6′ 7″ tall.
A Gentle Giant.
6′ 7″ tall.
A Gentle Giant.
Guess the senior session ran a bit too long… the natives were getting restless.
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
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
When Liza first contacted me, she mentioned she’d spent a lot of time looking at different photographer’s online galleries because she really wanted to find the right fit for her senior portraits. She happened upon my website and knew right away that I was the photographer for her. *sigh* I love a girl who knows what she wants…especially when she has such good taste ;-)! Continue reading
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
“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
Ever have that dream where it’s the day of final exams and you realize you forgot you were taking the course and therefore never showed up to class, never did any of the reading, and are completely unprepared for the test? Yeah, me too.
Like, ALL THE TIME.
While there are many theories as to why this particular nightmare is so common, my own self-diagnosis leads me to believe it is because I simply hate to be unprepared. For me, the ultimate red-faced, anxiety-ridden, sweat-producing scenario is when someone asks me a question about an area in which I’m supposedly an ‘expert’ and my only response looks something like this…
Ugh….AWKWARD! Gives me the heebie-jeebies just thinking about it. So what do I do when I find myself in one of these situations? Continue reading
Prior to each photo session I sit down with my clients to discuss what they should wear for their portrait session. We discuss everything from casual to formal outfits, and classic to trendy ensembles. While the specifics for each photo shoot are different, one thing remains the same: I always recommend they choose a color palette that compliments their skin tones.
Let me repeat, I recommend they choose a COLOR palette.
As in: COLOR.
So what ‘colors’ do most people show up in?
So, just to be clear, WHITE is not a color. It is the absence of color.
CREAM? Well, that’s really just a dirty shade of white.
BLACK technically isn’t a color either. It’s what happens when all the other colors get jumbled up together.
And GREY? Don’t even get me started…
DENIM & NAVY – okay those are colors. But aren’t we getting a little wild here? Continue reading