If you have so much as wiggled your baby toe into the world of children and family photography, then you have probably heard of, seen, and/or drooled over photographer Leah Zawadzki's work, better known as Lilyblue. She is an amazing photographer with a knack for making every photo she takes feel like an instant classic! And her actions and presets are the things dreams are made of! We are so grateful to have had a chance to talk with her about her style, what inspires her, and how you too can find your signature look.
We've followed Photographer David Bean for some time - both on twitter and on his Pro Corner group on Flikr for Semi-Professional and Professional Photographers. We're big fans of not only his stunning images of celebrities and his commercial work, but his truly approachable and open desire to help other photographers along the way. A few months ago, I was talking to a fashion-world friend of mine about stand out photographers who would offer something valuable to our moms - and David's name made the short list. We leaped at the opportunity to connect -and a phone interview (with SIX DISCONNECTS!) he was every bit the wealth of experience and graciousness we thought he'd be!
MT: David - I'd like to start with something I saw on the bio of your webpage. It says "Art is not my life… Life is my art." That's something that resonates so strongly with us and with our moms because of what the nature of a Momtographer is. How did you get there?
Basically, I'm not an artsy-fartsy person at all - I don't like artsy fartsy people… someone who takes themselves way too seriously, like what they do is so important that without them the world would be this tragic place. I really appreciate arts and I appreciate the craft of photography, but it's not saving the world - I don't have any grand illusions that I'm saving anyone's life!
Oh Karen Walrond, how do we love thee... let us count the ways. You're a former attorney turned mom, turned writer, turned photographer, turned Oprah guest. You started a blog to help readers see that thier ordinary lives are, in fact, extraordinary... and then you named that site Chookooloonks (explanation here). Everything you touch oozes of inspiration, from your collaboration over at Shutter Sisters to your upcoming book, The Beauty of Different. Yes, Karen, we love you, but now more than ever because you are Helping A Momtographer Out!
Excited is an understatement when it comes to introducing this month's edition of "Help A Momtographer Out". NYC children's fashion photographer, Rosanna Wolff, was kind enough to set aside some time to share with us the secrets behind her bright, airy, and oh so fun style! Her images are not only flawless, they're the perfect blend of commercial and emotional appeal - equally at home in the folds of a magazine, or in a leather-bound frame.
We couldn't be prouder in our premier edition of "Help A Momtographer Out!" to introduce you to Los Angeles Photographer, Christa Meola. In fact, left on it's surface, describing Christa with just the term photographer is a little misleading. Treat yourself to a few minutes going through her portfolio, and you'll understand what we mean. She's an artist that truly captures the spirit of family with her unique voice - life, sung in the key of happy. Every image radiates a joy and warmth, clearly infused with her sunny perspective.
So before we go trying to change her business cards to something like "Purveyor of Photographic Sunshine", let's ask her a few questions: