My Pea of the Week Interview, or, How I Might Have Overdone This Assignment. :)
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Posted: 3/1/2010 10:40:22 AM
**Warning: I LOVE to write and ramble and share (as the IN Peas found out a few weeks ago!!), so this is ridiculously overwritten and over-photo'ed. Please feel free to skim and skip and roll your eyes at my excessiveness. **

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 Emily Southerland, of St. Louis, Missouri. I'm a 32-year-old mom, wife, crafty girl, wannabe philosopher, big dork, lazy cookie eater, former English teacher, and semi-pro portrait photographer.
I love sewing little things, making art in various ways, playing the banjo, singing opera, taking naps, and going to movies in the theater. I am moody, generous of spirit, emotionally led, and 94% of the time, I LOVE my little life.

I've been blogging my randomness and pieces of my little life since August 2006, and love visitors to come join in the randomness at: . It is mostly my LIFE, but I integrated my professional photos into it a year ago and I kinda like the blend.

My website is , and I just BARELY updated the galleries and information, so if you've been there before, now is a great time to come back and visit and see my recent stuff.

Facebook (sorely neglected!)

And I Twitter.

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

I got my first camera at age 8 or 9: a Kodak 110 film thingy- the long skinny black camera. I took a ZILLION photos, mostly of the farm animals down the street from my house. And 6 out of 10 of the photos had a finger or thumb in the frame. An AUSPICIOUS start, for sure. Ha!
I got a bit more sophisticated with my photos in jr. high, when my mom let me play with her Minolta film SLR. I ended up taking some yearbook photos that year and shooting a LOT of rolls for fun. I dabbled in darkroom at this time, but never got the hang of it.

High school and college took me away from photography, until my last year as an undergrad. It was that year I met Kate Benson , a fellow waitress at Macaroni Grill in Provo, UT. We bonded, became nearly instant best friends, and she sucked me into her world of photography- her college major and the passion of her life. I'd go with her on shoots, sit with her in-studio as she'd complete her assignments for her degree, ask her a zillion questions... And finally, when I graduated, my mom and dad had heard enough about my growing excitement that they gifted me with the old Minolta SLR as my graduation gift.

From there... well... The rest is the REAL story. But I've gone on long enough, so I'll summarize: I shot a zillion rolls of film that summer, and every time I'd get a roll back, I'd go to Katie and she'd help me understand why things went well or how things could have been better. I found willing models, shot some more, and with Katie's mentoring and my tenacious desire to get better, I improved. Most of my PBing happened between 2001-2006 with my film camera. I switched to digital on a fluke, (another LONG, fascinating story wherein I willingly gave in to the cons of a "win a free camera" scheme and came out victorious with 20D in hand. Ha!)

From 2006-2008, I re-PB'ed, getting my "sea legs" with PS and digital things, and in March 2008, I went "official" with my business and...Here I am.

(um. Wow. That was long. I am only on question 2. I can tell I am going to have to be careful about being long-winded. I am SUCH an English major-writing type. Oops.)

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

My degree+30 is in English and education, but I took enough art, music and history classes to have minored in any of them. Which I didn't. But anyway.
As for the photography, Katie Benson was my main teacher and mentor when it came to the basics--the exposure triangle, film types and speeds, cross-processing and black and white, etc.

The rest of it--composition, mood, style, etc. was mostly-self-taught. A couple of books were instrumental in guiding my path, including, "Expressions: Your Behind the Camera Guide to Taking Extraordinary Photos of Ordinary Life" by Donna Smylie and Allison Tyler Jones (link)
And "How To Photograph Your Baby" by Nick Kelsh (link)
(Recently rewritten for digital)

The Peas (and Google) have rounded out my self-taught education, and for that, I am deeply grateful to all of you!!
Workshops: Sandy Puc, and Amber Ludlow's online course back in 2007

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

I am a people photographer for SURE. I look at landscapes and macros in awe and I am boggled as to how they get such magnificence through their lens.

I am a "pose them, then loosen them up so they come out to play within the pose" kind of photographer. I love EMOTION, specifically silly, happy, or laughing faces.

