Film & Forests is ran by Jordan Kaplan and Matt Walker.
What’s your experience?
M: I’m actually a rookie, I’ve been taking photos for less than a year. I’ve always wanted to get into photography and take it seriously but I never had the means of affording a camera.
Jordan gave me a Canon Rebel Xti for Christmas, once I had the camera I went for it. Jordan and I started driving out into the wild and camping, capturing beauty wherever we could find it.
J: I’ve been working with clients for the past few years shooting lifestyle sessions and it’s allowed me to really be myself. I enjoy making the people I work with laugh, and try to capture their special moments.
More recently I’ve been branching out trying to document things in my own life, and see things from a different perspective. Many laughs, and adventures, and high fives shared with my boyfriend if I happen to get a shot that I love!
Describe your style, vision, goals?
M: Since I’ve yet to master film photography I really try to mesh film and digital together by using film lenses I find in antique stores on my Canon Xti, adapters are amazing things. I also try to edit in such a way that is inspired from the film look and feel.
I’d really love to be able to travel more and spend more time in nature. My regular work requires a lot of rushing and frequent tight deadlines so to be able to go into the wild and just slow down and take it all in and wait for the perfect shot is therapeutic.
J: My style is probably more towards a “editorial” feel, but just like any good musician would say, I don’t really like to give it a genre.
Who inspires you?
M: Nature photographers, National Geographic, the discovery channel, and the lifestyle of Kevin Russ are some big inspirations.
J: I’d say my subject inspires me. As cheesy as that sounds. Some of my favorite pictures are from things that aren’t planned shoots or things I didn’t even had my camera turned on, and ready for.
What do you like to shoot, do you have any special new or ongoing projects?
M: I love shooting wild animal life. It’s so much fun. Jordan and I hope to visit every national park in the United States.
J: My goals are to be able to travel with my camera and my guy and experience the world and just go where God leads me.