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Finding Inspiration: Weather
Thursday, May 05, 2016 9:53AM
Finding Inspiration: Weather

This weekend we went to Ruidoso for some Cafe Rio pizza and to just escape the world for a little bit. That's exact what we did. It was rainy and snowing and even though the weather looked like winter, it wasn't as cold as we thought it might be. Seeing the fog and snow made me want to go to the lake and take photos because I knew it was going to be beautiful. Dallas posed the question to me while we were walking around town asking why I always wanted to go take photos when the weather was terrible. My answer? Because that is when it is the prettiest. I'm so inspired by the weather and how it can create and change in minutes and when we headed up the mountain to Bonita Lake that statement is nothing short of the truth. In Ruidoso, it was foggy and dreary but making the 20 minute drive up the mountain, the snow started falling even harder and the fog became even more dense. It looked like something from The Game of Thrones. WINTER IS COMING!! But really. It's spring time in New Mexico. Snow doesn't really make sense.Back to the weather and finding it inspiring. I love the rain. I love the sun. I'm not a fan of the snow too much because I don't like being cold, but the power that it brings makes it so beautiful. Same with lightening. I love photographing lightening and shooting the unknown. Dallas hates it and says I'm crazy, but there's just something about the uncertainty and ...

10 Things Theatre Taught Me
Friday, April 29, 2016 10:02AM
Finding Inspiration: Weather

1. Being a band nerd myself, I thought after I left college I was done with the performing arts. Boy was I wrong! Although I'm not performing like I did in band, hello stage fright!, it felt good to be back in the theater helping put together the performance. 2. After the first couple weeks, you're already sending ugly snapchats to each other. What better way to learn to trust each other then sending those gorgeous triple chins. *Hey Abbi!* 3. Speaking in song lyrics and quoting the script is perfectly normal. Y'all don't know how many times we quoted Sebastian's lines. *TEENAGERS! Give them an inch and they swim all over ya!* 4. No matter how hard you try, the drama doesn't stay on the stage. Besides everything going on with the school and another group, the cast was super supportive of each other. But let's talk about Saturday's performance as the curtain is about to go up. A cast member just up and quit. Didn't really have a good reason and just left. Uhhh.... WHAT?! Can we talk about how amazing everyone was in covering his part? Teamwork. That's how it's done. 5. People create weird bonds with their props. Dinglehopper anyone? 6. Sleep suddenly becomes a thing of the past. This is kind of self explanatory. Late nights, early mornings. Coffee, coffee, coffee.. 7. No matter how many you have, bobby pins and clips just randomly disappear. I ...

Hello Beautiful People
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:20PM
Finding Inspiration: Weather

Hello all you lovely people! I'm back at the grind with my photography business. If y'all hadn't noticed, my life had recently been taken over by The Little Mermaid and now that has closed, it's time to start shooting and writing again. This time of the year is always really slow for me, but that also means I have more time to focus on personal shoots. I have been so inspired by everyone of you asking about what my next themed shoot is or what I'm planning on doing next. I have a few ideas in my head but I want to hear from y'all. :) What should my next shoot be? Dark, light, gore, pretty? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below!  

Cue 2 Cue
Tuesday, April 05, 2016 9:34AM
Finding Inspiration: Weather

​If you have me on Facebook, you know that the past two months have been filled with getting ready for the opening of The Little Mermaid at the Performing Art Center for ENMUR. Kendra and I have been writing on our blog From Page to Stage for 8 weeks now and to those who have followed that journey, thank you.I wanted to write about something I have experienced with this amazing group on my personal blog. This weekend, we had cue to cue and for those who don’t know what that is, let me give you a little background. It’s the one day that all the technical glitches and set movements get worked out scene by scene. It’s a super long day and a ton of sitting and waiting, but it has to be done in order for things to run smoothly. Since this is such a big set, it took all day to get through only Act 1. I will talk more about that on Friday with the other blog, but what made this day great was how much dedication I saw in the cast as I walked around the building. My family was discussing it after the day was over and without any guidance, if the actors weren’t supposed to be on stage to figure out their next scene, they were working in small groups to get other scenes perfect. Rachel and Boyd were in the back working out a scene. Jenci and David were working on their songs. The under the sea creatures were working on their dances. Maryl was working on ...

