Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Interview with Heidi from Me As A Mother



My friend Heidi is the wife to her hot hunk of a man and mother to 3 adorable girls with magic hair. She also has an undetermined but rather large number of dogs yet doesn't come across as a "dog person" whatsoever.

I love Heidi for her quick wit, her amazing photographs, and the fact that she'll back me up if I'm in a disagreement with my husband, (or anybody else for that matter).

Heidi blogs at Me As A Mother and I guarantee if you head on over there and say hi you will not regret it.

I sat down with Heidi recently and interviewed her for this feature. And by "sat down" I mean I emailed her some questions to which she replied and emailed me back. Enjoy!





How did you get started with photography?

My parents bought me my first camera when I was about 8. It was this awesome Kodak Instamatic. I took a lot of pictures of my friends playing and of my sister practicing her clarinet. I really loved it, but when you're 8 it's not like you can bank roll this kind of hobby on your own and I had busy parents, who despite my completely rational requests, wouldn't drop what they were doing to run to the one-hour photo place on a daily basis. So I picked it back up again seriously in high school and majored in fine arts photography in college.

 


What kind of camera(s) do you use?

I have had my Nikon D200 for 5 years and use it every day. I also have a little Canon PowerShot SD 400 that I bought six years ago when my oldest daughter was born and I use it a lot.

What's your dream camera?

Ooooh, this one, this one: Nikon D3s. I would seriously give this camera its own pillow so it could sleep between my husband and me and I would carry it everywhere in its own Baby Bjorn situation.

Do you have any desire to go "pro"?

I have thought about it, and still think about it every once in a while, but ultimately I am worried that turning my passion into a business would kill the joy for me. Sometimes all I have keeping me sane at the end of the day (did I mention that I have three daughters?) is my photography; I do it because I love it more than anything else, and staying up until 2 in morning editing shots because I HAVE to kind of makes me feel claustrophobic.


What's your favorite subject matter?

I love photographing people. Candid portraits are my favorite; capturing moments that seem so ordinary. I could photograph my daughters all day every day and never get tired of it because when I see those pictures I see the best part of being alive.



What's your favorite photo you've ever taken?

This is such a good question! And a tough one. But I have to go with the image that immediately popped into my head when I read it. It's this picture of Anabelle when she was 2. I love everything about it.


Do you have a favorite daughter?

Hahahahaha! Yes.

Do you have any pet peeves?

I HATE it when people don't think to orient their camera vertically to shoot a portrait. It drives me bananas. Also, when my husband leaves the fingernail clippers in random spots and I can't find them. That makes me want to punch walls.

Can you leave us with one photography tip?

Know your equipment, whether it's a top-of-the-line DSLR, a point and shoot or your phone. That way you will never miss a moment because you are fumbling around with dials and buttons. Shoot everyday.



15 comments:

  1. Je découvre ton blog.
    Excellent!

    Je t'envoie un bonjour amical depuis la France

    Roger

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  2. Hahaha, I love the image of your {dream} D3s in its own little Baby Bjorn!

    Great interview!

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  3. the credit for the "favorite daughter" question goes to me. just sayin'.

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  4. This was awesome girls! Never a dull moment, with Heide. She should seriously get an award just for her post headings alone!

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  5. Great interview - I know exactly what you mean about going pro killing the joy. It's why I tend to avoid it.

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  6. love this! Her images are stunning, diverse, beautiful slices of life.

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  7. Thank you all so much for visiting and commenting! And isn't my friend Rachel awesome?

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  8. Rachel and Heidi, I loved the interview! Rachel, your wit takes it to a whole new level, a delightful one, and Heid, you're just da bomb! Love your answers and that photo of Anabelle is just breathtaking! I had never seen it before and I love everything about it! Can the furry friends look any more adorable! Again, I have to say, I want a tulle skirt! Seriously, do you think I could pull one off? No, really? :)

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  9. Do you have a favorite daughter???!!! HA HA HA HA HA! So hilarious! Awesome interview!

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  10. Great interview and wonderful pictures. Heidi puts the fab in fabulosity.

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  11. Very nice interview. Love the photos! :)

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  12. Nice interview. I enjoyed it.

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  13. That camera deserves a to sleep in bed with you... and a middle name.

    Still love that dress.

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