Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Photographer Spotlight - Emily Southerland | Clear Lake Photographer

YAY! This week I'm featuring Emily Southerland of St. Louis, MO.  Go take a look.  You'll be smiling.  I guarentee it.  Emily has a fun edgy style to just exudes personality.  Check out more on her blog and facebook.

10 Questions

About the image…

1) Why do you love this image? I love this image because it just makes everyone smile. How can it not? I loved the mama's "outie" belly button and HAD to try this shot, adapted from a Tara Whitney idea but with my mustache twist.
2) What were your settings with this image? ISO 500, SS 1/200,  aperture 3.2,  lens: 24-70L, natural light

About Photography…

3) What do you love about Photography?  I love catching perfect moments in crisp, beautiful color/black and white. I love seeing personality in my subject's eyes. I love being able to preserve the RIGHT NOW for myself-- a big sappy sentamentalist!-- and to be able to do that for others as well.
4) What type of Photography do you specialize in and why?  I specialize in portraits of babies, kiddos, and teens... With family moments thrown in. I do love photographing couples in love, but most of my work leans towards the younger set. I particularly adore babies and high school seniors. I find myself drawn to this instead of weddings/landscape/macro because I love the spontanaeity you get when you can arrange the best times and places for photographs. I love that I can get most any subject to let loose and really become themselves in front of the camera. And I love the intimacy of working with people, but in small numbers.

About your life. . .

5) What are your favorite hobbies and pastimes?  I LOVE baking-- particularly cupcakes. And I have discovered a passion for sewing that has taken over my imagination completely. I'm an artist at heart, and love love love creating something out of nothing. Fabric just happens to be my medium of choice these days. As for pastimes, I love going to movies, eating amazing food, exploring markets fairs and festivals, road-tripping, and playing board games with family and friends.

6) Who or what inspires you?  I am inspired by wildly creative people, most of whom I find online these days. Etsy artists, other photographers, designers... I am in awe of the original ideas out there that still exist. How do they come UP with that stuff???

I am also inspired by vintage, boho, gypsy, Anthropologie, my nostalgia for my own past, and my mother.

7) Who are some of your favorite singers/bands?  I am currently loving Regina Spektor and Ingrid Michaleson, but also adore folk/bluegrass singers like Allison Krauss and the Wailin' Jennys, etc. I prefer ballads to fast songs, and mellow to hard.

8) Do you have happy and depressed moments during your creative cycle?  This is such a pertinent question right now! I am extra pregnant these days, so 2011 has been a strange year for me so far, photography-wise. I usually barrel into a new year with ideas, schemes, goals, and creativity, ready to grow as an artist and grow my business. But this year, knowing I'll not only have a maternity hiatus in the spring, but also have a slower year altogether as I learn how to be a mama to two, I've let myself "let go", creatively. So I suppose you could consider this a "slump". I am content with it for now, trusting that there is a season for everything, and that inspiration comes from all corners. I have faith that when the season to expand my photography comes again, I'll be refueled and ready.

9) What is your favorite movie of all time?  Gosh... So many!! Field of Dreams and the Lord of the Rings trilogy are at the top top. Both make me BAWL, and movies that resonate with me in an emotional way will always win in my book.

10) If you weren't a photographer, what other profession would you like to pursue?  I used to be a high school teacher... And while I am not missing that specific job, I think I'd still love teaching in some capacity--- even if it was just an evening community college class in writing or art or photography. I'd also LOVE to be a life coach!! Weird, I know... but I'd LOVE that. Or a movie or food critic... Lots of things sound amazing to me! Mostly, though, I love being an artist and a mama, so I am content.

Check back next week to meet Niki Strbian.

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