Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Interview with a Photographer: Sarah Andrews of ThisMamaRAZZI

The first time I clicked on Sarah’s blog,

I knew she was something special.sarah 2

I could feel her love for her baby,

her family,

and her pictures.

Any person with that much love inside

just had to be wonderful.

And she was.

If you have never met my friend Sarah from

ThisMamaRAZZI, well, today is your lucky day!

How old is your baby, Sarah?sarah 16 

I'm the super proud Mommy of a 19 month old baby girl!

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How did you pick her name?4880336471_86b0c94e73_b

I love names and I wanted to find something different but not too crazy out there.  We named her Brielle (Bree-elle) which isn't common around our area.  People are always asking me to repeat myself when I introduce her which is a PAIN but I wouldn't change a thing.  I love it and it suits her. 

But if you ask Brielle what her name is - she'll tell you "Baby" every single time!4490295002_940d667501_z
What is her favorite toy right now?

      Toys? Not so much.  But cell phones, remote controls and potatoes are huge hits with her right now!

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What do you do during her nap time?4880947172_8f06d12625_z

Ah the sweetness of naptime. 

When my baby and I recharge out batteries.  9 times out of 10 you will find me on the computer editing and/or blogging.  sarah 1
Tell me about the day you first picked up a DSLR.

Believe it or not, July 2009 was my first time.  A friend had just bought a Nikon D80 and I grabbed it and instantly fell in love.  It was totally over-whelming - I had no clue what I was doing but I wanted to learn in the worst way.  So I went out and bought a Canon XSi a week later.  I outgrew my Xsi in under 8 months and now I own a 5D Mark II.     4401990983_bdfb1b51bb
How much time a day do you spend editing pictures?

Right now - A lot of my free time is dedicated to photography and editing.  I edit about 4 hours a day if I've a shoot that needs editing.  If not then about 2.  4256930652_8d1355e4ef_o

Where is your favorite place to shoot?
I LOVE the country.  I'm totally a country bumpkin stuck in the suburbs so whenever I can I head out to my families property and click click click.

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What do you love about living in Canada?

I love the seasons - all 4 have such extreme weather. I love the trees, rolling hills and fresh water lakes of Ontario. But what I love the most about being Canadian is our Health Care System.4915635063_0d731109c3_z

Tell me about your front porch view.

I live in a subdivision!  I have houses and friendly people all around me.
What is your favorite outfit to wear?

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That changes all of the time.  My current is jean capri leggings, a dark pink blouson top with spaghetti straps and flip-flops.sarah 12
What is your favorite outfit to put ‘Baby’ in?sarah 13

There is no way I can narrow it down to just one -

I'm a bit of a shop-a-holic when it comes to her.

I love her in anything pink - it's her color.
Does your Mama go crazy over the pictures of

her grandbaby?

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What grandparent doesn't go crazy over a picture of their grandbaby?!?!?!?!  So a BIG fat yes is my answer to this question!  My family is super proud of what I'm pulling off with my camera.


Do you have any specific goals regarding your photography?

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I want to become better of course!  lol!  I'll always be a forever student when it comes to photography.  I never want to stay the same - always up for a challenge and to be open to new things.  Currently, I'm baby-steppin' my way into a small business for myself.  I'm currently doing 1-2 photo shoots a week through model calls and shoots for friends.  I'm loving every minute of it - having high highs when I'm nailing shots and low lows when I blow the shoot but I'm learning every step of the way.  My 3 year plan is to have a great group of clients who love my images and continue to hire me over and over again.sarah 11

What has been your biggest challenge in learning photography?     sarah 15 Oh I've had/have a big one.  When I was 15 I had a near fatal cyst in my brain that irreparably damaged the optic nerve in my right eye with permanent uncorrectable damage to the left.  So I don't have good vision whatsoever and I live on a day to day basis with a visual disability.  (My blog followers might be a little stunned right now)sarah 1  It constantly blows me away when I take good pictures and I'm extremely thankful for the vision that I still have.  It's hard all at the same time to find the confidence on some days regarding my work.  But I continue to shoot and see EVERYTHING the best I can and I encourage you to do the same.sarah 10 

How long did it take you to master Photoshop?

