Monthly Archives: November 2009

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Gorgeous.

This session was much anticipated, Mom and I have been planning and discussing for months now.  I was so excited to meet these beautiful girls, the two youngest are actually twins!  This gorgeous family is friends of my friends and Mom knew she wanted her session at the same location since her husband went to the same university.  It was also the same spot where she had taken her bridal portraits years before…I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic as D & I had done ours here as well!  Please forgive me for the long post, I was having a hard time narrowing them down!

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And of course, we had to do the tree shot!  Thankfully, Dad was tall enough to hike the girls up the tree…

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This last shot was my favorite…the sky was absolutely beautiful that day, almost like God was smiling down on us.  Thankfully, I was able to capture it on camera!

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Speaking of anticipation, I’m taking a much-needed break for Thanksgiving.  After spending 8-12 hrs behind the computer every day, I promised my hubby that I would not work so I will catch you guys on the flip-side.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving…may you eat, drink and be merry with your loved ones!  God bless!

If you could see what I see…

One of my most favorite songs of all times is the one by Geoff Moore and the Distance, whose beautiful lyrics are written:

 

If you could see, what I see

That a treasure’s what you are…

If  beauty is all in the eye of the beholder

Then I am beholding….True Beauty.

 

One little unknown fact about me is that I say a prayer before each session, asking God to show me the light, to show me how He sees my subjects.  I ask that He would be glorified through the session and that His vision be carried out in the final image.  Many have asked me what training I’ve done to become a photographer, and though I have read/studied/practiced tons my honest answer would be that I just show up to carry out His work.  And I truly believe that in my heart it is not at all my doing but His.

Some times I get bogged down in the daily grind (the late-night editing sessions, the business details, always feeling overwhelmed with too much to do) that I sometimes forget the reasons why I love doing what I do.  I have to remind myself that I’m not a machine that spits out picture-perfect portraits for families, but an artist trying to re-create what I see through my lens.  And as I’m sure you’ve gathered by now, creating does not come fast for me.  I can spend 30-60 minutes on a single image, trying out different combinations and “playing” in Photoshop.  Sometimes I can get lost in the editing world…and may not come out of my cave for hours.  (God bless my husband!)

So I thought that tonight I’d let you take a peek behind the curtain and see the before/after images.  Keep in mind, I’m very sensitive to letting people see my naked RAW images SOOC (straight out of the camera).  It really doesn’t happen very often.

Here’s one BEFORE image from tonight’s session:

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and here’s the AFTER image (using Fine Art Textures from the extremely talented Matt Nicolosi, photographer extraordinaire and friend):

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 And just a few more I enjoyed playing with tonight:

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Adored.

What a delight it was to spend the afternoon with these two sweet boys.  Mom had told me that trains were their favorite (of course!), so we tried out a new location for our session.  Big brother J was excited to explore and his enthusiasm was infectious!  Lil brother M was a bit more reserved, but once we got him smiling he stole my heart!   I loved this spot so much I can’t wait to get back…maybe with my lil ones next time!

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B – Thanks so much for your patience, your gallery will be ready shortly…hope it was worth the wait!  :)

I love my job.

You know how after you have kids, your life seems to move forward in fast motion…well, that’s kind of how I feel about my photography business.  Weeks fly by and months come and go, and before you know it you’ve arrived at a new year.  My life has drastically changed over the course of the past couple of years.  Unfortunately, I don’t get to spend as much time visiting with my friends as I used to (my life was more leisurely before in comparison!).  In fact, some of the few times I do get to visit with friends is during their session or in the pre-planning stages prior to their session.  It amazes me to see how quickly their children have grown over the past year and I’m always thrilled to meet new additions to the family.  And though I may not see them often enough, I do know they are always there right by my side supporting and encouraging me along the way on this journey. 

This beautiful woman is one of my biggest fans…not to mention quite an inspiration to me as a mother of three, wife, friend, and a woman of God.  I am thankful for her friendship and love her to bits!   Thanks, S, for reminding me why I love my job!

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For the P and C Families, your sneek peeks will soon be up and I hope to have your galleries up by the end of the weekend.  I”m going to try to press through and get all my sessions edited before the Thanksgiving break.  Wish me luck!