My Pea Of The Week Interview

Two Peas is Closing
Click here to visit our final product sale. Click here to visit our FAQ page regarding the closing of Two Peas.

Posted 1/31/2010 by coolbeans in General Photography


PeaNut 341,583
October 2007
Posts: 3,185
Layouts: 84
Loc: Erie, PA

Posted: 1/31/2010 10:54:33 PM
First, Thank you so much Kim M for wanting to know a bit about me. I do feel really embarrassed to share my photos when I just adore all the beautiful images the peas have posted. I think of that Saturday Night Live character who keeps saying "I am not worthy" But, I am glad that this just isn't only about our images but a chance to get to know each other. So thank you and here is my story.....

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

My name is Jackie S. My name at Peas is Coolbeans because before I was remarried my last name had Bean in it and everyone kind of just called me coolbeans. It's kind of a nickname that has stuck. I guess I should clear up my tacky avatar from the start. My son wanted a pic of me for his phone and I just hate all photo's of myself so I sent him that one to be funny. It is me when I was 16 working for Burger King. We had just awesome uniforms and hats. Lol. I will change it some day. I am a mother of three grown children. My youngest daughter, 24 was recently married and also made me a Grandmother for the very first time. So exciting! Plus since my dh and I married after I was done having children and mine were grown before we got married this is kind of a wonderful treat for him to be a much loved Grandfather. I was a stay at home mom involved in everything with my kids when they were young. Soccer coach, Brownie and Girl Scout leader, usually held some sort of office in the school PTO, car pooler to daughters dance etc. etc. Perhaps that may be a reason my first marriage fell apart. We married really young. I was 20 and had my son at 21. My life was so full and x-husbands too with so many activities with the kids we never really grew our relationship. It was a bitter divorce and I was kind of floored at the time. He was going through this mid life crisis and decided to quit a very nice paying job to discover what he wanted to do. I had never really worked and had only a year completed in college. So I moved with my children who were in middle school and high school to my parent's house and went back to school. It took me about several years full time even through summer to get my degree. I am a service engineering specialist at STERIS Corporation. My product line is Surgical Lights, Stretchers, and Table Accessories. STERIS has been very good to me and also brought me to my soul mate and husband who is also an engineer there.

I am really terrible at feeling comfortable in front of the camera. I had intentions of taking a self portrait this week end but just didn't. I will work on one but here is one of me and our dog Misha. Basically I still wear that same coat and hat so does Misha. So it really is kind of like a current pic. lol

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

Actually two things started my desire to get into photography. First my husband bought me my current camera the Canon XTi a couple years ago for Christmas. Prior to that I had a Canon P&S. I really liked taking pictures and he thought I had a knack for composition so he thought I should try a camera that would allow me a bit more creativity. I had taken a basic photography class in high school, back in 75 or 76 as an elective and genuinely enjoyed it but didn't have another opportunity in school to take it as an elective. But this new camera was a challenge. I was happy for a few months shooting in the auto settings. It was not until I took a digital class last year that I really learned that exposure triangle and started shooting in manual. I love it. Maybe it's the engineer in me but I just love finding the perfect relationship between exposure, shutter speed and dof. Once I started shooting in manual it was love. Now, it's you all on the peas that inspire me. Plus I have a small library in my home office overflowing with photography books and magazines.
The second reason strangely was a situation at work that happened shortly after I got my camera but really before I learned to use my camera. I had made some art work signs and email notices for a fundraiser our company department was doing. Some corporate people received it and wondered who designed it. When they found out it was me they asked me if I could design a corporate newsletter for our customers. It was one of those jobs that would require you to squeeze in time when you could and no increase in pay. Lol Anyway I said I would love to but I would need something like Photoshop to do this. So I got the Photoshop program and began to learn layers and what I needed to do to design for the newsletter. It was a little bit of a help for when I would try editing photographs. I had never had any other photo type software so I really just had to and still do feel my way around.

So here is a pic of the part of the newsletter header and design I created. I was pretty happy the company went 100% with my design.

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

I have taken two classes at our local Art Museum. Thankfully I had a wonderful instructor. He encouraged me to join the local Photography club. I did and found it also so helpful and exciting to have found others that have the same interest. Our club does go to a couple workshops a year. I have learned from the couple I have attended but actually would rather be there out shooting somewhere than sitting watching slide shows all day.

