Saturday, March 22, 2014

The City of Angels

Right now I am sitting in DFW waiting for our connecting flight home from Los Angeles.  I had an amazing past 4 days, spending two with Brian Oldham who was just a blast.   What a blessing it all was.  Brian and I spent Tuesday shooting from 10:30 in the morning until dusk.  We went from everywhere from the mountains, forest, and the beach.  He helped me with techniques for shooting self portraits which I will definitely be using and of course sharing the outcome.  Then yesterday (Friday), we spent the day editing and eating (good day for sure)


Here is my new favorite self portrait and actually one of my favorite photos I have yet to take.  To me, this represents the focus and pressure we put on people who are suffering.  Whether it be celebrities' attention from the whole world or just the pressure to fit in in school (I can relate to that one but not so much the first one).  I know you can relate this image into something you have felt and gone through at some point in your life.

The Constraints of Enclosure
During the workshop we also recreated the very captivating untitled piece of Brian's you can see here.  Well here is our recreation of it..

Brian has been such an inspiration to me since I began pursuing photography and it was definitely a dream come true to get to know him and work with him.  

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blessings


I am currently laying in the window sill of our beautiful hotel in Hollywood looking out to see the silhouette of downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood hills, and the hustle and bustle of traffic.  It is moments like these when I am with my mom just enjoying the small things of the big things she does for me that make me realize how wonderful my life truly is.

What brings us to LA?  Spring break? No, actually not.  It was my birthday present to have a workshop with the one and only Brian Oldham whose work I have admired since before I began my photography adventure.  Tomorrow we are shooting then Friday we will be editing.  I am so excited to learn and expand my knowledge but the memories will last forever.

I got a dozen beautiful roses from someone who means a lot to me Sunday night after having a bad CRPS flare up.  We left home yesterday so I really didn't have much time to enjoy them.  So of course I got up before dawn to take photos with them with the golden sun to my back.  There were patches of snow left in the woods and all the branches and twigs were covered with ice which just glistened in the morning sun.  Once again, it is moments like these when I realize how blessed I am. 

 dress: Sabo Skirt

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Print Giveaway

Hi babies!  I am so happy with where I am at right now in my photography that I would like to do a print giveaway!  I would like to celebrate all the opportunities you all have given me by simply supporting and encouraging me throughout my process of learning. :)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Unquenchable

This is an image I shot back in July 2013 while doing a 1-1 conceptual workshop with Rosie Hardy and we shot the beautiful Chelsea Edge!  I had such an incredible time learning from her and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had.  Rosie and I planned this concept around my disease and my story.  They are so particularly meaningful to me that I can't help but go back and play with them every once in a while.

To me this image is all about the fire that CRPS/RSD causes but with no matter how many treatments (water) you have, it will never be gone.  The teddy bear symbolizes the childhood that was stolen from me.  Feeling like you've fallen time and time again when the disease progresses and gets worse over time is something I channeled into the posing for this.

If you would like to learn more about CRPS you can here.  It would mean so much to me and all the others like me suffering from this rare disease that is so terribly misunderstood by all of our peers as well as many doctors.  If you read it then that would be great but think if each one of you who reads this post may tell a family member or a friend about it... Thousands of people could be exposed to this life changing disease which could lead to more treatment options and maybe even a cure!  Never the less, it could lead to early detection and that can save the life that the unfortunate victim has lived their whole life and come to love.

On the right you can see the image I started with and then transformed it into the image on the left. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My Website

I've been waiting for this moment for so long.  I can officially say my website is done!  Long story short, we hired a company, got tired of waiting after 10 months, so I made my own using 4ormat!  It isn't quite all done but the galleries are finished and that's the most important, right? 
I would love for you to check it out

Friday, February 14, 2014

Affinity

 
What is it that drives us to create an image? Is it immortalizing a moment in time?  Is it to make life seem more beautiful?  Is it to represent our fears and struggles?  For me, it is all of the above.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sunshine on my Shoulder

First of all, I want to say how much I LOVE my Rachel by Rachel Roy Varsity Trench Coat.  It is so sleek and incredibly warm.