Thursday, August 12, 2010

Photographer Interview: Madeline Cedeno of the Maddy Chronicles

I can not wait to introduce you to one of my new favorite photographers: Maddy.
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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.

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This lecture is for you Maddy,
and for you, Drew.
And for my friend Catherine.
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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! maddy 1
Keep clickin’

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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?

maddy 3            I actually love it! I have three nieces and two nephews, so I adore spending time and taking pictures of the little ones. 

 maddy 9And 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!maddy 12
Who is your favorite person to take pictures of right now?maddy 2

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)
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What other hobbies do you enjoy?
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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?maddy 16

What made you get into photography?
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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. 
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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! 
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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!!maddy 13
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. 
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Do your friends like to model for you?
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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.
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How did you come up with the cigarette glasses?
(I loved that by the way)maddy 7
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)maddy 6

When you become a famous photographer, because I KNOW that you will someday Maddy, what would your dream assignment be?
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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!
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What was the last movie you went to see?
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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!
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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! 
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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!
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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!maddy 4
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. maddy 4 
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!
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Additional thoughts you MUST share….maddy 10

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)

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Maddy is on flickr, faceook and of course on her bloggitty blog:

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Mighty M said...

I think her pictures are brilliant!!

Totally want to go see Inception!!

Dot O said...

Maddy!! I have had my DSLR for three years and am not nearly as good as you!! Your photos are fun! They pop! AND you are so there as far as being able to start charging for your works of art.

I think I'll learn a thing or two from you, and from Becky of course:)

Good luck and if you are ever in the Philly area I could use some one-on-one tutorials with Photoshop!

Cheryl said...

How on earth did she think her photos were not good enough, ahh yes, I understand we are all our own harshest critic, but Maddy I have two words for you. BREATH TAKING!

I love that you feature a photographer each week, I am new to the blog so I am not sure if this is a regular theme, but it totally should be. LOVE IT!

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

HOLY SMOKES!!! Like, seriously, HOLY SMOKES! GIRLFRIEND! WOW! Her photography is A*MAZING! I love that she photographs the mundane: take those kisses for instance: CANDY IN A BOWL....and yet LOOK at how much depth that photo has! She took the ordinary and made it EXTRA*ORDINARY! The flip flops in the sand...something so everyday, and yet that photo DRAWS you in and wants to know MORE about the photo.

OK, I am completely INSPIRED!

I totally understand second guessing yourself. I STILL do that. I see all these photographers in my area who havent done this as long, doesn't have nearly the knowledge I've gained, and yet they are ROLLING in the clients. All's quiet on my front, so I second guess.

But in the meantime, God is able to use me and my camera for things for His kingdom, and NOT for money. Maybe that's the lesson He's trying to teach me: I'm here for MORE than just money. LOL

Trudy said...

Those pictures are amazing! Maddy has a fabulous talent here and I know she will go far with it. She totally kicks my love for photography into an entirely new gear! I want to learn more and get my first 'real' camera now too!

Thanks for sharing this great interview Becky!

Colleen said...

Incredible! I love how she makes completely ordinary things look marvelous and special! And I love the colors in her photos...just amazing work, I am so glad you shared this!:)

Ashley Sisk said...

Thanks so much for this interview and highlighting Maddy. I always like to be introduced to new photographers and she is brilliant. I'm now a fan.

nookie said...

love Maddy's photography!!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Fantastic interview...and lecture! :o)

She is sooo creative.

Kristin said...

I adore Maddy and her fabulous talent!

theTsaritsa said...

I love the photos! So colorful and fun! Haha, and that sign for the "Deep fried Snooki Sandwich," wow.

I wasn't sure how to ass that button to my blog, my bad.

Tracy P. said...

I got lost somewhere in the middle of that ice cream cone with the chocolate sprinkles...sucked me right. in. Yea for Mac, and Yea for Maddy! Awesome job!

Sarah said...

Love her photography and I'm so glad you are featuring her!

Amber said...

Her pics are great what a fun post!

Maddy said...

Becky - Thank you so much for interviewing me!! I had a blast!!

And thanks to everyone for the kind words of encouragement :) I really appreciate it!

Eboix said...

I also love trashy TV, loved this interview, awesome photos and great answers!!

Gretchen Johnson said...

Becky~ I love reading your interviews. You ask the best questions and display the artist's work so nice. I find it very inspiring when I read your posts.

Maddy~Many kuddo's to you for making the switch to manual. You have a great eye and a passion for photography. Since you already have that you are a huge success in my book.

Skeller said...

I'm pretty sure Maddy has a sweet photographic future in front of her!!

Foursons said...

Absolutely amazing shots. All of them. You are very talented!

Kelly said...

All of these photos are gorgeous. I especially love the color and movement each one has. Anyone can take a picture, but not everyone can compose a photograph -- and Maddy is doing a fantastic job.

Many of these photos would make perfect post cards or posters. I know I'd buy them!

Yelena R. said...

Gorgeous photos! I especially love the black and white ones...but my favorite has to be the birds one! Beautiful!

Shelly at Aperture of My Eye said...

Definitely give yourself more credit. Your photos are awesome!

