Friday, May 8, 2009

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER...MINDY


What camera do you use? Nikon D90, and I LOVE it. Love it. Did I say that I love it? I use the kit lens (18-105mm Nikkor), and the 50mm 1.8 prime lens.

What is your favorite photography subject? (or, what do you like to take pictures of the best?) I used to think that I only liked taking pictures of people, and I still LOVE taking pictures of people... BUT I have discovered the magic of taking pictures of anything and everything. My dream is to take pictures for home magazines, like Country Living. I love that I can take a picture of something quite ordinary and make it into something extraordinary.

What camera equipment is on your wish list? Sigh... well... where to begin... I'd like a really awesome Crumpler bag in brown (now discontinued... sob!), a good tripod, a reflector combo thingy (I like to use technical terms ;), a detachable flash , a photo storage thingy, a macro lens, a 1.2 prime lens.... the list goes on, but I'll stop. ;)
What are your hobbies outside of photography? I'm a violinist (have played for 28 years, taught for 17), love to read (I read anything and everything, even notes the kids bring home from school ;), blog, exercise (although I start to NOT like it so much when I've taught my 4th power toning class in 5 days), bake pies, think about decorating my house (I just don't get around to doing much of what I dream up), and I love vintage stuff... (I live in a 112 year old house... what do you expect? ;)

Tell us about your family! (married? Kids?) I'm married to Brandon (14 years) (amazing, handsome, sexy, supportive man!), have a 13 year old daughter, Aubrey (beautiful, taller than I am, strong, good, and... did I mention she's 13?.... moody!), and two boys... Tyler (11) (smile to melt a mom's heart, exasperating, impulsive, and loving), and Cooper (8) (cuter than cute, cuddly, stubborn, strong-willed little monkey).

Where do you live? (you don’t have to be specific if you don’t feel comfortable) I live in Dinosaurland... otherwise known as Vernal, Utah... also called the armpit of Utah. ;) Actually, it's pretty cool... you should all come on a photography trip here sometime! Really!!

Do you have a blog you would like to share? (family blog or photography blog?) Well, there's my family blog... You're welcome to look... just don't expect much! I'm also the founder of apron girls, but I can't take credit for any of the awesomeness of that blog... it's all about the girls there!
What is the best photography advice you have ever received? Hmmm.... I get great advice all of the time, but I'd have to say the things that I've been told that help me most is to practice practice practice and learn everything you can about your camera (thanks Rachel)!

What (if any) editing program do you use? Photoshop CS2

10.Can you share your favorite 3 pictures with us?? It's really hard to say which three are my "favorites"... do I choose the best technically? the best emotionally? the best story? I just threw in three that I really like for different reasons. :) After Rachel's incredible top 3, I feel very inadequate!
Brandon totally doesn't agree that this one is one of my best, but dang it, I like it. So, I'm putting it on here. ;) I like the artistic feel of it, and I like what it represents... I wanted to take a picture of a certain thing, and to accomplish that I HAD to put my camera on complete manual settings, including manual focus. This picture is ALL of my doing, and I like that.


This one was taken with my good old point and shoot before I had my D90. One of my favorite families let me do a photo shoot of them... my first one ever. I really want a do-over, now that I have my camera and oodles more knowledge, but this one will always hold a special place in my heart anyway.



And this one? I love it, even with all of its imperfections. This one makes me FEEL... all sad and happy at the same time.

11 comments:

Janelle said...

You soooo don't look old enough to have a 13 year old daughter.

Mindy said...

Thanks, Janelle... you just made my day! :)

Jackie said...

Well, I think I need to re-do my questionare....huh.....really good pics too, I love the one that your hubby doesnt! :)

Lindy Lue said...

You have a 13 yr old??? you look like your 22! wholy cow are you beautiful! amazed at how a mommy can look! kudos

also ~ i LOVE apron girls, i go there often! i think its cool that you like country living mag... here is a photographer/artist i think you will LOVE http://www.sadieolive.com/theblog/
she is fantastic and it sounds like you.

thanks for sharing yourself!

Blake said...

I also love apron girls, though I didnt add myself to girls who admit to following. LOL. It looks like a fun blog and I might try and vew recipies from there.

You have great photos and give good advice. i would also love living in an old house.

Katy said...

I've got a case of "person envy"... i mean, I totally wanna BE LIKE Pioneer Woman, Bakerella, Rachel H., and now you're added to the list-o-person envy! You da bomb, lady!

Ok and I know i'm just kicking a dead horse by saying this... but PUL-LEAZE tell me you were only 16 when you had your first baby... cuz it's not right that your poor 13 year old daughter has such a stunner for a mom! You're gorge (and yes, it's supposed to be the "cool, hip shortened version of GORGEOUS".. not the Flaming)

Speaking of Flaming Gorge, HELLO almost, kindof, a little bit yes and no NEIGHBOR!!! I grew up in Rock Springs (if you're the armpit of Utah... i wrote in my questionnaire that i live in the buttcrack of the Universe!!)

Anyway, this was such a fun read, thanks a mill (again, shortened, hipper version... oh you get it)
Your pictures were beautiful... I love the FEELINGS that they evoked, really beautiful.

Candace said...

Well, I already just loved you Mindy, now I just love you even more! I, too, cannot believe that you have a 13 yr old daughter! You don't look a day over 25. And I want to see a D90.. you and Rachel have that one and that's one of the Nikons that I've never even seen! Well... I saw it in Best Buy, but I mean.... noone I know around here has one, so I've never tried it out...

:)

Rachel H. said...

Ahhh Mindy....all these things people say are SOOOOO true! You are gorgeous and truly do excell in all you do!
I love your photos. You have that amazing flair.

And PSHHHH ABOUT MY TOP PICTURES! You're rock my socks! Love them!!

Brittney said...

Haha, the armpit of Utah, that's so funny! I've never heard it called that. It was so much fun reading a bit about you. You're amazing! Beautiful...talented...you've got it all girl!

Mindy said...

You are all so sweet! If any of you want to come have your picture taken by my magical window of youth, I'd be glad to snap a few! ;)

Candace, you can come play with my D90 anytime!! I'd love to learn from you!

Katy, YES! Gorgeous Flaming Gorge is just 45 minutes away! Come take pictures with me! (I want to learn from you, too!

AprilF said...

Ummm... D to the I to the TTO what everyone else said! I think you have a very distinct style about your photos - which is an amazing thing to find! Thanks for all your advice and comments on the blog!