Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Photographer Interview: Lisa Furey from the Long Road to China

lisa 1 This weekend I attended a fantastic photography workshop.

It was extremely well planned out.

There was no detail that was overlooked.

lisa 1 Lisa from the Long Road to China

has recently began to expand her photography  passion.

Lisa loved her point and shoot.

This picture is a picture that was taken with her

Kodak Point and Shoot.

Lisa went from taking pictures like thisLisa First Post Picture (2) to shooting images like this in a matter of months.lisa 6

Can you recall the first photo you took

that made you go WOW!?

Lisa Atlanta Workshop - Aglae WM (2)

Yes. I took this at the first workshop I attended.

I had only been using a DSLR for about 7 months and was shooting in the automatic mode. When I got to that workshop I was taught how to really use the features of my camera and I moved out of the “auto zone” into Aperture and Manual. I was blown away at the difference in my photos just by taking control of my settings. That is definitely when and where the photography addiction took full force.lisa 1
How did you go from a point and shoot

to a DSLR?

Were you happy about transitioning?lisa 8

One year I sent my husband to do some Christmas shopping and when he returned he had everything on the list, plus a little something extra. When I opened the bag and saw this big camera, I closed the bag and handed it back to him and said,

“Take it back, I am NEVER going to use it”. lisa 6      He said that we needed to get better about taking pictures of the kids instead of just taking them to portrait studios for the holidays and milestones. lisa 2At that time I was using a Kodak Point and Shoot that we bought only hours before we had to leave on our honeymoon. I was not much of a camera person. No matter where we went, I was always the person that left the camera at home. For many years I just bought disposable cameras because I could never remember to bring it along with me.lisa 1

Well, he never took the camera back, but it sat in the box untouched for quite a few months. In April of 2008, I decided to start a blog and after about 4 weeks of cruising the blog circuit and looking at so many amazing photographs, I decided it might be time to take that camera out of the box and give it a try.

If you could live anywhere in the world and work as a photographer
what location would you pick?

lisa 3

This is a tough question for me because there are so many beautiful places around the world, but if I had to pick just one, I would say Sicily. We still have family there and I would love to go, even if it was just for a visit. My Aunt and Uncle went last year and it was just beautiful. The water, the buildings, the people, it is all so picturesque.
Define the word "beauty".

lisa 1

While this is not really a definition of beauty, a quote immediately came to mind….. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” That is the one thing that really intrigues me about photography. There is beauty in everything, but we all see it from different points of view. It can be an absolutely gorgeous child, it can be an interchange between two people, it can be anything. Beauty does not always have to be what is on the outside…… it is about emotion and feeling and things that are within.
Does your personality change when you look through the camera lens?

lisa 7

I think I am somewhat the same when I am behind the camera, but I do find that it gives me a sense of peace and calmness. When I am looking through that lens, all the worries seem to slip away. It is a place where I feel artistic….it is my getaway from the real world and sometimes hectic everyday life.

Do Nick and Sarah ever show any interest

in the camera?lisa 5

Nick has shown a great deal of interest in the camera and often helps me when I do client sessions where I might need an extra set of hands. At times I have wondered if he is really interested, or if it is a tactic to keep him behind the lens instead of in front of it
How do you feel about missed shots which cannot be recreated?
lisa 6

I do hate to miss a shot, but most of the time it happens when I don’t have my camera with me. I tend to look at life as if I was looking at it through a lens, so pretty much every day there are missed moments that could have been captured that could never be recreated. I try to keep my camera within easy reach, but sometimes you only have a matter of seconds.
Who are your influences in regards to photography?

lisa 5

I love to look at other photographer’s work. Right now I would have to say that two of my favorites are Kamee June and Jasmine Star. I also enjoy looking through flickr and blogs at work done by other aspiring photographers like myself. lisa 7

The one other thing that is a big influence on my photography

(don’t laugh)

is the Food Network. Anyone that follows my blog knows that I have a passion for food and for cooking. I just LOVE to photograph food……..(maybe because it does not run away when it sees the camera) lisa 4My family is actually thinking about doing a small cookbook of our recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation and my uncle wants me to do all the photos. lisa 4I thought it was a great idea so every time I make one of our family favorites, I whip out the camera.lisa 3

What is your favorite action or pre set?

