Continuing The Good Work

Continuing The Good Work

As a fun look at things of then to things of now, I hunted down the images from the last time I had a tattoo session back in September of 2012 and some cell phone shots my boyfriend, +Robert Hacker, took for me at this most recent session on May 10th, 2014 yesterday so I could compare.

It seems like a life time ago and yet it also feels like only yesterday (figuratively speaking) that I started this very special conceptual piece on my back that will one day slide down my half sleeve.

After this last session, I will only have some color retouching (fish and other odds and ends) and the background left before we start the long journey of the bicep and shoulder.

I am looking forward to this. Andy, my tattoo guy, is awesome and the fact that he has hybridized the world of tattoo artistry with an art gallery makes it so much sweeter too.

I sometimes feel that my life could be road mapped on my canvas, but the stories they tell need me to decrypt the symbolism behind each one; when someone asks what one of them means, I get to tell a story about my life and I think that is pretty cool.

One day, all the chapters will be there to see and that is exciting as well!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and mom-to-be’s out there and I hope everyone enjoys this and the rest of this wonderful Sunday! ♥

 

#tattooed #tattooinprogress #thestoryofmylife #itswrittenonmyskin

#welcometomyworld #delirium #deliriumtattoo

The Difference A Year Makes

The Difference A Year Makes

For this week’s +Blast From The Past installment, I decided to do something a little different and more current.  The image on the left was taken on April 23, 2013 and the image on the right was taken on April 23, 2014.  It seems like yesterday and a million years ago all at the same time.

So many things have occurred between then and now; I almost feel like a different person.  Joys, pains, happiness, and hardships…

Perhaps on April 23, 2015, I will capture another image and marvel at all that has transpired between that time and these…

For my darlings +Cheryl Cooper +Isabelle Fortin and+Mark Rodriguez and the rockin’ #blastfromthepast theme!

Enjoy!

Always Be Prepared To Be The Butt Of Your Own Joke

Always Be Prepared To Be The Butt Of Your Own Joke

“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” – Bill Cosby

So, for the #macromonday  theme the end , I thought I would draw humor from it since I sometimes like to think like the perpetual child – to be light-hearted and creative.

I received the cutest little glass sheep, part of an inside joke at work, for my birthday last month, and I move them around my office every couple of days like an Elf on The Shelf.

Over the last few weeks, clearing up the last few projects from my term in school and during the break, I have taken the time to regroup some – mentally and spiritually – and lay the foundation for more reconstructions, conceptual work, and overall well-being, but the final piece to the puzzle fell into place while getting deeper into my yoga flows.

The yogi leader mentioned that we should try to smile and go to a place of that which a child finds freedom and joy.  Well, for me, that joy comes in being goofy, sometimes off-color, and fully outrageous.  In remembrance of the quote above, from someone my grandfather loved to listen to in the car, I am embracing the laughter in life.

When life throws challenges at you – laugh at how you can’t believe this is all that has come your way; find humor where you can.  When people toss pain and drama at your feet – laugh it off; you don’t have to be bogged down by others’ “butt-sore” behaviors.  When you feel down – remember to laugh off at why you are really feeling down.

Most of the time, the reason we get down is because we feel like we don’t have control over something we believed we had control over.  The truth of the matter is that we do not ever have control over anything except ourselves – we only ever have the illusion of control.  So find humor in being thick-skulled and move on.

If you can’t do that – find humor and bring upon laughter in your life, then you truly are the “butt” end of your own life’s joke.

So, here, I give you the butt end of my sheep for the end theme of Macro Monday with +Jeff Moreau and +Sandra Parlow .

Enjoy and Namaste! ♥

Show Me How You Work It

Show Me How You Work It

I have watched a few of Lindsay Adler’s KelbyOne videos on shooting people of all different shapes and sizes – you know, regular people (all of us)!  One thing I loved about it was the psychology behind it.  Ask people what they really dislike and then use your knowledge and experience to get flattering portraits.

Now, I am a hippy girl, and I do not mean in the granola sense (though, I love me some granola).  I have “birthing hips” and I used to be so ashamed of being short with wide hips.  Actually, as I have aged over the last 10-11 years, I realize that this helps to make me look curvy in a good way if shot in a flattering angle.

With the aid of a few birthday presents (fancy dress, shrug, and shoes) and my iPhone, I took some of the advice Lindsay spoke about in regards to ladies with curves and pulled off this flattering portrait.

As part of my goals for the year of working with the phone like a camera, I edited and cleaned it up with only the trusty apps at my disposal.

I hope you enjoy! ♥

#selfportrait   #iphoneography   #selfportraitphotography  #selfportraiture   #snapseed

#cameraawesome  #filtersandtextures   #seeingthebeauty   #goals2014  #flatteringyoursubject

I Have Two Legs, And Sometimes I Know How To Use Them

I Have Two Legs, And Sometimes I Know How To Use Them

I heard through the grapevine (aka +Lotus Carroll ) that it is +Alexis Coram‘s birthday today and what better way to say Happy Birthday than by sharing some legs (since she adores them so).

I can’t admit to them being sexy, but I will say they have character with the adornments of knee high cherry blossom socks for this cold Florida morning!

Happy, happy birthday, Alexis!  I hope you have an amazing day! ♥

Oh yeah, and rock on, you kickass chick, you! xoxoxo

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#LegsForAlexis

#iphoneography   #snapseed   #mobilephotography

Visuellé Vintage

Visuellé Vintage

So, I still believe that a phone can take decent pictures if you take the time to do a few things like set a timer, and find or use some reliable lighting (indoor and outdoor).  Don’t get me wrong, it can take some time to get it right (in post) with different Apps and such, especially with a tiny screen, but it can be fun to challenge yourself to do it.  In 2013, I created a levitation in my phone and tablet, so a portrait isn’t as difficult a process, in hindsight.

Last night, +Kelly-Shane Fuller showed some excellent vintage images he was making prints of, and I decided I wanted to create a modern vintage in my own style.  it is always so important to add your own style as you begin to find your own.  As Zack Arias has said, it takes a decade to really solidify a style, and I think that is true.  Luckily, I have begun to incorporate my painting and sketching portraiture style into my photography, which is helping me evolve more.

Once I broke through that wall of photography is one thing and fine artistry is another, I began to see it all in a whole new light.

Anyway, I digress…

I did this with my phone using 4-5 apps to get it right.

Camera!, FaceTune, Snapseed, Photoshop Express.

I hope you enjoy this visually vintage phonography image for this Monday! ♥

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