Posts Tagged ‘photographers’

We have been watching this volcano (Mt. Redoubt) act up all day yesterday. I only live a block away from the bluff and so we take some hot cocoa, the camera, and watch it do its thing. We called some friends over who have just moved to Alaska to come down to the beach with us and watch it. This was my favorite shot of the day. I love how high the waves are crashing, the sunset, the volcano and B just taking it all in.
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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.
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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
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Mainemomma 2007
Leaca’s Philosophy (me)
Rachel Schell
Something Cheeky
Sarah is Bulletproof

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breakfast (by Leaca's Philosophy)
breakfast–This week my daughter helped out with breakfast. *shocked* She stayed home from school on monday after her long season of bball she said she needed a mental day.
lemon–I love lemon water and I can’t seem to get enough of it.
salad–I can get too many salads and not want to eat them for a while but I have been loving them lately. Recipes here, here, and here.

Prints–I have been printing some of my images this week. I have been in kind of a slump lately and thought it would help. I shot these and after printing them off I fell in love with the image. One of my personal favorites. It is amazing how an image may not seem like much and then you print it and find a treasure. I am offering this one in my shop because I love it so much.
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textures–I have been using a lot of these in my processing these days. I am just smitten with them. I love when people share.

–I am not much of jewelry wearer, I wear a lot of silver, the same stuff all the time. I love this shop. Her work is so vintage-like and her pieces so unique.

_______________________________________________________________ down comforter--At the end of a cold day I melt into my bed, the feel of a down comforter warms me in no time at all
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I love these oranges. The fill the whole house with their scent and they so tiny.
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Sam Phillips–I just can’t get enough of her soulful lyrics. I think her album cover is the coolest, like her music was made for me.

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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.

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I have been in a photo slump lately. The winter has forced me indoors for the most part and I get tired of taking pictures inside. Today my husband and I decided to go outside today, snow or shine. It was snowing and very cold but it felt so good to get out.

Something I do when I am in a slump is to process differently than I normally would. It helps to get my creative juices flowing.

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On another note…..we have buds. To look outside you would not think spring is on its way but here is the proof.
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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 love these little cups–they call them hob nobs. =]

Isn’t this the coolest bag??? I have been wanting to knit and have my supplies in a basket or a bag and I have been having a hard time finding something but these bags would work perfectly.

I want this lamp shade.
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photo courtesy of Rachel Ray

image courtesy of Kristybee

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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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I have seen these around flickr and finally decided to do a search for more info on them and I love what I found. I also love that I can always see some similarities between Buddhist beliefs and Feng Shui, helps my learning curve since I am already familiar with Feng Shui. Anything that can increase life, fortune, health and wealth, I am in!

I have been seeing little garlands out there in blog world and thought that they were so cute and now I have decided to incorporate both ideas into one little project for me. Sometimes I need something other than photography to keep me busy and then I photograph what I am doing so it all works out.

Prayer Flags (by pinhole (Mark))

prayer flags (by leschick)

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tibetan prayer flags (by mischievousmeg)

a year of prayers (by mainemomma2007)

my prayer flag (by andie♥edwards)Blossom and prayer flags (by Lou in China)

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12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women – blog bookmy version of secret #4

butterfly, tram version (by Dreamer7112)photo by Dreamer7112

“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked pensively, “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
–Trina Paulus, writer

This chapter talked a lot about overcoming the fears of selfishness, boy did this hit home. She talks about the reasons why she devoted this book to women only and I love what she had to say.

She talks about the differences between creative men and creative women. A creative man can lock himself in a room and do his creating, whatever it may be, and his family brings him dinner and leaves it by the door, never making a peep that it might disturb his creative juices. He could be in there for hours and no one will bother him or make him feel guilty for neglecting anyone. This is so true. We have friends and he is an artist and he can be locked up in his loft for days without any interruptions. He is very successful and so I have never thought anything of it. He has spent months away traveling the world painting his pieces and this was before his work was well known.

Now if I decided to lock my self in a room for weeks, or travel the world by myself my husband would have a fit. I love him and he is very supportive but I am a homemaker and the home “would burn to the ground” as my daughter says if I decide to leave home without the family.

I have to say that I am very happy and content with the life I have and the role I play in my home. I am a creative person and have always found ways to incorporate my need to create and my role as a mother and wife. With that been said, I do understand why she devoted the book to creative women and not creative people.

My children are older now and I have had more time to devote to my creative side. I can pull the sewing machine out and leave it on the kitchen table for hours without worrying about someone pouring honey all over it. I have devised rituals and boundaries that help everyone not feel so neglected. My husband has always been more needy than the kids, so the kids being bigger does not take away the neglect issue. When the he goes to work, I go to work creatively. When I go on photoshoots I take my family along. Gordon and I often will pack a snack/lunch and go out on an adventure. They have even went on photography mixers with me.

I love being with my family and I need them to be part of this process with me. There are times when I am blogging or processing my pictures that I need to be alone and not worrying about the needs of others.

Do you set boundaries when you are creating? Is there a time you create? Do you turn off the phone and ignore the door if someone comes knocking? How do you merge the two roles of woman and creator?

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