January 2017 Member of the Month
Caryn B. DavisJanuary 5, 2017
All images © Caryn B. Davis
Caryn B. Davis specializes in architectural and interior photography. She photographs commercial, residential, educational and hospitality properties, home décor, gardens, boats and people. Her images have also appeared in over 60 publications.
PHOTO+ Group: What made you first decide you were going to be a photographer?
Caryn B. Davis: I always wanted to be a photographer for National Geographic because I love to travel and am very interested in other cultures. However, I got a job in television right out of college working as a producer, writer, director and camera-person on documentaries, so I just kept going. After working in NYC for many years and traveling in between projects, I decided I needed to find a job that paid me to travel, while offering me the ability to create a photography portfolio, because always in the back of mind was still this dream of being a photographer.
I was offered a job as Media Producer with Orbis International on board the world’s only flying eye hospital. This was literally a DC-10 airplane that had been converted into a teaching hospital where staff doctors taught local doctors a variety of surgical techniques. On the weekends I traveled the countries we were in taking photos. When I returned home, I started showing my work in galleries and taught myself the business end of photography and started getting jobs.
PHOTO+ Group: What do you primarily photograph?
CBD: I photograph architecture, interiors, gardens and landscape architecture for a variety of hospitality, educational, editorial, commercial and non-profit clients. I also photograph people, boats and travel.
PHOTO+ Group: What is your favorite lens to shoot with?
CBD: My Canon 24mm tilt shift lens. But I use my Canon 24-105mm quite a bit.
PHOTO+ Group: Do you still shoot with film?
CBD: No and I don’t miss it. I love the control I get in Photoshop.
PHOTO+ Group: Who are your greatest influences in the art world?
CBD: My husband, artist Leif Nilsson. He is an impressionist painter and before I met him I only shot black and white. He is also constantly reminding me to close one eye and squint the other. I appreciate all types of art and design. I am always looking at all forms whether it be a modern skyscraper, an antique home, a stonewall, a painting, a wooden boat, a piece of furniture or a well designed ad.
PHOTO+ Group: Do you do anything before a shoot to prepare yourself?
CBD: I always review my equipment list, charge all my batteries, test my gear and print notes from my client to familiarize myself with what we discussed. I also do a lot of thinking about the shoot prior from a technical, logistical and artistic standpoint.