Interview: Amy Drucker
Originally published : April 24, 2017
Shoot Along: Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you located? Do you have children? What ages?
Amy: I'm in the suburbs just north of New York City (where I grew up). I have two boys. One is in his first year of college and about to turn 19 and the other is 9.
Shoot Along: What single piece of photography equipment (aside from your camera) could you not live without?
Amy: Well, as much as I love my cameras, I don't consider myself a gear-head. I can be pretty happy shooting with whatever camera I've got with me. But I probably couldn't live without my laptop. I prefer to edit curled up on the couch or at the local coffee shop, so I'm all about the portable. I use both Lightroom and Photoshop, but if I could only have one, it would definitely be Lightroom.
Shoot Along: Name another photographer whose work you find inspiring.
Amy: I recently came across Lindsey Bergstrom's work when looking for a workshop to spark some creative embers which had been burning low for a while. I fell in love with her thoughtful and quiet images and signed up for her workshop on Documentary Photography right away.
Shoot Along: What is the best photography advice you've ever received?
Amy: Shoot every day. Hands down. Best way to learn the ins and outs of your camera and try new techniques and learn to fail and figure out what went wrong - and how to fix it. Forcing myself to get through my first 365 project (seven and a half years ago!) was rough, but at some point it became habit and I became a true observer of light and composition and started seeing potential in everything around me to be photo-worthy.
Shoot Along: How do you make documenting your family through photography a priority?
Amy: It's admittedly harder now that my kids are older - they get to have a say in whether and when they're photographed and sometimes (often) they don't want to be. I respect this but I also ask them to understand that these are their family memories also and I need them to show some respect for this practice of mine. I try to photograph every day but then I put the camera away.
Shoot Along: Tell us about the image you've shared? What makes it special to you? What did you do to make it happen?
Amy: My younger son has always been an old soul. An early talker with a (much) older brother, he seemed to lose his baby-ness before I was ready for it to go. But (shhh) he still sucks his thumb when he's falling asleep. He's a big reader and I love to capture the quiet moments when he's in bed, all snuggled up, reading. For me, this image is the juxtaposition of him as my baby and my big boy - all in one. When shooting in conditions like this one, I like to use my spot meter and meter off of the available light (in this case, the iPad). The rest of the image is underexposed, creating a dramatic effect that I love. I love how my Fuji renders color and shows almost no noise at ISO 800, so other than a little exposure tweak, (bringing down the blacks), the image didn't need much in post.
Bio: Amy Drucker is a lifestyle and documentary photographer, author and photography-educator. She is based in Westchester County, New York, Amy serves the New York City area, Fairfield County, Connecticut, Martha's Vineyard and is available for travel worldwide.
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