Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Photographer Interview: Point & Shoot with BuckarooMama from Hong Kong

 Do you know her? She is a blogging mega star.

The one and only, BuckarooMama!

She uses a point and shoot camera and she captures wonderful moments in life. 

Many wonderful moments.b9

Did you get serious about taking pictures as soon as your son was born, or did you get more into it when Zoe came along?b

I’ve always enjoyed taking photos and would take rolls and rolls of film whenever I traveled (yes, my earlier travels were pre-digital age!). I kinda dreamed of having my pictures turn out like the ones I’d see in travel magazines. I mostly took photos to document the places I’d been to, the people I’ve met, etc. But I’d never taken as many photos as when Josh was born. Suddenly I was sending out at least one online album of Josh every week to family and friends –regardless of whether or not they asked for it! b8 
Do the kids like when you take their picture?b1

Oh, both Josh and Zoë have gotten used to it now. Ha, ha! They even “find” places and things for me to shoot. Sometimes they would run and pose in front of something and call out to me, “Mommy, take a picture!” b4
Tell me about Hong Kong. Did you grow up there? b2
There are places where you either love it or you hate it –no middle ground. I think Hong Kong is such place. Words that come to mind when I think about Hong Kong: Fast-paced, great-tasting food, shopping, compact, efficient, hub, melting pot. I love how small Hong Kong is. We’re right in the city, yet we’re only 20 minutes away from the beach and we have mountains and a hiking trail right next door. b7I love the transportation system here. It has to be one of the best (if not the best!) transport system in the world. You get trains, buses, minibuses, trams, ferries, sampans… There are times we take the kids out and try to get on as many modes of transportation as we can!b3

No, I didn’t grow up here. I actually grew up in the Philippines My (great-)grandparents were Chinese immigrants. When I was small, we would visit Hong Kong very often (because it’s only a 2-hour plane ride from Manila and because we have relatives here). I’ve always loved the fast-paced life here, the food (oh, the food!), and the shopping. b12   So when I was on one such visit after having quit a most boring job back home, I’d sent out my CV to a headhunter, not really expecting anything. When I was contacted separately by both the Hong Kong and the Guangzhou (China) offices of the same company, both wanting to hire me, I took that to be a sign.  b5     So 15 years ago, I came to Hong Kong with just one Samsonite bag. Today, I have a husband, two kids, a flat (that’s what they call condo units here), and lots of wonderful memories and junk accumulated through the years.b9

What is it like living in a high rise? Are you friends with your neighbors?b7

No need to do yard work. Security personnel calling and announcing your visitors when they come –so you don’t get caught in your pj’s when your visitors arrive. Elevators. Waiting for elevators – sometimes it takes a while, considering the 4 elevators service all 60 floors!b10

Yes, we are friends with some of our neighbors. I say “some,” because others? We’ve never even met or don’t get to see at all. The doors to ALL the units are closed all the time. It’s not like you get to see neighbors over the fence as they leave for work while you’re pruning your rose bushes. b11The ones we know, we say hello to, we chit-chat a bit when we run into each other, but it’s not like we do coffee at each other’s places. b8

Tell me about the camera you have right now, and also what you are looking into getting?b6

I’m shooting with a Sony DSC-N1, a point-and-shoot. It’s on its last legs, really. Sometimes the zoom gets stuck and won’t work; there are squiggly lines across some areas of the screen; the lens protector sometimes would not shut all the way. b18   BUT, this camera has served me really well and for as long as it’s still functional, I’ll keep it.     b4 I do have my eye on a proper DSLR. After much consideration and consultation with a couple of people who know photography way more than I do, I want a Nikon D90. Zoe, my 3-year old is already laying claim to my Sony point-and-shoot “when Daddy gets [me] a new camera.” b10
What place do you love to shoot the most?b3

I don’t really have a favourite place. I love to shoot street scenes –the many wonderful possibilities just make me giddy! I love to shoot at the beach –ooh, the textures! b2
Have you read any good photography books? b1
Hah! I haven’t read any photography book, period. I should, though. It’s just that I’m more of a hands-on person and I learn better that way.  b6   

That said, I do read online tutorials on a few of my favourite photography-related sites. I find the online tutorials “just right” for my attention span. What’s more, they are mostly written by bloggers/photographers whose work I greatly admire. So there’s that much more incentive to read and go through the tutorials, as opposed to me just reading some dry technical directions from a book. 

