We all grow and lean at different paces and in different ways. As many classes, speakers, and online learning options as there are, I still hold fast that the best form of growth is in play. Always picture you are inside a bubble and the more you grow (learn) the tighter the bubble gets. It can feel confining, uncomfortable – or if you stay really still you can cope and live in that position for long lengths of time. Now pop a hole in that bubble and you have an “escape” to work outside the bubble. The bubble is still there with your “core” of what gets the job done, but you are on the outside growing and expanding without restrictions.
See outside the bubble is your play-yard. It is where you have no limits. People can’t tell you what is right or wrong with your work – outside the bubble it is all you. The thing is everything you learn when you are outside that bubble that works then gets stashed back in the bubble. You keep growing and trying to things and all along the bubble grows with you, but never around you. It is a freeing place to be.
So play, play hard, and make your play work for you. It’s fun, it allows you to learn things, and best of all it will make your photography your own and not a copy of someone else’s photography. Be yourself…. live outside the bubble and have fun!
Amazing make-up skills by the one and only Jill Scott.
Beautiful canvas: Jordan Chappell
A favorite location for many of my sessions during my trip to Germany was Lichtenberg Castle. It is amazing structure that has a huge history and is currently inhabited by masses of lizards. It made a beautiful backdrop for much of my ballerina sessions!
The castle was built around 1200 and was owned until 1444 by the counts of Veldenz; after which it fell into the ownership of the new dukedom of Palatinate-Zweibrücken. Under the new rule, Lichtenberg Castle became the administrative seat of Zweibrücken until the move of the administration to Kusel in 1758. The castle remained under the duchy until the dissolution of the Duchy of Zweibrücken in 1792.
The part of Germany west of the Rhine river was occupied by French Revolution troops in 1792, and in 1795, the French dissolved the old borders and created new administrative districts, placing Lichtenberg Castle in the Saar Department. The town of Kusel was burnt down by French revolution troops in 1794. Lichtenberg Castle was plundered numerous times during the ensuing chaos that came with the French occupation, and in 1799, a fire caused by the castle’s inhabitants destroyed much of the castle.
With the defeat of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and the subsequent withdrawal of French troops from Germany, in 1816 the area west of the Rhine was given to the Duke of Saxony-Coburg-Gotha and became the Princedom of Lichtenberg. However, this rule was short-lived, and in 1834 the princedom was sold to Prussia. Lichtenberg Castle fell into disrepair and ruin until, in 1895, the whole castle complex was placed under historical monument protection. At the end of the second World War the Prussian government fell, and in 1945 the district of Birkenfeld, in which Lichtenberg Castle lay, became a part of the new state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
In 1971 the castle was turned over from Rhineland-Palatinate to the district of Kusel, and restoration work began. Some of the restorations include the reconstruction of the tithe barn and the repair and roofing of the mountain keep.
Occasionally I get special orders for something other than monsters. Like mutant turtles, for example. Which I guess aren't monsters because, uh, they have sweet ninja skills? Anyway, here they are, heroes in a half shell... and on dominoes: Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo.
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The Feed Zone Cookbook by Dr. Allen Lim and Chef Biju Thomas is packed with 150 athlete-friendly recipes that are delicious, simple to prepare, and ready to fuel your rides. The book includes breakfasts, portable snacks like Allen Lim’s famous rice cakes, after-ride dishes, dinners, desserts, and recovery drinks.
Allen and Biju’s tip: Leftover rice makes a fast, filling breakfast. With the help of the egg yolk and the banana, you’ll get just enough protein and sugars.
So, lets be completely honest. When someone asks “How was your day?” You may get a
1. It was pretty good
2. It was ok or it was fine
3. or you get the complete vent about everything that was wrong.
My kids started asking this question and I heard my husband answer once that it was a tough day, and I decided that maybe we in general are just asking the wrong question?
I agree we all need to vent and have a lot of life frustrations, but sometimes the open ended how was your day can lead to a not so positive recollection of what actually happened. Am I right? People tend to be able to list a lot of things that were just soso or not so good.
THE NEW QUESTION: “WHAT WAS GOOD IN YOUR DAY?”
