A photographer friend of mine had made up a 30 day photo challenge on Facebook and I decided that it would be fun to participate in it. There were no rules other than the theme for the day, so instead of using my pro camera, I challenged myself to only use the Instagram App on my Android phone. Just to think outside the box (which is ironic because Instagram images are square) and I figured it would be fun to do something different. I did skip about a week of images because of moving, but here’s what I’ve come up with so far. They represent (in order) self portrait, teeny tiny, mail, movement, everyday life, silhouette, something you hate, metal, transportation, green, white, and food. If you’d like to keep up with what I’m doing for the 30 day challenge, you can follow along on Instagram: @nataliemaephotography.
I borrowed this idea from an amazing photographer in Portland, Motormouth Studios (seriously check out her blog, I love her design style and her photography work. I have this feeling that if we ever met in person we’d be great friends!) Anywho, she posts a series of random questions and answers them as a little deeper insight to who she is, so I thought it would be fun to do that as well.
What makes you happy?
My two dogs, a good cup of coffee, and a cozy bed.
What’s one piece of clothing you can’t live without?
I’d definitely have to say either my flats or a great pair of jeans.
What’s right with the world?
That there are people who still care about others and will go out of their way to help their fellow man/animal.
Are you a morning or night person?
I am 100% a night person (I think most photographers agree), I get most of my work done at night when things have calmed down and I can really focus.
Name one quirk about yourself.
I have to put everything in order. CD’s/DVD’s/Books are all in alphabetical order in my house and my closet is organized in order of the rainbow. Things are just easier to find that way 🙂
What is your favorite food your parents make?
Okay this one is hard because I LOVE to eat and my mom makes such good food, but my top three are her homemade pizza, vegetable beef soup, and mush (I’ve heard mush called other things, but it’s just fried cornbread that you eat like a pancake with butter and syrup). My favorite food that my dad makes is crawfish etouffee…seriously the best thing ever! Think a creole dish with rice, garlic, butter, lots of herbs, and crawfish, NOM!
And I can’t leave without a photo, this is me (left) and my little sister when we were young. I’m probably 10 years old and she’s most likely 2 years old.
I couldn’t decide which version I liked better of this man, but I’m leaning toward the b&w. Every year I go, I see him and never have had the courage to ask permission for his portrait. This year, I did, and I’m so glad because his presence and the effort he puts into his appearance at the festival is just astounding.