Idle Thoughts

It amazes me how quickly this year is going by.   May is almost over, the heat & humidity are already here and I cannot imagine what July is going to feel like…much less June.  I only hope that this summer is not as brutal as last year and that we get plentiful amounts of rain.  Thankfully I get to enjoy some cool West Coast weather for a few days in like…hours! It amazes me how quickly these weeks have flown by and everything that has gone into this opportunity that has been given to me.  If you are a regular follower or you know me from Facebook or Twitter, I was selected to be in Lindsay Adler’s live studio audience for her Fashion Flair for Photographers creativeLIVE workshop, June 1, 2012 – June 3, 2012.  I was amazed, grateful, shocked, excited, nervous, thankful, inspired all at once for this experience that I have been embarking upon!  Still am!  This is going to be an amazing adventure and I cannot wait to see what Flair she teaches, as well as shows us. Her work, as well as Lindsay herself, inspires us, pushes us, motivates us and opens up this amazing porthole of creativity inside of our  thoughts and  visual outcomes.  Art imitating art.  <– Hopefully I did not confuse you but if you tune into Lindsay’s cL class, you will know exactly what I am talking about.  How ironic that We Will Rock You by Queen just started playing on my Journey Pandora station! Awesome!!

I am ever so GRATEFUL AS WELL AS THANKFUL to say this is not my first time in the creativeLIVE studio and I am looking forward to being back and seeing everyone!  Like I have said time after time, they are a great  I am extremely excited to meet my other classmates and to see what they have been cooking up as well! 😉  I was ever so grateful to be a student and model in Bambi Cantrell’s Posing MasterClass on cL.  No I am not going to go into depth because that will get its own complete post! It was an amazing opportunity and learning experience.  I walked away with so much knowledge and understanding.  It was the first time since my Senior Portraits that I had been professionally photographed.  I was a nervous wreck but she quickly made me feel comfortable in front of the lens.  It was a different element being in front of the lens and I gained an abundance of knowledge when it comes to posing from just that portion of the class alone.  Bambi is fierce and she brings it!  I call her the energized Bambi!! She goes 90 miles per second and she creates stunning images that are unique, classic yet modernly creative and they are absolutely beautiful.  I have thought that long before I, as well as thousands of others, saw the portraits that she captured of me.  She was working me and I was sore the next day but the experience alone was and is priceless and I truly am thankful to Bambi for the opportunity and the experience.  Thank you again Cicada Bridal for the Couture gown!

So with that in mind I am ready to get this day started and to see what the day brings.  Wishing everyone safe travels to Seattle!! See you soon!! XoRo

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” ~Arthur Rubinstein~

Reflections of an ArtistI love unique cowboy boots and who would not love a pair that hearts and wings!I love vintage Coke signs and Coke machines. Especially one that has, "Here's the Real Thing" on it! Nothing says rustic like an old Coca-Cola coke machine.

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A share from my main blog…

When I first found out that Lindsay Adler would be doing her thing on creativeLIVE I was beyond excited. Hearing her speak at WPPI this past February was like a tease into her amazing creativity and the art she creates with her Portraiture. She showed us how using something as simple as a Christmas ornament can change a portrait…dramatically…in a good and unique way!! With that in mind of course I was going to submit for this. At first I was hesitant but for the wrong reasons, so I quickly grabbed my video camera and hit record. I love fashion and the art of it and I want to witness her magic, creative, photographic mind at work in person. Regardless, I will be watching this workshop for sure! Lindsay, continue to inspire us, as well as create and make beautiful work. Good luck to everyone who submitted and thank you creativeLIVE! You guys continue to inspire photographers like myself world-wide, daily. Thank you guys for what you do. XoRo

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” ~George Bernard Shaw~

Oh how I love being a leap year baby!