I am an urban photographer for sure! I get more inspired by a chipped red painted wall than by a waterfall.

I love babies and seniors the most, but I am also a kid/family/couples photographer.

I am no longer a wedding photographer, as of this month when I took the offering down off of my website.

In my dream world, I'd specialize even further and just do babies/seniors... maybe. I can't ever fully make up my mind, so...

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

I shoot with a Canon 50D and I use my 24-70L lens the most. I have my nifty fifty, and I still have a soft spot in my heart for it, but since getting the 24-70 in August last year, it's been too easy to keep on most of the time. I'd LOVE to branch out, but for now, that's it. My main arsenal.

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

Color (darn calibrating stress and darn color casts and darn my untrusted eye)

Exposure (Used to blow highlights TOO MUCH, now I err on the "too dark" side WAY too much. Ugh)

Trusting myself (loving something until a CC says otherwise. Often, that CC is right. Sometimes, though, I have to listen, but then go back to MY voice and decide if it is still a "fit"for MY style.)

Believing in myself (I will go in confidence waves like CRAZY. Feel on top of the world and at the peak of my game, but then look at those exact same photos 2 months later and decide they were a crap waste of energy and I am SO FAR from my desired talent level... Lots of you know this about me and are SO loving and patient with my spirals. I always come back to happy, though. Really!)

Being patient with my progress. (We will never "get there". We will always be growing. ALWAYS. I will never be "THERE". I have to be patient with the journey.)

Staying an individual. (And then, sometimes I have to crop it/shoot it/edit it MY way and love it and say "neener neener" to the "rules" and that's that.)

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.

I have a-ha moments all the time... I am entirely too self-analytical, lol! But the one that jumped to the front just now as I read the question is an experience that I am surprised my heart is prompting me to share. But... Thinking about it, it was one of the most PAINFUL lessons, and one I am still growing from.
It has to do with Artist Envy, and how at one point last year I let myself get out of control with one particular "frenemy". We both started our business at the same time, both grew similarly, but then she shot EXPONENTIALLY to popularity suddenly, and it ATE at me. I felt I was more talented!! I whined to my husband that I had taught her some of the FUNDAMENTALS of photography. How could SHE be getting more blog hits/more recognition/more yadda yadda yadda?? She became a bit oblivious to me, like I was a "little person" left in the dust, and that ate at me too. And... Ya know what?

After enough time, I HATED how it felt. I HATED the comparisons. I HATED the envy. I HATED the poison it created in my heart and soul and how it affected every corner of my life. I let it get out of control, and I HATED who I was becoming.

So I let go. In desperation, I googled "how to deal with artist envy" (no joke!) and found THIS article:

And it was EXACTLY what I needed to read to rigorously begin healing from the poison. It took a LONG time, but I am finally at a place where I can GENUINELY be happy for this old friend and her continuing success. I truly feel benevolence finally.

And again with the long-windedness, I guess what I can pass along to others now is---- life is too short and there are too many clients to go around to waste your energy, time, and passion on COMPARING and ENVYING and WEIGHING yourself against others. At some point, it becomes TOXIC and takes away from your art instead of fueling it. The article Shanna linked the other day had so many good things to say about this that resonated with me--My 25 Biggest Mistakes
Especially #14 and #25.

Be open. Be generous. And be forgiving. To yourself AND your frenemies.

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

I just spent a painful, math-full ( ick ) half a day revising my 2009 sales tax issues because I thought I could do it all myself in the beginning, figuring it out as I went along. BIG MISTAKE. I could have saved myself a LOT of headache (and my clients a few bucks) if I had gotten help from an accountant with the setup of my finances BEFORE beginning to keep records. I do NOT think in numbers, so I wish now I had had an accountant from day one, advising, revising, and steering me right. Even with the relatively small amount of money I make, it is worth it to me, 100-fold.
Other biggest lesson I am still learning: DON'T TAKE WORK THINGS PERSONALLY. It is not worth the energy and guilt and worry and assumptions and all the baggage that comes from it.

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

Figuring out how gorgeous garage lighting is. LOL! I'd shoot in a garage EVERY SESSION for at least part of it if I could.

