Today I’m excited to introduce you to my friend Christel Seidel of Adeline Creations! Christel and I met when we were both taking the Professional Photography Diploma course at Prairieview School of Photography. We were in the same class and have remained friends since graduating. I feel very fortunate to have her as a friend. Christel is a GREAT person and she is very kind, funny, down to earth, easy going and just a pleasure to be around. Christel is also one of my right hand gals when I need a 2nd shooter for weddings! I love how Christel sees things and I adore her work! She recently showed me some of her photos and I had to ask her if I could share them on my blog because I just loved them! She accepted my request so I sent her the questionnaire that Pink Ink Studios sent me (when doing a feature on me last October) so that we could also get to know the girl behind the camera! So without further ado, please meet…..
Tell us your name.
Where do you live?
Please link us to your website.
In the works – but in the meantime, you can see some photos here.
How long have you been a photographer?
Professionally, I’d say 4-5 years.
I became serious about photography while I was at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in the Foundation Visual Arts program (2002-2003). Several years later I attended Prairieview School Of Photography.
Describe your area of expertise (ie., weddings, babies, seniors, fine art etc):
Hardly an expert, but Fine Art would be my main area. I also really love Performance Art photography.
How did you come to specialize in this area?
It really started with me just taking pictures where ever I went, or of things I liked.
Then, when I was at art school and signed up for a photography class, I started shooting rolls of black & white film for printing in the darkroom, I would say that would be the beginning of when I started thinking, as an artist I could use the camera as one of my mediums.
How would you describe your style?
High ISO’s (grainy), high contrast, and usually black and white.
What gear is in your bag?
-Canon Rebel XT, 50mm F1.8, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro, 18-55mm F3.5-5.6, and sometimes my 580EX flash.
-Yashica A, 120 film.
-Olympus Trip 35, Toshiba 707A flash, 35mm film.
If you could only use one lens what would it be?
I’m going to pick a camera 🙂 It would be my Yashica A medium format camera.
Are you considering any new gear purchases this year? If so, please describe.
Lately I’ve been shooting with old/vintage point&shoot/manual film cameras. So I wouldn’t mind finding some more great, interesting old film cameras. But it’s about time to put my old Rebel to rest and buy a new DSLR. Oh! and I’d really like to add the Lomography Diana Mini to my gear 🙂
What is your go-to camera shop?
It’s not a shop per say, but I’v been finding some great cameras on Kijiji lately. (I got a Polaroid Colorpack IV!) But when I do head to a real camera shop locally it’s Don’s Photo.
How do you stay motivated?
The constant need to be creating and growing.
Family & friends.
What makes your job easy?
A lot is done on my travels. That could be a road trip through the US, to Calgary or sometimes just to the Doctor who’s 20 mins away. So it’s never boring.
Tell us about your long-term goals.
A fully functioning website with a store. Grow my business. Do a gallery show.
Best advice for new photographers breaking into the business?
Keep true to your creative sprit, work hard, and don’t ever put a limit on your creativity or yourself.
If you were not a photographer, then
Surface or Graphic Designer or finish my International Development Studies Degree.
What does photography mean to you?
It mean getting to express myself in a way that designing, drawing, or painting doesn’t give me.
Magazine must have?
What ís your guilty pleasure?
Second Hand/Thrift Shops
My weakness is
My strength is
Being a eternal optimist, and doing the best I can at any task.
What do you do when you first wake up?
Let Elvis (my dog) out, make a cup of coffee, then check emails.
Finish this quote: When it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. – Gilbert K. Chesterton
I’m kinda loving Tumblr right now
Yes, first year of University silliness.
Like it, but I’m more of a 60’s&70’s girl.
What’s on your iPod?
It’s a very eclectic! Big mix of 60’s&70’s music (Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel), Classical/Score and more recent bands. (Mumford & Sons, Bon Iver, The National, Adele)
Morning or night?
My friends say
Really anywhere and every where! “There’s such a lot of world to see” – Moon River
One of your top 100 to do before you die?
See the Great Wall Of China
Anything that would involve me having to see or touch a snake!
Thanks so much Christel for letting me share your photos and a little bit of who you are as an artist! Looking forward to shooting together again this summer! 🙂