Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Photographer Interview: Shawna Percival {StyleberryBlog}

I just met this girl.

Oh, not this girl : )

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This girl’s Mama!

I totally feel like I was missing out.

Shawna is so Cool.

(Yep- With a capital C.)styleberry 9Photo Credit here.

You are going to dig her blog.

There is photography, art, style, baby goodness, gourmet food…and best of all, oodles of fun!


Were you surprised at how much you enjoyed shooting when you started doing it regularly? style 1Tell us your shooting story. styleberry 4

Picking up a camera was something I did on a whim! I was working as a drug rep & had experienced some success that got me a bunch of company "points" which I cashed in to snag my first camera (Canon Rebel xTi). shawna 1 I took it with me on a company reward trip that I earned that sent me Germany & that is where I fell in love--mostly shooting flowers. On the streets of Berlin & the mountains of Bavaria. shawna 2 My heart was very happy in those breathtaking places click-click-clicking away! :) style 8The rest is a long story, but the day I started shooting newborns, I knew I found the place I was meant to be. styleberry 3

You are all about style, so tell me about your ultimate outfit for a work meeting. Don't leave any details out!

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Hmm...what kind of work am I doing?! In my corporate days, my favorite outfits were my winter clothes--FAVE being my French Connection brown fitted giant cowl neck winter coat, with a tweed skirt & well worn Via Spiga sleek knee high boots.  If I am shooting clients, it is something comfy & I always wear white to increase the reflecting light. & since I now live somewhere HOT...I tend to be a flip flop gal--rainbows are my flop of choice!

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Now tell us about your favorite 'Run-all-over-town-with-baby-in-tow' Mommy outfit.

styleberry 5 I wore True Religion Bootcut Jeans tucked into my Steven Intyce cognac colored boots with a short sleeved polka dot shirt that I found at Marshalls years ago. I carried my Cake Cosmopolitan Carryall. & of course, wore my giant Grapevine prescription Oakleys on my head! :)

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Do you love dressing the baby up? What is your favorite outfit of hers so far?

I do love dressing her up. My husband often jokes that I dress her just like I would dress myself! HA! This is my favorite outfit of hers so far. I have a zillion more, but I just love this. There is nothing cuter than baby skinny jeans & a handmade headband!

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How often do you get pictures printed and framed for your home?

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I am pretty good about this! I don't frame everything...and actually I have a blog post coming up about the new gallery ledges (that I just built myself!) that are 11 ft long & run along a whole wall in our playroom! I just ordered 8 images, mounted, all larger that 16x16 to anchor the wall! & I will rotate, add a couple of canvases & fill in with smaller prints along the way. Images have GOT to get off the computer & be enjoyed!!! style 10The image on the right is my *in progress* reveal...still got a couple of canvases coming to fill in the blanks! & the left image is my hallway upstairs.

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You are a part of a military family, right? How many times have you had to 'start over' since you have been married? How difficult is that for you? Are you good at staying in touch with people you have to leave behind?

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We are a military family! Our military relationship started in 2000. My husband & I dated long distance while he went to USAFA & I stayed in California for college. Then we moved to Omaha, Nebraska for four years. Then to San Antonio, Texas & we'll be here for six years. I don't mind moving one bit & love the joy that blank walls and a new space gives me.

Facebook--oh I LOVE facebook to stay in touch for all my collected friends!

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You made a Blurb book of your entire 2010. How many times have you gone through it? If you had to estimate how many hours it took for you to assemble your book, what would you guess?

styleberry 7Was it worth it?

I did! My daughter & I look at "dadeeee" & "babeeee" every day! I used the book + a groupon deadline to force me to organize my computer & deleted over 8,000 images & processed over 200 additional images in the process of making it. It took me 18 nights, 4 hours per night--but only because I was purging!

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My new system will make it a cinch now! (& big photo of me below is by nicole dina photography) shawna 2 You enjoy cooking. What is your favorite meal to make?

Hmmm...Thanksgiving dinner!!!  But nightly...we LOVE Mexican food! (like these yummy Carne Asada Tacos you can find over on my blog!)

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What has been your favorite shoot so far?

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That is TOUGH! I prefer shooting my daughter. So my favorite shoot of her so far was probably the one at Halloween. She started to walk ON Halloween, so I have such fond memories of her stumbling all over in her little kitty cat costume & mousie shoes!

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If you could shoot any person in the world, who would you like to shoot? Where would you like to shoot them?

I prefer babies. So right now, if I could shoot any person in the world, it would be my future child or children, since I am not certain that I will get to have any more. :) My dream is to have another. & I cannot wait to shoot a baby & my daughter as a big sister.

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Did you ever think when you were in your late teenage years, or early 20's, someday I will be writing on a blog about cloth diapers?

