Jessica Uhler

This was taken from Jessica’s bio on the Sham of the Perfect website.

What are you drawn to document? Is there a particular composition, technique, or mood you love? 

When I became a mom and chose to stay home with my three young kids (now 4) I had a hard time making the transition from relative success in academia and the professional world to what felt like anonymity and invisibility. I really saw that what is traditionally women’s work, the life of the home, the shaping of a family, is absolutely invaluable, important and yet totally undervalued. I started using photography as a way to document for myself the moments that I was investing in which are so repetitive and mundane, but so beautiful and powerful as well. I think everyday family life, the details of our homes and how they reflect us is what inspires me the most.

Such a perfect description of how motherhood and creativity can flow together.  Looking forward to sharing more from Jessica with you soon!

 

Robin Stephenson

Robin has taken at least one photograph a day for the past six years!  You can see her daily photos on her blog.  One photo every day!  I know what an accomplishment that is because I have started a few project 365s myself, and I have not been that successful.  If you are at all interested in starting a project 365, there are several websites out there dedicated to the topic or that offer prompts.  One of my favorites is Capture Your 365.  Clickin’ Moms also offers Glimpse on Instagram.  These two are great because they offer prompts to really encourage your creativity.  I should also add that if you feel that a photo a day is too much of a commitment, you might consider a project 52.  That’s one photo per week, obviously.  But, if you have children, I would challenge you NOT to find at least one thing each day that you would want to photograph.

I can’t wait to share Robin’s interview with you.  In the meantime, challenge yourself to take just one photo a day as well.

 

Michelle McDaid addresses the concept of “balance”

Wise words from my interview with Michelle McDaid:

I 100% agree that there aren’t enough great examples of women pursuing creative work while juggling the roles of wife and mother too. In my own life, I try to avoid the concept of “balance” in general because to me that implies precariously balancing in the middle of a scale with SELF on one side and FAMILY on the other. It’s an impossible middle place of perfection to achieve. Instead I view life as a series of pendulum swings between the two and my job it to keep it swinging back and forth as freely as possible. In the long run, the clock still keeps time, right?

Such a great interview with her; she has such great insight.  Such an inspiration!  Thanks, Michelle!

Lacey Monroe

Lacey is one of the three co-founders of Sham of the Perfect.  She is a documentary family photographer from Portland, Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two children.  I could say so much about Lacey, but I think this answer to a question on the Sham of the Perfect bio page says it so much better than I ever could.

received by the masses. It’s tough. I know. I get it. It is all too easy to constantly compare and photo stalk others, even though it ends up being a loop where you just feel worse

What is the most valuable tip you have learned in pursuit of shooting in a more documentary style?

The best tip I have learned is also something I constantly struggle with and that is to trust yourself.

Trust your vision. Be yourself. Find your voice and identify what you want to say with your photography. It’s really hard to not just chase the likes and only post things you think will be well and worse about yourself and the work you are producing. Stop being a pale imitation of others and produce work that makes your heart sing. It’s something I strive to achieve day after day. Some days I win and actually feel good about the work I’m producing, but other days I fail and hate every photograph I’ve taken and am pretty sure I should probably just quit. Know that those feelings are 100% normal and every artists feels them; the key is to just keep going and try not to give too much room in your head and heart for those negative thoughts to fester and grow. Of course, this advice applies no matter what style you shoot in, but that does not negate its importance to storytelling photographers, especially since the popular pinterest-y poses are far cry from documentary style photography.

Even though she is speaking specifically about documentary style photography, I think her words ring true for any creative pursuit and for any artist.  Thanks, Lacey, for these words of encouragement!  I look forward to sharing more from Lacey very soon!

Michelle McDaid

Michelle is a documentary lifestyle photographer who is originally from London, but she now resides in Sacramento, California, with her husband and daughter. She’s also a regular contributor to Sham of the Perfect.  It’s easy to tell from her photography business website that Michelle has tons of personality.  Her home page says it all:  “Live the moment.  The dishes can wait.”

I can’t wait to share with you some of her responses from my interview with her.

Heather Bowser

I can’t wait for you to meet Heather.  She is a wife, mother of 13 and the owner/photographer of All Ours Photography, located in Clinton, Mississippi.  She’s also a regular contributor to Sham of the Perfect.

I didn’t ask the obvious, “How do you get anything done with 13 kids?!”  I’m sure she gets that all the time. I am looking forward to sharing with you a little bit from my interview with her where she discusses how her work as a lifestyle family photographer and motherhood come together for her.  Stay tuned!