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.


  1. Je découvre ton blog.

    Je t'envoie un bonjour amical depuis la France


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

    Great interview!

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

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

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

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

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

  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? :)

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

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

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

  12. Nice interview. I enjoyed it.

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

    Still love that dress.


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