How to Look Candid...

 

Body language is story telling with the body.

 

I was exposed to art and the world of dance at age three. I grew up surrounded by dancers, music, and performances. I remembering decoding lyrics to music as I stared and watched performances for what felt like days on end. Each dancer's movement described a feeling and emotion to describe the music.  I began reading bodies. I became hyper-aware of body language and facial expression. My intuitive nature helped me develop these skills. My background in dance gave me an ability to read and create expression. I use this knowledge to create meaningful imagery. 

Posing is not a word I like to use. The word "pose," suggests a stuff, unnatural posture. I hate stiffness and awkwardness in photos, so I use movement to get candid-looking photos. It won't surprise you to learn that I use movement to guide people through poses. I capture these moments by clicking my shutter every time I see something beautiful. Everyone loves candid photos because they look real, natural, they express honesty, they reveal the essence of a person. I think that emotion is the root of all imagery.

Bottom Line: Don't be a poser. Remember, to get candid looking photos...use movement.

 

 

 

 

YIN:YANG

THE POWER OF BALANCE

Find a balance... they said, it would be fun they said. Balance is a beautiful thing. However, It's not something that comes easy to me.  

For example, when I work, I have to do ALL THE WORK. When I clean my apartment, I have to clean THE ENTIRE apartment. When I have a pack of peanut M&M's, I have to finish ALL THE M&M's.

It's a commitment thing. I grew up in a super structured and disciplined household, which has some positives, however it's lead me to be overambitious. Overambitious in that I find myself forcing myself to overwork which inevitably causes me to burn out, not a habit that I want to hold on to. I'm working on this seesaw effect. Life has taught me that too much of one thing causes another to suffer. Which is why I'm working on creating a new organizational system. Working from home has amazing benefits (I highly recommend it for people who love their yoga pants and never want to take them off) but it definitely has it's challenges. Like the struggle of wanting to finish up just ONE more assignment, meanwhile dinner is getting cold or you're going to be late to your yoga class. 

The image above is a photo I created in college. I studied Fine Art with a concentration in Creative Photography. It was a very conceptual program. At the time, this photo meant something so different to me than it does now. Then I was about transitioning from one person to another, teenager to young adult, holding on to something that was fleeting. Now it's about how two sides of a coin fit together. It's about duality, and how balance is constructed of opposites working together to make something work. We all need this balance in life. Without this we have imbalance, unnecessary stress, an confusion. I thought I would share this to remind myself that moderation is key. My action plan is to have a green smoothie before the M&M's. 

Namaste, all. Here's to a productive more week! (and equally restfully... cuz..YIN:YANG). 

 

DIGITAL MANTRA

 

When I was a kid, I was a part of a small gang. The gang included my twin brother and my older sister, nevertheless we were three. To me three = small gang. To enter into fantasy/imaginary worlds we would ask one another with a snarl, "what's the secret password?" Then giggle at the password we made up that was completely ridiculous. 

These days passwords mean something much different. Now passwords are something that we type into a website to enter into an account... BORING. 

As I got older I found myself typing in passwords with increased speeds, mindlessly! I used to use words I would remember like my cat's name, or last name or ballerina5678, etc. When I bought my first MacBook, I thought about changing that habit. I became aware of the fact that passwords are words or phrases that I use frequently, often multiple times a day. MANTRA. Passwords are now my digital mantras. 

I googled mantra and this is what I found:

man·tra /mantrə/ noun

  1. (originally in Hinduism and Buddhism) a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation.

    • a Vedic hymn.

    • a statement or slogan repeated frequently

Recognizing this fact made me a more mindful password chooser. I choose something to remind me that I am alive. I am life. I am a being. I am not a robot. I am not a number. I am HERE. (see previous blog post about being HERE.)  I wanted to make my digital mantra something worth repeating and typing multiple times a day.

I chose: LOVEURLIFE. Love your life because it is a choice. I am choosing to love what I am, what I do and what I have. It's a constant reminder that I can change what I dislike about my life, and change my route so I can continue in the direction of loving my life. On days when I'm blue it reminds me to love the life I have been given, because we are all here for just a blink of an eye, a minuscule moment in the timeline of time and existence on earth. 

So, lets take photos. Lets make images so that families and loved ones will be able to hold them their hands and stare into, and reminisce on the memories that you've created together. 

