It's been a good, long while since my last post and with good reason. Life has been, well, unsure these days. I go from moments of pure happiness to self-doubt and uncertainty. I think a lot of that comes with striving and pushing towards a goal while you're pruning and shaping it into what it's meant to be. It's always a process. Sometimes a painful process. There are days when I'd like to throw my camera out the window. Then, there are days when I can't imagine ever living without it. It teaches me a great deal, when I am able to listen. I do know that I've been thinking a lot about my craft, my vision, where I've been, and where I'd like to go. This summer already has been a time of great growth for me and in solidifying more focus in my life. I will be taking portrait sessions for the rest of the summer only as I choose. I need some time to regroup and to hone my skills and passion for what I truly do love. Sometimes you have to let things go in order to be truly free. So I've said "NO" to maybe 6 weddings this year, yay for me!!! Weddings have never truly been my area. And I'm heading in a different direction. Still with photography, still working with children and families...just, well, different. If you've already contacted me about a session this summer, I will honor those dates and commitments. Moving forward, I need to be more true to myself. And I'm learning to do that by saying no to what doesn't fit with my vision. That's right, my vision.
Above is an image that has helped me greatly along my photographic journey and in finding my own voice, and I thought it was appropriate to post it here. It's not technically perfect, the colors and clothes are crazy, not everyone's looking at the camera, or properly in focus, etc., etc. The list could go on and on. But I love it. It was more about the moment than anything technical. I have others where they're in focus and looking directly at me but they're not the same. Not as "real" to me. I absolutely love each of the children here, my posse of niece and nephews, and their expressions, their positions, everything about the photo I unabashedly love. It holds for me a moment in time that I will never forget: one of the kids had just fallen down a hill, one fell backwards in the mud soon afterwards, and my crazy sister was trying desperately next to me to get them to look at me and smile, all at the same time. No easy feat. She suddenly blurted out, "Auntie Kiki has poop on her head!!!!" This is the result. I love it. It's imperfectly perfect. It means everything to me. I'm so thankful to have it. It has helped me to re-evaluate how I photograph children and has been a great blessing in my life. LIfe is full of moments like this. Maybe 1,000 of them have happened to you already today. I want to capture these, for people like myself who will never forget them. They are life-changing, if we let them be. I want to let them be. I will be offering a few themed sessions this summer, since those are more aligned with my vision and help to capture the true essence of childhood. It's where I want to be and where I want to grow. Thanks so much for each of your continued support and love! It means the world to me. Have a toasty Tuesday, my friends!
There's still a few days to book your last minute sessions for Mother's Day this year. I also have Gift Certificates available if you'd like to give a loved one the gift of a family portrait session sometime this spring or summer. Capture your love on camera. Life goes by so quickly and little ones grow so very fast. If you are interested in scheduling your session, please contact me as soon as possible and we'll make it work! Have a fantastic weekend with those you love! XOXO.
Hello, fellow winter dwellers. It's hard to believe that we're nearing the end of March. Already. As the snow melts and the warm weather nears, fingers crossed, we have many things to be thankful for. Every day of life is a gift and I'm thankful for each and every one of you that may be reading this post. It's been over a month since my last post and I apologize for the delay. I promise to do better in the near future. As the school year winds down for me soon, I'll be devoting my time solely to my photographic endeavors and will have many extra special session ideas ready to put into action. This is an exciting time of year for me: new changes, new visions, new friends. Here's a glimpse of a fairly new friend to tide you over until my next post. I pray that everything with you and yours are full of life, joy, and jelly beans. Happy Spring!
Okay, girls! Here's your chance to model and have fun with friends in a photo shoot! I'm doing a Model Call for all area teens between the ages of 13 - 19 years old. Everyone's welcome: bring your personality, your best dresses, your winter wear, dance outfits, or anything that you'd like to model for a photo session. I'm looking to explore a few different local areas near the river, the woods, open fields, you name it. I only ask that you keep an open mind and more importantly, HAVE FUN! As noted below, individual sessions are available as well as group sessions. I know some of you are already planning group sessions and we'll capture portraits of you and your best friends together as well as individually. In exchange for your time, I am offering several free prints to each brave model and a print credit towards a future session. Your portraits will be securely displayed in a password protected gallery on my website about two weeks after each session. Please feel free to share this link with friends, if you'd like them to get involved as well! And if you have more questions, contact me anytime at email@example.com. We can discuss location, firm up times for the scheduled dates, and let your inner diva have a blast!
I am asking all of my family, friends, and fans to reach into their hearts this holiday season to nominate a family that has truly struggled in some way during this past year. I will be taking nominations until New Years Day and announcing the family that I've chosen as the recipient of the session that afternoon. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your nominations and with a couple of sentences about why you have selected the family that you are choosing to nominate, along with their address and phone number or email. The gift session must take place some time during 2013.
Thank you for your help with this gift! Please share with friends and family so that we can find a family that truly could use a gift this holiday season. Much love to you and yours.