i had so much fun receiving your questions! i love to think and formulate answers, so i've been thinking about each and every one of your fabulous questions for the last couple of weeks. i've had a great time with it!
here we go...
How did you get into photography, what inspired you and how did you learn?
My parents gave me my first Polaroid camera when I was three. We were having our annual vacation in Camden, Maine. I remember my mother shoving the camera in my hands, proclaiming that they had no pictures of the two of them in any albums. She now tells me she always knew I'd get a good shot, even back then. I never cut off anyone's heads and always had it level!
I was incredibly inspired by my mother's vintage Life magazines. I fell in love with the work of Lewis Hine and Dorothea Lange. They inspired me to capture emotion in a photograph.
I took a B&W film course in high school. They offered the first one my senior year, and you had to be top of the class to get in because there were so many people interested. I think there were twelve of us total. I loved it. Had my camera on me at all times. Never stopped after that.
I would love to hear more about how you make your living--is it mostly the photography work, or do you do other work as well?
I make my living through photography. I feel incredibly fortunate to be doing something I love everyday. The actual shooting time is so minimal compared to editing, client convos and organizing, bookkeeping, and social media. It's a constant, daily job requiring so many hours a day. But the most important part is the energy and intention I have to put into it. Even when I am trying to take a day "off" (which rarely happens!), I notice a shift in the energy. So it's a lot of emotional, mental, and physical work on my end that I do all on my own.
A day doesn't go by where I'm not thankful for what I do. I NEVER take it for granted. I was able to buy my home because of what I do and the energy and work I have put into my business. It's a tremendous feeling!
I also help Mark paint houses in the summer (we trade labor! he's now one of my second shooters!), model for artists and photographers, and teach my online courses!
Being self-employed is scary at times...especially here in Maine when the winter is long and slow. It requires tons of effort and you really can never put your work aside. It must be in the forefront always.
I would love to hear your philosophies about relationship, couple's communication, how to still believe in marriage after divorce. . . anything along those lines.
It's a small town. We hung out in the same social circle. Everyone knows everyone else here. I always admired his artistic talents and really connected with his eye for beauty. But I never would have believed I would share a love with him. It's been really interesting having a blossoming romance with someone you kinda "knew." I feel like we have an advantage of sorts. We got to see each other as we were as people, before we were mates. It gives you an entirely different prospective!
What's your favorite food?
This is a hard one! I LOVE food! Does butter count? Or bacon? Or mayonnaise?! Those are my favorites and three things I couldn't live without!
What does your exercise routine look like? It sounds like you run a lot?
Yes, I run. I wouldn't say a lot, but many would say it's frequent HIGH-INTENSITY running! I run 5-6 days a week. My longest run is 7 miles, shortest is 3.4. I do speed work, weight lifting, and am now looking into Crossfit (thanks to a blog reader!). I build muscle very quickly and I really enjoy working out. I feel like it evens out my whole day. It makes me confident, strong, and happy! Recently the little one and Mark both started running with me. They go at their own pace, but it's nice to get out together!
What lenses did you buy with your canon?
Are you all eating Paleo or just gluten free? Can you share some of your recipes?
What are your style sources for clothes and decorating? Which blogs, magazines, etc. do you turn to for your ideas, or does it just come naturally.
Those are a few of my recent favorites. I don't have the time to visit many websites a day, so I keep my inspirational list minimal. For magazines we receive TONS of fashion and art publications. Mark really loves mail! So we get everything from Vogue and Vanity Fair (my fav) to The Sun and Bomb Magazine.
For my own style, I pretty much develop it myself. It obviously must come from somewhere, but I have VERY particular tastes. I have to find something I really love to buy it, and it could mean it's a $5 shirt at a thrift shop or a $100 shirt at some boutique. I don't buy much and when I do buy something, it's something I REALLY want or would walk away completely mad at myself for not buying.
I tend to have a hippie-tom-boy-with-an-edge style. I am super petite which sometimes makes buying clothes hard. It's hard to find pants small enough. I think the most elegant outfit can be jeans and the perfect tee, paired with jewelry and some kick ass boots. I love roaming about the house in an oversized cashmere sweater and nothing else. When I go out, you can either find me in rolled up skinny jeans and a plaid button down and leather jacket, or a completely gorgeous slim fitting black dress. I like variety. I like the chance to dress up. And I adore how clothes can transform a person.
How do you guys manage to make creativity such an important part of your lives? By the time my kids are in bed, I am too pooped to even think straight!
Ha! Well, Mark and I are complete night owls. I've been battling an awful flu/cold bug for the last two weeks, so I am now understanding what it's like to collapse into bed around 10 p.m.! Otherwise, we put the little one to bed and stay up until midnight working in the studio. We have a lot of energy and are highly motivated creatively, so we typically get really pumped up to work at night. On the weekends, we are all either in the studio making something or outside painting, or going to galleries, or a combination of them all!
This has been so much fun! Thank you for the wonderful questions!! Happy Thursday! xoxo