We have a winner!!!
number 28 is… Heather Stockett!! Heather email me and we will set things up!! :)
I cannot thank all of you enough. I received the most amazing emails, FB messages, comments… you are all the most giving, lovely people!! It seems every time I choose to give I get so much more back… feels kinda like I am cheating!! I feel so blessed to be amongst a group like you. Thank you :)
I don’t normally use my blog to offer my opinion or go beyond the realm of sharing shoots and what they entail. Just the facts, ma’am… just the facts ;) A couple of things happened yesterday that got me thinking though. The kind of thinking that keeps you up til the wee hours and makes you really look at what you are doing.
I had a shoot yesterday with an amazing woman. She was there to ‘assist’ me (though I am not sure that is an accurate description when I was merely capturing all the amazingness she laid out in front of me). She is young, she had a thriving photography business, she has more talent in her pinky than I will ever have and she has chosen to use it all to help others. She could be keeping it all to herself: designing, creating, shooting amazing scenes, making a name for herself and catapulting to stardom… but she isn’t. Why? Well, she has decided to put her family first (Amen.) and she realizes the ego & energy & sacrifices it would take. So, she has decided that she will use her passion to create to help others fulfill their dreams. As she said “This is my time to help others, when I am ready to do it for myself, all this good will come back to me.” Ya know what though, I don’t even think she would care if it did. She is what is a truly and genuinely giving person (it isn’t a loan until you can give back… it is selfless).
She got me thinking. Thank you’s and giving shout outs to those that help you is all nice and well but if you aren’t using what is being giving you to make something bigger and help others… what is the point? There is only so much one person can store, only so far they can go… why keep it all to yourself? There is no legacy there… pay it forward, give it back… multiply it.
I don’t know exactly how this will play out or how I will do it right. I do know that I don’t want to die with my legacy being “She was a great photographer.” I want it to be the lives I touched, the differences in other peoples’ lives I made.
So I was thinking… maybe, instead of planning our acceptance speech and the list of people to thank, we should be trying to figure out how many people we can get up on the stage with us.
In light of trying to come up with some little small token this morning, I have decided to give away a spot at one of my workshops. Or, if you can’t make it to a workshop, a phone call-skype-session-coffee date- whatever! I definitely don’t have all the answer but I do have a few resources that might help one or two of you ;) You can see all the cities I am coming to here or if you want to stay in the comfort of you own home and chat, I’m totally down for that as well. Just leave me a comment or email or send me a FB message… tell me who you are, where you want to meet me and any ideas you have for giving back (there is this great blog but I’d love to hear your ideas as well!) I will throw everyone’s name in a hat and let you know by Friday (just in case you want in to Kansas City).
Let’s do it.
santa cruz | CA (ahh… blue skies and beach time right about now sounds pretty darn amazing)
I’ve been playing with the new clothing line a bit and I thought it would be fun to show you all the ideas I have for wearing the Lace Shift with Flare Dress (my favorite piece of the day). I would say this is our most versatile piece. It comes with a Flare Dress in your color choice (or choices if you add a second Flare) but it goes way beyond… I love that you can take any tank or dress from her closet and completely change the color scheme and look… you can dress it up (like we did in our Wander photo shoot) or dress it down for every day. Now… to figure out how to make it fit me… ;)
AND… If you purchase it (or any other Wander piece) by March 25th, you can use coupon code “laceshift15″) for 15% off your purchase!!
Quick note: This is the last day to get the early registration price on the Gatlinburg TN workshop. Sign up here!!
I was contacted a while back by a new publication, The Fort, to do a feature for their magazine. The premise… “An imaginative and adventurous photography magazine showcasing boys in their element”. How fun is that? Their goal is to show you that photographing boys is an amazing experience filled with imagination and adventure. I couldn’t agree more…
They asked me to share some of my favorite boy images and a little bit of the why & how behind my shoots with the little men. The issue just premiered… take a peak :)
If you don’t see the issue of The Fort below, refresh your page!