Guest Highlight: December 2017: Wonderland

December is always a time of awe for me and Kathy of KG Ledbetter Photography chose the theme {Wonderland}  What a perfect fit.

Facebook was again very quiet this month, and we do hope to see a lot of images in the current theme.  Instagram, however, was over the top.  We had a explosion of images.  So this month we are going to highlight more Instagram images.

The image that Kathy chose was submitted by Bethany Grace Photos and Kathy shared her thoughts on why she chose this photo:

This image truly captures the chosen theme, Wonderland. The wonder, awe, and magic of the holidays is something I always loved when growing up and now get to experience with my kids! I love her expression of excitement and joy looking at the carefully held bell. The bokeh in the background is beautiful. Absolutely love it!

Congratulations, your image will be featured as the banner to the facebook page as well as the webpage.

@bethanygracephotos

Click on the image to go to @bethaygracephotos.

Photo’s from our Facebook page that we have chosen to highlight are below and in no particular order. Click on the images to link to the photographers Facebook page.  Go and like them, show them some love, you will enjoy seeing their images in your feed. Congratulations to you all.

Candice Danford

Candice Danford

Burgess Photography

Burgess Photography

The Gaggle Photography by Jessica Nelson

The Gaggle Photography by Jessica Nelson

 

Photos from our Instagram page that we have chosen to highlight are below and in no particular order. Click on the images to link to the photographers Facebook page.  Go and like them, show them some love, you will enjoy seeing their images in your feed. Congratulations to you all.

@ashley_mcbroom_photography

@ashley_mcbroom_photography

@jenbartelkids

@jenbartelkids

@vickychinphotography

@vickychinphotography

@mel_valiante

@mel_valiante

@wiredtothemoon_

@wiredtothemoon_

 

@gabriell.rojas.ray
emmacollins_photography

@emmacollins_pbotography

We have changed up the theme to {Winter Light} for the month of December, so check out what our blog contributors shared on this theme.

LynneGrant

Lynne Grant Photography

Katherine Cobert

Cobert Photography

ARM Loxahatchee National Park: December 21, 2017: 7989

Sharleen Stuart Photography

Kim Sidwell

Kim Sidwell Photography

WillsonE-WinterLight

It’s Still Life Photography by Elizabeth Wilson

kgledbetter

KG Ledbetter Photography

Ceri Herd

Ceri Herd Photography

Take some time to share your {Winter Light} images with us on our Facebook page and our Instagram page.  Don’t forget to tag the Instagram posts with  #sharesix_winterlight.  Each month we feature one artist on our Facebook and Webpage banner.  We will also do an interview with the featured artist so share your images to be a part of this opportunity.

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January 2018: Winter Light

Oh boy, with the temperatures as they are today, Winter Light, is the perfect topic for us this month.  Lynne of Lynne Grant Photography  chose this theme, and given that she lives in Scotland, and having visited Scotland myself, I know that she must see some amazing Winter Light each day.   Brr is all I can say, along with I cannot wait to read the blogs.

To view the blogs click on the images to go the the artists page or click on the first image and follow the links in the blogs.

Katherine Cobert

Cobert Photography

ARM Loxahatchee National Park: December 21, 2017: 7989

Sharleen Stuart Photography

Roots-and-Twigs-Photography-Fort-Collins-Colorado-Photographer

Roots and Twigs Photography

Ceri Herd

Ceri Herd Photography

Kim Sidwell

Kim Sidwell Photography

LynneGrant

Lynne Grant Photography

WillsonE-WinterLight

It’s Still Life Photography by Elizabeth Wilson

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KG Ledbetter Photography

For the rest of the month of January and up until February 5th the theme is Winter Light

We look forward to seeing your images on our Facebook page and our Instagram Page.  Don’t forget to tag the Instagram posts with #sharesix_winterlight.  Each month we feature one artist on our Facebook and Webpage banner.  We will also do an interview with the featured artist, so share your images to be a part of this opportunity.

Look out for the new theme on February 6.

