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Archive for October, 2015

The Future Is Now!

Die-hard fans of the Back To The Future movies show off their best renditions of the time traveling DeLorean at the 30th anniversary celebration in Las Vegas.

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#WCW Jocelyn

My #wcw everyday! 🙂

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Mrs. Fancy Is Back!!!

I’m so happy that after a 3-4 year hiatus I finally reconnected with my beautiful model friend Dominique. She’s so sweet and naturally beautiful I decided to post one of our shots without any editing. Posting unedited shots is not something that I do often, mainly because most of my clients really don’t like it. I know that most people are influenced by the unrealistic standards of beauty that we’ve all been conditioned to accept but, I’ve personally never been a huge fan of perfectly airbrushed images. The truth is, I only do it because I know clients and companies like a certain “polished” look to their photographs. That’s fine, but I love the details and textures of human skin and hair.

We as photographers spend thousands of dollars on high end cameras/lenses that have the ability to exact as much detail as possible, so why would we want to eliminate all of that wonderful information we capture?! In recent years I’ve cut back drastically on the amount of editing I do to my images, even to the point of losing some clients and turning fans of overly airbrushed images away from hiring me. Don’t get me wrong, when done right those images can be flawless and gorgeous, but in the real world nothing is perfect and I like it that way.

I love imperfections. It means that we’re human. It means I’m capturing exactly what was in front of my camera. So with all this being said, I encourage my clients more and more to accept themselves as they are, and to scale back on the over-edited, “perfect” look of the past decade or more. Besides, when you’re this naturally beautiful you don’t need photoshop! 😉

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Homemade Chicken Sausage Breakfast

Hello all! I wanted to share a photo of a tasty breakfast I prepared a few weeks ago. It consists of homemade chicken sausage, baked hand-cut yellow potatoes, and egg substitute with melted American cheese.

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Morning Mashup/ 2 Skies In 1

This early morning skyline has two uniquely contrasting cloud formations creating an interesting pattern, and color palette.  In the second photo, the clouds at the top of the frame resembles burning flames against the dense, pillowy texture of the clouds in the lower half of the frame. I believe this is the first time I’ve ever seen this strange combination? Nevertheless, the sky seems to always provide us with a dramatic light and art show across the atmosphere at any given moment. All we have to do is look up and pay close attention.

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Cloud Explosion

The light from the setting sun inside the clouds gives the appearance of an explosion in the evening sky.

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Enjoying Fall & Nature

Fall is finally here and I couldn’t be happier! To exercise my excitement I went out to the big park over the weekend and shot in nature for several peaceful hours. While shooting the colors, textures and details of mother nature I came across quite a few of these little guys below. I didn’t plan on capturing images of them but, there were so many of them running around and doing interesting things I figured why not try to shoot a few pics of them? Honestly, there were far too many squirrels to shoot, so I decided to just focus on 2 that were closest to me. Trying to shoot these fast moving animals proved to be quite the fun challenge. Instead of trying to shoot a bunch of motion I waited until they settled down a bit and capture more still images. I’m not sure, but I think it might be matting season? If not, then the male was very frisky! He chased the female around endlessly and tried his best to get her in the “mood” In the end all of his advances were denied and he finally gave up. I couldn’t help but feel his pain…we’ve all been there, right?! 😉 Here are a few of the shots I thought were cool, and I will be posting more of my nature images in the coming days as soon as I sort them all out.

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