It is almost time for me to start my new adventure, if all goes well. Many people have told me they can’t wait to see photo shoots I take in Turkey. I told many people, “not that only the language barrier and not knowing where things are will slow me down, but also myself”. I plan to take this time out to focus more on myself, organize my business structure more, and edit on the thousands of photos that I like the best. Granted yes, I will take street photography and maybe yes some model shoots but not much. We all are giving a chance in life to take a break. Some of us grab it and others say they have no time. I was the others. Now I will make time.
Meanwhile I focus on myself I will revamp my work. I am ready to go to the next level of photography and I know I am ready for it. My work as gotten stronger in which I am very please with. I just need to work on one thing for sure that I know I am weak on. Which will come in time. Germany you have been wonderful to me. You will be miss and often thought on! Danke fur alles!
People really, FB is not your friend. I read newsfeeds daily from people who post their life if not deepest life stories on FB thinking that people care. It got so irritating that I had to delete some of them off my account if not unfollow. I can’t take attention seekers or negative energy. Don’t get me wrong some people do care, but a high majority do not. You are their entertainment if not their happiness in your misery. If you are truly not happy in life please contact a ‘true’ friend. A true friend ears is always there for you whether they are busy or have their own problems. They take time out for you!
I am grateful I have ‘true’ friends I can email, call, whatsapp, viber, and that can pick me up and give me a break from this crazy world. Friends like that I will never let go and cherish until the day I die. Because those are the people who will be there for you in good and bad times. Not the people who just want to know your business or the people who act concern.
It is always a joy for me to bump into models I have not work with in a long time (11 months ago) and we both say let’s do a shoot soon. Which end up being the next weekend, lol.
I am in the process of editing and as usual I have too many strong photos to select from to share. Therefore, I am starting with this one :)
A 40 minute shoot with three change of clothes, three near by locations, and tons of great photos made both the model and I day that morning. Hope you enjoy!
Ich bin zufrieden mit leben! I am happy in life. Granted my mobil data is slower than a snail, the temporary place we reside internet connection signal drop every few minutes and stay offline for 2 minute or so, until it decide to come back online. I am happy with life! This month did not work as planned. Which I was very happy for:) But now that I am here and have the opportunity to say goodbye to some friends in person and still have a few more to go, which I will do in September when I come back to visit. I hate fast goodbyes. I love to sit, chat, and enjoy the person.
The first two weeks here I did not do any photo shoots. Instead I was editing shoots to give to the models who were my last shoots and to a client. Plus I honestly did not wanted to go out and photograph in the heat we were having unless it was a pay job. I am a cranky monster when my body is over heated. I can see myself now. Two clicks shoot is over, lets go. So serious. Once it cooled down I started to make shoots again in which I so enjoy and missed. Back to back if not every few days.
Many of you know I have a huge wish list of shoots and ideas I want to get done before the good Lord take me. I know not all of them can be done right away with me being so picky on many things and details. However since I have the opportunity to be here a bit longer I have cross off some of my shooting ideas off my list and met a few people who I plan to stay in contact with. Not just for photographing but for girl chat. I am truly not a regular photographer who just want to take nice photos. I love to connect with the person I am photographing. I like to get to know the person.
I am just really happy that I got the opportunity to make some of the photos I wanted and enjoyed doing this season. I am a nature junky and love photographing in nature surrounding. I also had the opportunity from a client who model for me two years ago to take maternity photos. We have been chatting since the day of our shoot but only had one session together since she was only modeling for fun when she had time. She has gave me permission to use any photos from our session this week. Now that is cool! A past model hiring me for a job ( in which she was my fourth past model hiring me for a job since I have been license). I feel so bless. Later this week or next week I will upload a photo of our shoot. She has so many strong images as usual. She might model for fun back in the days but she moves very well and her look is so strong, plus she is beautiful from the inside out.
When it is time for me to go, I will no longer be kicking and screaming. I will go with a smile because ich bin zufrieden:)
Enough of me typing away. This weekend I have the total of five shoots to do and need to go back to grading photos from today and editing shoots from last weekend. Word press have a great day!
Using mobil app to write….
The move is finally over. Two days of helping the movers and realizing how
much junk I do have and things I need really to let go of.
Before coming to Germany I was a hairstylist and had my own salon. In my basement was boxes of hair colors galore, bleaches, peroxides, perms, relaxers, foil, hair rods, boxes of combs and brushes, and the list goes on. The old me would of kept everything. But the older me said why.
As I sit in my tub with body ache and running up my Mobil data usage. I sit in silence remembering my first month in Germany and how we found this flat we had call home. I truly am going to miss it here and all the tenants inside. Many of them open their homes to me and welcome me without hesitation.
Tonight we will find a cozy place to rest our head and wait for the confirmation of us leaving to Turkey on Saturday or later if all the paperwork have not gotten check over by all needed to. To be honest if it is a bit later I am happy but sad at the same time. All my photo gears and studio are pack away in a truck. Thank God I was smart enough to keep my camera bag with me and my loving husband stop the movers from packing my bag with my new lens. He must know that will keep me busy and happy if we are here longer than date giving.
WordPressers have a great day. I leave you with photos of my flat. If my Mobil data usage is not all gone or painfully slow. I will let you know the conclusion. Because then we need to find a temporary home. Hotels are nice for a few days but for me not comfortable after five days.
