My pea of the week interview

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Posted 11/30/2009 by MichyM in General Photography
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Macro PhotograPea

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Posted: 11/30/2009 4:55:14 PM
Well this was harder than it looked, I hope I did the questions some justice, but it's been a busy week! I didn't have time to pull and work on favorite photos, I'm sorry. I did take a few minutes and grab some out of my photobucket account though Here goes nothing:

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

Ok, you guys don't know how badly I wanted to opt out of the self portrait part of this. I was sure I wasn't going to do it, I hate being at the receiving end of a lens. But, at the 11th hour and with amazing light streaming through the windows of my son's empty bedroom (which is going to be my office after his winter break this year), I handed DH my camera and said SHOOT and tried not to regret it. Thankfully, shooting with an 85mm lens at 1.4 is pretty forgiving..... I highly recommend it

Look at the focus DH got at 1.4, aren't you impressed?!? I also fought the urge to PS the heck out of this in a big way. But, you know what? I'm 48 years old. I have wrinkles. I'm overweight, and this IS what I look like at this time in my life. little thing, my tee shirt shifted under my sweater, I don't usually show this much cleavage, I promise! Oh, one more thing. A couple of years ago I hardly ever smiled. I was so self conscious about my stained teeth. I am an avid coffee drinker and it showed. I started using custom made bleaching trays from my dentist and I could not be happier with the results. I don't give a second thought to smiling big now!

Who am I? In a nutshell; I am the wife to a patient, kind, and supportive man who has been a wonderful husband to me for closing in on 20 years. I am the mother of a young man who I am beyond proud of. I cannot believe that my husband and I were able to parent this person into the man he has become. AMAZING, truly. I am a trustworthy, caring, compassionate, and dependable friend. I am a 17 year cancer survivor. I thrive on nurturing my creative side. I love chocolate. I don't get the 4am Black Friday thing. I battle shyness every day of my life. My cat wakes me up in the middle of the night by licking my hair (weird I know). I love Seattle, but hate the 5 months between mid October and mid March and totally understand people who do the "snowbird" thing. I make an incredible Lemon Meringue Pie. If I could have lunch with any celebrity I would pick Sting. Oh my gosh, I could go on and on, but I'll spare you!

I don't have a website right now. I let my macro site expire in June, but I will be picking up the site domain again in the next month or so and using for both macros and portraiture.

For now you can find my personal blog here: MICHYM - personal blog

My business blogsite here (I just started building my portraiture portfolio): LAUREN HARTMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

And my 2010 desk calendar blogsite here: 2010 DESK CALENDAR

You can find me on facebook too, Lauren Hartman, and also Lauren Hartman Photography.

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

My son (now 19) has been involved in theatre since his freshman year of high school. He is currently a musical theatre major in college. I wanted to be able to capture moments on stage well. I was using a P&S Kodak camera with dismal (as you can well imagine) results and wanted better. So, I bought a Nikon D50 4 years ago right before a family Thanksgving week trip to NYC (best way to spend Thanksgiving EVER in my opinion). I knew I was going to have to really learn photography to get the results I wanted, but I had tried learning photography before (probably about 4 years prior) and had failed miserably. I just couldn't "get" ALL.

I kept my D50 in auto mode until about February 2006, then thanks to several wonderful online friends I started learning how to shoot manual. Honestly, if it wasn't for all of us learning at about the same time, I don't know that I would have stuck it out. Several of the women learned and grew at photography at a much faster pace than I did, so I found it difficult not to get frustrated at times! I empathize so much with many of the "I'm frustrated" threads posted here! But, I stuck it out, and in March of that year I shot my first performance photos of my son. They actually turned out pretty well, and if you go into the WAY back machine of my personal blog I have a few of them posted I've also had a lot of other help along the way, mainly from people here at 2Peas.

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

With photography I am self taught (though had a lot of help from the above mentioned friends as well as a few others later on). I did take a macro class through Betterphoto a couple of years ago.

Professionally, straight out of high school I worked my way through the ranks in retail and ended up the general manager and buyer for a chain of 5 specialty stores in Seattle. I had always planned on going to design school, but got sidetracked by my work in retail. At age 26 after much soul searching, I decided to go to school and earned my degree in Interior Design. I graduated 3 weeks after my son was born (7 weeks prematurely). I worked in that field for a number of years primarily designing residential remodels and was fortunate to work closely with architects to help design the finished interior spaces. I spent very little time working on "shopping" for furniture and accessories, which is a good thing since I'm not awfully fond of shopping!

