Today we’re bringing you another ‘peek inside’ of one of our fabulous CMteam members! This time, we get to learn a little more about one of our newest Mentors and Photoshop Elements guru Melissa Gibson. If you’re already a member of the Clickin Moms photography forum then you’re familiar with Melissa and her kind, honest, helpful, and funny personality. And today, we’re pleased that everyone gets a little dose of Melissa to brighten their day!
a peek inside | melissa gibson
My bag is the super cute Ketti bag made exclusively for Clickin Moms. It is my first real camera bag (I used a backpack before) and I am in love with it. It is so easy to carry all of my goodies around and I adore that purple lining.
I don’t think I could love a lens more than I love the 50mm. I use it all the time. I am a huge fan of shooting at that wide open aperture of 1.4 and also the beautiful bokeh that this lens creates.
Also inside my bag:
1. A remote for those self portraits with the kids that I need to do more often.
2. My Moleskin journal for writing down funnies that my girls say and sometimes I also have ideas of my own. Since my memory is not-so-great, I need to jot them down rather quickly.
3. Olloclip that I probably can’t do without.
4. An extra battery and CF card.
5. Treats for my girls because they are easily bribed.
*not pictured: 35mm 2.0 and the gripped d700 because I was using it, of course.
My workspace is in our finished basement, just at the bottom of the stairs. I edit on an iMac that my husband surprised me with last Christmas (LOVE him!). I love to fill my spot with color so I framed some of my favorite art pieces by my girls. It helps me to feel happy and fun. I like to keep things clutter-free so I have baskets tucked away in a small cabinet that hide my calibration device, extra cords, discs and paperwork. Also, my girls love to sit behind me and play in the floor which means there’s usually farm animals, My Little Pony figures, and Zoobles in the floor behind the chair. I cleaned those up just for y’all. Finally, my smallest girl loves to draw and “do pictures” while I edit, too. I keep a small basket of paper and crayons handy for her. She likes to see her art on the cork board near my desk.
Melissa Gibson, Georgia
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Melissa is a proud MWAC who gears up with a Nikon D700, prime lenses, and edits her “fun, childlike, and whimsical” photography solely in Photoshop Elements. Melissa is one of the instructors for CMU’s Mastering Manual Exposure and the new Processing 103: Photoshop Elements and her goal both now and when she first began her photography journey in 2005 is to, in her own words, “remember my girls’ lives for them. They are so young yet growing so quickly. I know they won’t remember it all so I feel it’s my job to document it for them.” She is a self proclaimed goofball that loves reading, giggling, sweet tea, her iPhone, kisses, instagram, and having fun with her small family which includes her husband and three darling girls.