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

I am not sure if I have really developed a style yet. I do love being outdoors and truly thankful God has created so much beauty around. I guess I just feel really happy to capture a piece of that in a photograph. I love people photography but no willing victims to practice on. I do know though that a great nature shot from someone will bring me to tears. I guess I really have not gotten that feeling from people photography although it certainly is beautiful too. Well maybe birth photography. I actually was there when my granddaughter was born. Perhaps the most wondrous thing I ever saw.

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

I have actually never shopped for myself for photography equipment. My husband surprised me with my Canon XTi and the kit lens and has continued to fill my bag nicely on birthdays and anniversaries. Usually I don't even have to give a hint. As for my lens I have my original kit lens, 50mm 1.8, my favorite the 10-22mm, a 75-300 5.6, and 100 macro which is another favorite. I also have a pro master flash and a couple of diffusers for the flash.

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

Focus. Focus. FOCUS

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

Definitely learning how to shoot in manual. Once I understood how exposure, depth of field and shutter speed affect each other it was like a huge light bulb going off.

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

Unfortunately I still have not learned this lesson no matter how many times I say I will not do this again but since I really do not know Photoshop that well but am pretty intuitive with computer programs I play and play and play with adjustments and layers etc and forget how I created it. Then I will size it for something and in a few months need it at a different size and cannot recreate it for the life of me.

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

I guess a mistake that thinking shooting in manual was something I would not be able to figure out. I am glad that I mustered the confidence to try. It truly was the basis for my progression even though still a beginner it has really helped me progress.

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

I guess it's the possibility of capturing a moment that might not ever happen again.

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

I definitely like taking the photo best. I love seeing something that I think might make a nice image. I visually try to cement an image of what it looked like to me the feelings it gave me etc. When I process the image I try to pull from that memory what I was trying to share. I really don't like a lot of actions but prefer more of a natural process. Maybe as my photoshop skills improve I will do more with images. I have shot some images in hdr where I took 3 or for exposures and put them together. I prefer the look of true hdr verses programs like Topaz Adjusts. I do like the newer topaz detail. It seems a bit more natural to me.

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

Gosh, I guess so much inspires me. So many people for their acts of kindness and generosity. My husband and family certainly inspire me. I guess I always see something good in everyone and feel thankful they have touched my life. God and the natural beauty of nature inspires me. I truly feel every day is a beautiful gift.

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

I volunteer for a program called Gliding Stars and have helped a young man for several years. They do a show once a year and receive a medal. This is a terribly blurry photo but I still like it. The young man I teach is very severely autistic. He does not speak at all but I know he is having fun and really looks forward to it.

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

I have been very fortunate to have a wonderful family and very dear husband. My family is small so that makes it all the more special to me that we are close however not in miles at all. My parents live half a year at Winter Park CO. When most retires head to Florida they headed out to ski country. They stay there the winter season and the summer season for fishing and biking. I have a twin sister who lives in ABQ NM and my brother lives in Denver. My younger sister lives in Virginia. My husbands family is very similar in that they are also spread across the US. It gives us a wonderful opportunity to travel. This year was really wonderful for Thanksgiving my whole family came.

A couple pics of DH and Me ( Only a few years ago but I have managed to gain weight since then.

My oldest son Patrick

My middle son Shawn

My daughter Kara

My Father

My Mom, an old pic but it has always been my favorite. Its my mom, my twin sister, my brother, younger sister, and myself.

16. Can you share your top tip/technique with us?
I am strictly a hobby photographer but know I have learned so much from my local photo club. We have members of all kinds many professionals or very expert hobbist to beginners. I suggest checking out your area for a club.

17. Who are you picking next and why?

I am choosing ND Jane. I know I said I don't do alot of processing or actions but I do admire the work of those that do. I really like the artistic way she processes her pictures and would like to learn more.

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

My next club challenge is still life or table top. I got a few shots yesterday and today.

Thank you so much for looking.

Canon 7D and XTi
Jackie S.

Drink lots...PEA pale!

