365ers is a series of interviews with members from our fantastic community. The interviews were kindly carried out by Loni. Last week we featured Chris Ross. This is our 2nd interview of the series, andwe're happy to announce Lauren Dahlhauser as our next interviewee. Happy Reading!

The Interview

Tell us a little about yourself.

Where to start... well, if I had to say something about myself in short: I'm a senior in high school (18 years old) who loves photography. I am a huge supporter of the quote, "Appreciate the simple things in life" and I feel that photography allows me to
express myself and the true meaning of this quote. But... I can't stop there. Those of you who know me (and read my captions) are aware of my constant rambling, so, allow me to go into a little bit more detail :)

I have lived in Indiana for most of my life. It's really nothing special, so I am absolutely amazed at all of the pictures I have been able to take and been half-way satisfied with in the past year of my life. Sometimes I wish I lived in a tropical area or in the middle of vast rolling hills with endless skies. Sometimes I wish I lived on a beach or on a mountain top with an incredible view of the world. But I don't. I live in the country. A place I have learned to love and appreciate. By living in the place that I do, I have, in turn, developed my own unique view of the world.
When I get older, my goal is to travel the world. I want to see everything, step foot into every country, and to take pictures of every place I visit! I know that's a huge goal and I realize traveling is extremely expensive... but right now, as a senior soon to graduate with the world at my feet, traveling is what I dream of doing in my spare time later on down the road. This is one reason I have considered photographing for National Geographic. What could be better than a job consisting of two of my favorite things: traveling and taking pictures? And in the midst of my traveling, I could even come visit some of you ;)

So those are some of my dreams. Now some facts. I live in a family of eight. 5 humans, 3 animals :) I have a twin sister named Elise (we are identical) and a little brother named Quinten, who is 15. Along with my siblings, I have two very loving parents and 3 dogs: Shadow, Sasquatch, and Miley. Sunny Rae is my best friend.
I will be graduating high school here in the very near future. Although I am super excited, I am also very nervous about the responsibilites that will be placed upon me as a result. I love the unpredictabilility of life (and believe not knowing exactly what will happen next is what really what makes life worth living), but it is that "not-knowingness" that scares me and makes me worry as much as I do. I want more than anything to make the right choices and wise decisions capable of bringing me happiness and success in life. I do plan on attending college, but I am still not certain what I will major in. Photography is
definitely a consideration, but it is the instability of this career that scares me away from it. No matter what I choose to do with my life, however, photography will always be a part of it. Photography is my passion and something I can certainly count on to bring me joy in the journeys ahead.

Why did you decide to start a 365 project?

There are two main reasons I decided to start a 365 project. One is for the simple reason that I like to take pictures. The other reason is that I felt it would be a nice simple way of keeping a journal. I love documenting memories and the little everyday happenings that go on in my life; I'm a sentimental person. When I was in middle school, I used to write in a journal everyday. After starting high school however, this journal idea slowly died because well, life just got busy. I heard of this 365 project through a wonderful teacher of mine: Mrs. Smith I'm sure many of you have heard of her. She was my English teacher my sophomore year and I must give all credit to her for suggesting this site to me and for my final decision in starting a 365 project.
I absolutely love this site. I wouldn't change a thing about it. I love how this site is so simple and easy to use. I love the idea of the site, the community, and the talent within it. Props to 365project.org for finally encouraging me to start writing about my days
again and for helping me to discover my passion for photography. It may surprise you, but I didn't originally join this project in attempts to improve my photography skills or to get the chance to bond with all of you; those are just two things that came over time in being involved with this site and such a warm, inviting community. Thank you Mrs. Smith, thank you Ross, and a big thanks to all of you!

Have you had any formal training in photography yet?

Formal training in photography? I do not. Well, I have taken a portrait class at the college where my mom teaches, but as far as editing techniques or exposure basics, no. I would absolutely love learning more about Photoshop though. I have seen so many brilliant pictures edited through that program and would like to try creating some interesting images with Photoshop myself :) I use picnik.com and touch up my images with the basic options provided in Picasa, but to learn all there is to know about Photoshop (or any other high quality editing program for that matter), would be awesome! I am self-taught, but have a lot of learning to do.

What camera(s) do you use?

