Posts Tagged ‘photographer interview’

Char, my collaborating buddy over at ramblins, awarded me the Zombie Chicken Award. Here is the story behind the zombie:

“The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken – excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all…”

I love all my blog peeps and I have more than five, way more than five, but I decided to play along and share some of my new faves.

*1 Kristybee…the blog. I was so excited to see that she started a blog, I am a huge fan of her photography and I knew she would be a great blogger. You will have to check her out.

*2 Maternal Lens This blog is a collaboration of five women who are mothers, photographers, and bloggers. They select a photo of the day and have random giveaways, it is really a fun blog.

*3 elle moss has to be one of my top 10 photographers of all time and I just discovered she has a blog! Where have I been???? She has another blog, diary of a mod housewife.

*4 Kat Braman Photography, I have been a fan of her work for awhile now and I love her blog. It is fairly new but she has been around flickr for awhile.

*5 Paper Cameras I recently found this blog and I love the photography and she shares some of her finds with her readers. I am fairly new to this blog and I am already smitten.

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I love banners, buntings, and garlands and I have been seeing them everywhere lately. (click on the photos to see the owners)

Untitled (by Veronica TM)

Lavender Garland (by Vintage Amethyst)

newspaper snowflakes (by mayalu)

delicate newspaper bunting (by mayalu)

Mini Bunting (by Chez Larsson)

spring banner (by littlethings1)

Untitled (by kelly rae roberts)

295: 11.22.07 (by girlhula)

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blueberry dreams (by Leaca's Philosophy)

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins
• 2 cups cake flour
• 3/4 cup granulated sugar
• 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 pinch salt
• 3 ounces cream cheese, cut in cubes
• 2 teaspoon lemon juice
• 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 Whole eggs
• 1/4 cup melted butter, hot, about 175°
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1 cup blueberries
• paper muffin cup liners
Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°. Line the cups of a muffin tin with 12 paper liners. Set aside.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir well; set aside. Using metal blade in food processor, process cream cheese, lemon juice, and vanilla in food processor until smooth. Add eggs and process 15 seconds. Scrape down side of container with a spatula. With processor running, pour hot melted butter through food chute gradually, but within 10 seconds. Process another 10 seconds. Add milk and process 5 seconds. Add dry ingredients to container and mix with 4 to 6 half-second pulses. Add blueberries and fold in with a spoon. Pour an equal amount of batter into each muffin cup, filling each about 2/3 to 3/4 full. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 30 minutes. Cool on rack 15 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins.

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Joy St. Claire Photography is offering a free wallpaper that is spring divine.

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Redoubt erupted again today. This is not my greatest shot ever but I love seeing the volcano looking over our seemingly normal little town.
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When I lived in Wyoming we owned our own home with one acre of land and we always had a very large garden. I could spend hours in my vegetable and flower gardens. I loved my yard, loved fresh vegetables and loved nurturing my family in ways I could not even comprehend. There is something about planting, growing and feeding your family that makes you feel industrious.

I was just chatting with Jackie over at Smoothpebble about this very thing. She is making laundry soap and she is very excited about it, she asked if it was silly. I completely understand why it makes her so excited. We live in a consumer driven world, blah, blah, I know, but it is true. Our great-grandmothers would be rolling in their graves if they seen how easy we have it.

I think things like sewing, hand made crafting, gardening, and soap making are dying in our homes. It is sad really because it is so rewarding when we take the time to do it. Now I will get off my soap box. =]


I watch Martha Stewart faithfully, I even record it. The other day she made a salad table that allows you to grow salad greens and herbs on your porch. They even made a salad box that you can just put in a small space. I called my husband right away and told him he was making me one. I am so excited to grow things again.

What do you do with your hands to create and nurture yourself and others? I am really interested so please do share even if it is a goal that you would like to do in the future.

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Yvette can compose the most beautiful photos filled with simple everyday items. Her use of light and textures is breathtakingly beautiful. She is truly an artist. If you are not familiar with her work, you need to check her out.

1. What do you shoot with?

Right now with a Nikon D90, but I have a Konica Minolta which I adore and two vintage cameras, one of them for the TTV shoots that I do sometimes.

2. What is your favorite photo on flickr? (one of yours and one other

It was so much fun doing this with my boyfriend who had pose for me in many of my projects, that I would name this as one of my favorites…
There is so much meaning in this photograph, I really love the result.

Another photographer?

She’s awesome. The last photo that I recently add to my favorites is this one from her stream
Still winter... (by emiguez65)

3. What would be one tip for someone new to photography?
Find inspiration within, no matter what camera or lens you use, no matter the location or the model, what really matters is what you can see, the passion, the message, the essence. Details and the theory will be improving along the way.

