Sunday, February 23, 2014

Why I do What I Do | The Happiness Gratitude Connection

I have something personal to share on why I have been a photographer since ... long before I realized I was actually a photographer ...

I recently caught the tail end of a TED radio talk on Happiness, when I was struck by these words:"WE HAVE TO BUILD STOP SIGNS INTO OUR LIVES."

The speaker, David Steindle Rast, was talking about gratitude as an essential key to happiness. He suggested that this simple active pause can revolutionize our lives, inspiring a sense of gratitude, and in turn bringing more happiness to our daily lives.  He suggested that we could ALL benefit by taking time to "STOP. LOOK. And GO." Every day.

This is PRECISELY what I love so passionately about photography. 

Great photographs are stop signs: they evoke a moment's pause, a moment's reflection, a moment to be grateful. 

The world moves fast. Faster, every day with digital images pummeling most of us for most of our waking hours (I'm probably not the only one guilty of absorbing digital media even from bed)!

When I recently started ordering PRINTS again -- for myself and for clients -- it struck me how much value there was in looking at something that wasn't being projected in pixels. It was inspiring me to STOP. And LOOK. And then GO on with my day. With Gratitude.

THIS is why I do what I do. My work is ever inspired by love, gratitude, and a desire to share.

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Stay GRATEFUL... and as always, Stay INSPIRED!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Apple - iPad Air | Your Verse

I don't usually blog this kind of thing, but I've seen this a few times and truly think it may be my favorite commercial of all time. The concept, the footage, the score, the narration (who doesn't love listening to Robin Williams wax poetic about life?).

" ... that the Powerful Play goes on ... and You may contribute a Verse ... "

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Portrait Shoot in my NEW STUDIO! { Denver High School Senior Photographer }

Ali and I had an absolute BLAST workin' it in this session.

First of all, how STUNNING is this amazing young woman?!

But what makes it even better is that she was just as excited as I was to experience the session as something empowering and fun; to explore the grounds of the factory where my studio is located, to feel the amazing light, and to express her beautiful depth... and together we discovered some pure photo MAGIC.

I am so lucky to get to do this! And I am super grateful to have found this studio, as the grounds are truly special -- natural light pouring in and bouncing everywhere, authentically vintage (an historic cotton mill!) and endlessly inspiring.