Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Interview with a Photographer: Catherine Halsey

Catherine Halsey is an inspiring self-taught photographer.

I think you’ll love her crisp and clear style.

Come along with me as we read Catherine's journey in photography. You will be enthralled.© Catherine Halsey Photography 2010 | www.catherinehalseyphotography.com           Tell me about the Picture People and how that helped form you into the photographer you are today?cath7

I had always valued photography as art.  When my little boy,Creighton, was born, we had family photos taken by a professional.  She was fabulous!  She was expensive, but I didn't care because I wanted the memories captured, no matter the price. cath6 After dropping an obscene amount of money with her, I decided to go a cheaper route and go to the Picture People at the mall.   cath11         The pictures captured personality (if we got the right photographer) and they had decent framing options.  The upselling process at Picture People is brilliant.  cath15They make these HUGE prints for you to see and they shred them if you don't buy them.  Really?  I had to get the giant 10x20 of my little girl for my husband's Christmas gift. cath16 So of course... I had to return a few weeks later and get one of my little boy in a 10x20 frame to match.  I am a sucker.  We went back a few more times and got some family pictures taken there because it was so affordable.  cath19The next summer I got my camera and found my passion.  I also realized that I could take my own pictures and just pop them in the back of the marvelous frames I paid for from Picture People and I would have new artwork all the time!

How old are your children?cath5
My daughter, Campbell, is 5.  We actually share a birthday :). © Catherine Halsey Photography 2010 | www.catherinehalseyphotography.com And my son, Creighton, is 3.cath1
Who likes getting their picture taken more? Your daughter or your son?cath13
Honestly, they are both pretty good for me.  My daughter is a bit of a poser.  cath14She likes to "model" for me.  Little man says "Cheese" and makes this horrible face, however, when I tell him just to stare into my camera I get the shots I'm looking for.  cath17They both ask me to take pictures of them when I haven't in a while.  I'm pretty lucky!
What do they do when they are sick of the camera?cath2
When they get tired of my camera, they just stop looking at it.  Sessions with my kids are short and frequent.cath18
What was the hardest camera concept for you to learn?
The hardest camera concept for me to learn is still metering.  I am on spot metering 99% of the time, because I meter for the skin and people are my main subjects.  If I ever go out to capture a sunset or something, I change it up.cath3
How long have you been married?
I will have been married for 6 years in November.  I love being married.  My husband is amazing.  It will be nice to have him home this year for our anniversary! 
How do you enjoy being a military wife?cath12
Being a military wife is great.  I love to move to new parts of the country every 2-3 years.  I love knowing that my husband is fighting for our country.  I am proud of what he does and have found a new respect for the United States.  I also love the other women that become family during the deployments.  Don't get me wrong, it's not an easy life, but I wouldn't change anything about it.
What has been your favorite home location so far?cath20
Currently we are stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, GA.  This is my FAVORITE by far!  I love living this close to the coast.  © Catherine Halsey Photography 2010 | www.catherinehalseyphotography.com
Do you anticipate a lot of moves in your future?
We have another 9 years of service until he can retire, so we'll have at least 3 more moves.cath9
How often do you send your husband pictures while he is overseas?cath4
I had grand plans when he deployed.  I made him a private blog so he could see his little boy potty training and his little girl eating her breakfast.... it lasted about 3 months of everyday blogging until he told me that he didn't have access to anything other than the military web.   
cath23       Boo!  I email him photos now and then and I send him 5x5 spiral bound proof books with 3 months worth of photos so he's held over a little bit. cath29 I also got him an ipod for Christmas and loaded it up with photos to put on his laptop.  cath24
How long ago did you start your business?
I started my business in June of 2009.  cath28
How hard was it for you to take the plunge and start?cath27
The hardest part of starting for me was having the confidence that my work was worthy.  I knew I loved pictures of my own kids, but would other people see the value in what I was doing.cath22
What makes your pictures a little more special than the Picture People? Why should someone pick you over them?cath21
Ha!  Is this a trick question?  I have worked endlessly to understand photography, the inner workings of my camera, light, and photoshop.  I am valuable if you value artistic photography!  I can't look at my Picture People photos now without cringing.  Natural light is my personal preference, so if studio is what someone wants, I am not right for them.  I tell everyone to examine my blog and website before booking with me because they get what they see.  cath25
Any advice for newbies- or even oldbies? : )
I think what I would offer to anyone who is just starting out in photography is be true to yourself and your style.  I can look at other people's work all day long and try to tweak mine to be more like theirs, but it's not me.  I don't see what "my style" is, but other people do and that is good.  So, enjoy other photographer's style, but have your own.

cath30

She is super fabulous, right?