4. If you had to choose between stills, macro, portrait, landscape,
what would you choose?

Macro and stills.
Untitled (by Yvette Inufio)Untitled (by Yvette Inufio)

5. Who’s photography influenced you the most in the beginning stages of your own photography?
All the fabulous photographers that I had known on Flickr, with their photos, comments and flickr mails are still an influence.

6. Where do you get your greatest inspiration now?
I love being at home after work, taking care of my cats and my garden, going to the sea on Sunday mornings. My photos are the testimony of what I do, always trying to add some light, softness and poetry to my everyday life.

7. Who are your top five favorite photographers on flickr right now?
Ufff, they are so many talented photographers on Flick that for me, it’s really hard to pick just 5.

Esther Míguez

Irene Suchocki


Irene L

Alicia Bock

Previous 7 questions
Thousandwords Photography
Mainemomma 2007
Leaca’s Philosophy (me)
Rachel Schell
Something Cheeky
Sarah is Bulletproof

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#35 on my list can be semi-crossed off. Yay! I think I want different frames but I like seeing my stuff hanging on my walls just for the fact that it could be hanging on someones wall. I was surprised at how much frames cost but I was even more surprised how much framed art costs. Etsy is really a good deal; you can get an awesome piece of work for a low price, or better yet, you can frame your own work and save you even more.

025 (by Leaca's Philosophy)
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021 copy (by Leaca's Philosophy)
020 copy (by Leaca's Philosophy)

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I just love this blog, When you give a girl a camera. Amy (42) and Madeline (11) are a mother daughter duo who collaborate with their photography. They both have a great eye for photography and I love seeing new images from them. Check them out.

will this be our last snow of the year? (by main st apartment)

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I am celebrating with a list. The top 10 greatest women, in my opinion. =]

1. My daughter. There are so many reasons why she is on this list but the main reason is her sweet spirit. She is the type of person little kids swarm towards. They say you know a good person when kids love them. She is strong but has a soft side to her too. I am so lucky to be her mom.
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2. Grandma Slaughter. She is actually my husbands grandmother but I am keeping her and claiming her from my own. She served everyone around her and everyone felt well cared for in her presence. She was a great example to me and I can’t imagine not knowing her.

3. My girlfriends. Sorry I know this is not exactly playing the game right but it is my blog, my rules. I can’t not include them. I have the greatest friends. They are all strong women some of them have overcome the greatest trials and helped me through mine. They are making the list.

4. Ruth (the biblical one). Hearing her story has uplifted me so many times and I find myself reading it over and over. I love it. Loyalty is an issue with me, I try to be very loyal and expect the same from others. She was a great woman and I love her story.

5. Mrs. Buckley. She was my high school librarian and she was like a ray of sunshine. Just seeing her would make you smile. She was smart, kind, and genuine. Sometimes people just make an impression and you remember them forever.

6. Mrs. Turner. She was the elementary school librarian for my three children. I love to read, really love to read, but it did not come to me when I was young. I caught the bug after I was married. I read to my kids when they were young but I owe their love to literature to Mrs. Turner. She made the library funner than recess. That takes some creativity on her part. My kids grew and left the school, I continued to volunteer for this woman not only because I believed in all that she taught, but I also loved seeing her in creative action. n694882478_1227838_3105
She is one on the right in the poodle skirt. She does a whole week called Pig Out and all week you dress up and read, pig out on books. My kids still miss Pig Out week. It was a blast!!!

7. Jane Austen. I have yet to find an author I love more than her. I read her and get lost in the language and her ability to understand human nature, without a television! She wrote books in a time that looked down on women having such a career. I am never too far from at least one of her novels. I think she would have loved to meet me, I am her biggest fan without being a freak about it. =]

8. Coretta Scott King. Her husband gave his life for a cause that she didn’t allow to die with him. I often think of how scary that might of been for her and how I might have felt in her shoes. She had four children, a widow, and the legacy of her husband to protect. I am in awe of her perseverance. Great woman!

9. Marjorie Hinckley. I told my husband that if I ever died he could only marry Marjorie Hinckley. She is the only one I would allow to raise my kids. She was in her 80’s and was the cutest little thing you ever did see, he just looked at me and said, “Anything you want”. He does that a lot, like I do not know what it means when he says that. Duh? Here is one of my favorite quotes from her:
“I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with grass stains on my shoes from mowing Sister Schenk’s lawn. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor’s children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone’s garden. I want to be there with children’s sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.” Marjorie Peay Hinckley
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10. Diane Keaton. No reason I just really like her. =]

Other notables, Annie Leibovitz, ellen, Zainab Salbi, Virginia Woolf, all of my Shutter Sisters too.

Who is on your list??? Have a great day and remember those women who have helped mold you in to the woman you are today.

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Charlane and I collab together, and that has allowed me to get to know Char and her photography pretty well. She has a vintage feel to the way she composes and processes her photogaphy. Char is also a blogger and writes beautifully. I hope you enjoy learning more about her.