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What blog link up do you love participating in the most each week? You are the queen of blog link ups!b9

Hmm, I do do blog link ups a lot, don’t I? Partly it’s because I’m lazy; blog link ups provide me ready topics to blog about. But mostly I do it because it’s fun –and especially on the photography-related ones, I learn so much and I get inspired by the many wonderful photographers out there. b8

Some of my favourite blog link-ups: Communal Global (Woo hoo!), I Heart Faces (I got all excited about photography again because of I Heart Faces), and Macro Friday.These are just SOME of my favorites, mind you. There are plenty more!

How did you pick the kids names? b10
When I was pregnant with Josh, I’d drawn up a list of names that I like and presented the list to my husband. He then picked out a name from that list. Easy, eh? With Zoe, well, I’d always known even way back when I was in high school that if I were to have a daughter someday, she’d be a Zoë. b6The fact that both Joshua and Zoe are characters in “The West Wing” –a show that we both love, --has nothing to do with how we chose the names. Pure coincidence. Really.  b2   b5

Does your husband like to be in pictures?b22   He doesn’t mind. Well, he doesn’t really have much choice, as I hog the camera and I take pictures of whomever and whatever I want! Seriously though, Chris is such a laid back person, so easygoing. Perfect foil to my Type-A-ness! b19
How often do your parents come to visit? Is it hard living so far from them?b7

Not as often as we’d like. They’d visit maybe 4-5 times a year, a week at a time, usually. It’s hard with them not being here in the sense that I’d love for Josh and Zoe to grow up with their grandparents present, the way I did. b20My memories of my time with my grandparents are very special and I’d love for our kids to have the sane, b4

Do they know how to get online and read your blog so they can stay up to date? b1
Oh yes, they do! They are my most loyal followers. The posts where I write about Josh and Zoe and the photos that I post of them on my blog? Are mainly for them. There were times before (when I first started the blog) when I would get an email or a call from my parents, asking why there hadn’t been posts and photos of the kids and when I would get to it!b23

Do you have any other advice or special words you would like to share? b3

I thoroughly love taking pictures and just seeing what I could capture and freeze in time, playing around with different ways of capturing a subject. Of course I dream of having a great, decent big-girl DSLR, but even without one, I think if you just go out and just shoot away and if you take time out to check out and study other photographers’ works (and there are loads of amazing photographers in Bloggy Land!), take time to try your hand at fixing a photo, join some photo challenges, you will learn SO much.

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I have found so much inspiration in many of the wonderful bloggers/photographers that I’ve “met” through the various photo challenges and memes in which I’ve participated.

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Buckaroo Mama @ Mamahood, Among Other Things

75 comments:

I'm just the MOM said...

Becky this is by far my most favorite interview EVER!!! And all those pics with a simple point and shoot?! I have a point and shoot! She is definitely an inspiration to me! THANK YOU so much for this interview :) Gives me the encouragement I need when I feel like I HAVE to have a fancy DSLR camera to take awesome pictures. When obviously, I don't.

In the Heart of Happy said...

Thank you so much for a proper introduction. I have been visiting Buckaroo Mama and drooling on her blog...seriously, I had to wipe my mouth.

I feel so much more connected through your fun interview.

Love that she shoots with a P&S.

Susan said...

Simply amazing. She is very talented.

Really cute kids too.

lifebythecreek said...

You know, if you gave Michaelangelo the simplest of brushes and paint, he would still have created a masterpiece, because of who he was. Same here. BUT... when the day comes, Buckaroo Mama, that you DO get a rockin' DSLR... oh, Katie bar the door! Because you already KNOW all of the nuts and bolts... it will be like giving old "Mikie" all that he needed to finish off the Sistene Chapel. I cannnot WAIT...! You already blow my mind; I suppose it will be totally blown to smithereens once you have the equipment. Seriously, I would be quite proud to claim those photos WITH a DSLR... I can only imagine what we can look for from you down the road...
Blessings.. you have always been a favorite of mine!

jen@odbt said...

