Posts in Portrait Photography
Why a little bit of selfishness is good (and why kindness has everything to do with it)

“Being kind to others is incredibly difficult when you are hurting inside. Treating the cashier at the store to a smile and some light conversation, or even a ‘thank you’, can be so very hard when all of you is hurting and aching, when you feel like you are just a shell and that you have lost purpose and meaning.
When we are hurting, we have a tough time caring about anything else but the hurt that are eating at us.
I don’t know about you, but I know it rings true for me anyway.
We grow numb and walk past the smiles and we only see our own pain. In our misery, we come self-centered. “

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I cried (and it wasn't pretty!)

“It’s interesting, sometimes you watch a movie that moves you so right into your core. It bring tears to your eyes and evokes emotions to a beautiful degree.
Usually, the tears are just running silently, as you are watching and emphasizing with the moments you see on the screen.
Well, tonight I watched Coco. A Pixar movie, that if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly encourage you to do so…..and I cried.
Not the pretty kind where one perfect tear, silently falls down and caresses the cheek.
Nope, really not like that!
Let’s face it. I ugly-cried. Snot-running, puffy, red eyes, out loud, hysterically, passionately, sorrowfully.
It wasn’t pretty. You can ask my husband.”

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The Beauty of Motherhood (Who says it can't be just a little Glamorous?)

“He was so cute! He ran around the studio (which also happens to be my house) butt-naked and laughing to his hearts content. He wanted to run around and play and wasn’t too content with having to sit on his mother’s hip, keeping him from running around. He actually ended up peeing on my floor twice (fortunately on the tile, so easy cleanup), but I couldn’t care less. “

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Power Through Blue (I Love doing Personal Projects)

“Later, after I was done photographing her with the turban, I challenged her to get emotional, which ended up with some amazing, deep and intense images. She got so into the emotion that she teared up and brought even more life to the photographs.”

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How to Care for your Prints (hint: Direct sunlight is the enemy)

"Ok, so you have had your beautiful portraits printed but what now?

Well, now it's the time to treat them right. 
In my previous blog post, How do your Portraits Deserve to be Treated? I talked about what to do with your files and how to back them up properly to make sure that they will be the most useful for you for the longest period of time. Now it is time to talk about how to preserve your prints. And guess what, hanging them over the fireplace or in direct sunlight is NOT a good idea. 
Read all about what to do and what NOT to do once you have your beautiful printed portraits!"

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How do your portraits deserve to be treated? (Guess what; it doesn't involve a drawer)

"Personally, every single time I have a session, it is backed up to at least two local hard drives as well as one off-site drive. This is to ensure that your portraits are protected in case you lose them yourself or in case you want to come back and purchase more at a later time."

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Elizabeth's Discovery (The Nurse with the Big Heart!)

"It was so difficult not to become inspired by her. At 24 she has a drive and an ambition that is rare. She knows what she wants to do and exactly how she wants to do it. In order for her to lead the life she wants, she works extra hard so she can travel and enjoy the good things in life. She knows that if you want fun you have to work for it. I got so inspired that I have in fact ended up trying to achieve the same mindset."

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I get SO nervous!

"One of my amazing privileges is to show women the beauty that I see in them. It is such an emotional and enormous task to have because what if, the images I show them, aren’t to their liking? What if they are going to look at my work, my vision, and turn their nose? Or even worse, what if they are going to look at themselves through my eyes and deem themselves unworthy, ugly and old?

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