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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

i've moved.

for a long time i thought i should keep my photography blog and my personal blog separate.

but, i like to think that i'm an open book, and why not share my life with everyone?

the good, the bad, and everything else in between.... you can read about it and see it all here from now on.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

maternity self-portraits // pt two

i previously shared some of my recent maternity self-portraits, and i have been beginning to really feel like sharing some more since i've grown so much since the last round.

my belly has rounded out, and my ankles and feet have swelled tremendous amounts. but that's okay; it's all part of the game.

22 weeks

24 weeks

27 weeks

30 weeks

33 weeks

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Inspired by | Lifestyle Photographers

i'm going to go ahead and say that today is one of those rare days that don't happen nearly often enough: those days where you are feeling so inspired it's as if your head might explode.

the last time i remember feeling like this was the day i watched jasmine star's creative live first restart episode. i mean, i really felt as if i needed to bust out of the walls of my home and get someone in front of my camera right that second!

the thing is, inspiration can come from anywhere. me, i'm a visual person (really? you aren't surprised are you?) so a lot of what inspires me are photographs, movies, typography, fashion, and even home decor. first and foremost, i am inspired by other photographers work, and these four are at the very top of my list.

andria lindquist - website

jasmine star - website

tim coulson - website

Basil Vargas - website

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Maya | Las Vegas Child Photography

when a session begins with the mother saying about her daughter: "she's in a bad mood," you never really know what to expect. what you do know, is that your job just got a little more interesting. but that's what is so great about photography. you, the photographer, have the power to make your clients smile, to make them feel beautiful or handsome or special. and they are, every one of them.

maya was a sassy one to say the least. she would frown or shiver or pout in between most clicks of my camera, but let me tell you: when my camera was on her she was nothing less than perfection. 

i fell in love a little, guys.

even when she gave me a little something like this, i was loving every minute.

because this would follow:

this session was from early december 2012, and ever since then i've been dreaming about the next time i get to shoot her, and hoping that her gorgeous mother will join in next time.

i should be so lucky.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

maternity self-portraits

i'm not a newbie when it comes to self-portraits. not at all. so naturally, when i found out i was pregnant i knew that i would begin some sort of self-portrait project to document my progression throughout the nine months. what i've discovered this far is something truly amazing.

i really love my body now. i love its curves. i love its growth.

i am growing a human being inside of me and it is truly, truly an incredible feeling; the good and the not-so-great.

i'm feeling so truly blessed these days.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

in love... with vsco film

seriously? could i love these presets any more? no. i've been loving messing around with them and creating my own presets from them to really shorten my workflow. it takes the more simple of pictures and breathes into it new life. case in point, our rings:

je taime.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

it's okay to admit you're still learning

this morning i finished reading jasmine stars' "exposed". to say that it had my mind reeling is an understatement. besides all of her very practical advice for getting past your fears, working with what you have, and learning to make your clients comfortable, it was this line of thought that resonates the most with me: it's okay to admit that you're new to photography. everyone has been there at one point in their career. there's nothing wrong with acknowledging that you're still learning. 

and so, today, i'm not afraid to say that i'm still new to photography.

i have only been in business for two years; one year back home in canada and just over one year out here in las vegas. i'm also not afraid to confess that i still find it difficult to tell people that i am a photographer... you know, when that oh-so-expected "so what do you do?" question comes up in conversation. more often that not it's my sister in law or my husband announcing it for me. 

so here i am, admitting it: i'm a photographer, and i'm still new. but you know what? that's not a bad thing. it means i want it bad. it means i'm hungry. it means that i'm ready to show you what i can do. and it means that i'm still learning. and the moment you stop learning, the moment you stop trying new things and going to new heights is the moment that it all ends. photography is a learning experience. life is a learning experience. there is always more to know, and more to do.

join me, won't you?