Today was a perfect weather day in my little dot on the map (sometimes we’re not even a dot). Blue, cloudless skies, the sun beaming down its warm rays on my skin, with no risk of sweat because the breeze was constant and cool. Yes, we really soak up days like this because in Texas we rarely get them. In fact, we may get one then have an ice storm the next day.
I was taking the designated lunch break while watching the awe inspiring Sue Bryce over at CreativeLIVE and decided to whip out the iPhone and snap some photos. Like I said we had some nice weather, not just today, so it’s starting to look like Spring with trees and flowers blooming.
I guess it was because of the workshop or something but my mind was totally turned on and open. I’m not going to get all philosophical on you, I don’t have the education for it. However, one thing did strike me though and I’ll illustrate with the photos I took.
You can look at something the same way everyone approaches it and achieve the same mediocre results:
Flowers. Or in this case I think these are common weeds. Even better because the feeling you get when you hear “weeds” is a negative feeling. Nobody loves weeds, they want them gone.
By just changing my view of them I can achieve amazing results! Not feeling anything negative anymore.
I know fellow residents of Texas pray for a true winter with freezing temps and snow on the ground. I would like to take this time to apologize for the complete opposite “winter” weather we’ve been having so far this year. My fellow Texans, you see, I believe God is granting me this amazing spring-like weather to keep me able to do photo shoots outdoors, where 95% of my shoots happen. My prayers are being answered and for that I guess I shouldn’t apologize to much!! 🙂
With that said and out of the way, here is a glimpse at the amazing engagement session I shot this past week. We were together for 3 hours with one of those being driving time to the second location. It was everything I had planned and envisioned for the shoot plus some!!! I hope they feel the same way when they see all the photos!
We had an all afternoon shoot at 4 different spots. Two city/urban locations then headed back west to the country for our farm truck shoot. It was sooo much fun! The wind was a little strong but really didn’t get in our way.
When brainstorming and planning for the shoot I always ask for clients to give me any and all ideas, no matter how small. At first she gave all creative decisions to me but then something happened that sparked an idea for her. She ran out of gas one day and Kyle had to come rescue her!! When I received the message about doing something along those lines I immediately had a vision of an old vintage car/truck on the side of the road with her stranded.
However, I didn’t have a vehicle like that. I wish I did!! Thankfully Samantha has some amazing close family friends who owned a 1949 Chevy truck, completely redone. They let us borrow it for the shoot. I was absolutely floored when I pulled up and saw that shiny old thing sitting in the driveway!!!
And for fun I replaced the word “Gasoline” on the can with their soon to be shared last name and the wedding date.
I can’t tell you how pleased I am with how the whole shoot turned out! Next is bridals then I get to shoot my very FIRST wedding. Wish me luck!!
Do you remember the sweet twins I photographed last month? (Click here if you need a little help remembering) Well here are their older brother and sister. This was actually my first experience with these two and boy did we have fun. Little Miss Lexi is quite the model. And Tatum?? You’d be so surprised about how well the boys do in front of the camera. I know I’ve been! They’re usually the ones saying, “Hey lets do this!” or “Take my picture here!” haha! Totally not what I would expect, but hey I love it!!
Ok so I know that these won’t be blown up for the hallway but I just love the way he’s teasing his sweet sister while she’s trying to give me her all for the camera!! These can be used when they’re older and she can say “See what you used to do to me!!!” ha ha
Isn’t she divine?! Oh and that head piece is awesome, too, right?! Okay I’m patting myself on the back because I made it 🙂 It does take you straight to her eyes though, and they are stunning.
He had a lot of energy and I was sooo happy to get some really good shots of him. Why can’t I have energy like that anymore? Oh yea, I’m old and I have to drink a pot of coffee just to wake up!
No way! We’re not hugging! Uh uh, nope!
I heard all those remarks and thought to myself, how can I do this. So I did what always works to get kids to do what you want….I tricked them into a challenge!! hehe I said, “Your mom told me you wouldn’t hug. She thinks you won’t do it. Let’s prove her wrong! On three 1…2….3!!!” Then when I told Lexi to move in a smidgen closer Tatum cracked up laughing and pulled away. That’s a brother for ya!
