I remember recieving the email from Jacinda saying she wanted to do a fitness & family shoot. The fitness was just for her to document her progress of being a BADASS and a family shoot to document her and her daughter together. I love when clients come to me saying I have freedom to create and that is exactly what we did for her fitness shoot! We messed with different lighting and the ways of baby oil. Then the next day she showed up with her dog and cat to do the family photos. Side note to that: I had never taken photos of cats and that week I had TWO people bring their wonderful pet cats to their sessions! Can I say I love the unexpected guests I have on my sessions!
So I give you, Jacinda & Saph!
A few days ago, between sessions, I took some time to walk around and just take photos. With all that has been going on in life, it was so relaxing to just forget about everything going on and go back to being inspired by the things around me. So many times, I get stuck in the day ahead of me that it's easy to forget what truly makes me happy. The stress and anxiety created on a daily basis isn't that big in the scheme of things. One of my favorite books, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, Ken Robinson shows several photos with the planets relative to the universe. He talks about how earth is a pretty good size compared to Venus, Mars, and Pluto but when pulled back next to the Sun and then another Planet called Arcturus, earth disappears. He goes on to say, "We can take away some encouraging things from this. One is a bit of perspective. I mean,really, whatever you woke up worrying about this morning, get over it. How important in the greater scheme of things can it possibly be? Make your peace and move on."
I've read this to several people and when stuff is really bothering me, I think back to those images. Nothing can be that bad that I can't sleep on it and wake up over it in the morning. With that being said, I know sometimes it doesn't really happen, but I hope that most times it does.
After taking a break, even if it was for only 45 minutes and some shots on my handy dandy camera, it really helped clear my mind and helped me relax and realize that things could be worse. I'm happy with the life I have and while things may be going on, they're out of my control and I just have to be content with that.
When Calli approached me about shooting in a coffee shop, my response was FINALLY!!! I had been waiting for someone to pitch this idea. I had always wanted to shoot in a coffee shop. The chill enviroment and not to mention awesome drinks! Since she worked at Starbucks, I told her to find out about shooting there and when we got turned down, the next stop was Stellar Coffee. This is my favorite place in town. I talked to Anne and she was totally down for us shooting there. I loved this shoot so much! And not to mention, I had an amazing senior to bring the whole look together!
I give you... Calli!
What it means to be an artist.
It means feeling things in an exaggerated sort of way.
It means sorting through tough times with colors and words, form and composition.
It means seeing happiness and sadness in the way of light and dark.
It means knowing that something could be better or being content with the outcome.
It means fighting off the need to push harder to be the best and realizing satifaction comes from inside.
It means having the love of someone who recognizes the possibility of bringing out the best in each of you.
Being an artist is more then a hobby. It's a way of life.
As always, i'm really behind in posting another blog, but with this past week/weekend, this is the first time I've been able to sit down and work in a couple days. Anyone else feel like the end of the year means it's time to plan a bunch of things and make everyone super busy? Raise your hand! So Naudia is up next on the blog! Her smile radiates like no other! And not to mention she was a complete natural in front of the camera. I didn't have to do much to guide her into poses, she did it herself! Supermodel for sure! :D
So I give you... the beautiful Naudia!
A couple months I had the pleasure of photographing this soon-to-be parents, who ARE NOW PARENTS!! :D Everyone take a second to congratulate Jalene & Nathan on welcoming Wyatt Hunter into this world! 7lbs 7oz and 19.75 inches, he's ready to take on this world! :D
It's only the second week of November and I feel like this month is already flying by. I've been incredibly swamped with seniors and families and while I love my job so much, it's a lot of work. From the first meeting to seeing their eyes light up upon seeing the photos to running the business side and making sure I factor in all the taxes to cover my butt with the law. Sleep is only a small portion of my life. And I'll say it time and time again. I wouldn't trade it for anything. As for the other half of me, Dallas has been super focused on his two jobs as well. If he isn't at the campus, he's being an awesome framer at Hobby Lobby. And if he isn't at one of those two places, he's busy getting the next two shows going. The Last 5 Years opens on Friday. While this show is one of the smaller casts, the work that has gone into it has been far from small. His idea has been to bring a third element to the stage that has required extra hands, but watching it from behind a spotlight has been an experience. We have been bouncing ideas for the next show and I CAN NOT WAIT for it to take place. The imagination on this guy makes everything sound like the audience will feel as though they really are under the sea.
So back to this month, November and December are packed as they always are with art shows and theater openings as well as continuous photo shoots and running a business. Who's ready for a vacation?! I know I'm ready to be spending my time in the happiest place on earth!
I knew from the moment I met this family, I was going to love working with them! :D Brandon came to the session ready to rock and roll! Not to mention his mom messaged me a couple days before saying he had his own little runway show to make sure the outfits work. But I promised I wouldn't tell anyone. ;) haha jk! They only had two requests for shots. The first being his love for baseball. America's pasttime! Heck ya! :D The second being his car. I don't know much about cars, but seeing it lit up in front of my camera, I was drooling. It was beautiful!! So we got through his shoot and ended at Coke field to do his car and the baseball photos. There were people on the field so we asked if we could shoot a couple photos then we'd be out of their hair. One of the guys, decided he wanted to help us. So thanks to the baseball guy who threw the balls for Brandon to get a few action shots! You rock! It was a great shoot and I can't wait to work with this family again soon! :D
I give you, Brandon!
Today on the blog is the beautiful Alexis. She has such an electric and contagious personality. And when it came time for a serious photo, BAM! She was on it! Model status for sure! We ventured to the ice house and found beautiful light among the torn building which created that amazing atmosphere for photos. She killed everyone of them! :D
I give you, Alexis!