Twyla Jones came into my world a few months ago and it will never be the same. Twyla has this ability of turning traditional family sessions into a work of art. Photographing children and families is hard, and not always compatible with creativity. But Twyla showed us that it’s possible to photograph a mom with her kids with passion and in a more meaningful way.
Let’s learn more about her and just fall in love with her work…
1. Can you tell us more about you? Where are you from? What do you shoot?
I am from Kansas where I’ve lived my entire life until just recently moving to Florida to get closer to the ocean. I have a fiance who is obsessed with the sea and an incredible carpenter. I have two little boys who are the most charming and caring little creatures I’ve ever met.
I shoot everything!! I’ve thought a lot about how photographers are often advised to choose a type of photography to specialize in, and I can’t do it. I think I would rather specialize in a feeling. I try my hardest to capture an effortless, carefree love with the world. There are so many beautiful things to be grateful for in this life and I spend most of my time with my eyes wide open trying to soak in every amazing moment.
2. What is your favorite lens to shoot with?
Sigma Art 35.
3. Can you tell us how you have incorporated the Tribe Archipelago presets in your workflow? and what is your favorite pack to work with?
LXC totally gets me. It’s so versatile and I’m able to use in EVERY situation. Even when starting an edit from scratch the bones of it always mimic the structure of LXC. <3 Loren X Chris, thank you.
4. If you could photograph a wedding or do a shoot anywhere in the world, where it would be?
I want to go to Mexcio so badly right now I could die.
5. What is your favorite quote?
“Stay close to any sounds that make you glad you are alive.” – Hafiz
I can’t think of a better advice.
6. Do you have a recommendation for a book or a music album that you think people should know about?
I could never listen to enough Iron & Wine, any album. Sometimes I just feel like I’m making pictures to get inside those lyrics. Sam Beam is a genius.
7. What is the best advice someone has ever given you?
Of course he never told me this, but I think of it often and pass it on to anyone asking me for advice to make better photographs. “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” -Robert Capa
8. What or who inspires you?
Everyone and everything. My curious children, my carefree fiance, salty sea air, long hair blowing in the wind, the shadows the sunshine tattoos onto anything lucky enough to eclipse it.
9. What is your favorite non-photography item in your home or office and why?
I don’t even have it yet but I have a new favorite thing! Maureen of House of Flynn shared a photo of this amazing leather travel wallet she is custom distressing and engraving for me and I am literally obsessed with it. It’s so gorgeous I’ll probably even carry it around the house with me.
10. How do you balance home life, and your business?
Learning to say no when you’re overwhelmed, which I’m still learning. Until recently I was still trying to balance a full time job, two toddlers and a photography business. To let any one thing flourish it needs undivided attention. I’m trying harder and harder to stop multi tasking because then nothing gets the best of me. I still wake up early and stay up too late to give this time to photography while my children are at home, but I’m happy to do it. I don’t watch tv and any moment I have a free second I’m continuing to educate myself about seeing the beauty in the world and thinking of unique ways to immortalize that.
Where can we find you? Website, blog, Instagram, etc.
Let’s admire more images by Twyla…