Artistic Tuesday Featuring Turtleberry

Hello everyone and thank you for joining us o the first ever Artistic Tuesday! This week I am featuring an #STQWRITERSCHAT twitter friend, The ever talented and vivacious “Turtleberry!” Let’s get started and see what she has to say.

1) What made you decide to pick up a camera and begin taking pictures?

I honestly can’t even remember. I have been taking pictures since fourth or fifth grade. I went to a summer program that taught us techniques and how to develop film.

2) What is your favorite type of subject?

I love taking pictures of nature. I also like taking photos of people when they aren’t posing for pictures. Posing seems cheesy to me. I went through a period of being obsessed with taking pictures of the sky.


3) What kind of camera/gear do you use…and could you explain a little about it for us please?

I use a Nikon D5100. I honestly don’t know a lot about my camera except it is a DSLR. I also like to take pictures with my cell phone.

I don’t know how you do what you do with a cell phone…I can’t make pictures like that on my little digital camera, much less the phone! (Not for lack of trying though, honestly.)

4) When you travel, what equipment do you take with you?

I take my camera and two lenses with me.

5) Is there a piece of your gear that you wish you hadn’t purchased, or that you just never really use?

Nope. I don’t have much. Stuff is expensive. I have to pine for it for a while before I invest.

6) Among your works, which is your favorite, and why?

Oh. Well. I have a picture of a snow-covered tree that I absolutely love for reasons I can only explain as it is very pretty. I also loved working on the More Than Words Project ( Taking fun pictures of my friends was awesome.

7) Whose work has most influenced your own?

I love photography. I haven’t really studied other photographer’s work much. I love Gordon Parks and Annie Lebowitz. Most times I pay more attention to the image rather than who took it.

8) What advice would you give to budding photographers?

Keep snapping pictures. Also, try out different editing software. Practice is key. I sometimes take three hundred pictures to get ten that I love. Other times I get it right on the first shot.

it seems as though the same basic advice can span over pretty much any profession or hobby. You want to do it? get started and keep going. You want to learn? Practice…Great advice we often forget while searching for the ‘magic’ key to everything clicking into place. 

9) You are also an author, among several other things. Would you care to give us a little insight into that portion of your world and how it interacts with your photography?

It is all about creativity and having creative outlets. I see pictures as stories. I see stories as a series of pictures. Both forms are extensions of who my creative being is.
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10) Finally: Where can we find your work? 

Twitter: @turtleberry @TurtleberryPRS
SnapChat: msturtleberry
Thank you Ms. Turtleberry, for taking time out of your creatively busy schedule to answer these questions for us! You photographs are gorgeous and I love that you don’t weigh yourself down with things the most ‘on trend’ equipment or staying inside your own ‘box’ (lane? Whatever!)
If you enjoyed this, leave a little love for Turtleberry in the comment section! Don’t forget to go check her other pages, photographs, and projects out. She’s everywhere..
If you think you might like your own feature on Artistic Tuesdays, drop me a comment and let me know what it is you do! We’ll probably be able to find somewhere to put your interview…like maybe even featured on a Tuesday! (imagine that..hmmm,)
 Keep that head up, you don’t often find inspiration while staring at your toes. Until next time, I hope you all have a fantastic week!