How I Got That Shot
Monday, March 28, 2016 10:36PM
Finding Inspiration: Weather

Part of being an photographer is constantly learning new things. There is always new editing techniques or new technology to stay up to date with. This post is about new lighting equipment and setup. For the past several years, I've researched different light modifiers and the ones I finally decided on were two strip boxes. These spread the light much taller then a beauty dish or regular soft box. They help to create rim highlight along the arms and hair and also help to make easier cuts for composition. This was the first session I shot using these lights and while testing them out, I added some color too them with two household items. I stuck the purple cellophane over the light and put foil in the background for some texture. Overall, I can't tell you how much I love these modifiers and I'm so happy with my choice to buy them!

Cheyenne 2016 Senior
Thursday, March 24, 2016 8:56AM
Finding Inspiration: Weather

I remember first meeting Cheyenne thinking this lady is going to be so much fun in front of the camera and I was right! The day of her shoot, she showed up all glammed up with makeup and her hair and nails done. She looked stunning! She told me that she actually felt girly and her normal clothes were sweats and basketball shoes. haha! Well she rocked her shoot and lets all congratulate her for continuing her education at Penn State Beaver playing basketball!I give you the amazing Cheyenne!

A Fresh Look on a Familar Place
Monday, March 21, 2016 9:37PM
Finding Inspiration: Weather

For the past 5 years my mom and I have gone to one of the largest photo conferences in the world held in Las Vegas, NV. After seeing the same lights, time and time again, it's hard to create new photos. This year, I wanted to see the city with new eyes and a new way to show Las Vegas in all it's glamour. The one way I do that with all the new places I travel is with one of my favorite lens systems, Lensbaby. I talk about them all the time and use them on a regular basis, so it's no surprise I wanted to use their lenses on this trip. I actually purchased my first Composer Pro at the WPPI Trade Show back in 2011 and I still love everything about the Lensbaby system. They create a different dimension to images and with a city FULL of lights, I knew I would get some interesting shots.I have been loving the "miniture" effect that the Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic creates. This happens to be the focal length I shoot at most anyways, so of course it's my favorite. Lensbaby just released the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic for Nikon F and when I saw they were going wider with the "slice", I couldn't wait to get my hands on this baby. I asked the people at the booth about an Edge 35 and when they might be releasing that lens, but there hasn't been a determined date, just that people have been asking when they were going to have another wide angle edge lens. Sooo... of course, ...

Kahil 2016 Senior
Friday, March 18, 2016 8:23AM
Finding Inspiration: Weather

One of my most popular requested places to take seniors is downtown Roswell. It's not a big city, but with the magic of photography, the lights still look pretty awesome. Kahil said she loved the barn look as well as the city look. So we headed out for both! My favorite part of this session was after showing her a shot from the city scape, she was so happy that she gave me a hug and excitedly said I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!! :D That happiness totally made my week.So i give you... the beautiful Kahil!

8 Pros & Cons to Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 8:30PM
Finding Inspiration: Weather

​Yesterday I finished my business taxes and after 12 hours of getting everything together and organized I’m proud to look back at what I created. It hasn’t always been easy but I love what I do and wouldn't give it up for anything! So I want to talk about both sides of being an entrepreneur.Pros1. You are your own boss. You get to choose your hours, how much you can charge, what you can offer, and who you want to photograph.2. The people you meet. I have met many people in my last 4 years. They all have different stories and different lives that I get to capture for a piece of history to be frozen in time.3. The excitement. I NEVER know what to except when someone contacts me about a session. I’ve been asked to photograph an engagement shoot with the couple and their pet boa constrictors. (I’m still waiting on a response from them) haha! But in all seriousness, my favorite sessions are those people who bring their personalties forward and we make stories out of the unique ideas.4. The freedom to be an artist. I LOVE the fact that when I get inspired to create, I can just pick up my camera and walk outside and make art. Although most of the time shoots like that don’t pay, they can lead to future clients. When I was doing my Disney series, I was getting emails everyday about people wanting to be the next subject and because of that I have booked ...

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