Thursday, March 29, 2012

Blogger Interview with Chelsey Andrews of the Paper Mama

Do you know Chelsey of the Paper Mama?
She is a blogging legend in the Mommy blogger circles.
She is young and fun and always running exciting picture contests on her blog.
Hope you enjoy this interview.

What is your favorite thing to take pictures of?
Well.... I love taking photos of my daughter. BUT, she just moves so darn fast and doesn't really like her photos taken anymore. SO, my favorite thing to take photos of are the little details in things. I love to pull out my 50mm lens and get in close and focus on one little detail of something so busy.

How did you come up with your daughter's name? 
Hee, her name was actually inspired by the show, Gilmore Girls. My daughter's name is Laureli.... but, we call her Ruari (pronounced Rory). 

Where do you live and have you always lived there?

I live in Oregon. I was born and raised here. When I turned 20 I moved up to Seattle to be closer to my boyfriend (now husband). I lived up in Seattle for 4 years. I LOVED it there.... but, when it came down to deciding to buy a home... there was absolutely no way we could afford a home in Seattle. So, we moved down to Oregon. 


Tell us about your tattoos.
I'm currently up to 4 tattoos. My first ever tattoo is a butterfly on my hip. I was 18, so yeah. Ha! I don't like it. It was done very poorly.... and, why do I need a tribal butterfly on my hip? Oh well. It's hidden. Next up came the flower on my foot. Another spur of the moment thing... but, I actually love this tattoo. It's just a simple little flower. 
Onto the good stuff. The tattoos I actually took time/care/thought on. I have cherry blossoms on my shoulder with a bee and the same theme on my forearm. I absolutely love cherry blossoms. And, I am happy to have them on my skin. I have 3 bees that represent myself, husband, and daughter. They're done in the grey ink and are very light and feminine. I love them. 

What do you love about taking pictures?

I don't know. I guess I just love capturing moments in my life. I have such a terrible memory.... it's a perfect way to remember a good day. I also love that my daughter will have quite the collection of images (i mean.... we're talking thousands and she's only 2) of her growing up. 

Do people around you get tired of always being photographed?

Well, my husband just thinks he looks bad in photos. That's so silly! He's a handsome man. I think Ruari just gets tired of me taking photos of her every day. Plus, she's a toddler. 


Tell us about your lenses.

I've recently upgraded (yes! yay! woo too!) from a Canon Rebel XSi to my new baby a Canon Rebel 60D. It's been so wonderful. This small upgrade seriously makes all the difference. My poor husband laughed when I was talking about my next upgrade in a couple years.... when I just got my camera a month ago. 

My sweet lenses. I bought a kit with my newest camera. I've really wanted a good zoom lens to capture the crazy kiddo. Now I have one! My Canon came with an 18 - 135 mm. It's pretty massive... but, so nice to have! And, on to my favorite lens: my 50 mm 1.4. That is mostly the lens I always keep on my camera. It's my best friend. 


What was your major in college?
I went to college for interior design. I finished up in 2007.... couldn't find a job.... got married.... had a kid.... and, now here I am. But, I'm not sad about never becoming an interior designer. I use the knowledge and tools I gathered from school in my blogging world now. I fit in school...but, I think I'm so much happier doing what I'm doing now: a blogger and illustrator. 


If you didn't need to earn an income any longer and could do anything you wanted each and every day, what would you like to do?

What's really silly or great is I'm already doing what I love! I'm in love with this blogging world. It's reintroduced me to my love for photography, drawing, and I'm meeting new and amazing people all over the world through this online world! It's amazing. 

Is there a hobby you always wanted to try but never seem to have the time or money for?

If I really didn't have to worry about money.... I'd be able to afford some preschool for my girl and I'd have a little more time to craft and do every single DIY I dream about!

What is your favorite perfume to wear?

None. Perfumes sort of give me headaches. Although, I can handle fruit scented candles and sprays. My favorite smell is apple pie.  

It seems like you were an overnight sensation in blog land. Tell us about your blogging journey.

Oh, Ha! Well, it started on April 1st, 2010. I was desperately in need of finding other mama's that had newborns and to know I wasn't alone with my postpartum depression. From there I discovered photo challenges.... followed shortly by finding Ashley Sisk (she's the best) and, I was hooked. I rediscovered my love for photography and was participating in every photo challenge I could find. I started taking self photos... which led to hair tutorials. And, I don't actually know what happened... people just kept coming back and new people were showing up and I kept growing. It still sort of blows my mind. 


How many pets do you have?

I have 2 cats (Princess and Pistachio) and one little Chihuahua (Angus). They are my furry kids. Princess is a weirdo and does really odd things but, is really sweet. Pistachio is sort of a punk and likes to pick on the others.... but, he loves to cuddle. And, Angus is the baby. He's smaller than the cats and just wants to sleep allllll the time. Mostly in my lap. 

