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Ich bin zufrieden

July 21, 2015

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!

Lora Victoria Fotografie

Finally Packed

June 30, 2015

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.

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People enter our Lives for a reason

June 23, 2015

Dear Readers,

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.

Sincerely,

Lora Victoria Fotografie

I am not Competing with You

June 16, 2015

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!

The Vampire Diaries

May 8, 2015

Dear Readers,

As I edit I enjoy watching Netflix. The recent series I have finish watching is “The Vampire  Diaries”. It is a must see. It started off as a teen love story. Full with sex, drinking, and parties. Jealousy, hate, secrets, and betrayal came into the mix. All great combination of a great series. Where there is vampires there must be werewolves and mystic power from beyond.

On Germany Netflix there are 5 part series. On one series I was like please kill her she is getting irritated. On two series it spoke about the importance of family. Whether they was an ass or not. We all make mistake in life and in time we all must learn to forgive and let go. The bond of family and friendship was emphase in each series in which I loved. I cried on many parts. Especially when love concur all. If you have not seen this show it is like so worth it.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend

Lora Victoria Fotografie

P.S. if you are into Vamp shows Season 2 of Penny Dreadful is now airing on Netflix.

How to get your Photos Publish

May 1, 2015

Dear Readers,

I have been asked by a few people how is it that I get so many of my photos publish. Therefore I will share with you a few tips. It all start from the season, location, atmosphere, sign agreement you can use the photos, and subject (person or thing). Once those have been organize and photos made then what I think is very important is how you save your images. The way I save my images on my many storage drives is different from many photographers.

I have my photo save as portfolio00 for each storage drive and ofcourse continue on with portfolio01 and etc. In each portfolio I have two folders call Studio and Outdoor with the year. Inside those folder I have a folder call Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. In those folders I have the model names. Why so technical you might ask. For me this is my organization. Many magazine and company want seasonal photos. Some don’t care.

When you search for a magazine make sure to choose a magazine that represent you and your work. Some company want you to pay for submission and others don’t. Many magazines do a trade for trade. Your photos for publishing your name and work. Which is great! Some company will pay you, publish, your name and work. Which is really great! Some magazines will only post your photos online such as FB, blog, or their webpage. Others will only post in their magazine. Sometimes in all categories. This is another reason to read carefully their guidelines because it state precisely what they want from your end and what will happen on theirs.

When your photos is organize into seasonal you can always use older photos you have taking for submission years later. But make sure they are your best photos. If they need to be reedited do so. We all grow and get better as the years go by, so let your work show your present style. Seasonal just allow you to quickly find what ever theme the magazine want. Because your are quicker to remember a shoot than remembering what model you use for a shoot.

These are my quick tips to get publish and the very last one is try to take many variation of the shoot with the subject. When I first began making ideas and photos for magazines I did not know that so many magazines wanted different variation of the same theme by having different looks. So please do not forget variation. Let your subject know that you will need them for 2-4 hours the most and why, when working on magazine submissions. I won’t stay create only photos that are creative or stand out. I have seen many submissions that was very ordinary and nothing to get excited for. But the publisher is the one who choose base on what is needed for the editorial. Wishing you all success in getting publish and when you are not publish your first few try no biggy. Really, because you have thousand and thousand magazines to try to hand your work too.

Have a great weekend,

Lora Victoria Fotografie

Spring is here

April 24, 2015

Dear Reader,

Das sonne scheint, die blumen blume, und das Madchen sing la la la, lol. This is a saying I say to myself every April since living in Germany. “The sun shine, the flower bloom, and the little girls sing la, la, la:) I guess I am the little girl, LOL. As you all know I love shooting in nature. Because of the versatile background. I love the studio too because I control the lighting and get what I exactly want, but there is nothing compare to having a different background and atmosphere such as standing in nature.

I ofcourse have plans to work in both environment as always but I will try my best to get some of my outside photo projects done before July, if I can. Many of the models I work with have asked me to please do a shoot with them before I leave and I have promise some others last year in which I have not gotten to as yet. So it will be a bit tiring for me but I like to keep my words. They are all good people and without them I would not be where I am now. One should never forget the people who help them in life.

I know that I am not the typical photographer. I literally have a list of shoots in my head that I want to do and check off. I even send off a list to the regular models so if they have an interest in any shoot they would email me and let me know. For example yesterday I was so surprise that one of my favorite models (I do have a few). This one is the one who did the cancer shoot with me, to honor my friend that died. She contacted me to asked me if I am still interested to do a shoot on my list I gave to her two years ago. Because she has been watching my pages and have not seen it done as yet. I told her of course. She said great because she has been saving bags for a very long time now thinking of me. Now that is freaking awesome of her. I too have been saving bags. So perhaps next month you will see the shoot on my page when all work out well. Love that chicky. It is funny in a way, not haha way, the people you meet in life. Some start off as business and other last to friendship if not great associates.

Another shoot I will be doing in May will be more for the gallery I will hold when I come back in three years. A friend and I have been working on  creating images to be in a gallery together. Sadly it won’t happen together. We both are moving far from each other and when I come back she will then be back in the State. She is a great painter. She take photos and then paint them. You would look at the images and say wow. With my twisted mind of the body and life in a gallery together with her would be mind blowing. We still talk that we both must continue with our dreams and to still do the gallery, even when it is by ourselves. The model that will do the shooting in May, if all goes well, like my crazy ideas. So we will see. Sorry those photos will not be on FB because it is not meant for the FB audience. I am not as brave as other photographers that can display certain images of nudity on their pages. The audience I know I have on my page are more family orientated, business people, and young adults. I do have some people who like my page who don’t care about nudity as it is nothing but they are a very small percentage. This is why I don’t post the human body on my page. It would get reported as it does in some other FB group which is for showing the body because FB guideline of the nipples are broking, like OMG people really nipples! We don’t report photos with men and their nipples why report photos of females nipples. People are so backward and these are photographers!

I can go on longer and catch you up but I will quickly summarize. Working with the guy company is great. Taking photos of products, houses, and meeting new people each shoot. That is keeping me busy with my own customers, thank you God for your blessings, and for working with models on my projects. My photos also will be in a publication again in a Magazine.The choice is up to the publisher. So as usual I am excited to see which ones they will be displaying in their magazines. Every time my work is publish by a company catalog, magazines, show case on a site with other top photographers, or hit newspaper I feel so bless. Why, because it shows me that people really like my work to publish it and that my work is good (or as my friends and husband would say, your work is not good but great! People can get good work any where but great work is harder to find and has value). That reminds me of a another post I been meaning to write about, perhaps next time.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend fill with sunshine.

Sincerely,

Lora Victoria Fotografie

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