Dishing with ‘Simple as That’ & goodies up for grabs!

by Mary Jane

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Everyone, meet Rebecca! She is the blogger, photographer and mama behind Simple as That. I am in awe of her style and completely obsessed with her monthly photo collages and the way she keeps track of her kids artwork! Let’s be honest, I want to be just like her. 😉 So….I asked her how she does it. Take a peak below as she dishes on motherhood, photography and keeping it, simple as that.

She is also giving away a set of her ebooks, Real. Life. Photography, 40 Top Tips for Better Photos and Don’t Say Cheese. And that’s not all – also a $25 gift certificate to her digi store. I’m on my way to buy her monthly collage builder template right now – it’s so sweet!

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

When is the last time that you actually PRINTED a photo?

The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the Photog Mommie Facebook page on Saturday, September 21st at 7 p.m.

Read Rebecca’s amazing interview below!

1) How has motherhood changed your perspective on the importance of historical documentation?
I didn’t truly start diving into photography until I had my first child in 2002. Since then taking photos has been such a big part of my life – there is such a desire to preserve those precious moments of your child’s life that comes the moment they’re born. I love taking images for clients, but at the end of the day, my true joy and passion still comes from taking photos of my little family and the everyday moments that mean so much to us.

2) How often do you take pictures of your kids & are they planned sessions?
I think I take photos of my kids nearly everyday, a lot of the time its with my iPhone – I’m a little bit instagram obsessed these days. 😉 I don’t do a lot of planned sessions unless its for a special occasion like birthdays and the beginning of the school year, oh and Halloween. :)

3) How do you organize and backup your photos?
I keep my photos organized by year, month and then date and back up at the end of each month to two separate external hard-drives. I’ve had a couple of scares and really don’t want to risk losing my photos so I’ve made it a regular habit to do at the end of each month. I also upload all the images from my phone to my computer and then go through and sort/delete all the months photos while making my month-end photo collage.

4) What about time – running a successful business, blog & also being a mother – how do you do it?
I’ve taken a step away from shooting client sessions right now – ever since I had my fourth child actually. I know there will be time for that one day but right now I feel the need to focus on capturing our own family memories. Shooting just for me has been really freeing and I’ve been able to really explore my style the last few years that I’ve taken time off from the business side of photography. As for blogging and motherhood, I don’t have a magic formula that allows me to fit it all in. Sometimes life’s admittedly crazy but I do find that on days when I have a clear plan of what I want to accomplish I tend to be more productive. I like sitting down at the end of the day to jot down a few notes on what I want to accomplish the next day.

5) Was being a mother a driving force in your passion for photography – or do you think you would have found it regardless?
I’ve always had a passion for memory keeping and so my love for photography has always been there, but when my children were born that’s when I really started to learn more about it, invest in better equipment and realized how much I love taking photos!

6) Have you ever taken your kids on a shoot with you?
I’ve taken my oldest daughter {she’s 10} a couple of times actually and its been a lot of fun. She enjoys photography as well so its been neat to share that with her. She’s getting older now too and she’s been a lot of help with holding reflectors or entertaining little ones – she’s a great little assistant and we’ve had some really special mom/daughter times together during photo shoots.

7) What’s the hardest thing about running a business and also being a mom?
I think the hardest thing is balancing time between work and home. They seem to just melt together when you work from home and so setting clear times for “work” has been a must for me.The Summer is always tricky too when the kids are home but we’ve managed to have a really fun Summer, we’re sad to see it end but glad to be getting back to a regular routine at the same time. :)

8) What has surprised you most about being a mom?
How joyful, exhausting, emotional, fulfilling and hard it can be at times. Being a mom is such a blessing and I think this post sums up my feelings perfectly.

9) Can you share with us your favorite photograph of your kids to date? And why is it your favorite?
One of my all time favorite photos of my kiddos {see bike gang image below} is this photos of the kiddos all on their bikes. We were out for a family bike ride one evening and I’m so glad I took a moment to snap this photo. It makes me smile every time I look at my little bike gang! I just love how you can see their little personalities shining through in the shot and that it represents some really special memories.

10) What tips can you offer mamas who want amazing pictures of their children but can’t afford a professional photographer very often?
My biggest piece of advice would be to just keep on snapping! When I was just starting out in photography I learned so much through trial and error. Making mistakes helps you learn so don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things or change those settings. When it comes to taking photos of kids just engage them in conversation, photograph them doing something they love and make things fun. I share lots of tips on capturing everyday moments and making photos fun in my eBooks Real. Life. Photography. and Don’t Say Cheese: How to get Great, Natural Photos of your Kids.

11) What camera would you recommend for a new mommie?
I shoot with a canon 5D Mk II and I love it. I’ve also shot with my mom’s Canon 2Ti and found it to be a great entry level camera and loved that it had the ability to shoot video. Those are the only two cameras I have experience with, but don’t forget about your phone. I’m a firm believer that taking a photo – regardless of the camera you’re using – is better than taking no photo at all. I’ve captured some really great moments with my phone and I’m so glad I didn’t wait to grab my big camera before the moment was lost.

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