Browsing through Teresa’s photographs is like taking a glimpse into her colourful life, just like the name she used in Flickr — Colourful Life Teresa. When I added her as my contact almost two years ago, I immediately fell in love with how she document her daily life, especially with her two daughters and her cat, and turn it into beautiful photographs. I asked her a few question regarding her photography and her role as a mother.
Hello Teresa, can you tell me about yourself?
I am a full-time mother. My kids are 9 & 7 years old.
When was your first encounter with photography?
I started to shoot film in 2008 after 2 years shooting dSLR Nikon D80. Bought my 1st Olympus XA and Canonet QL17II in 2008 for my birthday, then started medium format 1 year later.
You still use film. Do you develop your own negatives?
I only can develop b/w, can not print in the dark room yet, no C41 either. I didn’t take class, only asked people and research on the internet about how to develop b/w and just practice. I have done 78 rolls b/w so far since October last year.
How do you divide your time between family & photography?
I usually do the shooting after taking the kids to school. I will take my camera to walk around in different area of city — sometimes drive to somewhere — usually half day shooting. After kids go to school, I have time of my own to shoot or checking at the pics on Flickr. So my picture time didn’t really bother my family life.
Do you have a personal style in taking pictures? Do you have other favourite subjects to photograph beside your kids?
The style of me is very casual and snappy. I don’t know if I have certain style, basically I shoot everything and anything interested to me. Kids are bigger now, not easy to capture the innocent side of them. I am glad I do found other subjects are interested to me other than kids and family.
Can you show me one of you most favourite picture you have taken and the story behind it?
This is one of my favorite pic. The kids want to share the pizza with cat even my cat don’t eat pizza unless there is seafood I think. I smile all the time of this picture.
Who is your inspiration in life & in photography?
My family life is my inspiration. I actually took many pictures of my family even if I didn’t upload them to my Flickr. I like all kind of styles with film. Going through tons of the pictures on Flickr and Tumblr is also my inspiration of photography.
What is the meaning of photography for you, especially as a mother?
Photo shooting makes me relax and also keeps me busy. Some neighbours wonder what I am doing after kids in the school all day. As you know I need to walk around, to shoot, to develop, and to scan, then post on Flickr. Very time consuming. And I enjoy very much the world of photography. I never feel bored and I enjoy being alone, so I can be concentrated on what I am doing. So I also consider myself a full time photographer mom.