What time do you usually get up in the morning? I seriously laughed my head off at your linger picture in your Sunday post. FUNNY!

I wake up at 6 am Monday - Friday.... only because that's when the kid wakes up. Too early if you ask me. Luckily, on the weekends, my husband likes waking up early and he let's me sleep in. That's when I recharge.


When you have to pick your photo challenge winners is it hard? Do you feel like you are going crazy?
I've been hosting my photo challenge for 2 years this May and it's hard each and every weekend to pick winners! Seriously.

What is your favorite thing about Etsy?

I like that it's very easy to use for a handmade business. I have been selling on Etsy since 2008. It's such a great thing! I never would have thought I could make money creating and doing what I truly love. 


What is your favorite thing about facebook?

I like that I can connect with people that I either lost contact with.... or, that I've met through blogging. But, I'm mostly on Instagram and Twitter. Those are my favorite social medias.



Do you consider blogging work? I know you have said in the past that you blog about 50 hours a week. Do you earn income from your blog?
Yes, my blog and shop are now work. Work I LOVE to do. I am making some money, not a ton. Just enough to pay a couple small bills. Which is a wonderful thing. It's nice to have a little extra money when you have little emergencies. But, this month has been very slow for my custom illustrations. I didn't realize how much I was relying on that income until this month. Which reminds me: anyone need a custom illustration? Hee!


How did you start earning income on your blog?

I really started earning money through custom illustrations first. Plus I'm a member of the Clever Girls Collective. That can bring in a bit of money. I'd really recommend them if you're interested in earning some money through blogging. 

Do you have anything else you want to share?

I get quite a few emails from people asking how to start blogging. I know it can seem intimidating... but, it's really not. You just need to do it! If you want to blog: blog. And, if you want to earn money from your blog: that will take time. You need a readership first and content. So, it all comes back to just blog. That's what I recommend. 

You can find Chelsey at the links below:

the Paper Mama on Facebook 
the Paper Mama Etsy Shop

Thank you for taking the time to share Chelsey.
It was fascinating to see the world through your eyes today.


Rachel @ A Cupcake for Moose said...

Another great interview! I love learning about other photographers/bloggers/artists through your interviews, Becky! said...

I love Chelsea and her blog but learned a few new things about her in this interview! said...

I was pretty sure she spelled her name with a "Y "but then I questioned myself after reading your interview and wrote the "A" on the end. Just double checked and it is Y. Silly me.

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

I loved Chelsey before & now that I know her a bit better- I love her even more!!! Great interview!!!

Tracy P. said...

This was so much fun! Very down to earth you are, Chelsey. That baby pinching her belly is hysterical! On my way over to check out your blog.

Chelsey - The Paper Mama said...

Thank you so much for the interview! I had a ton of fun. Thank you!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Great interview Becky...she is a talented girl both on paper and through the lens! Her lil girl is too cute!

gossphotography said...

oh loved reading this and looking at all these beautiful images ! amazing work !

homeschoolceo said...

What a fun and fantastic post! I enjoyed each and every bit of it. Gorgeous pics!!! Lots of inspiration. Thanks for sharing this :)

Manisha said...

It's always to so inspiring reading about these women that planted seeds of interest and grew wonderful gardens!

Raymonde said...

Great interview, thanks to you Becky for the time you take doing those and putting them together. Thanks to Chelsey, The Paper Mama for taking time to answer and share photos.

:) x

Brooke said...

Another GREAT interview!


Simone said...

Loved this interview from one Oregonian to another! Her pictures are so beautiful! She is so talented.

My Photographic Eye by Irela said...

Been following her for a while now. Love her blog. Great interview!!!! Nicely done Becky xoxox

Maddy said...

I've seen her name around Blogland and I'm so glad I got to know her better through this interview. I love how she captures real life and all its beautiful messiness :) I'm also loving her illustrations. If I'm ever in need for a custom pieces, I know exactly where to go!

Caroline said...

Omg! Love love love! Thanks for sharing!

THE mom said...

I've been following Chelsea as long as she's been online! I love seeing her little girl! I love the gilmore girls too and wanted to name my little girl (if I had one) Rory. LOL

Shey said...

oh baby fat I love it!! =D The baby pictures are precious!

Amber A said...

Okay, this is my first time to your blog and I was met with this awesome post! I just found myself lost for awhile, reading and reading and soaking in the beauty of the images. LOVED this interview!

Ashley Sisk said...

So glad I took the time to stalk this interview down. I love Chelsey and love her even more that she gave me a shout out.