Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Baby Bump on the Blog!

I had the great pleasure of photographing my landlord's cute belly. They are having their 1st baby boy in Nov. but I am hoping that he will come a few days early so I can see him, I know mom would appreciate that too! This was my first maternity shoot but I was lucky that my clients were so patient & let me boss them around. Thanks Mr. & Mrs. Kaptur...for everything!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Graduation Speech

To see the video please follow the below link


Today some of you will hear wise words & some might just hear BLAH BLAH BLAH but I am so honored to have been chosen to speak on behalf of group A & share some of my thoughts.

I want to start by reading parts of one of my favorite books. "Oh! The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss"

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true
that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.

I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win ‘cause you’ll play against you.

All Alone! Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.

You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)

This experience has been life changing for me & the connections I've made I hold dear to my heart. Karoke with Group A, learning the language barrier of canadians, seeing Jamie & Jeremy snuggle in front of me in class & all the coffee breaks at Liquid Planet. I have been surrounded by amazing artists, who's talent has brought chills to my bones & tears to my eyes & dont think they will ever understand their impact. Most importantly I will never forget the kindness of the Chaput family & the RMSP staff, who I will be forever grateful to. I felt that they have always been there to encourge me, answer questions & send positive energy my way through this intense summer. I cant thank them enough. I am a lucky lady who has learned a lot & I am ready to take the next step.

As you leave Summer Intensive remember to be kind, believe in yourself even when no one else does, smile & most importantly be thankful, I know I am!

The Truth in Strength!

Our final project for Summer Intensive was based on "Equivalence" by Alfred Stieglitz. We were asked to take a minimum of 5 images based on the same idea. Each picture needed to represent that theme. My theme was "STRENGTH" based on the strength I see every day in my father.

Artist Statement:
STRENGTH= The quality or state of being strong; the ability to do or to bear; capacity for exertion or endurance, whether physical, intellectual, or moral; force; vigor; power; as, strength of body or of the arm; strength of mind, or memory or of judgement.

"He will never know how strong he made me, for it was his courage, his fight that gave me the strength to continue!"

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Color VS. Black & White

Color can create such a vibrant feeling, a feeling of energy & warmth or even a cold, dark feeling. It can give us more of an understanding of place & setting.

Black & White images give a feeling that time has stopped, that we have caught & captured this small moment. It can be bright & airy or can have a bit of mystery to it.

I think there will always be a debate on color vs. black & white. What it comes down to is preference, mood & what we as photographers are looking for in the overall feel of our image. I personally like them both & as a photographer I think the choice should be yours. Don’t limit yourself, try both & create what you want your art to be. Try turning your favorite image into B&W or vice versa. Does the mood change, do you like it more, what do you prefer?

Learning to let go!

Do you ever feel like you try so hard to keep something out, to keep it pushed away or hidden yet it keeps seeping through, finding its way through the cracks & crawling back in? This is the point we must decide what we want to do with that. What can we control, what are willing to go through & what are we willing to put up with. Will it consume our life, will we ignore it or will we let it go & free our self from this thing that keeps us down? I choose to let it go, to know where I stand on my own, to know my truth & my reality. The choice is yours…