Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Inspiring Others In Everyday Life

“Only as high as I reach can I grow,
 only as far as I seek can I go,
only as deep as I look can I see,
only as much as I dream can I be.”
~ Karen Ravn

These past few months, I've been swamped with photography sessions.
Many have been family, some friends, and others complete strangers who have become friends.
I have learned very little about actual photography in these passing weeks,
however, I have learned a multitude about business.
Sometimes the most important aspect of the process.

The truth is,
 I love the people.
 I love to shoot.
To get with others and go through the motions of getting those moments to happen.
And capturing in a certain frame the emotion of that very moment.
But I am not a huge fan of learning all the technical aspects of the "photography" itself.
I know the technical stuff is important
 (and plan to study this more, when I can find the time)
but for me the fun part of it all is the business, the relationships, and the people.
I LOVE people!!!
I love meeting new people, getting to know others,
and finding out what moves them to emotion!
And then, if I can capture that emotion in one single frame... it's JOY to my soul!!!

I have to admit, if I am unable to capture the heart and soul of a subject, I disappoint myself.
I feel and know, that I could have done better.
That I could have been more artistic or that I could have pushed myself a bit further.

There are three majorly fantastic
 and awesome photographers that inspire me.
All for different reasons.

My first inspiration is Tracie Birch of Life Prints by Tracie.
She is a fantastic photographer and just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.
And let me tell you, she is gorgeous!
Tracie specializes in maternity, newborn, and child photography.
She is the best!

When I first met Tracie, I was sitting in church, I think my third child had just been born
(probably cuddled up in my arms) and Tracie was sitting there behind me.
She tapped me on the shoulder and said something totally sweet and sincere
(because, I don't think I've ever met anyone more genuine)
about my baby and my family and handed me a business card.
She doesn't know this, but I went home and looked her website up online
and fell in love with her work.
I then put her business card on our refrigerator
(because that is something we've always done with our goals)
and decided right then and there
 that I would invest in the captured moments for the memories of our family.
It took me a while, but I was able to save the money
and have that photo session done by Tracie,
and to this very day those images are a joy to myself and my family.
The emotions I have when I look at those images melts my heart and brings me pure JOY!
It has been one of the best investments I've ever made.

My second inspiration is Katelyn James.
I simply ran across her facebook page one day about a year or so ago
and I LOVED her work.
She is a wedding photographer out of Richmond, VA.
My favorite thing about her work is her style and the vivid and bright colors in her photography.
It's exactly what I wish the photos from my wedding would have looked like.
I have been following her for a long time and just think her work in super great.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this girls stuff!

My third inspiration is Jasmine Star Photography.
She is a fabulous wedding photographer for fabulous people.
I actually heard about Jasmine through a blog post by Katelyn James.
Yes, there is power in social networking, that is for sure.
Never underestimate it!!
I have never seen a photographer with the gift of bringing out
and capturing pure emotion in their work like that of Jasmine Stars.
Her gift for this is untouchable.
 I study her every blog post to see just how she does this.
This aspect of her photography is amazing
and is what draws me into her blog and into her work.

Everyone has someone who moves
and inspires them to push forward into excellence.

Isn't that what it's all about any way?

Helping others.

Truly successful people understand
 that helping others makes one successful.

The world is full of inspiring people.

People of talent, genius, and flair.

What people aspire
 you to be better
and inspire
you to create?

1 comment:

  1. Hello!
    Your photography is beautiful and your girls are adorable. I have two sisters and I treasure my relationship with them. I'm your latest follower and I would love it if you have a moment to stop by and visit our blog!


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