Monthly Archives: February 2011

Creativity…

No matter what kind of artist you are, it’s bound to happen… you lose your motivation to pursue your art.  You are uninspired, burnt out, ready to pack everything into a box in the closet and move on.  For me, it happens every few months and is usually a sign that I am working too much and not making enough time for my personal art projects.  One way I’ve found to remedy these doldrums is to engage in something completely different.  Something that will push me outside of my comfort zone and teach me something new.  It’s surprising how a little exposure to a new activity renews my artist soul.

A few years ago I took an amazing ceramics class at a local art studio in Balboa Park with two of my girlfriends.  The teacher, Doug Snider, is a talented artist, but a laid-back teacher… a great combination for letting students learn at their own pace and for fueling a creative spirit.  Over the years, I’ve kept in touch with Doug and his latest projects that take him all over the world.  Besides having some really cool things to take home from the class, it’s also a lot of fun.  If this sounds interesting to you (or your kids), go check it out!

Taking photos in the rain!

As rare as it is, it DOES rain in San Diego.  Sometimes.  Usually on a day I have a photo session.  The Jain Family was up for it though… and we have some gorgeous images to prove it!

PS… While his parents had no problem with hanging out in the rain, I can assure you, Baby was not subjected to the same conditions.  He stayed dry and warm the whole session.  My camera however, took one for the team. :)

Phoenix Maternity Photographer // Bonnie & Sean

These two beautiful people welcomed their new daughter into the world only a few short weeks after these photos were taken.  Congratulations on the newest member of your family… I can’t wait to meet her!

Learn to Shoot Film!

Last summer I took a workshop and finally learned to do what I have wanted to all my photographic career… to confidently learn to shoot film and leave behind the digital photography world.  It has been an amazing, albeit expensive journey.  It has also been worth every penny.

When Jon mentioned that he was going to be writing a book that read like a Clif Notes version of this amazing workshop, I about died.  And then started begging for a copy of my own.  When I finally got my hands on a copy, I about died again.  The “secrets” are all there: how to expose your film, the difference between films, choosing your camera, where to go to get your film processed… why you should even consider shooting film in the first place.  And of course, the photography is incredible.

If you are at all interested in pursuing film as your medium of choice, shooting it for personal work, looking to learn the basics, or just want to get your hands on some beautiful Jonathan Canlas photography, this is the book for you.  But be warned… although the book is inexpensive, you may soon find yourself completely hooked and jonesing for that next roll of Portra 400…

**Disclaimer:  I am not being paid, sponsored, or compensated in anyway for this promotion.  I love film.  I love good photography.  And I love to share photo info with anyone who wants to know.  That being said, there are a million+ workshops, books, actions, templates, and tricks out there on the market that everyone assures you is the big thing that will make you the kind of photographer you’ve always wanted to be.  The only thing that will actually do that is education and constant experimentation.  As far as the education part goes, this book of information is worth it’s weight in gold.  And totally worth that $89 price tag.  What you do after that is up to you. :)

Happy Valentines Day!

Love, Love, Love.
Love, Love, Love.
Love, Love, Love.

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done.
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game.
It’s easy.

Nothing you can make that can’t be made.
No one you can save that can’t be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time.
It’s easy.

All you need is love.
All you need is love.
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need.

All you need is love.
All you need is love.
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need.

Nothing you can know that isn’t known.
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.
It’s easy.

All you need is love.
All you need is love.
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need.

(The Beatles – All You Need is Love)