Monday, July 28, 2014

Craziest Shoot by far!!!!

Happy Monday!  Yes it's the start to another week.  I'm counting down the days as we head closer and closer to the day we send off our oldest to college.  Eeeeeeeeeeeeek!!!  As you guys know, I've been busy with family stuff but mixed in between all of that I've been able to schedule some fun photo shoots.  I got the chance to take pictures of a beautiful young lady who is pursuing a modeling career.  If I'm honest, I have to admit that I love taking pictures for modeling!  

As I'm doing all of these pictures and photo shoots I'm really getting an idea of what I like to shoot and the kind of "style" photographer I want to be.  I can honestly say that so far I'm really drawn to Portraiture, Fashion and Editorial Style Photography. I'm sure as I continue on this journey my "style" will continue to evolve...so who knows.

Here is the portfolio shoot we did the other day.  The day was filled with some big surprises!  We had to dodge poo mines....had a run in with a Copperhead Snake........had to dive and roll to get away from a charging, bucking horse that did not like us....and had to avoid an electric fence while getting away from that mad horse! ( It was a total Mission Impossible move!)  Let's just say it was an eventful and memory filled shoot!  

Here's what we got!!


I had to avoid large poo mines during this part of the shoot....and they were huuuge! I think I need some tall washable boots...ie. rainboots.






The snake was over there by the barn...notice we moved. LOL






This is about the time the horses came into the picture.  The mad one came running around that lake like nobodies business!  Here I thought he was coming to be with us for attention but rather he was kicking us out of there! LOL

There's the mad one in the front. Aaaaaahhhhhh!  Notice I'm on the ground looking up from the other side of the electric fence to take this picture?  My heart was pounding and we were laughing but boy was it scary!  Yet, I still found time to take this pic of him. LOL

This was after the horse incident...we had jumped under the electric fence and rolled onto the ground....and there I saw a great shot. LOL...always looking for "the" shot. LOL.




 I think she did great and I'm pretty sure she'll have a great future ahead of her!  Hopefully she won't have to deal with as many obstacles as we did on this day!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Behind the scenes of this Photo Shoot.

Its been so long since the last time I posted that I almost forgot how to start a post! Not really but I did have to use my brain a little more. lol

During this quiet, solitude time of sitting with my Nana ,I craved something fun, light and  creative.  So I set up a photo shoot to take my mind off of the heaviness of what's been going on.

First things first....the type of shoot I wanted.  Well, I had an idea of what I wanted and I just needed to collect the items to make it happen.  After going to the thrift store a couple of times....I finally hit jackpot the day before the shoot!  I wanted to have a big tulle skirt but with a little something fun....check.  I also wanted something a little more chic, edgy and fashion oriented....check.

I was so ecstatic with my finds and I didn't spend much on them.  I knew that I could just recycle them into other outfits or props for future shoots so I didn't mind paying a few more dollars for that formal dress. :)  

I told my adorable model how I wanted her to wear her hair and what kind of makeup I wanted her to apply.  She was so cute and agreeable and better yet...she knew what I meant. lol

The day of the shoot I went to her house and had her pull a bunch of dresses and shoes from her closet.  I took out my assortment of finds and I pulled together a look that fit the idea in my head.  One of the dresses was hers....and I picked it because of the amazing color, form and great shoulder feature.  I also chose some fun shoes she had for the second outfit and for the third we used a tank top I remember seeing her wear, along with some shoes that would add some punch and personality. 

Here are my favorites from this shoot.





Love that shoulder detail!




Don't you just love all that black tulle?!  I remember trying to explain what kind of shoes I wanted and then when I saw them in her closet I was like....Yup, those are them!!! LOL (sorry for the bad English.)

I love this pic because of the angle and how it captured the architecture in the background.


When I told her to get in the water I actually didn't like how the shots looked so we stopped.  When I opened up the pics after the shoot I realized how great they actually were.





Isn't that thrift store skirt just perfect?!  Total score!

Fabulous Cobolt blue platform pumps!

I loved layering all those pearls!  

This totally looks like a magazine add.






I think what's amazing with this model is she's like a a chameleon.  In some pictures she doesn't even look like the same person.  Perhaps it's the angle I shot her from but I totally love it!

Hope you enjoyed hearing about how this shoot came to be. :)  

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Time Out

I just wanted to take a moment to say Hi.  It's been a tough week and a few days as I've been with my family, sitting vigil day and night at my Nana's bedside.  I'm so tired that I've found I don't have enough good concentration to write anything that would make much sense right now.  

As soon as things calm down I will get back on schedule with my posts and keeping up with all my wonderful bloggy "sisters" and friends.

Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the summer.  

Oh and before I forget!  My talented bloggy friend Susan from Must Love Junk is in the Fall/Winter 2014 Vintage Style Magazine, on stands now! I'm so very excited for her and I can't wait to pick up my copy to see what she's been up to!  If you go to her blog page you'll see she's been featured in other publications and I'm pretty certain you'll be seeing her in future ones as well.   
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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Spotlight Saturday With Must Love Junk!

Happy Saturday everyone!  I just wanted to let you all know that I'm being featured or "spotlighted" on an amazing, fun, superfabulous (spell check didn't like that word of mine...lol)  Blog called Must Love Junk!  Susan from Must Love Junk, is one of the first bloggers I became friends with in my blogging adventure and she is super talented and sweet.

I'd love for you to go on over and visit her blog and see my post today. :)  You will find she really is amazingly talented and you might even spy her in some magazines in the future (she has been featured in Romantic Homes in the past) ...yes she's that good.  She has a great eye and knows how to put together lovely vignettes full of character and charm.

Thank you again Susan!  I am so honored to be featured and I'm so very glad to have met you!
Have a great weekend all!!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Styling and Shooting.

Aaaaaahhhhhh those nasty little beetles on all my rose bushes!!!  I'm gonna have to bite the bullet and just get tough with those critters.  They're making my beautiful, wonderful roses awful and ugly and well, dead.   I've been doing so much with the blog and photos and just summer stuff, that I've neglected it. I guess I'll have to get into the garden soon before all my hard work goes to pot.

Ok enough with that venting....  

With all of my latest shoots,  I've been able to go into the girls' closets and choose the outfits and accessories I want them to wear....and let me tell you, these girls today have some fabulous clothes!  So basically, I get to style them as well as take their pictures!  Fun, fun.... (Oh and I get to tell them what to do and how to pose...LOL, who doesn't like being bossy? Ha!) Styling them for the shoot also allows me to determine the feel or theme I'm looking for but it also helps them, with their posing. :)

So yes, I'm still styling.  Replace styling rooms with people and shoots. Oh how I love it.
Here's a shoot I did the other day with a very lovely lady.



















Don't you just love that dress!  If I was that age...which I swear I was at one time....I would've wanted to wear that dress in one of these photo shoots myself!  How fun!


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