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~

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Refreshed and Relaxed

There is nothing like a good pedicure to make you feel SO much better!  After a long week, a long day or when it’s time to give those rough lovely feet some attention.  I personally enjoyed my pedi.  I mean, you cannot beat $25 for a Spa Pedicure that includes a paraffin wax as well as a hot stone leg massage, all whilst sitting in a comfy massage chair!  I melted like butter! 😀  After the pedicure, I felt revitalized!  I seriously needed it!  Sigh of relaxation.  I am sitting here watching the season finale of On The Road With Austin & Santino.  :-\  I am sad that it has neared its end but I cannot wait until they come back next season.  Awesome fashion, great stories, funny moments and just overall entertaining! Hint to Lifetime, the show is awesome!!!

On another note, I had the pleasure of capturing Andrea behind my lens and luckily, I will get the chance to do so again in the near future.  Our first attempt was interrupted by dark cloudy skies with rain that turned into tornado like weather!  Andrea was traveling from over an hour away and by the time we started shooting…it started raining.  Most women would shrill or say, “Oh my gosh my hair is getting wet, my clothes….etc!”  NOT Andrea!  She rocked it out and was taking photos in the rain.  She has the most beautiful smile, personality and attitude and it shows in every photo that I capture.

It was only fitting that she be captured in the sunlight.  Saturday came and as I drove to meet her this time, I was in awe of the beautiful sunshine and gorgeous Fall weather.  We are kindred spirits and had such a wonderful time.  We laughed, joked, got to know one another even more, got annoyed by creepers & strange onlookers who got a little too close for comfort!  Overall, it was a great day.

Then she gave me some fierceness! Andrea you are so beautiful–flyaway hairs and all. 😉I only think of one song when I look at these photos Andrea and it is a song by Justin Timberlake from his FutureSex/LoveSounds album–track number 8!


Andrea, thank you for allowing me to capture you behind my lens.  You have a strong & beautiful soul as well as personality. I am glad that I met you and that I have gotten to know you.  I always feel that God brings individuals into our lives for certain reasons and photography has allowed me to meet so many wonderful people.  Thank you Lindsay for sending Andrea my way; if it were not for you I don’t think I would have ever met this remarkable young woman.  I will have to make another post in the near future titled “Creepers…Do you take photos?”  😀  Until next time, I hope everyone has a great Friday tomorrow!

“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers.  And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.”             {Bill Cosby}

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.”

An extra shot of espresso…

So I am traveling and desperately needed Starbucks.  I was very disappointed to know the nearest one was over an hour and a half away.  😦  Sigh.  So I continue to drive.  I finally reach my destination point and I smell the coffee.  I noticed their prices were significantly higher than the other Starbucks that I have been to [minus airport kiosks] and I called it to his attention.  I guess he could tell I was in desperate need of caffeine so he charged me a WAY lesser price for my Venti Cafe Vanilla Frappuccino, with an extra shot of espresso.  Well my friends he put more than “a shot” of espresso; try 3 or more.  I was wired.  Wired to the point to where I found myself clicking my nails on my signal light controller!!!  Yeah.  Jittery?  No.  Awake.  YES.  I get in bed and still I CAN’T SLEEP!!!  Starbucks dude, I sincerely appreciate the extra shots of espresso and the cheaper price but next time consider that a person may be up all night when they need to get rest!!  Next time, I will rethink that extra shot!  😉 I hope everyone has a great Saturday.  I don’t know about you but I think it’s a beautiful day for a wedding!

Here is a sneak peak from from a wedding I second shot last Saturday.  Tara was a gorgeous bride who created and customized her own designer gown.  Yes you read that correctly but that is another blog post. 🙂

“Marriage is not a noun; it is a verb.  It is not something you get.  It is something you do.  It is the way you love your partner every day.”  {Barbara De Angelis}

Interesting Date

I love how yesterday’s date was 8.9.10.  And to just think, I could have heard my idol speak on that very day [insert me sighing here].

I cannot wait until 10.10.10 personally. 😉 I hope that I am fortunate enough to see it. I love Fall and Spring!  The colors are amazing, as well as the fashion inspirations!  I am sitting here listening to music on Pandora as I upload photos for proofing.  The Cranberries just came on–Linger–good song.  I continue to anticipate change and good things to come my way and good things for my family, friends and clients.  My past, present and future clients.  I am very appreciative of the many photographers and the individuals who continue to inspire me daily.  I think we should all encourage one another to be better in everything that we do.

With this in mind I am giving a special shout out to Emily!  Rock the American Idol auditions!!! You can sing to me anytime because your voice is absolutely radiant. And no I am not saying that because I am biased! 😉 The perfect song just came on Pandora for me to end this, Take it Easy by The Eagles.


Emily's American Idol Wristband!
“No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Don’t knock your friends. Don’t knock your enemies. Don’t knock yourself.” {Sir Alfred Lord Tennyson}

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