Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Photographer Interview: Caroline Manrique


zen 21Something 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.zen 12

        She sees the world in the most beautiful way. 

Please welcome Caroline Manrique.          zen 6         What is your favorite color scheme in nature?zen 2

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!zen 18

You live in California! What do you love about living in a place that is sunny year round?zen 28

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. caroline Also, I ride my bicycle a lot and it sure makes is easier when the weather is nice all the time!zen 15

How often do you get to go to the beach?zen 14

Not as often as I could! Why is that? Maybe because it’s so close?carolyn 1   Do your children like to model for you?zen 4

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. zen 8After too many shots I start getting the whiney: “Mooooooom, how much longer? This is so boring!” and then she starts making faces. zen 27Although, they will model for product shots…as they like to see themselves in print!zen

How many years have you been married?zen 25

It will be 15 years in October!caroline 9

Do you have any marriage tips to share?zen 24

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! caroline 7 Tell us about your Stranger Project.zen 9

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. caroline 6 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.zen 22

Do you shoot a picture every day?zen 31

Yes! Well I am currently doing my 365 project. So my camera is coming with me everywhere.zen 11

What are you listening to right now?zen 30

OneRebublic – Good life – from their album “Waking up”

If you could get any lens in the world today, what would you get?zen 32

Canon EF 50 mm 1.2 L series lens caroline 4

If you could have any photographer in the world do a photo shoot with you, who would you pick?zen 26

I would love to do a shoot with Christina Greve from Diva and Dreams.

I love her work, it’s so romantic and dreamy!zen 3

Tell me about self portraits. caroline 3

I began doing self portraits as a way to learn about my camera and light. zen 29I don’t have a model, so I just used myself.caroline 5 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. zen 10But 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). zen 5

What is one of your photography goals?zen 16

Oh gosh, I would love to be booked up for months in advance! Someday… ;)caroline 2

Tell me about a dream shoot. Who would you love to shoot? Where would you want to do it?zen 23

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!caroline 8

Do you use actions in your editing workflow? Where did you get your favorite ones?zen 17

I don’t use actions. I process my photos first in Lightroom and use presets that I have created.zen 13

Do you share your camera with anyone? Who else in your world likes to shoot like you do?zen 20

Sometimes, and only sometimes I let my husband use my camera. I have my first digital camera that I let my daughter use. My oldest is interested in photography, so I let her play around.caroline 1

Any advice you would like to share with us?zen 19

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!

caroline 10

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Farmgirl Paints said...

Her work is a-maz-ing. Love the whimsy in her style. Another home run Becky. Thanks so much for doing these. I always learn so much!!!

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

Oh wow, what unique pictures! LOVE IT.

Yes, there are tons of photographers out there…but your view of the world is completely unique.

Thank you. I needed to hear that!

Buckeroomama said...

I love her work... beautiful! I love the fun factor in her shots, the whimsy. The photo of the two "in love" fingers is sooo cute; her selfies totally rock! =)

Thanks for introducing her to us, B! I LOVE reading your interviews. =)

Caseybumpinalong said...

Great interview. I love the colors in her photos!

I'm just the MOM said...

She is amazing! I love the picture of the "tide."
I love how her shots are so fun!

the Lola Letters said...

The goldfish
The cat
Alllll the people...?

Just amazing.
All of it!

maureen said...

Great interview. I discovered Caroline's work last year when she was doing her stranger project. It was amazing. If you haven't taken the time to look at all the shots, you should. She managed to capture the essence, something personal in each stranger. That is not an easy thing to do with people you know, much less with strangers.
I find her work to be very inspiring every time I visit her blog.

Caroline said...

Oh my goodness!!! Thank you Becky for having me here today...I am honored! And thank you everyone for your kind comments. *blushes*



Cinner said...

I have been following Caroline for over a year. she is as lovely as her photos. take care.

septembermom said...

Caroline is one of my favorite blogging buddies! She is so talented and generous with her wisdom and photography. Her photos are so real and tactile in a way. They draw you right in. Her photos inspire and make you think. Bravo Caroline!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

What a wonderful interview! All the photos are so gorgeous and so fun to look at. Love the goldfish and the clouds and the power lines! Beautiful work!

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

Oh my goodness! What beautiful photography - and so inspiring! Such a good interview too! I'm totally adding her to my daily reads. Thanks so much for sharing.

antoinette marie said...

you weren't kidding sister! these are so engaging! so unique and interesting....and yes, romatic as all get go! so fun to look at! great idea and post!

Honey Mommy said...

Beautiful photos! I need to get better at shooting in manual mode. I use the other modes on my DSLR too much- they are my crutch.

lifebythecreek said...

Ohmygosh... where did I see the fingers pic with the doodles? And some of the others..? I love her work, just didn't know who she was. Aww Becky... you open my eyes every DAY! Caroline is awesomely amazing (that cat shot... oh my word. Perfect. And the people. And even the Uggs...!). Love her...

Terri said...

Wow! Love her pictures! They're awesome!

Wanda said...

