Monthly Archives: May 2010
Hi, you’ve reached Wendy’s photo blog! I am currently unavailable as I am on vacation with the boy in St. Louis. I have a cool drink in my hand, some delicious food in my near future, and a nap on the horizon. If you need me, call me, and I may or may not answer. Depends on how fully I am vacationing at the moment. :)
I won’t be posting again until next Wednesday, or maybe even Thursday. I hope you have a lovely, relaxing holiday weekend. I know I plan on it! Please leave a message after the beep…BEEP!
I was putting the finishing touches on the Huntley family shoot last night, and I just couldn’t help but post a few more photos of little Miss Huntley. Isn’t she just presch!? (Yep, I just said presch. It’s how we said “precious” in high school. Oh yeah, coolness times 10.)
Gainesville Photography Workshop That's Not a Workshop (or something like that):::Gainesville Portrait Photographer
I’ve got this idea, this thought, this desire that has been prickling in my mind lately. I want to interact with other photographers more, talk to them, learn from them, collaborate with them, be friends with them. There are a handful of lovely ladies here in Gainesville who are fellow photogs, and we’ve chatted through blogs, Facebook, e-mail, and I even had the honor of photographing a couple of them. I want to grow those relationships, share my passion for photography with these people who could easily become a wonderful part of my life.
I’ve also had the itch to style a shoot. Like, help with clothes and accessories, pick out props, maybe even hand-make some of the details…just get my creative juices flowing. This might be because I have been traveling alot this month, which means I am taking alot of photos, just not so many of people…and it’s giving me the itch. I want no-pressure photo shoot, one where it wouldn’t matter if not a single photo I took came out well, one where I can push my ideas and creativity in ways I haven’t had the guts to in a “real” shoot.
So, to sum up–I want to socialize more with other photographers, start a little community of similarly-passioned people. I also want to start shooting regularly just for me, just to be creative, just because I love it.
Maybe I should combine those two wishes, huh? So my idea is to hold a photo shoot for Gainesville photogs. Kind of like the workshops you may have seen on other photographer’s sites, but not exactly like that. For instance, I don’t plan on teaching or charging anything. I plan on relating, I plan on shooting, I plan on organizing. I just want to get photographers together for a no-pressure shoot. No cost, no nothing…just some photography fun.
What do you think? Anyone here in Gainesville interested in this crazy little idea of mine? Please leave me a comment or shoot me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) letting me know. If I get enough interest, I will totally make this happen. Oh, and seriously, there is NO skill level required…if you have ever held a camera and thought, “This is pretty fun, I’d like to take more photos,” then you are exactly who should come.
And on that note…is anyone intersted in modeling for said shoot, if I do manage to make this happen? This idea is in its infancy, so I’m not even sure if I would do one shoot with one model, or a couple in a row, or whether we would focus on one person at a time or a couple or even kids or a family. So, I’m opening up the floor for suggestions and volunteers*! If you end up modeling for one of the shoots, you will receive a disk with high res images from the shoot for you to keep…either my shots, or a collection of some from all the photogs.
I seriously, truly, definitely want any thoughts, ideas, suggestions, etc. from anyone who would be so kind to give them. I am going out on a limb here, trying something I’ve never done before, and I’m beyond excited to give it a shot. :)
*Please know that if you volunteer and I end up using someone else as a model, it wasn’t because you weren’t good enough, but merely because I ended up having a specific concept in mind that someone else just fit into. Like I said, I have no concrete ideas yet, so I have no idea how this will all play out. :) Thanks for understanding!
Sometimes you just have to let go. This week, I am beyond overwhelmed by everything I need to do before leaving for St. Louis. There are shoots to edit, blog posts to write, rooms to clean, and piles of laundry to do. I’m still convinced I can do it all (risking my sanity in the process), but I know that there is a level of perfection I will have to let go. So, I may not blog everyday this week. Or, if I get lucky, I might get an old draft of a post touched up and posted…which is what you get today.
Last month (or maybe the month before, time is blurring for me lately), Erica and I made a new recipe she was trying out for her blog, Fun Health Recipes. She was looking for an idea to spice up her posts, tie them all together, and give people a reason to look at her blog. So, we came up with the idea to find meals that people eat in our favorite books, and then Erica would come up with a healthy version of the dish. The first attempt was from Twilight. Have you seen Erica’s shoot? Of course the meal was from Twilight. :) (Which is ironic if you think about it, because vampires never eat food….ponder that! But I digress…)
Here’s an excerpt from Erica’s blog:
The first dish I decided to recreate was the Mushroom Ravioli that Bella orders at La Bella Italia after being rescued from Port Angeles scum by Edward. Here is the passage from the book as a refresher:
“Right on cue, the waitress appeared with our drinks and a basket of breadsticks. She stood with her back to me as she placed them on the table.