Guest Interview: @jennbartelkids

Instagram has been very active this past couple of months and we are so excited to see that happening.  Jenn Bartell was chosen as the highlighted guest feature this month and so we took some time to connect with Jenn and learn a bit more about her.

Tell us a bit about yourself?  and  Are you a hobbyist or a pro? 

I’ve always known I wanted to be a photographer since before high school. I went to a high school out of my district because it had a photography program, then went on and graduated from Brooks institute of Photography in 2005. Every job I had in between or during school was with photography or kids or the two mixed together. (I worked in the mall as a photographer at the “Picture People”for a while)  Now I have my own business as a wedding and family photographer. And have been doing that for 12 years.

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I love this picture because it really shows how alike these two are. Goofy and wild. 🙂 

Tell us a bit about your photography gear.  What is the lens do you not have but you   desire to have the most?

I use a canon 5D mark III and a 6 D as my backup camera. For a very long time only had one good lens and the kit lens it came with as a backup. I would rent lenses when I needed them for certain jobs.

Now I finally have a supply of lenses that I love. I use the canon 24-70 L series 2.8 a lot! It’s my go to lens… but I also have Sigma 24 1.4, canon 50 1.4 and a canon 85 1.2 L. If I was given another lens right now, I would probably get the 50mm in a L series, or a 35 mm prime.

Hands

I loved the fall colors and wanted to stop in this spot so many times on our way home from school… so finally I just did it and they came out so pretty I thought. Just like what I was seeing. 

How did your journey to be a photographer happen?

As I mentioned above, I kinda knew what I wanted to do for a very long time. I feel so lucky because I know a lot of people are not sure what they want to do even as adults!  I told my mom I wasn’t interested in normal college and this was what I wanted to do… they supported me and helped me through college. I always knew once I had kids of my own I was going to love photographing them. And so now that I have kids my biggest joy comes from documenting their life and creating fun images of my two boys.

child head

I love this one because I was able to capture his hair in a freelanced shot with the wind blowing it, which I had set out to document this day. His hair was getting so long.

Who inspires you?

The entire community of photographers on IG inspires me everyday. I can’t believe the amount of talent. From working photographers to hobbyist. It blows my mind. It’s such a sharing  and loving community so it’s been fun to be a part of that the last year and a half. I am also inspired by the amount of learning you can do online and in person at workshops. Etc. Insta Inspire was the first “workshop” type thing I’ve ever attended  and it was amazing. I’m going back next year in April and I can’t wait!

child at window

I just captured this one a couple of weeks ago and its one of my new faves. This images shows his goofiness and his confidence all at the same time and I loved it .

What advice would you share to the aspirants in this field?

I guess just, to be true to your style and always try to keep getting better. There is always something to learn, whether on the post processing side, business side, or with photography. If you learn your tools well, then you can learn how to create the picture you see in your head.

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I love when my older son is being a kind and protective big brother. I chose this image because it shows him in this role and that’s something I never want to forget. 

One thing that you have learnt as a photographer over the years?

I learned a lot of new techniques for editing at Insta Inspire. I’m kinda old school and learned on film, so much of the digital technology wasn’t out  or very popular yet when I was in college. So to now keep up with the newest editing is something I need to do. It has changed the way I edit everything I shoot this year!

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 I must have waited for him to pop up and look at me for this shot for about 6 or 7 min. haha. I love the light here and I played with my edit to be a little darker than I normally would. So this one is sort of a labor of love shot. 🙂 

Thank you Jenn for sharing your beautiful work with us.  You can view Jenn’s instagram page by clicking here.

We have about 10 more days for you to submit your {Wonderland} images for a chance to be featured as the banner on the Facebook page and web page, as well as to do an interview highlighting who you are.  We would love to see your images.

Merry Christmas 2017

We could not do Share Six without you.  You are the many blessings we celebrate this year.  Thank you for continuing to support us throughout the year.  Thank you for sharing your images to our page.

