The Army claims another friend.

I have grown to love a dear friend Jamie here in Clarksville.  She has taught me so much about the business end of photography (I suck at numbers), reading the true character of people, standing up for what my work is worth to me, forgiveness, and my place as a daughter of Christ.  I can’t express enough how grateful I am for her friendship these past few months especially.

True to Army reputation, just as our children were really bonding it was time for her family to relocate and continue their Army life elsewhere.  I’m heartbroken to say the least.  As much as I want to curse the Army life for yet another friend moving away, I know I would have never been blessed by her friendship if it weren’t for this military life we’ve chosen.

I wish her family the best of the best times ahead on their new adventure, and I pray that our paths will cross again soon (when I come visit, although she may not know that yet).

Here are some fun pictures I captured of our kids one day.  I find it ironic that being photographers, we managed to escape getting a picture of us together that day.  I’m pretty sure she planned that though…

See you guys soon!

March 28, 2012 - 12:12 am

Heather McGinnis - love these April, beautiful images & so full of personality!

March 28, 2012 - 8:44 am

Wendy Valderrama - Love the fun those kids are having! Great moments!

March 29, 2012 - 10:25 am

Christina Dooley Photography - I love the Genuine expressions you were able to capture!

March 29, 2012 - 11:33 am

JodyG - Love these. Especially that first one. You’ve caught some great memories for them that I’m sure they will cherish for a long time.

March 29, 2012 - 2:22 pm

Boston Newborn and Family Photographer Amara Cohen - These are great. What a treat to be able to see these in a few years and think fondly of your time with Jamie!

April 1, 2012 - 5:12 pm

nikki - First of all…thank you to both of your families for choosing a military life! 🙂 Without families like yours our country…and our lives…would not be what they are. 🙂
Secondly…these are precious! 🙂 love the raw emotions you were able to capture! 🙂

April 2, 2012 - 5:04 pm

Greensboro Baby Photographer Melissa Treen - these are adorable, moments to treasure : )

April 14, 2012 - 11:40 pm

Fort Rucker/Dothan Newborn Photographer Jamie Lynn - *sniffle* How did I MISS this post? We MISS YOU and your sweet family! You, my friend, have taught me to believe in friendship again…even if it is painful to grow close only to grow apart by geography. <3

Perspective. Do you see what I see?

There’s a cliche in the photography world that is probably heard more often than the sound of the shutter – “you have the eye”.  I know I’ve heard it a hundred times and I’ll admit that I’ve even passed it on once or ten times.  I can’t help but wonder what exactly it means.  I know it’s intended as a compliment to someone who creates beautiful images with a camera.  Some people insist that you either have “the eye” or you don’t – is that true?  If two experienced photographers produced images from a similar location, but only one of them had “the eye”, would you be able to tell?  Can you learn to photograph more like someone with “the eye”?

All of these crazy ponderings have been in the back of my mind for quite some time.  It wasn’t until an old friend paid me a sweet and very profound compliment that I realized what all of this meant {I think}.  I’m a visual person, so I’m going to show you the conclusion I came to {please pardon the crappy mobile pictures}.  Don’t worry, I will share the enlightenment from my friend as well – at the end 🙂

Here is my view at Kylie’s school every day:

A stroll toward the building brings you to this cute statue and flowers…

It’s just some grass with a parking lot in the background, right?

To be sure, let’s look closer and get a little lower.  Do you see what I see?

This is what I see.

April…I haven’t seen you in forever, but I see some of your posts here and there and I have to let you know that you’re so talented and have such an eye for what you’re doing. Your photos capture all the beauty in this world that a lot of people take for granted. i love seeing the world through your eyes 🙂 keep up the good work and may this be just the beginning ♥ ♥ – Gina

I realized that it’s our perspective that separates us.  We as photographers are able to share a unique perspective with people who may not see it otherwise.  Our view of the world is “the eye” and our photography is how we are able to share it.  Although it’s been attested that you either have the eye for photography or you don’t, I would like to believe otherwise.  Maybe it’s only a matter of digging just a little deeper and learning to change your perspective.

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March 21, 2012 - 7:32 am

Wendy Valderrama - Awwww….Love this! Beautiful bluebonnet image!

March 21, 2012 - 8:11 am

Jamie - LOVE! This is a PERFECT explanation! 🙂 Think I’m going to share! <3

March 21, 2012 - 8:40 am

xiaguan - I have thought a lot about this issue April:) I have a 14yo who has the ‘eye’ as you put it:) She & I can go do a shoot & her photos just have a certain panache that most of mine don’t. I have pushed myself to get better but I am slowing coming to the realization that I am here to help her get her career started & just have fun myself;) It is humbling to come to that. Have I grown as a photographer ABSOLUTELY! Am i a naturally gifted as she is NOPE! My .02 for what it is worth:)


March 21, 2012 - 8:41 am

Dan Robinson - Great post! Just for whatever, here’s my perspective today – might be different tomorrow. There needs to be something there to begin with – maybe it is a “God-given talent” maybe just an appreciation for creation and the gift of being able to see it at all. There is a great quote by John Ruskin on “Seeing” – I’ll leave it for folks to find themselves – it is worth a little effort and who knows what else you might find on the way. There is also a great quote that I just saw a couple days ago by Dorothea Lange about what a camera can do for a person. I’ll leave that one for folks to look up also. I believe that skills and technical expertise can be developed, but I also believe that whatever is beneath the actions makes a huge difference. Just my “two cents” worth and – actually my opinion on this will probably be pretty much the same tomorrow! Blessings!

March 21, 2012 - 8:50 am

Boston Newborn and Family Photographer Amara Cohen - This is great! The last photo is breathtaking. Thanks for sharing.

March 21, 2012 - 11:07 am

Christina Slater - Love the last photo, spring is in the air!

March 21, 2012 - 5:47 pm

Chicago Newborn Photographer - Love this post!

March 21, 2012 - 9:00 pm

Heather McGinnis - Oh, April! I absolutely love your post with the mundane images “Most” people see contrasted with what you see as the photographer’s “eye” ….. what a beautiful & spot-on illustration. And the final image, I think Amara said it best – it is breathtaking! Beautiful work. 🙂

Beautiful Simplicity | Newborn Photographer

Newborn portraits are my favorite!  I just adore brand new, precious infants willing to be sleepily posed for the sake of a portrait to last a lifetime.  Typically, my newborn sessions take place in my home studio with a plethora of props, soft blankets, delicate headbands, baskets and decor.  I work with an octobox studio light, my speedlight, and reflectors to achieve the look that matches my style.  It’s all a process and I love it!

While visiting Florida, I was asked to take portraits of my friends’ brand new baby girl.  I wholeheartedly agreed because it’s what I love the most, however, I didn’t have any of my equipment with me besides my camera!  {GASP}.  I attempted to take the bull by the horns on this issue anyway by setting up near a window for some beautiful natural light.  I threw a couple of couch pillows on the floor and draped a blanket from the top of changing table {via hair clips} and down over the pillows.  Voila.  That was my “set”.  This was completely out of my element, yet the images are some of my favorites ever.

Ellie smiled nearly the whole time and her mommy even brought a little headband for her to wear.  I was able to still give them the style of newborn portraits they were seeking and that made my day.  I realized then that limitations are usually set by us when we don’t feel equipped.  It’s up to us to break them down and keep it simple!

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March 20, 2012 - 11:44 am

North shore chicago newborn photographer - She is such a gorgeous little lady– I love the big smile you captured!

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