Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Letting Go and Looking Forward..

The New Year Began and I am trying to catch my breath....Things are a bit crazy busy over here with Lots and Lots of Changes!! One of those changes is bittersweet.  I have to leave this house. It has been my home for a little over 3years.

Some Amazing Memories were made here. My little Boy has outgrown the playset in the back and has become...Oh God, a preteen, and the Princess well she is too grown up for my liking. I find myself in awe as I look back and see what a few years can do. I have really enjoyed my time here and will miss it greatly. That being said I know the Lord has great things for Me. Although letting go isn't always easy, I am looking forward to all He has in store for Me. I am Believing!!!

I apologize for the lack of posts in the past few Months; I can only promise to catch up once the Dust settles :)

Happy Tuesday!!! Be Blessed!!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Ah the importance of Accesorizing...

I was doing a Prom Portrait Shoot with this beautiful young lady. She had picked out these lovely earrings but in the rush of things forgot to put them on until halfway through the shoot.

The best portrait just so happened to be before she put them on. So naturally she was upset that she didn't have them on in the image she chose. So I did what every photographer should do to make thier clients squeal with joy. I photoshopped one in ;)

Here is the After and Before....

She is a Very happy with the difference :) 
Happy Wednesday!!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Selfies and Making up for lost time...

Someone once asked me what's up with all the Selfies as the young kids call them...

Well Here's my story I've always Loved the camera. Ever since I could remember I always managed to get my hands on one, And that goes back to those film 110 cameras with the detachable bulb flash. (umm Yeah I was very young ;) . I would always take tons of photos with my friends...I have buckets of photos and albums to prove it.

Any way for a long LONG time I didn't take photos. I would hide from the camera at all cost. If I did manage to get a picture developed I would cringe. I Just wasn't happy with myself at all.  It took a lot of things to recover from that...A car accident that could have very well taken my life or my legs for that matter made me rethink life a little.  After a couple of months in a wheel chair and lots of Physical Therapy, I knew it was time for a change. I started counting calories and I loss a considerable amount of weight. Those things mattered but what helped me most, Is the people that helped me to realize my self worth. A special friend that helped me to look in the mirror and see what others saw in me. That's when I really started taking care of myself. I was really and truly able to express myself and be who I AM. When I was able to Accept, Respect, and Love myself that's when the REAL changes happened.

I was studying Photography Professionally which meant a lot of practicing. I had a friend who always liked to turn the camera on me and say "NOPE it's YOUR turn."  I started seeing myself through the lens, and all of a sudden I wasn't cringing anymore. Praise the LORD for that! I started looking forward to being Photographed.

Around that same time someone introdced me to the iPhone. Everyone had one and I was told it was the best thing ever. My boss said go get one and you will be fully reimbursed!! How Exciting!! I started with a 3GS (didn't have the forward camera)...BUT oh how happy I was to have a camera with me at ALL times to never miss a moment. (I was able to get a lot of work done on it too ;)  At that point I had never used the term SELFIE and had just started experminenting with trying to take my own picture.  When I look at those photos I chuckle.  Not great pictures but Hey, atleast I was happy with Myself. Learning to love my self with my Loud lipstick and crazy hair...None of which would have been acceptable working at the Court House by the way ;)  Image Below..My first selfies

My iPhone had died from over use (jiji) and I was forced (not) to get a new one that had the front Camera.  So let's just say I know how to manipulate that lens to make Myself look and feel great and I am not ashamed to say it!! Technology keeps getting better and so do my Selfies :)
So When someone asks me...Why so many selfies? Well I'm making up for all that time inbetween when I didn't take pictures. When all I had was a flip phone. When I wasn't so happy with myself.

The images below they were selfies too. You might ask...why I am laughing? Someone was trying to tell me that I shouldn't be taking so many pictures of myself. I was thinking but I AM allowed to be happy with myself..happiness comes from within and we shouldn't depend on others to make us HAPPY!!
 I am forever grateful to those that with just a few words were able to change the way I saw myself and help me to regain my self confidence. Now I pay it forward. I do my best to help those around me see themselves and Love what they see :)  I know I DO!! I've come a long way BABY!!!