DaisyGal said... love NYC and you made me love it even more. What gorgeous pics! WHAT TALENT and what an eye...brilliant!!!!

thanks for sharing them with us, and I'd like to follow your blog if that is ok. Maybe I'll be inspired!!!

He & Me + 3 said...

I am amazed at her photos. Great job. She is hubs would say I am demanding too. We could be BFF's Maddy. LOL

Rosina said...


First, I LOVE that shot of the American flag!! LOVE LOVE!

Second, I find myself keep saying this...but keep photography as a passion, and you will excel in ways you will never expect! Lastly, don't think you are not good enough--there are so many wonderful pictures I see here, and it's always SO great to com back in a year and laugh--I do that all the time. :) :) Nothing feels better than seeing your old work and KNOW that you've improved. Keep that shutter clickin'!!

Becky--you are wonderful for doing this every week. You have given SO MANY people hope. A hope that you don't need to be perfect to take amazing pictures! X's

jennykate77 said...

Maddy is AH-mazing! There is nothing average about this girl...her photography is simply gorgeous! Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful photos...I could look for hours. I think my favorites are the ones of the kiddos...they have beautiful eyes! I also love the vivid colors in the first collage.

ThisMamaRAZZI said...

What a fun get to know Maddy post! Gorgeous Images!

Martha in PA said...

Maddy - your photos are amazing. They have so much personality! It has been great getting to know you. I love the seagull photos!!

Keep up the amazing work!

Marla said...

I will be heading over to check out Maddy's blog. I totally understand about being a photography without children in the mommy blog world. :)

Marla @

Mrs4444 said...

Wow. Wow. I love Maddy's eye for color and patterns. My favorite pic is the before/after shot and how the straps of her shirt frame her beautiful little face. Awesome.

Nessa said...

I gave that green tea kettle to my sister in law a few years ago. i wish i had given myself one too.

Angelia Sims said...

I love this girl! She is like me. Starting blogging, then seeing all the cool pix and got my first DSLR and now I'm in LOVE. So, I have hope I can switch off the auto and learn photoshoop! Whoop!

Beautiful photographs. I think she will be famous one day as well. :-)

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Brandi said...

I love the pics!! So beautiful - she really has an artist's eye. My favorite is the little girl with the pearls on - but oh, that was a hard decision because they are all so GOOD! I took notes, jotted down the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens!! LOL! And, she has inspired me to start that leap from auto to manual too! Thanks for such a great article Becky! And, thanks for the beautiful pics Maddy!!

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

wow ur posts r super long but fun! thanks for your sweet comment and i look forward to following your blog and story too. :)

Lee Oliveira said...

What a beautiful story about Mandy.. She is such a sweatie. Those photos are so gorgeous..
I almost cried, sounds very dramatic but it's true!

Busy Bee Suz said...

She does amazing work. I mean fun.
Just amazing.
I need to learn MORE and NOW!!!

SITS Girls said...

Such a fantastic interview! I wasn't sure what I was more enamored with, the photos or the actual content.

Maddy has a gift that comes through with her photography. Thank you for sharing this with us.


Anaiz said...

What a great interview! Maddy has actually been the inspiration for me to step up my own photography game. Thanks Maddy! :)

one sydney road said...

Maddy - you are seriously such a talented photographer!!! I LOVE the portraits you do, they're stunning. And even when you're just "playing around", they come out amazing - if only I could have a smidgen of your talent :)

and btw...didn't you LOVE Inception???

Marvett Smith said...

Maddy you rock! Becky, I love the lecture! Thanks for sharing!

JennyMac said...

What beautiful work Maddy! LOVE the amazing variety of subjects in your shots. And love the name of your studio too. Mad Hearts! It rocks!

Jennifer said...

Maddy~Your photos are fabulous!!!!!! Give yourself the credit you deserve!!!!


Unknown Mami said...

Maddy, you are most definitely good enough! Own it.

Brian Miller said...

heck yeah she needs to stop these are brilliant the ones of the kids...and the flip flops...gotta rock the flip flops...

TechnoBabe said...

You do good interviews. The photos show her style and you go with that and ask the right questions.

Dita said...

I am constantly amazed at the opportunity to see the world through Maddy's eyes.

I love her composition, processing and choice of subjects. Her images really inspire me and I so enjoy reading her blog because (a) she is an awesome writer and (b) it makes me think!

I am a very lucky girl because I have the privilege of being Maddy's real life friend and I can tell all the great commenters who left messages before me that Maddy is truly the girl she is on her blog...incredibly talented, incredibly humble and incredibly adorable.

Keep it up, just keep getting better and better with every passing day!

Thank you, Becky, for another stellar interview...especially because this one is so near and dear to my heart!

Dita Darling

Casey said...

Dang, girl!! You are SO good enough for an interview! Check out all these fab pictures... I've got to improve my game with still life shots. These are amazing!!

Dianne said...

maddy - your photos are art!!!

Buckeroomama said...

Becky, should you quit your day job, I think you`d make a fabulous interviewer! Seriously. I love your questions... and I love your lead-ins. :)

Maddy, you and your pictures? Totally rock! (BTW, I LOVE DWTS, too!)

