The Biggest Shoot of Your Life!!! In my mind, I hear a booming voice announcing those words as if the person being written about is 35, or 42, or 67 and everything has led up to this single moment. But the truth is, her career in photography is only just beginning and if she continues to focus her energies in the right places, she is going to be very big in the field of photography and this shoot, which she both completely orchestrated and shot over the course of a very, very long day, will be one of more than she will be able to count. Angel Daughter Number Two is my photographic creative genius. Upon graduating high school a few years ago, she began college and quickly realized that the academic route was not right for her. With the help of my father(her Pop-Pop), we found a college that was a much better fit for her, moved her up to The Art Center in Pasadena, CA, and there she remained for a year and a half. This year, she decided that she was finished. She felt that she had gleaned all that she could from The Art Center and decided to go out on her own without finishing school. Mark and I were not at all comfortable with her choice, but AD2 and her grandfather presented us with all of the reasons why she was ready and we finally gave in(kicking and screaming). It has been a very rough start for her, I am not going to lie, but suddenly things seem to be piecing together for her. This article is appearing on newsstands right now in the largest digital photography magazine in the nation, Digital PhotoPro. It is in their November 2011 issue and if you care to take a look at it, it is also available online, here. In the photos above, AD2 is the one with the camera;) On the right page, she is the one squatting down with her back to the camera taking the photograph of the model. Her longtime boyfriend, Joshua, is standing right next to her and his dog, Dakota, is modeling with the pretty lady. I told AD2 that next time, I want a picture of her face in the article! She is beautiful enough to be a model herself, but I am glad that she is not one. It is a tough industry.
Groupon commercial(and auditioning, and auditioning, and auditioning while working, working, working!) and now AD2 is being recognized for her own work in the arts. She was just asked to shoot an eight page spring fashion pictorial for a very prestigious magazine and she is SO excited! It will be shooting very, very soon but won't come out until January 2012, so we will all just have to wait. I get the feeling this child is about to start flying high, but as her mom, I will always remind her to remain grounded and to enjoy the view while she is finding her wings. There are so many dimensions to life. Keeping things in balance can be a challenge while floating with the air currents, but soaring with our feet planted firmly on the ground is the only way to stay sane and happy. By the way, if you happen to pick up a copy of Digital PhotoPro magazine and you would like an autograph of the up and coming photographer who is being featured on pages 86-90, I think I can hook you up;)
These are my girls. I am so in love with each one of them.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Confident, alive, beautiful, undisguised, sincere, witty, effervescent. Life personified.
I caught her playing with the wispy wings on her Homecoming dress and for me, that was better than any possible posed moment of perfection that I could possibly have captured. I am good at waiting.(with four children, I have to be) And snapping the shutter, click. Click, click. Click! I take in the moments, but without the camera, the moments become lost in a menagerie of hours, days and then years blending together to create a montage of moments lost. Colors blended. So I do the best that I can to bring them into focus and then collect them in a more lasting place.
A split-second of connection forever secured in my soul and now, forever imprinted immortally for us to always remember.
Dance your heart out tonight, AD4. I love you, my child.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Becca runs past me back into the house but I am no longer in a rush to close my eyes so I stand outside and watch as it happens all around me. Moon, earth, and sun. Everything feels as if it is perfectly aligned.
As I make my way back to my bed, I stop to cradle Becca's sweet face in my hands and I kiss her firmly on the snout. She looks at me as if the sun and the moon rise around me and I realize that to her at least, they do. I have witnessed more than one incredibly magical moment this morning.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
|This photo was taken on Monday.|
The week down here in beautiful San Clemente, CA began with a mixture of sunshine and clouds.
|This photo was taken on Tuesday.|
|This photo was taken yesterday.|
May I take this opportunity to ask forgiveness of anyone whom I may have hurt over the course of the past year. May I find forgiveness in my heart for those who have hurt me, either intentionally or inadvertently, and may I find a way to leave this hurt behind. But most of all, may God inscribe you, your family members and friends into The Book of Life for another good year. All of you.
With many blessings and so much love,
Debbie-Four Angels Momma