LOL!  Becky's so funny!  So not a master - a novice really.  I've been using CS4 since August 2009.  It's an amazing program but I still have lots of frustrating moments.
What are your favorite actions?

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I'm a huge Florabella fan and have a lot of her actions.  I use her sharpen/defog on a lot of my images as well as her center fill light action. 
Who is one of your Photography inspirations?

I think every photographer out will have produced a photo that I absolutely LOVE!  So I'm not going with the big guns on this one (cough cough Skye Hardwick).

Some of my blogging/IRL friends totally blow my mind with their crazy photog skills.

Baby Mama - aka Lisa Kelly from Salt and Light Studio over at BlogBaby has such artistic flair she's consistently blowing my mind with each photo she puts out. She is definitely one of my favorites!

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Anything else to share?

It wouldn't be right to take over Becky's blog and not leave a couple of favorite and life inspiring quotes and a question at the end.

"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance."
~Bruce Barton~sarah 4

"There is no chance,
no destiny,
no fate,

that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul."
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox~

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My Q for you....

What's YOUR fave action???

I told you mine now you tell me yours!!!!!

OK, Sarah, well, you are going to be disappointed to know, I have never used an action. I have Elements 4 and I don’t understand where the actions are. I have downloaded Pioneer Woman Actions about 100 times…. so I am sure they are somewhere on my computer, but I can’t find them. : (

Blog: 
This Mamarazzi

Website:

Sarah Andrews Photographysarah 10

67 comments:

theTsaritsa said...

It's adorable that she calls herself "Baby," haha! So cute!

Skeller said...

another sweet interview. I love "meeting" all your wonderful favorite photographers, Becky.

and Sarah! wow! Thank goodness for autofocus, eh?!? I feel like camera's capabilities these days totally allow me to pursue a passion that I might not have been able to 30 years ago due to less than perfect vision ...

Cecily R said...

I read the whole thing and honestly can't get past my serious JEALOUSY over Sarah having the 5D.

Fabulous style and love the quotes!!

Eboix said...

amazing talent and stunning photos!

Foursons said...

I too love that your daughter calls herself Baby. Totally made me smile.

I love your photography. It's honest, it's real, and I feel like I know the people in your shots. Can't get much better than that!

Ashley Sisk said...

I've always loved Sarah's work - great interview. I also feel better knowing that she quickly outgrew her XSi ... I'm starting to feel the same way but I need to start saving. And totally shocked about her vision. Wow.

Terri said...

I just love your interviews and Sarah's work is fabulous! I remember seeing her blog and thinking that flower picture was awesome!. I'm hopping over there right now!

the monkeys' mama said...

WOW about her cyst and vision. I'm very impressed by her work and even more so with that life story!

Elaine at Matters of the Heart) said...

Becky another great interview, it is so nice to read how other Momma Photogs to it.

Sarah your work is beautiful, loved reading this, felt like I really got to know you. Love your three your plan, you deserve it...

Oh and what a beautiful little girl you have.

Blessings...

Modesty is Pretty said...

she has beautiful pictures and the baby is just so adorable I want to kiss her little rosy cheeks!

DD said...

Awesome pics....love Brielle's name :-)

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Fun, fun, fun interview!!

stephanie garcia said...

What a fun interview and beautiful photos!

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

WOW! I am TOTALLY blown away by her! The fact that she's still pretty NEW to photography is AMAZING! The fact that she's visually impaired just blows my MIND! Her portraits are STUNNING!

I'm so inspired by her!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Another great interview, Becky! Love her style...and her story. :)

Buckeroomama said...

Great interview, as always, Becky! Seriously, if you have a show (or even a column), I would be a loyal viewer/reader. I really love the way the your interviews flow. I'm not putting this very well, but it's almost like I'm sitting next to you as you're doing the interview and I can see and feel the smiles back and forth. :)

I love that you included my favorite picture of hers --the one with her daughter running holding the 2 Canadian flags! SO cute!