The Holidays means so many different things to people.  Whatever you are celebrating, may you be  drawn closer to your families, to enjoy the time together, less stress, and more quality.  May this time together be filled with love, laughter, joy, peace and hope.  We wish you all a very festive holiday season, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and if you are just celebrating the season, we hope that every moment is enjoyed.

Ceri Herd

Ceri Herd Photography

However you celebrate the holidays, whether you are with your family this year or away from home, may your heart be filled with all of the joys, warmth and wonder of the festive season, may your food be plentiful, and your inner child be present. Warmest wishes to you all for a happy and healthy 2018.

~ Ceri

Cobert Photography

Corbet Photography

My fondest memories of Christmas AND favorite tradition is the Christmas Eve candlelight service at church

~ Katherine

Kim Sidwell Photography

Kim Sidwell Photography

“May you be blessed

With the spirit of the season, which is peace,

The gladness of the season, which is hope,

And the heart of the season, which is love.”

~Irish Christmas Blessing

~ Kim

LynneGrant

Lynne Grant Photography

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old, familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

~ Lynne

Roots & Twigs

Roots and Twigs Photography

May we all enjoy a peaceful holiday season and beyond, full of peace and respect towards all living things and our beautiful home planet.

~ Tori

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It’s Still Life Photography by Elizabeth Wilson

 May your days be merry and bright! Merry Christmas!

 

“Truly He taught us to love one another;

His law is love and His gospel is peace.

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;

And in His name all oppression shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,

Let all within us praise His holy name.

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,

His power and glory evermore proclaim.”

“Oh Holy Night”  Lyrics by John Sullivan Dwight

~ Elizabeth

Kathy Ledbetter Photography

KG Ledbetter Photography

“May lovely, happy times decorate your holiday season. May warm, special memories brighten your new year. May the wonder of Christmas be with you forever” ~ unknown

~ Kathy

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Sharleen Stuart Photography

The best of all gifts around the Christmas tree

Is the presence of a happy family

All wrapped up in each other.

I am very grateful to have my family at home with us this Christmas.  My daughter is home from a 27 month stint with the Peace Corp in Macedonia.  Her boyfriend has come home with her for a month and we have the opportunity to get to know him.  My son and his wife will be joining us.  As we join together as a family to celebrate this Christmas Day, I think of you, and wish you and your family a very blessed Christmas.  May you know love, peace, joy, and blessings on this Christmas Day.  

~ Sharleen

 

As we close out 2017 remember that we still have our {Wonderland} theme will go on until January 5th. So come and share your beautiful images with us.

2018 is just around the corner.  We are looking forward to another year of blogging, and sharing our themes with you.  We are looking forward to seeing your beautiful images in our feed.  We are excited to see what 2018 will bring.

In 2018

Find life experiences,

and swallow them whole,

travel,

meet people,

go down some dead ends,

explore dark alleyways,

try everything, 

exhaust yourself,

in the glorious pursuit of life!

~ Lawrence K. Fish

 

Thank you for all your support this year, we wish you all a wonderful Christmas Season and a very Happy New Year,

~  Ceri,  Katherine,  Kim,  Tori,  Lynne,  Elizabeth, Kathy Sharleen    

Guest Highlight: November 2017: Harvest

November and Harvest go together.  Winter is just around the corner and it is time for farmers to bring in the crops.  Katherine of Cobert Photography chose this theme for the month of November.

Facebook was very quiet this month, but Instagram was hectic.  There were so many images to choose from.

Congratulations to @jennbartelkids, Katherine chose your image for the following reasons:

I love the perspective and the tones, and the fact that whether you are a farmer or not, like the photographer here, you can harvest whatever you want and make something beautiful from it.

Click on the image to go to @jennbartelkids page.

@jennbartellkids

@jennbartelkids

 

Photo’s from our Facebook page that we have chosen to highlight are below and in no particular order. Click on the images to link to the photographers Facebook page.  Go and like them, show them some love, you will enjoy seeing their images in your feed. Congratulations to you all.

