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Posted 11/9/2009 by hampton32 in General Photography
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1. Who are you? Please include self portrait and links to other sites featuring you, like your blog, website, etc. Pimp yourself out!!

My name is Carolyn Hampton and I've been happily married to my husband (and law school sweetheart), Scott, for 16 years. We dated for 4 years before that, so we've been together for nearly half of my life! We have one child, an exuberant, energetic, imaginative and playful redhead named Natalie (9 yrs). People have said that there should be a children's book written about "the wonderful world of Natalie" and I agree that's true. She is one unique character, and as many of you know already, she is my favorite subject.

I've loved movies for as along as I can remember. I can go to a movie theater multiplex and easily sit through 3 movies in one day (although now that we are parents, we don't do that any more!) So it makes me happy to say that I work in the movie business, even though I am an attorney and not on the creative side at all. I have worked for Universal Pictures for the past 13 years and I negotiate agreements with actors, directors, writers and producers for our films. Each day, when I drive across the back lot, and see crews of people setting up for various shoots or actors in costumes, I get a little thrill. I do get to read screenplays, visit movie sets sometimes, see some movies before they are released in theaters, and go to the premieres, one of the greatest perks of the job.

At the office, I constantly have to keep my orderly and logical left brain in check as I draft legal agreements. With photography, my wild and creative right brain gets to come out and play! As I get older, I find I need that creative outlet more and more.

Recently I've been struggling with just how serious to take photography since my time is so limited. I've been really flattered that people have paid me for shoots a few times, but then I find that I am editing (chained to the computer) during that precious time that I'd rather spend with my family. I finally decided to pull back from "professional" work and I have turned down offers for paid holiday card shoots. For the moment, I will only shoot what interests me!

What else can I tell you about us? Hmmm... My husband and I share a very silly sense of humor that we have passed on through our DNA to the redhead. (If we're connected on FB, you are probably nodding your head right now!) We laugh a lot! We have an extensive wig and dress-up collection and we have nights where we put on music and dance around the room. Hopefully there are no hidden cameras! We believe in establishing and maintaining certain family traditions (e.g., baking gingerbread men at Christmas, having a small Christmas tree for Nat in the playroom that she decorates and a big tree in the living room, father-daughter dances, decorating for Halloween, making home-made Valentines, etc.) and I find that my softhearted, sentimental daughter treasures them even more than we do. She is really innocent and not growing as fast as many of the other kids in her class, and I am so happy about that fact.

As Janice said, hug them all the time when they're small! Time is racing by so fast that I go into my daughter's room every single night and spend a few minutes to watch her sleep. I kiss her cheek and whisper "I love you" in her ear. She is my angel, my gift from God, and I try to savor every moment. Photographs are the best way to capture these moments in time.

The dreaded self-portrait:

I am sorry to say that my web site is not yet live as it is still under construction. You know I will let you all know when it is done, right?

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

My parents gave me a Pentax when I was 10 and I've been hooked ever since. I bought my first digital camera in 2002 and have not shot a roll of film since. I also started to become more serious about improving my photography over the past few years.

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

I assume this refers to photography education (rather than my college and graduate degrees), so I will say that I have taken courses at UCLA and the Julia Dean School of Photography and I expect to continue to take courses for the rest of my life because I feel that I can always learn. In May, I did a great workshop with Michael Grecco, and last Friday, I went to an amazing Joe McNally seminar. I have also learned a HUGE amount from the Peas. I love our 2Peas community and feel extremely fortunate to be a part of it.

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

Definitely a portrait photographer, but other than that, hard to say. My favorite shots are probably the close-up ones of faces, and not "traditional" per se. I love using my lights just about as much as I love using natural light. (To me, flashes and strobes are "natural" too! It just depends on what look you are going for.) I love shooting children, models, actors, and furry critters, but put me in front of a nice landscape and I'll happily shoot that too. I love capturing beauty, but I also love to create images that make people smile or laugh.

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

I love my Canon 5D Mark II and my favorite lens is the Canon 70-200mm f/4.

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

Confidence! I still feel very queasy before a shoot, especially if it's a paid one. I'm hoping that will decrease over time.