Hooray for Buckeroomama!! She's awesome. Love the interview and her pictures...amazing.

Maddy said...

Buckeroomama is AWESOME!!! Love her photos, her stories and her gorgeous kids who seem to have so much personality! Her amazing talent and point and shoot runs circles around me and my DSLR any day :) I always tell her that I want a little Zoe and Josh when I have kids, they're just too stinkin' cute! And if I ever make it to Hong Kong, I would love to meet Buckeroomama and her Super Fire Girl and Mato Rex over some bubble tea ;o) Her blog is among my favorites! Great, great interview!

Ky said...

Wow Becky, thanks for interviewing Buckaroo Mama. She takes some amazing photos with her p&s. Awesome in fact! So very, very inspiring. I really have to get my camera out more often. Might even start linking to more photography linky parties.

I love your interviews! xx

Rachel said...

I adore Buckaroo Mama! :) And she teaches Baby Signs to boot!

I am constantly blown away by the fact that she creates these images and memories with a Point & Shoot... and I'm gonna feel waaay inferior when she gets that DSLR baby! :)

Love this interview!

Farmgirl Paints said...

why haven't i heard of her before?? her pictures are breathtaking. just shows you don't need a big fancy camera to take amazing photos. that girl just has the EYE! wowza. thanks becky for sharing:)

Love Letters To China said...

Love this interview!!! I always enjoy reading and seeing photos from Buckaroomama's blog. So much fun reading about her life and love of photography.

Great job Becky!

Mama Zen said...

Amazing, amazing pictures!

Just Bits and Pieces said...

Wonderful interview!!!! I feel like I got to know a bit more about BuckerooMama!!!!! And you shoot with a point and shoot??????!!!!! Amazing!!!!

Sarah Halstead said...

What a wonderful interview. I love Buckaroomama's blog. Goes to show you it is the person behind the camera, not the camera itself. She takes some amazing photos.

A Prairie Girl in California said...

hey:) yes. I bought that sign for my daddy:) and snapped a pic of it one day... Reds the best. always:) thanks for poppin by my blog:)

She Writes said...

Her work is beautiful!!

Caroline said...

Soooooo awesome! And HK is one of the most incredible cities in the world. Great interview and incredible photos!

FootPrints said...

Thanks for the great interview!! i love love love her blog!

Apryl said...

Stunning photography. Great work on the interview too! I learned a lot. Now I have to go and re-read the post so I can take a second look at those gorgeous pictures!

Tracy P. said...

Ahhh, thank you from the bottom of my point and shoot heart!! Stunning photography from a place I have visited and loved. Thanks, Buckaroo Mama!

Brian Miller said...

nice...love the pics of the littles...and that one of the cereal smiley face was amazing...

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I adore Buckeroomama and her kiddos. I've loved visiting her blog daily and watching Josh and Zoe grow up. I love her photos. I look forward to her blog.

Housewife on Fire said...

Oh I LOVE her!!! Great shots. {And having the cutest kids on the planet of earth doesn't hurt either - WOW!}

Loved this interview Becks!!!

Wanda said...

YAHHH!!!! You just interviewed my favorite person. I heart BMama, big time. What a great, simple and warm story you tell of a really, really nice person and an amazing photographer. I love her eye and can feel what she's thinking by her images. (I was blown away about 6 months ago when I first learned she shoots with a point and shoot.) I love her spirit, her kids are adorable and she is so encouraging and helpful.

Sheesh...can you tell I love her!!

Great job as usual Becky!

Elizabeth said...

How cool! I love her style and love that she has such a clean, fresh style.

GREAT interview!

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

I really loved the interview and the photos!

I think this is a perfect testament to what photographers always say: it's not the CAMERA that takes great pictures, it's the person with the finger on the shutter button.

I think everyone should learn how to shoot properly with a P&S before graduating to a DSLR. This is an awesome example of how to take a camera and push it to its limits and take advantage of all it can do.

I think I'll dig out my P&S now...

Skeller said...

y'know, if we all could shoot only half as fantastically with a p&s as BuckerooMama does, methinks Canon & Nikon might see a diminishing number of big ol' expensive cameras selling. I mean, seriously. These images are AMAZING!