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60 comments:

Modesty is Pretty said...

wow, what beautiful pictures she tskes, especislly that one of the morning (or dawn) sky, it's breath taking.

blueviolet said...

Super fabulous is right. Wonderful, wonderful.

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Always love your interveiews Becky!!! Her pictures are gorgeous!

gretchen said...

Great pics and interviews. I was privileged to meet some military wives in Germany whose husbands were facing deployment and they are a special kind of woman--a beautiful inner strength. Thanks for sharing!

gretchen said...

Great pics and interviews. I was privileged to meet some military wives in Germany whose husbands were facing deployment and they are a special kind of woman--a beautiful inner strength. Thanks for sharing!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

I love these interviews, Becky. You know the most interesting people. Her work is lovely!

Anonymous said...

Catharine sells herself short; she is a true artist in every sense of the word, and captures the human spirit in her photographs better than any other! She's worth the drive, the flight, whatever it takes to get to her. She has this calm, cool, and collected professionalism when she has a camera in her hand that brings even the most uncooperative subject to ease. Love her, never in a million years will you find another. Phenomenal human being all around!

Foursons said...

Great interview and GORGEOUS children. I'm inspired to start really learning my camera.

photowannabe said...

I love that Catherine's photos aren't posed. She captures the spirit of the children so well. Her perspective is unusual and that's what makes her unique.
Please thank her husband and the others in the military for what they do. I'm greatful everyday.
Thanks Becky for this great interview and giving us a chance to see her work.

Kara @ His, Hers and Ours said...

Enthralled in every aspect of the word! Wow!!

And lucky her to be in Savannah!! One of my favorite places...ever!

Puna said...

Her photos are beautiful! What a wonderful interview. I love self taught photographers ... it's the only way I know:)

Marla said...

Lovely. I just adore that first shot. :)

Marla @ www.asthefarmturns.wordpress.com

Pam said...

Fantastic shots.

Gretchen Johnson said...

Great interview Becky. Her work is amazing. Thank you for finding her for us.

Terri said...

Super fabulous for sure! She's really good!!!!!

My Photographic Eye by Irela said...

Becky, loved the interview. You did an amazing job and her work is so beautiful. Great job my friend. :)

Veronica said...

Gorgeous! She has amazing talent.

Wanda said...

Another GREAT interview Becky!! You're such a natural. Thank you, really, I'm learning so much from them.
xoxo

Sarah said...

lovin' the selective focus shots and also how much personality comes through in her subjects!

Catherine you are enormously talented!

Jami said...

Wow. There are some really beautiful shots there!

Skeller said...

Flowers and sunsets and eyelashes, oh my! And Woody, a giant canvas over the couch, and literal candy to go with all the eye candy!!! Such a lovely portfolio of photographic goodness!!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Beautiful photos! I'm in awe!

Becky said...

Wow, there was not one pic in there that didn't make me pause, or say "Aww" or wonder how in the world you could capture a moment so perfectly. I love where you picked one layer of the scene to focus on... drew me in to see what the photo was really all about. Thank you for sharing your art.

Kristi said...

Super Fabulous is right! Gorgeous photos, thanks for the intro to another great artist.

allisonhoffman said...

I love how her pictures of everyday activities are more than just snapshots. They capture the everyday moments so beautifully.

Becca said...

Catherine Rocks. I love every picture she takes! :-) thanks for sharing!

Norah said...

She's wonderful! I will be adding yet another blog to my list ; )

Formerly known as Frau said...

Yes she is....great interview and such sweet children she has. love her pictures!

Karen O'Donnell said...

Great interview Becky and great photographer. Love the advice about staying true to yourself. I am having difficulty with that right now...I also shoot with natural light but have been convinced and actually forced at times to shoot flash lately and except for a few fabulous shots usually just hate the result!Thanks for another cool interview!

Mental P Mama said...

Absolutely fabulous! And God Bless her husband.

Busy Bee Suz said...

She is amazingly talented...and she has a beautiful family!!!

Lolli said...

I LOVE Catherine! She is one of my long-time faithful commenters, and I have always loved her pictures. Honestly, her journey in photography is SO much like mine. Now I want to go chat with her about it! believe it or not, I credit Picture People, too!