If someone is just starting out in Photoshop,

what actions would you recommend?lisa 2

I have a lot of actions and presets, but I have to say that my very favorites are Shana Rae’s Florabella Actions and Textures. She is a brilliant and extremely talented woman. Her textures give your photos that extra WOW factor!
How long did it take you to learn photoshop?

lisa 5

It took me a good 2-3 months to master the basics of photoshop cs3/cs4. I took a 4 week online course that really helped me learn the ins and outs of the program. I was one of those people that needed someone to show me exactly what to do instead of reading it in a book. Once I started enhancing my pictures, people started asking me what I was doing, because they noticed a big change in my photography.lisa 6

After a year of practicing and continuing to learn more and more about the program, I was approached by a few people to see if I would teach them how to use Photoshop. One thing led to another and I started teaching my own online Photoshop Classes. lisa 8It has been more successful than I anticipated and I really enjoy teaching others and at the same time, it pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and continue to increase my knowledge of the software program.

What is the lens you could not live without?

Right now my favorite lens is my 50mm 1.4. I absolutely love it and could not live without it, but that being said I have a long wish list of lenses I would like to try, so this could change over time.lisa 4

What is your favorite image you have taken so far this year?

My favorite photo right now is one I took of Nick and Sarah sitting in a local vineyard. I love the natural feel of the photo and the sweet interchange between them. They are like any other sister and brother…….they have their moments and can bicker like the best of them, but they do truly love each other and this picture is just proof of that love.Lisa The Vineyard Color (2)Have you met many new bloggers thru black and white Wednesday.
lisa 9

I cannot believe how many new and wonderful bloggers I have met since I started hosting Black and White Wednesday. It has been so much fun for me, but it has also connected so many of my faithful readers to new blogs as well. black and white wednesdayWednesdays have quickly become my favorite day of the week and I look forward to each and every photo that is linked.
What are you most looking forward to shooting this year?lisa 3
Well, it only takes a quick glance at my blog to figure out that I get great joy out of photographing my two children. Of course I will continue to photograph them, but in just a few short weeks we are going to have a new addition to our family.lisa 2

We have been waiting to adopt from China for over 4 years and our referral is due to arrive sometime in August, which means we will be traveling to China to meet her for the very first time in either September or October. lisa 1Excited doesn’t even begin to describe my feelings. We have been dreaming about this little girl for a long time and throughout our wait there were many moments that I doubted it was going to happen for us. It is REALLY happening and we are over the moon about it. I am already stocking up on the 16GB Memory Cards for my camera because I know I am going to want to capture every waking moment……..maybe some sleeping ones too.lisa 10

Lisa’s pictures are beautiful.lisa 2

Her children are beautiful.lisa 3

Her life is beautiful.lisa 1

It is beautiful because she sees beauty all around her

wherever she goes.lisa 5

If you get a chance to read her story, take a moment.

It will make you cry and it will definitely inspire you.

Lisa’s blog: The Long Road to China


the monkeys' mama said...

oh i just loved looking at her beautiful children and seeing her gorgeous pictures.

I am so inspired by moms like her--who went from a measly p&s like me to a dslr and are taking grand pictures and mastering photoshop! amazing work!

and yay for her adopting! i might have to go follow her blog just for that :)

Denise said...

Becky, what a wonderful idea! Yes, Lisa is beautiful in so many ways. She has not only inspired me to take in the beauty around me, but to believe in myself. I am a big fan...thank you for taking the time to showcase her work. I may have to go back to compare my early photography that will be interesting~

It was great to meet you and hope to have the chance again as I really missed the chance to chat with you alone. Happy Wednesday~

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

I love her site! (Her blog is the reason I went all-white.) And, isn't she cute as a button!?!

The Animator's Wife said...

WOW WOW, beautiful work!

I'm just the MOM said...

I love these interviews and always love the pics. Makes me want to take more and more pics :)

Veronica said...

What a fantastic interview! The photography is amazing.

Makes me want a nicer camera.....

Sarah said...

I love this interview! Becky, you might just be the next OPRAH -- maybe you can take over for her when her show goes off the air :)

Sarah King said...

Becky, thank you so much for doing these interviews! I really enjoy learning about fellow photographers. Lisa, I loved reading your story and getting a look at some of your fantastic work! Very inspiring story, thank you! :)

Serline said...

I long to upgrade to a DSLR, but considering I nearly lost my point-and-shoot to a casual swipe of Narelle's hands yesterday, I have to wait a little longer for her to be less of a "threat" to my hobby...

Formerly known as Frau said...

