It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish. Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “If you could photograph any subject, what or who would it be and why?”
*image by April Nienhuis
Laurie Yuenger, Illinois
I love photographing littles. Newborns, babies and toddlers are my favorite portrait subjects. If I could photograph anything I would love to travel to a small foreign village, off the beaten path to photograph the locals and local lifestyle and scenery.
Jen Bebb, British Columbia
I would like to photograph someone who has lived 100 years. I am fascinated by the story told in the lines of their faces and the way light and shadow play among them.
Alana Rasbach, Tennessee
I would love to photograph Wendell Berry and his wife, Tanya, at their home–a 100+ acre farm–and document their quiet life there. I have read a few of Mr. Berry’s works, which I enjoyed, and I admire his lifestyle.
Cassandra O’Leary, Japan
ooooooooooh I would photograph landscapes and nature in exotic places! An excuse to travel and see new things as well as lots of eye candy, perfect!
Pam Korman, Pennsylvania
What an interesting question. A few things come to mind but this might be my top idea. I moved around a lot growing up and I only have faint memories of some of the places I lived when I was little. I would love to travel back to each place and photograph the house I lived in and the surrounding area. I know much has changed since I lived there but it would still be interesting to capture how each town has “grown up.”
Beth Wade, North Carolina
I would photograph my dad. He was my role model and biggest supporter of my artwork. My oldest son is his namesake and I would give anything for just one photo of him with his grandsons! Every day I miss him and losing him helped me realize that LIFE is most important in life. I wish I could have shared this part of my journey with him.
Julia Stotlar, Illinois
I would photograph my grandmother. She was a watercolor artist and passed away before I discovered my love of photography. I’d love to be able to go back and capture images of her at her easel, doing something that brought her so much joy.
Michelle DeMoss, California
I would love to be able to travel back in time and document the time spent in the kitchen with my family. Growing up, our family and friends always gathered in the kitchen because it was so big. I have fond memories of cooking dinners with my mom and sisters, we would each have our own cutting board and my mom would give us something to chop, or potatoes to peel, or cheese to grate. We laughed, cried, fought, and loved a lot in that kitchen!
Elena Blair, Washington
Families with children. I love capturing the connection between families.
Crystal Samson, Idaho
Sunsets. There’s something so magical about the end of the day, no matter how bad it is, how great it was, or anything in between….the colors of the sunset as the sun sinks into the horizon reminds me that there are things out there bigger than my life….each of us is just a small piece of the puzzle, and the world goes on. Growing up, I had a spectacular, unobstructed view of every sunset, every night. Now, living in the suburbs, I realize how lucky I was.
Bethney Backhaus, Florida
Interesting architecture. I’m so fascinated by unique angles and materials and I love photographing it all! My dream job would be for someone to pay me to travel all over taking photos of all the architectural wonders in our world.
Melissa Stottmann, Delaware
Mothers and their kids. All ages. I love the connection and love a mother has for her children and the comfort and familiarity a child (whatever age) has with their mother.
Bre Thurston, Washington
Give me a relaxed, fun, happy, in-love couple and I am one happy photographer. Think Jim and Pam from The Office in their dating days!
Megan Dill, New York
Hands down, I would head out west and go sky watching with my camera and a wide-angle lens. There is much splendor to be found in unstable skies.
Lauren Sanderson, Alabama
If I could ONLY photograph one subject it would have to be my family. I can’t imagine not documenting our lives on a daily basis… it’s such an integral part of who I am. But if I could photograph anything as a way to cross off something from my bucket list, it would have to be the streets of a big city. I am so inspired by Vivian Maier’s street photography… she photographed things and people so beautifully, yet left you wanting so much more.
Courtney Keim, New Jersey
Eeeek. That’s tough. If it was something, it would be the ocean throughout the world. The science dork in me loves the idea of it being one big body with so many colors and wildlife. If it was someone, hands down, it would be my father’s grandmother who raised him. I see her mural all the time, but I have never seen a photo of him with her. I wish i could capture how much joy she brought to him growing up. He speaks of her so often.
Georgia Nelson, Texas
I am a geek. Of all the things, people, or places I could pick from right now, the one thing I want to take pictures of is Star Wars cosplayers. I have been infatuated with the Star Wars franchise all of my life. I have original figurines, collectibles, and I even own a few lightsabers. The one thing I haven’t done yet is take my skills as a photographer and craft a series of portraits of my beloved Star Wars characters brought to life by talented cosplayers. One caveat: No Jar-Jar. As far as I’m concerned, he does not exist in my world.
Parikha Mehta, Pennsylvania
My parents, in their own youth. I’ve seen so few photos of them when they were young, and I’m fascinated by the stories of what their lives were like before my sister and I were born.
Jennifer Dell, Texas
I would love to photograph the rock ‘n’ roll bands of the 60’s… people like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, etc. I think that must have been one of the most fascinating times in music and as a photographer who is music obsessed, this would have been such a dream to follow them around and photograph the behind the scenes.
Tracy Heyman, Pennsylvania
My Mom as a little girl. She was the last of eight children and unfortunately, has NO photographs of herself when she was little.
Colie James, Colorado
I love photographing newborns. There is something about the way that family members engage with the newest member(s) of their family. So much love to document.
Tracy Bradbury, England
I would photograph dancers, especially ballet dancers – I used to dance as a child but had to give it up in my late teens but my love of dance has never left me. There is something so magical and beautiful about dancers.
Lissa Chandler, Arkansas
My mother at age twenty-six. I think it would be fascinating to capture her at the same age I am now.
Lindsay Brummer, Arizona
If I could photograph anyone, anything in the whole world, it would be my 20 year old sister the day before she died. I would capture her hands so that I could remember all that they held, her eyes to remember the way she looked at me, her feet to remember how she used to laugh at how big they were. She was amazing, the images that I have in my mind don’t due justice to her actual image, she was beautiful.
Melissa VanLeeuwen, Ontario
This is a great question. I had to think about it for a while. There are so many people that I would love to photograph, but as a little girl I was intrigued and fascinated by the work of Mother Theresa. I would have loved to have photographed her, documentary style, “working” with the poor. That would have been an AMAZING opportunity to grow and learn from.
April Nienhuis, Oklahoma
The weather. Any kind of weather. I’m from Oklahoma so I’m used to crazy and severe weather and it’s always fascinated me. There’s such power in the sky and clouds and I’d love to really dedicate some time to photograph it one day.
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