Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Interview with a Photographer: Point and Click Shooter-Sue of Photowannabe

sue15OK, It’s lecture time again.

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I get sort of sick of hearing about how everyone just has to have a big fancy camera.

Shut it. sue 21

You heard me right. Stop it right this second.nokon

Now, don’t get me wrong, if I came home from work tomorrow and there was a big fancy camera sitting on my front door step I would flip out with happinesscanonbut for now, I am going to say,

              just work with what you have.                sue 15      If you have a big fancy camera, you are blessed.  Be thankful.sue 20

And if you don’t have a big fancy camera, guess what? You can take beautiful pictures any way. sue 19You do not have to have a big fancy camera to be a great photographer.

You do not even have to have photoshop to be a great photographer. 

You DO have to have passion. Are you passionate about taking pictures?

sue 10

This interview today with Sue of Photowannabe will show you that anyone with any camera can take pretty pictures. 

Sue didn’t start getting serious until later in life, and as you will see, she captures life beautifully {with a point+shoot}!sue 10I hope you enjoy this interview. I love Sue’s pictures and I love her outlook on life. She is a beautiful person. Be inspired.

What part of the country do you live in?sue 6

My husband, Dave and I moved to Rocklin, California 3 years ago.  This was after living in the same house for 41 years in the San Francisco Bay Area.  sue 1541 years is a long time to be in the same place and I think everything we owned grew roots.  Can you imagine what a job packing and actually moving was?sue 16

Rocklin is about an half an hour East of Sacramento and the Sierra Nevada Foothills.  sue 8Its a great place and we haven't regretted one minute of it. 

Why ?  To at least be near one of our sons' and finally No Stairs...outdoor living instead of fog...and to just enjoy retired life.sue 17

 Tell us about your family.sue 23

We have 2 married sons and 4 grandkids.  Younger son has a boy, 15 and a girl 7.  Older son has 2 girls, 16 and 10 1/2.sue 14

Do you see your family frequently?

Its unfortunate that we only see our younger son and family once or twice a year.  They live in Oregon and Mark is a RN with a crazy schedule.  We see our older son Steve and his family often since they only live 8 minutes away and we go to the same church.sue 1

I haven't posted pictures of the kids on FB or my blog for privacy reasons.  They don't want me to and I respect their concerns.  I do have some great ones though.  Wish you could see them.  I have cute grandkids if I do say so myself!sue

What do you shoot with?

Several years ago I bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3.  It has plenty of bells and whistles for a point and shoot.  It seems my "senior moments" hinder my doing much with them.  sue 3Sometimes I wish I was doing more with the camera or trying something bigger and better, but you know, I'm doing ok and I'm happy with the pix most of the time. sue 5 My poor son has tried to help me but I guess he can't teach this old dog new tricks.  sue 2

Do you use your camera at church?

I don't use my camera skills at church except for my own pleasure.  My son Steve is a co-lead for a team of 25 photographers that archive everything that happens at church, 24/7...365!! sue 24 Since the church has 5 (soon to be 6) services each week and around 20,000 attending each week, there is plenty to take pictures of.  sue 1                      

What made you decide to start shooting?

I have always liked photography and do now consider it an art form.  sue 16My Grandpa was a professional portrait photographer and my Dad had a tremendous passion for taking photos.  sue 12I'm afraid I wasn't very patient with him as a kid.  sue 6Dad was such a perfectionist that my natural smile often turned into a grimace before he was satisfied with all the stops etc.  If only he had had a digital camera. sue 7 I think he would have had a ball and I would have been a lot happier.  All that to say that it was a process with me and the Digital camera freed me to just enjoy the world around me. sue 4 I know I look at things differently since viewing life through the lens.sue 12

Do you ever leave home without your camera?

Sad to say that I do forget my camera and its always at a time when its a once in a lifetime moment.sue 8

Does your husband enjoy your hobby?

I am blessed to have a Hubby that fully supports my clicking and offers to take me out on shoots all the time.  He has a little Sony point and shoot which he brings along and we just have fun together.  Being retired does have its benefits.sue 7

Where is your next big trip going to be?

This year Dave and I hope to go to Mexico with 800 high school and college students over Easter vacation.  sue 21The adults act as counselors and work teams.  We'll probably be on kitchen and security duty.  Its a full time job to feed that many people everyday.sue 4

What do you love about going on these mission trips?  sue 22Well just about everything.  sue 20I love to travel, see new places and meet such interesting people. sue 17 I have done short term trips to Haiti, Nicaragua twice, Uzbekistan and last year Kenya.  sue 18Kenya was so amazing and exotic.  It really got into my blood and I would give anything to be able to return.  Unless something fabulous happens to our wallets it probably won't happen in this lifetime.

