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10 on 10: March – A Little Bit of Me and iPhoneography

I recently came up against one of those creative road blocks, and for a week, couldn’t decide what I would do for this month’s 10 on 10. I thought about photographing my day, but my day consists of a lot of sitting at my computer — editing, and I didn’t think that would appeal to anyone. It certainly didn’t appeal to me.

I actually went to the beach one day and got sand, brought it home, and photographed shells. I thought I would pretty them up with textures, etc., but I wasn’t feeling it at all. I had already committed to 10 on 10, and now it was the 11th..yipes!

Then…I stumbled upon Susan Tuttle somehow. I think because I’d heard her name twice in one week, I figured I’d better look her up. I immediately fell in love her iPhone photos…the textures and effects she used–they were so artful! She offered an on-line class on iPhoneography, and it was half-price at the moment, so I jumped in. In one afternoon, I stuffed a lot of learning down my throat, and with little time to find things to shoot, I decided I’d follow her lead and photograph me. Nothing too exciting, but with blurring and lighting effects, I thought, why not?

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These are 10 images that I created off the cuff. I thank 10 on 10 and our circle of women for inspiring me to participate–to get out my camera (or iphone) and shoot, when I may get too trapped in my editing work, and encouraging me to simply create.

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The hardest part was taking photos hands free! I used a timer app, but still, I had to lean my phone up against things, stack up books so it would be high enough, and then it was a lot of trial and error…a lot!

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I look forward to creating much more iPhone art with the tools I now have and more that I’ve yet to learn. Please follow around our circle of women, starting with the lovely Suzanne O’Brien.

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10 on 10: February – Flowers for Love

For this month’s 10 on 10 post, I decided to photograph flowers. I was feeling a bit low on Sunday and went a little crazy cheering myself with flowers, plus, with this Friday being Valentine’ Day, I thought the timing was fitting.

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Ideally, I knew that I would make images with my purchase of pink tulips, red ranunculus, a red gerbera daisy, and hydrangea. Creating always takes me out of my funk, bringing me straight into the moment.

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I am thoughtful and careful in my styling, just as I am in my people portrait shoots, and I had no idea how exhausting it can be! I was on my belly a lot, changed lenses a lot and tried many different vases and positioning, all the while making sure the natural light was sufficiently bounced back onto them with a reflector or foam board. All in all, it was a full-on shoot.

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I enjoyed it tremendously though, and had been wanting so much to experiment more with textures and some of my photoshop skills to create these images.

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Because my Mom was on my mind the entire time I worked with these flowers, I am dedicating all these photos to her. I see how much of who I am came from her. She is the one who taught me about style, creativity and about beauty. These things have always been so important to her in the way she cooks, wraps presents, quilts, dresses, you name it! The petal doesn’t fall far from the flower! Because she doesn’t live close to me, this is my way of sending her flowers — flowers that will last forever! Big love to Mom!

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And just in case anyone reading isn’t familiar with the 10 on 10 project, there are 10ish of us women who take 10 photos on the 10th of each month. We post them, with a link to the next woman in the circle, and we gain inspiration from each other, while at the same time, many who wouldn’t normally get to see each person’s work now will get to through the sharing we do!

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Please follow around the circle and get acquainted with some amazing photographers, starting with Kristina.

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The Angel Within

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It was a couple of weeks ago during the warmest part of our winter here in San Diego, that Ana hired me to create some images of her. She wanted portraits and hoped to have a photo that made her look like a butterfly. She wanted it to show freedom and her personal flight to a new chapter in her life.

I did create the butterfly image, not shown here, and though I loved it, it felt forced – like I had to make it literally look like a butterfly, something I didn’t realize until I got to the editing, but I figured my client would still like it. She did. But then I edited this one. This was inspired by a photo I saw somewhere on-line, but it looks absolutely nothing like it.

This is usually what I do at the end of my client shoots if time allows, is ask them if they’re willing to try something else. Ana always agrees, bless her heart, and this photo is what came. It’s about 4 or 5 images combined and the sky came from Tulum, Mexico. When I completed it, it felt so true to me, and it felt so true to who I know my client, Ana, to be.

When I posted it on Flickr, the word ‘Angel’ came up many times over. I thought it was so interesting because the photo I borrowed from was more of a sexy, wrapped goddess, with lots of darkness around her, but this was how my version emerged.

I ask myself where it came from and all I can say is somewhere inside of me. I’m one who believes in angels and ask for their guidance a lot. I also feel I have angels on earth and one of them is Ana. I suppose it was natural for me to create her this way.

When we’re really true to what feels right to us as we create, the truth is there, right in front of us and sometimes it’s really a beautiful surprise!

This, by the way, was her favorite too, and the one she is using to represent who she is and where she is in her life.

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