Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Spotlight on: Gretchen Willis Photography

Happy Wednesday, mamas!

It's been a whirlwind week here... LOTS of emails, editing, and planning here at The Snappy Mama...which makes this week's theme of {technology+people} even more appropriate!

We are totally stoked to have the incredibly creative, talented, and super-knowledgable Gretchen of Gretchen Willis Photography with us this week!  Let's hang with her and pick her brain : ) 

1. When did your photography journey begin?
My photography journey began 5 years ago, after I'd been married about 12 years. I always wanted to be a mom and devote myself to my family.
Somewhere along the way, though, I lost myself. I found myself immersed in meal plans and Sesame Street. I knew there was a vibrant, intelligent, spunky person hiding inside, and I'd put her away for too many years. I had been a mommy-blogger for a few years and saw so many friends with gorgeous images online. I wanted to do that too! So I searched online, joined a community of fellow photographers,checked out library books, and asked questions. I self-taught myself (with just a couple workshops thrown in). My journey has been a long one and a slow one. Looking back, I'm glad it took as long as it did. Everything came to me in exactly the time frame it should have. It's hard, in the moment, to be patient for growth. We want to learn and improve and see results NOW. But I think I've grown more by forcing myself to wait to see the results over a period of time.
2. Name a photographer who inspires you. What draws you to their work?
Definitely, Dorothea Lange is my photography inspiration. First and foremost, I love how she used her talents and skills to help humanity.Her work during the post-depression era, working for the Farm Bureau Administration, is so amazing. She shone a light on a niche of peopleand a social injustice, and as a direct result the government reached out to help these people in need. Secondly, I am inspired by her life-long body of work, of which she never tired. She had many years when, as a mother, she had to put her work aside to care for her family. But that flicker of desire was never extinguished. She continued her work and became an excellent example to her children (and to me) that a woman can pursue her dreams without sacrificing her family.
3. Canon or Nikon?
I'm a die-hard Canon fan. I've always been one. I'm not sure why? It probably stems back to my childhood when I had a bright yellow Canon sure-shot camera that I took everywhere: Girl Scout camp, riding my bike, school, the pool, and on vacation. I'm also a member of Canon Professional Services and when I've had to get my cameras serviced, they do an excellent job, and do it quickly!
4. A photography related goal
A photography related goal of mine this year would be to write and teach a workshop. I have a few ideas rattling around in my head butso far I haven't organized them into one cohesive plan. I am a teacher, and I love photography, so the synthesis of these two passionsseems so natural for me. Last year I had the goal of publishing an e-book for photographers, and I reached that goal! So I think this goal for 2015 is definitely attainable.
5. Editing Program
I am a DIE-HARD Lightroom fan. I've been on Lightroom since LR2. I just can't say enough great things about Lightroom. I use it to itsfullest potential and I truly LOVE showing new users how to get the most out of Lightroom. It's so much more than just an editing program -it's a total organizational dream! I also love how easy it is to upload images directly to Flickr, Shootproof, Wordpress, Twitter, even Instagram. I save so much time when I don't need to save/download, then re-upload. I've also recently fallen in love with the slideshow panel, creating slideshow videos for my clients, set to music from SongFreedom. I do use Photoshop Elements for the occasional head swap, or detailed cloning situation, but 99% of my editing is done in Lightroom. I've also recently developed a set of adjustment brushes for Lightroom that give me control over many of the areas I used to leave for Photoshop Elements. I'm so happy with Lightroom, so whenever someone has a question I love to help!
We are SO happy to have had the chance to catch up with Gretchen and I know I for one would love to know more about those brushes...wouldn't you guys? Thanks so much and thanks to all of YOU guys for making this week's submissions nothing less than awesome, as always!

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