They Grow So Fast — Interview with Marta Locklear

Marta Locklear always submits the loveliest and prettiest photos to our blog. This feature of her daughter is no exception.  Pure loveliness.  We took the time to ask Marta some questions about how and why she shoots.  Scroll down to read her answers.

“I took my daughter out for a quick little session a few weeks ago. I am quickly realizing just how fast she is turning into a young women and growing out of her gangly girl body and that breaks my heart. I wanted to capture this this stage of her…long gangly legs and arms, whispy blonde hair,  her young boho flair, free spirit that loves dancing in fields, and her maturity that surpasses all of her friends.”
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Top & Gold Arm Swag: Forever 21
Hat & Beaded Arm Swag: American Eagle
Shorts: Hollister Co.
Photography: Marta Locklear

Gear: Contax 645, Fuji 400H, Photovision Develop & Scan


Why do you shoot?  I shoot because I can’t imagine not shooting anymore. I spent my entire life painting, sketching and sculpting and eventually the photographic medium found me during a time I itched to create visually again. I was raising 3 young children and the concept of oil paints and charcoals seemed impossible with little bodies running around. Photography started as an outlet to ease the creative itch, immortalize my kids youth and capture the world the way I saw it and then it snowballed into the business it is today.

What inspires you? I am inspired by everything. Movies, magazines, my kids, the yard, travel and even the mundane drives to and fro. I am constantly taking pictures with my minds eye and cataloging it for future ideas, shoots and moments.

What drives you? It is slightly morbid, but I am driven by the fact that our lives are limited in time, but there is so much to see and do. I feel a need to immortalize the moments for my future, the future of my children and the future of my clients. As a parent of 3 and a wife of my soul mate, I have realized just how fast it goes by and I don’t want to forget any of it…and I want to be able to share that with the generations that will be following me.

Do you shoot film? I do shoot film! I picked it up a little over a year ago because I grew tired of trying to get my work to look like film. It was also time for a new adventure or outlet, so I taught my self and fell head over heals in love with it. I shoot it 100% for sessions, and hybrid shoot for weddings. I also have a few instant cameras that I use for personal work.

If film, which films do you prefer and why? I have always (even before film) been drawn to slightly cooler softer tones, so Fuji 400H ended up being a perfect fit for me. I also shoot Portra 160 for mid day and Portra 800 for indoors. It took a good bit of trial and error for Portra and I to figure things out…but we did! For instant I use Impossible Project film  in my SX-70, but I long to find some good Polaroid 600 again. I miss the tones of that film. In my Polaroid 340 I adore Fuji 3000b

Which camera/lens are your favorites and why? My favorite is my Contax 645 with the Carl Zeiss 80mm lens. I also shoot a Canon 1V with a  Carl Zeiss 50mm 1.4 lens. For instant my SX-70 is my baby.

Any tips for shooting children? Workout!! Seriously…shooting children is a fast paced and energetic session most of the time. I suggest getting on their level, be patient and flexible. Understand that kids are kids and not models. Letting them be them will get you the most natural and real photos. If you need a pose, try for it after you give them a break to play…they are more likely to give you a few minutes.

Your poses are so natural and relaxed but so beautiful… how do you do that? Well thank you!  Over the years of studying my own children I have mentally catalogued many of their simple moments that are special to me and take my breath away. During my sessions I try to bring similar real moments out of the children I photograph to give to their parents, but also studying them and their mannerisms and characteristics and capturing those as well. To relax them and keep it natural, I ask them to do things they do all the time…walk, stroll, spin, jump, crawl, sit, climb, etc.  I also look for clean, open and airy environments where they are the focus and where they can explore and relax. Half of the wonder of children is watching them explore and discover the world around them.

Favorite time of day to shoot and why? Like many photographers I adore the last couple of hours before sunset. There is magic to be had during that time since the sun is low and soft. But now that Portra 160 and I are friends I am learning to love the midday sun as well.

What personal work do you shoot?  Any ongoing projects? I photograph everything. Seriously. Whether it is with my iphone, film cameras, digital or instant, I am constantly photographing for myself or my clients. Currently I have a couple of random little side projects I am working on. I am doing a series of abandoned homes in BW called Vacant. And a new project photographing food portraits. And of course the documenting of my children.

Best piece of advice you could give to a new photographer? Never stop shooting…trial and error and a lot of practice are the best ways to learn. Also realize that someone will always be ahead of you and behind you, so follow your own path, work hard at fine tuning your craft and vision and allow room for growth and exploration.
I am barely half way toward the photographer I want to be…but I am enjoying the journey getting there.

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