I can not wait to introduce you to one of my new favorite photographers: Maddy.
When I asked Maddy if I could interview her,
she didn’t think she was good enough.
So I have to start this post with a lecture.
This lecture is for you Maddy,
and for you, Drew.
And for my friend Catherine.
And for every other photographer out there that keeps saying they are ‘not good enough.’
You need to stop it right this second.
You are learning.
You are growing with every click!
Look, even this guy thinks so : ).
End of lecture.
Proceed to fun interview with Maddylicious!
How do you feel being surrounded by Mommy bloggers with loads and loads of kid pictures and stories?
I actually love it! I have three nieces and two nephews, so I adore spending time and taking pictures of the little ones.
And of course, I look forward to the day when I can have a little munchkin of my own. So I enjoy reading the daily tales of joy (and woes) of motherhood – it’s like research!
Who is your favorite person to take pictures of right now?
Oh man!! That’s a tough one! I love taking pictures of anyone who will let me, but I guess I would have to say my one-year-old nephew Tyler. He’s got the biggest eyes and the cutest smile! Plus, he’s still at an age where he doesn’t run away from the camera, like my three year- old nephew! I'm still trying to figure out a way to bribe him to stay put for pictures ;o)
What other hobbies do you enjoy?
Is there anything else besides blogging and photography? Lol! I only kid! Whenever I can peel myself away from the computer, I love to read and watch trashy reality TV…is that considered a hobby?
What made you get into photography?
Ironically, the reason I picked up photography is because I needed a “hobby”. Life was starting to get very stressful and I wanted a creative outlet. I started blogging and taking pictures with my point-and-shoot, but after visiting so many beautiful photography blogs, and inspired by my real friend Dita, I knew I wanted to step up my photography game.
Was it love at first click?
When I bought my first DSLR on Dec 27th 2009 (I remember the day!!!) with some extra Christmas cash, I thought it was going to be simply for blogging purposes. I was perfectly fine with shooting in Auto back then. But then I started taking some “Getting to Know Your Camera” classes, and then it dawned on me how much I really enjoyed the science and art of photography!
And I couldn’t wait to practice, practice, practice! A Photoshop class in April sealed the deal for me. I’ve always been pretty tech savvy, so Photoshop was right up my ally! For me, it’s like my very own digital coloring book! Every day I learn something new about photography and/or editing…and I LOVE it!!
What is your favorite summertime drink?
I’m usually a whisky sour girl. But in the summer, I like to trade it in for a nice margarita on the rocks or an ice-cold beer.
Do your friends like to model for you?
Lol! Oh not at all! They get a bit annoyed that the camera goes wherever I go, but they are also very encouraging! My friends are brutally honest (to a fault!), so when they say I’m really improving with my photography skills, I know it’s a genuine compliment.
How did you come up with the cigarette glasses?
(I loved that by the way)
I didn’t! Those were Lady Gaga inspired sunglasses that my friend designed as part of his costume for the Monster Ball concert we attended in July. He did an amazing job and they were so cool, everyone wanted a picture with him at the concert! And of course, I had first dibs on the photos ;o)
When you become a famous photographer, because I KNOW that you will someday Maddy, what would your dream assignment be?
I don’t know about all that, but I would LOVE to be a photographer for Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic or a similar publication! That would combine my two favorite things ever: photography and traveling the world!
What was the last movie you went to see?
Inception!! Anyone that reads my blog knows how much I adore Leonardo DiCaprio! So it’s no surprise I went to see this one on opening day!
If your husband had to pick one word to describe you, what would it be?
I was stuck on this one, so I decided to ask the hubby for his responses and he came up with…. demanding! I was hoping for something a little more “sugary and sweet”, but it is what it is. Though I wouldn’t consider being demanding a bad thing! I’m just a girl that knows what I want and tries not to settle for less!
What made you decide to be a MAC girl?
I’m a sucker for pretty things…. and the MAC is oh so pretty and shiny! But now that I made the switch, I don’t know how I managed without it!
Are you reading any good books right now? Do tell! Or tell me about the fall TV lineup that you are excited about?
I’ve hit a bit of a reading slump lately, but the fall TV lineup is coming up and I’m so ready for it! I watch way too many shows to list here; it’s sort of embarrassing! But I’m really excited for Dexter, Grey’s Anatomy (especially after that crazy finale!) and I’m a sucker for Dancing with the Stars! But I’m all about True Blood these days!
What is your dream lens?
I’m not sure if I have a dream lens yet. Everyone says I need to get the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8, but I’ve never tried it, so I can’t say. Though I love my nifty fifty (Nikon 50mm f/1.8), I’m getting more and more excited about my Sigma 70-300mm.
I love that it’s a zoom lens with great macro capabilities! It may not be a fancy, schmanzy lens, but it has served me well! So many of my favorite photos have been taken with this one!
Additional thoughts you MUST share….
For any aspiring photographers, don’t let all the insanely amazing photography out there get you down. I know I played the comparison game for a bit. There are so many talented photographers, but they all had to start somewhere…in my shoes…. figuring out how to make the leap from auto to manual. Whenever I have those days when I feel like I’m not a good enough (because let's face it, we are all our harshest critics), I see how far I’ve come on this journey! There’s still plenty of room for improvement…. but I’ve finally made the leap out of Auto ;o)