Michaela said...

So proud of you Maddy!!!! You have some serious talent girl and I love every single one of your pictures!!!! WoooooooHooooooooo for a great feature on this blog!

Jenny said...

Great Photography. I love the American Flag picture.

Christina Lee said...

I love me some Maddy!! You are so dang good and you don't even realize it--that's what I heart about you! AWW thx for hosting her!

lizcooper said...

hey! I haven't seen you on Fresh Mommy recently, but I wanted to drop by! I love the photographer interviews you're doing :-) Especially this one, because Maddy is more in my arena of photography. It's always nice to "meet" photographers who are at a similar stage as me. Hope you are well!

Sonya said...

Maddy rocks for sure..and so do you..So..when will I see you at the airport? LOL

Becca said...

What a great interview my friend :-) you're such a good interviewer haha -- and I love her work - so pretty!

ps - I just want you to know how much it makes my day every single time you leave a comment on my blog - i just love you!

Elaine at Matters of the Heart) said...

Another great interview. Love to hear how other photographers got started. Beautiful work Maddy.

Camila F. said...

I love Maddy, she's super talented and a sweetheart!

DD said...

Wow, she is VERY talented...I love the pictures of the flip flops in the sand it brought me back to my honeymoon at Sandals Resort! that is a good photographer...who can bring you back to a moment in life just through the simplicity of a picture!

Casey Freeland said...

Fantastic! The effect on the summer stage pic is amazing. Puts all the excitement and anticipation and common focus into the crowd. And that flower is literally picture perfect.

Thank you for sharing. Can't wait to see what you do next.



Modesty is Pretty said...

LWK, I don't even know your name but you are always so kind and about the comment you left, don't give up! I started walking first, because I wanted to be out of the house (too much trouble at home) so I walked once a week and then I liked it and I walked twice the next week. Rather than being exersice I thought of it as a time for me, no running, I stopped whenever I wanted, there was no finish line I had to achieve, slowly the pounds started to come off. I think you can do this, believe me I struggled with weight myself. You are such an inspiration with your pictures to others, you are great and you are beautiful, beauty is not a size. God made you beautiful =)
Hugs! God bless you!

Biana said...

Great post! Love Maddy's work! a fan... :)

Suki said...

Can we start a Maddy Fan Club? Love her pictures. She will be a big someday. I just know it!

Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous interview and pics!
Love Maddy!


Adrienne in Ohio said...

You know what I absolutely adore about her photos? She makes ordinary objects glamorous! I love her perspective and focus. I think she would have no trouble at all being a photog for a big-time magazine.

lifebythecreek said...

Oh my... what wonderful pictures! What wonderful answers! And Becky, what a wonderful lecture!!! Maddy, you truly do need to believe in yourself; you have a great eye and a boatload of talent. Just like Becky (do you HEAR me, Becky????). WONderful interview of a fabulously talented young woman!

lizgizzy said...

Those pictures are primo! The interview was fun to read too!

Reenie said...

Oohh... nice photographs!

Nice to know your friend Maddy :)

KDC Events said...

I love seeing the world through the eye of photographers. Their take on things is amazing and everyone has a different view.

She Writes said...

All artists are demanding. it is the nature of a creative mind to demand.. at times. Hence their ability for amazing quality :) in their medium of choice.

Shell in your Pocket said...

These pictures are amazing...WOW!!!

I just loved looking at them.

sandy toe

Rachel said...

Her photos are delicious! What is UP with these great photogs with talent-esteem issues?!? (Dana - are you listening?!?!)

Love these shots - and what a great interview!

SabinePsynopsis said...

I love Maddy and the MaddyChronicles! Her photography inspires me every day. (and nothing wrong with a HMG - high maintanance girl!)

Amy said...

I do so love Maddy and the Maddy Chronicles! Her photos are a bright spot in my day!

Angie - The Arthur Clan said...

Maddy! You are doing a fabulous job and I think you are just at the beginning of a fabulous journey. What an inspiration you are to so many just starting out. :)

And Becky - what an encouragement you are to those who say "I'm not that good." I love that you feature those that are just starting out. This was wonderful!

Sarah said...

slow to get here, but glad I did! Great work, great blog, great gal!

Wanda said... totally do rock!!!! These images are fabulous - as are you. (And I'm so glad you're a Nikon girl too - We gotta stick together ya know.)

Great interview. It really shows your personality. You're all about talent and warmth and humor and humility. Though I'm with Becky - you have to stop - hear that applause and keep going. You truly are a great photographer!!!


Drew said...

Yep, Maddy! You're definitely good enough! Wow, what beautiful, creative photos.

Rebeckah...if the lecture is for me, then it's for you too! :)

Me, Myself and Pie said...

Wow, those are some awesome photos! They make me realize how desperately I need a real camera! Great interview!

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

I love Maddy's pics! She has a great eye and her photos tell stories. truly inspiring.
Great interview, Becky!

The Absence of Alternatives said...

Oh oh wow! I am having goose bumps all over me because how gorgeous these pictures are. Not just gorgeous but moving. She really captures people's spirits in her pictures! (The way you do too!)