An interview with the one and only Andrea Riley.
How many pictures do you take on an average day?
(Average being a weekday, 3 healthy and happy kids, no stress, and perfect weather : )
I am not a daily picture taker. Sometimes I go a week or two without taking photos. Then I'll take hundreds in a day. Eventually, I get around to editing some of them.
If you could photograph someone famous, who would you pick?
Man, that's a tough one. There were many names that came to mind, but I think Martina McBride would be an awesome person to photograph. She's gorgeous, has a killer voice, and seems like a genuinely good person.
Tell me about your photoshop journey.
When did you first get it?Were you hooked right away?When did you upgrade to CS4?
My Photoshop journey started with Elements. I bought it a couple months before I Heart Faces was launched. Honestly, I knew very little about it until Fix-it Friday came about.
I wasn't originally a contributor for I Heart Faces. When several people posted that they would love more help with Elements, my sister asked me if I could start writing tutorials and contributing as the Elements "expert".
Sheer panic caused my journey to learning Elements to kick into full gear. Last Fall, I started back to college to get my Master's degree. College students get an incredible discount on Photoshop, so I transitioned to CS4 at that point.
Since I bought an iMac, I have gone back to using Elements. Eventually I'll buy the Mac version of CS5, but I haven't missed it enough to fork over the money yet.
Can you show a picture straight out of the camera and show how you would fix it?
Click right here to go to all of Drew’s Friday Fixes.The difference is unreal!
If you weren't a teacher,What would you want to be? Why?
If I weren't a teacher, I'm pretty sure my career path would have eventually moved to something computer-related. You might say I'm a bit obsessed with technology. If I had the time, I would look into learning computer programming.
Who is your favorite model at this time?
My kiddos, of course! Quite honestly, though, Jordyn is my only kid who will even look in the direction of my camera.
Do you always have a camera with you?
Do you ever forget it and miss out on something great?
I'm ashamed to say that there are many times that I do not have my camera with me. A huge missed moment doesn't come to mind. (My life isn't all that exciting.) When I was without a cell phone with a camera for a couple months, I felt a bit lost. My cell phone tends to be my "back-up" camera. Sure, the quality isn't great, but at least the moment is captured.
If you could spend an evening with any photographer who would you pick?What things would you want to ask them?
These questions are making me feel so inadequate as a photographer. With college and teaching, I do not get around to visiting other photographer's websites. My exposure to creative photography mostly comes from the awesome submissions to I Heart Faces.
I hear that Amy Wenzel is a pretty amazing gal. There isn't anything specific I'd like to ask her. Most likely, I'd just soak it all in, watching how she works the camera.
Out of Ben, Nathan and Jordyn, who do you think will share your love of photography?
It's hard to tell. None of my kids are very thrilled about the camera right now. Jordyn does enjoy seeing the pictures when they show up on my computer. I think she just likes proving that she can name every person in the photo.
Does Mark enjoy your photography hobby?
My photography hobby is probably a blessing and a curse to Mark. I spend way too much time on the computer, and I'm sure that gets on his nerves. Every Friday, though, Mark makes sure to check out my edit for Fix-it Friday. He looks through the comment section to see if anyone mentions liking my fix. It's kind of funny.
Mark also tends to be my editor on the blog. He's the first one to tell me if I spell something wrong. Overall, Mark appreciates how important the blog is at documenting the everyday happenings of our life. It is so cool to go back a year or two and remember what was going on with our kids and in our lives at that time.
What is your favorite sort of pictures to shoot?
Candids. I really struggle with posed shots. It seems like I'm trying to create an idealistic situation rather than what is real. Several people have asked if I'll ever go "pro" and make money with my photography hobby.
At this time, I have no intention of making it a business. Right now, photography is fun and challenging. I'm afraid if I made it a business, my enjoyment of it would fade.
If someone is just starting to get interested in photography what kind of equipment and software should they get?
You wouldn't believe how many cameras I have gone through...from basic to SLR. My suggestion would be to go straight to an SLR. You'll save money in the long run.
Buy the highest end SLR that you can. About a year ago, I purchased the Canon Rebel XSi. Although it's a great camera, I wish I would have bought something with better ISO options. There are so many low-lighting situations that I have been in where I would have loved to have a full sensor camera. As far as software, I strongly suggest going with Adobe. Yes, there are other great photo editing programs, but the most popular is Photoshop. With popularity comes a great selection of actions, tutorials, plug-ins and so on. If you're planning on keeping photography as a hobby, Elements is a great program. If there is any possibility of going pro, you might as well go ahead and buy Photoshop. I found the transition from Elements to CS4 to be a very easy change.
Any other advice?
I'm not sure that I am qualified to give advice. There are thousands of photographers out there better than me. Overall, just follow your heart with photography. Photography can be such a gift to the people in your life. I always enjoy capturing special events and seeing how much people appreciate seeing the moments that were captured. That is so rewarding.
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You will love her blog and her teaching style.
You will love her mommy-ing.
You will love her pictures and her heart.
She is my favorite photographer and one of my very favorite friends.
You are going to love her! : )