I hope you all are not sick of me posting videos. Hahaha! My goal is to be more creative while showcasing my work. These slideshows are really fun way to market my work and I love how dynamic they are! The plan going forward is to add video clips from my shoots as well. Also, my senior girls love them 🙂
As the saying goes, “You never get a chance to make a first impression.” That has never been more true than it is today. In our ever changing digital world we scroll past images and posts on our social media at lightning speed stopping only when something catches our eye. You need a captivating image. Unfortunately, a lot of us are not utilizing our profile photos to their potential.
How many of you have a phone snapshot as your LinkedIn profile photo?
Maybe you have a photo you took with a friend and cropped them out to use as your profile photo?
We are all guilty of this, even me! If you are in any type of business you need to have a headshot that speaks to you as a professional. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an amazing portrait of yourself ?
I needed to get out and shoot for fun today. My portrait studio is keeping me quite busy this Summer. This afternoon I ventured down to South Park to take some photos with my Lensbaby Velvet 56. It is super hot here today so I only shot for about 15 minutes, however, I love the images I captured. These were edited with VSCOcam on my iPad with the “Essence” preset. I love the look of old matte film. Thanks for looking. Leave a comment so I know you were here ❤️
Some quick photos shot with the Lensbaby Velvet 56 using the macro function. This lens is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Although it is a little tough to focus, especially at f1.8, it creates such dreamy photos that it’s worth it to me to spend some time getting the perfect focus. I edited these images with AlienSkin Exposure 7 using the Fuji 100 film preset. I like how the images have a vintage film look.
Today I made my annual end of Summer trek to Grinter Farms. This is one of the most amazing Sunflower fields you will ever see. Acres upon acres of beautiful yellow blooms. It is simply divine. I took these images with my Lensbaby Composer with the Edge80 optic and Double Glass with 10+ macro filters. They were then edited in Exposure 6 with light filters added. If you happen to stop by please remember to leave a donation. The Grinter’s plant this field every year for our pleasure so please show them some support and enjoy the view 🙂
I went to visit our lovely new Lawrence Public Library today. What an amazing space for our community! In November of 2010 the citizens of Lawrence voted for a $19 million expansion to the current library. We love to read in LFK. The space is designed to accommodate a variety of community activities and acts as a central meeting place. There’s the “Teen Zone” a teen activity room with video game consoles and crafts, a children’s reading room, a large auditorium for lectures, community computers, self checkout kiosks and of course books. Lot’s of books. There is also an amazing glass sculpture that hangs above the grand staircase by artist Dierk Van Keppel. I love that my fellow Lawrencians understood the need to fund this project and in return the received an amazing space for the community. Awesome!
A few more still life images for today. These images, and the ones posted yesterday, are now available in my shop. Treat yourself and add one to your home 🙂
Today I went for a walk looking for something to inspire me to take photos. I had downloaded the new Exposure 6 from Alien Skin and need to take some photos to experiment with this software. I found an abundance of wildflowers and decided to do some simple still life images.
Exposure 6 is amazing! I love it already and I haven’t even scratched the surface of what it can do. It works as a filter within Photoshop or as a standalone app. While editing these images with some of the presets I had visions of new ideas that I could shoot. It’s funny how creativity works sometimes. These photos were edited with VSCO Kodak Porta VC in Adobe Camera Raw, imported into Photoshop and edited with Exposure 6 using the Polaroid 600 preset, light leaks and textures. I. Am. In. Love.
I look forward to our little county fair every Summer. It’s very quaint and very Kansas. There are petting zoo’s, stick horse races demolition derbies and rides. Fun for everyone! I like to go when there is nobody there. It’s nice to walk around and take some photos in what looks like a ghost town of sorts. Nothing is happening but you can feel it brewing. Maybe I was out in the sun too long today, but I love it!
I have taken photos of the fair many times. A lot of times, actually, with different cameras and lenses. Somehow the never look the same. My editing changes, I am seeing differently or the light is different. So I keep going back. I am going to try to go tonight at sundown to shoot when it’s all lit up and sparkly. I love the fair 🙂
I have been waiting for Hank Charcuterie to open for weeks and today I finally got a chance to go there. Located at 1900 Mass in an old gas station building, Hank’s strives to be the link between the farm and your table. The space is industrial and quaint but still quite elegant at the same time. I love the combination of wood floors, tin ceilings, brick columns and stainless steel.
From their website:
In the farm-to-table scenario, Hank is the link between the barn/garden and your plate. We process meat and produce with a respect for the life and heritage of every ingredient and that passion is reflected in the food we create. At Hank, we appreciate the heritage and the story behind everything we make. We strive for our processes to do justice to the work of our local farmers, and hope to connect the community back to their food.
If you happen to be a lucky Lawrencian, do stop by and check it out. You won’t be disappointed. Oh, and of course I took some photos 🙂
Last Monday I had the opportunity to attend Thieves Guild which takes place the first Monday of the month at Fatso’s Public House. Organized by a local artist collective, they hire models to come and pose for the artists in various themes. This month’s theme was “Dollhouse”. The great thing about Thieves Guild is that the artists range from beginners to advanced, sketch artist to photographer’s.
I took my Nikon D800 and my Lensbaby Composer. I thought it would be perfect for a whimsical scene. I really like how dramatic the images turned out, especailly the black and white versions. I am working on some composites using these images and will post those when they are done 🙂