I currently have and use a Canon Rebel T1i, but before this camera I used a Canon Rebel XT. I guess on top of giving credit to Mrs. Smith for suggesting this site to me, to Ross for simply creating the site, and to you guys who support and encourage me every single day... I must give credit to my dad. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't have the camera I have now :) I really love my Canon! I treat it like a baby haha Oh and just so all of you know, I have nothing against Nikon or any other brand of camera; I've just always used a Canon.

If you had to choose one lens and one camera accessory only, what would they be and why?

Okay so I'm really not experienced with the endless possibility of lenses available out there or the many wonderful amazing accessories they currently make for cameras these days... (due to the fact that I just recently found my interest for photography and do not have a good enough paying job to purchase such expensive equipment)... but I must say I am thankful for a good sturdy camera bag and lens caps :) they keep my camera safe. I do not have the newest most awesomest tripod in the world either, but it does come in handy for water photography and times when the lighting is poor.
If I haaad to answer this question however, I would choose a macro as my lens choice and a clicker as my one chosen camera accessory (despite the fact that I have neither of the two. My reasoning is based on the pictures I have seen taken with macro lenses, and advice I have gotten from a variety of other photographers who specialize in taking self-portraits.)

Do you see yourself becoming a pro photographer some day?

Oh gosh. Um... let's just say I wouldn't mind becoming a well-known pro photographer ;)

Do you remember the first photo you ever took? What was it?

I honestly can't say... I searched through to the very pit of photos this computer contains and was not successful in retrieving the first photo I ever snapped lol My dad was nice and let me randomly take pictures with his Canon Rebel XT on vacations when I was little though. I just don't know how to distinguish between mine and his for sure haha I definitely take a TON more pictures now than I used to. Now I take hundreds of photos a week.

Is there a photographer out there, pro or otherwise, that has influenced your photography?

I can't say any pro in particular has ever influenced my photography or the way I edit. To be honest, I'm not very studied up on all of the pros out there, but I'm learning. I think there are some pretty amazing photographers on here that influence me everyday, but I remember thinking my dad was so cool with his big ol' dslr and wanting more than anything to take pictures like him. I didn't start REALLY taking pictures until the beginning of my 365 project (which was last January, almost exactly a year ago) and that's when I started hogging my dad's camera. Eventually, I guess because I stole his camera so much, he decided to get me my very own dslr. Now, I have a Canon Rebel T1i haha So I think, of all photographers out there, my dad is the one who influenced me to begin with.

Judging by your project, you have a beautiful view of the world. Your work seems to truly come from your heart. What inspires you most?

Thank you, that means so much to me! Okay, so there are a lot of things that inspire me. I must say though, nature tops it all. Nature is my favorite subject to photograph; I've discovered that that's why I become more uninspired during the winter months as opposed to the summer lol Don't get me wrong, winter is beautiful. I'm really glad I live in a place that gets both warm, sunshiny weather and cold, snowy weather; but I love the seasons that allow me to stay outside for hours and hours just soaking up the sun and taking in all that nature has to offer. When it's cold outside, I don't want to stay out for very long and, as a result, miss out on a bunch of good photo opportunities. I find I am much more successful in the summer when the temperatures are bearable and the sun is out. Oh yes, the sun. The sun is my best friend :) Natural light is my favorite lighting to shoot in. No sun = sad, uninspired Lauren. That's a fact.

Who do you like to follow on the 365Project?

This question is so evil in a way haha I hate to single people out!! I wish I could list so many more people here so if I didn't mention you, I'm sorry :)
There are SO many 365ers I have enjoyed following throughout the year. I promise you, these are not the only people I absolutely love following, but I certainly do love these 365ers in particular:

Teresa's photos are just phenomenal. I really admire her talent and eye. I want whatever lens she's using too ;) I want to share at least one photo from her album that I like, but I just can't single any out - they're all good... so just go check out ALL of them! ;)

Anna Agrusti is a joy to follow. She is fairly new to the project, but I have already fallen in love with her photos. I must share my favorite shot from her album: http://365project.org/mad/365/2011-01-23

Frederico has such a unique eye!! I really love how he sees and captures the busy streets of London: http://365project.org/gerard74/365/2011-01-17 He makes me want to move there.

Jill - I'm sure most of you have seen the soft, beautiful, dreamy pictures Jill takes. Even though I have never met her kids, I feel like I know them. She has the sweetest children and so many gorgeous shots!