Jennifer said...

Great interview!! It is inspiring to see what she can do with a simple point and shoot. :)

Lori said...

Isn't she the best?! She is my most favorite Mommy blogger and photo blogger combined...I recognized most of these photo's and I enjoyed them just as much seeing them again...I think what I most love about BuckerooMama is her heart. I really enjoyed this interveiw Becky!

Alicia said...

I'm still amazed that she got all those awesome pics with a point and shoot!! Mine look like junk compared to hers..lol!!

I love visiting her blog, and seeing her kids beautiful faces!

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

Oh wowzers, her photos have completely inspired me! I think I have a new blog to follow.

Me inspired and without a camera (I lost my D300s, lenses and everything!, in Palau). But one more week... blessed to have a new one on the way.

BuckerooMama, I want to grow up and take pictures like you! I love how you capture the everyday, your life, children, the colors and shapes... love it all!

M said...

Oh, oh, oh...very cool! Great photos=great story!

Susan said...

Wonderful inspiring photos! What a lovely person.

The Absence of Alternatives said...

Wow. Very impressive. And with a point and shoot to boot? Now there really is no excuse left for us... :-) Congrats in advance on getting a Nikon D90! :-) I love my D40 and D90 is supposed to be more than twice better.

Marvett Smith said...

Man I love your interviews and I love her work. Beautiful!

May said...

All this while I was assuming Buckaroomama was using a DSLR!! Now I know I can do much more with my point and shoot cam..:D
It is very nice to read interviews about bloggers you are familiar with!! This by far has been the best!!!!

tinajo said...

THANK YOU for this interview, now I´m heading towards her blog to get inspired even more! :-)

Raymonde said...

I love Buckuroo Mama. It is so fun to learn so much about her today. Thanks for doing the interview Becky. I so love Hong Kong as well.

Have a great day. xxx

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

I visit Hong Kong daily via B'Mama. She's a sweet and talented host, for sure!

Stepping On Cheerios said...

Great interview! What an exciting life living in a place like Hong Kong. I feel like my life is so "normal" (dull).

My fav photos are the cuptake and the pencils!

Sharon said...

Oh yes, she ROCKS! BuckarooMama's blog is one of the first blogs I check each and every morning!

Rebecca said...

Love the down to earthiness she expresses. Love her eye for composition too.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Fun to to learn more about a person I already enjoy...her pictures and kiddos are so cute! Great interview Becky!

Raven @ LMMP said...

I am always amazed at the shots BuckerooMama gets with her PNS. When she gets her DLSR (yipee for Nikon)everyone better watch out!

I love reading her blog and getting her posts via email. :)

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

great interview! our paths have crossed occasionally in bloggy land and I've always admired BuckerooMama's eye - her angles and her connection tell stories about her photos. I had no idea she shot w/ a point & shoot, what a testament to the benefits of knowing how to use a camera versus just taking a picture. I agree w/ Raven, on the NIkon comment and that we all better watch out when she gets that D90!

Nezzy said...

This is one Ozark Farm Chick who has always been is awe (totally green with envy) of this wonderful Mama's ability with a camera.

The fact that the happens to have the most adorable children in the world just makes her blog a joy to visit each and every time.

God bless ya'll from the happy hills and hollers of the beautiful Ponderosa!!! :o)

Caseybumpinalong said...

Whoa, these are amazing point-and-shoot photos - they're amazing any kind of photos! All of your interviews are great, but this one is especially inspiring, I guess because it shows what you can do without fancy equipment, and because of Buckaroo Mama's talent at capturing beauty in so many different things. I'm ready to go out and snap some pictures! Thank you for sharing!

Sheri said...

I had to make myself go back and re-read a few times,I kept getting sidetracked by the photos! Gorgeous!

Casey Freeland said...

Wonderful set and interview. Interesting how you came to live there. I don't know if I could, although I do dream of New York, so I suppose it's similar... Sort of.

Anyway, the two pictures that got me were the one of your son holding the book with his toes and then the person on the street right after that. I think they hit me because of their proximity to each other. All the photos are beautiful though. Inspires me to go out and take more pictures with my little point and shoot.

Cheers,

Casey

Bethany said...

