P&P Blogger Profile: The Barefoot Contessa



The Barefoot Contessa (aka – Margo Pinkerton) – Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures

Margo Taussig Pinkerton, adventurer, photographer, teacher, embracer of life, fun-loving, irreverent, energetic.  Had a number of careers, including medical research, publishing, fund-raising, CFO, sales, farmer, among others.  Volunteered in such things as volunteer ambulance, teaching 4-H, art organizations, planning board and commissions, and world-wide photography association.

Why do you blog?
To entertain, impart knowledge, and hopefully provide inspiration.  Realistically, it is also a part of doing business.

If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?
Joe McNally, Scott Kelby, and mine, so I can make correct any errors I missed in the authoring process.  It’s hardest to see your own mistakes in writing!

How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
Photoshop since the 90’s, a photographer since I was eight years old.

What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
DSLRs.  As we tell our clients, it’s not your camera, it’s your eye, your mind, and your passion that count!  People can produce beautiful images with simple cameras and some dreadful ones with the latest and greatest equipment.

Mac or PC?
PC.  I started out in computers back in the early 80s when Mac didn’t have business programs.  I was one of those ambidextrous photographers who also had good business sense!

What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
My car.  It takes me to all the places of love to photograph or to the airport so I can get to ones not accessible immediately by hopping in  my car.

What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
A robot that will sit at my computer all day so I don’t have to!

What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
Don’t give up your day job!  Other than that, remember what attracted you to the scene and make sure that is your only subject; then simplify and isolate.

What inspires you to create?
Life, light, color, form, and shape.

What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
Live it.  Don’t be afraid.  Take chances, but don’t ever hurt others in the process.

Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
France, French Polynesia, Australia, take your pick!

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Must I choose?  Photographing, exploring, teaching, hiking, reading, skiing, needlework, sailing, canoeing, to mention a very few interests.  There is never much spare time to do these things.

What talent would you most like to have? 
To always be better at the talents I have.

From Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word?  Happy or content
What is your least favorite word?  The F word
What turns you on?  A sense of humor and irreverence
What turns you off?  A mean and or selfish spirit
What sound or noise do you love?  The ocean, a river, the wind sailing, the lapping of waves on the hull of a wooden boat, good music (not hard or acid rock)
What sound or noise do you hate?  Grating noises, high-pitched noises, harsh noises.
What is your favorite curse word?  Shit
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt?  Get back to leading adventures, something I did before our regular workshops.
What occupation would you not want to participate in?  Sanitary engineering!
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?  Welcome.  I have found an assistant for you who will do all your computer work for you so you can spend more time photographing!

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