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Welcome to what I like to call my second home. It's where I like to be when my kids give me a few seconds to share what I love most- them.
I started my photography journey a little over two years ago just wanting to take better pictures of my kids. I fell in love and quickly jumped into my own business. I took pictures of a lot of other peoples kids, but was often too tired to capture the memories of my own. I have come full circle and am back to shooting the ones I love.
Right now my main focus is perfecting my art. While I have decided not to be in business at this time, I would love for this to be a place of inspiration and beauty. Somewhere I can share myself in my work. As photographer Nan Goldin once said, "This is a diary I let people read." I have many different projects in mind and can't wait to see them come to life.
I am an artist who loves to share the beauty of a smile, a connection and a laugh. I have a story to tell and a journey I would love to share with you.
Ahhhh! It has been a very frustrating past couple of weeks. Changing hosts, domain names, blogs, gear, and even diapers has been a very over whelming process.
For a minute there I thought three years of blogging was gone. Floating somewhere out there in the universe. And I was sad (depressed is more like it). But also, very determined to get it fixed and up. I am sure my new host knows me by name. But, I couldn’t just give up on three years of my life.
Even though I feel I am moving into a different phase of my photography journey, I couldn’t just give up and leave this down. This is a place where I have made countless friends and memories. It has been a place I have come to write thoughts when I could never express them vocally. It hopefully has been apart of some of your lives.
Well here we are. Almost three weeks later. Blog is up. Phew.
Just an FYI. I won’t be updating this blog anymore. The new, more simpler, blog is up and running. It’s a new look I know and might be a little weird at first, but this is really where I want to take my photography. Don’t worry ya’ll its still me over there. I still write the same. I am still me. Just with a more grown up look
I’m pretty open with my friends. Open as in, I don’t ever feel like I have to hold anything back about who I am. I can be completely honest and still know I will be loved.
So since we are friends and all…
To be completely honest, I have been searching for a while. Searching for a better understanding of who I am as an artist. Am I even an artist? That word gets tossed around so freely these days. What makes me an artist? What makes my work art?
This search started an inner revival. A personal quest.
I began to question a lot of things about my work. Do I love this image? Or do I just want everyone else to love this image? Is this truly my style or is this just a representation of work that the majority of people out there like and I know it will be accepted?
In this process, I feel like my artistic vision started to change. Or maybe I was finally starting to be honest with myself.
I am drawn to images with emotion. Real emotion and it’s not always the happy cheery kind. I am drawn to images that aren’t perfect. They have grain, and they aren’t always sharp “where they are supposed to be”. I am drawn to images of human beings. Not the human beings we try to make people believe they are with smoothed out skin and bright shiny eyes. But human beings who are lost. Human beings who are found. Human beings who are insecure and real.
I love simple.
I realized I want to be an artist behind the camera and not in front of photoshop….
So. Once I accepted this newly found vision, I wondered where to go from there.
A friend suggested looking at trying to shoot film. It might give me the “look” and “feel” that I am going for. At first I thought NO WAY! That is the craziest thing I have ever heard. This is the digital age sister. But then, after some research and looking at some amazing film shooters, I quickly became sold with the idea.
Should I rent a film camera? Should I shoot both digitally and film? Should I just sell it all and join the circus?
And then I saw this….
Yes it is an ad for Louis Vuitton, but the message hit me so hard. The imagery, the music, the words, the feelings it evoked in me have not left my mind since seeing it over a week ago.
It sparked something in me. Courage.
Courage to follow my heart. Courage to try something new. Something completely out of my element and comfort zone. Courage to continue in my journey but on a completely different path. Courage to continue in this process of self-discovery. Courage to be myself. Love myself.
So I sold it all. Purchased some medium format film gear and now…
my journey continues. I completely expect to suck pretty bad at first. I completely expect to be lost with film. Its like starting all over. And I am over the moon excited for this entire process.
So. I ask each of you…
What is YOUR journey?
A journey is not a trip.
It’s not a vacation.
It’s a process. A discovery.
It’s a process of self-discovery.
A journey brings us face to face with ourselves.
A journey shows us not only the world, but how we fit in it.
Does the person create the journey?
Or does the journey create the person?
The journey is life itself.
Where will life take you?
Here we go……..
hugs, love and chisses!
(soon to come, first images with film and my review on the Canon 50 1.2 lens)
UPDATE: Items that are still for sale…and some new stuff that are for sale…
Canon CG580 Battery Charger (with battery of course) – bought for $72.94. Asking for 60.00 + shipping.
Canon 430EX Speedlite Flash for Canon EOS SLR Cameras – Older Version – Asking for $250.00 + shipping
SanDisk 8GB Extreme III CF Card – Asking for $75.00 (shipped) (I’ll even throw in my card reader)
I am selling both Radio Popper kits that I own.
Radio Popper PX Transmitter $200.00 (bought for $250)
Radio Popper PX Receiver $200.00 (bought for $250)
The Radio Popper PX kit is what I use with my speedlight off camera flash work. The first image in the post below was used with this kit.
Radio Popper JrX Studio Kit $145.00 (bought for $160.00) The Receiver in this kit is a few weeks old. I lost my old one and had to replace it. So it’s brand new.
$5.00 shipping. This is the kit I use for all of my studio lights.
Email email@example.com if you are interested.
Ashley has graced my blog numerous times. She was so sweet to take three hours out of her life to let me experiment my lighting on her. We tried every angle, softbox, light, umbrella that I had. And I thankfully was able to learn a lot.
Some of it I liked. Some of it…not so much. (my lighting-not her. She was amazing!)
But you never know until you try, right?
I have SOOOOO much I want to learn. I am not even close to where I want to be. But every picture I take, hopefully takes me one step closer.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and TRY!
it’s also a Friday night. And I am quite sure there isn’t a soul out there looking at blogs right now- or maybe just not mine. BUT- I was going over images I took of my amazing brother and sister-in-law and their two cute boys and these two made me smile.
Hubs took me on a date tonight. Awww so sweet, huh?
Okay, okay I did send him a text around one in the afternoon telling him he was taking me out tonight annnd I was picking the place. But it was a date nonetheless. A much needed night out with each other. It made me happy. It also made me happy that I had some of the yummiest food on the planet…in my belly.
I have a shoot tomorrow. A shoot I am so excited to- shoot. Man, it’s late. I am lucky enough to capture HER again.