PeaNut 276,190
September 2006
Posts: 22,615
Layouts: 717
Loc: Colorado

Posted: 1/31/2010 11:01:52 PM
I loved reading your interview and that shot of your daughter is just soooo outstanding. I love the processing for that pic, it is so perfect. I also love that perspective on your carrot shot.

I also love those glaciers? They are gorgeous!


24-70 2.8L
100 2.8L IS macro
135 2.0L
85 1.2L II
Fisheye 15mm
Tamron 70-200 2.8
Lensbaby Composer

CS4 on a calibrated Mac

My blog
Photography website
Woolywishes Etsy shop


PeaNut 268,945
July 2006
Posts: 4,172
Layouts: 20
Loc: Texas

Posted: 1/31/2010 11:11:58 PM
Great interview Jackie!! I loved reading all about you!!

Looking forward to the next interview.


Canon 40D | 24-70 2.8L | 70-200 4L | 70-200 2.8L | 50 1.4 | 85 1.8 | 28-300 18-55 | 580ex II

Going Up

PeaNut 311,912
April 2007
Posts: 1,821
Layouts: 24
Loc: Washington

Posted: 1/31/2010 11:19:18 PM
Great photos! Are some of those from a cruise up in Alaska? I like your landscape shots, that's something I would like to try my hand out also. Thanks for sharing Jackie!


PeaNut 270,610
July 2006
Posts: 593
Layouts: 8

Posted: 1/31/2010 11:20:48 PM
Thanks so much for sharing! Very inspirational and your pictures are AMAZING!!

In my camera bag:
Canon 40D with Grip
Rebel XTi
Canon 24-70L
Canon 50 mm 1.8
Tamron 28-75 2.8
Canon Speedlite 430
Kit lens

Thinking Hap-Pea Thoughts

PeaNut 63,394
January 2003
Posts: 8,903
Layouts: 92
Loc: Pacific Northwest

Posted: 1/31/2010 11:33:06 PM
Jackie, I loved reading your pea of the week interview! It's great to know more about you and see your beautiful family


I'm a Nikon Girl!
50mm 1.8

Peninsula Pea

PeaNut 264,096
June 2006
Posts: 13,830
Layouts: 302
Loc: Mornington Peninsula. Victoria, Australia

Posted: 1/31/2010 11:35:17 PM
Thank you Jackie for a wonderful interview.
Loved hearing more about you and your family and seeing recent photos of you. GREAT selection of photos.!!


Nikon D50
Nikon D80
Nikon D700
50mm f/1.8
85mm f/1.8
18-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6
55-200 mm f/4 - 5.6
18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
105mm f/2.8 Micro VR
24 -70mm f/2.8


PeaNut 307,675
April 2007
Posts: 1,488
Layouts: 5
Loc: California

Posted: 1/31/2010 11:39:15 PM
Loved your interview

Your landscape photography is beautiful (love the rock splash) and your people are great too (esp love the one on the steps).

Thanks for sharing!!!


PeaNut 246,670
February 2006
Posts: 3,958
Layouts: 19
Loc: Idaho

Posted: 1/31/2010 11:49:55 PM
Jackie, great interview. I enjoyed reading about you and seeing some of your work. The photo of the fall colors with the refelction is breathtaking!


Nikon D90 | Nikon 85 mm f/1.8 | Nikon 50 mm f/1.8 | Nikon 35 mm f/1.8 | Tokina 12-24mm f/4 | Tamron 90 mm f/2.8 macro | SB-600 | PSE7 | JoTote!

Steph, the midnight crafter


PeaNut 275,639
September 2006
Posts: 2,959
Layouts: 136
Loc: Layton, UT

Posted: 1/31/2010 11:52:31 PM
I can definitely see that nature is your niche Those are gorgeous shots! And I love that you recognize that about yourself. I know of so many people who are great at doing one thing, but then keep on trying to do something else because it is what everyone else does. People are crazy. Just do what you love, and it will show in your work!

I pea a lot...

PeaNut 345,407
October 2007
Posts: 9,468
Layouts: 47
Loc: Australia

Posted: 1/31/2010 11:58:39 PM
Awesome interview Jackie! I didn't realise that you were next and it was a pleasant surprise. I wish you would share more! I gasped at a couple of your nature shots. So special! Good work!