Also, booking up solid for Fall 2009 back in August and for Spring 2010 already this February. I am honored to have enough business to fill my 6-8 spots a month for months in advance, and still have people emailing for more. I am grateful for that loyalty and word-of-mouth from my incredible clients and friends.

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

I had (and sometimes still have) a tendency to overshoot and shoot sloppy. I get into the moment and love the dialogue and connection with clients, and so I shoot shoot shoot, and STOP thinking and correcting and shifting little things before a shot. I stop COMPOSING a shot, pausing, then shooting.

Some of the BEST sessions I've had recently have been the ones where I forced myself to STOP and think about EVERY SHOT. To shoot less, and shoot better. To stop hiding behind the click-click-click and actually have some quiet before the next shot.
I am still learning this, but it is a KEY lesson for me. And when I get it right, I am EXPONENTIALLY happier with the photos I end up with. (And I have infinitely less PP'ing/sorting/editing work to do in the end.)

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

In my dream world, I would have time, money, and resources to set up sessions with props, furniture, details, and magic... Because the images in my head that make my heart race are tea parties in the deep of the woods, chandeliers in trees... rowboats in ponds... tufted velvet couches on beaches... canopied beds in fields...An elaborate "set" where I could maximize my "pose them, then let them get loose within that pose" philosophy.

And then, once a shoot would be all set up, I would wait.

And the models would wait.

And finally, when the light was PERFECT, I would shoot like mad and my heart would sing and I'd have the image in my head actually appearing on the back of my camera.


To bring that dream back to a reality, I guess I would have to say that during a normal session, when everything combines in a perfect moment, and then the PERFECT light is there, I am filled with utter joy and I thrill to think I might just have caught that elusive "perfect" photograph. It's a constant quest.

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

Taking it, for SURE. I'd shoot ALL DAY if I could never edit a photo again. I'd LOVE to be able to take a photo that is as rich and nuanced IN-CAMERA as I can get it in pp'ing.

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

Anthropologie: the catalogs, the items for sale, the in-house art displays... The smells, the fabrics...

The city: especially driving through the ghetto...which is sad, because I find amazing places to shoot, but would never take a client there for safety reasons.

Abandoned homes/buildings/peeling paint/old wallpaper/cracked windows/slanted light

Other photographers: especially THIS gal. And THIS gal's IDEAS, man. And THIS girl... And a zillion others.

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

I have five sisters and one brother. I am the second-oldest. I adore being part of a huge family. I will NOT be having seven of my own, but I'd LOVE to have four or even five kids of my own. It just makes Christmas louder and more fun.

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

my sweet baby kiddo Noah:

my sweet husband (photos by Kate)

My little family, bedhead and all:

my LARGE family:

My amazing parents:

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

Garage light. I am not lying, people. So far, I have mostly only explored the flat, straight-on setup, kinda like this:

But it is consistent, pretty, and easy for non-pros to do and get lovely results. I LOVE it.


17. Who are you picking next and why?

Gulp. Can I pick 6? LOL! I want to learn so much from so many of you! I have LOVED this series!! But... Okay, in the end, I have to pick Shanna. For three reasons:

1. Her purity of color takes my breath away. Truly, Shanna, you can get some PURE whites. Love.
2. Her generosity and honesty with HHCC
3. And that one time (or several) on ILP when I inundated her with questions and let her see my terrible soft underbelly of insecurity, and she was still nice to me afterwards. LOL! Love you, Shanna!!

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

(forgive me... I never was good at paring down...)

Thank you so much, Peas, for being part of my journey, and for letting me go on and on today. I am a big dork and I'm sure that cat's outta the bag by now.... If you made it to the end of this novel, thanks for sticking with me!!

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Posted: 3/1/2010 10:52:04 AM
Yay!! I knew you were a perfect choice!

You're amazing, and inspiring, and beautiful inside and out. Thanks for sharing you with us.

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Posted: 3/1/2010 10:53:53 AM
Oh, what a great, ubber fantastic interview. Thanks so much for the insight and the tips! Great Job!

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Posted: 3/1/2010 10:54:10 AM
Oh, I love you, Emily!!! Will have to come back and read this better this afternoon.


