Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Interview with a Photographer: Tabitha Blue of Fresh Mommy

Tabitha Blue is an outstanding photographer.tabitha 7fresh mommy
Weather she is in the city living it up-5183278743_6f03c17365_z (2)
or painting with her babies,
she is living life to the fullest.tabitha 36
Come and learn how Tabitha Blue shoots
and what makes her tick. 
When did you fall in love with taking pictures?
tabitha 10         tabitha 9 Oh my, I've always been into photography from both sides of the lens... I loved taking photos, but also began modeling when I was 10. But I truly fell head over heels for it after the birth of my daughter.  It brought out a whole new appreciation for capturing the moment, and now my favorite place is behind the lens recording what I see.
Do you shoot every single day?tabitha 1
Photography seems to intertwine it's way into my own life every single day, whether it's through the use of my lens or through the touch of a button on my phone... There will be a photo. I'm big on memory making, and for me, to let a standout moment pass by, may it be the way my oldest little wants to spoon smooshed peas to the waiting lips of my babe or a trip to the beach for a perfectly golden sunset, without saving a glimpse of it for later is like leaving a part of this tapestry we're weaving undone.tabitha 2
Who likes the camera in their face more the baby or the toddler?tabitha 3
I'm grateful that both of my kids don't mind the barrel of a 50mm lens staring them in the face.  They both have days where they're completely over it, but who doesn't. My personal goal is to catch the in-between moments, the ones that really tell a story. I love the cute and sassy poses my girl throws my way, or the cavalier smile my 8 month old has already perfected, but the moments of pure, raw, unadulterated emotion are my favorites to capture.tabitha 4
Do you ever let your daughter use the camera?tabitha 5
One thing that astounds me about human behavior is the ability to embrace and absorb what we're exposed to. And as a mother, I'm a huge fan of allowing trial and error to happen at the hands of our children when they find something they're interested in. So when my four year old wants to get behind the lens instead of in front of it, that is what I embrace. She started with her own camera, which I've posted about here , and has now graduated to grabbing my camera whenever possible. And I have to say, I've been pleasantly surprised by a few of her photos (a couple I've shared here)... and even using one she took from a recent family newborn session.tabitha 8
You recently went to Disney World, was it hard not to take your big fancy camera with you every day?tabitha 21
I have a favorite, and in my family of lenses, the scrawny little 50mm has me wrapped around it's finger. I take it just about everywhere with me, even Disney World. Though there are times it's easier to introduce it's technology savvy, fun loving younger brother, the iPhone, to a special moment, and armed with a couple of great photography apps, some of those images have become my most cherished.
Does your husband mind when you take his picture?tabitha 6
Sometimes we set out for what we like to call a Photo Expedition, load up the SUV with friends and cameras and just drive. Pulling off the highway to explore a ratty old barn, climbing stairs and crossing rivers to find that perfect spot, looking at graffitied trains from every angle to get the flare just right. It's all an adventure, and my husband is the backbone of it all. He's my rock, my planner, my go-to guy. And sometimes he rocks out the fierce poses too... and loves it.tabitha 20         
When did you decide you should start a small photography business?tabitha 19
My love of photography started dipping it's toes in the deep waters of the business world when people began asking me to have a session with their family. As my own family grew, and consequently time began to escape my grasp, I knew it wasn't something I could keep up with as just a hobby. And since then, that hobby has morphed into Relish Studios. So far, I'm barely knee deep and realizing there’s a vast ocean of learning I have yet to explore.tabitha 18
Were you nervous?tabitha 15
I'm a passionate person, and passionate people come with nerves that feel everything. So a new undertaking, becoming vulnerable and exposed, allowing the possibility of failure to enter the equation... it's a ball of nerves waiting to happen.  Luckily I've mastered the art of deep breaths.tabitha 13
How did you come up with pricing?tabitha 14
Pricing is one of those purple elephant in the room things. Something everyone thinks about and no one wants to talk about, and I'm no expert on the subject. I'm no expert on any subject really. But as far as pricing goes, and through the research I've done on it, people value what you put value on. I value my time and my efforts.  If something is going to take me away from two of the snuggliest little bodies I've come to crave, then it needs to be worth it.tabitha 16
Have you ever had a shot where you were thinking "Oh my goodness. What am I gonna do about this?"tabitha 12
The first wedding I ever shot had me sweating bullets. I think I invested in shares of Sure a week before the wedding because I knew the amount I'd need to stay dry would drive the stock up at least a point. The location was dark, the photos needed to be crisp, there was only one chance to capture the most important day of the bride's life... and it was all resting in my feeble, shaking hands. Just remembering has my stomach in knots. The end result? The bride was happy leaving me happy, though I've learned so much since then.tabitha 17
Where has been your favorite place to shoot so far in your lifetime?tabitha 11
I'm always striving to grow and learn and expand my horizons, so it seems like the last shoot I've had is always my favorite. Maybe because with each shoot, I learn more, or maybe it's just because I have a short attention span.tabitha 30        tabitha 29
Do you order a lot of pictures for your home and for your walls?tabitha 22
I'm always saying I need to hang this picture here or that photo there, but in reality? My walls are in need of a photo update.
How do you come up with new ideas for shoots?tabitha 25
Inspiration, baby. When I feel myself in a creative slump, I look to those who have worked to cultivate clever and original visions, and I always leave inspired. tabitha 26
Who is one of your favorite up and coming photographers? tabitha 28
To me, surrounding yourself with creative people and artistic energy is what keeps us young and life exciting. One of my dearest friends, and partner at Relish Studios, is just such a person. Her zest for learning and passion living life keeps me wanting more. Also? She taught me how to shoot in manual, and for that I'm ever grateful. See a snippet of her work at Briony Sker Jance.tabitha 24
How long ago did you start blogging? Why do you blog?tabitha 23
My blog is a journey with me of our lives, our travels, and my attempt at domesticity. It all began in June of 2008 at the encouragement of my mother that we should start blogs... I'm still waiting to see hers. It's been a way for me to look at each day as a Fresh New Start, no matter what baggage previous days have brought, joy or sadness, laughter or sorrow, today, right now is a new day to enjoy.  I find that as I look for the beauty of life in the little things, I subsequently find more beauty in each day. tabitha 31     What Christmas present are you most looking forward to purchasing next year?tabitha 32
Purchasing? Hmmm, probably the things my girl stays up marking in the toy catalogs while falling asleep on our bed. She's at that age where excitement for Christmas already overwhelms her, and it's seeping into the whole house.
What is a quote that you live by?tabitha 35
OH MY GOODNESS, I'm the eternal quote lover, making it hard for me to choose just one.  Consequently, the ones I love all revolve around living a full life, enjoying the small moments, loving my littles... like this one here, here and here. Oh! and here too.  You know what? You can scroll through them all here. There are just so many. tabitha 1
Any other earth shattering advice you would like to share?tabitha 33
I'm learning to suck the marrow out of life, and when I do, I find there is so much more to be had. We all go through tough times, but truly embracing the beautiful is what makes this ebb and flow of life so amazing.tabitha 34

