Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you are all finding your Black Friday Deals ;) I have a small one of my own… if you sign up for the Portland workshop TODAY you can save $50. Past attendees can get in for $250 :) You can check out all the details right here or just go straight to signing up here.
We just got back from our little SW road trip last week. There really are no words (well, that I can arrange) that can adequately describe the Grand Canyon, Zion and all the places in between and beyond. God’s artwork in all it’s glory. We barely ventured a couple miles off the highway… I can’t wait to go back and dig deeper. Like my words, images don’t do it justice either… but a girl’s gotta try ;)
Grand Canyon | AZ
Zion National Park | UT
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Now on to the good stuff ;)…
So excited to release these images!
A beautiful, soft, perfectly girly, holiday inspired collaboration between ZozoBugBaby, Lillipops Designs and The Measure for Green Child Magazine. I was so happy when I was asked to shoot a feature (& the cover!!!) for a magazine dedicated to the welfare of our lives and our planet. I mean taking pretty pictures is cool enough, but taking pretty pictures for a cause I believe in? Yes please :)
You can see the whole magazine here. (fantastic magazine with great articles on everything- fashion, nutrition, gifts…)
And some more of the shoot :)
publication: Green Child Magazine
portland | OR
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Whew!! Such an amazing last week… I have always sworn by the beauty of the NW but wow! Northern Arizona/Southern Utah… jaw dropping. So inspiring…
I have some fun stuff from the Grand Canyon and Zion to share (once I can get caught up and actually edit! haha) but for now… the reason I got to even head to that part of our beautiful country. Jeanette and I have emailed back and forth for a while so when she suggested I come to Phoenix for a workshop I was all in. I couldn’t wait to get down there to finally meet her and hang out for the day :) We stayed & hung out all day at The Clarendon. Such a cute little boutique hotel and fabulous place to do some shooting. And these models… can I tell you how much I love it when kids come just bursting with spunk and personality? These girls were perfect!! Amazing models, a super fun group of attendees, inspiring scenery… made for about a perfect day :)
I came home feeling totally refreshed and excited about things to come… it got me thinking. I have cleared most of my December (left those Christmas card deadlines behind long ago- LOL) and I have always had inquiries about doing something here in Portland… I would love to find out what kind of interest there is for me to do a small workshop here in Portland maybe on December 16 or 17th? (try and fit it in before kids are home for break!) Having it here at home means I could cut costs (for you and me) and it is perfect timing to squeeze in one last tax write-off! It would also be the first (& probably only) time that I would offer something where I would actually be able to show you the studio that I do most of my work in. Anyway, if you are interested email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. I will have to scramble to get it all perfect so quick but I feel like I have all this extra excitement and would love to spend a day in a room of people that I can share it with!
k… back to those cute girls :) Thank you to Jeanette and our two perfect models and to the girls that came… I loved spending the day with you all :)
phoenix | AZ
I’ve been quietly working hard over here. Lots of fun, new & different projects on the horizon. That means nose to the grindstone and not too much to share (yet) so I thought I could at least do a little sneak peek so that my blog followers don’t get bored, lose interest and leave me forgotten ;)
Last year I found some great tissue paper confetti on clearance at Urban Outfitters. I instantly thought that it would need to make an appearance in this year’s Christmas shoot. But (like it happens often) I came across this picture…
and had a ‘dangit’ moment. Basically the exact concept I had (not that confetti in the air is a stretch) ;) So, I took a different direction with the shoot (but still had to use the confetti for a few shots of course) and these made the cut…
The rest of the shoot has a much different feel and will be published early next month (can’t wait to share!!) along with a couple other things I’ve been working on. It has all led me to realize how incredibly grateful I am for where I am in life. I am working on a big enough project that I need collaborators and it has been amazing to see that 90% of the people I call on are my friends (seriously- being completely surrounded by crazy talented people is what inspires me every single day), not to the mention the fact that every one instantly said “yes”… generous, nice AND talented. This is my public ‘thank you’ to all of you that are such incredible influences in my life and my testament of what a difference it makes in life to surround yourself with people that are genuine, kind and inspirational. I could not do what I do without them :)
wardrobe: Ritchie Rags (adorable custom made bloomers & top)
Happy Sunday :) This post is a bit different than what I typically share but it is something that I thought would be helpful to some of you (& maybe keep some extra $$ in your pocket) ;)
I regularly receive emails asking me about my gear… what camera do I use, what are my favorite lenses, etc. And while I do feel whole-heartedly that you should spend lots of time & care picking your gear (it’s a big investment and YES- lens choice will effect how your images ‘look’), I don’t think that is what ‘makes’ a photographer take good pictures. What I do believe is that a good photographer can take any camera, figure out how to work it (reading the manual goes a long way) and take an good photograph.
I saw a message on Twitter yesterday that got me thinking and gave me the push to go grab my original Rebel and 50 1.4 out of the closet to play. It was a message saying that my pictures made them want to upgrade their DSLR. If you are reading this, PLEASE don’t feel like I am calling you out!! It is a totally legitimate ‘wish’ but my gut reaction was “NOOoooo… don’t go spend all that money!!” haha And this is why…
This was literally about two minutes outside and less than 10 frames with the gear that I started on 7 years ago (This is the original Rebel. All 6 megapixels of it. My iPhone now beats it out- haha).
Now, granted these aren’t jaw dropping images but I think you would agree that they are sharp, high quality and, other than some hard core experts out there, you would be hard pressed to tell if these are from a Rebel, a 5D or anything in between. I also want to note that I used the 50 1.4. I normally shoot with L glass… had I used one of those lenses I am sure you would find it even harder to notice any difference from my 5D.
So, the moral of the story is that you should use the equipment that you have to its full extent before you need to upgrade (unless money isn’t an issue.. then I say go for it! heck you can even throw a little something in there for me if ya want) ;) Seriously though, upgrades should be a necessity. I know that (obviously) 6 MP won’t blow up nearly as nice for a poster/billboard as 21 MP does… and I do love the extra room and feel that my full frame sensor gives me… being able to shoot low light with less noise… most of these things aren’t necessities for your average portrait photographer though. Decent light, a semi-willing subject and about the lowest end DSLR you can get your hands on is all I needed to make these happen.
So get out there and play… show everyone that it isn’t your camera that makes you amazing… it’s YOU that makes you amazing ;)
and the cute little hat clip is by the lovely Maya’s Curls. Use them as barrettes, hat pins, brooches… LOVE how fun, beautiful and versatile her pieces are :)