Archive for April, 2014

Boudoir Girls’ Night Out!

I’ve been planning this one for a while, and I’m so excited to tell you about it!  I’ve partnered up with Ashlee Ann On Location to bring you Boudoir Girls’ Night Out!

Boudoir Girls' Night Out

Head off to a bachelorette party with your hair and makeup looking great (and pictures with your friends BEFORE you hit the bar!), or just have a great girls’ night in for no particular reason at all besides looking gorgeous and having fun.  For $90 a person – just the cost of professional hair and makeup – you get a beauty day tailored to you and individual and group portraits taken of you and your friends.  A week or two later we’ll get together to order your favorites.  So bring some wine, spend some time with your girlfriends, and get glamorous portraits that you’ll be happy to hang on the wall.  What a great way to celebrate the bond that women have with each other.
Call me to get more details or to book your date!

Documenting is not living

Recently, I’ve seen this commercial from Universal Orlando. It’s been on tv a lot. This is after seeing a similar commercial from Apple over the holidays.  This may come as a surprise coming from a photographer, but documenting your life is not the same as living it.  These commercials bother me because of the truth behind them.  I know many people, not just teens, who are more concerned with documenting their life than living it.  They are more concerned with what their life looks like on Facebook than what it actually is.  I think usually it happens gradually and subconsciously, but it happens a lot.  These commercials are perfect illustrations of this phenomenon.

When I throw parties I often forget to take any pictures.  Friends tease me about it all the time.  Maybe it’s “pinterest-worthy”.  Maybe I spent weeks figuring out just the right decorations or the right recipes.  Maybe I even poured over our closets coming up with perfect outfits.  But when a party starts, I’m living my life.  I’m serving food, starting activities, laughing with my friends, playing with my children.  I’m worried that if I pick up a camera I’ll go into Photographer Mode and I’ll spend the day documenting my life in lieu of living it.  I’ve always thought that happened to me because I’m a photographer and it’s been a huge part of who I am since I was 13.  Now though, I’m wondering if there are greater forces at work.

There are some who take pictures and make movies to make their lives seem more exciting than it is.  There are also those who plan things to do just to be able to show it off on Facebook.  In the end, Facebook is a website.  Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest… they aren’t real life.  Eventually, it will most likely be gone.  Our lives cannot only exist virtually.  If it isn’t online, did it really happen?  YES!  IT DID!

Pictures are important.  They are time machines.  They can take you back to a moment in a way that very few things can.  They can remind you of that goofy haircut you had, or the way that your childrens’ faces looked when they still had their baby teeth.  They can show the dynamics of a family.  There is a time for pictures.  There is a place for pictures.  Take them, hire professionals to take great ones, document your lives.  It’s all about moderation.  Just try to remember to put experiencing life above showing off your life.

A vacation can’t be the “Best Vacation Ever!” if all you saw is the screen on your phone.

 

What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below!

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