Category Archives: Photographers

Jamie Faulkner has a way with the everyday. She transforms what are seemingly mundane moments into something effortlessly beautiful. She has a special way of photographing her family in a way that you just can feel her love for the ones she holds dearest to her. Her work is a breath of fresh air.  I always manage to get sucked right in. She will also be modeling for me in an upcoming workshop so I am excited to get to meet her in person!

Name: Jamie Faulkner

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What is your Business Name?
Jamie Faulkner Photography

What is your Camera Body?
Nikon

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Website http://www.jamiefaulkner.com
What inspired you to become a Photographer?

Wanting to capture and persevere the real, natural moments in ones lives. My husband and I had a house fire in the fall of 2008 resulting in a total loss. Yes, total loss of just silly material things. But in those material things were memories from my childhood and teenage years. Something just changed for me then…I started wanting to capture every little detail…to remember. to keep. So in 2009 I started my business and of course when we had our first child in 2010, the passion quickly become stronger and switched gears and I fell in love with childhood. I truly believe I always loved the essence of childhood, but when you have your own, the love for it becomes stronger. Or that is how it was for me. After having my babies, I knew that childhood and family photography is where I was meant to be. I also knew I that I wanted to head down a lifestyle path for my work. it is where my passion lies. The real, the honest, the natural images move me.
If you could only keep three things in your camera bag at one time, what would they be and why?

camera with 35 attached for the obvious reason

extra card (I am an over shooter!)

boogie wipes. The actual brand boggie wipes. they do not leave the face red and irritated like most wipes do.

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If you are a Professional Photographer, what was your first paid session like?

oh, a dis-organized mess. Shot at the wrong time of day (high noon! eek!) But I made it out alive. I truly believe there are no mistakes, only lessons. And I learned a ton of lessons that day.:)
Jump in a time capsule. What would you do differently if you could? Do you have a cautionary tale?

I would worry just about me and what I was doing. It is so easy to get caught up in the drama of this industry (and there seems to be a lot of it!). I would stay true to myself and keep my focus on me and my work.

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I wish I would have put more value on my work.
What’s in your camera bag?
Nikon D4s
35 1.4
50 1.4
24-70 2.8

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Above all, what inspires your art the most?

childhood

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Do you have any personal projects in the works?

Just capturing my children in their daily life. the good and the bad.

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I also would love to dive into learning to shoot film sometime!

Personally, I have a goal of seeing my work published. So that is a goal I will always be working at achieving.

I have also made so many friendships with fellow photographers (you included Sarah!) and I want so badly to meet them. So that is on my bucket list so to speak. I want hug all the friends that I have made and thank them for the strength and kindness they have shown me. (and I get to do that with you this year!!!!!!!!! eek!)
Any one token piece of advice to someone that has just picked up a camera for the first time?

Shoot what you love. what inspires you. Be you.

and shoot, shoot, shoot. Practice a ton and then practice some more. and never give your work away. I wish I had done a “portfolio building” mode of my business longer. Where they pay a portfolio building price, and not just give my work away. And choose your models wisely. Do not let people take advantage of you.

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What is one thing you will never get tired of photographing?

children and families

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If you could sit across any one photographer with a cup of your favorite warm beverage, and talk shop for an hour, who would it be and what would you talk about?

Katherine Heise from Lamb loves Fox. Her work just inspires me. I love the way she sees things. I would want to chit chat just about life, our babes, and how she sees the world and only hope that a sliver of her awesomeness rubs off on me.

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Favorite Snack to Edit to:
not so much of a snack…COFFEE and lots of it.

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Favorite time of Day to Shoot at:

the one and only golden hour

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Favorite Quote:

“You will never have this day with your children again.
Tomorrow, they’ll be a little older than they were today.
This day is a gift. Breathe and notice.
Smell and touch them; study their face and little feet and pay attention.
Relish the charms of the present.
enjoy today, mama. it will be over before you know it.
Jen Hatmaker

and the second one is from Liz Labiana

The camera is like my stage… the second I am behind the lens, everything around me disappears and I come alive in a way I have never felt before.
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One thing you do NOT like to Photograph is:

seniors and large groups

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If you could Photograph anyone, who would that one person be?

Yan Palmer. She just seems so fun. So free. I need some of that in my life.

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One thing no one knows about you?
i used to write poems and stories when I was younger. Always wanted to be a writer.

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Best Photography Investment you ever made:
a workshop with Sarah-Beth Photography. She was a breath of fresh air in this industry that has a tendacy to be mean and cruel. i learned so much, gained a friend, and got the confidence I needed.

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Photoshop or Lightroom?

PS

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If you could live anywhere it would be:
this is going to sound cliche….the beach. love the beach. love the peace i feel there. Plus my hair does amazing on the beach.;)

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Pants or No pants?

