Amy Lockheart | amylucy.com
Where are you from?
I am from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area in the very chilly northern state of Minnesota, USA.
Where do you currently live?
I currently reside just across the border in Wisconsin, in an area close to Minneapolis.
How long have you been shooting?
I have had an interest in photography from a very early age but spent my years in college and graduate school focusing on Environmental Health Science. My interest in photography was renewed after my children were born, and I longed to be able to create beautiful images of them. I bought my first DSLR in 2009 and have been shooting consistently since then.
Are you self-taught or schooled in photography?
I taught myself the basics from reading books and online tutorials, but I have taken a couple of workshops as well.
Do you photograph for a living or is this a hobby?
I do accept clients on a limited basis. My children are still young, and I want to spend as much time as possible with them while they are still home with me. I get great satisfaction from both photographing special times in other families’ lives and pursuing my own personal photography projects.
What is in your camera bag?
Nikon D90, Nikon 35 1.4G, Nikon 50 1.4G, Nikon 105 2.8 macro, Sigma 30 1.4, and a Lensbaby Composer Pro.
Do you shoot digital or film or both?
Just digital for me.
Why do you love Digital or Film?
I greatly admire film shooters and hope to someday experiment with film, but right now I am happy with the flexibility and convenience of digital.
How did this project come about?
These images are a collection of photos from daily life in our household. Everyday moments are so important to capture because they are the ones that are too often the first to be forgotten. Birthday parties, big events, and styled photo shoots are fun and challenging, but I’ve found there is nothing quite as rewarding as taking a photo of my child that truly represents who he/she is at that moment in his/her life. Those are the details I want to remember.
What is it about this project that speaks personally about you?
My son was just 1 ½ years old when my twins were born, and from that point we were in survival mode for a while; it just took so much to care for three babies in diapers while my husband worked long hours. I feel like a couple of years just passed by in a blink of an eye.
When the kids got a bit older, I had more time to devote to photography and spent every free moment learning and practicing. I have cherished these days when my kids were home with me. Now my youngest two are getting ready to start kindergarten. I want to remember and capture these days when we can be together so much.
What would you want this project to say to the viewer?
This is just real life. We have messy hair, mismatched clothes, and piles of toys laying around. But most of all, I hope the viewer can see that these images were created out of love and adoration for the subjects.
Are you currently shooting or planning to shoot another personal project?
There is another project which I chose to do all for myself and my family. I capture images of my children that are especially meaningful to me and write love letters to my children to accompany those images.
If so, what is the goal you are trying to achieve from that project?
The goal of that project is to show my children my heart, to express my love for them through imagery and the written word. I find myself telling my children I love them constantly throughout the day, and this project expresses those feelings and results in something tangible that I can print and place in a book for them. Writing the letters keeps me focused on that for which I am most grateful, and it allows me to reflect on the past, present, and future with my children and align my life goals accordingly. When my children are grown, I will be able to present the letters to them and, hopefully, they will cherish them as much as I do.
How do you keep challenging yourself photographically?
I just keep shooting, practicing, and trying new things. I look for inspiration all around me and try to shoot as much as possible. I am most creative when my heart is full of gratitude and love, so I focus on those emotions to drive my work.