Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I've felt like I'm in a condensed version of 4 years of college! The last 2 days I've been at the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International conference in Las Vegas, NV, along with 3000 other photographers from even as far as Australia. I've learned so much, met so many people, attended so many classes, and been so INSPIRED. I have one more day of events, including a one-on-one consultation with John Michael Cooper (www.altf.com), which I plan to treat like an interview. Sunday I joined 20 other photographers and 6 models in the Red Rock canyon outside Las Vegas for a photo shoot. I'll be posting those as soon as possible. The free moments have literally been few and far between. More to come very soon.....
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I have a confession... I used to be a band geek. I played clarinet for around 9 years, beginning in 6th grade. Although my high school popularity standings were around the lower 90th percentile, I'm thankful for all the musical appreciation I learned through band, and I guess for all the exercise from marching band??, not to mention the great friends. My love for music was definitely honed through those years. I actually hated playing the high notes on the clarinet, so I used to fake being bad so I could play the 2nd or 3rd parts, which are almost always lower harmonies and not melodies. It took the pressure off and allowed me to enjoy the music, instead of stressing over the harder and less enjoyable high notes.
Travis brought back some good band memories yesterday when he walked into my office for his senior photo shoot. He plays several different instruments including the marimba (essentially a xylophone), electric, and acoustic guitar, and plans to major in musical composition combined with chemical engineering. On top of listening to the band Dream Theater, he also likes to jump off tall buildings. We had quite an adventure climbing up to interesting places in an alley in downtown Marble Falls. One of these pictures reminds me of the movie, City of Angels, which I happened to watch with BAND friends back in the good-old band geek days. I don't think I would change a thing about that part of my past. TM
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I've recently been working a lot on learning off-camera flash. Thanks to Eric Doggett for involuntarily teaching me things and looking at terrible pictures of my landlord and my fake person, the lamp. I've been able to have some really fun subjects!
Makayla worked with my husband and I this past summer in the barn, and she and I got to know each other very well. I had only met Mark once before, but he seems like he'll do for Makayla :) I had so much fun doing their pictures on that windy afternoon! They go to LeTourneau University in Longview, and we met halfway in Waco to do their engagement pictures. It was jam-packed full of random, fun locations. Afterward, I hung out with my ex-Baylor student friend, Kat McMullen. Kat and I then went to Rosa's cafe for some Mexican food. I do love some good Mexican food, but even more, I love visiting with old friends!