A Marvelous OlymPEAn

PeaNut 36,135
April 2002
Posts: 21,473
Layouts: 383
Loc: Western Washington

Posted: 2/1/2010 12:17:24 AM
your photos are gorgeous!!! your depth and colors in your landscapes are phenomenal! i feel like i could touch it!

CC and plays always welcome!

| 5d | 40d | 17-40mm f/4L | 50mm 1.4 | Sigma 85mm 1.4 | 70-200mm f/4L | 430EXII |
Facebook| Website
How to Rock your basic equipment | My Pea Interview | 52 Weeks of Self Portraits

mama to 3 now!

PeaNut 305,846
March 2007
Posts: 8,539
Layouts: 41
Loc: Australia

Posted: 2/1/2010 12:21:39 AM
Thanks so much for sharing some of yourself! YOu have gorgeous work! I recognised some of your favourites as ones I really admired when you showed them before. I love your landscapes they are stunning.

my blog JLB photography FB fan page
In my bag: Canon 50D, Tamron 28-75mm f2.8, 50mm f1.8, 430exII;
On my computer: CS4, LR3
Feel free to hhcc me anytime!

PEAs out!

PeaNut 275,735
September 2006
Posts: 8,743
Layouts: 50
Loc: the cowboy state

Posted: 2/1/2010 12:45:22 AM
SO nice to read about you and see some of your work...your landscapes are beautiful!




Canon 5D mkII/ Canon 5D/ Canon 24-70mm 2.8L,/ Canon fisheye/ Canon 50mm 1.4 and Canon 100mm 2.8/ CS4


PeaNut 409,682
January 2009
Posts: 266
Layouts: 14
Loc: Florida

Posted: 2/1/2010 12:57:20 AM
Jackie that was a really nice interview. So great to get to know you better and your photography is WOW!!! BEAUTIFUL!


"I will do only that for which I have passion."


PeaNut 413,839
March 2009
Posts: 3,641
Layouts: 23
Loc: Keystone Province Canada Eh

Posted: 2/1/2010 1:21:05 AM
Yeahhhhhhhhh CB
Great interview you can certainly see that you have a real creative eye as you certainly are great at picking locations and integrating your subjects with those locations they blend so naturally. I also love the wide range of subjects you cover. It sure was nice 'meeting' you.


Building my Arsenal

Canon 800mm FD
Canon 8-15 4.0L Fisheye Zoom
Canon EF 200mm f/2.0L IS USM
Canon EF 400mm f5.6L USM
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM, Canon 500D Close-up Lens,RRS Focusing Rail
Canon MT-24EX Macro flash
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM
Canon EF TS-E17 4.0L
Canon 24-105~4.0L IS USM
Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM
Canon EF 2X II, Canon EF 2X III, Canon EF 1.4X III,Canon FD 2X-XAextender
Pro media Katana Gimbal Head;Pro media Flash bracket;
2 Alien Bees Einstiens;1 AB 400; CyberCommander 2 CVCSX; CST; CSR+; ST-E2 Tramsmitter,PW Flex TT5;PW Mini TT1;2 PW Multimax; 2 PW MC2's;2-48"Octaboxes;3HD Air cushioned stands
Sekonic 758 Meter; Spyder Cube; RRS CLAMPS,L bracket, pano head,430EX,580 EX II, Gitzo 2220 Tripod, 1127 carbon fiber tripod,1227 carbon fiber tripod, Manfrotto 410 geared tripod head, RRS BH40 and clamp;Gitzo Systematic Ball Head,Acratech Leveling base & Clamp, Hoodman Hoodloupe
Cotton Carrier, Manfrotto Autopole Background Kit, spare LE6 Battery, Jobo GPS
Wacom Cintiq 24HD; Genius 9x12 Tablet, LensAlign Pro, Gary Fong WhaleTail Studio Kit
PS7;CS4,Microtek i700 scanner

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 343,224
October 2007
Posts: 5,920
Layouts: 115
Loc: Sometimes GA, sometimes NC, Wyoming whenever possible!

Posted: 2/1/2010 4:22:50 AM
Great interview. Your photos are wonderful!