LOL! Pants all the way…Im shy.:)
Natural Hair Color?

Brown
Last Book you Read was?

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. I am a hopless romantic
Can you sum up your Photography in just four words?

real | emotive | personal | fun

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If your Photography had a theme song, what would it be?
Priscilla Ahn “Dream” I just love that song.
Favorite Non Photography Related Website is:
www.houseofroseblog.com such an inspiring blog and fun, happy blog. She tells it how it is and is just plain cool IMO.

Jumping right into our eye candy for the theme “Weakness.”

And as always if you are the Winner for this week contact me via the Fan Page, Contact forms or the email in the info area of the Facebook fan page and I will send you an action set or preset collection of your choosing!

Let’s get Started!

Winner:

By: Renee Albano Barber

(Renee, as a note let me just say that I want to give you a big huge hug. Your honesty and this image are both speak volumes to many. Thank you.)

Caption:
Weakness — My weakness is depression.

Lots of Eye Candy:

By: Kristen Mowery

Caption:
29/52: Weakness
This is my friend Jess and her son Tanner. Tanner is 5 – one year older than Alexander. I remember meeting Tanner…. he didn’t walk or talk or sit. *you know the drill*
Our sons’ syndrome define our lives in so many ways. Tanner has defied the odds. 2 years ago he learned to sit. He learned to eat. Last year he learned to walk with a walker and now he dances… even alone.
Weakness: we both feel it. For our sons. For ourselves. Can we be the parent we need to do? Is my child strong enough to overcome his genetic deletion?
This photo is my grasp of weakness. They both say “yes” …. I can be the parent I need to be and “yes” he can overcome his obstacles. They give me hope in my moments of weakness. Others give her hope.
We both have hope for strength. Our weaknesses will not define us

By: Amy MagnetGirl

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M4H 29/52: Weakness. I’m a good eater. But I have a thing for chocolate. Just dark chocolate. Possibly expensive dark chocolate. I buy bags of expensive chocolate chips and have a few at a time a couple of times a week to satisfy my craving for chocolate. Yum.

By: Jules Clark

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29/52 – Weakness {es}

This photo reveals several of my weaknesses…an adoration of cheese and wine as well as the fact that my dogs have access to every inch of our house, including furniture and beds. I have always wanted to be one of those owners that is in control. I am not. Just one of my many weaknesses.

By: squirrel&owl

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Week 29/52 – Weakness

I have a weakness for being by the water. One day I’d love to live here.

By: Sonia Klostermair

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this picture was taken by my son Immanuel Tamang (8yo). It is his submission for this week and he commented it like this: Mommy you are my weakness, bc it means that you love someone really really much – can I take your picture this week.

Awww I loved this idea an the result.

It is my submission as well – bc I have a weakness for vintage dresses as you can see:-)

By: Sharleen Stuart

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These new chicks are around 4 days old. They typify weakness for me – they are totally dependent on their parents for food

By: Jennifer Blake

29/52 | Weakness

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I really struggled with this theme. There are so many different definitions and interpretations of the word weakness and I couldn’t help but think about the word’s negative sides, and that can be hard to express and very personal. I don’t get personal very often, and it’s hard to open up and make it about myself. I especially don’t take self portraits. But it’s all I could think about.

I am not always the strong person I try to appear on the outside. Sometimes I feel a weight on my shoulders. I do all the things I’m supposed to do, but at the end of the day I feel tired and weak. I feel aching in my neck and back that never really go away.

We all have weaknesses, we all feel weak sometimes. But maybe being able to push through and keep going, look at the positive side of things and be grateful for the life we’re living really makes us strong.

By: Vixpix:-)

My weakness

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I think it’s the eyes that do it. they can talk me in to anything! Breakfast table light.

By: Stephanie DiFormato

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By: Sandahl Chavez

Week 29 | Weakness

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I thought this week I would probably do coffee, I love it so much. But then we went to the store last night and I realized, I cannot go in to a store without checking the make up section and at least getting a bottle of nail polish. It’s ridiculous, I realized just how many I had when putting them all into this large hurricane vase. Crazy!

By: seesavoursnap

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My weakness is milk… it’s such a sweet and innocent little thing but because I’m lactose intolerant, I stay away from fresh milk as much as possible. I guess not drinking milk also means that I have weak bones??

By: Jocelyn Miller

M4H | My Weakness

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M4H | My Weakness

I am a sucker for these two. When I think that it’s not possible to love my husband more than I do, I see him with our son and am weak in the knees all over again.

By: Sheryl Salisbury

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I will admit I have a profound weakness for animals. Put my daughter in the picture and I’m on cloud 9. Seriously, how can you not love this little baby goat!?

By: captnoddball

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“come on!!!! give me 1 MOOOOOAAAR!”