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

One with an eye for detail. I think that has to do with my background though, especially because of my work in design. However, some people just call me picky <eyeroll>

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

I shoot Nikon. My gear is listed in my siggy Without a doubt my favorite piece of equipment is my macro lens. I use the Nikon 105mm VR. LOVE this lens! I never truly understood what a really good lens was until I bought it. Besides being amazing for macros and portraits, this lens gives me the best color...and the bokeh is to die for!

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

I struggle with learning technical information (whether it is photography related or not). For whatever reason, my brain just doesn't process it well. So as you can imagine, learning photography, lighting, and processing has been (and will continue to be) a steep learning curve for me. With composition I think I do well, it's the technical stuff that trips me up all the 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.

There have been so many! Really, I love it when a light bulb goes on for me (wish it would more often...LOL). Probably the biggest one was finally truly understanding how the environment one shoots in can impact the color of the images so much. I am still learning this, but I "see" environmental color with more ease now.

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

I've learned a lot of lessons, some more humbling than others. I think the one that I will always be aware of is that there is so much MORE I have to learn. When I first started out, I kind of thought there was a finite amount of knowledge needed to be an accomplished photographer. As I learn more, I realize how wrong I was!

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

Honestly, I think my greatest achievement is not photography related. It is raising our son into the fine man he has become. When he was growing up, people often told us what an incredible kid he was, and that DH and I were great parents. I always sloughed it off, befuddled by how Colin had turned out how he had. DH and I always just muddled through and thought Colin being who he was was a happy accident. Now that he is grown I can clearly see that it WAS our parenting (coupled of course with Colin's determination and personality) that has made him turn out the way he has. So, any compliments thrown in our direction now are simply answered with a smile and a thank you because I know that we actually DID do good

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

Not defining what I want my photography to be. This is still an evolving process, but I need to keep in mind that I am in complete control of my destiny and who I am as a photographer. I don't need to be what other people want me to be, or what other photographers are. I need to be true to myself regardless of whether my style is what the mainstream is.

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

I love shooting macros. Love it with a burning fiery passion. Going outside and finding something I can turn into art just makes me happy. When the stars align and I'm finding good light, it's not breezy, and I'm "feeling" it, I can while away 2 hours without even realizing it. Shooting macros makes me feel serene and calm. It's a very solitary endeavor I'll admit, but it is time JUST for me. I don't have to rely on someone posing for me, staying still(ish), making small talk, nothing. It's just me doing exactly what I want, when I want, how I want. I can take the shot 10 different ways without worrying about boring someone. OMG, and bokeh.....I love bokeh! It is so delicious! Once I've found a subject to shoot, I love framing it, seeing what the bokeh looks like, then moving myself (or moving things in the background) until I get the bokeh I want.

I have not shot a macro since the beginning of October and I am pretty unhappy about it. Right now in my life I need more time.

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

Taking the photos. I dislike processing (except macros) with a burning, fiery passion (have you noticed that I like using the phrase "burning, fiery passion?). I'm not one to sit for long, so hanging out at a computer for hours on end is not my idea of fun.

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

Seeing other people's work. I love seeing how other photographers see the world through their lenses!

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

I type with 2 fingers. So if you see a post by me that is more than two paragraphs, assume it took me a half hour or longer to type, because more than likely it did. IMAGINE how long it took me to type this!!!

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

My amazing husband:

He will do just about anything for me, including climbing into a fallen down tree trunk for a photo op:

My equally incredible son:

he always manages to make me laugh:

My lovely niece (who I don't get to see nearly often enough):

....and there are more, but this will have to do for now

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

Top tip - look for the light, always. Second top tip, pulling up the midtones of the skin in the PP of portraits. It usually does a world of good with smoothing out imperfections without resorting to softening the skin. I have a ton of macros tips, just go to my personal blog and start scrolling back. Biggest one I have is, when you are first starting to learn to shoot macros - USE A TRIPOD!!! <----- and yes I am well aware I am shouting.

17. Who are you picking next and why?

I had a very hard time deciding who to pick next. I finally decided on Pat (Patspix). I've had the good fortune to meet (and shoot with) her a couple of times. She is one of the nicest people I've ever met online and in person. She is so kind, and she exudes a peacefulness about her, even when her life is turned upside-down. I love how she sees things through her lens. She is equally adept at shooting water droplets and macros as she is shooting landscapes or something quirky in her every day life. I'd love to know more about her!

