Friday, February 12, 2010

The Artistic Community We Live In

One thing I love about the photography community is the share and share alike attitude among the profession. There is great camaraderie. Every photographer I've met has always been so gracious to share ideas and philosophies with me through the years and I, too, do my best to reciprocate. I think that philosophy spreads across many artistic mediums.

I have a strong belief that as artists, we should share our creative energies. Whether that is through your work, through helping another, or just through having an open and willing heart, the more you share of your talents with others, the more it comes back to help you. We are all inately unique, and certainly there are times when creativity melds into one another's work. But sharing those creative juices make us better artists, better people. If we could just open ourselves up and not imprison our artistic visions in a neat little box that we keep only to ourselves, but share with the world the things that make us great, I believe it will make us greater. We become better photographers, artists, creative thinkers. We build upon one another's thinking and learn from one another and grow from one another.

I guess what I'm trying to say is: Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Don't let others tell you what you cannot do. Be inspired and open yourself up to allow others to be inspired by you. Don't feel threatened when someone else imitates your work. Instead, be flattered as those that imitate continue to grow their own style. Let us embrace and celebrate all of the creativity out there.

Most importantly, have enough confidence in what YOU do to not worry about what everyone else is doing.

Stepping off soapbox.

With that said, the next post will be the Q&A! I hope the little bit of knowledge I have to share will be helpful to some of you. Here is another creative slice of my life: CRAFTALICIOUS.

Some more images from the Arizona sessions. Enjoy.


Friday, February 5, 2010


May I introduce you to Kevin. He's my brother. He's funny and witty, smart and makes the ladies swoon over his 6-foot-2 hot bod as a lifeguard in the summer. (Pssst. He's available!) Sure, I might have three kids, but doesn't it make me sound young to still have a brother in high school? I'll take it. More of his rockin senior pics to come.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Blast From The Past

Not only did I go to high school with this beautiful gal, but I played BADMINTON with her! And if you know anything about badminton, you know that you and your teammates quickly become kindred spirits. Girls for life. There is some magical badminton bond that happens. Don't laugh. Ok, so you're laughing. But it's true. And the best part is that we used to be called the BIRDIE EATERS! I don't admit this to many people, but I actually varsity lettered in badminton and even went to state -- if I remember correctly, we lost in the first round, tho. We didn't have the money in our sport to get new uniforms other than cheap ol t-shirts(somehow we didn't generate the revenue that football did. Go figure), so one season we had to borrow old cheerleading skirts that were no longer being used. People may have scoffed at our sport, but we were legit. Anyway, good times. Good times. Even though it had been years since I had seen my old friend, it somehow felt like we picked up right where we left off, except this time she got to show off her beautiful family!

Did I mention that I miss Arizona? Cause I do.

p.s. Don't forget to submit your photography question for the Q&A here!! I will post these next week.


Monday, February 1, 2010

New Design!

So what do you think of my new blog design?? I'm going for simple, easy on the eyes and a cinch to navigate. Being that I am my own design team, I don't know how to make it look good on multiple browsers/platforms. It looks fabulous on my 27-inch iMac, but then again, doesn't it make everything look good?! :) So if you could please leave some feedback, I'd be ever thankful.

On my husband's 13 inch PC laptop, the side border doesn't show and the pictures look stretched out. Hmmmmm.....not sure what is going on there. If you don't see a black, floral-type border on the side of my posts, then let me know. There are still some bugs to work out, I'm sure. Until I win the lottery (which I never play) or find a forgotten $1,000 in my pants pocket while doing laundry (so not likely) or join the paparazzi and sell an exclusive, never-before-seen photo of a celebrity being shady to a tabloid (ya, that probably won't happen either), then the self-designed, free blog it is.

If there is something you'd like to see on here, or something I could do better, or you would just to gush over my mad skillz (jk), I'd love to hear it! And don't forget to mention what browser (firefox, safari, google chrome, internet explorer, mobile) and platform (mac or PC) you are using.

Oh, and don't forget to submit a question for the the photography Q&A, too!