Does your camera make you stand out during your trips?

Yes, taking pictures in foreign countries is a great icebreaker. sue 9 Everyone loved seeing themselves immediately on the camera screen.  A lot of the little children in Kenya hadn't seen white people up close and were afraid.  sue 19They would sneak a finger and rub my arm to see what it was like.  sue 13Taking their picture and showing them even if we couldn't speak the language made them feel like I was a friend and not a danger.sue 18

What made you decide to start a blog?

My cousin is also a fantastic photographer and suggested I put my pictures up on a blog so he could see them and I could share them with others.  That was the hardest thing for me to do.  It felt like I was totally exposing myself to the world.  sue 11I got brave and did it and there was no turning back.  Its still scary to feel so vulnerable but the rewards out weigh the hesitations. sue 14 People may not care for the picture I post but I put it up because I like it.  I guess art is in the eye of the beholder.sue 3

Do you have any advice for budding photographers?

The only advice I can offer a newbie to taking pictures is   JUST SHOOT...keep doing it.....and enjoy.  sue 11That delete button is a great device but try fiddling with some of your mistakes.  Who knows you may create a masterpiece.sue 5

I love the blogging community and the friends I have made around the world.  How else would i ever learn first hand about so many countries and people.  sue 2sue 13

Please go and visit Sue’s blog: Photowannabe

‘See everything;

overlook a great deal;

correct a little.’

  ~Pope John XXIII

 

65 comments:

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

What a beautiful photographer Sue is! Such an inspiration to all of us!

Yelena R. said...

This is so inspiring! What an amazing photographer!

I'm just the MOM said...

Those pictures were amazing! I love my point and shoot too and hate that it seems so insignificant among the "big dawgs" lol.

Mighty M said...

Wow - I never knew you could achieve such fantastic results with a point and shoot! I am very very impressed by these amazing pictures!

Angela said...

Great photos and interview!! I laughed so hard at the horse sign!

the monkeys' mama said...

She seems like SUCH a neat person. I love her history with photography--surrounded by her dad and now her son. How cool. Even cooler are the pictures she takes--AND that she and I have the same camera! nifty! :-p

lifebythecreek said...

Oh dear lawd. Point and shoot? I think SOMEONE is pulling our collective leg. You MUST have a super camera hidden somewhere! Or... not. Because you are SO right, Becky; it's not the size the of camera but rather the clarity of the photographer's "eye" that makes all the difference. I am fascinated by the variety of photos, Sue. LOVE the missions ones, adore the flower ones, and grrr... I'm 50 and kind of needed to go to the bathroom, and after I saw the horse sign I now NEED to do laundry. Thanks.
I really love your cogent observation about your dad and digital cameras. Amen, sister... hasn't it totally made photography fun? F. U. N. I started with film and a darkroom, and I was dragged kicking and screaming into digital. And now? You'll have to pry my digital from my cold, rigor-mortis induced grip. I am SOOOOO impressed with your eye, your perspective, and your art. You are truly... an artist, and I love it!

Foursons said...

I agree totally, great photos are not made by the camera, but by the photographer. These are beautiful pictures and even more than just the aesthetic appeal to them, the story behind them is even better. Great interview and even greater photography.

Norah said...

What a beautiful post and a beautiful life she lives! The pictures are fabulous..so many of them made me say, " Wow!".

Anita said...

Thoroughly enjoyed the interview and the photos!
Just when I though I'd seen my favorite, I'd see another favorite.
I must pop over to her blog. :)

Fickle Cattle said...

I agree. Sometimes, images from point and shoot cameras are better than from those big fancy ones. It really all boils down to the photographer's skill.

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Anonymous said...

What a terrific post...she is one AWESOME woman...and photographer! I love her heart-it shows in her pictures. Love always shines through! Thanks for another great interview.

Jabacue said...

Thanks for this! I just had a similar conversation with a friend......it's not the camera that takes the 'good' pictures. It's the photographer! It's all about learning how to use your 'eye'.
Sure a 'fancy' one doesn't hurt, but is definitely NOT necessary.
Great post.
Jim

Bec said...

Some of my favorite photos are from my point and shoot days. I enjoy my fancy camera, but sometimes it just gets bulky.

Brooke said...

So inspiring! Great interview :) I love the close up pictures of the flowers - great detail and colors.

