Archive for ‘Personal’

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 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 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. ;)

LaurenDRogers.com, thanks so SO much for such an amazing opportunity!

Happy Thursday!

May 18, 2012

iNstagramming

I looked over my blog posts and realized that I’m seriously lacking creativity.  It’s “iPhone Friday” every four blog posts…  Maybe I should title them differently so it doesn’t make me feel so bad. :)


Happy Friday!

May 17, 2012

Faith.

I’m sort of freaking out.  I’m not exactly sure what I want to achieve career-wise in my life.  I was certain yesterday and the day before and so on, but today something else hit me.  I have a moment of doubt and I hate that I can’t control what my brain is telling me.  One minute it’s telling me this, the next that, and everything is becoming very confusing.  I strongly dislike feeling anxious.

“Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God. 
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7
So I did what anyone else would do.  I turned to God’s word and decided to put my trust upon Him in this matter.  Seems like somethings that are so little could be dealt with on my own, but the more I turn towards Him, the more I realize that it’s in the smallest of things that I need to trust Him even MORE.
“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much;
And he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.”
Luke 16:10
 And now my heart is calm with peace and His love.  He knows what I need to read and hear for every day.  He knows my heart and knows what troubles me.  What more does one need?  He is my Father, my Savior, and my God.  One that is the creator of my mind, my body, and soul.  He always awaits so patiently for me to put my trust in Him, again and again.  And that alone is comforting enough!
“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little.
I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. 
I have learned the secret of contentment in ever situation,
whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty, or want;
for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ
Who gives me the strength and power.”
Philippians 4:11-13
And if anyone else feels like they are lacking faith today, I pulled up some amazing verses about faith that helped me get through some rough times…  Even if this helps one person I will be happy! :)
I Peter 5:7
John 14:27
Psalms 40:1-3
Psalms 34:17-19
Isaiah 40:31
John 14:1-3
Deuteronomy 31:6
Isaiah 41:10
Psalms 112:6-8
Psalms 32:7-9
Hebrews 10:35-38
Isaiah 26:3-4
Psalms 37:7
James 5:7-8
Romans 8:31-32
Hebrews 13:5-7
Psalms 4:8
John 14:18
Proverbs 3:5-6
Psalms 37:8-11
II Chronicles 20:17
Romans 8:24-25
Romans 8:28
James 1:2-4
Habakkuk 2:1,3
 
Have a BLESSED Thursday!
 
 
 
 


May 9, 2012

rain giving me a certain kind of feeling

rain. it sort of makes one feel blue. makes them think of sad things and want to spend the whole day in bed. those that work in the office feel like sleeping. those that work outside feel like being on the beach. those that are driving feel like stopping for coffee. those that at home feel like cozying up in front of the tv. rain, it gives everyone a certain kind of feeling and chances are the feelings are all very similar. chances are, rain makes you feel like typing a blog post without any caps and exclamation marks. just a blah kind of day.  no excitement.

taken with my iphone.

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happy rainy wednesday.

May 4, 2012

iPhone Friday + May the Fourth be with you!

Funny story.  I kept reading and hearing in random places people saying and writing “May the Fourth be with you”.  Now even though I’m no die hard fan of Star Wars, I knew that it’s referenced to it, but I couldn’t figure out why it was “fourth” instead of “force”…  So believe it or not, I googled it!  YES!  And as I was doing that my brother came up and I asked him if he’s heard that today.  He said no but laughed like he knew exactly what it meant.  I was confused and felt a bit left out.

I later realized that since it’s the 4th of May and supposedly today is somewhat significant to Star Wars fans (or so google thinks so) people are being clever and are phrasing it that way.  And then I laughed.

 

 

 



Happy Friday and May the Fourth be with you! :)

 

April 28, 2012

Together we are one.

I look at him.  His lips slowly form into a smile.  He knows that I’m smiling and am waiting for him to lock his eyes with mine.  He waits.  I anticipate and eventually he gives up and our eyes meet. He knows what I’m thinking and I know his thoughts.  We are one and its no secret that he is my soul mate, best friend, and better half.  He says something clever and I can’t hold back laughter.  I love it when he makes me laugh.

It’s my turn to return the clever statement, but I fail to be creative and see his eyes squint and his mouth frown, but slowly turn into a smile.  He is my sweetheart and would never hurt me even if it means laughing at my lame jokes and clever-less statements.  Oh, how God blessed me with a one-of-a-kind man.  :)

 

Happy Saturday Smiling!