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Posted 9/7/2010 by squaek in General Photography
 

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Posted: 9/7/2010 9:23:31 AM
Well, here goes. Still can't believe I was picked, lol. I decided to wait until after the holiday. Hope that's OK.

1.Who are you? Please include self portrait and any links to other sites featuring you, like your blog, website, etc. Pimp yourself out!!

I am Shauna, better known online as Squaek (or maybe the wacky Sony chick, lol). In case you are wondering, Squaek is a derivation of the nickname my DH gave me a long time ago (Squeak). I have been married to my DH, Jim, for almost 10 years (our 10th anniversary is actually this month) but we have known each other since we were teenagers. Our best friends set us up together and we have been inseparable since then. We have two little girls; 5yo Jamie and 2yo Lily. We are so lucky to have them. I am a Professional Geologist by trade, and currently own my own consulting firm (NJ's smallest, lol). I love my job and am a bit of a workaholic. I feel very blessed in my current situation as I can spend my days at home with my girls but still work when I need to. I am pretty quiet, somewhat awkward in social situations, and tend to keep to myself so it was a challenge for me to start posting when I first came here. I finally forced myself to get out there because I wanted to meet some like-minded people and try to make some new friends. I've been lucky enough to make a few, and you know who you are. I don't have a photog-related blog or website right now, although I do contribute to several stock photography websites and I post here and over at Dyxum (dedicated Sony/Minolta a-mount forum).

I didn't have time to do a proper self-portrait, but I managed to find a few photos that included me. There aren't many since I am always the one with the camera!

Here is one I took of myself when I was playing outside with the girls one night. I know the composition and angle suck, but it's hard holding a nearly 5-pound camera out at arm's length without making a funny face!!



Here is a photo of my DH and me down at the Jersey Shore. My Mom took it.



Here is a photo of me and my youngest from this past July. My brother took this one. And yes, that IS a Canon camera strap around my neck. I'm busted, lol! J/k, it was my brother's new T1i and he was letting me check it out.



2. What inspired you to get into photography? And when?

I don't know. There wasn't really any one thing. I've had a camera of my own in some form since I was 4 years old, so I have really always enjoyed photography. I used to love to look through the old family albums at all those moments captured in time, and I just wanted to continue that with my own family as well as capture all the beauty I see in nature. Over the years I guess it sort of just progressed from that. I used to blow through c110 film and flashbulbs like crazy as a kid and it drove my Mom nuts, lol. I still remember her driving me to the old Fotomat to pick up my photos and how exciting it would be to open up that envelope and look at my prints. Probably one of the reasons why I am such a chimper now. I just can't wait to see the images. Also, as a total science geek who can't draw/paint/dance/sing etc. to save my soul, photography is my only true artistic outlet (well, I do also play bass guitar, but haven't had much time for that since the kids were born.) Photography lets me geek out but still be creative. I love that combination and don't know what I would do without that outlet. Funny thing is when I am out shooting, there is almost always some sort of music running through my head.

3. What is your education? Degree? Self-taught? Workshops?

My only formal degrees are science-related. As far as my basic photography skills, I am 100% self-taught. I spent 11 years shooting with a Minolta film SLR (and several years with a Yashica rangefinder before that) before I got my first DSLR (KonicaMinolta 5D). I took some steps backwards after having kids and going digital for some reason (guess I'll blame it on the Mommy-brain, ha ha) but have since tweaked my skills and filled in some blanks, esp. after jumping in more online. I have learned a lot about digital post-processing by hanging around here. I am extremely thankful for everyone at 2 Peas who takes the time to post tutorials and examples. I also finally learned how to use my flash over the past year, which has made me really happy because that was a goal of mine.

4. What kind of photographer would you describe yourself as?

I am just someone who really loves to take pictures, regardless of the subject. I really enjoy macro, nature/landscape, and travel photography the most. I also like to shoot candids of my kids and family. But while I enjoy looking at the adorable kiddos and all the other beautiful posed sessions that I see here, and I really admire the talent and work that goes into that kind of photography, I know I could never do it day in and day out. Candids and photojournalistic-type stuff I am pretty sure I could handle because I could stay more in the background. But I am too shy to direct other people and I am pretty sure it would give me an aneurysm to even try. Heck, I can't even get my own kids to pose for me!