I believe Ali is going to continue with another year of 365 soon, but even if not, go take a look through her photos. She has a gift for capturing people and producing photos worth a thousand words. Love the light, happy feel to her photos. She is really good!

Bonnie Mieth's photos are absolutely wonderful to look at too :) All of her photos are so true to who she is. She has a very lovely view of the world, which is the reason I'm always checking back in to see what she posts next!

Along with these 365ers, I would also like to mention Brianna Leigh and Nathan Marshall who I feel I have really bonded with on this site. Both of them are so nice and are always making me smile. It may have to do with the fact that we are all about the same age, but I feel like we all write in similar ways. This similarity in itself makes it really easy for me to relate to them. If you havn't checked out either of these guys's photos, please do. They have some amazing photos and are so down to earth. Brianna and Nathan, thank you so much for being such wonderful friends and for all of your amazing comments :)

And... I know I've said this many many times too, but I'd just like to take a moment to thank ALL of you... for everything! Just for me to have this amazing opportunity to answer questions and to share a little bit more about myself means a lot to me! I'm so thankful for everybody and for all of your comments and support. I really can't thank you enough.

What's your favorite photo from your project?

Oh my goodness. Such a hard question! I'm going to have to go with this one though:

For a few reasons:
I shot this in manual mode; if I remember correctly, it was the first evening I really tried out this setting on my camera. I am so glad I tried it or this photo wouldnt exist! I absolutely love the colors. It is a picture of my favorite subject - nature! :) Lastly...oh hey, my best friend is in the center ;) hahaha

Read more interviews from this series...

365ers - Chris Ross
365ers - Lauren Dahlhauser
365ers - Jesse Wallace
365ers - The Steve
365ers - Rochelle Cassidy

Thanks Loni!

Loni was kind enough to create this series of interviews. Why not check out her project or leave a few nice words in the comments below.