‘Are you ready to order?’ she asked Edward.
‘Bella?’ he asked. She turned unwillingly toward me. I picked the first thing I saw on the menu. ‘Um…I’ll have the mushroom ravioli.’”
So there you have it…Bella’s Mushroom Ravioli. (Click on the link for the full recipe.)
And a little tidbit about me…I don’t like mushrooms. They are fungi. ’Nuff said. So Erica made me some with just ricotta cheese as the filling. Can you say delicious??
Oh Monday mornings. How you make me sigh.
I’m back from Hollywood, and I’m exhausted. The trip was great, but there were a lot of late nights and early mornings, and I think it’s catching up to me finally…meaning I am basically a zombie right now and will be until copious coffee is in my system.
I’ve got another trip coming up this weeek, but this one isn’t for work. This one is a much needed vacay to St. Louis with Todd to visit his parents. I’ll be peacing out of here on Friday morning, and I’ll be back late late Tuesday night. I plan on sleeping alot, seeing some cool sights (and taking lots of photos, duh), and eating alot of good food. Just my kind of vacation…
Today I’ve just got another bike photo for you…I promise I’ll have better content as the week goes on.
I love peacock blue. It’s one of those colors that just makes me happy when I look at it. I used to have a peacock blue pen in middle school…back when it was cool to write with those Gel Roller pens, the ones that came out multi-colored and too crazy to even read. Why did we write with those things? You seriously could barely read them. And yet I have a gallon baggie stuffied to the brim with notes passed between me and my friends Jacquie and Amanda, all written in neon orange, pastel yellow, and rainbow-streaked sparkle ink. We were THAT cool.
But these days, it’s boring black and typical blue. I think I need a peacock blue pen in my life again.
Until I find one, I’ll just stare at these gorgeous peacocks I shot (in the nice, photo-way) last year.
Me and change…well, we aren’t always the best of friends. But sometimes, sometimes change is a good thing. In fact, it probably almost always is, but my stubborness and my insecurity often lead me to believe otherwise.
Some changes actually excite me, thrill me, scare me a little, and drive me. These changes are in the works, they are coming, they are almost here! I’m not ready to unveil them all, but I’ll give you a little hint, a little peek at what I’ve been dreaming up.
Stay tuned…more to come…:)
Your birthday was Sunday, but I didn’t want to take time away from our day to write this post. Plus, birthdays are always better when the surprises are spread out. So, surprise! :)
You are the sun on my cloudy days, and the smile on my face when nothing seems worth smiling for.
You have brought an excitement to my life, a passion.
Your support for me warms my insides.
I feel my cheeks flush as I think about your arms around me.
You teach me new things, show me ways to look at the world that never would have occurred to me.
Your eyes are kind, warm, open, loving. When you look at me, I melt.
You laugh with me, every day.
You are talented beyond belief, in every area of life. I admire you more than you know.
You love so deeply, so purely, and it’s beautiful to witness.
You are fiercely loyal, a true friend.
You love birthday pies instead of birthday cakes, and you laugh at sparkler candles as much as I do.
YOU, Todd Koenig, are wonderful, all 28 years worth of you. I am so happy you were born. :)
I love you with all my heart.
Happy Birthday, love!
Well, it’s Tuesday, which means I am on my way to Hollywood, baby!!
Ok ok…so it’s Hollywood, FL. But still, pretty cool! I’m going there for my first trade show with RTI, and I am definitely excited to see how these things work. Giant booths, huge convention halls, tons of people…should be interesting!
So, as you read this, I am probably sitting in the ginormous Suburban that Laura and I are driving down south, reading my Vogue and Elle magazines. 6 hours there and 6 hours back…that’s alot of time to kill! Definitely bringing books and magazines a-plenty.
Little known fact…Lexie loves her some Vogue too!
It’s a very dreary Monday, I’m traveling the rest of the week for work, and I just feel blah. It happens. Since my mood isn’t the brightest, and maybe there are other people out there having a blah Monday, I thought you could use a pretty picture. This was actually taken on a pretty yucky day in Melbourne by the Intercoastal.
Finding pretty in the yucky…never easy, but worth the effort.