“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” -Ansel Adams

Monday, November 7, 2011

November '11 Featured Photographer

Flickr Member since 2008

Visit MJ's photostream.

1. Who inspires you?

I like photographers that tell a story with their images. .brianday and lolaluvsme on Flickr are two photographers that always inspire me.
Mary Jo Boughton - Flickriver
2. What's your favorite subject?

Currently I am shooting a lot of photos of people.

3. What would you like to be able to do better?

Understand my speedlite well enough so that when I use my flash I can think artistically first instead of technically.

4. Are there any photography or processing techniques that you don't like?

I really do not like to do old school film developing.

5. What kind of camera do you have, and why?

I have a Canon DSLR 7D. I started with a canon P&S and just stuck with the brand mostly because of price. I recently upgrade from an XSI to the 7D because I wanted a camera that could shoot at higher ISO without noise issues. I prefer to handhold my camera.

6. What is your favorite photograph of your own, and why?

I really like the photo “Dream Horse.” It shows exactly the moment of emotion I saw through the lens when I clicked the shutter.

7. Do you ever make money with your photography? Do you want to?

I have had people buy a few photos from me that have seen them on Flickr. Hey more money means more lenses and equipment I can buy so yes, it would be great to make money from my photos.

8. What's the best compliment you've received on your photography?

Doopleganger left a compliment on this photo which was probably the best and one of the most sincere ones I have ever gotten.

"amazing stuff here. I browsed your entire stream. what an evolution in your photos since the start back in 2008. for me what sets your work apart and makes it so much better than 99.99% of what is out there is that every shot has so much feeling. you definitely put your own style on it and I love that it is something different in a world where everything looks the same and everybody just copies everybody else. your pics stand alone. I'm a big fan and looking forward to your show at the B&L"

9. Do you do any other art?

I have done painting, drawing and sculpture when I was younger but currently only do photography.

10. What one thing did you learn that changed your photography the most?

I learned how to use LightRoom3. It is very intuitive software.

11. Photography is rare in the sense that it requires both an artistic mindset and technical understanding. Do you think there are character/personality traits more commonly found in photographers?

I think we are all a bit obsessive and driven to get that next great photo.

Mary Jo Boughton - View my most interesting photos on Flickriver

Interviewers Note:
Mary Jo Boughton is a member of Southeast Michigan Digital Photography.  Take a minute to check out her photostream on flickr.  You will be amazed by her ability to photograph a wide range of subjects, from people to architecture.  You can also find her on Southeast Michigan Digital Photography's Facebook page.


  1. The 7D is a beast! Great camera choice. Awesome shots as well!

  2. Mary Jo is one of my favorite Michigan photogs! Love your work MJ!