Thursday, June 28, 2012

GRAD :: 2012

Terri is a colleague/mentor of mine who wanted some photos of her beautiful daughter as she was getting ready for prom.  I had never met her daughter but knew from staff room conversations that she was something special.  We had the most beautiful house to shoot but lets be honest,  i could have photographed her infront of a dump truck and the photos would still have been stunning! Not to mention her BFFs

The dresses, the hair, the shoes.....ohhh the shoes. These girls have STYLE! I wanna go to PROM again...giggle.

I was thankful that there was no rain but the full sun can be quite a challenge especially when the view only faces one way. But like I said these girls are stunning and really whats in a view when there are BEAUTIFUL girls to look at. 

I hope you all enjoyed your night. Congratulations on your graduation and may whatever path you take lead you all to greatness. 

Enjoy your photos

oh kids and their phones these days...ha


i mean really...




WOWzerz how lucky I'm I? this was sooo much fun I could have photographed you all all day long.

Time is FLYING

Well if you follow my post or even just randomly check things out you may have noticed that I have been lacking on keeping up the monthly posts of my wee little girl.  I'll catch up someday...promise. 

The last 2 months have brought on a whooolle lot of changes with the little one.  She's been eating solids, started swimming and can now CRAWL...military style...but she's a movin!

Here are a few snipits of what we've been up too!!!

Emmersons FIRST SWIM!


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Declan :: BABY

There is just no time for a SNEAK...this little man is TOO cute not to share!
Baby Declan came 4 weeks early...and this is him at 4 weeks! He's so teeny tiny but was bright eyed the whole shoot...ohhh baby Declan...those blue eyes were too gorgeous to miss.  AND those little baby grunts and groans made my day ;)

Congratulations Jenn and Dustin on your Beautiful family...Enjoy that little man (and your photos!)


Monday, June 4, 2012

Time to KICK it up a notch

Being a mom is the GREATEST job in the's also the hardest! I know i know People say that all the time, and I would always agree but I could never really imagine. Now don't get me wrong....I am the luckiest girl in the WHOLE world, I mean, I get to be EMmersons mom! And it's AMAZING! The last 6 months I have dedicated 100% of everything I have to this brilliant little being...but my creative juices are flowing and my photography's lacking.
But Instead of working on my art during nap time I sit and stalk other photographers ha.

While all fun and games...and one might think i could learn from others (and I do...I TOTALLY do)But, more often then not, come away with a big judgement cloud looming over my photography....growl! Now I know, it's no-ones fault but my own...but I just can't help compare myself to other amazing photographers out there. I SO WISH I could walk away with only the inspiration to push myself to get better...but more often than not I walk away feeling envy..this photographer has a better camera, she has more lenses, this one books way more than I do, she has more fans a proper web site...CONFIDENCE to put herself out there ect.ect.ect. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME! I know, I've never really immersed myself fully into developing a business (what can I say, my capricornian ways led me through university to get a REAL job) but I am so passionate about photography and somehow developing into the photographer I want to be.

 I was reading photographer jasmine stars article about the mistakes she's made and really thought she had written about me!
Here's what she said...
"I let others dictate how I felt about my work. Needless to say, this happens a lot in the industry. Sometimes business owners will talk so certainly about WHAT they have, WHERE they're going, WHO they're with, HOW many weddings they booked...and so forth. And though it might be unintentional, they made me feel less worthy to pursue my dream of becoming a photographer, and my work. They had that camera, so clearly they take better photos than me. They're off to that industry mixer with people who air kiss, so clearly they're cooler than I am and will get jobs as a byproduct of it. They just booked their 764th wedding for the year...and updated their Facebook status to let the world know. I walked around in a constant state of I Suckiness, and it wasn't until I tuned out the noise that I was able to define who I was...just plain old Jasmine Star. Once this happened, I was able to embrace my current situation: While I may not have the best camera, or party with the cool kids, or book weddings like a boss...I'm moving forward. And moving is always better than sitting still." 

Feeling less worthy...that about sums it up!

WELL FOLKS ITS TIME TO STOP! No more feeling like I suck! I don't could always improve...but I don't suck! I may not have top of the line equipment (maybe one day I will) I may not have the money for a web site (just yet) I may not have tons of contacts and copious amounts of photography friends (I'll keep reaching out) I may not have all the time in the world (I'm a mom to the best child and a wife to the greatest husband) AND that's okay....I have PASSION!
I know that with each shoot I'll get better I'll learn I'll be thankful. I am so grateful for everyone who has been in front of my lens and trusted in my vision. I am greatful for positive feedback and encouragement (it's what keeps me going) I am thankful For the ones who read this blog...though its not an "official" web site. If you back me, if your behind me, if you encourage me THANK YOu it means the world.