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I do snowboard and would love to go to Colorado or Utah because they have some of the best mountains for snowboarding. My favorite part about this shoot was definitely the modeling part; getting to see behind the scenes and all the work that goes into a photoshoot. I had never modeled before this shoot and never realized how much I would love to start doing from now on.
I had something totally different that I had planned to write about for today. But, last night was, well, it wasn't a great night. It was a shitty night. I am an optimist, so before I finally fell asleep, I thanked God for all of the positives in my life (which are many). I still did not sleep well, so I was up before 5:00 a.m.
When I checked my email, I saw something I've been waiting for for a little while now; SEEN Magazine Issue #7 was just released. THE issue, the issue with my first print editorial featuring Kara. So many emotions came flooding through me that I couldn't even look at it yet. I actually put my phone down and got all welled up. In that moment, I thought about all of the times I've been put down in some way shape or form, many of them recently.
It wears on you to feel like you're not good enough, even when you KNOW you are trying so hard. I want my children to see success that they can model, the kind that will bring them not just financial freedom, but happiness. I want to give them the world.
When I was finally able to chill my emotions a bit, I read Kara's editorial. It is beautiful; she is beautiful; her words are inspiring and her images, MY work, is beautiful. I did that, and it's in a magazine. Her story lifted me up today:
"Being told you can't become the person you want to be is both heartbreaking and demoralizing. I knew I had to become a stronger person in order to block out this part and do what I needed to do for myself, and not for anyone else."
That hit me in my WHY: "You are worth it. You are worth happiness, you are worth love and acceptance for who you are and who you strive to be." You should not feel like you have to prove your worth to friends, family, significant others or anyone else. Know who you are, find strength in yourself and you will be successful. Every time I get behind my lens, my focus is to show you how strong and beautiful you truly are, so that you never forget, even when you are tested. And you will be tested.
So, Thank you Kara Halpin for inspiring me today, there's a photo of you under "beautiful" in the dictionary, I swear - make shit happen. Thank you for my dear friend and amazingly talented Makeup Artist, Claudia Frustaci of Ciao Bella Spa. Thanks to Cassie for your lighting assistance. Thank you SEEN Magazine for this editorial (and for it showing up this morning in my inbox, it was more timely than you know), thank you to all of you who support me, always.
Today is International Women's Day and while different people are honoring that in different ways (that include taking the day off), I am here, working harder, next to my strong, beautiful daughter sharing my accomplishment. Because I want her to see a strong woman and I don't want her to know what a day without me would be like. YOU BE YOU.
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY.
Now, head on over to seeninprint.co and order your copy of SEEN Magazine Issue #7. Feel free to frame it if you'd like.
I am HONORED to again be named among the top photographers in the industry as one of the Best of the Best. My series "Taking Sides - Just Be Yourself", was recently selected to the Master Series for publication on We Are The SEEN.
Photography is more than just taking a picture; anyone can do that. The art of photography is understanding light: how to use it, shape it, where it is coming from and how it will shape your image.
Continuously learning and reinforcing the skills of your craft can bring some pretty nifty rewards. I love learning not just for myself, but so that my clients may have the best experience and photography available. Proud to be named among the finest photographers in the biz.
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Im so proud to have my Land of the Free photo story featured as a Standout SEEN series on We Are the SEEN for the month of May.
This story is very close to my heart.; Alyssa, Caitlyn and Katherine are some of the sweetest, kindest and all around super-coolest girls you'll meet and that boy, CJ, he's not so bad either.😉 The Veterans in the photos are my Dad Jim, and his friend Howie.
It's almost the 4th of July and we will see our grand 'ole flag flying all over the place. We will smell Bubba Burgers + Ballpark Franks on the grill and take our families to see some grand fireworks shows. If you live near, or plan to visit Boston for your Independance Day Festivities, here is everything you need to k ow about our Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Everything that we have, love + enjoy in our great country, we can thank our brave soldiers for.