Weather she is in the city living it up-
or painting with her babies,
Come and learn how Tabitha Blue shoots
and what makes her tick.
When did you fall in love with taking pictures?
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?
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.
Who likes the camera in their face more the baby or the toddler?
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.
Do you ever let your daughter use the camera?
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.
You recently went to Disney World, was it hard not to take your big fancy camera with you every day?
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?
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.
When did you decide you should start a small photography business?
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.
Were you nervous?
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.
How did you come up with pricing?
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.
Have you ever had a shot where you were thinking "Oh my goodness. What am I gonna do about this?"
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.
Where has been your favorite place to shoot so far in your lifetime?
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.
Do you order a lot of pictures for your home and for your walls?
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?
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.
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.
How long ago did you start blogging? Why do you blog?
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. What Christmas present are you most looking forward to purchasing next year?
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?
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.Any other earth shattering advice you would like to share?
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.
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