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Danae Bauer with Farmgirl Photography

Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen Published on 09 March 2017

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How did you get started in photography?

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Danae BauerBAUER: I’ve had an interest in photography since I was 10 years old. It was a project I took throughout my 4-H career. I learned a lot of the technical details from online resources like blogs and forums, and read through numerous photography books.

After high school graduation, I obtained a certificate in photography from the New York Institute of Photography – interestingly enough, earning a merit award along the way for a photo essay about embryo transfer in cattle.

What is your favorite type of photo to shoot?

BAUER: I really enjoy capturing people interacting with their favorite animals.

Describe your most memorable photo shoot.

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BAUER: One of my favorite photo shoots thus far was an engagement session in the fall of 2015. The session took place at a beautifully landscaped farm. The memorable part of the shoot was getting all four of the couple’s heifers lined up in a perfect row for one of the images.

Danae Bauer's photos

Why do you enjoy farm-related photography?

BAUER: Because it combines the dual passions (and careers) I have in life: photography and farming. Coming from a farm background, I feel like I have a very good understanding of farm life, and my creative/photographic side allows me to share that in unique ways.

What tips can you give to an amateur photographer who wants to take a great picture of people or animals?

BAUER: Patience is the “golden rule” when photographing animals. Don’t be afraid to take multiple images and explore different angles and composition.

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Make your subject feel comfortable in front of the camera; this applies to both humans and animals.  end mark

See more of Bauer’s work here:

Danae Bauer is from Scandinavia, Wisconsin

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