Quiet moments…

What to say?  What to talk about?  Well that is the point for me lately–I have been quiet.  Maybe I should only be verbally quiet and not so much “off the social networking map” quiet.  Maybe I should imagine that I am in Tuscany, enjoying some of the best Gelato I could possibly ever taste…or sit here and continue to enjoy my quiet life.  🙂  No complaints here, just thankful.  Lately I have been so busy working on different things and getting my ducks in a row, that I am grateful to have a weekend that my calendar does not have anything marked on it.  I love what I do and do not get my wrong, I have no complaints–I just need sleep.  No I mean like 12 hours sleep.  Yes I can sleep for 12+ hours!!!  I know it is crazy!  😉  I had the opportunity to work with the wonderful and talented Janet Manuel last weekend and it was a delightful time.  I love meeting and working with new and talented individuals; especially when I learn something new.

So since I have been quiet, I will share a few photos from the beach.  I feel it is a great way to end September.  I had a wonderful time in Florida a few weeks ago and got the opportunity to just enjoy life behind my lens.  From meeting random strangers, making new friends and spending time with old friends, I had a magnificent time relaxing.

Then I fell in love with this Fleur-di-Lis tattoo.  Yes I am partial considering my brand but I love the detail and the shadowing.  The Lotus flower tattoo is beautiful, bright and colorful as well.  You are WAY braver than I will ever be when it comes to needles, tattoos and tattoos that take that long Erica!

Two views, from two different angles but on the same bodyI was enjoying the view while listening to Pandora, when I looked over and noticed the view from a different perspective.

The Dalai Lama once said, “Everyone wants happiness; nobody wants to suffer.  Many problems around us are a mental projection of certain negative or unpleasant things.  If we analyze our own mental attitude, we may find it quite unbearable.  Therefore, a well-balanced mind is very useful and we should try and have a stable mental state.”

Beach Time Sneak Peak

I am working on a ton bunch of different things at the moment but I could not help but write a quick post about my beach time and my session with The Griffin Family.  They were on vacation around the same time as myself, in the same city–in a different state.  Nor was it planned!!  It worked out well; it was easier for them to find a photographer or ask a random stranger to take photos of their family.  🙂 Tripp was awesome behind the lens.  He would glance away without direction and it was awesome.  Thanks for rocking that GQ pose for me! 😉  As the song “Summer Breeze” [a hit by Seals and Crofts if you are wondering what song I am talking about] plays in my head and Autumn nears us, I am grateful for the beautiful yet hot & humid summer we had.  As for now, I am sharing the GQ-esque photo of the lovely couple and heading to bed.  It has been a long week and tomorrow is only Wednesday.

Happy Wednesday!  😉

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” {Albert Pine}

A Beautiful View

As I sit here staring at the beautiful blue skies–and then my computer screen–I can only reflect on the amazing views I had last week at the beach. Pristine white sand, beautiful blue skies with gorgeous clouds, green water, great company and………nothing. Enjoying a blank, thoughtless mind every few hours was great…and then I would start coming up with all these ideas. Now I have them all swimming around in my head and for some odd reason, mentally I think I’m Wonder Woman sometimes!!! I think I can do all of these things, then that turns into I will do these things. For starters, I have 3 draft blog posts–why can’t I simply hit publish? Because it’s not quite finished in my crazy yet intriguing mind!! 😉

Alas, everything will come full circle. I have some great projects on my calendar, I am excited to work with some talented individuals and I am getting ready to do something different. You have to change it up from time to time. 🙂

As the late Ann Richards once said, “I feel very strongly that change is good because it stirs up the system.”

P.S.  All of the above photos were shot using my iPhone! 😉