Getting to Know You: Behind the Lens with Jill Wellington
When I first saw photos from Jill’s Vintage Val series I knew I wanted to talk to her about it. As an avid thrift shopper and junk enthusiast myself, I love how Jill incorporates found objects into her vision-driven photos.
Jill Wellington is a portrait photographer in Michigan. While she still photographs several sessions a month, she is now teaching photography and photo editing through her blog, video tutorials on her Youtube Channel and weekly newsletter. She just opened an Etsy shop to sell the digital backgrounds she spent years producing for her own professional photography.
What’s the silliest photo of yourself that you’re willing to share?
Photography. I don’t know of anything that has so many people across the world so deeply enthralled. Creating imagery is a beautiful way to express ideas, emotions, themes, and more. With the advent of digital photography and iphoneography, the power to create is in everyone’s hands. With access to knowledge and the ability to continuously learn, the sky is the limit with making images. But, photography practice is imperative.
Why do we get stuck in our creative ruts and lose momentum? How do we break out of the predictable style we’ve come to rely on and continue to practice so that we grow as artists? How do we continue to develop our skills as photographers and as artists in a medium we’ve been using for years? The simple, short answer is: we must practice the art of practicing! Growing as a photographer is a continuous process and being able to deal with the wrong equipment at the right time, embrace not having a vision, and try new workflows to open up the creative flood gates and prepare for future creative opportunities.
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