March 24th, 2011
Wow, Lauren, way to go. I have definitely enjoyed your photos and your descriptions. You have put out some very profound thoughts to go along with some amazing photos. You have given me some new ways to think about things. You totally deserve this interview as you are one amazing photographer. Congratulations!
March 24th, 2011
nice. awesome photos Lauren. =)
March 24th, 2011
that is so cool!! I love reading this Lauren, great job :D
March 24th, 2011
im one of her follower, and SHE ROCKS! really! ♥ good job lauren ♥
March 24th, 2011
Wonderful interview and I always enjoy perusing your photos Lauren...such a brilliant collection and such great raw talent in you! Thanks Loni for another piece giving us insight on the best of 365!!!
March 24th, 2011
WTG Lauren :)
March 24th, 2011
You can't help but like this girl. I wish I could bottle your enthusiasm Lauren :-)
March 24th, 2011
Yay! I was so excited to see an interview with you Lauren. I have loved your photos since the beginning of last year. You were the 3rd person I started to follow. Congratulations!
March 24th, 2011
How awesome!! What a great interview!! You are one of the very first people I followed. You always have something wonderful to say on your photos and I always enjoy reading them. I have truly enjoyed your project from the day I started following you. I have no doubt that you will go on to do great things in your life!
March 24th, 2011
Awesome Lauren!
March 24th, 2011
Great interview! Lauren, you are gifted with a good eye for the beauty in nature. I don't see you having any problems following your dreams. Go for the gusto because this is it. :-)
March 24th, 2011
Awwwwwww....Lauren...I'm touched. I can't see the computer screen with tears in my eyes! Thank you for your kind words. You are an amazing photographer, student, and person! You actually inspire me with your pictures and thoughts. I know that if you continue to follow your dreams...that you will live them!
March 24th, 2011
Great interview, Lauren! I always enjoy your beautiful images and your insightful commentary. I'm so proud of you... you're wise beyond your years and have such a good head on your shoulders. Keep up that great attitude and you'll go far!
March 24th, 2011
Hey look who is famous enough to be interviewed :D Way to go Lauren!! For a such a young lady you have a good, strong head on your shoulders, and are an inspiration to many!
March 24th, 2011
Rock on Lauren! Well, as I said to you more than once at seeing your creativity, I think you have a passion that can be used well. Down the road, whenever. I don't think you'll ever lose it. Keep on having fun with it!
March 24th, 2011
Great insights, Lauren! I'll definitely be looking at he work of the people you admire.
March 24th, 2011
I enjoyed reading the interview! Lauren's 365 is one of the best to go to here at this site!! Good job Lauren! :)
March 25th, 2011
Lauren, you are certainly one talented young lady - what a great future you have ahead of you in whatever you choose (how could it be any other way?).
Loni - I am loving the interviews! Great work :)
March 25th, 2011
@lauren211 YAYAYA omg this is too cool and i havent even read it yet :D
March 25th, 2011
Yay Lauren! :) congrats!! You really are an amazing photographer.
March 25th, 2011
WOW! This was absolutely fun to read! Good job to all involved!
March 25th, 2011
Great interview!
I was very excited to see your name as the next interviewee :)
March 25th, 2011
What a wonderful interview! Lauren you continue to amaze me with your talent and your maturity at the tender age of 18! In my book, you already 'are' a pro-photographer! Keep up the amazing work...hugs!! :)
March 25th, 2011
Nice interview! I'm also following Lauren and her photos are great!
March 25th, 2011
Thank you so much Loni and Lauren! I was so haapy to see Sweet Charlie here! :-)
March 25th, 2011
Congratulations Lauren. Wonderful interview. Best of luck in all that you do. Your photos are amazing.
March 25th, 2011
Finally some1 worth interviewing! keep up the good work Lauren :D
March 25th, 2011
This is awesome, Lauren. I learned a few things about you that I didn't know. You have such a good level head on your shoulders and are so centered. Add to that your caring wonderful heart and you have a picture of a young lady destined to shine no matter where life takes her.
Congratulations on your interview!!!
March 25th, 2011
Great read! Thanks Loni and Lauren!
March 25th, 2011
Lovin' this series of interviews. Lauren is one of the first few folks I connected with early in my project and she's got an immediately recognizable style that I love. So where do I send my wish list of who I'd like to see next? :). That list is long btw and would keep you busy for years Loni! @shutterbug0810
March 25th, 2011
what a great, honest interview. i appreciate learning about who you are and I have so loved looking at your photos. I think you are amazing young woman and that you will go far!
March 26th, 2011
Awesome novel! Actually, I think I expected it to be a bit longer! :)
March 26th, 2011
What a great interview! Lauren is such an inspiring young photographer. I just started at the beginning of this year and followed her shortly after. She's shown so much growth and progression in that short time. It's quite impressive. Best of luck to her future and choices in life. She'll go far in whatever she chooses to do. I'm sure of it.
March 26th, 2011
You are very talented Lauren! I love looking at your photos. The first few I saw were at the KAA Photography Contest. I loved the Nothingness shot. I can't wait to see more of your work!
March 26th, 2011
@lintbrush There's a few more on their way :-) If Ross is on board, I'll happily do more! It was a lot of fun doing them for him.
March 26th, 2011
Great interview and you are so talented Lauren. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.
March 27th, 2011
Great job on the interview, and Lauren, you have so much ahead of you, and I think you are going to find so many exciting opportunities to explore. Your frinedly squirrel shots are some of my favorites. keep up the good work.
March 27th, 2011
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I am sincerely overwhelmed by the beyond amazing comments... and the support. You guys are so nice, encouraging... and more appreciated than you could ever know. Thank you for everything. I am really honored to have gotten the opportunity to share a little more about myself.... you guys... each and every one of you... put a smile on my face. now I need to get my smile surgically removed... thanks alot. ;)
March 27th, 2011
You are one of my "Favs" on this 365 project, Lauren. Great interview! Love your photos - they're always amazing. :)
March 27th, 2011
What a great addition to 365! Thanks Ross n Loni!
March 28th, 2011
Nice to see this interview with Lauren....I've followed her for a while and she captures some stunning images...definitely a fav to follow.
March 31st, 2011
This was an awesome read! :) And thanks for the shout-out *blush* :)
April 1st, 2011
Lauren has an amazing spirit ! she will succeed in whatever she does :)
April 15th, 2011
Great interview!!!
May 16th, 2011
Lauren... I am your fan!!!
January 21st, 2012
Lauren I love your enthusiasm, your images and your attitude to life. Oh!! to be so young again. Great interview.
October 1st, 2014
Lovely photographs and interview. Now I need to go read the rest.
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