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.

Figuring out exposure. Also seeing a great pro's SOOC shot and realizing how much photoshop plays a part.

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

That people have different tastes and not everyone is going to like your style. Just because someone doesn't like it doesn't mean that it's a bad photograph. Learn to know that if it meets your own personal standards, then it's fine. People who like your style are the ones who will gravitate towards you and want to hire you.

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

All within the last 18 months: being published, being accepted into two separate juried exhibitions (I never really thought of myself as an "artist" until that happened), being paid as a photographer, and having the client be happy with the results. (Sorry I couldn't list just one! The last 18 months have been very exciting for me.)

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

Overdoing it in photoshop. I am so grateful for my more experienced friends who bluntly told me when I overdid it. "Helloooo! Too much contrast!" Or too much dodging and burning, or too much sharpening.

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

As Joe McNally says "the moment it clicks": that rush you get when you snap the shutter and you just KNOW you got a great shot. I also love having an idea of a shot in my head and then achieving it. I keep a notebook with shot ideas that I still need to work on.

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

I think we all prefer to take the photo, right? And I don't mind processing as long as I don't have a huge number of files to go through. I love taking my time and processing certain images several different ways.

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

The Peas inspire me every day. I am also inspired by other photographers I admire, such as Art Wolfe (a total genius! I hope to do a workshop with him at some point), Joe McNally, Michael Grecco, Joey L, Jodie Goodison and others.

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

I am pretty bold and adventurous. After the Bar Exam, I traveled around sub-Saharan Africa for 5 weeks by myself. While doing a walking safari in Zambia, I was attacked by a warthog. Two days later, I did whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River's Class 5 rapids. My husband and I have also done risky things like scuba diving with tiger sharks in Fiji. I gave all of that risky stuff up when my daughter was born.

Before Universal, I worked for a big law firm and was on the legal team representing celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Charlie Sheen, Hugh Grant and Chevy Chase. We were even on the O.J. murder case for a few days, but thankfully, my boss bowed out of it. I had a number of jury and bench trials and I never lost one. Now I am a production lawyer and out of the litigation business.

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

My husband and me, at our favorite place, the beach:

My 2 favorite people before the Father-Daughter dance:

My favorite model:

A recent photo of my brother and his bride, stealing a special moment just minutes before the wedding ceremony (I haven't even shown this one to them yet!):

Our calico kitty Callie:

The very patient Ella the Wonderdog:

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

Using a Levels or Curves adjustment in photoshop to bump up the contrast a bit will do a photo a world of good. Also, I love doing searches on the Getty and Corbis sites to get good posing ideas.

17. Who are you picking next and why?

I am picking Painted Moon (Anne) because I have admired her work for such a long time and I would love to know more about her. I would love to meet her in person but since that's not happening right now, this is the next best thing!

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

I love photographing children, of course:

Kristie's/"twointow" gorgeous daughter:

I love making people smile or laugh:

Here is "Octo-peep"

(Did you notice the wristwatch on the dog? LOL!)

I love photographing actors, models and musicians:

Did you think I really photographed Justin Timberlake? Sorry, but this is his wax figure at the just opened Madame Tussaud's Hollywood.

I love everything to do with the ocean:

And I love to photograph at night.

If you have gotten to the end of this novella, I really thank you for your time! Hope you enjoyed it.


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Posted: 11/9/2009 5:14:15 PM
tfs, i have been waitin g for this all day i love all of the images you shared, one in particular

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Posted: 11/9/2009 5:15:11 PM
All I can say is WOW!!! Your photographic work is amazing, and I love reading about your fascinating life! Thanks so much for sharing all of this with us.


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Posted: 11/9/2009 5:16:52 PM
I you more now...! Thanks for sharing, enjoyed reading every word. BTW, what lens on the first photo of Nat did you use? I am investigating lenses, and that is one AWESOME shot, and wondered what lens you used.

Girl...I know you have an awesome job...but...

Oh, and on Sat. I need help with settings for the Ray Flash.

