a peek inside | heather lazark

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today, we have one of our newest Mentors to feature, Heather Lazark.

a peek inside | heather lazark

Well hello! In this peek, I will not be bedazzling you with impressive amounts of equipment or fancy accessories, but I am going to share my simple set up and the photography related items that I treasure dearly.

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1. First up is my beloved third hand Canon 5D classic. I think this camera is incredible and when it’s days are through I will probably replace it with another of its liking.  It’s my one and only dSLR camera and that is exactly why the image above is from my iPhone 4.

2. Mod camera strap:  I purchased this little gem right after I received my 5D.  It’s been on my camera ever since.  I do have Czarina’s Project camera straps on my wish list though.

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3. The Canon 50mm f/1.4 had me from hello.  This lens has been my tried and true since photography and I met.  Did I say I love it?  That is definitely not a secret.

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4. Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8:  I recently added this to my collection and it has opened up a new world of diversity to my work.  The two lenses together meet all my current photography needs.

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5. This basic Canon camera bag was given to me when I purchased my camera.  I have wanted a Ketti bag for years, but honestly it would just sit pretty in my house or car (which I do not mind one single bit). I don’t usually carry my bag when I’m shooting.  I like to be hands free if I can and load up my pockets with back up batteries, an extra memory card, and my car keys. If  I do take my bag with me, it ends up in dirt and thorny weeds and no place a pretty bag should go. That’s why this plain old bag suits me perfectly.

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6. Cowboy Studio wireless remote:  I have captured so many treasured family memories using this trigger.  I think everyone should have one and use it regularly.

7. My name tag from my the very first annual Clickin Walk. I can’t seem to part with it.  I keep it tucked away in my bag.

8,  Sandisk Ultra:  I own a 16, 8, and a 4GB.

9.  I never leave the house without cherry Chapstick. It’s a staple for me.

10.  Unitprints cards:  I recommend them to those who want to print my images.  I’ve always been very pleased.  For my own everyday prints I use their sister site, Color Inc.

11. Ollocip:  This was handed down to me by one of my very generous and kind CM pals.

12.  iPhone 4

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This is my workspace.  It overlooks the kitchen and living area where I can keep an eye on all the monkey business that takes place.  It’s nothing fancy but it’s comfy and feels like home.

13.  Matryoshka Photographer coffee mugs:  I have all four.

14.  Wooden Camera Tape Dispenser

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This is the kitchen area I oversee from my workspace shown above.

15. Monkey # 1

16. Monkey # 2, not pictured

17. Innocent bystander

5 things about Heather

  1. I count my blessings every single day.
  2. Motherhood is the greatest joy of my life and it makes me enjoy those quiet peaceful moments alone that much more.
  3. I almost always have fresh flowers in the middle of my kitchen table.  They make me happy.
  4. Although I seem to always have a load of laundry running, I think I may have the world’s largest laundry pile ever.
  5. I love to sing and dance even though I’m not great at either.  Usually I don’t care.  We pretty much live in a musical around our house.  Some days I feel like half our conversations include the verse from a song.  If we were in person right now I would likely burst out into a very Frozen inspired, “Okay bye……”.

a peek inside | heather lazark photoHeather Lazark, California
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Lover of light and of all things creative, Heather’s photographic inspiration began just before the birth of her oldest of two adorable – yet feisty – daughters. While photography began for the California native as a means of capturing precious family moments, it quickly blossomed into an intensely creative gateway to her soul. As a full-time mom and a part-time career woman, she is often compelled to stay up past midnight in order to squeeze in her photography time. Aside from capturing treasured moments with her Canon 5D, she enjoys Crossfit, country music, paleo eating, personal growth, belly-laughing and spending quality time with her family.

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9 Responses to “a peek inside | heather lazark”

  1. May 09 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Love knowing a little more about you Heather! #17 made me LOL!

  2. May 09 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    I love your simple gear collection, I use and love a 5dc as well and it’s encouraging to know such beautiful work can be accomplished with it! I’m a big fan of your photography!

    • May 09 2014 at 5:11 pm #

      Thank you so much Anna. I am such a firm believer that heart and hard work trump what money can buy, any day. Follow your passion and you can achieve anything <3

  3. May 09 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    LOL … I’m sitting here singing ‘For the first time in foreverrrr…. ‘ We’d get along just fine! ;) I loved learning more about you, Heather!

  4. May 09 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    Seriously, this. Simplicity = perfect.
    :)

  5. Kira
    May 09 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    Love your simple set up and gear collection. It’s inspiring to see what beautiful photos your create with what you have. Loved getting to know a bit more about you!

  6. Jodi
    May 09 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    Where did you get those Unitprints cards? I recommend them as well. I was all over their site and did not see them.

  7. Jun 02 2014 at 11:03 am #

    Heather, this is the best peak inside I’ve ever read. I just adore you, your philosophy, and your simple lovely style.

  8. Jun 02 2014 at 11:12 am #

    Oh Heather – you just make me smile. I just adore you so much – and your photography.

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