1. What do you shoot with?

I’ve always been a canon girl. I started out years ago with a little 35mm cheapie and then confiscated my brother’s film rebel about 15 years ago. Then for some reason I put it aside until 2007. Then one Saturday I was looking at catalogs for wall art and thought, “maybe I could do this myself”. I picked the film rebel back up. And was reminded of processing costs. So I upgraded to the XTi…and then last year I upgraded again to the 40d.

I also shoot mainly with prime lens – 50mm, 85mm and 100mm macro. There is something about stepping to recompose that I enjoy.

2. What is your favorite photo on flickr? (one of yours and one other photographer)

Wow. Difficult for another photographer as I admire so many. After looking back at 22 pages of favorites…yes, 22. I decided to go with the first shot I ever favorited on flickr.

Tree in Fog (by Vili5)

It’s from my friend, Kurt. Kurt and I go a way back being old blog friends from the days when I used to myspace (I no longer do). He doesn’t post to flickr any more and I think it’s a big shame. He is one of the most natural photographers I’ve ever met. His eye is flawless and I admire his compositional choices.

My favorite shot of mine? Well, normally I would pick a family member but I think I’m going in a different direction for this interview.

Over the Bridge (by CharlaneG)

This is the first landscape shot I did after I started classes. It’s the first one where I really paid attention to composition and color. I was so excited when I processed it.

Another photographer?

Snowflake in my window (by shuttermeister)

I just favorited this today. Look at the color and detail in this shot. It is gorgeous.

3. What would be one tip for someone new to photography?

Well, after fiddling with my camera and stumbling around for about a year before taking classes, these are my words of advice. Take the camera OFF automatic. Play with aperture, play with shutter speed, learn the basics of white balance and ISO. Learn what turns YOU on as an artist. Anyone with a point and shoot can take a decently focused photograph on automatic. But…challenge yourself to try and reproduce the same results not on automatic. (It’s harder than it looks)

Then I would definitely recommend classes if you have access or can afford them. The leap you make in classes will astound you. If you don’t have access (or funds) for classes – read, read, read and then shoot, shoot, shoot. Shoot something from many angles and study the shots. Look at how light hits the subject. Learn the basic rules of photography like the rule of thirds, leading lines, depth of field, the golden mean. Know them and then know how to break them, if need be, to satisfy your artistic eye.

Develop a critical eye towards your own photography. Discernment, what works, what doesn’t work. If you take 57 shots of berries (like I did this morning) – learn how to tell which photograph is better than the rest.

Sorry, that wasn’t one was it? I get really excited about photography and love to talk about it. Just remember, photography should bring you joy. Do what makes you happy regardless of anyone else. that being said, take your camera everywhere.

4. If you had to choose between stills, macro, portrait, landscape, what would you choose?

Difficult question. I’m so all over the place with my photography. Right now stills are making me happy…but, I’m excited to have a model lined up and I’m about to begin working on portraits. Wish me luck as this is one area where my experience is very thin.

5. Who’s photography influenced you the most in the beginning stages of your own photography?

Dorothy Lange and Ansel Adams at first. Their images are just so powerful and beautiful. Ansel’s use of light amazes me to this day. And Dorothy Lange, iconic. She captured feelings so very well. Then as I started studying photography, Henri Carter Breeson – his “moments” are just perfection. He’s a great one to use as an example of breaking compositional rules as well as saying not every shot has to be in absolute focus.

Then, my favorite instructor at Samford – Carl DelFavero. He has years and years of experience in photography and is an avid nikon shooter. Very inspirational and kind. He pushed me to learn how to handle critique and how to develop my critical eye. He doesn’t flickr but he does have a few shots on JPGMag.

6. Where do you get your greatest inspiration now?

Flickr is my greatest inspiration as far as learning and growing as a photographer. There are so many talented people that are so open and generous with their art. I have learned so much about processing from flickr.

I’m also inspired by nature, my family and whimsy. I love the whimsical moments in life where you just happen upon something so amazing that you must take a shot that instant (a good reason to always have your camera with you). The way the light hits something, a cloud formation, a heart shaped rock, a blue balloon skipping along the sidewalk. My family – my nephews and nieces especially. I never want a day to pass without seeing them smile. And nature – what beauty and detail, the reoccurring psi elements, perfection and imperfection.

7. Who are your top five favorite photographers on flickr right now?

This is like asking a momma which child is her favorite. She loves them all and on different days she may just love one more than the other, until the other comes back around with more kisses and love.

Traci French

Andie Edwards


Stacey D.

Sew Fab Martha

Alicia Bock

Oh wait…that’s more than five isn’t it? Sorry – I couldn’t pick just five and I actually about at least five to ten more people that I just adore.

Previous 7 questions
Thousandwords Photography
Mainemomma 2007
Leaca’s Philosophy (me)
Rachel Schell
Something Cheeky
Sarah is Bulletproof

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