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

These first images are some of my favorites from this past year. I picked one image taken in that particular month to use on my calendar:

Now for a trip down memory lane (aka my photobucket account)

This is the daughter of one of our peas. I love this image. She is such a lovely child, and looks so serene in this image. I'll let her mom out herself is she likes

I love the brilliant colors on this rose:

and the color and detail on this one:

are these not about the most amazing eyes you've ever seen? And all I did was boost the color very slightly:

I have this cropped into a 20x20 square, and framed to 36" square in my house. It is one of my favorite shots ever:

This is the first macro I got that absolutely thrilled me. It still does:


I don't pea as much as I used to.

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Posted: 11/30/2009 5:03:18 PM
I LOVED reading more about you. I ADORE your macros!!!

Thanks so much for sharing more about you. Your son looks like he has lot of personality.

In my next life I want to be a photographer..
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Posted: 11/30/2009 5:07:04 PM
Thank you for sharing a little about yourself! I LOVE your macro pictures! They look so bright and happy!

Jennifer G.

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Posted: 11/30/2009 5:07:36 PM

I was so looking forward to this, Lauren, and you delivered! Loved reading every word and learning more about you. Loved seeing pics of the handsome men in your life. And I think I could look at your macros all day long and never get tired, they are so breathtaking!



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Posted: 11/30/2009 5:09:45 PM
Lauren, I have been looking forward to your interview It's so fun to get to know you better. You are so pretty, you should never worry about having your picture taken!

Your work is absolutely gorgeous, I have always loved that shot of Collin with the sunglasses and big smile. And that one with the tiny daisies is stunning

ETA: And I forgot to say I am so happy you picked Pat! I'm also jealous you have got to meet her in person


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Posted: 11/30/2009 5:10:10 PM
that's all I have to say.


A Marvelous OlymPEAn

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Posted: 11/30/2009 5:14:41 PM
FANTASTIC PHOTO of yourself!!!!

I totally get you on the seattle thing. I LOVE it here, but it does kinda drag a bit in those gray months

Such a great read and it was so great to learn more about you!

your photos are sooo gorgeous!

CC and plays always welcome!

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Posted: 11/30/2009 5:19:22 PM
I'm inspired to get my macro lens out and use it more often! =)

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Posted: 11/30/2009 5:39:10 PM
Oh my gosh, that was soooo interesting to read about you!

But first, let me say, YOU ARE GORGEOUS! Seriously, woman, you should be in front of the camera all the time. I made a vow recently to not let my issues with my self-image at 45 years old (which is a lot different than my self-image at 35 or 25 years old!) keep me from being in photos. I've been in more photos in the last few months than a while now, and I'm so happy about it. Do'll be glad you did!

I loved "hearing" the fervor in your "voice" when you talked about macros. That was wonderful, and your photos are truly, truly stunning. That pink flower made me say, "Ohhhhhh!" out loud!

Your son is adorable/handsome. It's so wonderful to hear what a great kid/man he is now. We need all the good people we can get on this planet, so thank you for raising one of them right!


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Posted: 11/30/2009 5:40:18 PM
You are fantabulous!!!!

I have always adored your macros and enjoy that *jaw-dropping* I get to do whenever I open a new thread/post from you and see that brilliant, not too-much, brilliant color!!

I didn't realize you were a cancer survivor, that's amazing and such a wonderful testimony. I have enjoyed getting to know you through your blog and will always have a piece of you since I have one of your amazing prints to call my own


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Posted: 11/30/2009 5:52:19 PM
I am such a fan of yours it's nice to know more about you!! your macros!!


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Posted: 11/30/2009 6:00:02 PM
Lauren, your photos truly take my breath away, and I more now than I did before.

And I am super excited about having Pat next.


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Posted: 11/30/2009 6:15:54 PM
Loved your interview. I can totally relate to the 48 yrs old, overweight and wrinkles but I wished I looked like that! You are beautiful! Your macros are, love, love them.
Thanks for sharing your bio....enjoyed reading it!


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Posted: 11/30/2009 6:23:17 PM
I bow to your macro amazingness. That is all!


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Posted: 11/30/2009 6:51:02 PM
I love your self portait. You are beautiful. Our wrinkles tell a story, I believe. I love your hair. That was awesome light. I think my favorite photo of yours is the tiger and I love that last macro.
Thanks for sharing yourself with us. You are very interesting.


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Posted: 11/30/2009 7:02:55 PM
What an amazing interview!! Loved reading it--so wonderful!

Looking forward to Pat's, too.

**ETA: I was obviously in a big hurry when I typed this. Fixed the typos. I think!


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Posted: 11/30/2009 7:25:03 PM
Your work has always been an inspiration to me and soooo, soooo beautiful to look at! I really enjoyed this interview. Your dedication and hesitation really inspire me to continue on this journey and hopefully one day I can be a tiny bit as good as you are.



