Interview: Amy Drucker

Originally published : April 24, 2017

Fujifilm X100t Aperture: f/2.0 | Shutter Speed: 1/80 | ISO: 800

Fujifilm X100t
Aperture: f/2.0 | Shutter Speed: 1/80 | ISO: 800


Shoot AlongTell 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 AlongWhat 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 AlongName 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 AlongWhat 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 AlongHow 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 AlongTell 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. 

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By Amy Drucker


BioAmy 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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