Sarah Clark Villarreal‎

Sarah Clark Villarreal‎

Molly Anna Photography

Molly Anna Photography

Katie Pastore‎

Catherine Julia Art & Wellness

Janet Douglas

Janet Douglas Photography

 

Photos from our Instagram page that we have chosen to highlight are below and in no particular order. Click on the images to link to the photographers Facebook page.  Go and like them, show them some love, you will enjoy seeing their images in your feed. Congratulations to you all.

@annikabloch_photography

@annikabloch_photography

@ashley_mcbroom_photography

@ashley_mcbroom_photography

@littlebeanmom

@littlebeanmom

@kariganskephotography

@kariganskephotography

 

 

We have changed up the theme to {Wonderland} for the month of December, so check out what our blog contributors shared on this theme.

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KG Ledbetter Photography

Kim Sidwell

Kim Sidwell Photography

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Sharleen Stuart Photography

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Roots and Twigs Photography

Ceri Herd

Ceri Herd Photography

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It’s Still Life Photography by Elizabeth Wilson

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Lynne Grant Photography

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Cobert Photography

So come and share your {Wonderland} images with us on our Facebook page and our Instagram page.  Don’t forget to tag the Instagram posts with  #sharesix_wonderland.  Each month we feature one artist on our Facebook and Webpage banner.  We will also do an interview with the featured artist so share your images to be a part of this opportunity.

December 2017: Wonderland

There is something so magical about the month of December with all the celebrations that happen.  Up north, the land defintely becomes a Wonderland.  Down south we have to improvise, but the beach is our own special wonderland.  Kathy of KG Ledbetter Photography  chose the theme this month and we hope that you get to enjoy  our take on the theme Wonderland

To view the blogs click on the images to go the the artists page or click on the first image and follow the links in the blogs.

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KG Ledbetter Photogrphy

Kim Sidwell

Kim Sidwell Photography

Winter Wonderland November 21, 2017: 7202

Sharleen Stuart Photography

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Roots and Twigs Photography

Ceri Herd

Ceri Herd Photography

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It’s Still Life Photography by Ellizabeth Wilson

LynneGrant_Wonderland

Lynne Grant Photography

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Cobert Photography

 

For the rest of the month of December and up until January 5th the theme is Wonderland

We look forward to seeing your images on our Facebook page and our Instagram Page.  Don’t forget to tag the Instagram posts with #sharesix_wonderland.  Each month we feature one artist on our Facebook and Webpage banner.  We will also do an interview with the featured artist, so share your images to be a part of this opportunity.

Look out for the new theme on January 6.

Thanksgiving Wishes 2017

When we think about Thanksgiving, we think about family, warm wishes, close communities and good memories.  Share Six has become something like that for us.  When Share Six first evolved we were nervous.  We did not know if it would grow or if this was just a pipe dream. We have lost some bloggers and gained new bloggers and each person brings their own unique perspective that makes us as a team whole.  We are thankful for the blog team and the time that they give to making this the success it is.

Nearly two years later we are still blogging and we have formed not only friendships with each other as bloggers, but we have formed a community and a place where you, as photographers, can share with us as well.  We love seeing your images grace our page and how each photographer has grown as an artist over the years.  We are truly thankful to each and everyone of you.

This month we welcome Lynne Grant to our team and we are thankful that she has decided to join us on this journey.  We look forward to sharing her blogs with you.

Gratitude shifts your focus from

what your life lacks,

to the abundance that is already present.

~ Marelisa Fabrega

 

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Sharleen Stuart Photography

There are times I look around me and I cannot believe the gifts I have been given in my life.  I am so thankful and grateful for each of them.  My husband Richard has been such a strong support system for me these past 3 months post surgery.  He has been my rock and I am so grateful for the journey I walk with him.  My son, Cameron and his wife Kathryn are another gift that we watch blossom as they journey through their second year of marriage.  My daughter Amy will be a beautiful gift this Christmas as she comes home from spending 27 months in the Peace Corp.  We are looking forward to spending time with her and her friend over December and January, and planning some exciting adventures. 

