August 16, 2012

New Blog Announcement + A New Brand

It’s going to be so hard to say good-bye to this blog when my new one goes live in JUST FOUR DAYS!  All the embarrassing posts I’ve written in the beginning of this journey.  All the posts I’ve deleted when going back to read them.  And all the posts that showed my weaknesses.  Since March 2010 I’ve shared my childhood memories, my first job memories, and marriage memories.

I’ve went through several different image borders and ways of watermarking the pictures, and finally, just recently, realized that the best kind of watermark is one that you incorporate at the time of taking a picture.  One that can’t possibly be photoshoped out because everyone will already know who took the image just by looking at the way the subjects are shot, the angle, or capturing part of nature in each individual shot.  Whatever it is that best describes me, I want THAT to be my watermark.  I’m still trying to figure out exactly what that is, but until then, I’ve already stopped watermarking each of my pictures.  I really have no idea what the fuss is all about when photographers post pictures on FaceBook and make such a big deal about their clients cropping out their watermark to make the image their profile pic.  Really?  Do the clients tell you (the photographer) not to crop their faces out when posting pictures of them?  Anyways…

Looking back at my posts I’m overcome by so many different emotions and thoughts all at once.  Embarrassment is still on the top of that list.  I just can’t help but feel like such a child when I blogged more than half of those posts.  But seeing how I was only a child, (at the time of starting this blog I was 17) and observing how I’ve grown with every year as a person, as photographer and as writer, I’m proud to share my achievements as well as nullifications.  It’s been a long, two and a half year, journey as well as a rewarding and enlightening experience.  I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Concluding, I really won’t miss this blog after all.  Because a new blog is a new beginning…  A new brand.

August 1, 2012

Wednesday Wise Words + A clear mind

I sit in front of my computer for hours.  Browsing the internet, keeping up with my social networking, and munching on some hearty snacks is a routine I’m well accustomed to in this job.  When I head to sleep however, I wonder  about all those people that I’ve came across that day and what they think about me.  If they think I’m throwing my life away because I decided not to attend college.  Do they think I’m not going to succeed because I don’t want it badly enough?  Or if they think that I’m simply not good enough and should look for a ‘real job’?  Every night, I think about those things before closing my eyes to sleep.

I wake up, go through the day like I’m going to live 100 more without aging, and meditate upon what people’s thoughts are about me.  Hour upon hour I clog my head with anxiety and worries about made up issues.  I don’t understand why I do that, but as a people-pleaser it worries me and stresses me out to a level that I can’t handle and end up with migraines.

A few days ago, I met up with a dear friend.  There was one sentence from our conversation together that keeps haunting me.  Now instead of anxiety and worries I have that sentence playing on repeat.

“If you need other people’s support, then you don’t want it badly enough!”

I’m not sure if I heard the rest of the paragraph that that sentence belonged to, but I know that this particular sentence changed the way I head to sleep, wake up, and go through the day.  I’m no longer thinking what people’s thoughts are about me, their support, or pleasing them.  You can’t please everyone and there’s absolutely no point in stressing over it.

So now it’s me, the internet, my hearty snacks, and a clear mind!

Happy Wednesday!

July 20, 2012

Charlottesville Lifestyle : Victoria & Vasily

There are two kinds of people in this world.  The ones that entertain… And the ones that observe.  I’m sort of both of those smashed together in a warm and gooey kind of way.  I use my lens to look beyond what the human eye sees and capture the moments in between, observing the unseen.  I use my charm and the amazing sense of humor that was given to me from the big guy upstairs to get them to relax and be themselves…  I entertain as well as observe.  Don’t ask how I multi-task, I wouldn’t be able to explain it even if I knew myself.  I just know that I absolutely LOVE this job!

Victoria and Vasily have been in our lives for a little over two years.  We started this friendship when they chose to sit with us at a mutual friend’s wedding.  Observing those two was quite the entertainment at that wedding.  I instantly knew they had the sort of chemistry that many couple lack.  They were so laid back and comfortable with who they were, I wanted to know more about them and use my extreme observing talent to make them more familiar to me in my life.  Good thing I have, because after two years of (how should I put this) “hanging out” (I really need to broaden my vocabulary)  we have gotten closer then ever, and I’m extremely thankful to God for sending us these two crazy kids in our lives and have the honor to call them…  Friends.

These next two were in my top FAVORITES!

While I was taking these two…

V was taking this masterpiece which ended up being my favorite image from his cards.

Another of my absolute favorites from this shoot…

When I was finished shooting the above image, V captured them trying to sneak in a kiss…  Told you they had crazy chemistry ;)

And I will finish with this last image that completes my top favorites list.

Please do enjoy this slideshow.

Happy Happy Friday!  Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
July 2, 2012

Monday Madness + Building with thoughts

I’ve been feeling so SO productive lately.  Maybe all the running around from store to store and drawing out my plans for the house have been exciting me a bit too much.  I hope it turns out amazing and while I sit here typing this up, I can’t help but plan and sketch out my ideas.  So if you could excuse me, I’ve got things to build…  In my mind ;)

Some that make those Monday’s a tad. bit. better! :)

Happy Happy Monday!

June 29, 2012

Our forth year begins.

Wednesday marked the end of our three years and the start of our forth year marriage journey, and we are SO EXCITED!  We are incredible dorks when it comes to love…  We like to think we’re absolute experts on this whole thing, but know and acknowledge that we still have a lot to learn and grow in.  Marriage is something that should get better, stronger, and more loving with every year…  And looking back at our first year it has gotten closer and closer to being perfect with every new year.  We are not only peas in a pod and look perfect together for each other…  We’re actually head over heals in love with each other and most importantly we’re in love with LOVE!  Which makes us that much more loving towards each other, because God is Love.  He loved us first…  And we’re SO glad He did because He blessed our marriage more than we could ever thank Him for.

