Thursday, May 21, 2015

Spotlight On: Anna Margaret Photography

Hey, mamas!

It's *almost* Friday.  I don't know about you, but I laugh when people say that because as mamas, do we ever quit?   Nope ; )   I, however, am looking forward to a weekend with family, a friend in from out of town, and hopefully, some snappin'!

We have a special treat for you today...our feature with this week's guest judge, Anna Margaret Photography.  We have SO enjoyed having Anna as this week's judge and loved the contest we ran to get here to this spot, too!  We will definitely have to do that again soon : ) 

Here's a little Q&A with this week's judge!

1) When did your photography journey begin?

About 5 years ago, when I got my first DSLR. I loved photography but the early years of learning were frustrating, so it wasn't until about 2 years ago that I began to really invest the time into shooting and learning. 

2) Name a photographer who inspires you. What draws you to their work?

Lissa Chandler! Her colors are amazing, and every single photo she takes conveys such love and happiness. She always comes across so friendly and bubbly, and it shows in her work. 

3) Canon or NIkon? Something else? Sell us on your brand!

Nikon! My first DSLR was a Nikon, and I have stuck with them since. I currently shoot with a D600, but that was a recent upgrade. I shot with a D7000 for the past several years. My lens collection is a bit limited since my upgrade (Nikon 35 1.8 and Nikon 85 1.8), but I make the most out of what I have and honestly, the challenge of less gear has pushed me to grow a lot. 

4)Give us a photography related goal you hope to accomplish within a year.

To have an image published! A year ago I would never have even considered submitting an image, but this past year (and specifically last 5 months) have held a lot of creative growth for me. I am much more confident in my work in a lot of ways, and really want to start to put my work "out there".

5) What program do you use to edit your images? Tell us quickly why you love it (or if you don't)!

Lightroom, almost exclusively. I would say I take an image into Photoshop maybe 2 or 3 times a month if I have some serious cloning, or I am extending a background, etc. I am a pretty lazy editor, in all honesty, so I try to get what I want in camera. I LOVE the ease of editing in Lightroom, and being able to copy and paste my settings. I love that all my photos are cataloged in one place. I love the time I have back since I transitioned from editing every image in Photoshop. Lightroom and I are pretty much BFFs. ;) 

I love each one of these images.  They are so fresh, vibrant, and real!  Thanks again to Anna Margaret Photography for being a great judge and for sharing your talent with us!

Have a great weekend, everyone!
Jess & the Mamas

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