Becca is one of my favorite photographers. I love her work and have loved it since the very beginning.
I love her photography style.
Fresh. Fun. Friendly.
More than anything, I love Becca’s passion for the children in the city of Atlanta, Georgia.
Come and learn from one of my heroes. She can teach you things about taking stunning pictures. AND, she can teach you things about living for Jesus every day. What can be better than that?
Did you always love taking pictures? Tell me about your picture taking in high school and college.
I did always love it, you can tell by the ridiculous # of photo albums I have on facebook. It’s slightly out of control really.
Tell me when you knew it was something you were beyond passionate about?
I’d say that my love affair with photography started when we first worked at Camp Grace and I helped my friend Carrie capture pictures of the kiddos at camp. Funny how much God used that summer and our work with those kids to change the course of my life!
What is the first picture you took that made you go WOW!
hmmm. That’s a tough one. But probably as soon as I took my first picture of my baby girl, I was in love. Now that’s not necessarily because it was a “good” picture, but because she is HER. As far as my first picture that I loved for what it captured and being surprised it actually came out of my camera: it might have been this one from a business trip in Asia. Because even though it’s a little blurry, it totally perfectly captured that moment!
Tell me about your first big girl camera? The rebel right?
That first summer at camp, I used the camp’s Rebel to take pictures when they needed me to. And I was blown away by how much better my pictures were than the ones I took with my P&S. So after camp, I begged and bothered Adam until he got me one of my own for my birthday.
Have you upgraded?
I have, as a matter of fact. My friend Megan, who I do most of my photography with (Meg Davidson Photography) upgraded her camera to the ultimate big girl camera (the 5d Mark II) and let me buy her old camera for a really good price. Booyah.
How did Adam feel about you upgrading?
I’m pretty sure that Adam is the most supportive husband ever when it comes to my hobbies. In fact, when I was way into scrapbooking, he would come and charm all the ladies at the scrapbook store by helping me cut pictures and glue things and generally make a large mess. But that’s beside the point. The way it worked out, I literally ended up only paying like $100 to upgrade.
You have done a couple of weddings this year. Tell me about that.
I have always thought I would shy away from wedding photography because, hello, you can’t exactly ask the couple to re-do their first dance if you miss it or forget to change your camera settings. That said, I’ve really surprised myself with how much I love being a part of people’s weddings. I think it’s because there is so many opportunities to capture candid moments that are full of emotion and love. There’s not as much posing and directing, which is NOT my strong suit.
Do you love shooting weddings?
I do and I don’t. I LOVE shooting them. But I REALLY need to work on editing aLL those pictures so it doesn’t take me 9 years. Because that’s the part I think might be starting to bug Adam, all those late nights spent editing because during the day I am chasing a rambunctious 2-yr-old, doing web design for my “real” job, and trying to fit in our ministry time too.
If you had to pick just one type of photography to focus on, what do you think it would be?
You know what? I’m just not sure. I kind of like switching it up right now. It’s fun to capture all sorts of different things. Which I totally realize is completely contrary to everything “they” (whoever they are) say you should do – which is focus and define your target market, type etc . . . I’ve never been one to follow the rules though. Or not, I’m actually a total rule-follower!
Do your kids from the city love your pictures?
They do love them. Actually, they love my camera and are constantly begging me to use it. It’s funny because I usually do let them. After a few careful instructions (namely to put the strap around their neck and dear sweet heavens please don’t drop it), I like to demonstrate my trust and let them try something new. Who knows, maybe one of them will be the next Ansel Adams. Have you seen Born into Brothels? Such a good documentary about the power of photography and letting kids from difficult backgrounds use art to express themselves. I am constantly tucking pictures into little cards to give the mommas of their kiddos. I’m telling you, so much of what we do is about helping these kids (and their families) recognize their intrinsic worth and beauty!
When you give people beautiful pictures of themselves and see their eyes light up what does it make you feel inside?
It makes me feel like I’m doing exactly exactly exactly what God intended me to. I KNOW that art has this power to heal and move people, and I don’t really understand that power but I am blessed to be able to experience and be a part of it.
Do you have any special hopes for ways you wish for God to use this passion in your city ministry?
Oh I have SO many hopes and dreams and ideas of how God could marry my two passions. But first and foremost, I want to use my photography to help change people’s ideas about the kiddos and families in the inner-city. Maybe that is the families themselves realizing how precious and important their family really is, or the people in the suburbs to recognize that these are REAL and beautiful people who are living in poverty in their back-yard. I’m still figuring it all out, but I am certain that the Lord has built me specifically this way for this ministry and I’m excited to see where He takes that.
Do your parents like to be in pictures?
I don’t really think so, but now that I think about it, I’m not really sure! My dad seems indifferent, and my mom usually says she looks old. Ha.
Do you like to be in pictures?
Um, not in the least. Actually that’s not true, I really do like being in pictures in theory. I just don’t really love how I LOOK in pictures. But that’s a whole other issue involving my own insecurities and learning to accept my own message of intrinsic beauty and worth simply because of who Christ has made me to be!
What is your favorite lens to use right now?
Considering I literally only own one lens, I’d have to say it’s my 50mm 1.4 – but I am forever cutting off hands and limbs etc, so I’m thinking I might need to get me a wider lens at some point.
If you could go anywhere in the world for a dream shoot, where would you want to go?
Oh I’m dying to go to Africa on a mission trip to take pictures. I have big dreams about that, unfortunately we already ask people for money to live off of, so it’s hard to ask people for more so we can go to Africa! Ha. But I LOVE those kiddos and would love to take their pictures and teach them about photography too.
I know you are a voracious reader. Have you read any books about photography that got you excited?
The book that totally made things “click” for me was Understanding Exposure (I know, I know, everyone says that!) But now that I think about it, I haven’t read a book that really made me excited about photography, it’s mostly been technical books about how to be a better photographer. That’s it: my new mission is to find a book about photography that makes me more passionate and less technical.
Do you have any special photographers you enjoy that you would like to share?
Oh I could go on and on and on about all the talented photographers I LOVE and who inspire me. Our friends the Altmixes took our family pictures after Jayci was born, and helped me realize how really beautiful pictures can be a POWERFUL gift! I also ADORE Christine Pobke I think she is the most talented photographer ever, and her blog is simply a delight.
Why did you go to UGA for college when you were a Canada girl? Do you miss living in Canada? Haha, my family moved to Georgia when I was in 8th grade, and I met my husband in high school. Since we were dating when I went to college, I didn’t want to go TOO far away. There are definitely things I miss about living in Canada (umm SNOW for one and Tim Hortons for another), but it’s hard for me to compare the two places because I was at such different points in my life living in Canada vs Georgia (and yes I realize one is a country and the other is a state). I was in Canada for elementary and middle school (gag, I hated middle school) and in Georgia for high school and college (and now for ‘being a grown-up’ too). So they were incredibly different places to live, but I’m not sure how much of that is the place and how much of it is simply me being different and changing and growing etc. Plus, now that I work in downtown Atlanta (and will soon live there too), I’m so enamored with my city that I don’t think I’d ever be able to leave. Except I shouldn’t have just said that because God likes to throw my ideas about that kind of stuff out the window. However, I would not be opposed to somehow receiving large quantities of candy from Canada on a regular basis. Canada has so much better candy: Smarties, Aero bars, Coffee Crisp . . . sigh.
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