Each day is a gift that we are granted, each day we can wake up and make a choice to embrace it.  My encouragement is to do that.  To enjoy the day for the day that is given .  We cannot go back and change it, and we don’t know what tomorrow may bring.  But today, we can do so much.  

 

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Lynne Grant Photography

I am thankful for my health and well-being, for my beautiful life filled with challenges, highs, lows and all that is in between, but most of all for my family – without them I would be lost, they are everything.

 

Kim

Kim Sidwell Photography

“For the joy and laughter, and the challenging lessons; for the hope and love, and for the difficult blessings, I am thankful.” -Mary Davis

 

Ceri

Ceri Herd Photography

I am thankful for my people. For my husband. For the opportunities that his success has provided for us all. For my Scottsdale Village, who I miss dearly and daily. For our new home and our new school. For a photography community who support me, guide me and inspire me.

 

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It’s Still Life Photography by Elizabeth Wilson

Thanksgiving is a reminder to my soul. A reminder that despite the challenges of the past, present, and future, the blessings abound. A reminder that by embracing gratitude, finding the light in the moment, my heart will be gladdened. A reminder that the Giver provides and thus joy abounds when I embrace the provision with gratefulness.

 

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KG Ledbetter Photography

There is always, always something to be thankful for.”

 

Tori

Roots and Twigs Photography

“Cliche though it is, I truly am grateful for the good health and quality of life that my family enjoys. I often doubt that I was cut out for this parenting gig, but like everyone else I know, I do the best I can. Still, these kids share unconditional love and joy with me, between the fighting, messes, and chaos. Lately, they’ve been voluntarily looking for ways to be helpful. One of the big ways they are doing this is completely independent meal preparation. Granted, we’ve had some small salad dinners that left everyone hungry, so we filled in the gaps with other foods, but I truly appreciate the help, independence, and healthy meals they are creating. In this image, they are staring down a waffle maker on a recent Saturday morning, as they make breakfast. For the record, I don’t think that made it cook any faster!”

 

It is not Happy people who are Thankful,

It is Thankful people who are Happy

 

Thanksgiving is time for family, friends, loved one and guests to gather together and to share why they are thankful.  May this time together be a blessing to you. Relax, don’t stress, enjoy and reflect.  Life gives us all ups and downs.  Be thankful for each and every moment.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all

and thank you for your support of this group.  

Guest Highlight: October 2017: Double Exposure

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October was the month for Double Exposures was the theme.  Sharleen Stuart Photography chose this theme because she wanted to take herself and all of you outside of your comfort zone.

Congratulations, Williams, Anja for your stunning submission.  Sharleen loved this image.

“It simply took my breath away.  The incredible composition of the hands over the face yet seeing the face as well of seeing the hands was amazing. There is such an intensity in this image that is enhanced by the black and white contrasts.  This really encompassed all that I was looking for.  Thank you for submitting such a beautiful image.”

Williams, Anja

Williams, Anja

 

Photo’s from our Facebook page that we have chosen to highlight are below and in no particular order. Click on the images to link to the photographers Facebook page.  Go and like them, show them some love, you will enjoy seeing their images in your feed. Congratulations to you all.

Sarah Villarreal Photography

Sarah Villarreal Photography

Kelly Elliot

Salty Air Creations

Holly Nicole

Holly Awwad

Janice Osborne

 

Photos from our Instagram page that we have chosen to highlight are below and in no particular order. Click on the images to link to the photographers Facebook page.  Go and like them, show them some love, you will enjoy seeing their images in your feed. Congratulations to you all.

@janetcrouchphotography

@janetcrouchphotography

@kimsidwellphotography

@kimsidwellphotography

@wiredtothemoon

@wiredtothemoon

@natalie_a_wheeler

@natalie_a_wheeler

 

We have changed up the theme to {Harvest} for the month of November, so check out what our blog contributors shared on this theme.