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Posted: 11/9/2009 5:21:23 PM
Thanks for sharing a piece of you, what a fun read


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Posted: 11/9/2009 5:24:10 PM
Love it...every last bit of it! You all are such a wonderful family and I seriously feed off of your creativity and talent! Thanks for sharing with us, Carolyn!

ETA: And, here's how cute the 3 of them are when they are all together. Seriously, an amazing family!


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Posted: 11/9/2009 5:31:47 PM
soaked in every last word. Thanks for sharing more about you!!

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Posted: 11/9/2009 5:40:42 PM
I don't even know where to begin. Each and every photo is fabulous and amazing. I got a tear in my eye on the one with your dd in bed with her stuffed animals so sweet. I loved reading about your life so fun. I just your photography.

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Posted: 11/9/2009 5:44:12 PM
Woo hoo - I've been waiting for this, too!

There are some things you wrote that I had to go back and read again, because they sounded like I had written them! Soooooo much of your personal life rings so true with me (family traditions, a DD that's so unique she has her own "world," LOL, the desire to spend more time with your family than editing someone ELSE'S photos....lots!)

And I am extremely flattered to be picked next. Thank goodness my DH just snapped some photos of me and DD that I love, so I don't have to get in front of the camera in the next few days!!

Thank you so much for sharing all of that. And your work is soooo wonderful! I truly GOL (guffawed out loud) at the dog in glasses!


P.S I seriously wish our daughters could have a playdate - they would have so much fun together (probably commiserating about how their moms take too many darn pictures of them!)

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Posted: 11/9/2009 5:45:41 PM
IYOU! You are an amazing, talented, smart, and kind woman, you have NO idea how much I admire you...That's all...


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Posted: 11/9/2009 5:50:25 PM
wow. you are one cool mama!!
you are so accomplished and very good at what you do- both in law AND in photography.
great interview! and i'm excited you picked anne next- i love her work as well.

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Posted: 11/9/2009 5:55:34 PM
Ooh YEAH! I've been looking forward to this interview too! LOVE you girl... I am so glad we are fb friends too, cause I get to see the hilarious side of you daily! Thanks for sharing this piece of yourself with us... you are truly amazing and inspiring (and having a redheaded girl scores you extra bonus points with ME, you know! LOL!)


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Posted: 11/9/2009 5:58:39 PM
Wonderful interview and spectacular photographs. Thank you for sharing. ~Jackie

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Posted: 11/9/2009 6:00:03 PM
it was so great to learn about you!! thank you so much for sharing this with us!

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Posted: 11/9/2009 6:39:19 PM
Oh, Carolyn, what a lovely share. I had a smile on my face the whole time I read it. Thanks so much.


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Posted: 11/9/2009 7:06:01 PM
So cool! thanks so much for sharing with us!

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Posted: 11/9/2009 7:07:30 PM
That was a great interview. Your family is beautiful, as are your pictures!


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Posted: 11/9/2009 7:26:29 PM
Super fun interview to read. I love your style and all of your creative photos are really cool. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted: 11/9/2009 7:46:27 PM
Carolyn, this was such a pleasure to read.

go into my daughter's room every single night and spend a few minutes to watch her sleep. I kiss her cheek and whisper "I love you" in her ear.

I do this with both my daughters.

We believe in establishing and maintaining certain family traditions

We are huge on traditons around here, too. As a matter of fact, my oldest daughter is so much into tradition she'll throw a fit if I suggest making a change. This year we have a new Christmas tree and she is not happy!

Thank you so much for sharing yourself, your family, and your amazing work with us. Off to go stalk you...I mean friend you on FB!

Eta: silly me...we're already fb friends! lol!

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Posted: 11/9/2009 8:02:32 PM
Thank you so much for the glimpse into your incredibly interesting life! So much talent and such an interesting career on top of it. Love your photography, especially that shot of your DD in bed with her stuffed animals and as LIttle Red Riding Hood. You have such flair! Thanks for sharing with us.

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Posted: 11/9/2009 8:33:36 PM
Great Interview........GREAT photos.


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Posted: 11/9/2009 8:53:49 PM
How fun to read about you and see your lovely photos! Thank you for sharing a part of yourself.


