Monday, July 19, 2010

You never know what could happen....

Today, I was doing a senior session with a pretty young girl. All was good. We were having a good time and decided to take a few shots down in the creek. Well, you have to cross a bridge on foot, and wade some water to get where I wanted. We were walking along and suddenly heard a cracking noise. It was a huge limb breaking from a tree. GUESS WHAT! I was right under it. Not knowing where to go or what to do. The first things that popped in my head was I was dead, then do I protect my head or my camera, don't get the camera wet. Yeh. A lot of conversation for about 2 seconds to get out of the way. I ended up falling in the weeds and the limb crashed just a few steps away. No one was hurt. Just took awhile for my heart to go back into my chest and to stop shaking. Thank you God for that guardian Angel today. And everyday for that matter. Well, enough about that. lol. Here is a sample of her pics. Thanks Arika!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Shootin a Senior today

Super hot day today. Had an appt at 2pm...95 degrees. But it was wonderful! Didn't really even realize how hot I was. I love doing seniors and making them feel beautiful and special. Their own special little day. I especially love meeting new people and being a part of something so big in their life. Senior portraits are a big deal. They will show you for the rest of your life. TRUST ME. I just had to pull mine out for our class reunion. YIKES. Can't believe I have been out for 10 years. But looking back. I have accomplished so much. Been a crazy ride, but wouldn't trade it for anything. And here is Brittany's video from her shoot today. Can't wait to finish the rest of the shoot next month.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

So, I have been doing a lot of thinking on my photography. I always want to pull off something cool or something unique. And then I got to thinking about what I am shooting. Am I really getting what I want? I recently shot a wedding and the images were fantastic. Everyone raved about them when they seen me. But why was I so secretly unhappy with them? The exposure was correct. The lighting was good. But why am I not happy with them? Then it came to me on the way home from a delivery shoot. I was soo geared up and excited about the delivery. Why? Cause of the emotion. When a new baby comes, it is so exciting seeing their face for the first time and the anticipation of their arrival...the tears in the momma's eyes as she catches that first glimpse, the dad's hand shaking as he cuts the cord....I could go on. (this is a type of session I have sooo grown to love, must be the mom in me). Then it hit me. That is why I wasn't in love with my wedding photos. I want that emotion in my wedding photos. I want that desire, the passion, the excitement, the love. I want you to feel it as you look thru them. I want you to experience it as you are there. So, from now on, if you book me as your wedding photographer, that is what I will capture. I will find it. I will make you feel that moment as you lay eyes on each other for the first time in your tux and gown, the first time he touches your cheek with his hand as he he is shaking from excitement and holding back tears. Yes this may seem like a fairy tail, but along this journey I am learning about who I am and what I desire from my work. I am finally finding myself that I had lost for so long. I am not worried about the locations anymore. They will come and go and grow old along the way. Emotion will not. In 15 years of your marriage, it is my desire for you to be able to look back at your wedding photographs and relive that moment, find that love, the passion, the desire in each other. Wow. I really didn't know I had this in me. I can't wait until the wedding I have booked on the 31st. I have just lit a fire in myself by finally putting this in black and white. Thank you all for being supportive. You will never truly know how much each and everyone of you mean to me. God bless and have a great day.