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Declan Owen
Monday, August 01, 2016 10:10AM
Declan Owen

It hasn't even been 24 hours after Declan was born did I head over to the hospital to start capturing him on camera. I will be the first one to say that newborns are soooooo not my forte and I get super nervous holding them, but in this case, Xanthia and Leland were awesome enough to let me into their lives for a hour to capture some images I think will be treasured for many years.I have recently been getting more into the lifestyle/documentary style photography where hardly anything is posed and I'm just a fly on the wall. I tried it with The Little Mermaid and I loved seeing how the images came out. One of the reasons I love this style so much is because of the rawness and truth that it holds. In this case, I did direct very slightly, but most of the events unfolded right in front of my camera. I mean, you can't tell a baby when to yawn or smile in their sleep. It just happens.In the end, I LOVE the way these images came out and from engagement to maternity to birth, I love these guys for allowing me to continue the tell the story of their beautiful little family. 

Art is what you make others see
Friday, July 22, 2016 11:30AM
Declan Owen

“My art, what do you want to say about it? Do you think you can explain the merits of a picture to those who do not see them? . . . I can find the best and clearest words to explain my meaning, and I have spoken to the most intelligent people about art, and they have not understood; but among people who understand, words are not necessary, you say humph, he, ha and everything has been said.” ― Edgar Degas Self-portrait shot on a tripod with Nikon D800, Lensbaby Composer Pro, Edge 50, & 2 Alien Bees. 

What If You Fly?
Thursday, July 21, 2016 11:01AM
Declan Owen

This morning I logged onto Facebook only to see that my business page had been updated. It is still familiar but that means something else that I have to adapt too. The intrawebs are constantly changing and we learn to adapt to whatever is thrown our way because that is what we know.Taking a leap to try something new can seem impossible. And in the beginning it seems that everything is against you. You will make excuses or find some sort of deviation to procrastinate doing the task at hand. Putting it off day after day because what if you fail and people laugh and stare. They will watch you tumble down and look you right in the face and say, I told you so, or I knew it wouldn't last.But in spite of all those negative words and disapproving glances, one quote always comes back to me: "What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?" - Erin Hanson Taking those chances and adapting to the new could bring great success. The small possibility of knowing you can look back and say, "I did that. I created something meaningful." Why wouldn't you take that leap into the unknown and thrown your whole self into the faith that you will succeed.What will you do today? 

Beauty in New Mexico
Monday, July 18, 2016 10:08AM
Declan Owen

One of the things I promised myself at the beginning on the year was to get out and explore more. Whether it was around my hometown, surrounding cities, or a different state, I wanted to get outside and just live in the present. With the Pokemon app Dallas and I both have been going out and exploring more but sometimes I want to just go out with nothing but my camera and shoot. Nobody around and nothing else to worry about. Most of time my shots are trashed but there are a few I keep and sometimes get printed but that really isn't the point of why I go out and just shoot for me. I love doing this every once in awhile to push myself and see things in a new way. This is Lensbaby's slogan and I couldn't agree more with that. With shoots like these, all I take is my Lensbaby Composer Pro and a couple Lensbaby lens. This time I carried with me the Sweet 35 Optic, Edge 50 Optic, and my Double Glass Optic with the wide angle and telephoto adapter. My parents and I headed up to Ruidoso to have Cafe Rio pizza and walk around. The weather was beautiful with rain coming down lightly making everything shimmer. I took my camera around the downtown area and photographed some people walking around and the river on the back side. Since it had rained, the water looked bluer then normal and the plants seemed to dance with the breeze. It was so relaxing and helped clear my mind. We headed ...

Pokemon Go
Monday, July 11, 2016 12:15PM
Declan Owen

So if you haven't heard about the newest trend right now, you must be living under a rock! Pokemon Go is all the rave this week with people having to get out of their houses and walk around searching for Squirtle or Pikachu. Dallas and I both downloaded it the day it came out, because why not? My brother and I collected the cards when we were younger and both had the Gameboy games attached to us for months so it only makes sense that we would play as adults.Since we started collecting them, Dallas and I have seen more people on the streets and at the parks walking around with their phones out and cars just sitting on the side of the road waiting for the next Pokemon to show up. We went out to the lakes to see what we could find and in doing so, we both got exercise, heard a rattle snake, saw real eggs (that I think look like the ones in the game), and even found a possible new fishing hole. It was an adventure we probably would never have had if it wasn't for this game.I know it's super cheesy, but my favorite part of this app is the bonding with my honey. Dallas and I went out for a drive and spent all morning just walking around having a good time together. Don't get me wrong, I'm pretty sure he wasn't happy that every time we would find a new Pokemon, mine was higher in points, but still, it was fun and got us out together. 

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