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Posted: 11/9/2009 9:20:11 PM
You and your photos are just so amazingly AWESOME! Thanks for sharing with us. Oh ..... and ... I want your life!!!

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Posted: 11/9/2009 9:24:43 PM
I don't know where to start!!! I could write a 'small novella' about your interview!!! I am in total awe over your photography!!!! You have special, special skills that are over and beyond just a well trained photographer!!! Your creative right brain (which you claim not to possess, lol) is alive and blooming!! You are truly a 'both-sided brain' wonder!!! To be so skilled in your career, PLUS so tremendously talented on the creative side too...quite unique!!!
I'm touched by your deep love for family and your gorgeous daughter.

Thank you for sharing part of your life with us!!!


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Posted: 11/9/2009 9:25:08 PM
Carolyn, I loved your interview!!! And your pictures are beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing a piece of yourself with us.


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Posted: 11/9/2009 9:54:17 PM
Loved reading everything you wrote, you've got such a positive outlook on life, and your photography is truly amazing!



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Posted: 11/9/2009 11:17:51 PM
I'm with Staci, I you even more now! So excited to see you on Saturday.

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Posted: 11/10/2009 12:31:56 AM
So great to learn more about you...and of course, see some more of your beautiful work!




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Posted: 11/10/2009 12:58:12 AM
Carolyn, WOWOWOWOWOW!!! LOVED this!! I totally agree about seeing three movies in a theater in one day. Miss those days! Loved EVERY SINGLE IMAGE. Loved finding out some extra dimensions to that already REALLY COOL Carolyn I see on here. It was fun seeing again some of the shots you've posted about in the past few months.... and that dog/book shot?


Oh ALL of it is. Thanks for sharing!!

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Posted: 11/10/2009 1:32:45 AM
You are seriously such an awesome person!

Can I be you when I grow up??

Your work is breathtaking!

Thanks for sharing


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Posted: 11/10/2009 6:34:28 AM
WOW - as in, knock your socks off, WOW!! Your pictures are simply fantastic and I find myself drooling over them each time you post. It was a pleasure meeting you and your family and how fortuitous that you were able to find the perfect fit of artistry and law by working for Universal - I believe it fuels your creativity and intellect. Thank you for sharing.


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Posted: 11/10/2009 6:46:05 AM
You're my seriously need a blog or something...I need to bookmark you! LOVE your work! TFS!






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Posted: 11/10/2009 7:54:18 AM
Ok...I'm in awe! Both sides of your brain function quite well! I loved your interview. Your photos are fantastic! Thanks for sharing with all of us! Loved it!!!



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Posted: 11/10/2009 8:01:47 AM
Awesome interview. Your photos are a-maz-ing!

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Posted: 11/10/2009 9:55:42 AM
Thanks so much for sharing a bit of yourself with us! You do amazing work and your family is gorgeous!


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Posted: 11/10/2009 10:19:31 AM

WOW - as in, knock your socks off, WOW!!

Yep! Your interview is as fabulous as I thought it would be...

Your adoration and devotion to your family is evident in your words and work--thank you so much for sharing it all!!

And, I'm SO glad you used that first shot of Natalie with the polka-dotted umbrella. It is one of my all time favorite shots. Of anyone's!! There is just something so wonderful about it.

Looking forward to Anne's interview!


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Posted: 11/10/2009 10:59:10 AM
You are one incredibly talented woman!! Thank you for sharing!
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Posted: 11/10/2009 11:31:42 AM
I'm in AWE!! You take AMAZING photos, I so need to follow your work!! And are an atty, mom, and wife n top of it all?? I'm so impressed. I'm impressed with everything about you!! That was a GREAT interview!! Thanks for sharing!!



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Posted: 11/10/2009 11:46:24 AM
Wow, thanks so much for sharing all of this, Carolyn. I feel like I have so much I can learn from you - LOVE that last in the series of child pictures, simply gorgeous. And I would seriously love to meet you one day and hang out with our two redheads

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Posted: 11/10/2009 11:57:56 AM
could you possibly be any more talented??!! thank you for a great interview, for sharing your wonderful work and for showing us that lawyers are people, too!!!


