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Posted 10/25/2010 by ~AprilPea~ in General Photography


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Posted: 10/25/2010 10:55:42 AM
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 April, I was born and raised in Gahanna, Ohio but I have lived in the Orlando, Florida area for 17 years. Hoping to move back to Ohio in 2 years. Married to my Prince Andrew and together we have raised 2 kids that are now out of the house and have 3 still at home, age 13, 10 and 8.
I am hardly EVER in front of the camera, so I have to dig deep for these.

Here is a before and after haircut thing:

This is me and Chris {ZDY} when I did his family pictures:

My Website and Blog can be found HERE and my Facebook page is HERE.

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

My dad has always had the latest, greatest in cameras and was always taking photos while we were growing up. So I've had a camera in my hand for as long as I can remember. I have always loved photography, but felt called to other creative avenues first. Then a little over 2 years ago I got my first DSLR with the full desire to forge a new career, no matter how long it took. And I have loved it ever since!

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

I am self-taught, mostly PEA taught and book taught. I found out last summer that in all my dad's spending and wisdom over the years, he has NEVER shot his expensive cameras off of AUTO. AUTO only lasted about 8 weeks for me, and then I went full manual and never turned back. I attended a workshop with Scott Kelby on Lightroom and I am so in love with that program and I hardly use Photoshop in my workflow.

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

Whew, I'm not sure yet. Natural light, my heart is in Birth and Newborns. In fact, 24 hours after I got my first DSLR and lens, I photographed my first birth for a friend. I do a combo of posed/studio stuff mostly, but I am totally {temporarily} comfortable outside doing interaction between families.

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

I use a Canon 50D and I only own 1 flash and a Lightsphere, as far as external light. I love my Tamron 28-75 I bought from Emily and my Fisheye I bought from Farrah. Lots of seamless papers and canvases.

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

I struggle most with my self-doubt! Then I switch and feel overly-confident about something and get knocked down a peg or 2. We talked about this one day at lunch with Anne and Emily and Katie, but most of the time I feel like such a POSER! I feel like most of photography came easy to me, but I have SO much still to learn.

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

Fill flash can be your best friends sometimes!

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

I suck at the business end of things and take the easier route.

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

I was asked and wrote a 2 page article for a nation journal for Birth Professionals, on Birth Photography and had about 6 of my photos featured with the article.

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

Be very clear, always have a contract and make sure it is signed by the appropriate people!

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

It is definitely the emotions and the sudden gasp the second I KNOW I just took an image that the client is going to flip over. My clients are always laughing at me when I shoot something and take a quick look and see that it is EXACTLY what I wanted and I let out a giggle and a 'oh yeah!'.

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

This is not an easy thing to answer, but every time it comes up, my heart says the same thing...I like processing the images more! I really think it has to do with my social anxiety, if I could stay in my home 24/7 with just my family, I would be so happy! So I think it's the anxiety of just being around other people during the shoot that makes me love the processing MORE.

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

Colors and tones inspire me. Definitely other photographeers!

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

I went to a 2 year Bible college back in the early 90's, just for fun. I went to beauty school while I was still in high school and was very successful at it working in high-end salons and spas for 12 years. Then I decided to stay home and raise our kids. THEN I started doing wedding florals after taking a class, THEN I started doing Wedding cakes, THEN I was a Wedding Coordinator and decorator. I used to to hair for weddings too, so about the only thing I had never done was perform the ceremony or photograph one! So now I photograph them.

I have a lazy eye that I've had since birth and it makes me totally nuts and that's why I hate getting my picture taken. I have worn TRIfocals since the age of 38. I am now 43.

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

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

Embrace Lightroom!! Presets are your best friend.

17. Who are you picking next and why?

He wasn't on the list, but I asked him privately and he said YES, so I am picking Paul {TT}!!

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

Grapevine Photography {WEBSITE & BLOG}
In my Bag: A bunch of Canon stuff
Lightsphere {Cloudy}
On my Calibrated PC: Lightroom 3
Photoshop CS5

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

PeaNut 365,669
March 2008
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Posted: 10/25/2010 11:25:13 AM
Super, super interview, April! I'm so glad we were able to meet in Nashville this past spring and hope we can meet up again some day!

It is definitely the emotions and the sudden gasp the second I KNOW I just took an image that the client is going to flip over. My clients are always laughing at me when I shoot something and take a quick look and see that it is EXACTLY what I wanted and I let out a giggle and a 'oh yeah!'.

This made me laugh out loud. I do this do. Usually, I'm like OhmyGOSH! You looks so good! The other day, during a maternity session, I took the shot and literally gasped and fell on the ground after I chimped. (I was already on my knees, so I didn't have far to fall, lol!). I did a little happy dance right there.

I was asked and wrote a 2 page article for a nation journal for Birth Professionals, on Birth Photography and had about 6 of my photos featured with the article.

Fantastic! Congratulations!

Thanks for sharing your wonderful images. (I love Juliet's boots in the 6th image.) You and your family are beautiful!