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Posted: 3/1/2010 10:56:43 AM
I swear I think we were separated at birth. You got the writing ability though for SURE

You are a true/kindred soul, as in Anne of Green Gables (Anne with an "E" of course )

I think your ability to be honest and true makes you truly special and un-scathed by this photography-world we all live in. Oh sure, we all have our moments, but you come out on top, remaining pure and true to who you are. That says a lot for it's really easy to conform. I want to always live there, KWIM?

Anyway... I love your shots, but especially that one with the retro bicycle. Was that recent? I don't remember seeing those and I tend to keep up with you and your stuff.

You are on my list of people to meet before I'm 35 and in 2 days, I'll be 33, so I better get a-plannin'


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Posted: 3/1/2010 10:57:51 AM
Love it!!! And love you for sharing it all with us!

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Posted: 3/1/2010 11:13:24 AM
I LOVE how you "overdid" your interview! It's perfectly you and if you had pared it down, it wouldn't have been YOU. (Am I making sense? I feel like crud and may be under the influence of Theraflu.)

I feel blessed to have met you in real life and know first hand how brilliant and kind and funny you are. I love that I know the fascinating story of how you "won" your first 20D.

There was more I was going to say, but now I forget. I'm glad I woke up from my nap to find this on the board. It made me smile.

ETA: I remember now. Your images are stunning. That's all.

Blessings, Rebecca

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Posted: 3/1/2010 11:17:26 AM
Terrific interview, Emily!!! I love everything about you. And I had no idea you used to live in Utah. And I also have 5 sisters and 1 brother.

Thanks for sharing so much about yourself and your work. It truly is gorgeous!


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Posted: 3/1/2010 11:26:33 AM
I enjoyed your interview and pictures - thanks for sharing!

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Posted: 3/1/2010 11:27:24 AM
Beautiful images! Beautiful words! You did a great job with this, Emily! So much fun to read!


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Posted: 3/1/2010 11:29:21 AM
Really fun to read! TFS


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Posted: 3/1/2010 11:33:58 AM
Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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Posted: 3/1/2010 11:40:19 AM
Oh, Em... I *heart* you, girl! I feel so blessed to have met you in person, and I just so happen to LOVE your "dorkiness" since I am a huge dork myself! It just endears you to us all the more.

LOVED this "overdone" interview. LOVED LOVE LOVED it.


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Posted: 3/1/2010 12:06:18 PM
I loved your interview - especially the "ramblings". Worth a re-read for sure


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Posted: 3/1/2010 12:18:04 PM
So much fun to read. Thank you!


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Posted: 3/1/2010 12:21:25 PM
I've re-read this a few times and still it. And Heather you *must* meet Emily she is awesome. It was great meeting her a couple weeks ago.



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Posted: 3/1/2010 12:55:58 PM
Loved reading every bit of it! Thanks for sharing.

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Posted: 3/1/2010 12:57:36 PM
Loved reading this!

Thanks for sharing!


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Posted: 3/1/2010 12:59:17 PM
What a great interview Emily! That's awesome!

Sooo crazy, I randomly stumbled upon Kate Benson's blog one day, and have been stalking her for like a year now. That's too funny that you actually know her!


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Posted: 3/1/2010 1:04:23 PM
A smile never left my face as I was reading this. You are Wonderful! Thank you for "overdoing this assingment"!

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Posted: 3/1/2010 1:26:03 PM
Well, call me a dork, too, because evidently I love over-written and over-photo'ed interviews, especially yours!

I love how you aren't afraid to show your vulnerabilities - to me, only a really self-confident person can admit their mistakes alongside their successes and not sound needy at the same time. You never sound needy - just willing to exuberantly learn and grow.

I'm like Heather - I would LOVE to meet you IRL - I have a feeling your online "voice" is very similar to your real-life self. Are you coming to Nashville in April? Yes? Yes, please?

And I love your "chipped red wall" over a waterfall preference - I totally get that!



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Posted: 3/1/2010 1:26:42 PM
Emily that was awesome.


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Posted: 3/1/2010 1:30:07 PM
Woohoo!! I could read about you all day long. I love you!!

You better make it to Nashville!!

