Christmas cards created from images taken on historic Main Street St. Charles, MO! Six different images.
Tattoos, love them or hate them they are a part of our culture. When I worked in a medical office years ago, I did find it entertaining when a patient would refuse an injection because of a fear of needles....I guess the tattoo needles are somehow pain-free? I wouldn't know. There are members of my family that call me a germaphobe (actually the correct word would be mysophobe), and to some extent that is true. The thought of injecting ink (or anything else) into my skin or body that is not absolutely necessary sounds painful. I've seen really beautiful ink art; very meaningful reminders of loved ones, and I've also seen over the top "what were you thinking" tattoos.
I had the pleasure of photographing this young lady this week. Her name is Kayla, and she wants to be a personal trainer. She wanted something different for her senior pictures, so we utilized her school weight lifting room (thanks coach!!) for some of the photos. Her story is remarkable, and her tattoo reflects this. The words read, "alis volat proprüs". According to several different sources on the internet, this is a Latin phrase, and is also the motto of the state of Oregon. It translates to English, "She flies with her own wings." The placement of this tattoo is near the left lung and is significant in that Kayla has Cystic Fibrosis. This is a disease that makes breathing challenging, to say the very least.
Living with with Cystic Fibrosis with dreams of a physical fitness related occupation means hard work and dedication. I have no doubt that this young lady will be successful, and what an inspiration for all who know her and her story!
It was an honor working with you Kayla, thank you for trusting me to capture the essence of your truly remarkable spirit!
It is impossible for me to look at someone wearing a sombrero and not smile!! Add a cute furry creature and if that doesn't produce a smile, well then I would guess your smile is broken :) Since it has been 15 weeks since I posted a picture of my beautiful girl, Darcy, this seemed like a great opportunity as I have never tried putting this large of a hat on her.
Speaking of hats...in terms of photography, hats cause lighting issues. I love hats, but the shadows they create on faces make me crazy! Creating good light helps, but in post-processing you really have to open up the shadows.
This week put on a sombrero and I dare you not to smile!!
This week there were so many options with the letter R, but one stood out. On Monday morning as my husband sat drinking his coffee he noticed that one of his "cars" (I call them toys) looked as though the headlights were on from the way the sun was bouncing in the room. I had already begun working for the day, but I did grab my camera and try to capture the moment holding the camera with my hands.
I have learned a lot of photography related things over the last several years, both technical and artistic. The one thing that really stands out is this: Awesome photos don't just happen, they are created. Along those lines 'awesome photos' are relative to the viewer. What or who is in the image might be what makes it awesome to one person, and something totally different might make it awesome for the next person. But again, they don't just happen - though sometimes a lucky shot will, for the most part a lot of consideration goes into the process. Even great candid moments take patience and sometimes (in my experience) sleuth-like behavior because some members of my family are determined to foil my success at creating a good image of them; I won 't mention any names Greg and Richard! Whatever you are passionate about the process for creating it has to start somewhere. For photography the process always has to start with light...but I digress.
My mission this week was clear from the moment I saw what my husband was referring to with his toy car, it truly did look like the headlights were on. So the next morning I used a tripod, the next day I dusted off my subjects and moved them into my studio to try to replicate that light....and, well, you get the picture - literally. The first picture below is actually the challenge subject in 'reflection', but scroll down to see what I was able to come up with for headlight reflections.
Times like this are when I have to ask how I made it this far in life without being diagnosed as OCD. Have a great week everyone!
One of my favorite places in historic St. Charles is Lewis & Clark's. The location, the food, the ambiance, it has it all. Now I've found my favorite beverage there as well! A few of us girls went down for the Pumpkin Glow last weekend and wanted to start with dinner. Knowing that it would be busy I called to ask what kind of a wait time there would be. They told us there was not even a list started yet. In the ten minutes it took us to get there, we found ourselves with a 30 minute wait....good thing they have a bar! I am not a drinker, but I do like wine....however, as the bartender rattled off specials the word peach caught my attention as I love all things peachy! Peach margarita you say? Intriguing, and for me irresistible. It wasn't long before I remembered why I stay away from tequila! It was all good though, it helped me to relax through the crowds of people.