I, too, have taken some amazing shots with my point-and-shoot. Glad to see I'm not the only one itching for a DSLR, though =)

Buckeroomama said...

Becky, thank you "from the bottom of my pencil case" (name that tune!). Seriously, thank you for the privilege of being interviewed by you!

I don't want this to sound like one of those Oscar acceptance speeches, so I'll just say a simple (but very heartfelt!) thank you to everybody for the sweet, sweet love you've shown. Quite a number of you are actually the "inspiration" that I'd mentioned!! XOXOXO

Trudy said...

Incredible shots! I 'oohed' and 'awed' my way through this entire post and marveled that these were all taken with a point and shoot camera! How inspiring and motivating for me as I am just getting started.

I can also relate to your 'hands-on' comment...I think I learn best that way too!

I think you'll have lots of photos in magazines!!!!

God bless!

April said...

I am so blown away by her beautiful and timeless photography! I'm definitely going over to pay her a visit and add her to my blog list! BRAVO!!!

Fresh Mommy said...

This is so incredible... and all with a point and shoot! She really is inspiration to me! Thanks for sharing, again, Becky. You and Buckeroomama both rock!! :)

~Tabitha

ethelmaepotter! said...

No time to read all the comments, so this may have already been said... this proves that it's not the camera, it's the artist behind it. TWO great film artists on this blog!

Christine said...

WOW! her images are fantastic, point & shoot away Mama!!! My favorite of all though has to be the kiddos holding hands with the sunglasses on... too priceless!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love her photos. I would love to grow and take pictures like hers.

Puna said...

I'm so glad to see BuckarooMamma here! I really enjoy her photos of Hong Kong. It makes me want to move. Thanks again for another wonderful interview!

Zuzana said...

What a thrilling post! These image are absolutely spectacular. They show it is not only the camera that defines an image, it is also the eye, mind and soul behind the lens.
xoxo

jennykate77 said...

How inspiring! It is simply amazing that she took all of those wonderfully beautiful photographs with a point and shoot! I love each and every one of them. Her photographs really do say a thousand words.

Gorgeous.

Thanks so much for sharing with us!!!

Lisa said...

LOVED! This post :) It gives me so much hope! THANKS BECKY! I'm off the check out Buckaroo Mama's blog.

oxox, Lisa

Christina said...

I really enjoyed this! Proof positive that it's the photographer and NOT the camera :) That said, a D90 is the way to go!!

Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments :) Have a great night.

Susan said...

What a great interview! I love the Buckaroomama, her photos are amazing and such fun.

a Tonggu Momma said...

I loved this interview. Thanks so much for helping us get to know her a bit better.

Laura D said...

What an awesome interview. Buckeroomama is amazing! I am so impressed with her eye - the compositions, the colors, the fun of the pictures at times..It just goes to show that you don't need a fancy camera to capture a great image! I will have to start reading her blog...

Jennifer Nicole said...

This was my favorite interview so far! I loved every single one of these pictures. Amaaazing! I can't wait for your before and after interview, when she's gotten used to her new camera :)

Tezzie said...

B'mama rules!! Great interview, Becky :D

Sarah Robertson said...

LOVE the interview and the photography is uh-mazing! B'mama you have serious talent and an eye trained to do the best with what you have. Just goes to prove (once again!) that it's not about the equipment... you rock the heart out of that point and shoot!

love!

Kare said...

Great interview and the photos are simply to die for! I visited Hong Kong a few years ago and simply loved it, the pictures bring me right back there!

Sonya said...

LOVE this interview..Buckeroomama takes the best photos..I want to be just like her : )

Mighty M said...

Her pictures are so beautiful and amazing! I don't think I have ever seen a more lovely looking cupcake. :)

Anita said...

Buckeroo Mama never disappoints...and neither do you. :)

sherri lynn said...

wow i can't believe what awesome pictures she takes with a point a shoot! she has definitely inspired me to get out there and try harder with mine!

Stasha said...

Love her blog, love your blog. This interview is match made in heaven!

Theophanie said...

How amazing! Those are such beautiful photos! I need to get around Bloggy Land more.

Terri said...

She's one of my favorite bloggers! I love her pics!