Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy 35th To Me!

Yep that is right, tomorrow, December 30th is my birthday. I decided for my birthday I would put up some of my favorite images from random years for my blog readers. I will warn that many of the images are animals (nope no scaly ones this time) since they are one of my favorite things to photograph. Hope you enjoy them!


Armond, my son, when he had a mohawk. The color is only hair gel.


Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (I love how the back lighting makes the flowers appear to glow.)

Spooky (named this because she reminded me of the cat on Pet Cemetery)

Gothic

Raz

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Scaly Critters

Since I was a young girl I have been fascinated with reptiles. My mom wasn’t always a big fan but over the years it’s become a shared love (she still has one of my pythons from when I was in high school, and until recently she had a very manly iguana). My parents let me get my first snake when I was 15 years old. That snake ended up living with Chris and I in our first apartment in Augusta, Georgia.
From Louisiana, to Georgia, to Illinois, I have somehow become friends and acquaintances go to person for their sick reptiles and I don't mind at all. I’ve managed to help many people over the years. Keeping a reptile takes a huge commitment and if your not ready for that the reptile suffers. I no longer keep snakes but I do have two bearded dragons in the house. Below are a few of the critters I have helped over the years, a few I babysit from time to time and of course my two goofy bearded dragons (Tinkerbelle and Mushu).

My mom's iguana.



My girl Tinkerbelle (the friend who babysits when I am out of town calls her the scaly princess...I guess she is a little spoiled.)

This is the boy Mushu, he all boy and has a bit of an attitude.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Crystal Palace

We had a breath taking yet somewhat hazardous ice storm last Friday morning. I was unable to get shots in the morning because my husband Chris and I were busy cutting a large limb that was blocking my driveway. So I kept my fingers crossed and it paid off, the ice was still there when I got home from work. I hope you enjoy the ice shots; it was fun yet cold taking them.



Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Reflecting

Last week a photographer friend/mentor of mine came up with the idea of blogging everyday till Christmas. At first this made me really nervous. Would I have enough to blog about, would I know what to say, what pictures do I use or write about, and those were only some of the thoughts swirling in my head. Now that the challenge is coming to an end (although I returned the idea to its creator of extending this till New Years) I have to say I have enjoyed it. I looked through photos from the past eight or nine years and I got to see how far I have come. Without a reason I might have never really taken a look at some of those photos. This challenge has given me a renewed confidence in myself and my skills.
When I started this blog I was unsure about calling myself a photographer. Yes I was working as a secondary but I just did not have a whole lot of confidence in my work. I will admit I still have a lot to learn but I am proud of the progress I have made in the last three years.
Looking through the images was only one part of my renewed confidence. The other piece is the support I have received along the way, from my husband always encouraging and challenging me, to my close friends, family, my mentor, and the people commenting on my blog. I want to say thank you. Without your feedback, encouragement, nor support along the way I am not sure I would have kept striving for better or trying to push my limits. For that all I can offer is my humble thank you and the promise that I will keep pushing my limits and learning every day.

I hope you all have a happy and safe holiday!

Angel

Saturday Job

I spend most Saturdays in my friends tattoo/piercing parlor, Graphic Flesh. I help out there mostly sanitizing, and helping my friend Alysha (the piercer). Alysha’s husband Roger is the artist doing my tattoo work. I'll try to post a picture of my arm soon.
Last Saturday when I had a little time, I took a few shots of the shop. I really enjoyed shooting the jewelry. It’s amazing the artistry that goes into creating those things. Graphic Flesh is located in Normal, IL. The artists there are really talented individuals. If you are ever in the area stop in and check them out.




Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Memorable One

Most photographers have that one photo they took at some point in their career that sticks out in their minds. While all photos are memorable, this one in particular brings back vivid detail of the day and memories tied to that image. I can think of that one photo for me and I can picture all the vivid detail in my head. This one photo brings memories of home back for me. I think of my mom and all the hard work she puts into her flowers. I think of those early morning/late evening Louisiana rains. Memories of Mom and I sitting on her patio talking about anything and everything.
The picture was taken in Louisiana on one of my visits home, on one of my mom’s flowers. The contrast in this image I think is what makes it always stick out in my mind as the memorable one. So which of your images is the memorable one for you? Here is mine, I hope you enjoy.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Beale Street Blues

In the summer, my son Armond goes to Louisiana to spend time with my family. A few years ago we started meeting halfway in Memphis, TN.
Memphis, TN is a really cool city. Sun Studios is a nice slice of music history, and a must see for any music lover. Beale Street is always a blast. The restaurants offer delicious Barb-B- Q and the musicians and artist are so talented. Chris and I could spend hours (possibly days) sitting at BB King's listening to the music. If you get a chance to check out Memphis sometime, we highly recommend it. I hope everyone enjoys the pictures.

Sun Studios:




This piano is where Jerry Lee Lewis recorded "Great Balls of Fire". In person you can see where he put his cigarette down to play.


Sunday, December 21, 2008

2008 Weddings

2008 was my first year shooting weddings. Some were friend’s weddings and at a few others I was the second shooter. I love capturing shots of the bride and groom, when they look into each other’s eyes and all of the stress of the day melts away, that is when you can really capture their love for one another. One of my goals for 2009 is to actually shoot a wedding or two as the primary. So here are a few of my favorite shots from my 2008 weddings. Hopefully you enjoy them too.









Saturday, December 20, 2008

Cool Light

This Thanksgiving we went to Chris’s parents’ house. His Mom made an incredible dinner (she really puts on quite the spread). Chris and I brought a couple of bottles of wine. While we were all in the kitchen waiting for the turkey to be done, I noticed the way to light was coming in the window and lighting the bottle. I was so amazed by it I had to take some shots. For fun I’m throwing a picture in of Mom and Dad’s cat. Hope everyone enjoys these.




Friday, December 19, 2008

The Holidays Are Here Again...

With the holidays so close, I've been thinking about our Christmas last year. For Christmas 2007 we made the 15 hour trek home to visit my parents and family in Southern Louisiana. I love going home for the holidays to spend time with Mom and Dad (plus it's a nice break from the freezing temperatures here).
I decided I should share some pictures of previous visits we have made home. The flowers and dogs belong to my mother. She is amazing with training and raising some of the best dogs I have ever seen. She also has one heck of a green thumb. The water shots were taken at the Gulf of Mexico about 20 minutes from the home I grew up in. It's neat to see all the fishermen coming in and out of the dock with their fresh catch. Not far from here is the famous Tabasco factory. The area is full of history and the people there are the definition of southern hospitality. If ever you get a chance to travel to the Southern portions of Louisiana, be prepared to meet some really incredible people and see some impressive sights.
Enjoy a taste of Louisiana!!!









The 3 Sisters: Britany, Blaze, and myself (taken by my husband Chris)