By: Sunshine.Photography

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There are many weaknesses I struggle with… SO SO many. But I realised my biggest weakness is myself. It all starts with ME.

I can choose to let these get me down, or I can pick myself up, keep going and accept. After all, if I don’t have weaknesses – I don’t have strengths right? It all has to balance out somewhere I figure!!:)

“Once we know our weaknesses, they cease to do us any harm” ~ Unknown

By: Justine Bath

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This week made me really reflect on me and who I am. What makes me ‘strong’ and what are my ‘weaknesses’? It was really easy to concentrate on my weaknesses this week; wine, chocolate and staying up too late indulging in them both! But I realised my biggest weaknesses were my kids. Do I push them hard enough? Am I too hard on them? Could I be doing a better job as a mother, and as a parent and role model? Yesterday we climbed a mountain (well a small mountain) and I realised that my weakness and my self doubt as a mother was actually what makes me ‘strong’. These kids make me climb metaphorical mountains every day, and I love them to bits.

By: Kristen Mowery

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29/52: Weakness
To him? A state of mind. The first part of a triathlon: 100 meter swim, 2 mile bike, and 3/4 mile run. He’s 5.

By: Mark Hughes

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Week 29 / P52 – Weakness – Þingvellir – The boundary between two tectonic plates in Iceland created the weakness that formed the island and produced 200 Volcanos in such a small place — in Iceland.

By: Sarah Morgan Boccolucci

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Week 29 | Weakness

I was a dancer, but that was a couple lifetimes ago. Years of training gone with two ankle surgeries that left me with fewer ligaments, a couple faded scars and doors that never would have opened if I had stayed a dancer. — at Sarah Boccolucci Photography | Doula.

By: Amy Tuggle

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Stray cats are my weakness, or cats in general really, especially kittens. Meet Happy, he is one of 4 cats at our house, and probably our favorite.. not that anyone is choosing favorites or anything. “/

By: Esther Young Dora

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Week 29: Weakness

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9
Three of my boys and their cousins all were baptized during our family vacation and it was an incredible time and so special that they got to experience together.

By: Annie Morris

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This little girl is my {weakness} and when she dresses up, climbs in her window and asks me to take I just melt.

By: Kristin Seward

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It took me a long time to understand that my anxiety wasn’t a weakness after all. Week 29: {Weakness}

By: Stephanie Morrison Snapkoski

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Weakness = this guy and cake!

By: Raeanne Ingram

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Shoes, Summer and Snowcones! < Weakness>

I am so incredibly humbled, and so excited to embark on this project for our third year in a row. If you are just seeing this and would like to participate you can find information on just how to HERE. I do hope you will join us! It isn’t too late to jump in ever!

Our week twenty thirty theme will be:

Loud.

This can be as literal or subjective as you want it to be. Loud colors, noises, etc.:)

Happy Shooting!

Can’t wait to see all your images this week!

I discovered Aniya through Flickr when she jumped in our project 52 project last year. Her work is incredibly inspiration and her talent screams from every pixel and every image she shares, but what really moved me most about Aniya was her kind heart. She is an encourager. She is much needed in our community and she just envelopes everyone in love. She truly is one of a kind. I am beyond honored to share her work here. Let’s get right into her interview!

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Name: Aniya Emtage Legnaro
What is your Business Name?
Life|Photography by Aniya

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What is your Facebook Fan Page?

https://www.facebook.com/LifePhotographyByAniya

What is your Camera Body?
Nikon
Website:  http://www.lifebyaniya.com
What inspired you to become a Photographer?
Photography has always been a part of me, and this came from two things: the national geographic magazines, and my family albums. As a kid, I remember anxiously waiting for the next issue of natgeo. I just wanted to immerse myself in those images of amazing things in this world. It was through that magazine, specifically that 1984 cover of the Afghanistan girl, that a) my love of travel was born, and b) my affair with photography began. The second inspiration came from my dad. He was an avid photography hobbyist, and he pulled his kids right in.. getting new rolls of film, anxiously waiting for them to be processed, and finally opening the package.. magic. Thanks dad ☺ How did I get out there and realize that this was my path? Three years ago I was trying to get money to go to India and Nepal, and one of my best friends said “you know, you need to charge for your photography”.. and I did, and that was that!

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If you could only keep three things in your camera bag at one time, what would they be and why?
Do my camera and lens count as already in it? If yes, I’d keep my tripod, trigger, and my body shop Satsuma lip-gloss. The tripod and trigger are a MUST! Just in case I want to get in the photo, or do some compositing, it is essential. And my lip-gloss? Because I cant live without it!