Tabitha Blue:Fresh Mommy Blog

59 comments:

Our Beaten Path said...

Really enjoyed reading this!! learned a ton about an awesome photographer...Love to visit her blog!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Another awesome interview Becky. Her photos are sooo beautiful. I love how she captures life in the little things. The kitty hiding in the blanket, the icicles, the kids reading a book. Just lovely:)

Buckeroomama said...

Another lovely interview, Becky. Her photos totally blew me away --the cityscapes, well, just about every single one of them that you've posted here! I will have to go and check out her blog/ :)

Becca said...

What a great interview! :-) She is so talented!!

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

Great interview...loved learning about her and hearing her perspective. I wonder if I can talk my husband into a photo expedition, that sounds fun!

Donna Boucher said...

Such delightful perspective!! And wonderful 'life' in her pictures!! Love!!

Cate said...

What a great interview. I really enjoy hearing other folk's stories, and loved the pics that went along with it.

Skeller said...

another fabulous interview with a fabulous photographer, filled with fabulous photos, Becky!!!

I love Tabitha's clean, fun style. Her color is PERFECT as is her "eye" for capturing beautiful images...

Jen said...

I LOVED this interview and I LOVE Tabatha. She is awesome.

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

My favorite interview yet! There are so many awesome photos shared in this post - the kittens, the icicles and city streets - oh my!

Thanks for sharing her work with us! Lovely!

Blessings,
Jill
http://fnaphotography.blogspot.com

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Can you email me the link to her blog - the one you have posted does not work? Thanks!
Jill

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Wonderful Becky! Can't wait to check out more of her amazing photos!

Caseybumpinalong said...

Great interview! Beautiful pics!

ruma said...

Awe inspiring your works!!

Greetings.

Saga, Japan.

ruma

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Tricia Nugen said...

Ohhh Becky- I love Tabitha Blue! She's the ONLY person I've ever EVER one anything from! And, she's so personable! I've asked her questions and she's always so gracious to respond! Thank you for pimping out her amazing talent!

Adoption of Jane said...

Great interview! The sleeping baby pic is my fav. She's an AMAZING photographer!

septembermom said...

Tabitha is really a creative artist and a beautiful soul. Love seeing her photographs. She does a wonderful job in catching the magic and wonder of those in between moments in life.

Great interview!

Terri said...

What a great photographer! I like her style!

the Lola Letters said...

Love her outlook, and her images are gorge!

Caroline said...

Wonderful interview! I love her work and her blog. Thank you again for sharing another inspiring photographer with us!!