Katherine

Cobert Photography

St Augustine: September 1-7, 2013

Sharleen Stuart Photography

Kim

Kim Sidwell Photography

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KG Ledbetter Photography

Tori

Roots and Twigs Photography

Ceri

Ceri Herd Photography

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It’s Still Life Photography by Elizabeth Wilson

 

So come and share your {Harvest} images with us on our Facebook page and our Instagram page.  Don’t forget to tag the Instagram posts with  #sharesix_harvest.  Each month we feature one artist on our Facebook and Webpage banner.  We will also do an interview with the featured artist so share your images to be a part of this opportunity.

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November 2017: Harvest

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We are definitely in a season of change.  Most of our team are north and so their changes will be much more significant.  Signs of change will be evident in the colors of the leaves, the crisp air in the mornings and the evenings.  Even flurries of snow in some places.  Down south, everything is still green (except the trees damaged by hurricane winds), it’s still hot, but the days have a gentle breeze, and the mornings you can find frost on the car.  As we prepare for the upcoming winter, we start to think pumpkins, spiced coffee and crops.  This month theme choice by Katherine of Cobert Photography is Harvest and perfect for this time of year.

Katherine chose the theme Harvest for this reason:

Living in the Midwest, in the middle of farm country, November is when everyone is finishing up harvesting their crops. Those crops are the livelihood of so many people. Then later in the month, families gather together to celebrate and be thankful for that very harvest they were blessed with. So it seems fitting to choose harvest as this month’s theme.

To view the Share Six photographers blogs you can click on each image or you can click on the first image and move from the first blog to the second by clicking on the link on the page that you are reading.  From the images this month I really believe you are in for a treat.

Katherine

Cobert Photography

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KG Ledbetter Photography

St Augustine: September 1-7, 2013

Sharleen Stuart Photography

Kim

Kim Sidwell Photography

Tori

Roots and Twigs Photography

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It’s Still Life Photography by Elizabeth Wilson

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Ceri Herd Photography

You may have notice that we only have 7 blog contributions this month.  Due to various reason Claire of Wilhelmina Photography has felt a need to step back and refocus on things at home.  We are very sorry to loose Claire as part of our team. We have enjoyed getting to know more about Claire and seeing how much she has grown as an artist during her journey with us.  We are thankful for the time she gave us and we wish Claire well in the future.

Replacing Claire will be Lynne Grant Photography and we look forward to getting to know Lynne and her family and the beautiful countryside that she lives in much better .

 

For the rest of the month of November and up until December 5th the theme is Harvest

We look forward to seeing your images on our Facebook page and our Instagram Page.  Don’t forget to tag the Instagram posts with #sharesix_harvest.  Each month we feature one artist on our Facebook and Webpage banner.  We will also do an interview with the featured artist, so share your images to be a part of this opportunity.

Look out for the new theme on December 6.

 

Guest Interview: Sarah Villarreal Photography

Sarah Villarreal Photography is our featured guest artist for the Reflections theme.  Liz of It’s Still Life Photography by Elizabeth Wilson choose the theme and the winner, and we wanted to learn a little bit more about Sarah and her photography journey.

Tell us a bit about yourself? and Are you a hobbyist or a pro?

I’m a 37 year old mom to a four year old little boy and a two year old little girl. My husband recently retired from the Air Force, so before kids, we lived all over the place including Las Vegas, Nevada and RAF Lakenheath in England. Right now we are in Yorktown, Virginia and enjoy living near the ocean for the first time! I’m originally from the midwest, so it’s my dream come true.

I have a little photography business, Sarah Villarreal Photography, and shoot mostly families, couples, kids and newborns. This year I’ve ventured out into events and professional headshots. The VAST majority of my photos, though, are of my two little ones. They’re my captive models and my son is now getting into it and wanting to “collaborate”. We document some pretty epic dino/monster truck battles.

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This is our favorite fish tank at the local aquarium. My son rarely stands still enough to get a silhouette in low light, so this was really cool to catch. I love how he looks to be sneaking up on that enormous fish

Tell us a bit about your photography gear. What is the lens do you not have but you desire to have the most?

