Friday, September 21, 2012

Follow us on Pinterest!

We are new to pinterest! Very shortly I will have many boards to view and you can pin your photos and share them... So keep checking back and look for you! Follow Me on Pinterest

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Trisomy 18 awareness

It has been a very long time since I posted because honestly facebook is my new "blog". I am trying to get back on track though with blogging. Today I would like to take the opportunity to redirect you and raise awareness for a cause I feel is very neglected. Trisomy awareness. This past week I had the honor of photographing a trisomy 18 baby. She was beautiful and perfect. When I found out what was wrong with the baby I naturally wanted to educate myself on the issue. As I researched it my compassion turned to rage as I heard time and time again how the medical community dismisses these babies. I understand that sometimes it is more compassionate to let the patient leave this world to avoid further pain...but in some of the cases the staff were willing to operate and save the baby UNTIL they found out of the chromosomal issue. Here are several videos on this issue and some have links to trisomy foundations. I hope this will help.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Self Assignment

I started photographing when I was 6 years old with my grandmas 110 film camera. It was love at first sight and I was asking her to sign me up for a NYI course at 9. She laughed and said wait a few years! After all 500 bucks was a lot of money to invest... so she bought me a polaroid camera and supplied me with film. As I got into high school my love deepened when my mom gave me her Pentax K1000 my 8th grade year. Lots of photos of my cats later I evolved to landscapes and people *gasp*. This was a great form of self expression since my parents had divorced and my new stepfather was an artist. He taught me to watercolor, paint and other things art related. As I entered high school I applied for the yearbook staff (yes I was ambitious as a freshman) and was DENIED! bummer! Anyway so I persevered and kept it up. My early inspiration was fashion and I still am very inspired by that today. After doing "modeling" shoots with a lot of my friends and learning the darkroom I started getting compliments. I knew I was on the right track when the photo lab started complimenting them. woohoo! I reapplied for the yearbook and newspaper, newspaper accepted and yearbook again denied, but I got the last laugh when they started asking me to go on assignments too because all of their staff photos were blurry. :D After high school I continued into college where I studied under one of the greatest reportage photographers in Ft. Worth, Peter Fereston. He was a flirty older man and was absolutely delightful. His work is archived at the Amon Carter. He saw something in me and displayed me in my first "gallery exhibit" in our hall on campus. :D I continued pursuing my dream after I married and moved overseas and then when I came back kicked it up a notch. My business has grown steady and the last 2 years was completely overwhelming for a one man operation. I have studied under some true masters of the art/craft and realized after a life changing seminar that somewhere along the line, I had let go of myself and my passion. I love my work don't get me wrong, but that first love was superceded by production, marketing, and the cares of life. With it part of me was gone as well, replaced by a new stressed out, high strung and grumpy version! ACK! Lord help us! So what is a girl to do? Well, this girl decided to scale back, only take the work I truly love, spend more time with those I love and focus on the craft. This is where our journey begins. I am going to start a few self assignments that will become a collection. Phase 1 is going to be shot through my grandfathers rangefinder provided it is still operational! :D for 30 days we are shooting FILM! My first love. I am so excited to bring the passion back to my work so that I can bring new vision and excitement to my clients this is one of many changes here this year. Stay tuned for exciting, artistic and passionate images that help me find what I lost. Let's begin. Looking forward to serving you with more creativity and attention in 2012.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Yahoo! Wedding wire rated 2011!

Monday, November 1, 2010

A Wedding Performance

well, i finally figured out why I love weddings... I grew up around performances... my mom was a dance teacher, and I started performing at age 3. after i was in high school, I danced, and then started figure skating. The feeling of getting butterfly's as you are about to go on, hoping you don't forget your routine, that had been DRILLED into your head with so much practice you didn't like the dance anymore. lol... Then you feel that RUSH as you head out onto the stage, feeling beautiful and confident, you gracefully walk out and wait for the curtain to open. When it does, the lights and music overtake you as you feel the music and every beat within as if it is going through your very soul. It is as if you were meant to move to it. The excitement of bringing people joy, entertainment, and emotion as you pour yourself into the routine. As the last note sounds, you feel thrilled, elated, and the hint of sadness that your moment in the spotlight has passed until next time. I call it E.L.D. Event Let Down. As a performing artist you never tire of the rush that comes from performing.

Every wedding I do is a performance, the thrill of running around being part of something bigger than yourself, the butterflies and excitement as the moment builds up, for the bride to walk down. After all, she is the Prima ballerina and it is my job to do my routine in a way to make her stand out and look her best as she stars in the show. As the event comes to a close, full of emotion, she has had the performance of a lifetime. When I finally feel that hint of sadness/elation as she makes her exit stage right, and goes off with her partner, I turn off the lights, and leave knowing that I was blessed to enjoy the rush and thrill of performing once again... and can't wait until the next time.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Client Reviews

My lab is one of the best in the country. The quality is superb, packaging AMAZING, and I am so pleased. One thing I also love about them is they collect reviews from my clients FOR ME! Do you want to see what they think of me? Click HERE!

This is a great way to see what people really think, after all, a non biased 3rd party asked them.
Thank you to all of my clients who so far have given me the thumbs up!