5. What kind of equipment do you use? Not every piece you own, but your favorites or use most often.

I shoot a mix of Sony and Minolta (Sonolta ) My current body is an a900, which I instantly fell in love with when I first got. It was like coming home again after shooting with a crop body for several years. I love how familiar it feels in my hands and how using it has become second nature. I feel weird when I'm not holding it. My favorite lens is my 100/2.8 macro. I have lots of other lenses that I like, too, but this one spends the most time on my camera. I love the bokeh and how sharp it is. I love being able to peek in on my macro subjects, but also use it for just about everything under the sun. It's just a fun and versatile lens! I am also really loving my 24-50/4 lately. Just an awesome little lens, very versatile, small, super sharp, incredible IQ, great for walking around.

6. What did/do you struggle with the most?

Like I mentioned above, it has to be shooting with/around other people. I really wish I wasn't so darn introverted. I am working on it, because I'd love to do more street photography and I do want to get better at doing portraits (even if it they are just for family). If I had the guts (and talent) and could do anything in the world of professional photography, I would love to second-shoot events and weddings, to snap all those great moments in people's lives while they are happening and also to capture all the details that might otherwise be forgotten. I really wish I knew someone in that field that I could shadow and learn from. But I need to come out of my shell first I guess.

I also struggle with finding the time to post-process, even if it is just converting from RAW to JPEG. I have images from last year that I haven't even touched yet. I really wanted to share some shots from our vacations to New England and Canada but I have barely touched them! Blah.

7. What was your biggest "A-ha" moment? Can be something technical/camera-related, something personal as it relates to photography, or something you learned about yourself as a photographer.

When I realized that it's OK if every shot isn't perfect and that I didn't need to waste time obsessing over every little flaw. Life isn't always perfect, and sometimes it's OK if your images mirror this. That doesn't mean you shouldn't continue to learn or strive for better quality images, but don't make yourself crazy over it. Life is too short. Just do your best and keep practicing. The improvement will come.

I also learned how to use my flash this year, which was a big deal for me because it has been a goal of mine for a long time to get past the fear of the flash. Now I want to learn OCF and other types of lighting, too.

8. Biggest lesson learned? Can be either about photography, the business, yourself, etc.

It really is all about the light. It doesn't matter if you have the most expensive gear or the cutest subject or the best prop/location. If you don't know how to read the light and make the best use of it, none of the other stuff will matter. You can't fake good light in pp. Once I figured that out I noticed a big improvement in my images. I'm still learning to read the light and will be for a long time to come I am sure.

9. What's your greatest triumph or achievement? Could be just opening your own business, to awards, to a compliment.

I just recently had a photo picked for one of Dyxum's weekly exhibitions. There is an insane amount of talent there, so it made me feel really good to be included among some of them. I've won the color challenge here twice, which is also awesome. My DH tells me all the time that he loves the photos I take to document our family. I've had friends/relatives ask for prints to hang in their homes. I also get excited every time I sell a stock photo, lol. I mostly just shoot for me, so for other people to notice my work and for some of them to even like it is a big honor to me.

Here is the pic that was in the Dyxum exhibition.

Foxtails


Here are the pics that won the monthly color challenges here.

November/December 2009 Silver and Gold

Pyrotechnics at a concert in Stuttgart, Germany.


June 2010 - Brown

Spices


10. What is one of the most important mistakes you made that served as a basis for your progression?

I finally figured out that I don't need to keep every.single.shot that I ever took. It was very freeing when I realized I could just keep the best ones (or the ones I liked best) and ditch the rest. When I go back and look through the thousands of images I have taken just since going digital, I can't for the life of me figure out what I was thinking when I not only saved, but tried to edit, some of these pics! Yikes! It's OK to hit delete sometimes. Learning to go through my shots with an objective eye and culling them out before uploading/saving/editing made a big difference in my time management.

11. What is it about photography that makes your heart sing and your mind race with possibilities?

Just putting the viewfinder up to my eye and looking at the world through it and seeing something beautiful to capture. All the different potential subjects/light/angles/compositions that are out there. Not even sure how to describe it, because it's more of a feeling than anything. It's hard to take the same exact photo of the same exact thing twice, and I love that.

