What is your title, and can you explain what your daily responsibilities are?
I am the proud owner and photographer at Mackie Jean Photography. I am also an even prouder front runner as mom and wife to the Brook’s household and my two amazing boys.
I specialize in families and children, fine art composites, and mentoring. Your screaming kicking toddler that HATES life in general on picture day? We WILL connect and have that special moment by the end of your session! I absolutely love a challenge and strive to grow and learn every day.
I also run Mackie Muse, a growing resource for photographers. Providing actions and other neat tools for our craft!, as well as Squijoo.com as I am on their design team and contribute to their inventory of resources.
What inspired you most to become a Photographer? Why did you pursue this as a career?
As with many mothers. it will always be my sons who inspire me. They are responsible for every muse, and leading me to my unrelenting passion for photography. I have had uncountable business ventures in my lifetime, I love to share my art and in turn provide for my family!
For the first time in my life it never feels like work!
What do you think is the biggest obstacle to pursuing a career in the creative fields?
Getting over that “Momtographer” stereotype and rising to every challenge, as well as setting myself apart from those local to me. It is becoming more and more difficult in such an accessible and consumer ready market. It is also hard to find allies in what we do. I love networking with other photographers, especially women… so we can uplift and grow together! For many years we were in front of the camera vs. behind it.
With all the new versions of Photoshop and Lightroom what changes do you personally feel are the most exciting or brilliant?
Well, Puppet Warp is pretty much the niftiest thing I have ever seen! I love that both programs have turned into an interface that is navigable by beginners and pros alike!
What Photographers & Photoshop artists do you follow, and why do they stand out from others in your opinion?
Robin Chavez is amazing. Her combination of fine art, mixed with portrait, and constantly using her sons for inspiration… outstanding. Another up and coming creative is Sarah Embree of Embree Photography. She is a close personal friend, as well as my own family’s photographer. She can take any child, and immerse them into a fairytale world that even adults wish they could be a part of. Vicarious daydreaming if you will.
What social networks do you like most? Which present good examples of Photography the best?
I love the access and widespread word of Facebook. I absolutely enjoy 500PX for the quality of display, and variety of honest to goodness outstanding work. Instagram, oddly enough is also quite on the rise!
What is your prediction of the evolution of social networks? How do you think these networks will showcase artists and Photographers better in the future?
I do hope for better configuration catering to digital artist. There is such a far sprint from the quality we hope for when sharing our work. As of right now I see it all as a “rat race” for attention. Luckily there are a few sites catering more towards visual artists.
What predictions do you have for the future of Photoshop and Lightroom?
I expect that both programs will continue to close the gap between amateur and professional. To provide a platform with options for every level. The subscription format was leaps and bounds beyond what was once unaffordable to most!