Munchkins and Mohawks interview and give-away!

by Mary Jane

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Today, I am so excited to introduce you to Tiffany – the ultra talented and creative mama behind Munchkins and Mohawks Photography. Although she spends much of her time creating perfect photographs (omg, have you seen her work?!) – she dishes that’s not really what photography is all about. Check out her interview on creating memories and attempting balance in life.

Not only is she an amazing photographer, she is also the creator of some fabulous Photoshop actions. These will help give your images that little extra bit of love to take them to the next level. They are so much fun! We are giving away the Sweet Summer Collection to one lucky reader.

To enter, simply comment below with your answer to this question…

What is your favorite way to learn about photography – books, websites/blogs, videos, online classes, forums, etc.?

The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the Photog Mommie Facebook page on Saturday, August 3rd at 7 p.m.

Click to learn more about Munchkins and Mohawks…

1) How has motherhood changed your perspective on the importance of historical documentation?
To me, photos are the tangible parts of history. When I look back on photographs of my mom and grandma it really helps me understand my heritage and who I am as a person and that’s something I really want my kids to understand as well.

2) How often do you take pictures of your kids and are they planned sessions?
Like most photographers’ children my kids hate the camera… go figure, right? I do planned sessions with my kids and I always incorporate fun activities that they (and I!) really enjoy. I also have an olloclip for my phone and I find myself documenting a lot of everyday moments with it because it’s less intrusive.

3) How do you organize and backup your photos of the family?
I like to keep things simple, everything is organized by date and the folders are named according to the event. I use Carbonite and Dropbox as online backup but I also put my family photos on an external hard drive that then goes into a fire safe box. This chick isn’t losing any of those precious moments!

4) What about time – running a successful business & also being a mother – how do you do it?
That’s the hardest thing to balance! I make my decisions wisely and I set limits for myself which means at times I have to say no. When I take on a project it must benefit me spiritually, financially, and professionally. I do the things I’m good at but then I delegate the rest. Over time I’ve realized that I’m not Superwoman, it came as a shock but I can’t always do it all.

5) Has being a mother changed your approach in any way as a photographer?
Becoming a mother is actually what created the photographer in me. Having kids is what opened my eyes to see how fleeting time is which is why I work so hard to freeze moments that people can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

6) Have you ever taken your kid/kids on a shoot?
I would be out of my mind crazy to do that! Right now they’re too young, though hopefully when they’re older I can convince them to hold reflectors for me!

7) What’s the hardest thing about being a photographer and also a mom?
Finding the balance is always a struggle, there are days when I want to be a stay at home mom and other days I want to conquer the world.

8) What has surprised you most about being a mom?
It was a complete shock to realize I could love someone else that much. I’m still surprised by how easy it is as a mom to put aside my own needs and do what’s best for my children no matter what.

9) Can you share with us your favorite photograph of your kids to date? And why is it your favorite?
My favorite photos of my kids are ones where their personalities shines through. My youngest is such a mischievous girl so anytime I catch her with a face that says “I’m up to no good” I know it’s a keeper. My middle child is so determined and self sufficient; my favorites of her are ones where she’s showing me that she can do things all by herself. My son, the oldest, is extremely creative and is having fun no matter what and I love capturing that on camera. The photographs that I hold near and dear are the ones that show what my kids truly are, unique and beautiful.

10) What tips can you offer mamas who want amazing pictures of their children but can’t afford a professional photographer very often?
Don’t get caught up in trying to capture that ‘perfect picture’. It’s not always about putting your kids in fancy clothes and having them look their best, it’s about the moments that you make with them. The everyday moments are what you’ll remember most which is why those are the most important things for me to capture of my family.

11) What camera would you recommend for a new mommie?
Any camera that you happen to have on you. It’s not about what gear you have, it’s about what your eyes see. You have to look past the mundane to see the beautiful because there’s always a beautiful picture waiting to be taken if you’re willing to look hard enough.


{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Kirsty August 1, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Love this! Thank you so much 🙂 My favourite way to learn photography is online tutorials from blogs/websites.

Donna August 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm

I love Munchkins & Mohawks! Tiffany is talented and I love that she is willing to share her knowledge with others! I love learning photography online. Most especially in my FB group I run. We have such a great rapport with each other. It’s like a small family.

Holly August 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm

I love Munchkins & Mohawks! Amazing talent! I love learning photography with online classes. Thanks for the chance to win!

Cheryl August 1, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Always learning but I do best online, tutorials and blogs. awesome talent shown here, thank you!

Sunny Dawsey August 2, 2013 at 1:09 am

I love one on one mentoring. It’s just so personal and hands on. LOVE IT!