12. Which do you like better - taking the photo or processing it? Why?

Definitely taking the photo. I get a real feeling of satisfaction from clicking the shutter. I don't think anything beats that. I don't much care for sitting in front of the computer any more than I have to (I already do it too much for work). That is one of the things that keeps me striving towards improving technically, so I don't have to sit and fix time-consuming mistakes during pp. I do enjoy some creative PP once in awhile though and since I have learned Photoshop better it has become more fun for me to play with my photos here and there.

13. What inspires you? Could be anything - other photographers, nature, art, music, people, etc.

Lots of things, honestly, and probably all the above. I can find inspiration in any of those things, esp. nature and music. I also love to watch movies and study the cinematography, esp. old movies. This was something I did endlessly as a kid, and very nearly went into film because of it. I enjoy going over to Dyxum and browsing through the open views and themes, because there are people who post from all over the world and you get to see some amazing and varied things.

14. What is something about you that we don't know? Could be something serious or silly- your choice.

I have a bleeding disorder and very nearly kicked off last year because of it. That was pretty scary. It has happened before, but last year was the worst episode. It really changed my outlook on life in a big way, and is one of the reasons why I have stopped sweating the small stuff. That's pretty serious I guess.

As far as something silly, I am ambidextrous and can write with both hands. Sometimes it feels like my hands are fighting with each other, lol.

15. Can you share with us your loved ones? Especially if they have been featured in your work?

Sure! Here is my DH. He is an engineer in the bio-pharmaceutical industry. He likes to cycle, and also plays guitar and has been in several local bands.

Just a snap while we were sitting in a diner out by Gettysburg, PA back in February.


Here he is playing guitar.


Peakazza was nice enough to turn this shot into a painting for me. I love the layers and extra dimension she gave it. Thanks Kaz!



My DH likes to watch Ghost Hunters, so when we visited Fort Delaware this past weekend I tried to turn him into a ghost. lol


Here is my oldest DD. She'll be six at the end of October. She is not much into posing for the camera but every once in awhile I'll get a keeper. Today was her first day of Kindergarten. I can't believe how fast she is growing up!



Here is my youngest DD. She is such an ornery little thing! She will be 3 at the end of September. She is usually more willing to pose than her big sister (at least for now!)



Here is my Mom holding my youngest.



Here is my Dad with his helicopter, lol. I'm pretty sure I shared this one before. I had fun doing this composite for him.



Here is a shot of me and my brother that my Mom took last summer.



16. Can you share your top tip/technique with us?

If something has been photographed by you, it has probably been photographed by thousands of others, too. Don't be afraid to think outside the box and try out a different perspective or an unusual composition or even some creative pp. You can always delete it if you don't like the results. But you might end up with something that will set your photo apart from all those other images.

17. Who are you picking next and why?

I am picking Suzihastwo. She is so sweet and funny and seems like someone I would get along with IRL.

18. Please share some of your favorite works with us!!

OK, you asked for it! These are all from this year. It would have taken me a week of Sundays to pick through all the old stuff, too, so I tried to keep it simple.

Here are some macros

Dandelion


Daffodil Tops


Dandelion seed in the pool


Big Drip


Queen Anne's Lace


Pear Blossoms


Lilies


Fake


Some favorite landscapes/sunsets/travel shots

Delaware City


Rolling Clouds


American Falls


Horseshoe Falls and Rainbow (this was our view from our hotel room - we totally did not want to leave!!)


Fort Delaware


Inside of Fort Delaware


Solitude


Gettysburg




Winter Churchyard


Misty Orchard


The Way Home


Sunset over the Lake



Some night shots

Boston


American Falls at Night (hand held at the top of Skylon Tower - love me some super steady shot!)



Fireworks over the Falls



Some more snaps of the kiddos









Well, if you made it that far, you deserve a gold star! Thanks for listening to me ramble, and thanks Raechel for picking me!



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Posted: 9/7/2010 9:45:27 AM
Thanks for sharing! Gorgeous shots


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Posted: 9/7/2010 10:18:58 AM
So fun to learn about you. Thanks for sharing!
I love love love your macro shots (the daffodil tops one is awesome)


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Posted: 9/7/2010 10:28:26 AM
Thanks for sharing Shauna! It was great to 'get-to-know-you-better'!!! Love your scenery shots!


