Session Spotlight | Amanda Burr

Amanda Burr‘s latest session proves that popping on an underused lens can give you a brand new perspective and a new found freedom to play and experiment to your heart’s desire. Bubbles and blur…these are exactly the kind of imagery that makes our hearts sing out for summer!

I’ve been spending a little more time lately with my Lensbaby Sweet 35. It’s a lens I like to use every now and then when I want to focus more on creativity vs. technique. It’s fun to let go a little and to think outside of the box. This is a recent session I did with my daughter who was having so much fun playing with bubbles in our front yard one afternoon after a rain storm. I loved watching her blow the bubbles and then chase them so that she could pop each one. It was cool to see the way the Lensbaby distorted the bubbles and softly blurred them as they left the edge of the frame. Shooting through the bubbles was really fun too. I’ll definitely be putting the Lensbaby on a little more this summer to capture some of our fun family adventures.

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Getting to know you! Say hello to Contributor Alpana Aras-King

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone with more of a travel bug ( with the most amazing photographs to prove it) than Bloom’s own Alpana Aras-King. Her storytelling, whether local or abroad, has an intense way of drawing you in and grabbing you with it’s captivating emotion and depth. We loved what we found as we uncovered more about Alpana and we have a feeling you will to!

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1. What is your go-to dessert?
This may be lame but my go-to-dessert is Trader Joe’s dark chocolate – the bars sold in packs of three.

2. Brunch or Happy Hour?
Happy Hour. It is about the time I can get myself organized after being a night owl.

3. What did you want to be when you grew up?
An artist :-) Although, at one point I thought an air hostess which would let me travel the world.

4. Early bird or Night owl?
Night owl.

5. Greatest role model?
I don’t know that I grew up with a role model. I had a difficult relationship with my father but did look up to him as an entrepreneur that followed his heart. In the past few years, I have found Brandon of Humans of New York to be a huge inspiration and role model. To have what seemed like a simple dream to photograph regular people from the streets of New York and make it into a reality and eventually a business.

6. Introvert or Extrovert?
I am a people person but never the life of a party. Maybe somewhat an extrovert if I had to pick one.

7. What do you like to do when you get bored?
Watch films or tv. Homeland, The Mindy Project, NCIS, The Good Wife, Bachelorette!!

8. What is your birth order? First born, baby, only?
Middle child.

9. What inspires you?
People that have changed the world or have dedicated themselves to their fields to make a difference like Mother Teresa, Steve Jobs, Mary Ellen Mark, Bill Gates, Dalai Lama to name a few.

The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
~ Steve Jobs

To be creative, I find a lot of my personal and professional inspiration intertwined. I love people and their stories. Regular, ordinary people. It could be the eunuch on the train, a grandmother in a sikh temple, a child playing in the dirt. I love finding out what makes them tick.

Then of course, my forever muse… my now, twelve year old son. I love the man he is blossoming into and that I am right there on that journey.

Big cities – NYC, Mumbai, San Francisco. I love the energy and the rhythm and I can always find inspiration by walking the streets.

10. If you could hop onto a plane right now, where would you go?
Cuba.

11. Decisive or Indecisive?
I usually dwell on things before I decide which would make me indecisive, perhaps. Although, my decisions are usually pretty weighed upon when I make them.

12. Do you like your vacations lazy and relaxing or full of adventure and exploration?
A bit of both, But I love adventure and exploration.

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Alpana Aras King
Alpana use a variety of cameras to see the world. Besides her digital Nikon SLR, she enjoys using myriad of film cameras that include medium format and toy cameras, such as Holga. Her favorite camera is Contax medium format camera. Want to see more of her work? You can visit her at:
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The Weekend Update : June 26

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via Sarah Cambio

· The patriotic 4th of July cheese platter you’re bring next week ’cause you’re so fancy!

· These 5 comebacks from the great quick witted Amy Poehler will help you finally put rude people crashing your day in their place.

· Thank God it’s Thursday? We can dig it.

· Ever wonder why teenagers and adults have such a hard time understanding one another? We can’t even.

· Upgrade that macaroni necklace with these DIY stars and stripes straw necklaces you should be proudly sporting for Independence Day!

· Using contrast and geometry, here are 6 Ways to Make sure Subject Stand Out more in your photos.

· If you have a passion for the great outdoors + adorable forest creatures, this photographer’s Instagram is a must follow. Plan on a good half hour to browse!

· Breakfast for dinner is nothing new, but Breakfast Fried Rice sure is.

· The science behind why kids and some adults stick out their tongues when digging into tough tasks.

Have a beautiful day followed by an even more beautiful weekend! xo