Good morning, friends! This is certainly a bright and cheery morning for me as we explore something new here on the blog: an artist’s Point of View! I am SO excited to bring you our very first interview at decorativity…the super-gracious and talented Amelia from Amelia Kay Photography! Amelia photographed the yummy cupcake that helped me celebrate my 1-month blog anniversary, and she is one of the most stunning fine art photographers I’ve come across. I think what I love most is how the images have a dreamy quality, without sacrificing the clarity of the subject.
Amelia’s food photography has especially captured my attention. The Pears in a Row print has been on my Etsy favorites list for a very long time…too long! I decided to take the plunge this week, and it was the perfect time to do so, because there’s a BOGO sale running through this Sunday, October 17th! Any print up to 12X12 is buy one, get one free! I truly haven’t met a photo from the shop that I didn’t love, so I’ve included a slideshow at the bottom of the page of many of my favorite images. Be sure and visit the shop for prints, magnets, bookmarks and calendars, in a variety of sizes. Take advantage of the BOGO sale before it ends! And now let’s hear from Amelia herself as she shares her Point of View.
How did your love of photography begin?
I have loved photography for as long as I can remember. As a kid in middle school and high school, I used to dream of being a photographer and I was always taking pictures. Later in life, after I became a mom, I really started to teach myself all the fundamentals of photography so my pictures of my kids would come out better. Several years ago, I discovered nature, flower and macro photography and fell in just love with it.
How did you transition into a full-time career as an Etsy seller?
At the moment, it’s still not a full-time career because I am also a stay at home mom to my 3 year-old and 5 year-old. I hope in a few years once both of my kids are in school, I can make this a full-time career! That is my current goal!
Can you describe a little of your darkroom technique that gives your photos their unique quality?
A lot of my technique has to do with each individual photo and my mood at the time, or sometimes, I am experimenting and trying something totally different! When I take a picture, I may already have an idea of what I would like the photo to end up looking like, but sometimes it may not really fit the feel of the photograph, so I go in new direction. But, overall, I really like to give my photos an aged, retro look to them and many times I like to add textures as well.
What’s the key to photographing food in a beautiful and appealing way?
So far, its been different every time. I have shot most of my food photographs on a table in my living room with and let the light shine in from the side. But, photographing food is still an experiment. Its something new I have fallen in love with an I am learning as I go!