Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Weekly Feature | Becky Auerbach Photography

Hey, Mama's! This week we have Becky from Becky Auerbach Photography joining us at the Snappy Mama! We are so excited to have her! Make sure you go and show her page some love! This week she has picked the theme {rain}

Let's get to know Becky even better! 

Where do you hail from?

I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!).  I now live 20 minutes north of Milwaukee in the city of Mequon with my husband, our two children, and our very old beagle.   

Tell us three things about you, unrelated to photography:

*My husband and I are the proud (and exhausted) parents to 3 year old twins who are currently obsessed with everything LEGO, Star Wars, and super heroes.  We are planning for a Star Wars themed birthday party when to celebrate their fourth birthday next month.

*Before making the decision to stay at home full time with our twins, I was an elementary school teacher.  I spent 9 years teaching kindergarten and 3 years teaching first grade.  Although I am so grateful to have had the last 3 years with my own children, leaving the classroom behind was a tough move to make.  

*Our family had the opportunity to live in a small town in The Netherlands while my husband carried out a six month long job assignment.  Initially, I didn't want to go - our twins were just 18 months old! I couldn't imagine how we would survive the flight, much less LIVING in a foreign country!  Yet, when it was time to return home, I felt as though I could have stayed in Holland for a few more months.  I doubt that our children will remember much of our short stay in The Netherlands, but we speak often of our days in our "Little Dutch House".

When did you begin your photography journey:

I’ve always enjoyed and appreciated photography.  Until I carried my own camera, I loved looking at the pictures that were taken of memories made and shared with my family and friends.  I began taking my own pictures as a teenager, often toting a disposable camera along with me when out and about with friends.  It wasn’t until after the twins were born, though, that I began to get serious about photography.  Like many new parents, my husband and I purchased a big, fancy DSLR camera shortly before the twins were born.  I intended to learn to use the camera to the fullest of its potential as soon as I had time to do so...but as a new mom to twins, I didn’t have time to do so until they were nearly a year old.  As the twins neared their first birthday, I took several steps to learn how to use my camera and how to take better pictures.  First, I began to read as much as I could find about photography.  Secondly, I got to know my camera.  I began to play around with the settings, and took the camera off automatic mode.  Lastly and most importantly, I committed to my first Project 365.  I joined a group of women who were committed to the same project on Facebook.  Through that group, I met other photographers on Facebook and Flickr.  I gradually surrounded myself with photographers and artists that inspired me and motivated me.  I am now in the middle of my fourth Project 365, and while I have been tempted to abandon the project at times, I keep at it because I know that it is because of the project that I have learned and grown so much as a photographer.  When I compare my current work with those photos that I took in my first year (yikes!), I KNOW that I have improved.  

What is your favorite piece of gear you own, or what are you lusting after?

I recently upgraded to my first full frame camera.  I'm still in awe at how much more room I now have!  

What is your best advice you would give yourself if you could go back to the beginning?  

I believe that any new photographer should practice shooting every single day and should surround him or herself with those people who will teach, support, and inspire him or her.

Keep those {rain} photos coming in and have a great week!

XOXO, Allison and the Mama's

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