Sarah Halstead August 2, 2013 at 3:47 am

Great interview. I love learning from websites and blogs.

Stephanie August 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Tiffany’s photos are amazing! And her answers show her down to earth approach that gets right to the truth about why I am interested in learning more about photography. I truly don’t have a favorite way to learn–I need all the information I can get right now and am, therefore, in love with every source available to me for learning about this craft!

Kelly B August 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I love learning new things about photography! I use online blogs and videos the most, since they are so easily accessible. Huge fan of Tiffany and her work! I have 2 sets of her presets and love them.

Lindsey August 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Blogs seem to break things down the best for me, although I really should take a class sometime!

Lindsey August 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I think that blogs are able to break things down the best for me, although I really should take a class sometime!

Jessica August 2, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Great interview, blogs like this are really my fav. way of learning about photography! I would love to be able to have a one on one session to learn from some of my favorites 🙂

Jessica August 2, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Great interview, blogs like this are really my fav. way of learning about photography! I would love to be able to have a one on one session to learn from some of my favorites 🙂

Jill August 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Great interview and beautiful work!

My favorite way to learn is by hands on. Video’s help me “see” how I should be doing it but I enjoy blogs where I can read more in detail. I also like blogs with before during and after tutorials. All around hands on is the best for me.

Shari August 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Since my time is limited, online classes work for me, the kind that I can keep going back to over and over if necessary to get it into my head 🙂 thank you !!

Naomi August 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm

My favorites are websites/blogs and forums. It’s easy to get a lot of imput and are usually very detailed.

Jen August 4, 2013 at 6:25 pm

So beautiful!! I do love on-line classes, but I think I use blogs the most. Thanks for the opportunity!! 🙂

Christina August 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I love learning from websites and online videos. 😉

Autumn August 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Such an awesome interview!!

I love watching videos. They help me see what I should be doing!!

Dannielle August 6, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I learn best from video tutorials, forums and love reading blogs for sure!!

Tracy August 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I love one on one with another photographer but I find myself going back again and again to online tutorials.

Melisha Blair August 6, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I definitely feel I learn more from video’s. Watching people work is easiest for me. But nothing really beats just getting outside with a camera and a semi-willing subject and playing around.

Misha August 6, 2013 at 4:43 pm

My favorite method is trial and error!

Leah B. August 6, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I think it would be all of the above. I try to get as much info and use a lot of trial and error. Always a work in progress.

Lauri August 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I love videos and checking out photography blogs — I learn best by seeing what others are doing and then trying it out for myself!

Adalia S. August 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm

I love learning from creativelive.com

Miranda Glaeser August 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Munchkin & Mohawks is fantastic, love her work! I am a very visual learner, so I prefer videos or even better, hands on learning.

Rebecca August 6, 2013 at 5:37 pm

My favorite way to learn is to play 🙂

Christie Novak August 6, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Munchkins and Mowhawks is one of my fav photographers that I follow. Love her style, and aspire to be even half as talented as her! Online videos suit me best right now due to four small children at home, although, one on one mentoring would be most beneficial! 🙂

Rebecca August 6, 2013 at 5:38 pm

My favorite way to learn is to play : )

Danielle August 6, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I love TIffany’s work!!! She is so amazing. As for places I like to learn I’ve attended workshops but I also love the forums at Clickin’ Moms, the free webinars on Creative Live, and awesome photog/mommy blogs! 😉

Christy August 6, 2013 at 6:20 pm

My preferred method is by video because I am a visual learner. That being said I have used all the methods listed, including a M&M mini workshop.

Martina August 6, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I love her hork! My favorite way to learn is to see online classes and photo inspirations, that get me to research a technique or give me inspiration to try something out next time.

Kate Hejde August 6, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Just basics, I like to do web search and just practice or ask questions in a forum. I love online workshops when there is a specific topic I want to tackle 🙂

Lindsey Horton August 6, 2013 at 8:42 pm

My favorite way is the internet and simply going out and playing with the camera. It’s amazing how much you learn just by practicing.

amy lawrence August 6, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Online classes are my favorite way to learn now. I think I would love a mentorship, or in person class. I just have not done one yet 🙂

Dana August 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm

I like a mixture. I am a very hands on and visual learner, so mentoring sessions are awesome. However, I most commonly use videos and websites/blogs to learn and absorb more info. Since I know people love blogs and learning from them, I not only show my work, but also give some tips on photography for my followers.

susan August 6, 2013 at 10:43 pm

I am such a visual learner. Would love a 1 on 1 but the cost is a bit prohibitive. So I read and read (I was a special ed teacher) and watch videos. PS your work is AMAZING!!!

Radena August 7, 2013 at 4:35 pm

My favorite way to learn is by hands on!!

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