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Posted: 3/1/2010 1:32:23 PM
Great interview! getting the extra insight into the you that is you! You have such a fun style and really draw some great expressions!

Thank you for sharing with us!


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Posted: 3/1/2010 1:41:03 PM
I your 'overdone' interview! Fantastic!

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Posted: 3/1/2010 1:48:35 PM

I LOVE to write and ramble and share

I LOVE that you did this. this is totally something i would do. i loved learning so much about you and LOVED all your examples!!!

now that i have my background stand i cant wait to move my set up to the garage this spring/summer and really play around, so glad you mentioned that you love to shoot that way

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Posted: 3/1/2010 1:51:23 PM

I have a feeling your online "voice" is very similar to your real-life self. Are you coming to Nashville in April? Yes? Yes, please?

Yes, it definitely is! Yes, she is coming! So, Heather you will meet her before you're 35!

Blessings, Rebecca

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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

Jennifer G

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September 2007
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Posted: 3/1/2010 3:55:56 PM
Emily! L-O-V-E-D your pea of the week interview!--you are such a sweetie, and someone that I can aspire to be like! Love your work! Love that you over talk! Love that you are just being you! I would very much like to meet you one day!

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


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June 2003
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Posted: 3/1/2010 4:01:35 PM
Ah Emily, FANTASTIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I read every single word and savored every photograph. It was not overdone at all! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself.

I love your unique style -- obviously borne from tons of personality and creativity. I also love that you often include some humor -- something I really admire.

Add me to the group who wants to meet you IRL!


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PeaNut 85,598
May 2003
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Posted: 3/1/2010 6:00:14 PM
it was a joy to meet your happy self a few weeks ago! you are just as fun and spunky in person as you are thru your blog (and your pictures).
yes... your creative-ness is oozing thru your images.. and your pp'ing is just shouting "uber amounts of eye candy"..

thanks for sharing your self with us... what a delight it must be to be one of your clients and experience a session with you!

and number 7 was awesome.. thanks for all that advice... i struggle with that.. (never knew it had a name! LOL)



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October 2007
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Posted: 3/1/2010 6:16:57 PM
Awesome interview. Loved every bit including your images. Thank you. ~Jackie

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Jackie S.


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May 2001
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Posted: 3/1/2010 6:33:30 PM
Great interview! Loved it!

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PeaNut 345,407
October 2007
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Posted: 3/1/2010 7:06:21 PM
Love Love Love. I love reading your ramblings. You have a fantastic sense of humour. I value humour above most things in life! I'm sure most people can tell even though my humour can be a bit more dry than some may like...LOL I'm more of a sarcastic person, I guess...LOL

Anyway, thank-you for sharing! I loved reading and seeing all your favourite pictures. I give major props to someone that can shoot JPEG and get the quality you get out of your camera. I'm too skerd to only shoot JPEG...LOL

I'm a bit shocked and honoured that you picked me next. I'm glad you appreciate my honesty, a lot of people don't...LOL Wish I lived closer so that we could meet too! Love ya!






PeaNut 328,374
July 2007
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Posted: 3/1/2010 8:32:23 PM
What a great interview Emily! Your pictures are the IHOP shot!



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October 2006
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Posted: 3/1/2010 10:10:21 PM
What an awsome interview. Just love all of your rambling, and your spunkness. Thats what makes you, you. /so glad you decided not to carry all that nasty baggage around any longer. It uses up to much of your time and creativity. Thanks so much for sharing your life with us. It takes a very strong and secure person to do that.
I think you have so much talent, and your imigination is a big part of that. It can take you places you never thought you could go. Never stop dreaming.
Also love all the photos you shared. Would love to meet you IRL. I'm sure I could learn so much from you. Thanks again for doing such a great interview.

Carolyn Upton Miller

PEAs out!

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Posted: 3/2/2010 1:30:33 AM
What a great interview! Thank you!




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August 2006
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Posted: 3/2/2010 9:30:15 AM
Loved every second of this - of course, you had me at the title - so me! So much of what you wrote resonated, like I could have said it myself! Thanks for sharing!