1 DH, 1 DD, 1 DSIL, 1 DS and 1 Beagle
Nikon D7000 | 18-270mm VR | 70-300mm VRII | 105mm VR micro

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. Will Rogers
Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for. Will Rogers


PeaNut 15,356
May 2001
Posts: 4,581
Layouts: 153
Loc: Upstate NY

Posted: 2/1/2010 5:52:06 AM
Wow your landscape pictures are gorgeous! Love the one of your daughter too, the processing is fabulous. Your family is beautiful and I really enjoyed reading your interview. Thanks for sharing

My Gear: Nikon D300; Nikon D70s; 50mm 1.8; 85mm 1.8; 18-70 kit lens; 70-300mm; 80-200mm 2.8; Tamron 17-50mm 2.8; SB800 speedlight

CreativeLEE Photography - Blog

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal

Molly C
PhotograPea Enabler

PeaNut 49,752
September 2002
Posts: 15,942
Layouts: 86
Loc: Virginia, where my heart has always been

Posted: 2/1/2010 6:06:39 AM
I am ashamed to say that I really don't know you much around here, but I did recognize a few of your photos, and it is nice to make the association now as to who you are (I think that is part of the appeal to these interviews!). You do very lovely work. Thanks so much for sharing.


Nikon D700
Nikon lenses & flash, AB400 and softbox

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

PeaNut 357,522
January 2008
Posts: 8,785
Layouts: 9
Loc: PA

Posted: 2/1/2010 6:28:14 AM

Great interview. Thanks so much for sharing more about you and your gorgeous nature pictures!!!

In my next life I want to be a photographer..
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 40D, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 100mm 2.8 macro, 15mm 2.8 Fisheye, 24-70 2.8L, 70-200 IS 2.8L, 28-135mm IS 3.5 -5.6, Tamron 28-300 3.5-6.3 XR Di IF, My Blog POTD | The General Store | The General Store facebook fan page | My website | My Facebook Fan Page | Zobbie's Photo tips

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 150,843
June 2004
Posts: 7,819
Layouts: 213
Loc: Texas

Posted: 2/1/2010 7:26:47 AM
Jackie - you're right when you say these interviews are more about the person than the photos, and I really enjoyed reading about you and your life! It sounds like you've found your soulmate, because I can "hear" the love when you write about him. He sounds like such a sweetie!

But, even though these are about the people, your photos are lovely! Your landscapes are really spectacular...I don't have a clue how to shoot landscapes! I can see you really do have a wonderful intuitive sense for composition.

Thank you for sharing yourself, your family and your images with us.



PeaNut 405,632
January 2009
Posts: 6,773
Layouts: 112
Loc: West Virginia

Posted: 2/1/2010 8:14:31 AM
Thank you for the lovely interview. I am a big fan of your nature scenes and am inspired by your humble beginning and progress in photography. You do an outstanding job - well spotted by your husband.


Nikon stuff!

The more I know, the more I realize how much I don't know!

Blogging at ---> bended road photos

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 100,139
August 2003
Posts: 5,209
Layouts: 0
Loc: Boston, MA

Posted: 2/1/2010 8:26:48 AM
Great interview! Thanks for sharing yourself with us - I love your landscape shots, just beautiful.

~ Karen

Do you see what I see?

PeaNut 293,128
January 2007
Posts: 6,403
Layouts: 370
Loc: beautiful Pacific Northwest

Posted: 2/1/2010 9:13:22 AM
JAckie, thanks for the interview! It was so nice "meeting" you and getting to know you. It's interesting to hear how your experiences with your camera club have helped you grow and develop! Love your shots--I've always looked forward to seeing your work. That caterpillar shot is amazing--so glad you had the eye to see that! The new still life with the pitcher and white flowers against the black is very neat--great contrast going on there. I remember the shot of your daughter in her wedding dress against that wall--when you showed it to us it just meade me go wow--the shot, the processing, everything--and now to add the shot of the new family--perfect! Thanks for sharing!! Coolbeans, indeed!

Nikon D90
105mm macro lens and some other lenses, too
a couple of P&S
The View Through My Lens

Prayers: You need 'em? I've got 'em <3

PeaNut 365,669
March 2008
Posts: 12,737
Layouts: 81
Loc: St. Louis, MO

Posted: 2/1/2010 10:00:41 AM
Jackie, thank you so much for such a wonderful interview! I loved learning more about you. I laughed when I read the origin of your avatar.

