We had the good fortune of connecting with Linda Blue and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Linda, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
When I graduated from high school, I asked for an SLR camera and when I got it, I had no idea how to use it so I took a summer class at our local junior college. I found myself in the darkroom for 8 hours and came out happy & excited! After the class ended, I showed my images to my childhood friends and they said… those are really good! Why don’t you do something in photography?! Had they never said that to me, I would never have considered being a photographer. I looked into schools and found Brooks Institute of Photography and moved to Santa Barbara. After graduating, I worked for another photographer to learn the business side of it all. I then started my own business after a year. I never looked back and to this day, I absolutely LOVE what I do! I feel blessed and grateful to get to do what I love!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I photograph life’s biggest moments! And I love the variety in all that I shoot! I use to shoot 35 weddings a year and I got burned out, so I’ve spent quite a few years re-inventing my business to incorporate anything from weddings to businesses to belly shots to families to pets and beyond! I have shot a few cookbooks and that was challenging and fun too! My photo sessions are organic in the way that they unfold, I never know the final outcome, I only know we start over here and end up over there! It’s a visual thing for me and with my experience, I know how to find good light with the best possible background. My secret is to make it fun! I try to be funny and that gets me natural smiles and laughter! I think that is what sets me apart 🙂
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A week in Santa Barbara County would require eating, drinking, hiking and some water activities! The Funk Zone is a great place to eat and drink. There are wine tasting rooms and plenty of restaurants! One of my favorite restaurants is Finney’s Crafthouse, their pretzels are SO GOOD! Some of my favorite tasting rooms are Melville, Margerum. and Riverbench and since you have a week, I would suggest heading to Santa Ynez Valley and try some restaurants and wine there too! Dascomb Cellars is my favorite and they pair their wine with cheese…YUM! Succulent and SY Kitchen are delicious! After all that eating and wine drinking you may need a hike and some exercise! One of my favorite trails is Rattlesnake Canyon because it can be a nice medium hike to the meadow or you can go all the way to the top and it will kick your butt! If hiking isn’t your thing, I would rent kayaks and go for a nice paddle up the coast! The view from out in the water is beautiful. Or take The Double Dolphin boat ride and just enjoy the view from the water. There’s so much to do, and you can’t go wrong with having some fun!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to thank my parents who gave me a college education, support and love, and a shoutout to the teachers at Brooks who encouraged me along the way!
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