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If you are a Professional Photographer, what was your first paid session like?
Well.. back then I thought I was on fire! I literally should have been begging for some water to put me out!! Really, it was exhilarating at the time, but all wrong. I shot on Auto at 9am for about 2 hours. Can you imagine the sweat, heat (we live in Barbados, and it was July!), squinty eyes, and not to mention raccoon eyes! It was a hot mess looking back on it. Even down to the editing – cringe!!! But funnily enough, I got my client base (still clients) from that first session.. I think its pretty cool they stayed with me.
Jump in a time capsule. What would you do differently if you could? Do you have a cautionary tale?
I would have listened to people who said I was creative. I can’t hold a paintbrush to save my life, and so I thought I didn’t have an artistic bone in my body. I never saw in me what others did. Perhaps if I did, I wouldn’t have fought it by sticking to academics and doing degree after degree after degree to deny myself who I really was. My cautionary tale isn’t to listen to what everyone tells you, you are.. it’s to find what makes your heart flutter, and be that person and no one else.. we creatives often times put ourselves down because we don’t see our work as valuable, as if we were say doctors or lawyers. We are seen as hobbyists, and daydreamers. But I once saw a quote that Sarah Cornish posted along the lines of “people will only value you, when you know your value.” And its so true.

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What’s in your camera bag?
A Nikon d600, 85mm 1.8g, 50mm 1.8D, 50mm 1.8D hacked for freelensing, sigma 50mm 1.4, and 35mm 2(truth be told I borrow this from my nephew!)

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Above all, what inspires your art the most?
History. Knowing that we will never get back yesterday, or even 5 minutes ago. But with the beautiful time machine that we have called a camera, we are literally able to hold on to a time that we can never ever live again. And more.. we can pass that frozen moment onto our children, and their children. (if we print!!!) Our images are creating history. Pretty awesome huh?

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Do you have any personal projects in the works?

(Head hanging a bit here), no ☹ I started a 365 about this time last year. But it was so hard to keep up. There are so many things I want to dabble in, wet plates for instance. It looks so cool!! The other thing that’s pretty personal to me, which may not count as a project necessarily, more than just personal is my “surreal” work. I love it so much, and I love that this is something just between my kids and me. We think of dream worlds and try to create them. Kids are not tainted, not conforming, their imaginations are something so special – I never want them to grow out of it. So if I can create magic for them, and hang it up in their rooms to remind them that this world can actually be magical, and nothing is impossible, then I’ve done my job.

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Any one token piece of advice to someone that has just picked up a camera for the first time?
Is it bad if I say no? I say this for one reason – if you are passionate, committed, and love photography so much that it’s what puts that smile on your face and drives you everyday? You do not need any advice from me. You will soak up everything you read, watch, hear.. everything. you will watch videos on YouTube until 4 in the morning, why? Because you want to learn. You’ll make notes in a book, you’ll try everything until you find your own style.. you’ll never put your camera down.. and you will forever be striving and thirsty for more. What I can tell you is never believe anyone or anything inside of you (or outside) telling you you can’t do it. Tell them to bugger off and carry on doing what you do – create your art.

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What is one thing you will never get tired of photographing?
People.. especially kids. They have an innocence about them.. they just are who they are – I love that.
If you could sit across any one photographer with a cup of your favorite warm beverage, and talk shop for an hour, who would it be and what would you talk about?
You know, I cant say just one photographer – this is because I am influenced by so many amazing artists, its that difficult to choose just one. I tell you what I’d love to do though – take a road trip, and have an hour (at least) to chat with every awesome woman I have met through your project. What would we talk about? Our stories.

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Favorite Snack to Edit to:
Coffee or tea
Favorite time of Day to Shoot at:
Definitely in the late evening hours. (also because I have a full time job, so by process of elimination, that’s when I’m forced to shoot)

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Favorite Quote:
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” – William W. Purkey
One thing you do NOT like to Photograph is:
landscape or anything inanimate.
If you could Photograph anyone, who would that one person be?
my grandmother in a different time. She now has Alzheimer’s and it has taken away the essence of who she was. I wish I had chosen photography when she was, lecturing, laughing, disciplining, cooking, baking – she was and is a kick butt lady.

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One thing no one knows about you?
I have a law degree that I chose to not use – it was just not me. hope I made the right decision!

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Best Photography Investment you ever made:
hands down the 85mm
Photoshop or Lightroom?
Photoshop

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If you could live anywhere it would be:
Italy – it’s where my heart beats.
Pants or No pants?
no pants
Natural Hair Color?
black
Last Book you Read was?
I’m now reading the Brief Wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz – my last book was “The 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson. Guys, if you haven’t read this one, get on it ASAP!!!
Can you sum up your Photography in just four words?

quiet, enduring, mysterious, tender

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If your Photography had a theme song, what would it be?
Summer Breeze by Seals and Crofts
Favorite Non Photography Related Website is:
i cannot live without music and documentaries, so I’d have to say youtube!