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

Wise~old Pea

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June 2001
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Posted: 10/25/2010 11:32:27 AM
It's really great to get to know you! Your work is wonderful. Thanks for what you have done for our family! At the moment, six of your pictures are hanging on my wall in various sizes.


PeaNut 378,885
June 2008
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Posted: 10/25/2010 11:34:35 AM
SO nice to read about you April. I can't see the pictures on this post because I'm at work but I've seen your work before and it's beautiful.

CC and plays always welcome and much appreciated!
Cannon Rebel XT ~ 17-55mm 2.8 ~ 50mm 1.8


PeaNut 275,639
September 2006
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Posted: 10/25/2010 11:46:38 AM
Cool! It was great getting to know you! Funny, you don't LOOK like you are in your 40's.

I am so glad you asked Paul next He is the one I would have chosen, too!


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October 2008
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Posted: 10/25/2010 11:53:00 AM
How nice to know a little bit more about you> Thanks for sharing !!

That picture of the baby rolls is really awesome

~ Sylvie ~

Canon Rebel XTi - 17-55mm 2.8 - 50mm 1.8


PeaNut 398,361
November 2008
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Posted: 10/25/2010 12:42:47 PM
Great interview. Thanks for sharing! You have a beautiful family!


Nikon D7000
Nikon D40
50 mm f/1.8
Tamron 28-75 f/2.8
18-55 mm kit lens

My Blog
My Website
My facebook page

"So much depends on a red wheelbarrow, glazed with rainwater, beside the white chickens."

Ok, I have 5000 what?

PeaNut 230,463
November 2005
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Posted: 10/25/2010 1:23:32 PM
Great interview, April! I love your work

Sony A200 DSLR
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 (kit lens)
Sony 50mm f/1.4
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Telephoto/Macro
Sony 75-300 f/4.5-5.6 Telephoto (it was on sale for $69.00...I couldn't resist!)
Sony HVL-F20AM flash

Drink lots...PEA pale!

PeaNut 276,190
September 2006
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Posted: 10/25/2010 1:30:50 PM
Tee-hee, I was surprised to see a picture of ME as one of your favs, but I have to say that it is one of my favorite pics of me too and my husbands, which says a lot

I love that fishy shot with the bride in the bathtub, how FUN is that, but oh.... what a wonderfully emotional birth shot of that baby emerging out of the water. That one totally tugged at my heartstrings, wow!

You are so down to earth and the instant someone meets you, you are no longer a stranger. That is such a great quality to have


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


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Posted: 10/25/2010 1:52:52 PM
It was great reading about you and seeing your beautiful photos!

In my Camera bag:
Canon T1I DSLR
18-55mm kit lens
55-250 IS zoom lens
50mm 1.8 lens

Visit my blogs at:

scrappinmargie (for all things Crafty)

MargieV Photography (for my Photography journey)


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Posted: 10/25/2010 2:09:37 PM
Great interview April. I now feel like I know the person so much better behind the lens of those great photos of yours!!! You have had a lot of interesting career paths along the way too!!! You sound like such a fun person to be with and I can only hope that I can meet you too at one of the GTGs!!


~ "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!


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Posted: 10/25/2010 10:12:00 PM
You all are so kind! Thank you for everything. Heather, I really DO love that photo of you!!

Grapevine Photography {WEBSITE & BLOG}
In my Bag: A bunch of Canon stuff
Lightsphere {Cloudy}
On my Calibrated PC: Lightroom 3
Photoshop CS5


PeaNut 367,714
March 2008
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Posted: 10/25/2010 10:35:37 PM
I'm SO in love with all these pictures! They're amazing. I love the maternity shot, it's so fun. The water birth is breathtaking! Thanks so much for sharing with us.



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Posted: 10/25/2010 10:46:06 PM
I love reading the Pea of the Week interviews! Happy to know a little bit more about you - thanks for sharing.

~~ Corrie ~~

Nikon D700 | Nikon D90 | 50mm 1.8 |35mm 1.8 |85mm 1.8
LR3 & CS5


My Blog


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Posted: 10/26/2010 6:12:49 AM
Thank you for sharing. Sounds like you have all the skills to make a wedding happen from soup to nuts; now to get the license to perform the ceremony and you'll be a walking wedding show. Lovely images - very good looking family.


Nikon stuff!

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

Blogging at ---> bended road photos

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Posted: 10/26/2010 7:25:41 AM
What a wonderful interview! And even though I had a chance to meet you already, I'm sad we didn't get to spend more time together (get-togethers are soooo much fun, but rushed! A weekend isn't nearly long enough....)

And I'm so glad to read that someone else loves the processing more, LOL. I know exactly how you feel - I love to have the session over and a nice, cozy day ahead of me where I can listen to music and start working some magic in Photoshop on all the images that stressed me out the day before!

It's lovely to see your whole family - the canvas is STUNNING!

And hey, thanks for asking Paul - that will be great!

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