Colleen: said...

The second last picture is amazing! I love the contrast of sweet, fresh little girl against big city lights! So unique!

Brooke said...

she sounds like a frugalista at heart. and i have agree that natural light is far more flatter for all of us!

Mighty M said...

Great interview - our kids are close in age! I love her pictures - the colors and facial expressions are wonderful!

Angela said...

Beautiful photos - great interview!

Maggie May said...

She certainly has wonderful flare and is a gifted photographer.
Thanks for the interview. It was great.Some good tips too.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

ThisMamaRAZZI said...

WOW! This was such an enjoyable interview for me to read. I have a question for Catherine. Your work is so amazing but have you ever had a shoot where your client wasn't 100 percent happy or have you rocked every one?

Samantha said...

Wonderful interview! She has the most beautiful kids, and I really love her photography style!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I loved every word and every photo. Great interview.
Thanks ladies.
xo jj

Catherine said...

Thank you Becky for interviewing me! I don't know if I'm really that interesting or interview worthy, but it sure was a boost for my Thursday!!

Thanks for your comments everyone!!

@ThisMamaRAZZI.... I certainly have sessions that I don't feel like I rocked it, but I haven't had anyone complain yet. If someone was not completely satisfied with what I captured for them I would offer to make it right with a re-shoot.

Maddy said...

Just beautiful!!! I am always in awe of self-taught photographers that actually "make it" with their business!! It's such an inspiration to a person like me that's just starting out! I'd say her photos are 100x better than Picture People! They are just stunning!

Dianne said...

she is fabulous!! and you do a wonderful interview
I loved the question about why people should choose her work, gave me something to think about for me

Debbie said...

I am so amazed at the skills of people! This woman is incredible and her children are gorgeous.

Jessica said...

Wow! yes, super fabulous!! Off to check out her blog.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

LOVE her appreciation for feet in the sand!!

P.S. Thank you so much for such a sweet comment on Jenny Kate's blog. You rock, B! XO!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Breathtaking photography!

Love it!

Have a great weekend, Friday makes me smile too!

Robin~♥

Michelle Lunn Photography said...

Thanks so much for the stopping by and for the kind words!! :)

I really enjoyed this post! It's always fun looking at other's work!

Mackenzie said...

That is beautiful and fabulous! Thanks so much for hosting this interview, love it!!

Mackenzie said...

Thank you so much for the sweet comments on my blog! Wow, you are an incredible person! To answer your questions...

What makes me love someones photography is usually the colors, crispness and the feeling of the picture. I love photos with color, focused on the eyes and especially the photographers where I would love for my photography to look like one day! When taking my own pictures I try to achieve that same crispness and bright pops of color they seem to have achieved. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't, but I usually still love the photos I end up with! Some artists that inspire me you can find on my Inspiration tab! But Kelle Hampton is one and there are many others!

Thank you for your questions and I hope this answered them for you!!

Mrs4444 said...

Absolutely, she is fabulous :) Every single shot warmed my heart.

Ana Patrícia said...

Fabulous photos! I would never have seen them if you hadn't featured the photographer. Thanks for sharing and for the thanksgiving greetings :)

Anita said...

Her photos are a pleasure to look at; and your interview with her gave me a picture of someone who loves her family and who has a positive and great personality. :)

Sara @ Saving For Someday said...

Becky, Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment. And WOW, what a gorgeous site you have!! The fact that one day you got a camera and began learning photography means there is hope for me. It's one of the things I want to do 'someday'. Your images are beautiful, I'm so glad you stopped by.

Raymonde said...

Wonderful and very inspiring interview. Thanks for posting it. xxx

the complex blog said...

yes it did help, I'll let you know, how it goes -complex

Rachel said...

Oh she is AMAZING! Just WOW!

Dot O said...

Beautiful work!!! I love the photo of the little one sleeping - with eyelashes in the main focus.

I admire you for taking the plunge into professional work - I have been using my camera now for 3 1/2 years and feel that I'm still "stuck in neutral"....

Beautiful work, Catherine!

jennykate77 said...

Ohmy. I love her. Her photography is oh-so-fabulous. I really love how she captures the true personality of the kiddos. I don't know if that is her living room up there w/ the big canvas print above the couch, but if it is...I WANT it...all of it! I'm definitely a fan.

DD said...

Wow, what super cute kids and I love their names!! Her pictures are so fabulous...better than picture people's anyday!