So every year people make resolutions….and most can’t keep many if any of them…at least I can’t…I’ll admit it.
But the other day while watching TV, and surfing the web, and answering emails…you get the picture….I was more into my iPad than the television, but I was at least listening to it….and normally I only watch taped/DVR’d television so I skip the commercials…Except this time…This time Toyota did it! They WOW’d me….I paused it…backed it up and listened, not once, not twice, but three times! Ok, so maybe that was a little much, but I did. I wanted to hear those words. I needed to hear those words.
Let’s go places. Not just the ones you can find on a map, but the ones you can find in your heart. Let’s go beyond everything we know and embrace everything we don’t. And once we’ve reached our destination, let’s keep going. Because inspiration doesn’t favor those who sit still. It dances with the daring. And rewards the courageous with ideas that excite, challenge, even inspire. Ideas that take you places you never imagined. Ideas big enough and powerful enough to make the heart skip a beat. And in some cases, maybe two. Let’s go places!
I have to say it made me decide I want to Go Places! Both professionally and personally. I want to grow as an artist and as a person. And I wouldn’t mind going to some new places on a map, as well.
Does it make you feel the same way? I’d love for you to share your thoughts.
Some of you know that I am part of an awesome group of photographers called the Portrait Photography Group. We are from all skill levels from casual photography for fun to professional portrait, wedding or fashion photography. I love this group and helping others realize their dreams. Most of our meetings take place locally and include learning opportunities and many genres of photography opportunities. A couple of times a year we try to find a unique destination for ‘shoot-outs’ to give everyone a chance to have ample opportunities to get some great photos and socialize with each other.
We always have a great time! Here’s an image I got of a couple that just happened to show up at just the right time:
One of our group members got really excited when this biker went roaring down the street. She mentioned enjoying the wind in her hair and how lucky the woman was to have those ‘guns’ to hold on to. 😀 We had a great time with these two. Thanks Brittany and Todd for hanging out with us for a while.
THE END. 😀
One of my photographer friends called me up with this idea to replicate a scene from the movie American Beauty, and I jumped on it! We brainstormed for a while, got other photographers to help brainstorm and even picked hubby’s brain for technical support. Just three short days later, we set up and tested theory and equipment. (It was hard to sleep the night before from excitement!)
The next day ran so smoothly, it was almost surreal. And three beautiful models each graced the scene with timeless beauty. All from different stages of life, to show that beauty comes in many different forms, all to be appreciated.
Here’s my results..
These girls are so gorgeous! It was great to see them let go, have a little fun and feel as beautiful as they are.
Sixteen years ago today, Christmas got just a little more special for me. I married the most wonderful man and joined two families. It has been the best decision I’ve made. Over the years our family has grown up and grown together and for that I am grateful.
So when I think of Christmas, I feel so blessed that I cry. Happy Tears! God gave us Jesus so we could be in His family and Tim and I married to be a great family.
As a photographer, I am constantly working with couples and families to capture them. Yet, over the last few years I have neglected to get family portraits of my own family. My good friend Joseph Hawk offered to change that. Thanks, Joseph!