"It's difficult to choose my favorite piece of technology. It's impossible, it's like choosing a favorite child. They are all my favorites, each unique and special, and needed in their own special way. So if I have to pick, I'll just pick technology itself, and how it's enhanced my creativity and ability to work at home. I am very fond of my camera and how it enables me to capture special moments in our lives. I love my wacom tablet, and how it helps me create whimsical illustrations. I love the Adobe software for the design capabilities. I can't do any of that without my laptop computer, which allows me to bring it with me whether it's to the room where my kids are playing or to my studio office for some quiet concentration."
Share a bit about your photography background.
"I do not consider myself a photographer. I'm a picture taker and a mommarazzi. However, I have been taking photographs since my I got my first Barbie pink 110 camera. I've upgraded since third grade, going through several 35mm cameras and digital cameras over the years, including an early version of the Sony Mavica that stored the images on floppies. That was a nuisance! Photography bliss happened to me when I bought my first DSLR in 2008 and have enjoyed the challenge of learning how to get out of auto mode. I would say my style of photography is "taking lots of pictures," mostly candids with a few home staged photo shoots in between. Some of my favorite shots are those of my children where I've used a fixed 50mm lens with the aperature setting wide open, and making use of the natural light of the north facing windows in our house."
What digital software do you use?
"I use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CS5. In Illustrator, my favorite tool is the paintbrush pen. I love to adjust the pressure sensitivity when I use my wacom tablet to draw over my scanned pencil sketches. In Photoshop, my favorite technique is layering textured papers with the blending modes options. You can create so many different looks by simply changing those blending modes. I use multiply, linear burn, overlay and soft light the most often."