. Photographing ballet is beautiful….capturing the grace and elegance of seasoned dancers, along with the wide-eyed wonder of little girls performing on the stage for the first time.