I guess I always see something good in everyone and feel thankful they have touched my life. God and the natural beauty of nature inspires me. I truly feel every day is a beautiful gift.

I love have a beautiful spirit. I happen to think you are beautiful on the outside as well.

I loved each and every one of your images. You definitely do have an eye for composition. The one taken at your granddaughter's birth warmed my heart...the composition and conversion on it are perfect.

Your landscapes and your recent still lifes are truly works of art.

Thank you again for sharing yourself and your wonderful family with us.

Blessings, Rebecca

My gear:
Nikon D700-a dream come true
50mm 1.8
70-200mm (old AF film lens)
Nikon D40-
55-200mm VR
Promaster 7400EDF flash
Close up macro filter set


PeaNut 89,428
June 2003
Posts: 3,000
Layouts: 21
Loc: Sunny Southern California

Posted: 2/1/2010 12:21:23 PM

Thank you so much for this. I so enjoyed reading your interview and seeing the real (up to date) you! That story about your avatar pic is so funny. Your work is really beautiful -- many of your images look like they could be paintings.



My Web Site
My Facebook Page
My Twitter
My Flickr Photostream
Canon 5DMKII, Canon 40D, some lenses, some lights, and CS5 on a calibrated iMac


PeaNut 286,074
December 2006
Posts: 1,996
Layouts: 32
Loc: Connecticut

Posted: 2/1/2010 2:27:35 PM
I loved your interview and wow, your landscapes are especially stunning! The fall foliage and glaciers are breathtaking!


Say Cheez Please {a neglected blog}
Capturing life with some Canon stuff...and some not Canon stuff...and trying to be happy with the stuff I have!


PeaNut 381,327
June 2008
Posts: 486
Layouts: 44
Loc: Spring, TX

Posted: 2/1/2010 3:48:20 PM
great was nice to "meet" you. Your landscapes are beautiful as well as the one of your daughter...stunning.



Confirmed lurker...

Canon 5D, Canon Rebel XT
100 mm 2.8 macro
85 mm 1.8
18-55 mm
75-300 mm
50 mm 1.8
28-135 mm


PeaNut 39,805
June 2002
Posts: 4,325
Layouts: 37
Loc: Roy, Utah

Posted: 2/1/2010 4:00:45 PM
What a fantastic interview, Jackie. And your shots are gorgeous!!!


Life in Moments Photography Blog

Canon 40D!!!!!, Canon XT, Canon 18-55mm, Canon 50mm 1.8

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. - Audrey Hepburn


PeaNut 341,583
October 2007
Posts: 3,185
Layouts: 84
Loc: Erie, PA

Posted: 2/1/2010 4:53:17 PM
Thank you so very much for reading and taking the time to comment. I so appreciate your kind words. Yes, The glacier shot and another with me and dh are from our Alaskan cruise. It was an awesome trip. Would love to go back. ~Jackie

Canon 7D and XTi
Jackie S.


PeaNut 77,826
March 2003
Posts: 3,947
Layouts: 77
Loc: central IL

Posted: 2/1/2010 5:09:30 PM
Loved reading more about you!

Was the first photo Misha's first snow? I have one very much like that but I'm holding a baby rather than a dog!! lol

I love the newborn photo of your Grandbaby. what a lovely capture. And the creek through the Autumn leaves is such an amazing shot. Lovely!

*When insPEAration calls you .. Answer it!*
~they make the weather and then they stand in the rain and say "Shit, it's raining!" ~
~Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply, Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.~


PeaNut 251,973
March 2006
Posts: 4,315
Layouts: 118
Loc: Okla-freakin-homa.

Posted: 2/1/2010 7:51:11 PM

I guess I always see something good in everyone and feel thankful they have touched my life. God and the natural beauty of nature inspires me. I truly feel every day is a beautiful gift.

Beautifully, beautifully said. I couldn't agree with you more. Loved reading your interview and seeing some more of your photos. You seem to have such a lovely soul and it shows in your work. And thanks for choosing me...I'm honored!


My Website
ripe. (my blog)
Canon 5D MkII w/ grip, Canon 40D w/grip, 35 f/1.4L, 85 f/1.8, Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, Tokina 10-17 fisheye, 430EX Speedlight, Macbook Pro, CS3, Lightroom 2

"Learn the rules. Then break them."


