This week we got a chance to catch up with the infamous Bueller of the Los Angeles design company Bueller Designs. Her recent book “The Sea” caught our eye as a great collection of Bueller’s photography, coupled with words of wisdom from her dad. Needless to say, it was love at first sight. Take a couple minutes to check out Bueller’s responses to our Take 5 Tuesday questions:
Why do you do what you do and where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in the simple things. The things you take for granted like a crashing wave or a beautiful flower. The truth is if you stop and look, everything is right in front of you happening all the time. I love capturing these moments. I have always been a water baby and love the ocean. I studied Marine Biology and capturing its beauty is a passion of mine. Every beach is different and every wave is different, so it’s always inspirational. Both are ever changing and I love that. Just when you think you’ve captured it, it changes into something different. I hope we can all take care of the planet so that our kids will be able to enjoy it for years to come.
What is your favorite childhood book?
My favorite childhood book is “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman. I don’t know why except that the little bird’s quest to find its mom is so endearing and funny as he asks everything from a dog to a tractor. It has always stuck with me. It’s a good reminder to always ask questions until you find what you are looking for and not take no for an answer.
How did you get involved in Ttv photography?
I found a group on flickr and really loved what they were doing. I thought the pictures looked so cool. I’ve always been a bit of an inventor so building my own contraption was a lot of fun. I’m still tweaking it. It really changes your perspective. It’s funny because everything is reversed and people always say, but your picture is backwards! I never notice that. It works well with my brain for some reason. I like the way you see things through the twin lens.
What were some of the highlights of making your book?
The biggest highlight in making my book was working with my father. He always inspires me by sending me quotes and one day he told me he had been collecting them. I told him that would make a great book. After not being successful in finding a publisher I decided to pair them with my photographs and do it myself. It was a total act of love. I am really looking forward to doing more. Next up is a book on horses!
If you could bestow one bookmaking tip on the world, what would it be?
Do what you are passionate about. Don’t worry about what others will think or how to make something commercial. Just make a book that you would love to buy yourself and others will respond to that energy!
Big thanks to Bueller for taking some time out her day to let us get to know her a little better. If you’re as crazy for her book as we are, check out her awesome Etsy shop featuring her stunning prints here. And for a little more Bueller goodness, check out her great blog!