For this week's photographer interview we're heading up to Minnesota dontcha know, to sit down with Misty Malterud of Misty Moments Photography.
SeniorInspire Hi there, Misty! I've always loved the name of your studio, Misty Moments. Where does that come from?
Misty Malterud Actually, I have to give props to my husband for that one-I was going with Misty Memories, and he said “Hun, people have a 'misty moment' when they see the photos you took”, and Misty Moments was born! I find it funny how many people think my last name is really “Moments”.
SI When I think of Minnesota I think of cold and hockey. List three things you love about Minnesota.
MM Three things I love about MN: our lakes, our summer weather (which is unbeatable), and as corny as it sounds, our “Minnesota Nice”. Up in northern MN, people are genuinely nice, wonderful people.
SI And three things you aren't crazy about?
MM Three things I could do without? Well, that's easy. Winter, cold, and snow. But the best part of winter is no mosquitoes, so there's that.
SI Do you have a wood chipper in your backyard?
MM My dad had a wood chipper growing up, and yes, I used it, along with literally swinging an axe chopping wood. I have split and stacked an entire cord of wood more than once! (I wonder how many people even know what that is)
SI Not going to ask who's in the wood chipper so let's move on and say you had to eat the same meal, three times a day, every day for the rest of your life. What would that meal be?
MM Pizza, of course! The most versatile meal there is! And you can make it healthy or indulgent. Although cauliflower and pizza should never have met.
SI If you could instantly pick up any skill, what that skill be?
MM Not to brag, but I could get a recording contract in my shower! Singing (singing well, that is) is the one skill that I have always wished I had.
SI Without telling us who it was, describe the worst photography workshop you've ever been to.
MM I have only done two workshops in my career, one with Joel Grimes and one with Ben Shirk. I couldn't even name a bad second from either of them, they're both fabulous! So I'll do one from a conference. The photos the speaker had looked like they were straight out of the 80s, and not in a “trendy” way, so it was hard to take anything seriously. I think I fell asleep.
SI Name a photographer or two (not necessarily senior photographers) you follow for inspiration.
MM The two photographers I mentioned above are my heroes. But when I first picked up his book at a Sam's club well over a decade ago, and who I giggled like a weirdo in front of when I met him at his conference and had him sign that book, and who will always be the guy who taught me core photography skills and more...Scott Kelby. Today, I would say Lindsay Adler is who I follow the most (with another drooling fan girl moment when I met her), along with Aaron Adams, who I aspire to be like because his lighting is phenomenal. Seriously, the dude should be teaching his skills!
SI You betcha about Scott Kelby. I spent hours poring through his stuff back in the day. I bet a lot of us did.
That's it for today. I'm going to let you get back to the wood chipper. Watch your fingers ya know...