Dreams of Flight

This post is an oldie-but-goodie.  It was shot last year, but I just love it because, first of all, it’s a styled shoot with a boy, and many people tend to hit a wall in their brainstorming when it comes to styling concept shoots for their boys (it always seems girls are easier!).

My plan began with the book, a score from a local antique shop.  The ideas mounted, and my friend Hilary had the perfect little man for these photographs.  She had her grandfather’s antique planes and a great old trunk, and her boy had imagination and wonder.  He was so excited to scour the book to find planes within that resembled the ones he held in his hands.

A beautiful sunny day and an open field completed the concept.

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dallas child styled photography

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dallas child styled photography

dallas child styled photography

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dallas child styled photography

dallas child styled photography

dallas child styled photography

dallas child styled photography

dallas child styled photography

dallas child styled photography

dallas child styled photography

 

All That Glitters

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We live in a day and age where advances in technology have given the average person affordable access to photography equipment – cameras, lenses and more, and because of this opportunity, the market has changed dramatically and we have a lot more company in the industry.  That’s how I started, after all.  I purchased a DSLR because it was affordable and of better quality than my previous point-and-shoot, and little by little I caught “the bug” and eventually entered the market myself, to pursue a career I could love. And I really do love it!

Because the photography industry has become so much more saturated, consumers (potential clients) have a lot more choices to make.  It’s not just the one photography studio on the corner, or the chain store studio .  Now, people can find photographers of all styles and price points, and photographers now have the job of trying to stand apart and make their own unique statement.  How do we develop a business in this competitive market, and continue to feed our artistic souls?

NEVER stop learning.  Never stop playing, experimenting, learning new things, having “play dates” with photographer friends, photographing your own children in the everyday, or pursuing personal projects.  No matter who you’ve looked to for learning and inspiration, never rely too heavily on emulating someone else’s style.  Think:  what do YOU want to say?  What is your imagination telling you?  What do you dream about?  What do you love to do?  How can you make that come alive in your own work?  HOW will you set yourself apart?

I’m a self-proclaimed queen of photo play dates, even going into my sixth year of photography.  I crave the artistic outlet.  I crave the exhilaration of making a dream in my head appear in an image.  I need to CREATE something that’s never been created before.  It’s hard, nowadays, to find anything original to do, it seems.  But EVERY ONE of us has a unique, original imagination.  It’s tapping into that storehouse of magic which is the key.

This past Spring, I made such an idea happen, (of course with my trusty partner-in-creativity, Julie Peveto Photography) and I can’t even tell you how it revived my creative heart.

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dallas child photographer glitter concept shoot

dallas child photographer glitter concept shoot

dallas child photographer glitter concept shoot

dallas child photographer glitter concept shoot

dallas child photographer glitter concept shoot

dallas child photographer glitter concept shoot

dallas child photographer glitter concept shoot

dallas child photographer glitter concept shoot

dallas child photographer glitter concept shoot

A Year of Moving Pictures

I am so excited that I am part of a blog circle this year, where we share our imagery and the lives of our children and families in video form.  Most of us are new to video, and we are just going to have fun exploring ways to transform the still photograph into a more complete story.

This first month, I’ve chosen to capture a bit of the moments of my two youngest children, the bond they have, their free spirits, and our “back yard” that is both fun for them and inspiring for me.

Thank you for watching, and make sure to visit Amy’s blog for the next video in our circle!  <3

 

 

mimi cole from Sally Molhoek on Vimeo.

It only takes a few minutes!

It’s almost New Years, and you know what that means.  It’s the time of year when we make resolutions, and if you are a photographer, you might be resolving to take more pictures of your own kids.  I know that is my resolution – to document more of those unrehearsed, everyday moments.  However, if you are the type who loves the unrehearsed, but gets sweaty at the thought of a more styled shoot, you might find yourself too overwhelmed to start.

My advice?  Don’t plan.  At all.  Just go do it.  Grab your kids (or just some of them), put them in something nice, and just go. Keep it moving, make it fun, and make it short.  Hopefully, you’ll end up with kids who are not at their wits’ end, and a bunch of gorgeous pictures to show for it.

I know, I know.  In a perfect world.  😉

Back in late November, when I walked my two youngest to school each day, I saw one of the streets on our block was vibrant with color from the Fall leaves.  I decided I must photograph my kids there.  So, one day, without planning, I found outfits that were sufficient (as in, I grabbed them from the closet, they looked clean and the colors sort of matched), and my two most cooperative subjects, and we walked to the block.  We spent about five minutes under the trees on the road, another two or three minutes throwing leaves in the air from the sidewalk, and as we were circling the block to return home, we stopped on one more colorful sidewalk.  Fifteen minutes used, we were back home.  I had a camera full of images, and my kids were cashing in on their bribes.

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dallas fall photographer child color

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dallas fall photographer child color

dallas fall photographer child color

dallas fall photographer child color

2015 – Another Year Wraps Up

2015 has been a great year!  I joke that it’s really my first year as a Texan, since 2014 was a blur of trips back and forth to Michigan to finish up my commitments there.:-) And I’ve SO loved getting to stay put a little more often this year, and seeing how the seasons change in Texas (though I could have done with our month straight of storms in May).  I still managed to do a bit of traveling, visiting other places in Texas like Houston, San Antonio and Austin, and taking trips to the Carolinas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Colorado, meeting such amazing people along the way, and reconnecting with old friends.  My photographer’s heart was filled to the brim this year, and I have a long list of clients and fellow photographers to thank for that.  Thanks to all of you and I hope you have a beautiful 2016.

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December 29, 2015 - 11:37 pm

Debra Moise - Your photography is absolutely beautiful. It inspires me to continue taking pictures of family and friends. Keep up the awesome job of capturing memories!!