Today you get to meet Caitlin Sheffer! We go way back to the teenage years... we are both members of the same church and were in the YW program at the same time (I wish I could say I'm as young as she is, but alas I am not). She has always been one of the happiest, cutest, and funnest person I know. And just a beautiful person all around. She now lives in Utah with her husband and is a talented photographer herself:)
name: Caitlin Sheffer
website: www.ciaobellaphotography.blogspot.com, www.ciaobellaphotography.etsy.com
1.What do you “do”?
I take pictures of people, places and things, read chick lit, keep a clean house, and make delicious dinners and desserts for my hottie-mchothot husband. I lead a simple, but blessed life.
2. Why do you do what you do?
I’m a photographer because aside from being with my family, it makes me the most happy. I am incredibly lucky to be able to do what I love.
3.Where are you from?
Is this a trick question? ;);) I grew up in a military family so I would have to say Texas, Arizona, Virginia, Georgia, Virginia a few more times, England, Florida, and finally Utah.
4. Favorite color?
Definitely and without a doubt turquoise.
5. Favorite food?
Anything Italian. My mom’s homemade meatballs are to DIE for.
6. Favorite shoes?
I adore any kind of flats…the brand Rocketdog is my favorite. I also really love flip flops by Roxy. They are basic but super comfortable!
7. Favorite place in the whole wide world?
Europe!! I’d kill to go to Italy again.
8. Favorite piece of playground equipment?
The swings. I used to tell my dad that I was going out to “get my exercise” when all I was really doing was swinging. He laughed when I told him that, but he didn’t realize what a workout it is to pump your legs back and forth. ;);)
9. Your funniest story?
I can't think of anything in particular...I try to laugh every day so everything is pretty funny to me!
10. Mac or PC?
PC. I’m not opposed to Macs, but I hate to think about learning a new operating system.
11. Manual or automatic?
If you’re talking about cars, automatic all the way. BUT I did learn how to drive a stick on a vintage Porshe. Consequently, that’s the only thing I remember about driving manual. If you’re talking about cameras, manual. NEVER automatic.
12. What do you consider your best asset?
My sweet, adorable husband. Honestly, he is my other half.
13. Guiltiest pleasure?
America’s Next Top Model and romance novels. I LOVE chick lit.
14. Biggest pet peeve?
When people slurp their cereal/soup/hot chocolate. Just say no.
15. What do you consider priceless?
My faith and my family. (Is that cheesy or what?)
16. If you could sit next to anyone on an airplane, who would it be?
I constantly have dreams about meeting the photographer Jonathan Canlas (I’m embarrassed to say that out loud) but I’m obsessed with his work. I don’t shoot film so I would have lots of questions. I would also want to sit next to Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) because I think she would have me doubled over with laughter, she is SO funny. And awesome. And her recipes are delicious.
17. What would you choose as your last meal?
Hands down, my mom’s homemade meatballs with a loaf of parmesan-garlic French bread, a bit of leafy salad with ranch dressing & croutons, and chocolate covered strawberries to top it off.
18. What era in time do you connect with the most?
I have a lot of respect for people who lived without today’s modern conveniences…especially the early settlers of America. I tried making a cake from scratch the other day and I think it took me three hours.. I just don’t know how they did everything! But if I were to say what era I connect with…it would probably be the 40s or 50s. Deep down I just want to wear pretty dresses, have five kids running around, kiss my husband when he comes home from work, and cook delicious meals. I would have to infuse this with a bit of feminism though so I could work as a photographer from home…but other than that I always thought it would be so dreamy during that period.
19. Your motto for life?
“I am a strong woman and I can do anything!” I became seriously ill over the past year and when I was talking to my mom one day she said I needed a good mantra. Apparently my Great-Aunt Helen used this mantra and it fit perfectly!
20. Best advice you can give?
Take life one day at a time. Do what makes you happy. Be with those you love. Those are the three things that get me through it all.
Here are some of my favorites images:
I LOVE the third one and seventh ones:
I just love the big wide open sky (one of the perks living in Texas):
This series is perfection to me:
Beautiful lichen (makes me miss trees...):
The mood and color of these is absolutely gorgeous:
As always, thanks for reading!
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