Sneak Peek :: Liz

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Meet Liz.  She loves to ride horses, teach others to ride horses, and swing dance.  This young lady is a cowgirl through and through.  Therefore, it should have been no surprise when Liz asked if we could include not one, not two, but THREE horses into her senior portraits.  And yet somehow I was a little surprised.  Being the ‘city slicker’ photographer I am, I can honestly say I’ve never photographed a horse in any of my portrait sessions.  In fact I’ve hardly ever been around horses, except for a few touristy chuckwagon dinner excursions, which (let’s be honest here) hardly qualify as horseback riding at all.  But I love a creative challenge, and so I happily took on this assignment. Continue reading

Sneak Peek :: Sophia

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Meet Sophia.  Like a burst of sunshine this young beauty lights up a room with her sweet personality and beautiful smile.  Equal parts rough-and-tumble athlete & fashionable girly-girl, Sophia wanted to play up her feminine side for her senior portraits.   Continue reading

Sneak Peek :: Olivia

So what do you do when you find out just days before your senior portrait session that the location you had so carefully chosen is CLOSED?!  I don’t mean closed as in ‘never going to open again’, but closed as in ‘so very inconveniently (i.e. annoyingly) closed on the day you just happen to have chosen for your session’.

Bummer.  BIG bummer.  Especially when you are looking for a location that combines natural open fields, rustic barns, tennis courts, and a place to play the ukulele.  That’s right, the ukulele.
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Sneak Peek :: Jordan

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Allow me to introduce Jordan.  I had the pleasure of photographing this young beauty on a warm summer evening last week.  Quiet, sweet, and even a little ‘spicy’, Jordan wanted to showcase her artsy, bohemian style in her senior portraits.  As such, we knew a natural setting was the way to go.

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Finding Balance

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As a corporate wellness director with the American Heart Association, and yoga instructor with special training in trauma-sensitive & restorative yoga, Lindsey works to find innovative solutions to help individuals, communities, and organizations cultivate systems that lead to better health and well-being.  As she so eloquently states, “I want people to feel at home and alive in their bodies, lives, and workplaces.”

When Lindsey asked me to be the photographer for her online and professional portraits, I knew she needed a fresh approach that would reflect the same sense of balance she seeks to foster in her clients. Continue reading

What Are You Afraid Of?

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“Let me list for you some of the many ways in which you might be afraid to live a more creative life: You’re afraid you have no talent. You’re afraid you’ll be rejected or criticized or ridiculed or misunderstood or—worst of all—ignored. You’re afraid there’s no market for your creativity, and therefore no point in pursuing it. You’re afraid somebody else already did it better. You’re afraid everybody else already did it better. You’re afraid somebody will steal your ideas, so it’s safer to keep them hidden forever in the dark. You’re afraid you won’t be taken seriously. You’re afraid your work isn’t politically, emotionally, or artistically important enough to change anyone’s life. You’re afraid your dreams are embarrassing. You’re afraid that someday you’ll look back on your creative endeavors as having been a giant waste of time, effort, and money. You’re afraid you don’t have the right kind of discipline. You’re afraid you don’t have the right kind of work space, or financial freedom, or empty hours in which to focus on invention or exploration. You’re afraid you don’t have the right kind of training or degree. You’re afraid you’re too fat. (I don’t know what this has to do with creativity, exactly, but experience has taught me that most of us are afraid we’re too fat, so let’s just put that on the anxiety list, for good measure.) You’re afraid of being exposed as a hack, or a fool, or a dilettante, or a narcissist. You’re afraid of upsetting your family with what you may reveal. You’re afraid of what your peers and coworkers will say if you express your personal truth aloud. You’re afraid of unleashing your innermost demons, and you really don’t want to encounter your innermost demons. You’re afraid your best work is behind you. You’re afraid you never had any best work to begin with. You’re afraid you neglected your creativity for so long that now you can never get it back. You’re afraid you’re too old to start. You’re afraid you’re too young to start. You’re afraid because something went well in your life once, so obviously nothing can ever go well again. You’re afraid because nothing has ever gone well in your life, so why bother trying? You’re afraid of being a one-hit wonder. You’re afraid of being a no-hit wonder”

― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Comfort Zones

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Ahhhh… comfort zones.  Warm.  Cozy.  Stress free.

I’m currently taking a Lighting & Portraiture class, and I must say I was pretty darn happy when the first homework assignment was to take a portrait using exclusively natural light.  Seeing as I’ve specialized in natural light portraiture for several years now, this first assignment was right up my alley.  You want me to take a portrait using natural light?  No problemo.

Now I will admit, it was verrrrrrry tempting to simply bring in some already prepared images from my Studio B Photography business.  However, that would not only be cheating, it would be self-defeating and I wouldn’t be learning anything new.  As such, I decided to put a twist on natural light portraiture that would make it challenging for me, or at least a little different than my current modus operandiContinue reading