Kelly said...

Great photos! I love the ones with the hay bales. I need a shoot like that with my kids!

Hannah said...

I love these interviews SO much! Never can get enough of your blog :)

classycareergirl said...

These photos are great! Each one tells such a beautiful story!

Rosina said...

Sarah--do you know what I noticed first?? That you grabbed a D80 and then you went and grabbed a CANON!! Yeah!! Great minds think alike! :)

Awesome awesome work! I love how you spent time editing during your little girl's nap time (me, too!!!). That's what I do, too. Love that shot with the high school girl holding Twilight! That totally defines the younger generation these days. Loved reading all these--keep up the great work! :)

Team Canon!

Sarah said...

Sarah, this is some amazing work! You have a real talent for lighting your subjects and the time you invest in editing shows-- perfect all around.

loved your story too, keep shooting! xoxo

lifebythecreek said...

Sarah, I love your work. And I think it is so wonderful that everyone who sees it would say "Great eye, Sarah!", not having a clue about the real state of your vision. Your camera sees for you... what an amazingly cool thing. And your two fav actions are MY two, as well; I use both of them on almost every edit that I do! What a great interview; I think the thing that really shows YOUR heart is the fact that you know Becky well enough to leave quotes at the end.... ;<)

Yelena R. said...

Amazing work! Wow! The black and white one in the flower field has to be my favorite :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

She is amazing....looks like I need to learn photoshop, it seems all the great photographers use it.

The Absence of Alternatives said...

Mesmerizing! I had to take a deep breath at almost every single picture.

TechnoBabe said...

It is nice to see you showing respect to other photographers in you blog and to have a chance to see the wide variety of photographs.

The real L.A. love story. said...

i love the twilight photo even though i am not that into twilight but there's just something about it. and what a beautiful family!

Debbie said...

Fascinating person and such a talent! I loved reading this.

April said...

Wow...just as with yours, her photography blows me away!

gibknitty said...

her photos are beautiful...i love the one with the dog jumping. so sweet!

Elaine A. said...

Such amazing talent - WOW! Yet again another photographer that I wished lived near me so she could shoot my kids. So glad to hear and SEE that your vision has not impaired your vision or your goals Sarah!

Sarah said...

Wow! Her shots are amazing! The portraits are gorgeous, but I am in LOVE with the flower shots!!

Elizabeth said...

Very sweet pictures. I love how soft and fresh they are.

She is SOOOOO talented!

Kristi said...

What a great interview. Amazingly, I follow her blog already and didn't know the connection. ^_^ A whole flock of talent.

maricel said...

What "happy pictures" Sarah got! Nice nice..

Jaden Paige said...

I absolutely love her photography!! And the format of your interview flows so well :)

gretchen said...

Very cute! My boss is from Canada and he goes on and on about how beautiful it is. :)

Love the quotes and beautiful pics.

gretchen said...

p.s. I love that you have battled through your poor vision..that is inspiring!

allisonhoffman said...

I love getting to know the person behind the camera - especially when it's a photographer I follow over on I Heart Faces - love the name "mamarazzi"

Dianne said...

wow!
so many beautiful shots of so many beautiful people

Manisha said...

It's so inspiring reading these interviews!

Kamana said...

how wonderful for me to find two great blogs at once - yours and Sarah's.

☼¨`*•.♥Rocío♥.•*¨`☼ said...

Love her photography!

Elizabeth said...

I am really enjoying learning about all these great photographers. I just got a DSLR two weeks ago, and there is so much to learn!

photowannabe said...

Stunning work. Thanks for doing these interviews. I love seeing everyone's styles. Wish I could do even half as well.

Aimee @ Ain't Yo Mama's Blog said...

Gorgeous photos and a great interview! What an inspiring story considering her near fatal cyst. I loved reading this.

-Aimee

hannah said...