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Posted: 9/7/2010 10:45:39 AM
What a wonderful interview, and a great chance to know you a bit better!

I totally smiled when you mentioned the 110 film and the flashbulbs! A whole flood of memories came to me when you said that. It would be so cool to hear again that little "pop" when the flashbulb goes off, wouldn't it?

Your nature work is really, really beautiful. You have such a good eye for composition. Something about "Daffodil Tops" is just so lovely, as well as the dandelion seed in the water.

Thanks for sharing some of yourself with us!

Anne

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Posted: 9/7/2010 11:03:54 AM
holy cow woman!! I knew you rocked a sony like no other, but wow. who makes your 100? I was talking to a girl on clickin moms yesterday who is also on the a900 and she was recommending the zeiss lens. not that either are in my budget right now, but we are working hard so that maybe I can take advantage of some black friday or cyber monday deals.

it was nice to read about you!! and eek! that is so scary to know we almost lost you!!




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Posted: 9/7/2010 11:08:03 AM
I love your photos! The nature shots were so pretty. Great interview!


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Posted: 9/7/2010 11:18:16 AM
Thank you for sharing - it was such a pleasure to read about and see you and your family; and as always - loving the photos! Maybe you can share some little tricks you've found when 'finding the light' because you completely rock it (and yes, that also applies to your portraits of your children and family).


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Posted: 9/7/2010 11:50:05 AM
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. You are such a pretty girl and I'm so glad to know a bit more about you. I certainly understand your feeling about being shy and not wanting to "direct" people as I'm the exact same way.

I always enjoy seeing your pictures but I have to say that the Winter Churchyard has to be one of my very favorites.


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Posted: 9/7/2010 12:01:24 PM
Great interview Shauna. I didn't realize you were so multitalented (smart and creative)! I love your macro work and the landscape shots are amazing. You have a lovely family and I'm so sorry to hear about your health issues. Glad to hear you're doing better and TFS!!!

ETA: And FTR, I can really relate to your comment about being shy and being too nervous to direct people...that's why I just stick to my own family, for now.



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Posted: 9/7/2010 12:09:21 PM
Great interview, Shauna!


I knew you rocked a sony like no other, but wow.


Ain't that the truth?!?!


American Falls at Night (hand held at the top of Skylon Tower - love me some super steady shot!)


I feel the same way about Super Steady Shot! It's awesome



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Posted: 9/7/2010 12:32:17 PM
Wow, thank you all so much for the responses! I really appreciate the kind comments. I would honestly just love to sit down with everyone here and have a great big ol' fun conversation. Two Peas really is one of my happy places.


I totally smiled when you mentioned the 110 film and the flashbulbs! A whole flood of memories came to me when you said that. It would be so cool to hear again that little "pop" when the flashbulb goes off, wouldn't it?


LOL ITA, that would be awesome! Thanks Anne.


who makes your 100? I was talking to a girl on clickin moms yesterday who is also on the a900 and she was recommending the zeiss lens.


Dayna, it's a Minolta 100/2.8 macro. It's the RS (restyled) version rather than the original. Not that it matters, lol. You can get a used one for less than 400.00 on KEH.com. Sony makes it now, too, and I think it costs around 700.00 new. AFAIK Zeiss doesn't make a 100mm lens for Sony mount. Maybe your friend was thinkin of the 135/1.8? I'd like to have that, too!! lol


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My Stuff:
Sony a900, VG-C90AM Grip, HVL-F36AM Flash, HVL-RLAM Ring Light, 70-400G
Minolta AF 16/2.8 Fisheye, 20/2.8, 24-50/4, 28/2.8, 28-70/2.8G, 28-135/4-4.5, 50/1.4, 50/2.8 Macro, Lensbaby, 70-210/4 Beercan, 80-200/2.8G APO, 85/1.4G, 100/2.8 Macro, 100-400 APO, 135/2.8, 500/8 Reflex
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Posted: 9/7/2010 1:00:55 PM
I so enjoyed reading this and learning more about you. I laughed when you said your peaname is a derivative of the nickname Squeak. I always read your peaname as Squeak even though I know that's not what it says.

Your images are stunning...even the "snaps" of the family and kiddos. You do have a talent for finding the light and like Nikki, hope you share some tips. You also have a definite eye for unique perspectives.