Lori said...

Wow! I so enjoyed this interview and these photo's are brilliant! I can see why you are a fan of hers. I hope to have a chance to visit her blog soon. XX

The Nice One said...

I am IN LOVE LOVE LOVE with her photos. She has the style that I hope to achieve some day. The crisp, clear, uber focused pictures. HOW does that happen? Not every photographer has that look. I LOVE it.

Sarah Halstead said...

Wonderful interview Becky. Gorgeous photos.

Wanda said...

Another GREAT interview Becky. You're like a magnet for all things new and lovely.

Tabitha Blue (man what a fabulous name)does beautiful work and I like her attitude.

I'm just the MOM said...

OK so I love love love the pic of the paint brushes and the one of the kitty crouched down in the carpet!
She is already so awesome!

Ashlee said...

Great Interview! I love me some Tabitha :)

nequetta said...

Becky you always Rock! Great Interview and the pictures were beautiful and inspiring. I loved it :0)

Beth said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I'm so glad you did because it led me to yours! Loved this interview. What a fantastic photographer!

Jeanette Verster said...

Stunning!! Looks like I have a new blog to follow!

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

I love all the details and moments captured.

I think I need to renew my focus on those things as well. Our whole days are made up of little moments, and those days make up a lifetime. I don't want to miss a bit of it!

Sharon said...

Needless to say, I'm off to go check out a new fabulous photographer's blog. Thanks!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Really beautiful! I couldn't pick a fave from these if I had to.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Beautiful interview.....love her pictures and spirit! Thanks for introducing us to her Becky!

mamarazzipages said...

Beautiful pictures and lovely interview. I try to embrace the same attitude on life, its the only one to have. Thank you for sharing!

mamarazzipages said...

Beautiful pictures and lovely interview. I try to embrace the same attitude on life, its the only one to have. Thank you for sharing!

Briony said...

Such a great interview. Tabitha is amazing. She not only is full of wisdom and talent but she has a beautiful love of life. Thank you for featuring her.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is a great interview. I love her photos!!!!

Shannon said...

A very inspiring and beautiful person...Tabitha you are amazing! I love following your blog and viewing your beautiful pictures!

Maddy said...

Amazing photos!! This interview is chock-full of inspiration! I've been a little uninspired as far as photography goes these days, I could definitely use one of those photo expeditions just for fun!

Jeremy Barancik said...

That's my sister! She is a truly wonderful person and fun to hang out with!

Dot O said...

Beautiful photos! Love how she sees so much in what appear to be significant moments in life.

I wish her all the best in the business! I can't imagine any client being less than 110% thrilled with her work!

Dot O said...

P.S. that was supposed to be "what appear to be INsignificant".... brain and fingers just don't coordinate well some days.

Suki said...

really enjoyed this. good luck tabitha in all you do.

The Rheinlander's said...

This is a really great interview! Tabitha has such great photos and blog post!!
~Melissa
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April said...

I always love viewing the world through someone else's eyes. What gorgeous photos...especially of the older couple's hands and fingers intertwined. Keep these interviews coming...I look forward to them so much!

Hazel said...

Thanks Becky for the lovely comment you left on my blog, it's funny this blogging thing, how it connects you with people you may never have known. I'll drop by often here!

Fragrant Liar said...

Wow, those are GORGEOUS photos.

kbreints said...

Beautiful photos-- Love the interview :)

Mighty M said...

Been a Fresh Mommy subscriber for a long time, although I don't comment very much (sorry Tabitha!!). Her pictures are just wonderful - I love the crispness of the city-scapes.

Jenny said...

I love the last answer. Truly beautiful photography.

Me and my BF Mindy used to go on Photo Expeditions.

Katie said...

Awesome pictures, I've seen so many photography blogs this week, and awesome pictures... I want to be able to do all that! Great interview! :)

Gina Alfani said...

Love her photography . . . the wall of photos is awesome!

Loved the interview . . .

Thanks for visiting my blog . . . Gina

Elaine A. said...

This woman REALLY knows how to capture life in photographs. I'm in awe at her talent. And inspired. Wonderful interview and photographer. Thank you ladies!!! :D

Jenny said...

What a great interview!! She takes gorgeous pictures, that's for sure!

Kelly said...

She had me at kitties and candy canes. Beautiful work!

Tracy P. said...

Here's what I love--the variety! There are people, buildings, food, cars, clothing, trees, sunlight. Such a variety of slices of life. Beautiful!!

Christina Lusk said...

Tabitha Blue is one of the finest persons God ever graced the earth with. Happy to call her friend. And yes, her photos and blog totally rock my world.

puna said...

Not only did I enjoy the photos but I learned something as well. What a lovely eye and a thoroughly entertaining interview.

Mrs4444 said...

Wow. There sure are some beauties here...Thanks for sharing these :)