Something about her work just draws you in.
Very soft and lovely.
She will make you think deeper.
If you don’t know her, you must.
She sees the world in the most beautiful way.
Please welcome Caroline Manrique. What is your favorite color scheme in nature?
My first thought is that I love pale blues, pinks and greens. I love soft feminine colors. But lately I have been drawn to neutrals. I don’t mind a gray and foggy day now and then (it makes me get work done in the house!!!). And shooting on overcast days makes for the best photos!
You live in California! What do you love about living in a place that is sunny year round?
Obviously, the sun. Maybe that is why I don’t mind a gray day here and there. I love that my kids are outside all the time and that walking the dogs is never a hassle. Also, I ride my bicycle a lot and it sure makes is easier when the weather is nice all the time!
How often do you get to go to the beach?
LOL…not really! My oldest is in the stage of not wanting photos taken. My youngest will pose for me, but only for a few minutes. After too many shots I start getting the whiney: “Mooooooom, how much longer? This is so boring!” and then she starts making faces. Although, they will model for product shots…as they like to see themselves in print!
How many years have you been married?
Oh gosh…well, I think it’s important to have common interests. And make time for each other. It’s so easy to get caught up with work and kids. But you need “date nights” and time together. Oh yes, don’t forget compromise…yes, lot’s of compromise! Tell us about your Stranger Project.
I did this in August…a challenge to broaden my photography focus. I have always been scared to ask strangers if I can take their picture (I mean, who is not afraid to ask?). But I thought this would be a great way to push myself and break through that fear. To my surprise only 1 person said no! I met some incredible people and I grew so much. I can not say enough how much I enjoyed this project.
Yes! Well I am currently doing my 365 project. So my camera is coming with me everywhere.
What are you listening to right now?
OneRebublic – Good life – from their album “Waking up”
If you could get any lens in the world today, what would you get?
I would love to do a shoot with Christina Greve from Diva and Dreams.
I began doing self portraits as a way to learn about my camera and light. I don’t have a model, so I just used myself. And through this process, I began to see myself in a new light. I am not one who likes to look in the mirror. And, I shy away from the camera in general. But through this, I have healed some wounds and I have gained confidence. Not to mention…I learned so much about lighting and shooting in manual (which is now the only way I shoot).
What is one of your photography goals?
Tell me about a dream shoot. Who would you love to shoot? Where would you want to do it?
This is a tough question! I suppose I would love to do a shoot in Paris…an overcast day, outdoor café, uber romantic with a lovely fashionable couple. My other thought is Bill Murray! Because I think he would be so friggin funny and interesting to shoot!
Do you use actions in your editing workflow? Where did you get your favorite ones?
I don’t use actions. I process my photos first in Lightroom and use presets that I have created.
Do you share your camera with anyone? Who else in your world likes to shoot like you do?
Any advice you would like to share with us?
Don’t let fear get in the way! Yes, there are tons of photographers out there…but your view of the world is completely unique. So go for it! Also…practice, practice, practice…shoot every single day if you can. And most of all, have fun!
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