Just this year,
her shoes went from looking like this:to looking like this!
For the sake of her kids,
and started the internet sensation,
I Heart Faces with her friend Amy. Sit back and enjoy because you are going to learn a whole lot of things today about one of my favorite photographers:
Can you list all of your cameras and a time frame for them?
I'm sure I had a point-and-shoot camera when I was a teenager, but I can't even remember what kind it was.
My husband and I bought a film camera when our first child was born (in 1998.) I never learned how to use it but I took tons and tons of (really bad) photos with it!
I purchased a Canon Rebel sight unseen on my sister, Drew's, recommendation. I was a Stampin' Up demonstrator at the time and had earned their free cruise. I mainly was hoping for a camera that would have a great battery life and that had a card that would hold the millions of photos I would take while on our vacation.
In early spring of 2008 I stumbled across The Pioneer Woman's blog. I just loved her photos and started reading all of her photography tutorials over and over again. Her blog made me start to think "Hey! Maybe I could learn how to do that!" I decided to learn how to use my camera and bought Photoshop CS3 even though I had never used a photo editing program before in my life. I'm completely self-taught mainly from reading online tutorials and practicing my photography continuously.
In February 2010 I bought my big girl camera - the Canon 5D Mark II. I am in love! There are so many wonderful things about this camera but one of the most amazing is the almost complete lack of noise. I can shoot at 1600 ISO and the noise is barely even noticeable. Woo-hoo!!
Did you ever imagine that I Heart Faces would be such a powerful force in the photography blogging community?
Oh my...I'm not sure if I would consider myself to be a powerful force, but I do know that I Heart Faces exploded in a way that Amy and I never could have expected it to. I wish that there had been an I Heart Faces years ago when my children were small and that I had been a part of it then. What an encouragement and inspiration it would have been to me as a young mom who had no idea what to do with her camera. I'm amazed daily at the wonderful people I've met through IHF, the close friends I have made and the inspiration I receive from the participants each week.
Describe a dream shoot. Who would you be shooting?
To be honest with you, I get really nervous on my shoots...especially if I don't know the clients at all. So, my dream shoot would be with my daughter because it would be completely stress-free and fun. :) She's become quite the little model for me and loves the camera. She literally is a dream for me to work with! I would love to do a themed, stylized shoot with her someday - complete with props, party favors, fancy clothing and all. That would be a blast!
My other dream shoot would be for me and one (or more) of my kids to go on a Missions Trip someday while I was the official photographer of the trip. I think and pray about this often and know that one day it is something I am going to do. My husband and I both have a heart for missions and want to cultivate that love in the hearts of our children as well.
How long does it usually take you to edit a session?
Editing is the bane of my existence! LOL!
A typical session would probably take me 5-10 hours from start to finish if I sat down and worked on it continuously. I usually shoot 600-800 photos during a 2 hour session (and many more than that during a longer session like Senior Portraits.) I use Camera RAW to narrow them down to the top 25-50 images (I provide 25-30 edited proofs for a typical session and 40-50 edited proofs for a senior session.) I am obsessive about trying to make my photos as perfect as possible...choosing the right editing style for each session, making each person look their best while still making sure they look natural, etc. This all takes a tremendous amount of time.
I recently decided that I am not meant to be a wedding photographer. While I absolutely love, love, LOVE shooting weddings, I just don't have the amount of time that I would need in order to edit the photos to my satisfaction. It makes me sad because shooting weddings is so much fun! Editing them...not so much.
Do you have music on while you are editing?
What is your favorite thing to listen to?
We live in the middle of Amish country and radio reception around here is almost non-existent. I discovered Imeem (which is now owned by MySpace) several years ago and love it! It's free and allows you to add a variety of songs to your playlist.
I really enjoy a little bit of everything when it comes to music. I love Contemporary Christian, Praise and Worship, rock, pop, some country...and even some rap! One of my favorite singers right now though is Colbie Caillat. I'm a bit obsessed with her songs You Got Me and Begin Again. I've started wearing headphones because I think my husband's going to lose it if he has to hear them one more time!
I also recently realized how wonderful audiobooks can be for an editing session. This only works for me while the kids are gone, but wow! It can make time spent editing go by a lot faster than it typically would.
When you look through photo albums when the kids were babies what do you think? Do you wish you knew what you know now then?
This is literally the biggest regret I have in my life. When I see a young pregnant mom I want to grab her and say "You need to buy a decent camera and make yourself learn how to use it right now before it's too late!" If I could go back and do one thing differently in life it would be to go back to 1997, buy myself the best digital camera I could find and make myself learn how to use it. I get sad just thinking about all the lost years when I could have been capturing my kiddos during all of their important milestones. :(
How often do you order pictures of your children? Do you have them hanging all over the house?
How embarrassing! I am terrible about ordering photos of my children and I do not have any photos hanging in my house at all. I do have some framed photos of the kids in my bedroom but it really is pathetic how few photos of them I have printed and displayed. It's not all my fault though! My husband acts like I'm pulling out his fingernails whenever I ask him to hang any kind of artwork in our home. So, I'm just going to go ahead and blame this problem all on him. Hee!
Do you ever see a beautiful child and hand the mother a card so she will call you? Are you good at self promoting your business?
Even though I know I should do this, I never have. I'm awful about self promoting my business! All of my business has come by word of mouth through friends and family and through people who stumble across my blog or website somehow. The best thing I ever did for my business was setting up a Facebook Fan Page and I highly recommend that all professional photographers set one up for themselves. I try to put a sneak peek from every session up on my Fan Page and I tag my client in the photos which then allows all of their Facebook friends to see the photos as well. It's amazing to me how many sessions I have received from my Fan Page.
What is the weirdest thing you have ever taken a picture of?
Oh boy. Back in the summer of 2008 I stubbed my toe really bad while running up our basement steps barefoot. I ended up losing my toenail and several weeks later my toe swelled up in the most disgusting, infectious-looking thing that I had ever seen in my life.
I blogged about it.
My blogging friends requested photos.
And stupid me took a photo and put it on my blog.
They were all properly disgusted. I left the photos on there until one of my friends from high school texted me something like this... "Nice photo of your gross toe! Do you realize how much your toe looks like an infected 'boy part'?!"
Ack!! My face turned 10 shades of red and the photo came down immediately. Not one of my shining moments.
Have you ever dropped a lens or broken a camera?
I am such a klutz! While at the I Heart Faces photo walk in Columbus, I tripped and fell in front of everyone and ended up twisting my ankle so bad that it still hurts even months later.
What are your favorite actions that you can't live without?
I always use Noiseware on every photo I edit. I like my photos to be sharp and crisp and Noiseware is enormously helpful when it comes to this.
From The Pioneer Woman: Boost, Fresh & Colorful, Slight Sharpen and Bring On The Eyes
The new Florabella Lux Actions are my newest favs! And I use her Milk & Honey action often as well.
From Totally Rad: Bitchin' B&W (best B&W ever!) and Pro Retouch
I've learned that the key to using actions is to learn how to use the opacity slider bar and tone those suckers down. That made all of the difference in my editing when I learned that little "trick."
Ask her anything!
Angie’s blog is entitled The Arthur Clan
She has a great about me page
that will show you all the ways you can connect with her.
You should, because she really is a