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Posted: 3/2/2010 9:43:09 AM
This is fantastic. You are hilarious. Of course, I totally stalk your blog already. Wait, did I say that out loud? Oh shoot.

Um, anyhow, LOVE that shot of the girl in the orchard. Love all of them actually. Great inverview!


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March 2009
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Posted: 3/2/2010 3:47:21 PM
Oh Emily - what a great read!!

You are the reason I started using my camera. I remember the first pohtos you posted of Noah and I was stunned. I've never seen colors like that and didn't even know where to begin. You guided me in my beginnings and I'll LOVE you for that forever. You also brought me here which I owe you life for.

I hope you never thought twice about sharing your knowledge with me I have a little self blame about not thanking you enough, but I try at every occassion I get.

I think you're extremely talented and have something that very few people have - you can hear people. Your CC is always so uplifting no matter how bad the images are. I don't ever attempt to give you CC because in my head you're my master and I just don't live up to. KWIM? The images you posted here are STUNNING!!!!! The one with the little angel is AMAZING!!!

Hope you know that there's a lot of people that have you close to their hearts but they don't show it because you're just so much bigger then them. Love you Em and hope you find peace about your frenemy - noone will ever take away from YOU.


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Posted: 3/2/2010 7:14:59 PM
Emily, You are waaaay toooo cool! Your images are always fun, beautiful and colorful! And your blog is so fun to read! This was a really cool read and you have a lot of little fascinating stories about how you became the you we love on the board!


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Posted: 3/2/2010 8:05:58 PM
I've been on 2peas forever, but JUST somehow realized there's a photography community and help and tips and sweet interviews . . .yay!

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Posted: 3/2/2010 8:33:52 PM
yay! excellent interview!
'overdone? nah, perfection!

Thanks for sharing...
I adore your photos!



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September 2006
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Posted: 3/4/2010 8:38:31 AM
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for such sweet replies. I am truly blessed to be part of such a warm, genuine, incredible community of artists. THANK YOU!!

A few individual responses:

I love your shots, but especially that one with the retro bicycle. Was that recent? I don't remember seeing those and I tend to keep up with you and your stuff.

Heather, the bike session was an impromptu little thing I did last summer, (blogged HERE) when I was itching to play with my film camera again. I enlisted my sister and her best friend Kyle and we had an INCREDIBLY fun hour doing these. I LOVE them. Hm. Maybe I'll go do it again. Thanks for the compliments!!!

You are on my list of people to meet before I'm 35 and in 2 days, I'll be 33, so I better get a-plannin'

Ditto that!!! And hopefully by the end of this month, Joe will know where he is headed for school so I can give you some answers about your STL trip in the fall... *fingers crossed!*

Tiffany, What a kick you follow Katie's blog. I am so glad other continue to discover her greatness, because frankly, she is my idol. And she knows it. LOL!

Anne and Co., I am TOTALLY coming to Nashville!! Yahoo!!! I admit to being a tiny bit terrified, mostly because many of you are seasoned GTG veterans and have some bonds already formed from past years... But I am REALLY eager to meet you all, and I will "fake it til I make it" in the confidence department.

(caveat: the only reason Nashville would have to be canceled on my calendar is if my newborn session in WI happens earlier than her due date, which is April 20)...

Lanaia, you are incredibly supportive and kind. I am honored. And well, you KNOW you are quickly surpassing me in the editing dept. LOL!!!!

If I didn't think it would be hilariously self-fulfilling/overdoing it again to respond to each and every one of you individually, I totally would, because each and every one of your responses brought me joy. I am so delighted that my nonsense and images resonated with so many of you. Yippee!!!

you like me! You REALLY like me!

(can't wait for Shanna's... )

Emily S.
Canon 50D | Canon 24-70L | 50mm 1.8 |Speedlight 580exII


PeaNut 426,809
June 2009
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Posted: 3/4/2010 2:55:12 PM
I feel thrilled and ever so INSPIRED from reading your interview and seeing your photos. WOW!! Thank you so much!


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Posted: 3/6/2010 12:22:41 PM


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Posted: 3/6/2010 1:48:22 PM
I love how expressive you are )

Can't wait to meet everyone in Nashville!! Woohoo!

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