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Posted: 11/30/2009 7:27:58 PM
Wonderful interview and amazing photographs. ~Jackie

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Posted: 11/30/2009 7:35:31 PM
Thanks so much for sharing yourself with us! Your macro work is incredible!


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Posted: 11/30/2009 7:50:34 PM
I have been sooo looking forward to reading this, Lauren, and learning more about you! Cheers and hats off to B--what an awesome portrait of you; I think you are too hard on yourself, by the way. You are a gorgeous woman, inside and out, and it shows. Didn't know you were a survivor--big congrats! Love the shots, of course, and your tips-- I've learned so much from shooting with you. Thanks (I think) for picking me--you are an awfully hard act to follow!! Crud, now I have to get a photo of myself. Yuck.

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Posted: 11/30/2009 7:55:18 PM
Your work and demeanor never cease to impress me! I love, love, love your style and eye in photography. Now I feel the need to get my macro lens out...

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Posted: 11/30/2009 8:13:15 PM
Your macros are just stunning and I loved reading about you!!

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Posted: 11/30/2009 8:13:35 PM
Lauren - thank you for sharing with us. I am also a big fan - but not just of your macros - frankly, I look to your photos as inspiration. Whether flowers or the gorgeous little neighbor girl you frequently photograph - your photos emphasize the details and always with enviable clarity. I agree with Pat, I thinkist you are being a bit too hard on yourself; you are a beautiful vibrant woman and you are right to take credit for a job well done on raising a fine young man.


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Posted: 11/30/2009 8:22:10 PM
I love your photos and you were very interesting to read about. I am going to add you on facebook

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Posted: 11/30/2009 9:10:20 PM
It was a pleasure learning more about you! I your macros! Thank you for sharing!!

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Posted: 11/30/2009 9:30:54 PM
It was so wonderful to learn more about you, Lauren.

I totally get what you said about being able to shoot macros for hours on end without realizing it. I love shooting flowers and plants and nauture, macro and non

Your macro photos are breathtaking. I vote you do a class or tutorial on shooting macros!

Thank you for sharing yourself for us!

Excited for Pat's interview!

Blessings, Rebecca

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Nikon D700-a dream come true
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Posted: 11/30/2009 9:35:11 PM
I love your macro work. It's beautiful. TFS more about you.

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Posted: 11/30/2009 9:35:13 PM
I love your macro work. It's beautiful. TFS more about you.

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Posted: 11/30/2009 10:07:13 PM
I just LOVE you, you know!! You're my macro idol, and I just melt over your photos.

I'm so touched by your pride in your son, (and rightly so!!). It is quite an accomplishment to raise one so well, and you and your DH obviously did a tremendous job!!

Congrats on being a survivor of is always so good to hear about happy endings to the terrible "C".

Lauren, don't hide from the camera are gorgeous; as gorgeous outside as you are inside!!

And, believe me....I have come to realize that one is doing a disservice to their children/family if they exclude themselves in many photos. Photos are what we have to preserve our memories (as we all know here on Peas!) and the more photos there are of everyone, the more memories there are to share.

You gave me hope about the white-teeth thing too! LOL I have terribly stained yellow teeth from years of coffee drinking plus some of the medications I'm on. And I tend to try not to laugh or smile big, because I am so self-conscious of them. Now, I'm going to ask my dentist about whitening!!! He never has brought it up, but now I'm going too!!

Great to hear more about you and like I've said before....if you ever give a macro class, I'll be the first to sign up!!



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Posted: 11/30/2009 10:20:40 PM

Thank you for sharing! You are gorgeous and you truly should get in front of the camera more than you do! You made my heart melt with love I can feel you have for your son, he sounds like an amazing young man and is a good looking guy too!

Your work is awesome!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the blue texture over the little white and yellow flowers! Beautiful!


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Posted: 11/30/2009 10:57:35 PM
Lauren, your pics are total eye candy and just make me happy looking at them. I'm new to the macro world, but I feel massively inspired right now!! Thanks for sharing your pictures and yourself!


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Posted: 11/30/2009 11:42:15 PM
I enjoyed finding out more about you. You look great and I love your hair (coming from someone with thin, fine hair LOL). Your macro work is truly fabulous!

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Posted: 12/1/2009 12:47:19 AM
I just had to chime in with another "your macro work is to die for gorgeous"!! You have some serious talent

Thanks for sharing!


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April 2007
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Posted: 12/1/2009 3:07:55 AM
What a wonderful interview, your photos are so truly inspiring. I can get so lost into your macro work and just look at them all day. There is just something about them that are so magical.