You two are my most favorite photobloggers! Great interview...I love B&W Wednesday. I really hope some day to travel to PA for a photo weekend you guys do. And I'm over the moon happy for Lisa and her family I can't wait for their baby to arrive.

Love Letters To China said...

What a wonderful post Becky! You are an amazing interviewer. I so adore Lisa and her work. You really captured the beauty of her photography and her soul.

fleur de lis cottage said...

What a great post and interview. Lisa is an awesome photographer and person. You both find beauty in all things around you.

Great meeting you this past weekend. I love your positive, uplifting spirit :-) and your photography rocks!!!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Becky, I am so flattered to be one of the people you interviewed. I loved answering your questions and even better yet, looking at the photos you chose to post. It was the perfect element of surprise.

You are such a special person and I am so glad we found each other here in the land of blog and have even had a few opportunities to get together. I was more than thrilled that you were part of the Bethlehem workshop. I know you are just as crazy as I am this week, but I can't wait to see your beautiful photos!!! You have such a wonderful eye and always seem to capture the perfect moments.

Thanks again Becky:)



Almost forgot..... Although my camera is a dslr, it is not a full sensor/full frame. I am dreaming about the canon 5d, but that is going to have to wait until we come back from China:)

Marla said...

Awesome!! This is such a great collection of Lisa's work, I just love looking at them all. Great interview Becky!

Suki said...

Such a wonderful idea to give those bloggers and photographers a big shout out.
I followed Lisa's blog now quite sometime and it is amazing how fast she got better and better.
I'd love to on her workshop. I bet it is truly inspirational.
I am glad that the baby/child they wished for will soon bless their family :)
So happy for them.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I am so impressed with her beautiful photos!!!! She is inspiring.

Shonni said...

Your photography always inspires me!!!!

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

Great interview!!! Lisa is a fabulous photographer...her pictures inspire and evoke emotion, as do her words, and she is a great teacher, too!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Just amazing! All I have is a point and shoot.

Kimmy said...

She does take gorgeous photos! I seriously need to check out photoshop. I just have a lack of patience. That and the fact that my computer bogs down with my LR 2.0 software. Frustrating!

Great interview :O)

Rosina said...

Becky, thank you for this wonderful interview! This is such a huge inspiration!

Lisa--I can tell your passion in your images. Love your eye and your creativity. I love to read stories like yours--especially the part where you didn't care to become a photographer! Also, I've had my xti forever before I upgraded to my are a living proof that it's not the camera, but the person behind it matters! Thanks for being such a huge inspiration...wishing you the best! :)

Rosina said...

Becky, thank you for this wonderful interview! This is such a huge inspiration!

Lisa--I can tell your passion in your images. Love your eye and your creativity. I love to read stories like yours--especially the part where you didn't care to become a photographer! Also, I've had my xti forever before I upgraded to my are a living proof that it's not the camera, but the person behind it matters! Thanks for being such a huge inspiration...wishing you the best! :)

☼¨`*•.♥RocĂ­o♥.•*¨`☼ said...

She is an Amazing Photographer her photography is Stunning!
Thank you for sharing this with us!
Have a Fabulous Day!

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

WOW WOW WOW!!! Yet another blog for me to stalk! LOL This post made me all teary eyed!

Thank you so much for the interview and introducing me to someone new!

Brian Miller said...

oh wow...these are great shots...a wonderful interview...the pics of the kids feet were my favs...

Casey said...

Wowza!!! Love every single picture!

Nancy E said...

Becky --- this is great -- I loved reading the interview --- well done. It was great to get to know Lisa on your blog today! I am inspired. So glad you got to go to the workshop! Thanks for stopping by my blog too!

Cheers to you!

Here is a link to my latest challenge - thought I would share with you --

Nancy E said...

Becky --- this is great -- I loved reading the interview --- well done. It was great to get to know Lisa on your blog today! I am inspired. So glad you got to go to the workshop! Thanks for stopping by my blog too!

Cheers to you!

Here is a link to my latest challenge - thought I would share with you --

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Gail said...

Fabulous interview Becky!!! I'm very fortunate to have gotten to know Lisa well and have met her in person. She's extremely talented, and a wonderful teacher!

Whimsical Creations said...

How inspiring!! Off to check out her blog.

The OriginalPsyn said...

Your work is amazing. I've been inspired by all you ladies who attended Lisa's workshop.