Oh my goodness these photos are AMAZING! I can't believe she's only been doing this for a year!

Samantha said...

What a wonderful interview! Her photos are breathtaking; she captures some amazing images!

Amelia said...

I enjoyed this interview, what great images she captured!
Can I tell you how excited I am that you dropped in yesterday which allowed me to visit your fantastic blog?! I thought about you as I posted about my boy today. I hope you are having a fabulous Friday and enjoy your weekend!

Sarah Halstead said...

Great interview! Thanks for doing these.

tulpen said...

Gorgeous photos!

jlo said...

Okay. She just might have the cutest kid ever!

Ivy said...

Another fabulous and touching interview. Her work is delightful and beautiful. It's always great to hear how people got started and where they want to take their passion.

I'm just happy to see so many women taking this to the professional level.

Thanks again for stopping by my blog. Oh and please feel free to ask me questions, my passion is to help others learn, I figure what good is knowledge if it's not shared, right!

Ivy

ArtsyCanvasGirl said...

Becky - You give such wonderful interviews!!! Thank you!!!

Sarah - Your work is absolutely beautiful, your daughter is absolutely adorable and you are truly inspirational!

Karen O'Donnell said...

Becky, I don't know what kind of computer you have but if it's a mac you can go up into the top right of the screen and search for the PW actions. Just type in PW actions and it should show you where they are. If it's a PC go down to the start menu and search for them there. PW gives you instructions for getting the actions into Elements and once you copy and paste them into the correct files you should find them in the photo effects pull down menu above the pallettes panel. Hope that helps. It took me a while to do it too but it really is great to use actions sometimes. I don't always because I believe in getting the picture with the camera but some photos are just begging for that special light or haze or whatever. By the way Sarah....I love Florabella actions too and MCP and PW. I probably use MCP touch of light touch of dark, PW bring out the eyes and Florabella color pop layers the most.

Karen O'Donnell said...

Sorry that I am leaving two comments....I just wanted to say that you are a great interviewer Becky...and I look forward to these each week. Your warmth shows through the interview process, your use of the photographers photos is priceless...and you make us feel that we know the photographer. As for Sarah, what a wonderful photographer she is...her photos make me smile...they are so real and honest and beautiful. Thanks! I'm going right over to follow her blog!

Carrie Schmitt said...

I love your blog! Thanks for leaving a comment on mine. I'm trying to become a better photographer so I really appreciated this interview!

Marla said...

Oh my Becky. First off, you must go get Photoshop. Find a teacher or student and use the discount code. (You can get an $800 program for $200.) Then go buy Florabella's actions. They will CHANGE YOUR LIFE. I promise.

I love editing because of actions. They make it so much fun! :)

Marla @ www.asthefarmturns.wordpress.com

P.S.- I'm going to go visit Sarah, now.

Jen said...

This was really amazing to read -- so indepth and personal.

angie said...

You publish the best interviews around. Hands down. :)

Brian Miller said...

wow. you know some of th most talented artists with their cameras...such warmth from these pictures...

Jason, as himself said...

Startlingly beautiful stuff!

Maddy said...

Great interview!! Every time I pass by Sarah's site, I leave with a bit of photography/ editing inspiration. I, too, am shocked about your eyes! But with the camera, you have PERFECT vision! Your work is truly stunning :)

Carrie said...

See, she is so amazingly talented I hesitate to ever pick up a camera again! I know we all start somewhere, but... wow, she is amazing.

jennykate77 said...

She is so super talented. Her photography is breath-taking. Who would ever guess that she has a disability with her vision?! Baby is just precious. I especially LOVE the pic of the girl laying in the grass w/ the Eclipse book...that's the Twihard inside me coming out! ;)

Tracy P. said...

Oh Becky, Sarah is wonderful...but I am giggling over your "action" confession!! Wow, I thought I was the only person around who didn't have those figured out. Makes your photos all the more AMAZING!

Erica Norris said...

What a wonderful interview!! I love the photos...really great! : ) Keep up the great work!