How did you get involved in Photography?
I’ve been interested in photography since I was in high school. In my attic at home, I found my dad’s old film camera (a Pentax K1000), dusted it off, read a few photography books, and walked around everywhere with it. Then, in university, I studied journalism and had the privilege to study photojournalism under a retired Boston Globe photographer. After I graduated, I became a newspaper reporter (writing is my first love). My job was as a writer, but I still loved and wanted to learn more about photography. One of my colleagues at the newspaper, one of our best photojournalists, allowed me to shadow him on my days off. I followed him around like a puppy dog, taking in any bit of advice he would throw my way.
In 2007, I moved to South Korea and my parents bought me my first DSLR. As a foreigner in a new country, I looked at everything with the eyes of a child. Every experience was new and interesting, and I wanted to capture it all. Over the years, I have discovered that taking photos of people is my passion. And, these days, most of my photography revolves around family portraits and lifestyle photography.
What kind of photographer can you define yourself?
I’m a people-person, and that spills over to my photography. I love to take pictures of people, and consider myself a portrait photographer. I love to blend the Korean style of using props in children’s photography with the western style of lifestyle portraits, which captures families and people in their more natural environment, interacting with each other on a real level. Nothing makes me happier than when I capture a secret look or grin or moment between two people.
How do you get inspired?
I’m always inspired by other photographers. There are so many talented photographers in Korea and across Asia (all over the world, of course). I’m very active on Instagram with my personal photography (I photograph my kids constantly! 🙂 ) While I mostly share my family photos there and not necessarily my most artistic work, I do follow some very talented photographers and they all greatly inspire me to try new things with my photography and to see the world in new and exciting angles.
How did you end up in Korea?
My husband and I moved to Korea in 2007. We were very young at the time, and we wanted to travel the world but didn’t have much money. Teaching English in Korea was a great option for us to get our foot out into the world, and afford to do so. We’ve lived in Korea on and off since then (mostly on), and now consider it our home. Both of our children were born here, and we just adore this little Asian peninsula.
What has been your best experience as a photographer?
Being a photographer is an open invitation into some wonderfully warm human moments. Sometimes, you know you’re in a special moment as you click away. A lover’s embrace. A child’s adoring eyes at his mother. A new mother discovering her new role in life. But sometimes, you don’t feel that special moment until you’re back at home in a dark room, going through thousands of photos of a single event when this image pops up on your screen and you realize you caught this magical moment. You get to re-live that special scene, and you get to give that back to those people, their family, and their friends, to hold onto forever. That’s very rewarding.
To view more of Lindsay’s work you can visit her Facebook page