You are just as beautiful outside as you are inside and there are no happy accidents raising a wonderful son that you are proud of.

I love that photo you took of Ava! She often still asks if she can go the next time I meet up with my photography friends.


PeaNut 413,839
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Posted: 12/1/2009 5:37:36 AM
Great interview, nice to learn more 'bout the rest of the 'buttton pushers' on 2peas you have a talented finger there LOL. It's great when you find a subject you like and the creative process starts, was that last shot good? can I make it better? the curve may seem never ending bot OH what a journey.Thanks for sharing yourself with us.


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Posted: 12/1/2009 5:45:05 AM
Great interview Lauren...loved reading more about you. You are gorgeous! Your photos are gorgeous...that tiger shot was a great capture! Man I want to learn how to get my skin tones like you do. Lately I have done nothing but struggle with them.

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Posted: 12/1/2009 5:46:35 AM
I enjoyed reading about you Lauren. I laughed about not wanting to be on the receiving end of a lens as that is me too. I don't believe I've ever had a good picture taken of me when I knew someone was taking it. I also chuckled about wrinkles. I wear mine as a badge of honor--I've earned each and every one of them.

Add me to the very long list of your macro lovers. And, I have noticed a lack of them in the past couple of months. Could you please post just a few for me? If you do ever hold a macro class (like Nancy said), not only would I be one of the first to sign up, I'd come out to Seattle to attend!

Would you like to share your Lemon Meringue Pie recipe?

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Posted: 12/1/2009 7:38:43 AM
Thanks for sharing! I just love these interviews and all the things we learn about one another. Your work is amazing and you have a beautiful family

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December 2006
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Posted: 12/1/2009 8:09:55 AM
I loved reading your interview and am once again blown away by your amazing flower macros. I simply love the color and clarity you are able to capture. The calendar is fantastic!

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October 2005
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Posted: 12/1/2009 9:00:02 AM
Wow- I'm truly in awe!! Your work is amazing and I love your macros. They are unbelievable!! I getting to know more aaout you! I will totally be checking out your blog for tips, and anxiously awaiting your new site!!

Thanks so much!



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Posted: 12/1/2009 9:22:21 AM
Gorgeous gorgeous pictures! I really enjoyed reading about you and your work is just beautiful!


PeaNut 275,639
September 2006
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Posted: 12/1/2009 5:04:02 PM
LOVED reading about you, and I am thinking I may have to get your desk calender I LOVE your macros. I have been wanting a macro lens for so long, the same one you have.


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Posted: 12/2/2009 2:34:03 AM
I agree with all of the above posts! Beautiful macros!

And you're beautiful! Sounds like you've got an awesome family. Loved the hubby one and the tree.

I know what you mean about how peaceful it is taking macros!

Thanks for sharing!



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Posted: 12/2/2009 3:00:54 AM
Lauren! Your macro work (and portrait work too) is just jaw dropping. Seriously, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your work. Thanks for sharing a little bit with us!


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PeaNut 126,573
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Posted: 12/2/2009 6:16:57 AM
Lauren your Macro work is stunning as everyone has said, true work of ART. I remember the phone calls to you and you helping me with a Gardena shot which was very helpful. You have surpassed me in the Macro field. Hard to believe you are not technical though because you really know your way around your camera and understanding the ins and outs of the triangle. I still struggle with all of this; now talk about technical deficit.

Maybe one of these summers I can get out of the desert and up to your Seattle and we can go out to your favorite flower place. Cheers to you and your accomplishmens in photography.


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Posted: 12/2/2009 12:55:55 PM
Wow, that was really fun to read. You are beautiful and so is your family! Thanks for sharing!

I adore your macros as well! I really love the one with the christmas ornament as well - gorgeous!

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Posted: 12/2/2009 1:02:42 PM
I enjoyed your interview, and love love LOVE your macros!

Right now in my life I need more time.

I hear you - could definitely use some more of this myself.

TFS with us!

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Posted: 12/2/2009 1:05:50 PM
You already know this, but I've been one of your biggest fans since about my 2nd day here when you took a horrible picture of my daughter and completely transformed it into something wonderful - and then held my hand while I cried and told me step by step how I could do it, too. I will be forever grateful for your kindness that day.

Thank you for sharing your life with us. You are stunningly beautiful, and your work speaks for itself - amazing!


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PeaNut 100,139
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Posted: 12/2/2009 1:08:52 PM
Amazing work - thanks for sharing with us!

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Posted: 12/2/2009 1:46:00 PM
You are fabulous, wildly talented, and really really beautiful. Don't sell yourself short!


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