Would you mind introducing yourself? Hello there, my name is Caitlin and I’m a photographer living in sunny Boulder, CO. I’m from a tiny suburban town in Northern New Jersey outside NYC, though my time spent at university in Edinburgh, Scotland, in Colorado, and travelling around the world has been most influential for me. One day I’d like to live somewhere rural where I’ll be even more connected with nature and my dog can run around freely.
Caitlin’s Instagram - @barefootatlas
How would you describe your style of photography? I love to take thought-provoking self-portraits and capture whimsical landscapes. Dreamy is an adjective I hear a lot about my work…I think this is because my photos are often not the most realistic representations of the places I’ve been; rather they are my interpretation: my memory’s emotions represented in colour and composition. I aspire to magic realism and impressionism in my work.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? In college, I first fell in love with film photography using expired film and old cameras. I loved the manual and tactile nature of clicking the shutter, not knowing what to expect, and the suspense of going to get my photos developed. The results were always imperfect and dreamlike, sometimes blurry or too dark, but then there’d always be a few gems that felt so personal- like pieces of my core reflected into images. I loved that photos help you remember specific moments in vivid detail that might otherwise be lost.
Who/What inspires your photography? Painting is a big inspiration for me- when I’m in a groove I feel like I paint with light and colours in my photos. Some other major sources of inspiration are Wes Anderson films, Nature (especially plants and water), reflections and shadows, other artists on Instagram, women in general, abandoned or forgotten places, overgrown yards, and all things vintage (in one of my alternate realities I probably live in an antique store, and in another I likely live in a remote hut on the edge of an ocean).
What kind of camera do you use? What's your editing process like? Many of my photos were taken on a Canon 70D with a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 prime lens. But I recently upgraded and am now using a Canon 6D with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens which I love! Editing is a huge part of my digital photography. I love creating colours and evoking moods how I remember them or wished to see. Sometimes my edit takes no time at all when one of my previously-made Lightroom presets looks great right off the bat. Other times I can spend up to an hour or two fiddling around in Lightroom trying to get the colours just right, which usually feels somewhat therapeutic, like painting to me. I typically use all of the tools in Lightroom on a single image, but I shrink away from Photoshop (it intimidates me!).
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? Mess around in Lightroom a lot. I use nearly every tool in Lightroom on my favourite photos, so don’t be afraid to really get in there and learn what each one can do. I've found Youtube videos to be very helpful.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? Some photographers and artists that inspire me greatly are: @fotolucida, @dieggoo, @shadowontherun, @natalieallenco, @helloemilie, @sonoratmw, and @elizabethgadd. Some photographers I wish people knew more about are @heidiwol, @ahadzo, and @rafiqsfarhan.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? Right now I’m dreaming mainly of northern places with harsh landscapes like the Faroe Islands, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland (said every photographer ever!). But lately, Japan has been calling my name, especially after reading my new favourite book “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Being an Aquarius and a fair skinned person, I’ve always had a thing for winter, but when it comes to photography I find that summer has the most opportunity with its lushness, long days, and variety. (Plus mountain passes are open!)
The coolest place you've ever been? Oh, it’s hard to say! Scotland’s otherworldly landscapes have a big place in my heart. But China was the most humbling and interesting from a cultural standpoint. In the US, I felt very bowled over by the serenity and stillness of White Sands National Monument in New Mexico and the fern-carpeted ancient Redwood groves along the Oregon coast.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? I’m in love with travel, but right now I’m holding off on planning international trips since I want to spend the next few summer months road tripping and camping around my own incredible backyard in Colorado, Montana, and Canada. If you want to plan a photography trip abroad somewhere, please reach out! I’d love company.
Instagram - www.instagram.com/barefootatlas
Website - www.caitlinfullam.com