So, clearly, #1 blogging is not something that I successfully do with any sort of regularity. I know, I know, I'll work on getting better at it......But I thought now that I'm catching up with all the recent shoots and orders it was time for an update!
I've been facebook quiet on the business page and the website, but my photography life and personal life have been anything but quiet....oh and then all the computers crashed around me....4 of them...at the same time. (I thought about seeing a doctor about medical conditions that could cause this, but I thought they might diagnose me schizophrenic or with some other mental health disorder. But, I mean really, come on, 4 computers within 2 weeks??) Annnywaaayy....I spent this summer shooting dancers, newborns, kids, glamour, high school seniors, weddings, families, products, life in TURKEY (the country, not the zoo, though, I shot at the zoo too...), MARIANO RIVERA AND ANDY PETTITTE'S LAST GAMES AT YANKEE STADIUM, and so much more. It's been great an busy and more amazing than I could have ever imagined. I also learned so much taking so many classes with some of the greatest photographers of today. 2013 has been a year of hard work and so many life experiences that I could never have prepared for other than to experience it all as it was in front of me.....
2013 has been truly an emotionally beautiful ride....thank you all for being with me through it all. My fans and clients really are the absolute best!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.....
Much love to you all,
I love the post processing, well process. I don't remember when the realization hit that photos don't "just look like that" straight out of the camera, but I knew it was a day I would never turn back. Since then, I've learned so much about transforming photos. My mind has always been addicted to learning. Not the kind that requires me to take a test or write a thesis, but real world, applied learning. I mean, Don't get me wrong, a lot of that stuff that I grew up thinking I'd never use has come in very handy...but I'd rather learn it when I need it.
I do believe in "getting it right straight from the camera." But reality is, post processing can take a beautiful photo into something spectacular. Now, this is where I've hit myself over the head. I've learned so much over the past many months especially reading, taking some great classes, and from other photographers, that I've delved too far into the world of post processing. Too far? Is that possible? Well, for me it is. I started to get away from enjoying the process, to doing everything I knew how to do to a photo. Overkill. Not necessarily in how the photo looks, but how much I was putting into each image. Somewhere along the way I forgot that I enjoyed this....I took step back and went back to the basics. I'm back to enjoying the process.
I wonder how many other photographers get into this rut. You learn more and do more...unnecessarily. So, back to basics for me means back to producing beautiful photos without too much fluff! Check out one of my favorites from the past, before I learned about all the fluff!
This photo had the most beautiful green reflection from the leaves of the grape vines. I wonder what I would have done to this photo with everything I have since learned. Carrie was absolutely spectacular in this shoot. It is one of my favorites (hmmm... I think I say this with every shoot, but it is so true, every shoot has it's own meaning and memories to me).
I just LOVE scouting and spotting new locations! We are in the process of location scouting for our photographers project! I wonder what we'll decide on!!! Edgy? Soft and Floral? Industrial? Get ready! My eyes are open!!!
So, what does this mean for everyone else? We'll it means that I will soon need some volunteers to complete my new visions! I tend to be impatient when I'm inspired and I want to shoot NOW! So, in my "free" time I'll be looking for minute available subjects! With the spring bloom around the corner, I know I'll be sending out an SOS!!
Keep a look out on the Facebook page for these updates and minute requests! Thank you to my last minute subject Sarah! (see photo below). If you are chosen for any of these projects, from the images made available, you will be allowed to choose a print of your choice 8x10 or smaller and of course have access to purchase other prints. A FREE SHOOT, How about that?! Pretty great huh? Get ready for some minute inspired notices!
This is one of my favorite shots from the shoot! She was absolutely stunning on this cool day! BEAUTIFUL!
Naturally, us photographers have to work on sticking together! Who better to understand our craziness and drive for our passion and business?! Thankfully, I happen to know a few photographers that are wonderfully supportive and encouraging of each other. I think I can speak for all of us and say, it's pretty great to have other photographers that support each other and inspire each other in a business that is flooded.
So we are in the process of finalizing details of a project RIGHT NOW to bring us together in our element to have fun and be inspire by each other! I can't tell you how excited by this I am!!!! I think it's really important that we get to "play" among all the "work" we manage! So, no pressure for us, but to have fun with this and see what we can learn from each other and create TOGETHER! I really can't wait to see how this all plays out! Fingers crossed our busy schedules will make it work!
Here's one from my recent shoots just "playing" in the alley! I LOVE how fierce she is!!!!!
Well, I enjoy reading other photographer's blogs so much that I thought, it's time I share some of my own experiences and inspirations! I started this journey as a creative outlet while working in child care. When I felt it was my time to move on to a new work experience, I just couldn't leave the camera on the shelf. I'm not sure when this all turned into more than just a hobby...I can't remember when I started to take pictures for other people as much as myself. To be fair I rarely thought about everyone else, just my own inspiration... Selfish huh? But maybe that's the way it should be. The day I no longer enjoy being a part of your moments and do this because I LOVE it, is probably the day I should put down the camera. I hope I never lose inspiration and creativity for something I love so much. So, with that said I want to share one of my favorite photos to date.
This little man is a lot older now and so much wiser. He was such a little peanut and one of the first photos I remember taking and falling in love with. He was so mad at the flash! Shortly after we just snuggled and he fell sound asleep. Snuggling might be one of my favorite parts of being a photographer. I love you X