Great interview. I've fallen in love with her last image. That rose is exquisite.

Teachinfourth said...

Some great advice and photos to boot! Thanks for sharing the work of another great artist...

Maddy said...

Going through her pictures was like walking through a summer's dream!! So warm and full of yummy goodness! I'm so intrigued by her Strangers project! I'm terrified of street photography because I'm afraid to approach people! But I've always been fascinated by it! Maybe I'll start losing some of my fear and start asking random strangers for shots! Ha! ...Ok...maybe someday :) I'm still scared!

the girl said...

Cool, just cool! Love her work! So amazing, I hope to be that good one day :)

Just Bits and Pieces said...

Oh my....her work is absolutely beautiful! And inspiring!!!! Thank you for sharing!

Tracy P. said...

Very fun! I will have to check out the strangers. I love the fish, the finger people, the colored pencils, and the cat. And I am so not a cat person. But the bokeh and composition were sort of irresistible. ;-)

Rachel said...

She is so fun! What great advice.

And gosh what a beautiful cat, haha! :)

Sarah said...

wow, Becky another great find! and she's local for me, gonna check out more of her great work!

Alyson and Ford said...

Ditto! Wow! Amazing photos!

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Sharon said...

Very unique indeed! I'm excited to go check out her photo blog.

Natalie said...

Wow, these pictures are amazing!!! I would love to visit California. I always have. So Beautiful.

Thanks so much for commenting on my blog. I'm glad I could find yours. :) Can't wait to see more from you! ~Natalie

About said...

Oh wow...what an honor that Caroline mention me...gosh...I´m blussing.... Caroline is an amazing photographer herself and such a beautiful person with a loving personality. I really enjoyed reading this interview with her. I envy her that she is living in sunny California...sigh..I live in Denmark and we still got a lot of snow...sigh..

Thank you for letting me know about this.

Have a beautiful day.



TechnoBabe said...

This is one of the best interviews yet. The variety of photos and her style is wonderful. I checked out her blog and some other interviews. You know how to pick some amazing photographers to interview.

urban muser said...

another great interview. i love her stranger project. that is SO much harder than sneaking it, like i do :)

April said...

Wow...she totally blew my right out of the water! That goldfish shot is one of my favorites, but they're all spectacular! Makes me realize I have so much yet to learn!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Her captures are just captivating; dreamy!
Great interview Becky!

Fresh Mommy said...

Her photos and words are beautiful! :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love that she make simple everyday things beautiful. Love the Tide photo.

Charlotte said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE her work so much! I'm also partial to the Tide photo; I think it's the colors.

These are beautiful pictures. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Becca said...

Her work is so so great! :-) I love these interviews and discovering all these great photographers and wonderful people! Thanks for sharing!

Dot O said...

I am hard pressed to point out a favorite photo in this!! They are all so innovative and fun and interesting and just draw the eye to them.

I wish I lived on the West Coast too - I'd look her up and ask if I could follow her around and practice shooting manual with her.

Wonderful interview! Wonderful photographs!

Crown of Beauty said...

I absolutely enjoyed my time here today Becky. Loved the photos and the words... I learned a lot too.


Your blog is really special.


Tifani said...

What a great interview featuring spectacular work. I feel like I just took a masterclass in photographic art!

jennykate77 said...

You just always find the most amazing, inspiring photographers to feature. I don't know how you do it. Her photography is gorgeous. I love the colors and her style. Great interview!

Eva said...

I LOVED this interview. I have been following her blog for a while and love the way she expresses herself. I found that it always left me wondering about her and who she is, where she lives. now I know a little more. So interesting.

Steve Gravano said...

Caroline has uncommon beauty, her work is outstanding.

Carolynn said...

What Steve said. *smile*

I think you know I'm one of your biggest fans, Caroline, and if I lived closer I would totally let you 'shoot' me on a regular basis. *grin*

I was surprised to read that you didn't use actions. *sigh* There you go, setting the bar higher again.

Love you,

momphotographer said...

thank you for sharing her work with us... she is amazing... as well as you are amazing! I love your photography! and from now on I love Caroline's, too :-)

marc said...

Great interview! I love the muted, soft palette in many of the photos.

Mrs4444 said...

Wow. She's really a standout! I love her creativity!! Wonderful.

My Secret Rooms said...

Wonderful photos indeed! Thanks for showing them.
Love you warm blog. Wish you à great day!

boros1124 said...

I always wanted to make photos like the pros. Eventually planned to spend a few months ago myself. I bought a book. About digital photography. I'm afraid the little things, because a digital camera images do not be so nice.

boros1124 said...

Seperti kucing ninja. Aku tidak tahu mengapa, tapi bagi saya itu adalah sedikit seperti jalur komik Calvin dan Hobbes.

American Mum said...

I love those self-portraits!

The Absence of Alternatives said...

Wow. I am not a pastel person but I am soaking up all this glorious color. Just... wow.

natalie said...

Fantastic interview! Her photography is simply gorgeous! I love the humanness you convey in your interviews:). Fantastic!