Denver, Colorado


Interview: The Lovely Mariah

              Today I got the chance to sit down with a good friend of mine, that I do not get to visit with very often, and conduct an interview with her about her stunning approach to photography, and her work ethic in general. Her name is Mariah Baumgartle, and she is graduating this quarter from my school. She is an excellent food, and fine art photographer that I admire greatly. Her personality is something to be aspired to, full of sunshine and perseverance. This is what she had to say.

How old are you?

- "I am 21, soon to be 22."

What is your preferred medium in photography?

- "I love my Holga, and then I use digital for commercial work. I also use a macro lens a lot."

What is your ideal job?

- "Ideal, for me, is working for a magazine, freelancing, and I don't want to just be known as a food photographer for the rest of my life, even though that is what I am labeled as. Also, I would like to work in a gallery. Photo Essay work, I would like to do a lot more of that as well. I would not mind being on the back end of some photography, so like the production side of things."

How many jobs do you work right now?

- "Two. I am a Residential Assistant at the student housing, and I work in the printing center at Office Depot."

How long did you volunteer at the Denver Art Museum?

- "I worked a year in guest services, so my job was to say hello to people."

Where all have you been published?

- "St. George Magazine, The Spectrum (A newspaper back home), Elan Women's' magazine (Also in St. George), and I was also published internationally for the Los Cabos magazine, and"

How many hours a week are devoted to photography work?

- "I would say that I spend about 24-27 hours a week to photography. Holy crap, I did not even realize how much time that was until just now!"

Is there anything else that you feel I should know, that I may have missed?

- "I am pretty artsy in other things besides photography. I don't like long walks on the beach, I prefer skipping. I feel like you can't get through a long, hard, day without being positive. Just think about when someone asks you how you are doing, and you respond negatively, and how that does nothing to make your day any better. If you choose to stay positive instead, it will improve your own mood based on the alteration of your own perceptions."


Please go, and check out her work at!

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