After dinner we strolled down Main Street, by strolled I mean we dodged and darted through crowds of people. I saw a few glowing pumpkins, but overall I was not impressed. If the city decides to do this annually, I hope they will treat it in a similar manner that they do the Christmas Traditions; they close Main Street to car traffic and foot traffic is much easier since you don't have to stay on the sidewalks. Maybe some pumpkin painting or carving activities (which may have happened earlier in the day). Since I wanted to get some pictures of glowing pumpkins, we planned to arrive around dinnertime and then stroll after dark.
Yesterday was Halloween and I worked hard this week trying to find SOMETHING I could use for the letter Q that also encompassed Halloween. Since this was an epic fail, I am going to share some of those images anyway!!
The shot above was almost impossible to get because of the foot traffic on the sidewalk. I had to wait for a break and then jump in quickly!
If I had known a week ago I would be using these images to blog with, I would have included the line coming out of this ice cream/sweet shop above. There were at least 25 people lined up, outside, and down the sidewalk!
To the family in the Hickory Ridge subdivision that went all out, thank you! This Halloween display was indeed the best I've seen this year! If you contact me, I have some prints for you (click on the contact button above and pop me an email). The images below are all in one yard.
Above and below: A whole tent dedicated to disturbing looking clowns!
Below: A cemetery with names of some of their neighbors and rhymes for each name!
Below: A jail including a guy in an electric chair. Let me just say that if you scare easily, DO NOT TOUCH this guy. My great niece, Shelby, insisted she show me this display up close and personal!
Below: These guys were just hanging out on the roof!
With Halloween behind us, November is now upon us! Enjoy the two months we have left of 2015! And just in case you forgot, daylight savings time ended this morning so move your clocks back an hour!!
This was one of those weeks where everything fell into place perfectly. I have known momma Partee for 40 years! I met her cousin, my husband, when she was just a wee little girl in 1975. I have watched her fall in love, get married and have four babies! Wow does that make me feel old. She also now has three grandchildren who are not pictured because of scheduling conflicts, a wedding, and over 17 hours and 1100 miles distance traveled. Long story short, they were in town for a long weekend to attend a wedding and most of these images were taken after the ceremony and before the reception while they were all together and dressed up.
I love taking senior pictures, and for this senior I could pull out some embarrassing photos from when he was a baby. Actually now that I think about it, I could probably do that for everyone pictured below... but
I would never do that!!!! ;)
It is a treat when this family comes back home and we can all gather together! Thanks for trusting me to capture these most important memories and milestones! Until we see you again for graduation next May....
Part of what has made this challenge challenging, is fitting what I photograph into the letter of the week as it falls. Last week it fell into place easily as the weekend before I photographed a wedding. This week, not so much. As I looked at my list of options for words beginning with 'O', I found myself wishing for Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas, it's all of the surrounding material things/expectations that make me cringe.....but I digress. Looking at my list of words I wondered why other holidays were celebrated using decorations, but for Christmas the decorations we put on our tree are referred to as ornaments. Naturally, I had to see what the World Wide Web had to say.
This is what I found: http://the-difference-between.com/ornament/decoration.
"As nouns the difference between decoration and ornament is that decoration is the act of adorning, embellishing, or honoring; ornamentation while ornament is (senseid) an element of decoration; that which embellishes or adorns.
As a verb ornament is (senseid) to decorate."
I decided that this really left things open to interpretation, so I am going with ornaments; if you disagree, then we'll call it outside :)
It doesn't get much more newlywed than, "you may now kiss your bride". Last Saturday, October 3, this adorable couple tied the knot! It was a gorgeous day in beautiful Rocheport, Missouri; Les Bourgeois Winery which sits atop a bluff overlooking the Missouri River.
Weddings have evolved since the 80's when I got married. What I love about them is that couples are trying to be unique, showing their personalities in more than just the colors of the flowers and the bridal party clothing. After the vow exchange they had a "ring warming ceremony". The rings were presented in their box and passed around for all of the guests to hold and say a prayer of blessing. This was such a beautiful way to involve family and friends.
With all of the details, one can quickly stress out on the day that is supposed to be joyful. If this couple was stressed, it sure did not show; they were so sweet with each other! Through the laughter and the tears, I am honored at the opportunity to capture the beauty and emotions of your wedding day! Congratulations Brian and Emily!
Ring Warming Ceremony
Some Reception Favorites
The best man was the groom's brother, Patrick, who actually dared me to put this photo of him up on my website after I took that image of him holding a bridesmaid's bouquet! The groomsmen were all quite entertaining :)
Some of these images were captured by my second shooter, Beth. I would be remiss if I did not say thank you again, it is a pleasure working with you!