Told ya, my little model. She totally worked it!! Oh and that other head piece on the right…..yep you guessed it, I made that one, too!!
He wouldn’t admit it, but he secretly had a good time! I mean, can’t you tell by that smile?!
The sun light was perfect, the kids and I had fun. We laughed, we raced (Tatum won!), and ended up with some awesome photos. What more can you ask for?!
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Until next time, God Bless!!
I hope everyone had a safe and fun New Year’s Eve. I pigged out on not-so-healthy foods with some pretty fabulous peeps. When I wasn’t doing that I was making everyone laugh at my outrageous answers to Catchphrase. Oh my, that game is so fun with the right people!! We stopped long enough to catch the broadcast of the countdown at about 1 minute and rang in the New Year. Then I got to wake up this morning to watch Tom and Jerry with the cutest little 4 year old on the planet. I was also privileged enough to watch him play Ben 10 on his DS. Boy am I lucky!! haha
Since the start of a new year is all about reflection I want to show a photo (or two) from sessions from each month of 2011. Hopefully we’ll see some progression in my work. So here goes….
February – None professionally taken
So there’s my year in photos. I can’t wait to have another great year. It feels really good to start 2012 knowing I have the most amazing job I could ever want. Not only that but amazing friends and family that are so supportive and give me so much motivation to succeed. I thank the Lord daily (sometimes more!) for all my blessings, no matter how small.
Looking forward I want to travel, even if it’s only to WA state again, and take more photos for me….how I see the world. I also hope to establish a studio this year. That’s a big time goal. I want that so bad!! A place to showcase all my work and run my business. It’s so exciting to think about!! It will happen, I just have to be patient and work my way towards it.
Oh and get ready in April to start seeing tons of photos of a certain little baby girl. My best friend (since we were 4) is having her first baby!! That child will have soooo many photo sessions she’ll think she’s a movie star!! I’ll have my own little model to practice on.
Here’s my other little model (the cutest 4 year old I talked about earlier) from yesterday.
From the bottom of my heart I want to say a big THANK YOU to all my clients. You are helping me live my dream. I love getting know each and every one of you and look forward to many more sessions. Keep spreading the word! ha ha Once again Happy New Year and God Bless!!
These cutie-pies just turned 1!!
We had two shoots, not originally planned, but the weather didn’t quite cooperate the first time we tried. The boys are just learning to walk and explore so basically I just had to keep my eye in my camera and follow them around. Not a bad job!
Watching twins interact is so entertaining. I can’t tell you how much they made us laugh!
I did a photo shoot of them when they were a few months old. I’m just terrible and haven’t uploaded the photos. However, I do have a few on my Facebook page here. Hey, at least they’re somewhere right?!
What to say first about this little family?? Uh, they’re beautiful!!
Second?? Super nice!!
I went to school with both Haley and Ryan.
Although they’re a tad younger than I am.
Ryan used to play in a rock band with my younger brother Adam.
We were all freezing during this shoot.
They make me look good.
I was allowed the pleasure of photographing their first baby’s newborn photos.
You can see those here.
But first take a look below.
Stay tuned next week because this weekend I’m taking photos of Ryan’s whole family. Should be super fun!!!
Thank you Haley, Ryan, and baby Ryder for the awesome session!!
The cooler temps have finally arrived in N. Texas but that hasn’t slowed any of us down taking photos. This past Saturday morning was in the upper 30s, thankfully no winds, and we braved the chill to get some adorable photos. This was my first time meeting the Barrett family although we know several of the same peeps. That’s the commonality in a teeny tiny town. They are the cutest little family and I truly had a wonderful time snapping away in between keeping my fingers warm!
Love the mother/daughter & father/son shots. So sweet!!
Is she not the cutest little thing??! I mean just look at her mommy. Sorry dad but we know where the looks came from! haha (BTW do you own a gun, ya might want to get one soon)
And last but by far my most favorite. I felt like I was doing an engagement session all of a sudden! They are too cute!!! Loved it!
Thank you Barrett family for allowing me the pleasure of photographing your precious family. I enjoyed it to the max!!
Last week was such a fun week for photos and probably the busiest week I’ve had! No complaints here, especially when I see pics like the ones below. I think they turned out awesome!! What do you think? There’s a … Continue reading