Normally I would Never post this many...but just so you can get a general Idea..I take a few and then pick the one I like best....I LOVE my new color and style.  Muuaaahhh!!!! ;)

Happy Thursday!!!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ssshh...It's a Surprise

A few weeks ago I did a little session that was on the down low. It very hush hush and had to be rescheduled more than once ;) in order to keep it a secret.

It was a Father's Day Surprise for her Hubby.  I've been Dying to share but had to wait till after he recieved his framed Prints.

Here are just a couple from the session...This May not be everybody's style but I have a thing for GLAMOUR.

I am in Love with this Image.....So If you LOVE Glamour as Much as I do, go ahead call and schedule your appointment today ;)

Happy Thursday!!!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Eye of the Beholder...

Everyone has eyes and everyone sees the same thing Differently....

I have recently been approached by many wanting to know and learn about Photography. I am NOT a teacher by any means and I don't pretend that I am an expert.  However, I am a Trained Professional and that should count for something :) I am really proud of the work I do.

I had someone tell me that they have approached many photographers and was basically turned away not wanting them to "copy" their work.  Well here's a little something I learned in school. Ask 10 Photographers how to do the Same thing and you WILL get 10 different answers.  It's simple, you have to know your equipment and develop a style that is your own.  Really...It's whatever works for YOU!  I don't have a problem helping others find their own way. I also don't feel threatened because the truth is that everyone's style comes from what they SEE. In helping a friend who is very eager to learn, I stumbled across a site that said it well.

3. Information does not equal ability
The important realization out of this perhaps overly self-centered and egotistical perspective is that information is not the equivalent to ability. What you share is the information on how to compose a shot, to take a photo, and to post-edit that photo properly. What you can never share is your ability to compose a shot, to take a photo, and to post-edit that photo properly. So don't worry; you're not giving away, and never will be able to give away, what makes your photography special and what makes you unique as a photographer. ~ JFotography

So go ahead ask me anything I will share what I know :)

With that said..I was invited into a Catholic Church to do some first communion photos. While touring I took a couple of shots. When I showed these to the person giving me the tour, her comment confirms what I just said.

"I have walked by that 1000 times and I never saw it like that"
 My Point?? You can never give away what YOU see with your eyes so why not help others, see what they can with their eyes...

Happy Thursday!! 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Future...

They Say BE what you want your children to be...That they Learn by example.  I Say that's not ALWAYS the case...but In HIS case it might be exactly that..

He is always taking Photos any chance he gets...He offers to take pictures with the disposable camera, with my phone and as of late he keeps questioning what My Camera does and when he can use it.  He is only 8 and handing him expensive equipment makes me a little nervous, but knowing that If I don't let him try he won't learn makes it easier.  I am going to teach him and little by little he will learn. He already has a good eye and great angles. I know this from the images he's already taken.  I am overwhelmingly happy that he is interested. I am looking forward to this time of teaching.

Last week in my office having a face off...Enjoy ;) I'd say he's learning fast....

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Aldrich Mansion Wedding..

I was invited to 2nd Shoot a Wedding with Audrey of Souvenir Images..

I didn't shoot ANY weddings last year at all, and I must say I really did miss it. I am passionate about weddings. For me shooting a wedding is almost like stepping into someone else's fairytale...yes I am a hopeless romantic but it's so much more than that. It is like stepping into the book and everything else just falls off. They are a lot of hard work, crazy busy, and tiring, but at the end of the day when you look at your images, you just know it's all worth it.

During this Wedding, we started at the NYLO hotel where the Wedding party was getting ready.  Then we headed to the Aldrich Mansion. It's an amazing property.  First to the Cathedral for the ceremony and then the Mansion for the reception.

Here are just a few of my Favorites of the Day....

Congratulations to the Happy Couple Mr. & Mrs. Roda 

If you wish to see more of my images from this wedding you can find them at www.facebook.com/violetfotos.Photography

In about about a week or so ;)