Happy Friday! I'm participating here on the blog in #AskAwayFriday with my Boston Handmade buddy and jewelry designer, Bev Feldman of Linkouture (on Twitter @Linkouture
). How it works is Bev asks me questions which I then answer and post here and I ask her questions which she posts on her blog. Kind of a nice way for our readers to get to know us a little better! Here are Bev's questions for me, be sure to check out my questions for her on her blog too:
1. What is the most interesting thing you have ever photographed?
I did a multimedia project on a farm in Dartmouth, MA called Silverbrook Farm. It was so interesting to me to hear the story behind the farm, their practices, and their commitment to keeping the future of farming in their community going.
2. How did you get into fitness photography? What do you like most about this type of photography?
It all started when I was still in school at BU's Center for Digital Imaging Arts back in 2011. I had asked a Pilates teacher I knew, Jenn Phelan, if she'd be willing to do some environmental portraiture at Castle Island. She agreed, we had an awesome summer sunset shoot, and the rest is history!
What I like most is working with athletes- I find their discipline, strength, and commitment to helping other achieve their own goals inspiring!
3. Would you consider yourself a fitness buff? Has doing fitness photography had any impact on your own exercise regimen?
How about fitness enthusiast? I had no exercise regimen in place before I got into fitness photography and now I'm borderline obsessed. My work has definitely had an impact because I love frequenting the classes my clients teach especially.
4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
I'd probably go back to southeast Asia (I was in Thailand in 2000). My parents loved Laos and I've heard great things about Bali too. I love the food, warm climates, and being somewhere totally different from where I live. Plus it's gorgeous!
5. When did you first join Boston Handmade and how did you get involved?
I joined BH in 2008 when I had decided to start selling prints of my photography and really wanted to be a part of the creative community. It wasn't something my friends were into so I wanted to make a few new friends in creative fields. It was an extremely rewarding move!
6. What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
|me with my life on my back in Belize; ziplining in Costa Rica|
I did a bunch of traveling on my own when I was pretty young which in hindsight seems daring. When I was 18, I moved to Dublin for the summer- found a job, place to live, and traveled around the country by myself. When I was 22, I went to Central America starting in Mexico and winding my way down to Costa Rica for a few months. I made friends quickly but I set out initially on my own. It was the best time of my life!
7. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas or Halloween. I love dressing up and creepy things so Halloween is up there but I love spending time with family and gift giving/receiving too. Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite movies- it combines both holidays!
8. I read this on a recent #AskAwayFriday, and thought it was especially appropriate for you as a photographer: share a recent photo and tell the story behind it.
I've been working on a personal project photographing people running this year's Boston Marathon and finding out their running stories. Because the marathon is run in the spring, they train in some pretty awful conditions throughout the winter. I've been photographing them in these conditions too- it's rough!
This photo was taken last week during a snow flurry at a completely snow-and-ice covered Jamaica Pond. My runner, Stephanie (also a BH member), was a good sport even through she kept stepping through layers of ice into the snow. I was pretty happy with this shot - her pose, the composition, the lighting despite the weather conditions - when my dog snuck up behind her and photobombed it. I still love it though.
9. As you know, St. Patrick's Day is huge in Boston. (I just read that Boston has the oldest parade in the States). Will you be doing anything to commemorate the day? Do you usually attend St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston?
I do not, I'm a bad Bostonian in that way. I went to the parade once when I was 15. Otherwise I tried to avoid all the craziness since a lot of it takes place in my neighborhood.
10. I don't know about you, but I'm just about done with winter. What are you looking forward to most this spring?
The Boston Marathon! It's such a huge deal in Boston and this year is going to be even more special. I'm still trying to figure out the best spot to camp out and enjoy the day. Want to join me?