I'm so happy you didn't "kick off" last year! What a tragedy that would have been.

Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself!

ETA: Wendy has a pic of a rock she keeps asking me to post so you can tell her what it is! One of these days I'll remember to do it!


Blessings, Rebecca





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Posted: 9/7/2010 1:18:11 PM
Your photos are beautiful - thanks for sharing about yourself

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Posted: 9/7/2010 3:18:11 PM

AFAIK Zeiss doesn't make a 100mm lens for Sony mount. Maybe your friend was thinkin of the 135/1.8? I'd like to have that, too!! lol


sorry, I'm always leaving out a critical piece of info when I type! lol I meant she was recommending Zeiss lens in general, not the 100. (actually she is looking into the 85 or the 135!) do you have any zeiss? I am not prepared to spend that money, though I know when I do I won't regret it!! i'm still loving my beercan though. someone was just selling 2 for $100 each!! $75 less than what I paid-of course! lol

so your macros were all shot with your 100? i love your grass shot and your dandylion shot. oh and you willing to share your dyxum forum?




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Posted: 9/7/2010 3:29:13 PM
I feel like we know you so much better now! I am really impressed at that hand held night shot


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Posted: 9/7/2010 3:44:57 PM
Shauna, so glad to read this and learn more about you! Your girls are darling; I love that snaggle-tooth phase, and the rainboots/puddle shot is wonderful. Of course, I LOVE all your macros and travel shots--right up my alley. I really like the shot of Ft. Delaware, both the wonderfully composed shot from the outside and the interior with all that lush rich color. I think we'd have a lot of fun shooting together. I'm with you on the shy thing--it's so much easier to photo things that don't talk to you, or that you have to pose! Thanks for sharing with us!


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Posted: 9/7/2010 3:51:30 PM
great interview! It is so lovely to get to know you! all your pis - especially the waterfalls!


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Posted: 9/7/2010 6:47:36 PM
I loved reading your interview, and oh my word, your shots are amazing! Thank you so much for the inspiration!


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Posted: 9/7/2010 10:21:40 PM
What beautiful photos! They are all stunning, but the daffodil seed on the pool... love, love love. Thanks for sharing.


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Posted: 9/7/2010 11:59:02 PM
Shauna
Glad you are still with us and hope you are for many years to come. I enjoy so many of the pics you posted especially how you captured the wonderful expression of DD one, she just "GLOWS' in that shot. I love the echo of the tree and cross in solitude, so many good shots too many to mention. BTW you will probably find the scientest in you unexpectedly showing up in your work even without realising it. I find my technical background sneaking every once in a while. Seeing the light...... I wish I would remember to look at the light more often; I usually forget and am concentrating on the expressions and forget everything else. Again thanks for a peek into your life I'm sure everyone appreciates it.

Robert

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Posted: 9/8/2010 2:02:50 AM
I've been so looking forward to this interview. You have a beautiful family and especially love the photo of your youngest daughter with the sunglasses on her head. I have always admired your photos, and you rock with that Sony of yours. You are able to capture some beautiful, soulful photos even something just as simple as a dandelion in the pool.


I am picking Suzihastwo. She is so sweet and funny and seems like someone I would get along with IRL.


Same to you, I think it is our twisted sense of humor Oh boy I need a self portrait now huh? I haven't had a photo taken of me that I have liked since the 1990's.

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Posted: 9/8/2010 9:46:20 AM

I always enjoy seeing your pictures...


Thank you Kerry, and ditto!


I'm so happy you didn't "kick off" last year!


Thanks Rebecca, I'm pretty happy that I didn't, either, lol.


ETA: Wendy has a pic of a rock she keeps asking me to post so you can tell her what it is! One of these days I'll remember to do it!


Oh, I would LOVE to try to help her out!


I meant she was recommending Zeiss lens in general, not the 100. (actually she is looking into the 85 or the 135!) do you have any zeiss?


LOL leave it to me to completely miss the point! Sorry Dayna! I do not currently have any AF Zeiss lenses, although from the reviews I have read and from talking to others who own them they are totally worth the money. I would love to try out the 85 and 135 sometime, esp. to see how they handle CA compared to the Minolta versions. I do expect to trade up to the 135/1.8 at some point. That lens has been on my wish list for a long time.


so your macros were all shot with your 100? i love your grass shot and your dandylion shot. oh and you willing to share your dyxum forum?


