Irene of isphotography sells original fine art photography.

As a photographer, I experiment with different styles and techniques, both in-camera and in my digital darkroom. Faithfully capturing a scene is less important to me than finding that little bit of mystery or evoking a certain mood. I like to explore the ethereal, the surreal, the whimsical, the mysterious, and the beautiful. I enjoy creating little poems for the eyes.
Irene joined us to talk a bit more about herself and her art.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I became engrossed in, and rather obssessed with, photography about 3 1/2 years ago. It all started when I posted some of my photographs on flickr, mostly to share with a few friends initially. But when I realized that it was a community and that I was able to share my work with others who had an interest in photography, I was hooked. Participating on flickr also provided a wonderful opportunity to be exposed to so many styles and techniques and was a great source of inspiration to me.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Being out in nature with my camera when the it's peaceful and quiet and the light is so beautiful that I am almost brought to tears.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
I have been very lucky in that I have received a significant amount of exposure, particularly since last September. This has brought a lot of traffic to my store and a lot of orders, for which I'm thankful. However, since then, the amount of time it takes to administer my shop and fulfill orders has also increased significantly. So, finding the time for photography and more creative work has been challenging lately.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Oooh. Good question. I'm sure my answer would change depending on the day, but right now, I think it would be my print Simplexity on metallic paper. The blues in that photograph are so beautiful and shimmery on metallic paper. I'm rather into blue these days.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I never had a definite idea of what I wanted to be. Although I fell in love with the French language when I began to study it in Grade 6 in Toronto and wanted desperately to move to France. Well, I ended up in Montreal, so I kind of got part way there.

What other shops out there do you love?
I collaborate with jewelry maker Lori Patton and just love her shop

I love the vibrant colors and joyful feeling of Cathy Nichols' paintings

I also recommend the whimsical Victorian-inspired illustrations of ohmycavalier

The knitted works in the Ellita shop are stunning and oh so warm

Crowley Manor's and Savor's soaps are divine

What does your future hold?

This year I plan on adding some portrait photography to my business. I've slowly been building a portfolio of portraits and have discovered that I also really love to photograph people, but in a creative, more photojournalistic way than standard studio portraits.

Visit isphotography on Etsy or stop by Irene's blog at Be sure to check out the special Valentine's Day section of the shop. Irene's photograph "Looking for Love" in that section, which was featured on several popular blogs, including Ali Edwards and Yahoo's Shine.