A Summer Siren

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One may think of summer and only think about the sweltering heat. But let’s not forget the fun things summertime brings. Summer hangouts, warm evenings, dips in pools of water, fireflies, and vacations or sometimes just “staycations” from work or school. This summer has brought new acquaintances for me. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some new folks and photographing them.

Early in the summer I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely lady named Haley. Haley goes to school with my gal pal, lovely photo assistant and main muse, Lashon. Lashon made the connection for Haley and me and we scheduled a photo shoot. Haley does modeling as well. It was a delight to photograph her and the three of us had so much fun! We shot for a long time and actually ended up doing about five portrait sessions in one with so many location and wardrobe changes. So I’ll kick off Haley’s photo series with one that made Haley look like a siren coming out of a beautiful pond. We even joked it reminded us of the sirens from the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?

So get yourself mesmerized by these enchanting photos from part one of Haley’s photo series.
Model: Haley Weathers
MUAH: Georgia Myrick
Assistant: Lashon Miller

“The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.”

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 “I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.”

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“Love’s stories written in love’s richest books.
To fan the moonbeams from his sleeping eyes.”

 

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“Shall we their fond pageant see?
Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

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“Four days will quickly steep themselves in nights; Four nights will quickly dream away the time;
And then the moon, like to a silver bow new bent in heaven, shall behold the night of our solemnities.”

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“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”

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The Gypsy

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Muse: a woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist. Every creative artist needs a muse. Someone that captivates them and inspires them to create. Muses have been the fuel to artists’ engines for centuries.

If you’ve read previous posts from my blog, you’ve become acquainted with the fact I’m delving into photography. Taking classes, soaking up all the knowledge I can and practicing, practicing, practicing! I LOVE learning every piece of it.

It also tremendously helps that I have one of the most creative people on the planet on my team. My muse happens to be my BFF from the high school days, Lashon. I’ve pretty much christened her my Creative Director. 🙂

Our last portrait session was inspired by some vintage photos we’ve collected and had a bit of a darker vibe. All it took was just a spark of inspiration and we took it and ran with it. I recruited our friend, Rachel, for hair and makeup and she turned Lashon into a beautiful vamp. Rachel also assisted during the photo shoot by keeping an eagle eye out for any flaws and also keeping us in stitches from her wise cracks!

Ladies & gentlemen, I’m pleased to introduce to you the recent photo shoot with Lashon, The Gypsy.

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In a quaint caravan, there’s a lady they call The Gypsy.
She can look in the future and drive away all your fears.

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Everything will come right, if you only believe The Gypsy.

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She could tell at a glance, that my heart was so full of tears.

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She looked at my hand and told me, my lover was always true.
And yet in my heart I knew, dear, somebody else was kissing you.

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But I’ll go there again, ’cause I want to believe The Gypsy.

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That my lover is true and will come back to me some day.

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After the Party: Photo shoot with Lashon

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This set of portraits were done along with another set on the same day with my model, Lashon. We couldn’t decided on dresses, so you know what you do to solve that? Capture photos in both!

These photos were taken around historic downtown Murfreesboro, Tenn. I love historic downtowns and think they are great places to take photographs. So much character and nostalgia. Of course we also got to stop in our favorite boutique on the square in Murfreesboro, Sugaree’s. Lashon and I are both devoted customers of this fine little shop. The dress Lashon wore in this set and the one in the blog prior to this are both from Sugaree’s.

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“Have I gone mad? I’m afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are.”

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“Alice:How long is forever? White Rabbit:Sometimes, just one second.”

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“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

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bumped her head
and bruised her soul”

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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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