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Posted: 11/10/2009 12:09:16 PM
Oh gosh, where do I even begin? I am soooo unbelievably touched by all of your kind words. For a girl with confidence "issues" who was nervous putting herself "out there" to begin with, your response has done me a world of good. It literally brought tears to my eyes.

I am so grateful to all of you.

I wish I could write back to each and every one of you, but I think my boss might get upset and I would be also taking up a lot of space on this board!

Staci: I used a 28-135mm with fill flash (cloudy lightsphere), but I think the 24-70mm would be a better choice and I hope to get that lens next. I borrowed Kristie's when we were in Laguna and it was awesome! I feel so lucky to know you IRL -- you are an absolute treasure -- and I can't wait to see you, Kristie, Cathi and Carrie this weekend!

Kim: What a great day we had at the beach! Thanks for posting that pic! You are amazing and I have learned so much just from seeing you in action. Come back and visit -- you are always welcome. All Hamptons (furry and human) love you.

Anne: I'm seriously going to take you up on that playdate!! I've always suspected you and I are similar. Can't wait to read your interview!

Jess + Julie S.: redheaded girls' club! I love being connected to you both on FB. I admire you two so much. You inspire me all of the time -- maybe without knowing it?

Molly: My bedside pic reminds me of the one you took of your beautiful daughter. I love that image of yours.

Nancy: !!! You rendered me speechless!!! I need to post your words on my bulletin board so I can look at them when I get another crisis of confidence! Thanks so much!

Emily: ditto what I said to Nancy!!!!

Janice: You are so wonderful.

Jodi: lawyer/photographers need to stick together, right? We are a special breed, I suspect!

Thanks a million. The Peas RULE!!!


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Posted: 11/10/2009 12:17:59 PM
Nice to "meet" you. Thanks for sharing. You're photographs are great!


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Posted: 11/10/2009 2:01:46 PM
Wow! Your work is beautiful! I can't wait to see what you do with your website.

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Posted: 11/10/2009 2:19:41 PM
Carolyn, what a wonderful interview! You and your family are beautiful, and so is your work! I LOVE the glasses on the dogs

Also, not sure if you saw in the other thread, but I am totally fascinated by your Ellis Island idea. I love history.


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Posted: 11/10/2009 2:41:56 PM
Thanks, Tracie!

Every year at my daughter's school, the 4th graders write "Where I'm From" poems. They talk about their ancestry -- such as "I'm from the hills of Tuscany, and the tundra of the Ukraine..." -- and family traditions. They are always amazing.

I will dress the kids up to look like turn of the century immigrants and then take a portrait to go with each child's poem. I'll probably process them to look sepia-toned. This will be happening in January (I think).

Since you and Anne have expressed an interest, I'll post some when they are done.


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Posted: 11/10/2009 3:31:04 PM
I really enjoyed reading your interview and you just sound like such a cool person...but then I saw your pictures and WOWSERS! You are an incredibly talented photographer! I second Trina that I want to be you when I grow up! Thanks for sharing about yourself.


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Posted: 11/10/2009 3:35:48 PM
What an awesome post! I teared up reading about how you visit your daughter every night I do the same thing with my little boy! Your images are AMAZING! I am an pretty sure I have have mentioned that before, but thought I'd throw it out there again, just in case you had any doubt


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Posted: 11/10/2009 10:46:07 PM
I really enjoyed reading all about YOU and loved looking at your pictures! Thanks for a great interview.


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April 2007
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Posted: 11/10/2009 11:10:48 PM
What a lovely interview, you and your family are simply gorgeous. Your photos are amazing as well, I love the ones of your little red-head and the b&w ones. I'm a huge fan of Art Wolfe also, I actually went to a seminar of his a few weeks ago and had a chance to meet him. He's really funny in person.

Now we get to read about Anne next week, YAY!


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Posted: 11/10/2009 11:31:51 PM
Wow! What a great interview and stunning photos! I can't believe you could ever be nervous before a shoot, because your work is absolutely gorgeous!


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