interview :: d. s. brennan photography


i recently had the pleasure of discovering diana and her lovely shop d. s.  brennan photography.  i love the way she so organically captures nature and the environment.  i hope you enjoy getting to know her a little better!

1) tell us a little about yourself:
I'm in my late 20's, have a wonderful husband, and enjoy gardening and spending time with family and friends.

2) where is home?
Rhode Island

3) other than your beautiful etsy shop- what do you do?
Well, on the photography end of things I also do art shows, wholesale to shops, and do events with Arts in RI, my amazing local street team.

For the time being, I also work part-time as a wetland consultant. (I spend a lot of time in swamps.)

4) are you a self-taught photographer? do you have any tips that you would like to share with us?
I have taken two photography courses - one in high school and one in college. They really formed a good foundation from which to grow. Aside from that it's a lot of experimentation, research, and the occasional photography workshop.

As for a tip, I always recommend that people photograph things in natural light whenever possible. I think it's so much lovlier than artificial light, and easier to work with, too.

5) how, what or who got you first started?
Well, after taking my high school photography class I really got hooked - I knew I wanted to take another in college. After college the lack of a darkroom meant I didn't do much with photography. I started back up, taking photos nearly every day, after getting my Nikon D70 in 2005.

6) what inspirations really feed your creative side?

Nature, solitary walks in the forest, travel, and music.

7) how would you describe your style?

This is a tough question. I isolate my subjects, sometimes enough to call my photos semi-abstract. I like clean backgrounds. I try to make art that is accessible, but still has a little mystery to it.

8) describe your typical day:
It always begins with a hot cup of delicious coffee (my hubby roasts it himself - I'm spoiled). I have a morning internet routine - check email, relist on Etsy, pop onto Twitter, say hi to the Arts in RI team on Ning... Then I get down to whatever work I've outlined on my to do list. Sometimes I go out to shoot new photos, sometimes I mat prints, sometimes I do accounting... I take a nice break at lunch and read or visit the garden. Then back to work until my hubby gets home around 6pm.

9) mac or pc?

I'm a PC girl

10) what is your favorite thing to do on a sunday afternoon?
Garden, read a book, or play a computer game with hubby.

11) what is your favorite piece of photography equipment (other than your camera)?

I think it's a tie between my polarizing filter and my remote shutter release.

12) anything else you would like to share?

I've observed that whenever I get really frustrated or start thinking about giving up on photography, something really great happens with it. So I like to think that means I'm on the right track

make sure to check Diana out elsewhere on her website, etsy shop and blog!

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