 

One of my favorite songs describes these feelings perfectly. 

Lyrics to Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neural Milk Hotel:

What a beautiful face
I have found in this place
That is circling all round the sun
What a beautiful dream
That could flash on the screen
In a blink of an eye and be gone from me
Soft and sweet
Let me hold it close and keep it here with me

And one day we will die
And our ashes will fly from the aeroplane over the sea
But for now we are young
Let us lay in the sun
And count every beautiful thing we can see
Love to be
In the arms of all I'm keeping here with me

What a curious life
We have found here tonight
There is music that sounds from the street
There are lights in the clouds
Anna's ghost all around
Hear her voice as it's rolling and ringing through me
Soft and sweet
How the notes all bend and reach above the trees

Oh how I remember you
How I would push my fingers through
Your mouth to make those muscles move
That made your voice so smooth and sweet
But now we keep where we don't know
All secrets sleep in winter clothes
With one you loved so long ago
Now he don't even know his name

What a beautiful face
I have found in this place
That is circling all round the sun
And when we meet on a cloud
I'll be laughing out loud
I'll be laughing with everyone I see
Can't believe how strange it is to be anything at all

 

 

IDK WHAT IM DOING WITH MY HANDS

IDK what I'm doing with my hands, and I'm not exactly sure where I'm going. I do know that I want to grow. I want to evolve. I'm not really the best at opening up to the world-wide-interweb... BUT I want to try blogging for a couple reasons.     

  1.  I'd like to document my life better with snapshots of my life and things I treasure.  I want to leave a digital trail that is full of mementos so that people will get to know ME... proof that "I WAS HERE" <--- In dramatic Beyonce voice. (If you don't know what I'm talking about click on the words and it will lead you to the music video.) 

2.  I want this to be a place of reflection. A place to post about shoots I've been working on and creative projects I'm a part of. 

3.  I want to learn how to be more vulnerable because I truly believe it is a state of beauty. From there I believe that I will be a better photographer. From there, I will be better able to document and capture the emotions of the love between couples. I will have better tools to take better, more permeable portraits of people. I believe that love is a form of vulnerability. One of my favorite TED talks is called The Power of Vulnerability. It completely changed the way I participate in the world. We are all so connected. Watch the video to get inspired ;) 

                                                            -QUOTE VIA PINTEREST 

                                                            -QUOTE VIA PINTEREST 

TREASURE HUNTING

I... am a hunter. Hunting is my favorite part of shopping. I chase the feeling of catching something that's one of a kind, old fashioned or slow fashion. Older is better... better quality and made with more thought. 

Although I do participate in consumerism and online shopping on occasion, I have been trying to be more thoughtful in the way that I participate in the world. Sometimes that means buying things that are second hand from thrift stores. I've found the most amazing gems from these kinds of places. It's like the gem was waiting for me to find it, pick it up and love it!  I think that objects can take journeys, too. Someone's old wooden chair could easily become my new-old-magical-thinking-chair if I'm lucky enough to find it. 

I found these lil lovelys at a Goodwill. Do you think these yoga models are still doing yoga and have Instagram accounts with 10k followers?!  

Anyway, I appreciate these gems.

 

LOOM WEAVING WORKSHOP

Loom weaving and tapestry are ancient crafts. I became obsessed with these thangs after seeing them on Instagram and around vintage stores. I've seen some crazy, unique designs and became really inspired to start making them! I had no idea where to start until a dear friend invited me to a weaving workshop. We attended a work in Pasadena that happened to be just minutes from my home. I loved that I was supporting a local small business and got to meet other creative crafters. 

The workshop was incredible (and super affordable-$$$)! The instructor was so much fun and completely non-judgmental of my beginner questions. Ha! 

Our little workshop took place at a little store called LulaMae in Pasadena. The shop is FILLED with the cutest decor, gift, geodes, keepsakes, and the most hilarious handmade cards. 

I've already made about about 10 little creations and have a new appreciation for yarn... call me a granny, I don't even care. It's the perfect thing to do when I want to keep my hands busy or need to mentally detox but feel productive. It's meditative and also slightly addicting. It forces me to step away from my beloved computer and change my focus so that I can stay creative in a different outlets other than photography. Thanks LULAMAE!

To visit their website click here: lulamae.com