(Love that post : )

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HA! NO! I am pretty sure I never told my parents that one day I aspired to be a photographer or a mommy blogger or have a youtube video with over 23k hits. style 5I am certain that I always wanted to be a mother. & a wife. & an entrepreneur of some sort. I am so lucky to get to combine it all! shawna 6

Have you always been this organized?

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Is your husband like you, or does he balance out your routine?

Ahhh, yes. I have always been this organized. I was a straight A student all through school & college. I'm a wee bit crazy like when it comes to things & their place. & my husband is equally as crazy. He is a surgeon in the military. Neither of which happened by accident. We are both workers. HARD workers. & we pride ourselves greatly in working VERY hard at our jobs. We should probably have more fun. ;)

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Is there a blogger that inspired you? Is there anyone you (loosely) based your blog upon?

I started blogging five years ago, before the blogosphere blew up. & before I ever owned a fancy camera. My whole journey is in the archives.  I have always shared my projects & made styleberryBLOG a place of creativity, growth & inspiration. My blog is what I want it to be. Nothing more & nothing less. It has evolved into a lovely place for all of the things I enjoy--creating, decorating, cooking, mothering...and some photography. :)

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How did you decide on pricing for photo shoots?

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It has been a journey. I knew my end goal (newborns) & the kind of client that I wanted to work with (high end). It took time to gain confidence in my work & acquire the skills, both business & technical, to consistently create something that was unique in a world of lackluster photography. I am sure this is something that will continue to be dynamic, but for now, I am very comfortable with my pricing & niche market.

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What is something you are looking forward to about the Spring?

The bluebonnets here in Texas!! I love bluebonnet hunting & am so excited to get my girl out in a field of them! We need to go shopping for the perfect outfit!

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The reason I love photography so much is because it helps me tell stories. Thank you for asking me to share mine over here on your blog! :)


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(go here to learn how to make yummy homeade ice cream! All pictures that appear to be polaroids in this post were taken with Shawna’s cell phone.)

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shawna [of styleberryBLOG] said...

thank you, thank you, thank you for featuring me. ::blush:: really appreciate it! :) *s

Caroline said...

Oh my goodness! Fabulous photos and interview...I love the cell phone shots! And the photo of the baby in the bowl...DIVINE!

Sarah Halstead said...

WOW!! Gorgeous photos. Great interview. I love reading these!

Heidi said...

Such a great interview Beckie, and the phots are amazing!

Susan said...

Wow! What a great interview and AMAZING photos! I love all of the adorable babies!

Elaine A. said...

Love your style, Shawna and your photos are just wonderful!

I had to look twice to see that infant in the bowl in that one shot and I think that is so cool! :)

And I feel a certain kinship since you currently live in San Antonio and I have family there and grew up in Austin, TX.

Lastly, please share where you got your baby girls crocheted hair flower/headbands. I need one for my little girl!!

Now I have to go check out your blog...

Gretchen Johnson said...

I love this girl!! I want to go follow her blog and on Facebook right now. She has got to be the coolest chic around!! Her photo's are breathtaking and what a talent she has with children. Best interview to date Becky!! Shawna..I can't wait to see what you post next!!

the Lola Letters said...

Oh my goodness! So many of these images are VERY styled and I love it!

What a talent.

I will have to start following her blog!

Buckeroomama said...

I love all the newborn shots, especially the one in the bowl! LOVE her style. =)

Eboix said...

so great! Love the photos, and yay for Texas! I make a similar ice cream and its DELISH!

Casey Freeland said...

I'm not much on the style and dress side of things, but those newborn pictures are incredible. When those simple, sleeping babies can make a dude get teary, you know you're doing something spectacular. Much success!



Sarah said...

Another great interview! Becky, seriously, you have to stop introducing me to new photographers and blogs -- I need more hours in my day!!

Kayce said...

Fabulous! Great inspiration and learned a few great things! Thanks for sharing with us all!! Off to enjoy Shawna's blog and become a fan on FB!

Skeller said...

oh my. from a whim and cashing in company points to all kinds of wonderfully lovely imagery ... thank you, Becky, for yet another inspiring interview ... :-)

Wanda said...

Love her style and get-it-done attitude. (And she is one organized gal.)

Another home run Becky. Great job!!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

What a fantastic and fun interview Becky! Thank you so much for introducing us to Shawna. The photos are amazing and her story is wonderful! I love the shots of the babies in baskets and bowls... so, so precious! And what a great way to end the interview... with some homemade ice cream! :)

She Writes said...

Time after time you blow me away with the talent you bring here. Just LOVELY!

Nicole said...

You totally rocked this interview!!!! Love Shawna and this was just perfect!!!!

Jennifer Chaney said...