Why yes, this is a completely leading question. It causes the person answering to think of at least one positive thing that happened during the day and possibly could shift their thoughts dwelling on the not so great stuff. The second positive is that the person asking – who is usually someone that loves you very much can hear that life isn’t such a dark hole and that we all CAN actually find something positive in each and every day.
Just food for thought.
Now tell me.
What was good in your day today?
Happy Easter weekend!
Throughout the year I photograph for commercial clients for various products as well as for new bridal lines. I’m looking for faces to use over the next couple of years when projects come up. I only use people for paid shoots that I have had at least one test shoot with – so I can recommend to clients from experience working with you.
If you are a model or looking to get into modeling, I’m taking test shoots on
Wednesday – April 3rd, 2013 from 10am-2pm.
20 minute time slots. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
I need you to come with make-up and hair done how YOU think you look best. Dress in your own style head to toe, as I need to see your personality. I will be taking a few head-shots and a few full body shots of each model. I’m currently looking ages 16+ both female and male models, and couples as well.
Please contact me at email@example.com to get a time-slot for your test shoot. In your e-mail please put test shoot in the subject, attach a photo if you have one, and if you are under 18 years of age we need you to have a parent or guardian present to sign a model release at the time of the shoot as well. Because of the limited spaces available that day please understand times will fill up quickly.
We will be releasing 2 digital images to each model within approximately 3 weeks following the shoot that may be used for modeling portfolios or websites of modeling agencies.
I don’t work again with no-shows. 24 hour cancellations please for anyone with an appointment time.
Test shoots will be held at our Denver studio. We will forward directions and details once we have you in a scheduled time.
You are a mom, maybe a wife, you are the glue of your family. You climb mountains for your family – and for that – we thank you.
YOU ARE WONDER WOMAN.
Tell a mom today “Thank you,” I love you, and give her a hug if you can.
Keep in mind mother’s day is coming up soon, but that is only 1 day out of 365 each year that she is working hard because she loves her family.
Make her feel extra special whenever you can.
|Wonder woman’s job|
After this she may also work a regular job too.
This is the short list to be honest…
Yes, I want to hear from you! Tell me who/or what are the top 5 things on your list for wedding vendors/venues/details. No particular order, I just want to know the 5 most important things you choose first to shape your wedding day. This is a poll, so we want to get as many responses as possible – so please pass this around to EVERYONE. It doesn’t matter if you are not married, getting married, or already married – we want to hear your top 5! I’m not going to lead this with a list of options… i just want the top 5 things straight out of your head!
No vendor business names please – we want to keep it simple & no advertising.Thank you!
Here is your chance to help us get an accurate poll….Go…. and keep it going….
15 Things you may not know about me.
1. I was born a cheesehead – and that can be never taken away once given.
2. I have identical twin younger brothers.
4. I hate mushrooms 99% of the time
5. I started working at Godfather’s Pizza when I was 16 (almost 17)… yes, I was too young… yes they still hired me – and I got heckled for not being able to use half the machines and mixers because of it.
6. My first medium format camera was an RB67 (first 35mm was some Nikon,lol can’t remember which one), 2nd was a RZ67, 3rd Bronicas (a hand full of them), and then Mamiya 645s… until I made the leap to digital… Canon every since.
7. I use to be a painter – all oils.
8. In addition to visual arts/photography degrees. I also have a BS in Child Psychology and an MBA in Marketing
9. It has to be a good one, but my favorite pie is blueberry – and I’ll pass up about any other pastry or cake for a good pie anytime.
10. I am totally split personality…. 50% of me wants to sit by myself watch a movie, the other 50% of me wants to constantly travel and explore.
11. Favorite food: seafood… scallops, crab legs, lobster.
12. I would take a warm cozy fire in a cabin over being out in the snow… but if I have to be in the snow – I will be the one stomping in water puddles and making snow angels.
13. I can cook… but unless someone will clean it up – I would rather go out for dinner.
14. I hate putting puzzles together.
15. I LOVE people that know how to play, get dirty, and try to make everything fun. I refuse to be an adult.