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Ali of @a_winterrot was chosen to be highlight for the {Summer Sun} theme and so I connected with her to learn more about Ali and her photography journey.

This photo is quite different from my norm. It’s not often that I have my subject out of focus. What I love
about this though, is the light and how it highlights the tall grass. With the subject being out of focus I feel like it adds movement to the photo. I can see the grass gently blowing in the wind and am anticipating the subject running forward and into focus.

Tell us a bit about yourself?  And, are you a hobbyist or a pro?

Hello! I am Ali and I live in the state of North Dakota. I am married with 5 children ages 11 years to 2
years. I stay home with my kids during the week and work full time as a Registered Nurse on the weekend
night shift. I mostly consider myself a hobbyist photographer, but I have been taking on more and more clients over the last 2 years. I would love to consider myself a pro, but am not sure at what point I can really call myself one.

If I’m being honest the reason I love this picture is because I feel beautiful. I love other things about it too, the lighting, the fact Leo is looking at the camera, the connection between the two of us and just the memory captured of how sweet and little he once was.

What inspired you to pick up your camera initially? 

I have always had an interest in photography for as long as I can remember, and always had
some kind of camera growing up. Both my dad and my maternal grandfather loved photography, and
had so many photobooks filled with the photos they had taken. My Grandfather’s were generally
nature based while my Dad’s were documentary of our family life. Like most moms, my interest
intensified after I started having children, but it wasn’t until after the birth of my 5 th child that I really
started to make efforts to become the photographer that I always envisioned myself being.

I love this photo because of the scale of the wall in comparison to how little Leo is. I am also really drawn to the light reflecting in the windows and the amazing texture of the building.

How do you improve your technique?

I improve my technique multiple ways. Practice is huge! I don’t pick up my camera every day,
but I do use it multiple times a week. I love learning about photography and am continually taking
different classes on shooting and editing. And I study pieces of work I am drawn to and try to figure
out what about it intrigues me and how can I incorporate some of that into my own work while making
it my own.

I love this image because it is nostalgic. The wooden horse was made by my maternal grandfather while the boots and toy gun belonged to my husband as a young child. I love that my children can still find joy in the same things my husband and I did as children and I love that I can immortalize the moment.

Most important thing you have learned about editing?

A little goes a long way! And don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn something new!

This photo I love for the scale. To me it shows the vastness and stillness of a snowy day on the planes. Where you can hear no other sound than the snow falling. I love all seasons, but for me nothing compares to the calmness and peace of a gentle snowfall.

Secret weapon. Or piece of advice that’s helped you?

Stay true to yourself and try not to play the comparison game. It is all too easy to get
discouraged in the photography world, especially on social media. Feeling like your work is never
good enough; being discouraged that you aren’t growing as fast as others; feeling like an imposter
that doesn’t belong. I have felt them all and sometimes need to remind myself to take a step back and
look at what I have accomplished and think about where I want to go. No one is going to get me there
but myself!

In this photo I am drawn to the color pallet the most. Yellow is my favorite color and yellow with blue is my favorite combination. I also love the storytelling of this image. The little baby crawling under the couch with the puppy diligently watching over him.

Why photographs? Why not painting? Or poems? Or, for that matter, statutes or taxes?

Well, I have dabbled in painting and other forms of artwork, and I do my own taxes (ha). I think
the love for photography stems from the influence from my dad and always having a camera and
photos around and just a desire to document my life and the life of my family in a beautiful way.

Thank you so much Ali for sharing your story and your beautiful photographs with all of us at Share Six. We can always learn from each other. Take some time to visit Ali’s IG page at @a_winterrot

We look forward to seeing your images on our Facebook page and our Instagram Page.  The theme this month is {Autumnal} for so tag us with #sharesix_autumnal for another 2 weeks. The theme will change on January 6, 2022.