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Surreal Blogging

How much is too much? I don’t know…sometimes I think writing about oneself can be a bit…tricky. How much is too much? And then you may not reveal enough rendering yourself a complete bore…Personally, I think it’s a fine line. You want to connect with others share your interests, dreams, and randomness yet you don’t want to put Everything out there {there is the threat of identity theft or the random stalker, ok maybe not a stalker} I suppose you want to have an opinion yet you want to be aware of being offensive. So how much is too much?


Heather + Graham (via Clinton James Photography Blog)

So dreamy…I like this photographer’s work.

Heather + Graham Heather and Graham had a true Northwest Destination wedding on Henry Island in the San Juans.  The journey included taxis, ferries, barges and a few guests even arrived in their own boats and camped on the island overnight.  The ceremony was damp from rain and from tears of happiness and the mist made for some great images. … Read More

via Clinton James Photography Blog

Working Away…

I’ve been steadily working on my site…here’s another preview of the progress. There’s still a lot that needs to be done {obviously} but I’m happy with how things are coming together.

After a year of contemplating what direction to go in, I’ve decided to focus on Wedding and Engagement Photography. I believe I’m in love with love. The institution of marriage is sacred. And when two special people come together it’s amazing. I like capturing moments of couples having fun and reveling in each other’s company.

What I’m doing right now

My life is kinda crazy {in a good way}.  There’s a lot going on:

  1. I’m in school {it’s official…studying photography…more on that later}
  2. I work part-time as a hip hop dance instructor
  3. I’m working on various photography projects {getting organized…defining my style…editing and publishing photos}

It all sounds much simpler on paper. But it’s so not and it’s time consuming yet I’m doing what I love and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Had a really interesting class today about the early history of photography. Turns out photography was invented in the 1800’s. It was a dual discovery…two inventors announced their photographic inventions in the same year. Daguerre made his announcement first in France and William Talbot {once he heard about Daguerre} went ahead and announced his discovery as well, in England. The interesting thing {well it’s all really interesting, to me at least} is Daguerre’s discovery was not entirely his own, he was a businessman and artist who partnered with a scientist, Niepce {pronounced Nee – yips}.

Daguerre was a character…he kind of swindled Niepce in a way. Niepce apparently was an introverted, a bit naive, scientist. He stumbled onto his invention by experimenting with silver halide. He basically created the first recorded ‘negative’ but didn’t know what to do with this reverse image so he discarded this in favor of another process…the world’s first photograph was a heliograph. The exposed image was prone to fading when exposed to more sunlight. More chemistry was needed to ‘fix’ the image. Daguerre convinces Niepce to partner with him…Niepce passes away and Daguerre inherits all of his experiments and figures out how to fix an image using salt water. Niepce gets little /no credit for his contribution because they dubbed the new invention the ‘daguerreotype’ and it becomes a huge hit. Daguerre pens a booklet and sells lots of kits and creates a franchise. It’s a huge commercial success for Daguerre. Niepce however, died impoverished and never saw the results of his years of experimentation.

That’s half of the story. I think I will save Talbot for another day.

Happy Tuesday!

It Will Always Be My Favorite


chocolate ice cream. brownies. godiva. anything chocolate floats my boat!

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Sometimes I Can't Help It

I know psychologists say eye-rolling is an aggressive behavior, but sometimes a snide comment warrants it. A few things that make me roll my eyes:

1- my mother’s unwanted advice {believe me if you heard it you would roll your eyes too}

2- excessive cursing. like every other word. you really couldn’t find a better way to express yourself, really?

3- negativity

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A day without a cell phone

I often treat my cell phone like an accessory not a necessity. I will turn it off at night (nothing is more irritating than a phone call interrupting your sleep) and sometimes during the day. For some reason my cell phone only rings when I am in class {why is that?} So I’ve taken to just turning it off for a few hours. I’m pretty good at getting back to people. Since I’ve downgraded from a smartphone to a regular phone I find I don’t miss it at all. Sure, the features were cool, but it was actually kind of stressful getting a notification every time I get an email or txt. It was information overload.

Remember pagers? People didn’t freak out if they didn’t have their pager. Are cell phones that serious? In emergencies and if you have children, sure. If you’re an ER doctor or nurse, you might need a cell phone AND a pager. But for regular people, I think technology can be a burden. It can hinder one from connecting with people in a meaningful way.

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My {Biggest} Pet Peeve

I don’t like gossip and I absolutely can’t stand it when people gossip maliciously.

My grandmother used to say, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

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Would I Dare to Go Without My PC for a Month…

no way, nohow, not in this lifetime {and be a happy person} I would be completely out of sorts. I have no desire to be without internet access for one month, that would be crazy. That's like living in the dark ages.

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GREAT Advice

I recently read an interview on Creative Mama {a photo blog} and Deb Schwedhelm, a portrait photographer made some really key points. Two that stood out for me:

1) Be passionate! Whether you’re an emerging or an established photographer, one of the most important concepts in our industry is passion – developing the passion, fueling the passion and even sometimes rediscovering or reigniting the passion. The importance of passion is ongoing, no matter where you are in your photography journey.

2) Find yourself and — be yourself! Sounds simple, yet it is so often overlooked and can be oh-so challenging.

And this quote speaks to me too:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.

~ Steve Jobs

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