Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Featured Artist | Justyna E Butler Photography

Tell us about yourself and your business (if applicable).

I am a natural light, lifestyle photographer from Denver, Colorado with a deep passion for painterly frames. My art continues to be a journey where I open and close doors! Allowing myself the freedom to “notice the unnoticed”. Soulful and painterly are both words that have been used to describe my images, and absolutely love capturing authentic “between the posed shots. I view every frame as a piece of art. I believe in capturing real moments by creating a fun, relaxed environment for each of my photo shoots. Love blur, movement, and emotive imagery!

I'm a mother to a crazy teenager who absolutely loves Lacrosse, two rambunctious labradors: Emma and Jake, and I married my best friend, Blake, for the last 14yrs, and who supports me unconditionally in my love for photography. If you check out the blog now and then, you’re bound to see them.

My photography love has started when I was just a child, chasing my brother with my point and shoot! I am also a visual art teacher and I do believe I am the luckiest person on Earth to be able to have two best jobs ever!

Who or what inspires your art?

My passion for art grows every day… I am truly inspired by watercolorists dramatic light, and soulful, timeless imagery! So, whether I paint with light or I paint with watercolors, I always have a vision in my mind. That’s when the real magic happens!

What do you love most about photography?

I am a lifelong learner and I absolutely love learning more and more. Whenever I feel like I am in a rut I sign up for another workshop and pull out my favorite Lensbaby optics; edge 80 and sweet35! The lensbaby liberates my inner artist! It gives me what no other lenses can give! Throughout the times, I learned to embrace the imperfection, blur, and magical movement that I love! 

Tell us about your specialization or what subjects you prefer to shoot.

I specialize in emotive, timeless imagery and love to photograph the “moments” that otherwise would have gone unnoticed. Also, the details…the tiny pieces of our lives that we could miss if not the macro shots! If you happen to visit my blog, you will notice a ton of macro frames! 

What’s in your camera bag?

I shoot with Canon 70 D and Composer Pro, Lensbaby optics; sweet 35, sweet 50, edge 80, double glass, zone plate, single glass, and plastic, macro 60 mm, and 85 mm1.8. My Lensbaby optics sweet35, edge 80, and sweet50 are my top 3 when shooting! Next on my list is the new lensbaby coming out April 7th! Cannot wait! My paintbrushes are my artistic tool besides my camera!

Share a fun fact about yourself with the readers.
I’m Half Polish half Italian, love good food. I’m messy and disorganized! As an artist, there are days that I love to pick up a paintbrush and paint! Those are the moments that I cherish forever!

If you could photograph anyone in the world, who would he/she be?

If I could photograph anyone in the world, it would be Audrey Hepburn, the “third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema”.

What impact does photography have on your family life?

Always with my camera in my hand, I believe I’ve gained a new found appreciation of a smile, the details– and life itself more. My family shares my photography passion, therefore they support me unconditionally in my love for photography. They are so used to the sound of the shutter sound…

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned since started photography?
The most important lesson I have learned since I have started photography is to listen to your inner artist! Listen to your heart and “Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.. ~ Neil Gaiman.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting their journey in the photography world?

So here is my advice…Fall in love with new beginnings…
Fall in love with challenges because when they come, you just learn another way to get stronger next time! Fall in love with being an artist, fall in love with the process…. The process is the key to discover you, every day as an artist! Good luck!


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