I believe that we all come and go out of a person life for a reason. A reason that many of us don’t know. Whether good or bad it changes both party lives. I have been photographing models for two years straight. My first ‘real’ shoot was a model/photographer who I met in a photo club. She announced herself and mentioned if anyone is interest to photograph her just email her. I ofcourse email her because she was and still is friendly and did not care if one was a starter or a professional. Our shoot was great! So great that we had a few more shoot in the passing two years. I am going to miss her. She is truly a beauty inside and out and a good friend. By the time I come back to Germany she will be back in America. She gave me my confidence I was lacking.
My second shoot was with a female body builder. She was starting back into body builder and needed a few photos for her portfolio. After that shoot we took a few more later and family photos. She also gave me the push to take more photos. I remember telling her it is not easy for me to ask people. I am too shy. She pushed me to talk more to people no matter if my German is bad.
My third shoot is what escalated to the person I am now. With confidence on both shoots before. I had an idea for a shoot. In many of my photos if you l look closely it represent the person who I am or was. What I like or what I am against. There is always a part of me in a shoot. By props, clothing, jewelries, and places I have visit and bought items from are always in the photos. Many people don’t know this. Just me and the models. As many people know I am a planner. I love to plan ahead of time and organize with detail. I am proud to say I have taught many models to do the same. So much that they asked the photographer who request them for a shoot what are their ideas, location, time, what they need to bring and etc so that they can be prepare. My babies make me proud.My third shoot was a success! It was a group shoot. I found the models from FB by posting if anyone was interested in my idea. Out of the 5 models only two were real models. Which was fine with me. I was not picky. We chat and organize the shoot in detail and it was really perfect. Even the jealous girlfriend that was there did not stop the show. I changed a few things around and everyone was happy.
With many of my shoots in the first year of photographing models, were always a group shoot. I loved it! I bought so many models together and always tell them to network and change information. I smile at many of them to this very day. They all make me so proud. Many of them still stay in contact and do shoots together. Many of them are friends that actually hang out and do things. A few of them have became really professional models and have a career by it. Even giving tips to others models who are trying to be professional.
Allowing photographers to shoot with me gave the photographers what I had when I first started…..confidence! And a chance to meet models to work with in the future. I will always do this as no one have every did this for me. Enjoy watching the network of connection continue. A model when her luck was down got hired by a photographer to work at his company. This was a photographer that I invited to a shoot. It make me always smile that I had something to do with all these models and photographers relationships. That they would not have these friendships, connections, jobs, and etc if I had not bought everyone together. I am proud to say I did that! I am happy to say I love what I do and that I had wonderful people who gave me the push and confident. I am proud to know when ever my models need me they feel free to contact me and when I am available I am there for them as they are for me. When I sadly am not available I still support them. I wish nothing but the best for them.
I am gong to miss dearly everyone who had came in and went out of my life. I have not only change a bit of their lives but they changed mines too. This Saturday is my last photo shoot then I will be packing to start my new adventure in Turkey. My oh my, time truly fly and soon I must do the same. My next post will be once I am settle in. Wishing everyone a wonderful week.
I must be an alien from another world and must not have much care in the world. I was never the type to compete. Sure I enter spelling bee contest and came in second place since I could not lie when the lady asked me to spell “booth”. I first thought she said boot and spell boot and she gave me a second chance with the definition and I knew right away I spell it wrong because I heard wrong, but still respelled it. I blame this on my mom for raising a honest person. She use to tell us when we were children every time you lie the devil write on his wall a stick for you. The more lies you tell the closer you are too spend eternity with him. So I never told a lie growing up. In adult age I learned to answer differently so it won’t be a lie but it won’t be the whole story either. My friends says it is still lying because information are missing. I say to each their own, lol.
When I was on the girls volleyball team and basketball team I played for fun. If we won we won. If we lost we lost. I had fun. For me that was all that matter. This attitude will always stay with me to the end of my day. I just really don’t care much. For me enjoying life each day stress free of less of stress as always been me. Maybe that is why people ask me many days why am I always happy or walking around with a smile? Don’t I have bad days? Sure i do, but if I can’t change it, I don’t want to focus on it. I must move on.
I think it is silly for people to watch other people FB page being hidden. FB created this feature over a year ago that you can watch other business page to compare them with yours. I have a few people watching me. Which I think is absolutely funny. Why hide behind a feature. Just press like. Talking about FB, I thought it was funny when back in the days and probably still now people add total strangers and other people friends from their list to have more people. Because everyone was competing to have a huge amount of friends. I always shook my head when I get friend request. Like do I know you? Sometime had the nerve to write them email asking, lol. Also what I find is sad too with FB is that many pages are in a group for like for like. Just to have a huge number of fan shown on their page. Has the world gotten so shallow?
Around Mother day I had a young man that ran the same exact promotion I ran on my page onto his page using a photo I took of him and his family. Stamp with his photograph name on the image, in which I took. I right away corrected him and taught him what it means to be a professional photographer since he had retain his business license. He wrote me and apologize and gave me credit for the photo. I told him that when running an ad it is best for him to use a photo he took or give the photographer credit. That is only right and also professional. Also that I wish him success. For me I could care less that he copy my promotion. There are tons of photographer out there. People will go to a photographer of their choice for their own reasons.
Life is too short and too funny for me to focus on unnecessary people. I am doing well in life, business, and publications. I am not competing with you. I am doing me!