Oh yay! Shawna, you are so darn cute! Love the interview!

Jennifer Bowen said...

Love the gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing another great interview with us, Rebeckah. =)

Lloyed Valenzuela said...

I love the photos and of course the interview was great!!!

Thanks for Sharing!!!

Sharon said...

Well I'm on my way to go check out a fabulous blog! Thanks!

Maddy said...

ANother fabulous interview!I love the use of sunflare in some of her shots and I absolutely love her packaging of the flash drive versus the CD's....very clever!!

Formerly known as Frau said...

becky another wonderful interview and introduction to a great blog. Love her pictures and story!

Stacy of KSW said...

What a wonderful thing to wake up too! Two of my favorites bloggyland ladies in one delicious post - i love it!! Shawna is beyond fabulous and local too. I hope to bump in to her around town one day :)

Susan said...

Oh what a GREAT interview! Once again you served up a yummy post for us all to enjoy.

Thanks so much, sure do appreciate you♥

Brooke said...

she sounds like superwoman! :) love the photos she's got lined up the stairs. gorgeous!

Farmgirl Paints said...

love that pic with the wedding rings around the baby's toe. so creative. off to check her out now.

Sarah King said...

Mmmmm, she had me at carne asada tacos!!! I absolutely love this interview, thank you!!

Puna said...

Thank you for this great interview! Since we too were military, I definitely have a soft spot for those that serve. Beautiful shots and it give me great inspiration! Going to check out her blog now.

Karen Deborah said...

This is another great interview! You are going to be the Diane Sawyer of bloggie photographers! I like how you get the personality portrayed as well as the photos. This is a fun one. I thought the wedding rings on the baby toes was really cute. THAT is an original idea!

Marlene said...

I just love all your interviews, Becky. They make me smile.

I hope you are doing well...I have missed hang'n with you!!

blue elephant photography said...

This was so much fun getting to know Shawna and a pleasure to read! All the pictures are so precious!

Mighty M said...

What a wonderful gal! And her photo's are beautiful. I really enjoyed this interview. Now I am off to check out her blog!! :)

Kelly said...

All those babies in baskets and bowls -- swoon!

April said...

Wow...what a talent she is! I really loved this interview, did an awesome job of helping us get to know her a little better. I'm off to visit her blog!

Becca said...

What BEAUTIFUL pictures! :-) and her daughter is just adorable!

Artemis Clover: The real L.A. love story. said...

becky, your interviews are always so inspiring.
i love finding people who take the everyday and make is something stylish, precious, and special.
shawna, the best takeaway is make prints and photo albums! in this digital age, we all have tons of pics on our computers but forget that we still need a solid photo album to enjoy on the coffee table.

photowannabe said...

Terrific interview and her style if fantastic.
What a gorgeous daughter. The shot of her in the bluebells is a real prize winner.

septembermom said...

Gorgeous photos. Amazing talent. I loved the interview. I can tell that she's very approachable and excited about her work.

Busy Bee Suz said...

What a sweet interview....she has wonderful talent!!!

jennykate77 said...

Wow! I love her. I'm definitely going to go follow her blog. Her photography is GORGEOUS. I love the colors and style. Her little girl is precious.

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

great interview, Becky! I'm a new follower of her style and the color in her photos, but I am super jealous of her packaging....i adore it!

Laura D said...

I so enjoy reading these interviews. I love her style and the colors in her photography. I so adore the pictures of her little girl in the apple orchard and all the great colors with some of the newborn shots. I love hearing about how other photographers handle their personal pictures - always a debate for albums or photo books?

Tisha said...

love the interview posts, they introduce me to someone i might not otherwise know about. :) Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I just loved this woman! What a great story and I am inspired by her belief in herself and her product!

Catherine said...

Love love the interview! And I adore her style!!

I'm just the MOM said...

Oh yes the blue bonnets!!! I love her newborn pics!!!

marie-pierre said...

Always a pleasure to read others photographers life. I like her style and the babies in the basket, so cute, good work

Tracy P. said...

Could that little baby and the blue flowers really be ANY cuter? Oh my word. Just beautiful!

These Three Kings said...

OMG..loove her photos and her boots are the BOMB!! LOL!
Great interview once again girl!
you rock!

Shuva Rahim said...

What a great interview, and a great story! Thanks so much for sharing. What a treat to read this!

Rachel @ A Cupcake for Moose said...

I adore this interview with Shawna! Thanks so much for posting it..I now have yet another blog to fall in love with. And, don't even get me started on how gorgeous those photos are...I want to squeeze each and every one of those precious babies. :)

Raymonde said...

One word: Amazing! Those new born shots are incredibly delicious.

Thanks Becky. xxx

GayleV said...

So glad you and Shawna share this. Pretty images and a pretty girl!