I’m kind of a gear hoarder and seem to keep collecting things. I shoot primarily with my Canon 6D and my Canon 5D Mark ii and with my 24-70mm 2.8 and my 100mm 2.8 macro. I shoot with two bodies at once during family sessions making me look completely ridiculous, but I love having both lenses ready to go so I avoid sand and dirt in my bodies. I do a lot of beach shoots and can skip out on changing lenses.

I also have an assortment of other prime lenses and really like my 85mm 1.8 for portraits. I have a studio light set up with strobes and soft boxes which I’ve used for headshots and portfolio shoots, but I prefer natural light when I can get it!

My current reach lens is the 70-200mm 2.8, but it’s an arm and a leg, so it’s going to be a while before I can splurge on that. I’d also love to try the Lensbaby Twist 60. It creates such a cool effect, I’d love to just give it a spin!

My daughter is so goofy and I love the way her face is just one of the animals. She’s always smiling and happy, so this grumpy face is a rare capture.

How did your journey to be a photographer happen?

I got into photography the way lots of moms did and decided I needed to figure out my husband’s Canon Rebel after our son was born. My husband was about to deploy and I really wanted to capture beautiful moments for him since he was going to miss so much of those first two years. I became obsessed with it and spent every spare minute taking online classes, scouring YouTube videos and teaching myself Lightroom, Photoshop and portrait retouching. Once friends started seeing my pictures, I started taking on families. Recently I worked as an in-hospital staff photographer for newborns taking Fresh 48 sessions for new parents. I shot, edited and returned up to 10 family galleries a day and it was so much fun and amazing practice. I also teach an online beginning photography course, which has been really wonderful as well!

My goal this summer was to start learning macro photography. We planted a pollinator garden and drew in some really cool visitors.

Who inspires you?

The two photographers who have inspired me the most are Lindsay Adler and Dana McLeod. Lindsay Adler is an amazing fashion photographer out of New York who is an incredible teacher and I’ve worked through all of her books. Her posing book truly elevated my posing for women. The second photographer that inspires me is Dana McLeod. Dana started a Facebook challenge page, Snap Love Grow, and was the first person to really reach out and encourage me in the online groups, making me feel like a valuable part of the community. It was through participating in her challenges that I connected with so many other great and supportive photographers and kept my creativity going, even when I was in a rut. I’m truly grateful to her for encouraging me when I didn’t have the confidence at times to jump in. She is so lovely and I miss Snap Love Grow tremendously!

This is a collaboration with my son. He wanted to capture his entire “awesome jump”. I created a series of composites in Photoshop and we both loved how it came out!

What advice would you share to the aspirants in this field?

My advice is to shoot all the time, experiment and be fearless about making mistakes. I recently started taking an aerial silks class (crazy cirque du soleil people swinging around on fabric strips) and I am TERRIBLE. Everyone else in my class has been doing it for years, so I’m self-conscious when I flail around attempting the easiest tricks. I was so frustrated at one point, I debated just giving it up, when one of the students reminded me that everyone I saw in the class had been in exactly the same spot as me when they started out. The things that seem impossible today will eventually become second nature with time and practice. It was a great lesson and humbling to be the absolute worst at something where everyone was watching. To anyone starting out, don’t be afraid to make mistakes and learn! We are all our own worst critic, and everyone is on their own journey and improving as they go. As long as you enjoy it, that’s all that matters!

This is a true to life documentary shot. No posing, no clean up, gratuitous screen time. I love that photography lets me capture the reality of my (sometimes not so pretty) real life.

One thing that you have learnt as a photographer over the years?

I’ve learned that there is no endpoint in photography. There is always something new to learn and goals to reach. After trying macro still lives this summer I’m excited to learn compositing this winter. Photography is truly a limitless art form!

I love this photo because I took it with my iPhone. I think it really proves it’s not about the equipment, it’s how you use it!

Thank you Sarah for sharing your beautiful work with us.

We have about 10 more days for you to submit your {Double Exposure} images for a chance to be featured as the banner on the Facebook page and web page, as well as to do an interview highlighting who you are.  We would love to see your images.