I know this all sounds cliche and all but…  I AM married to the BEST, most AMAZING, LOVING, and CARING hubs.  The most RESPECTFUL and CUDDLIEST, one who can’t wait to see me every day after work, when going to work, and one who makes the BEST cup of coffee in the mornings.  One who makes chores easier on me, lending his helping hand while making dinner, and who treats his wife better than anyone on this earth counting himself.  One who is whiling to change against his will and pridefulness for the best of his marriage, who wants to do silly things and just lay around laughing all day in the grass.

Ladies…  I hate to break it to you, but the best man is no longer available.  He’s the one who I get to wake up every morning with and fall asleep in his arms every night.  The one that I can get countless of priceless hugs because he would rather spend the time hugging me than doing anything else.  And the one who is one KILLER back-up photographer ;)  And so on and on…

Photographer:  Our sturdy tripod ;)

My gift to V.  A WeWood watch.  They plant a tree for every watch sold and I just knew I had to get that, with my hippie roots feeling all good about doing the planet good. ;)

Yes, it’s REAL wood!

We took a couple days off to enjoy where ever the road would take us and ended up in multiple places.  Our favorite being this cute hotel.

Happy Happy Friday!

June 25, 2012

Classic Alterations Commercial Photography : Lena

Last week I was over at one of my absolute favorite tailors in Harrisonburg and took some candid shots of her work.  She does a fast and an absolute perfect job at every little detail in clothing and I hope I captured her delightful personality as well.  She includes her smile into every visit and makes sure you have the best customer service.  Hope these make you want to go visit her ;)

Classic Alterations by Lena

Happy Happy Monday!

June 20, 2012

Lexington VMI Wedding : Mallory + Andrew

The first time I saw Mallory was when I walked into the room full of girls, wedding attire, and champagne to celebrate her big day. I didn’t know who Mallory was until I shook her hand for the first time the morning of her wedding day but I noticed something about her the instant I spotted the girl with the green robe and the veil.  She was the girl getting married and she was one happy happy girl.

I noticed how her face would light up every time Andrew’s name was mentioned and how her eyes would slightly squint with an ecstatic smile every time someone talked about their love.  Besides her name the only thing I knew about this happy happy girl, was that she was excited beyond words to marry the man of her dreams…  And that made me one happy happy girl.

On a slightly different note…  In the earlier posts about being a back-up photographer for the very first time, I mentioned how it gave me time to focus on my style of photography and think about myself as a person first.  I loved having that opportunity.  So in the below pictures, hopefully you’ll be able to notice a “pattern” in my images and style of shooting that I was aiming for.  If you figure it out, let me know if I’ve succeeded :)


Happy Happy Wednesday!

June 15, 2012

Lexington VMI Wedding : Sneak Peak

Super excited to share this wedding with you guys, but like I’ve mentioned before I was a back-up, so I’m going to wait until the lead photographer posts her images up first before showing you guys mine.  I couldn’t resist a little sneak-peak however…

Happy Happy Friday!

June 14, 2012

Lauren Rogers Photography : First time as back-up photographer

It started on a quite, gloomy, and rainy weekday.  I was sitting behind my laptop at work and had a contrastive thought…  Something clicked in my head and an idea began to form.  Without second thought I contacted an amazing photographer that lived about 15 minutes South of me and suggested I back-up for her any wedding event she needed a back up for.  Lauren, was so sweet about the whole thing and we ended up meeting that same week over some deliciously made coffee.

Last Saturday was the very first wedding that I have ever been an official back-up photographer for and Lauren made it quite a pleasant one.  It was a completely different experience for me.  Nothing like I’ve ever expected it to be like.  Because mainly I wasn’t sure what to expect.  But I learned quickly what I should be doing and what I shouldn’t be.  I somehow learned how to stay out of sight and capture only candid shots of people interacting, sharing a quiet moment to themselves, and everything in between the day.  It really wasn’t something I was ever taught, but somehow you get drawn into it so quickly and you find out just how hard it is to snap out of it.

Overall it was a wonderful and an educational experience that taught me a whole lot more about myself and who I was as a photographer than being a lead photographer ever would.  When you’re not busy posing people, worrying about getting the important shots, and having to deal with contracts, you have enough time for yourself to start thinking about your branding.  And that’s when you get into the most interesting parts of your business. ;), thanks so SO much for such an amazing opportunity!

Happy Thursday!

June 12, 2012

Backyard kids + 50mm 1.2L Review

I’m getting back in the mood of blogging.  It’s been awhile I know, but it’s just not the same when you force it.  It’s somehow so much more special when it’s from the bottom of the heart.  I do admit I miss it a whole lot, so I’m glad to be back internet!

So this past week, I had the distinct pleasure of using a 50mm 1.2L.  My most honest thoughts…  I LOVED IT!  It’s absolutely incredible what this lens does.  Some people are not exactly fans of the bokeh that you get when shooting with this lens at 1.2, but I on the other hand love the way you can choose what you want to bring most of the attention on.  In portraiture, I always focus on the eyes and that really makes them stand out, so it’s perfect for what I look for in a photograph.  I know some people don’t believe that with a better/more expensive lens you get better colors, but I assure you it’s true.  Really!

The only flaw of this lens when shooting wide open is it’s a little hard getting the exact thing in focus.  It’s not impossible, but it is harder than with a 1.4 or 1.8.  But the good thing is, is the more you practice the easier it gets.  Though it’s definitely not a lens for beginner/amateur photographers as it is hard to use and produce the pictures you want, I recommend it anyway.

Did you notice how the flaw of this lens is not the price?  I believe it’s worth every dime. :)

Happy Tuesday!