Thursday, September 25, 2008
Remember a while back when I said that my "I never's" always come back on me? Well....I don't know how many times I have heard myself tell people that "I don't do weddings!" Now how do I tell you all... that I just did a wedding...and I liked it;) It's a long story, but I was asked to second shoot a wedding for a fellow photographer, Missy Desgrosellier from Take 5 Photography. The man I was hired to shoot along side is Greg Pierce. He usually has Darcie Radtke from Truth in Light Photography second shoot with him. She was busy with her own wedding and Missy thought of little ol' me:) Now you see how we are all connected in this crazy web;) I met Missy and Patrick and fell in love, and it was great to work with Greg and watch him in action. All that being said...I still think that wedding photography is one of the most physically and mentally demanding types of photography out there, and I don't know when I will ever be ready to jump on that train! I am literally still feeling the effects and what I like to call the "wedding hangover". I went into it with a "birthing plan", no..a "wedding plan". I printed off page upon page of inspiring photos. I scouted the joint before hand and plotted out locations for desired shots. Do you think I used any of this on the actual day.....the answer here is a big, fat, NO! What I did get out of the day was a huge lesson in the fact that I don't have control and sometimes that's the beauty of it all. I think I could go on and on...and I will in other posts, but for now I just wanted to share a couple reasons why the day was so amazing for me. I know that I am not suppose to cry as the "professional" behind the camera...but, the father/daughter dance was like a direct hit right on my heart. It was the most beautiful moment watching her lose all control of the tears as she danced safely in her father's embrace (most little girl's dream). I will treasure being a witness to that moment for years to come. I remembered in an instant my dance, just 10 years ago and a RUSH of emotions poured over me. I would like to say thank you to Missy and Patrick for allowing me to have such a beautiful connection with their whole family on that amazing day and I can't wait to share my story that I was honored to capture. I leave you with the "Always the photographer...now the Bride" picture:)
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Many of you know that I don't do any marketing other then word of mouth...and you also know I have a BIG mouth:) Well, my dear friend over at Prosource Mortgage Marketing put my first promotion together for the holidays and I love it. O.K. in case you don't know my dear friend, it's Jake and you have to go check out his website (wwwprosourcemm.com). He is marketing to the mortgage industry for now, but he is expanding soon and he also does jobs on the side for special people like me;) He designed this piece for me and plugged my contacts into his system and just like that I am a testimony for Prosource...yay!! So if you didn't get the e-mail...here you go and give me a call if you want to get a shoot in before the holidays. Hurry up because it just started to rain:)
Friday, September 19, 2008
I found these pictures going through some of my old pictures that are trapped in the computer world. They make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I believe that the picture of Jamie and I below reflects exactly what was in my heart in that moment. I felt beautiful because I was a mom of 3 amazing kids. We were in a beautiful place exploring as a family. I remember the smell of the air. I remember the smell of Jamison's hair lotion. I remember that I was happy, content, and in love. This is why I am addicted to pictures and why I need them in my life! Go take a picture today!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
To be in awe.
Respect...adoring eyes and proudness.
I got you:) I have you...I don't have you...
I am part of you
I am part of you now....and yet I found me.
I found my safe place to bare my ego, my soul...and once I saw what I saw...
I was aware. I like who I see. I am truly aware of whom really stands before me in that reflection.
Breathe...what do I hear around me? What do I see? Smell?
I'm in the moment and I feel....I am
I love you Jake Carlisle!
I know it will take days, maybe weeks for him to see this...but I have butterflies in my heart thinking about him reading it and the smile it will bring to his face. His smile lights up my soul. Thank you Amy for your beautiful music and your beautiful friendship that adds to our hearts. "I know how hard you try";)
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I caught these teens in their natural habitat in AK. You've seen my nieces on here before, but I thought I would share a couple more. I was in the middle of a deep thought post and I started a sneeze attach. I decided to save that one for another day when my 24th sneeze interrupted it:( So here is to sneezing about 30 times....I think I better go get the dusting materials for up here in this dungeon!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
This picture is profound to me. I will remember this day because of this this picture below...this one moment when he turned around, looked me straight into my eyes (lens) and then he was off onto his own path for his first journey of independence. Life is good isn't it. I think I am extra sentimental today because it September 11th. I remember.....I feel....we are blessed...I love!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
What is it about going out with girlfriends and laughing harder than any other time in your life. I mean I have had some good laughs over people slipping on ice (after I know their o.k. of course), and I laugh absolutely everyday with or at Jake:) But there is just something about going out with girlfriends that is so hysterical. I mean you don't even have to be laughing about anything really, it could be the slightest facial expression or something we see out the window. Going out with girlfriends gives you the right to be silly and there is no judgment. It's dang funny is what it is and speaking of fun....these are a couple photobooth shots of us out for Amy's birthday last weekend. I love these girls!
Monday, September 8, 2008
|My Brother|| |
|Written by Claytia Doran|
With a burdened heart and a troubled mind,
Yes I was weepy all last week because we had some "firsts". Jalena started her Kindergarten and Jamison started preschool. Let me begin with Jalena's first day. Keep in mind that we call Jalena the "Icebreaker". She is always the first to do everything if there is hesitation by the boys. She was the one that helped Tré be brave for his 1st day of K. She is a lot more confident in life and she and Tré are the perfect salt and pepper to each other:) Below is a shot of her trying to not smile. She was so excited and this picture will help me remember the emotions of that day for years to come:)
This was a note that I left in Tré's lunch because he had anxiety the night before the first day and he felt like he didn't do enough over summer to keep him smart. He got through the day beautifully and he felt like a million bucks coming home. They brought home the best story ever that I documented on video but I didn't size it yet!!! Tré said that when he saw Jalena in the hallway during school. He ran up to her and hugged her as hard as he could and told her, "I love you and have a good lunch". Is that the sweetest moment ever?!!!!! I heart my kids. I will have Jamison pictures soon of his first day.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I will be using this t.v. in all my shoots just for fun and to see what my subjects and I can come up with...I've had a lot of fun with it so far:)
Meet Keaton. I took her out the other day to shoot with a couple newbies and it was so fun to think outloud. I went into the shoot with total relaxation and as a result I think we got some really great shots. She has a beautiful little spirit. She is an independent little thing and it was a sheer joy to capture her for the moment.
This one is for you Mindcastle and Shannon! Arg...give up the booty! It's going to rock the photo-world:) Just remember world...you saw it here first:)
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Movie tickets for 2 adults and 3 children.......$$50.00
Popcorn, drinks and licrice......$21.00
Gas for driving to theatre....$10.00
The laughs that we got from wearing some of the coolest 3D glasses....PRICELESS!!!!
So $71.00 (81.00 if we count the gas) later..we were a little stunned, but it was all worth it because we had the best time and I was in hysterics for most of the day. Fun times!About halfway through the movie, fatigue was setting in on our ocular cavities:)Making out in our new looks....it was like kissing a new person...so smart:)