Black No. 1: Photo shoot with Lashon

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I am really enjoying the world of photography so far. Photography was something, sadly, I always put on the back burner. I thought about majoring it when I started thinking about college after high school. But I was discouraged and being 17, listened to the person. Over the years it kept coming up, but I kept putting it aside. When I decided to stop doing that, it was like a love that was always meant to be.

Right now, I’m relying on my girlfriends to be my models for me. It’s a win-win because I get to practice and I get to hang out with one of my pals! The lovely lady of this shoot is one that is near and dear to me. My very best friend since 9th grade, Lashon. Another plus is that she herself has always had her hand in photography. She is the person that taught me ALL about composition and pointing out any irrelevant negative space. We even signed up for a photography and Photoshop class together years ago just to learn together and really just to enjoy taking the class together.

So without further ado, I present to you Lashon’s photo shoot. This blog will be a two-part one as we took photos in different outfits. Here is our “black” series:

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“No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear to his heart and eye the morning can be.”

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“For the dead travel fast.”

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“No one but a woman can help a man when he is in trouble of the heart.”

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“Bleeding hearts, and dry bones of the churchyard, and tears that burn as they fall, all dance together to the music that he make with that smileless mouth of him.”

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“The last I saw of Count Dracula was his kissing his hand to me, with a red light of triumph in his eyes, and with a smile that Judas in hell might be proud of.”

 

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Photo Shoot with Stephanie

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Since I’m in school for photography, I’ve been trying to get in as much practice as I can. If there is anything I’ve heard preach when you’re getting into this field is, practice, practice, practice. So when a friend of my husband and mine and also Miss Muddy Roots 2013, Stephanie, was coming into town, I asked if she’d model for me.

Stephanie won the title of Miss Muddy Roots at the 2013 Muddy Roots Music Festival my husband puts on in Cookeville, Tenn. Stephanie is such a beauty and has a winning personality to go along too. She is such a lovely person to be around and is a huge animal lover like me!

Stephanie did her styling herself and did such a great job posing. Below are the photos from our session. Look at that smile! 🙂

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In the Springtime of his Voodoo

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“If we had no winter, the Spring would not be so pleasant.” ~ Anne Bradstreet

Spring brings so many things: rebirth, warmth and unfortunately allergies. What I’ve noticed though is that it brings great photo opportunities. I think every season offers this but Spring is a little extra special because of all the lush colors that come after rain has replenished the earth and everything blooms. It’s sensory overload to someone that is looking at things through a camera lens. 🙂 Spring casts it’s spell on us and we are drunk on the colors, the things that have blossomed and everything the earth is offering at this time.

My dear friend Amy of And How! Imaging visited me recently to give me a quick lesson in studio lighting and of course I couldn’t resist this photo opportunity. She looked like Spring itself with her dress and accessories and it was such a perfect day weather-wise. Below are our Springtime session portraits I took of her; some with the use of my new lighting equipment! 🙂

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“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!”
~ Sitting Bull

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“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” 
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
~ Mark Twain

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Photo Shoot with Amy of And How! Imaging

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The lyrics, “I get by with a little help from my friends,” rings true for this recent photo shoot with my gal pal, Amy. She is an established photographer and owns her own photography business with her husband, And How! Imaging. You may be familiar with their work since I’ve blogged about photo shoots with these creative people. This time the camera was turned on Amy and I was the photographer. Amy is very knowledgeable and oozes talent in her own work.

I recently enrolled in the New York Institute of Photography and I’m currently taking an intensive course in portrait photography. So just like any school program, this one has photo assignments after each unit. I asked Amy if she would be my “willing model” and she agreed to my delight. I had a specific assignment to accomplish with these photos. Amy was such a natural (as I knew she would be) and below are a few photos from the photo shoot. Amy has been a big help with giving me great photography advice. If you’re getting into a hobby or field, it’s always nice to have someone you can bounce questions off of and to give you the dos and don’ts. I’ve truly gotten by so far with Amy’s guiding hand while I’m in school.

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Snowfall in March

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There’s something about snow that seems so magical. It covers the earth in this silent and glistening blanket. Although I am not a huge fan of cold weather, I do love a good snowfall. The kind you wake up to and it seems to make the earth quieter. It’s one thing I miss about living in the mountains.

Recently, my little corner of the earth received a hefty dose of beautiful snow and I told my husband we were going outside to play in it later. He may have been reluctant at first (he’s from California where the sun is always shining) but once we were in it with the pups, his hesitation melted away. We grabbed our camera and released the hounds (our two dogs) and had a merry time photographing this rare occurrence of this weather in March and where we live.

Below are the photos. As you can see, we wore our fancy plaid 🙂

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Black are my steps on silver sod;   
Thick blows my frosty breath abroad;   
And tree and house, and hill and lake,   
Are frosted like a wedding-cake. ~ Robert louis Stevenson

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Had swept the Winter Street ~ Emily Dickinson

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Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
  That does not bite so nigh ~ William Shakespeare

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