Yep, I think so. I also have the 50/2.8 macro but I don't use it as much, so I am pretty sure all of these were shot with the 100. Dyxum is just www.dyxum.com - c'mon over, you qualify!


I think we'd have a lot of fun shooting together.


Oh Pat, I know we would!!


BTW you will probably find the scientest in you unexpectedly showing up in your work even without realising it. I find my technical background sneaking every once in a while.


Robert you are so right...sometimes when I come home and look at my shots I have to laugh at myself. I also like to make my own aerials when flying (my poor DH never gets the window seat).


I usually forget and am concentrating on the expressions and forget everything else.


Well, sometimes just capturing the expression is more important anyhow.


I think it is our twisted sense of humor


lol Suzi!

Oh boy I need a self portrait now huh? I haven't had a photo taken of me that I have liked since the 1990's.

Get busy!! Can't wait to read your interview.


Maybe you can share some little tricks you've found when 'finding the light' because you completely rock it (and yes, that also applies to your portraits of your children and family).


Thank you Nicki, that means a lot. I don't know that I have any useful tips for you and Rebecca though. I will say that over time I have found myself paying way more attention to the light and its qualities (source, strength, direction, temperature, etc.) rather than just focusing on the subject and letting the light be an afterthought. The light has to be there first. Once I figured that out, it was easier to figure what I could (or couldn't) do with the light I had. Does that make any sense? Reverse-engineering I guess (I do everything bass-ackwards, lol). It's definitely an on-going learning process. Also I tend to do things that you aren't "traditionally" supposed to do. I love backlighting and flare and shoot into the sun all the time. I love crazy bokeh. I love shadows and the dimension they bring. I love reflections and light playing on water. I love candid people shots, esp. when they aren't looking right at the camera. So when I'm shooting those are the things I look for. I hope that helps a little!

Thanks again everyone!


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Posted: 9/8/2010 12:15:06 PM
Shauna, I just love you, but you already know that Your work is amazing and sooooooo inspiring and what an absolutely beautiful family you are


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Posted: 9/8/2010 12:37:47 PM
Shauna...you complete me! Hahaha! I just adore you so much and think YOU ROCK! You are such a great, awesome, sweet supportive person! And I LOVE your vision and style of shooting/editing. Your landscapes, details and macro always blow me away! I sigh whenever you post and am always excited to see what you got! Looking through these I was like...oh I remember that one..I LOVE it. I sadi that over and over as I looked through your images! You have such an eye for detail and landscapes and always edit each on to it's fullest! I didn't get to read much because I'm baby sitting a very active 4 year old boy today for 10 hours today and I'm already beat with the noise and activity in my house! Ha! But I will read it tomorrow. I just couldn't look and run without telling you how AWESOME you are!


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Posted: 9/8/2010 12:44:21 PM
Oh what a great post. Loved it and what amazing pics.

What part of NJ are you in? Just wondering how close you are..


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Posted: 9/8/2010 12:59:05 PM
What a great interview! Thanks for sharing more about yourself!


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Posted: 9/8/2010 2:28:16 PM
Shauna, what a great interview! I agree with Anne about all of your nature shots. I also really love the shot of your youngest. I bet she turns out to be a great little model, if you can coax her to do it. There is so much intensity in her eyes.

I am so sorry to hear about your blood disorder. Does that affect your every day life too much? Scary.

Thanks for sharing yourself with us. It is great to get to know you.

And I am really looking forward to suzihastwo's interview next! Excellent choice!


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Posted: 9/8/2010 6:40:28 PM

Shauna, I just love you, but you already know that


Thank you Tracie, and right back at ya!


I sigh whenever you post and am always excited to see what you got!


Oh Crystal, I feel the same way about YOU! YOU are the one who is awesome!!!


Oh what a great post. Loved it and what amazing pics.

What part of NJ are you in? Just wondering how close you are..


Thank you so much Chell! I am in South Jersey, to put it into context probably about 30-40 minutes from Philly.


I am so sorry to hear about your blood disorder. Does that affect your every day life too much? Scary.


