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Archive for August 2013

saying goodbye to summer

Monday, August 26, 2013

What is it about summertime that makes it so hard to say goodbye? I'm not a huge fan of the heat, but I would be lying if I said I won't miss the sun wrapping its warm arms around me. I'm going to miss the green grass beneath my bare feet. I'm going to miss my tan, freckly skin and those days where the sun didn't set until 9. Summer isn't even my favorite season. Actually, it's not even in my top two.  It's the little kid in me who dreads having to go back to school. I have this panicked feeling inside my stomach as if EVERYTHING is going to change once the leaves turn orange and the breeze turns crisp. I'm always trying to hold on to everything because I'm scared of what's around the corner. This is going to be my last year of college. I will officially have my bachelor's degree. And then what? Well. I have no idea. 
Here's to another season gone and past. Here's to not knowing what to expect. Here's to pumpkin spice lattes, comfy sweaters and apple picking. 

Alright, maybe I'm a little bit more ready than I thought ;) 

the art of authentic posing - a photography workshop

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Let me start off by saying - where has this workshop been all of my life?! Aside from the fact that I got to meet and learn from two of my photography idols Justin & Mary, I also got to meet an amazing and inspiring group of local (and not so local) photographers. The workshop started off with a little meet and greet and some champagne and was followed up with a eye opening lecture that took us back to "the why" of photography. I mean, why do we even take photos anyways? As Mary put it, we take photos to create a legacy. To pass memories down to our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of my favorite things that was said at the workshop was "If there was no photographer around, would this actually happen?" Justin & Mary strive to create authentic, natural and meaningful images. Honestly, I have always admired their style of photography but never knew exactly why. I now know that it's because their photos are real. They tell a story. And each couple's story is different. 

After the lecture portion of the workshop we got to shooting. Justin & Mary taught us how to create and capture authentic moments with some of their go-to tricks. We practiced on two couples and a bride, as well as some of our new photographer friends! I am overwhelmed (in the best way possible) with how much I learned from this workshop and I cannot wait to put my newly acquired skills to the test. 

elliana | one month new

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I am forever in awe of the crazy amounts of love I get to witness while photographing families and couples. It is truly what inspires me most as a photographer and a writer. It's so perfect when I capture the kind of emotion that just can't be faked - like the way a mother looks at her new baby. Or how small a baby looks in the arms of her daddy.  I'm obsessed with emotions and I find myself reflecting upon my feelings often. I think it's the writer in me. I like to try to make everything poetic. As I've said a million times before, it is my one wish as a photographer to capture pure.real.raw emotion. When I look at these photos of Elliana and her parents Katherine & Jake, I can't help but to think I did my job well.

happy first birthday penny!

Monday, August 19, 2013

I met Penny and her lovely family last year for her newborn shoot and have had the pleasure of photographing them a couple of times since then. I literally couldn't have hoped for a better 1st birthday cake smash session! Penny LOVED the camera almost as much as she loved the cupcake we got for her. You know I'm really really happy with a session when it takes me two days to have the entire thing edited, blogged & ready to go! Here's to productive coffee filled Mondays.

Happy 1st birthday Miss Penny! It has been such a pleasure watching you grow this year.