Glazer's Camera

  • Kara Mercer

    Say Hi to Kara Mercer!

     

    Kara is a commercial and editorial photographer and art director based in Seattle, Washington. She specializes in developing content for fashion, travel, and lifestyle brands.

     

    Known for her use of light and her eye for creative direction, Kara believes every image should stand strongly on its own while also contributing a unique yet complementary voice when serving as part of a collection. Her work is influenced as much by minimalism and thought-provoking conversations as it is by contemporary studies in human psychology and the emotive, sometimes ethereal feel of romanticism. With these influences, she seamlessly combines playful narratives with a timeless aesthetic for commercial media campaigns (print and digital) and editorial work.

     

    Today, her work has been featured in several magazines, Huffpost, Buzzfeed, FujiFilm, and more.

     

     

    We asked Kara a few questions, about her gear and how photography connects to her holiday memories.

     

    About the Gear!

     

    Glazer’s: What’s in your gear bag?

     

    Kara: I use the Fujifilm line up including the following cameras & lenses.

     

    Fujifilm Cameras:

     

    Fujifilm Lenses:

     

    Medium Format

     

     

    For accessories I have three Ona bags that I love for traveling and commercial shoots. I condense gear and take what I need based off of the job I am working on.

     

     

    Reminiscing on the Holidays…

     

     

    Glazer’s: Could you share your favorite holiday memory or memories that resonate with you.

     

    Kara: Growing up in Texas, the holidays were a big celebration with family! My family loved decorating the tree, making delicious Christmas treats together, as well as attending a Christmas Eve service every year. Looking back on those childhood images, I remember every moment!

     

    My favorite Christmas memories were the years we spent in the snowy mountains of Colorado. We would rent a cabin, make holiday meals together, roast marshmallows for s’mores, go on outdoor adventures, and build snowmen on Christmas day. Those cozy days spent with family just laughing and playing board games in our cabin are some of my fondest childhood memories!

     

    I used to carry disposable cameras as a kid, just snapping away at life around me and loved ones. Looking back, I wish I had the gear I have now to remember all those Christmas details.

     

    Glazer’s: Do you have any special holiday traditions?

     

    Kara: I have to say that the holidays have been my favorite as I got married. It has been so fun to start my own traditions and build upon that with my husband. This year will be our second Christmas married! Our favorite traditions we have created thus far are: Cutting down our own tree, decorating it while our pup tries to eat all the wooden ornaments, making hot cider, and trying our hand at baking holiday treats!

     

    We also have a day where we just cozy in our PJ’s and watch all the Christmas movies!

     

     

    Glazer’s: What piece of advice would you offer a photographer making their start in today’s industry?

     

    Kara: Don’t let the world stop you from believing you can make any outlandish dream happen. There is a childhood imagination that gets lost along the way to building a thriving photography business and that inner voice sometimes tells us we can’t achieve something. I stopped listening to this and my journey has been so much more meaningful and way beyond anything I ever imagined. So push yourself, but don’t forget to celebrate your wins!

     

    Glazer’s: Can you recommend any great gift ideas for this holiday season?

     

    Kara: I love the camera bags by Ona
    For cameras check out the Fujifilm X-T2 or X-Pro2.
    And for fun, instant holiday memories, I love the Fujifilm SQ10, SP-3 Printer or the Instax Wide.

     

    For more about Kara Mercer, Check out her work here: Kara Mercer and follow her on Instagram here: @_KaraMercer.

     

  • Michelle Moore

    The photos we capture today, are the memories of tomorrow”.

     

    As we approach the end of a year we often reflect on events of the year, take moments to be thankful for people in our lives, events we’ve experienced and beyond. At Glazer’s we are grateful, on a daily basis for our wonderful customers, our staff and the community that is around us.

    During this holiday season we’ve connected with a variety of individuals in the Seattle community to talk about their work and their favorite holiday moments and how photography or videography plays an important role in capturing those events.

     

     

    In our initial profile, we’ve connected with Michelle Moore. Michelle is a Fashion Photographer based in Seattle. Her experience includes working with musicians, creating senior portraits and most recently she’s made a shift into fashion photography.

     

     

     

    Here we had a quick chat with Michelle, she speaks on her work and what the holidays mean to her.

     

     

     

    During our interview with Michelle she chats about her go-to gear. We thought we’d share some links to her essentials:

     

    Ona Capri Bag
    Small Folding Step Stool

     

     

     

    Michelle also recommends these items if you’re an aspiring Fashion Photographer.

     

    Instant Camera & Film for documenting Behind the Scenes
     

     

    Check out Michelle’s work here Michelle Moore and follow her on Instagram here: @MoorePhoto.
  • Just Announced: Profoto A1

     

    Newly announced is the Profoto A1. Profoto’s first Speedlight. Profoto, is one of the leading innovators in the world of lighting and portable lighting, the A1 is no exception to that. “The A1 is every inch a Profoto light – just smaller. Its round head delivers light that’s both natural and beautiful with a soft smooth fall-off. And it’s incredibly easy and to use, with super fast recycling and a long-lasting battery, so you’ll never miss a shot. On the move, shooting on-camera or off, this is light shaping excellence everywhere.” – From the Profoto website.

     

     

    Specifications include:
    • Round head with soft, smooth and natural fall off.
    • AirTTL and HSS for a beautiful professional image fast.
    • Smart magnetic click-on mount for A1 Light Shaping Tools.
    • 5 dedicated A1 Light Shaping Tools available.
    • LED modeling light integrated to the head.
    • Air Remote built-in.
    • Rechargeable and exchangeable Li-Ion battery.
    • 1.2s recycling time.
    • TTL/MAN switch.
    • Built in motor-zoom with hand control.
    • Auto focus (AF) assist.
    • Large Hi-Res display.

    With the launch of the A1 there will be support for Canon and Nikon cameras for TTL, with Sony launching down the line. Accessories include gel kits, modifiers and of course batteries. Feel free to pop by the store or give us a call with any specific questions you have about the new Profoto A1! Pre-Order yours today!!

    Details on the Profoto A1 for Canon.

    Details on the Profoto A1 for Nikon.

     

    Profoto A1 Preview Event

    October 12th between 1PM and 6PM to see this little light in action. Dan Cuny, from Profoto will be in store to show you the ins and outs of the A1. On camera, off camera, with modifiers, without modifiers, the possibilities are limitless.

     

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