I'm in the process that you all have been going through. Learning my new DSLR and editing. I hope to have photoshop one day. Until then picnik and gimp will have to do. I'm so glad I found Lisa's challenge. It has inspired me to take my photography to the next level.

Marla said...

I am LOVING these interviews! :)

Marla @

Don and Lisa Osborn said...


You always have such thoughtful posts! You have such a sweet soul. I am glad you got the chance to join in the workshop this weekend. I love how you give hope to FRUSTRATED, BUMBLING novices like me.


Kim said...

Great interview! Glad you had a wonderful weekend!

I dream of taking photos like yours and Lisa's someday!

Baloney said...

Now I'm feeling a little bit worse about my P&S photos. :)
Oh well.
Someday I will take a class for a real camera but not today.
Beautiful pics & Beautiful kids.
What joy to hear of the arrival in the fall!

CM said...

I really enjoyed this interview since I too participate in Lisa's Black and White Wednesdays. I find her story very inspiring and her photos amazing!

Thanks for sharing this with us, what a great post!

Dawn said...

Hi Becky,
Thanks for the message you left on my blog. I haven't had much free time because of my 7 month old but I am so glad to have been able to check out your blog. Love the interviews with photographer moms. I am just in the beginning stages of taking pics. I still have to buy a Photoshop program and LEARN it. As of now all my pics are unedited.

Julie said...

What a wonderful interview. She really is a talent. Thanks so much for posting this. I really loved reading it!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Lisa's photos are so beautiful! Another great feature in this interview series, Becky!

Wanda said...

Becky, Becky, sweet Becky!! Look at you - interviewing like such a pro. What a remarkable lady you are!!! GREAT job!!!

Yes, Lisa's life and children and photography are all beautiful - as is her heart. Thank you for sharing YOUR gift of insight and generosity with so many.

Big hugs to you, my new (remarkable) friend!!

Josh, Steph, The Boys and Maddie said...

Her pictures are stunning! Great interview! I also love the 50mm. It is usually what I photograph with when i am photographing my kids. You will have to get one. I have just the 1.8 version and it does amazing. only about $100.00.The 1.4 is around $500.00. I would like the more expensive one one day but no hurry since the 1.8 still is amazing

Maddy said...

What a wonderful interview!! It's amazing to see the progression of people's photography! Sometimes as a beginner, you get intimidated by all the amazing photography out there! The great thing is that you can improve drastically with time and practice! And Lisa's work is just stunning!!

Jacki said...

The time you took to add your warm words to my blog and first photo challenge has changed my life and I thank you so much. I know my picture was not my best but I wanted to get started (purple was a hard subject for me, lol) Your blog has lead me to Lisa's and now I'm posting on B&W Wednesday. I am a "point and shot" person that is ready to take the plunge. And who knows, maybe some day I will be in Lisa's class. As a Grandmother of 11, I have plenty of models, lol
Becky, you now have another follower, fan and friend...

Teresa Dawn said...

I LOVE where I live, but for photography purposes I'd say I'd live in Russia!

Great photos!

Mrs4444 said...

She's incredibly talented! I just kept thinking, "Wow!"

That said, I do think it's a lot easier to take portrait shots when the photographer knows the subject. I have a fantastic photo of me and the kids, taken by a dear friend. Those are my favorite shots.

Drew said...

Aw! I'm so glad to hear that her adoption journey is coming up so soon. How exciting! And...her photography is amazing! I need to start checking out blogs more often. Plenty of inspiration to be found on hers!

Ellie said...

I love this post! I adore Lisa and her blog it was so fun to read about her photography journey! Thanks for posting this :)

Tricia Nugen said...

This is awesome Becky. Sorry I haven't replied sooner. I love this addition to your blog. I love knowing the stories behind people. It's what make a good photographer and a brilliant blogger!

Missy said...

How fun!!! Love your questions and the thoughtful way you placed just the right pics along with Lisa's answers. You are very creative, Becky :)

As for Lisa, well all I can say is, she is a treasure. I have always loved her photography and her creative eye, but I also love what a dear person she is. A true friend is what I think of when you mention Lisa.

I can't wait to follow along with your interviews... Oprah move over!

Dita said...

Amazing, amazing, amazing interview, Becky....I second that...Oprah ain't got NOTHIN' on you, Girl.

You know I adore, Lisa (and her kids...AND her photography) she is just the most talented, giving and kindest person. I have been so lucky to share a friendship with her in person and through her and her photography, to have met so many wonderful women in the process...Current Interviewer Included!