Skeller said...

oh! for sure, the best camera ... is the one in your hands!! I'm completely mesmerized by the vividness of the iris. I love Sue's sense of composure - her images tell stories!

Sarah said...

wasn't it Ansel Adams that said something like... the single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.... Sue seems to prove that point! True artists can create art with anything. LOVE the Kenya pictures, I think I can see your heart in them! :)

Hilary said...

Sue! So lovely to see you here. What a great interview.

Sue is one of the first ladies who came to visit when I started blogging. She's a gem.. and always has the most brilliant photos.

And Rebecca, I love what you said about cameras. The fancy ones are wonderful tools and I cherish mine but it's not what makes a photographer. Sue is living proof of that.

Karen O'Donnell said...

What a great person and what a great photographer. I sometimes get all caught up in the bigger better camera and the bigger better lens and then see a beautiful picture like hers that shows me that beauty is in the eye not in the camera. She's got the eye and I'm not going to be so hesitant to pull out the point and shoot once in a while any more.

Fresh Mommy said...

Oh I just love her already!! She sounds so sweet and this was truly a lovely interview... and wow, a team of 25 photographers at church!! I thought ours had alot with 6 :)

~Tabitha

photowannabe said...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
Becky, this was a joy to be interviewed. I am in awe of how you put it all together. I feel so honored and proud to call you friend.
Thank you everyone for your touching comments and encouragement.
Keep shooting everyone.
Sue

Kristi said...

The most important part of photography is the heart of the person holding the camera. : )

Buckeroomama said...

Great interview (again)!

I love it that she just shoots away... and gets amazing photos with her camera! I'm inspired. You know I am. :)

Formerly known as Frau said...

Love her attitude and spirit and she takes awesome pictures too! Great interview!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful photos!!!!!!! Amazing attitude! What an inspiration!

Jen Miles

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

Great photos, I love the one of the man reading the newspaper with the "win this" sign :) what a creative eye and beautiful spirit!

Crown of Beauty said...

Great photos... such an encouragement and inspiration to me.

I love taking photos too, so I see now that I can stick to my Sony cybershot point and shoot.

My first time at your blog, and I love it.

Thanks.

Lidj

Amy said...

I am so glad you featured a point-and-shoot photog in your interview series! I am mainly using a point-and-shoot right now, and I am really starting to use all the features and really appreciate the photos I can take with it. :)

Maddy said...

How awesome!! Goes to show you that the art of photography is really about the "eye" of the photographer...what it is they see through the lens. And Sue definitely has "eye"! No fancy, schmanzy equiment necessary ;o)

jel said...

WAY COOL!

Sarah King said...

What an inspiring interview!! I love your photos, keep up the good work and have fun with it! :)

Danelle said...

There is so much emotion and feeling in these photos. I love them all!

Amy said...

A great interview with a truly great photographer! Sue was one of the first blogs I followed and I never am sorry when I visit.

I have a camera that is very rudimentary so I figure my photos can only get better when I upgrade - this was very encouraging to a retired person attempting to capture some of the wonder around her, so thank you!

Angela said...

Well I know it wasn't by chance that I read this today. I used to take many pictures of my boys because I like to scrapbook, but actually stopped because I felt like my photos weren't 'good enough' with my little camera I got some years back. Especially when so many others seem to take amazing ones with the big cameras that seem to do it all. This was just the push I needed to start clicking away again, and just capture these precious moments I have with my boys. Thank you for the encouragement.

Sandra said...

a wonderful story, thanks for sharing it. your talent is obvious with any and every camera. you could take a great shot with a 70 dollar camera.

Dot O said...

What a great interview, Becky! Once again you've shared someone special with us - who can in turn share her ideas and her talents with us.

There really is no excuse not to get out there and just snap away. I have to say one of my fav photos is the morning glory with the sky in the background - just breathtaking!

zeghsy said...

Now I definitely need to charge my point and shoot. Stick it in my purse and go nuts. I splurged this summer and bought a step down from a DSLR. It takes beautiful shots, but it's big. A point and shoot is definitely better for travel and spontaneous photo shoots. Thanks for sharing Sue with us. :D

jennykate77 said...

I love her pictures. I really loved the interview too. She seems like a wonderful person. It's very inspiring that she took all of those pictures with a point and shoot! Thanks for sharing her with us!!♥

richies said...

Fun interview and great photos. I like my Canon Elph point and shoot because I can have it with me at all times. I have had many great shots just because I had my camera and could get it quickly when an opportunity came.

An Arkies Musings

Wanda said...