You can find my original post at http://www.blogging.lifebehindmylens.com

I guess sometimes during a leap year we all feel more determined, more focused, we have more goals and we shoot for so many stars! 🙂  I am no exception!!  Here I am again I know vying for a spot in the live audience for Creativelive & Bambi Cantrell’s Posing Masterclass.  Oh it would be so divine to be there laughing with Bambi, learning, posing, understanding the light with certain poses, etc.  I swoon at the thought.  That’s just it, a thought at the moment!! 😀 I have faith and with my legal birthday being tomorrow, I am optimistic that things will work out for the best and I wish every photographer that submitted the best of luck.  If you do not know who Bambi Cantrell is or Creativelive, please crawl out of your whole and do a search on Google and you will quickly know who they both are!  I am so excited to learn more things, learn more about posing and light and how to form the body so it is absolutely flattering!  Creativelive streams the workshop live so you do not have to be in the live studio audience to learn from Bambi.  Just go to their website and enroll in the course and/or go ahead and purchase it for $99 while the promotion is still running!  It is worth the investment.  Okay I ramble when I am nervous!!!  Wish me luck!  Until then, I hope that everyone has a wonderful week and Happy Birthday to all of my Pisces!!  It has been a great month!  
XoRo
“You have to learn the rules of the game; and then you have to play better than anyone else.” ~Albert Einstein~

It’s a leap year so I might as well take a leap…right

My original post can be found by visiting, http://www.blogging.lifebehindmylens.com/2012/01/03/its-a-leap-year-so-i-might-as-well-take-a-leap-right/.  I wanted to put this post on both blogs!

Well most of my friends now that I am a leap year baby and with being said...I am taking a huge leap!!  I am putting myself out there and hoping to be one of the six finalists chosen to attend the Zach and Jody Gray’s Wedding Weekend creativeLIVE EVENT!!! Yes I am super excited that they will be on creativeLIVE and that we will all get to stream and watch this for free–yes free–but I would SO LOVE to be there!!  I have wanted to learn off camera flash from these two for almost two years and it is SO hard getting into their workshops.  Not all of them fit with my work schedule and when one does, BOOM, sold out. Seriously, there plus class sold out instantly at WPPI 2011.  I was bummed.  They are amazingly talented, humble and down right awesome.  I enjoyed meeting them while I was in Vegas but I would love the opportunity to learn from them with a hands-on experience like this!  Wish me luck guys!  2012 is a big year for me, as I am developing and finalizing a new brand, new website and so much more.  My fingers are crossed and I would love some of Zach’s coffee but if it’s not meant to be me, I truly hope those six individuals realize how AMAZING of an opportunity this is and are truly grateful!! I would like to give a huge THANK YOU to Nancy Dodich for her wonderful graphic skills! She made this cool coffee photo for me and I love how it turned out! She is a woman of many talents! 🙂 Thank you again creativeLIVE, as well as Zach and Jody!  XoRo

“The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.” ~William Lyon Phelps~

Album Design and Upload Fail…

Designing an album is not easy as most people may think.  Templates do  help but it is still quite time consuming. There is nothing like taking the time to design an album, get the pictures exactly how you would like them and then bam…. → the album does not upload or uploading it is extremely weird.  Thankfully my representative called and walked me through the process on her own time.  I truly appreciated it.  I am new to this particular print lab and wanted to see if their albums would work best for me and my clients.  Do not get me wrong, I love the labs that I use, but it is always good to  try new things.  I only hope that the album turns out amazing!  It’s pretty much a Boudoir studio album so we shall see how it turns out! 😀

Happy Tuesday!  I hope everyone has a great day! Ⓡ

I had to share some images from a recent Boudoir shoot that I did for a client as her anniversary gift to her husband–and herself!  I cannot show the other ones that LOVE that truly show how sexy and gorgeous this young woman is but these are some that I can share!  🙂
“The world’s a rollercoaster and I am not strapped in. Maybe I should hold with care, but my hands are busy in the air.” ~Brandon Boyd~


New year so I am changing it up↓

So, I have decided to change things up a little bit! Hey you have to do that from time to time! If you don’t shake things up a little bit, they tend to get a little dull! 😀 I have a new blog, don’t worry all of the posts from this blog were imported over but the new blog has a completely different feel and look to it. Please head over and check it out!
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