This month’s portrait is very exciting! It’s of Sarah Hudson, talented photographer and creator of The Minnesota Project.  I thought she would make the perfect subject for our series considering the project was her idea. I also thought it would be great to share some of her thoughts on it and photography in general.

How did you get started in photography?

SH: Not until I had kids, really. The world of photography was pretty new to me. Growing up we had our school portrait and an occasional family photo from the Church directory to be exact. Of course, back then film/ developing film wasn’t cheap and people didn’t have the luxury of snap and delete if something didn’t turn out. When my kids were born, I started a little blog for them to keep family and friends updated. I snapped away and really enjoyed documenting all their little milestones. The only problem? I had no idea what I was doing and was often disappointed with how my pictures turned out. I also took my kids to a cheaper department store photography studio every 6 months and it wasn’t a very good experience for us. A fifteen minute time slot, escape artists who didn’t want to sit still or smile, and a very sweaty, anxious mom. Oh, and tears, lots of tears! Sometimes even the kids cried. :) Oy! I told my husband if we could invest in a nice camera I would learn how to use it and save him some money from skipping those “get ’em in, get ’em out” type of studios altogether. So, that is where it started! I was instantly taking better pictures, but started hitting roadblocks when conditions weren’t ideal. That’s when I started reading and learning and I haven’t looked back. . . . It became a creative outlet for me during a time when I really needed something for myself.

What motivated you to start The Minnesota Project?

SH: I was talking to my friend, Mellissa Pizzalato, another MN photographer who I admire very much, about working on a project together. We hadn’t met in real life, but we had connected on facebook because of our shared interests and the fact that we were both from Minnesota. When we were brainstorming about what to do, we were in the middle of a very frigid Winter and we were both over it. So we deiced to remind ourselves all of the wonderful things about our fine state and “My Minnesota” was born. I thought it could be a really neat way to connect with other Minnesota photographers and showcase our different styles and perspectives. I really miss having co-workers. This kind of felt like a natural way to come together and support each other.

Why do you think professional photography is so important?

SH: Photography is our legacy and pictures help us remember. Pictures not only document our appearance, but the life we live and the people we love. They stir feelings and memories. I always advise people to get a nice camera and learn how to use it so they can capture not only those special moments, but those day to day fleeting moments and details. Why a professional? You need to be in those moments, too. You need someone who can see the beauty in chaos and who can appreciate the details that you may not think are important at the time. You need someone who can capture how the light hits your hair, the fingerprints on the window, the conncections you have with your loved ones, Someone recently posted this quote, “The days are long, but the years are short.” I think that is a wonderful reminder to love your life just as it is now, even if it is not picture perfect. Even if it is not easy. Pictures are a wonderful way to celebrate that. :)

Sarah, thanks so much for sharing your experience and thoughts!! Now, why don’t you check out Sarah’s wonderful photography by having a look at her Minnesota Project post this month??