The Dog Days of Summer…

I have had the worst case of writer’s block lately.  Seriously, every time that I have tried to start a new post my mind goes blank.  So I decided to not think and to simply let me fingers do the typing and let everything flow out of my brain and onto the world wide web.  I so wish that I was in Vegas at the moment getting hugs from Sue Bryce and listening to that silky, soft & beautiful New Zealand/Aussie accent of hers!  I love her voice and her work…oh her work speaks volumes for itself.  Glamour me anytime Sue!! Anytime! I would love to walk up to Sal Cincotta and say, “Forgetaboutit!” in my faux New York/New Jersey accent and trust me he would laugh not because it was good and would give me a few tips perhaps!!  Alas, I will see these two again sooner rather than later!  Also, a huge shout out to Lindsay Adler (I adore this chick and thank her for opening my eyes to not be afraid to utilize my creativity), The Boudoir Divas & Zach & Jody Gray as they have spoken and are speaking in Vegas at WPPI-U as well.  These Photographers are truly amazing, talented, motivating, inspiring and 100% real and they have helped me SO much throughout my journey as a Photographer. I admire them, as well as their work, and I always wish them continued success.  On another note, I would so love to raid Marissa, Kimberlee & Jody’s closets if I could wear their size but I have too much junk in my trunk! 😀

So I am finishing up my new website and my re-brand. FINALLY!!  It is about ME and is a lot more personal but it truly shows my style in many aspects besides photography!! Yes I am using my name and incorporating everything that I love all rolled into one!  I do not want to spill the beans or give away too much–I must have a cliffhanger like a Friday episode of General Hospital–but I hope to launch my new site this month, if not at the beginning of September.  Wish me luck as I have done all of this by myself with the amazing help of a very talented artist named Kristina Williams!  She completely understood my vision, my style and the direction that I wanted and that I am going in and she executed it with such ease and beauty.  I am so thankful for her.  I got a chance to visit with Kristina before her move to San Antonio and capturing her behind my lens was a grand time! 😀 Seriously!!! I had a blast even though I was attacked by fire ants (my ankle turned into a cankle and is still slightly swollen) and I got bitten by a spider twice!! Did I mention I am allergic to spiders?! Yeah!!!!  It was all worth it and I wanted to share this beautiful image of her!  I made clean edits and this is NOT processed in Photoshop! She is absolutely gorgeous and her beau is one lucky fellow as she is smart, beautiful, talented, hilarious and can burp just like me!! She is good!  I cannot wait to post my session of Kristina on my new site soon!!  She is my own personal Disney Princess! 😉Kristina is an amazing artist who will do great things with her life...perhaps work for Disney!

Some may think that I am crazy for doing my own re-brand but hey I like IT related things, building something and making it mine and knowing that I did it myself.  I created this blogsite all by myself and will be launching another one soon.  As the late Walt Disney once said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”  I will continue to do just that because anything in life is possible if we set our minds to it.  Never give up, always keep going and moving forward and have faith and know that good things will come your way tenfold.  I have to end this post with a few images of a funny & beautiful family who just added a lovely little boy to their family!  I am still ever so excited for the Woods family on the addition of little GQ, on Mom’s birthday nonetheless!! I hope that everyone is still doing great and that life is continuing to treat you guys grand!!  Julie, you are absolutely gorgeous–regardless if you are pregnant or not.

 I hope that you all have a great week and I plan on blogging more about the dog days of Summer and hopefully some of those posts will be on my new site!! 😀 Until then!! XoRo
“As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” ~Ben Hogan~
These two sisters were so excited to know they were getting a baby brother!This is one funny, loving & amazingly great family!  Mom had a beautiful baby bump!I love capturing a mother to be in her true essence and beauty and simply showcasing her beauty and her bump!  This mommy is gorgeous!

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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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~