Thank you Carolyn. I have von Willebrand disease. Basically my blood doesn't clot the way it is supposed to. It does clot, just a lot slower. As a result I bruise very easily, bleed a lot if I get hurt, and am very anemic. It could be a lot worse though - I am actually on the lower end of the scale thank goodness, so day to day it isn't too bad. I think the chronic anemia is the worst part of it, because I am tired (and cranky, lol) all the time. I'll spare everyone the details, but most of my major problems with it have related to pregnancy/childbirth, which is why I say I'm lucky to even have kids. I'd love to try for another baby but after what happened last time DH won't hear of it. But I am so lucky to have my two little girls!


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Posted: 9/8/2010 6:51:27 PM
Oh you are only about 70-80 minutes or less from me!!


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Posted: 9/8/2010 6:52:51 PM

Oh you are only about 70-80 minutes or less from me!!


Oh wow, I live near another pea!


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Posted: 9/9/2010 6:02:42 AM
Shauna, what a great interview! I loved learning about you, and seeing your family. Your girls are beautiful. And your macros and landscapes are absolutely breathtaking! As I looked through them I just kept saying "OOOH, I love that one!" over and over!!

And this:

I used to blow through c110 film and flashbulbs like crazy as a kid and it drove my Mom nuts, lol. I still remember her driving me to the old Fotomat to pick up my photos and how exciting it would be to open up that envelope and look at my prints. Probably one of the reasons why I am such a chimper now. I just can't wait to see the images.

I smiled when I read that. I am exactly the same way! Loved those old flashbulbs.

Thanks for sharing yourself so freely with us, and thank goodness you are still with us!!


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Thanks for sharing yourself with us! I LOVE the American Falls shot and the Daffodil Tips. I am from Massachusetts, but now live in FL and the daffodils are one of the things that I miss the most!

I totally agree with you about hitting the delete button! I recently went through two years of photos and cleared out a bunch. It was stressful at first, but then so freeing!


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Posted: 9/9/2010 4:20:28 PM
Thank you Lou and Katie!


I totally agree with you about hitting the delete button! I recently went through two years of photos and cleared out a bunch. It was stressful at first, but then so freeing!


Isn't it though? I just wish I could do the same thing around the house - hit the delete button and the messes would disappear! BTW my Mom is from Massachusetts, too (North Adams in the Berkshires.)


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Posted: 9/9/2010 9:44:28 PM
Yay! I finally broke away from schoolwork (who knew geo-analytics could be so gripping?) You already know I adore you, but I'll say it again: I adore you You and your family are adorable!!! I can't wait til we can meet up! I love your winter Gettysburg shots, we went down there over the weekend, and I would love to head down there in the winter. You captured some of the simple elegance of the area! And your pictures of Fort Deleware have me convinced that's a place Gary and I will HAVE TO go!!!

And we socially akward geeks have to stick together! I totally understand the shyness and akwardness. Am there doing that everyday I wake up... ug.

So, we totally need a PA/NJ get together!

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Posted: 9/9/2010 10:28:37 PM
Awww, thanks Raech, and you know I totally you, too!


And your pictures of Fort Deleware have me convinced that's a place Gary and I will HAVE TO go!!!


OMG I bet you guys would LOVE Ft. Delaware, it's sooo cool. I have a bunch of other shots of it that I am still going through that I'll have to share (I'll def. post to FB ). Tons of photo ops. Not just of the building itself, but of the river and surroundings, too. They do re-enactments of life at that time. There are soldiers in Civil War uniforms wandering around everywhere. There is a blacksmith that does demonstrations. They shoot off the muskets and cannons. They do ghost tours. It's just a really neat place. They have picnic tables, too.

There is a ferry (Three Forts Ferry Crossing) that takes you from Ft. DuPont Park in Delaware City (Delaware City is also a cool place to wander around) to Peapatch Island where Fort Delaware is, and also to Fort Mott (near Pennsville, NJ). Unfortunately the ferry stops after Labor Day weekend (except for a few special events I think) but starts up again in April.

Gettysburg is also an awesome place to roam around and shoot. I liked what the snow and bare trees brought to the battlefields in winter. I'd love to go back at that time, too.


So, we totally need a PA/NJ get together!


YES! Totally! Geo-geeks unite! LOL

And Chell isn't too far away, either.


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