Yeah ! I so glad you did this interview with Sue.... She is one of my dear blogger friends, and I get to meet her and her husband in October when we go to Lake Tahoe.

You and Sue make all of our lives better with your pictures...

Love ya ~ Wanda

Lolli said...

Unbelieveable story, and such an inspiring interview. I love her advice, and I've told that to many people--there is SO much you can do without a fancy camera!!

Lolli said...

Unbelieveable story, and such an inspiring interview. I love her advice, and I've told that to many people--there is SO much you can do without a fancy camera!!

Puna said...

What gorgeous photos! She has such a great outlook on life, I'm so inspired. I love her life story, thank you so much for putting this together. Very enjoyable post!

Blind Curves said...

As I sit here with my new camera, I realize how wonderful her advice is. I was impressed how she can find the interesting and unusual in common things to photograph. She gets us to see what we miss everyday. Thanks for bringing us her story.

Elizabeth said...

Ummm... I want to be her when I grow up. I LOVE everything about her. Her story, her perspective.

Thank you for this.

Erin W said...

Awesome soooo awesome! Wow how amazing and inspiring is Sue!!!

maricel said...

You are an inspiration Sue. Great job with a point-and-shoot.
I do not own a dslr too..just like you, I own a point and shoot.

Drew said...

She is so inspiring. I loved every single one of her photos. Just beautiful...it's nice to see a photographer using a P&S so well.

Jennifer said...

Awewsome! A person I look up to once told me that if you can't take a great picture with a point and shoot camera, then it won't make a difference if you have a professional grade camera or not. That stuck with me!

I started taking pictures with a cheap Kodak and everyone would ask me what type of camera I used and I was embarrassed to tell them! But in actuality, it doesn't matter. A good picture is a good picture, bottom line. Great pictures!

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

Oh GOOD GRAVY!!! I LOVE these! What an amazing lady! I'm totally jealous. Can I just sit in her back pocket and see what she sees? Do what she does?

And I'm totally laughing at the BEGINNING of your post....it'll make sense WHY tomorrow. I'm so glad I did NOT read this before I was done with all my judging stuff! Irony is such a marvelous thing! LOL

Rosina said...

Sue--I totally agree with you! I used to have a point and shoot that costed me $35 and I took that to Europe with me! It's def. not the camera that makes a picture..just look at yours! :)

DD said...

These pictures are truly fabulous! We talked today in Art class about how photograpy is art. A lot of kids don't realize that, but one look at these pics and you see how artistic you need to be to get such great shots!

Maria Berg said...

Yes the most important thing to become a photographer is JUST tTO SHOT!!!! Like you were saying here!

/MB

the Lola Letters said...

LOVED this post! Beautiful images.

I'm a point and shoot kind of gal myself!

Dave said...

Well done with your blog interview with Sue of Photowannabe Kaishon! Good one! - Dave

AphotoAday said...

Great seeing these photos -- some are new and some I've seen over the years on Photowannabe Sue's blog. She's number one on my list!

Tracey Axnick said...

Awesome photos! Loved this - thank you for sharing!

Sonya said...

Wow what a wonderful interview that was and the photos are beautiful!

Raymonde said...

Love this post, very encouraging. Thanks. xxx

Katie said...

These are awesome pictures. Looks like National Geographic. I agree you don't have to have the best camera to take the best pictures. I am actually kind of bumed out by the number of photgraphers that over use photoshop to the point that the image has been messed with so much. A true photgrapher can take great pictures without any editing. I understand that editing helps, but it I have lost a little love for it recently due to everyone seems to be into it and they over use photshop. I love PS it is just a pet peeve right now I guess. Hope your doing well, I miss you. My life is gotten beyond busy these days. I am so far behind on so much. Scrapbooking, printing picures, cleaning. Oh well, life is good. I can not complain (:

Martha in PA said...

Inspiring.. and I totally agree. It's all about the passion, not the equipment... sometimes I miss my Canon S2-IS.....off to visit Sue's blog now!

Rachel said...

Awesome!! how inspiring is that?!? I love her photos - what a great job!

Hildred and Charles said...

Beautiful photos, and an inspiration to us newbies, - a really great interview Kaishon and a wonderful introduction to a fellow blogger.

Jess Elyse said...

I love taking pictures and just photography in general. My roommate has a fancy camera and the things that come with it, but I only have a point and shoot.
But, I am so thankful for it and the memories that it has allowed me to capture.
Having a passion for it and what you take pictures of is what makes your photo. :-)

Great interview! :-)

Mrs4444 said...

Excellent advice, and excellent photos! I love the kids' faces--so beautiful.