PeaNut 297,192
February 2007
Posts: 4,759
Layouts: 0
Loc: Upstate Alabama

Posted: 2/1/2010 8:19:44 PM
OMG Jackie!!! You've been on here for so long, and this is the first time I feel I really got to know you!!! You have so much to share, and I'm thankful that you did!!
I'm another one that is in AWE of your nature/landscape work and also I'm loving your still-life photos!! You NEED to show more of your work on would be a real treat for us all!!! Thanks again for sharing not only your marvelous work, but so much about you. Yes, I can see too, that you are a very warm and caring person so it has been a real honor to 'get to know you' a little better!!


~ "In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." Aristotle ~


my stuff: ~ Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D, Nikkor Micro - 105mm f/2.8, Nikkor 85mm F1.4,Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8, and Nikkor 70-200mm f2/8.SB 800, CS5 and Lightroom!

Jennifer G

PeaNut 338,317
September 2007
Posts: 791
Layouts: 0
Loc: Canada!

Posted: 2/1/2010 8:19:51 PM
Thanks for sharing with us! Loved the interview!

Jennifer G.

Pentax K200D,
Tamron AF 28-75 F2.8
Kit Lens Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6,
Pentax 55-300mm F4.0-5.8,
Pentax 50mm F1.4,
Photoshop CS3

The important thing is not the camera but the eye.

PeaNut 214,042
July 2005
Posts: 6,406
Layouts: 91
Loc: California

Posted: 2/1/2010 10:47:14 PM
Thank you Jackie, loved to read your interview.

Staci Brock Photography

What's in my Crumpler bag:
Nikon D200; Nikkor VR 18-55mm; Nikkor 70-300mm; Nikkor 50mm 1.8; Tamron 28-75mm 2.8; .5 Wide Angle with Macro

On My Computer:
CS4, Imagenomic: Portraiture, Noiseware, Real Grain


PeaNut 341,583
October 2007
Posts: 3,185
Layouts: 84
Loc: Erie, PA

Posted: 2/2/2010 11:51:55 AM
Michelle actually Misha is an old little fellow. He is about 7 pounds and actually loves the snow. He will come in usually with a face full of snow from his sniffing adventures. It sometimes get to deep in the back yard for him so I do give him a little lift sometimes. Advantages to having a little dog. I would rather be holding my granddaughter like that in the snow here. They live in SC, so far away. ~Jackie

Canon 7D and XTi
Jackie S.


PeaNut 216,945
July 2005
Posts: 4,067
Layouts: 97
Loc: Speeding on the NJTP.

Posted: 2/2/2010 1:56:09 PM
Jackie, I really enjoyed learning more about you - I love your nature and landscape shots so much! Thanks for sharing!

Shauna P.G.
Geologists rock!

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
CS5, Calibrated with Spyder3Pro

Body by Sony...heart by the Minds of Minolta.

Kim M.
"I am the holder of Virgin Superpowers. Really."

PeaNut 73,616
March 2003
Posts: 13,401
Layouts: 254
Loc: Living in Kim's Perfect World

Posted: 2/7/2010 11:05:52 PM
Thank you so much for sharing, Jackie! I've tried posting a couple of times, but keep getting some wonky error message!

Your photos are absolutely beautiful! You capture a slice of life to keep forever! And, I'm thrilled to see you and your family! You are a beautiful group!

Thank your husband for his investment in your passion. He's given us all a special gift!


To pea or not to pea that is the question.

PeaNut 355,331
January 2008
Posts: 11,548
Layouts: 89
Loc: utah

Posted: 2/8/2010 12:32:13 AM
Awesome, thanks for sharing!

Nikon D90
Nikon D50
50 mm 1.8
Nikon fisheye 10.5
Nikon 85 mm/1.8
Tamron 17-50 mm/2.8
18-55 mm
70-300 mm
My blog: Whatever
My Etsy: My Etsy


PeaNut 270,684
July 2006
Posts: 2,953
Layouts: 27
Loc: Quebec

Posted: 2/8/2010 5:48:14 AM
Thanks for sharing - your nature shots!


Canon 60D

my blog
Show/Hide Icons . Show/Hide Signatures
{{ title }}
{{ icon }}
{{ body }}
{{ footer }}