Category Archives: Personal

April | Self Portrait

Yeah, I know it’s the middle of May… I’m just impressed I actually took it in April on a beautiful windy day. I had this idea in my head for several days and just decided to finally do it. My favorite ended up being a little blurry and probably not the best image I have ever taken but dang it, I love it! Now to spend some time this summer playing with different photoshop thoughts and see what I can create!

Are you doing a self-portrait project? Let me know in the comments!

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Crafty | Wheeled Pottery

It’s something about photographers that we need to do crafty stuff no matter what that may be. I think it’s because we get in stuck with an idea and we need to do something to get back to where we want to be.

Well, the last three months I have been creating wheeled pottery. It’s seriously one of the most unique things I have ever done! And I love it. It is time consuming in a time when everything is instant. I was surprised to find out that the hardest part was slowing down and being patient about the end product. With using a wheel for pottery, everything is hinged on the fact that the clay will do what you trying to make it do. Most of the time, it’s not going to do what you want it to do. You are just going to have to fight with it. One girl I met after trying something for a year, finally made a chip and salsa bowl! It’s harder than you think.

There is like five main steps to do wheel pottery.
First step centering the clay, then growing the clay.
Next, trimming the piece. Making it level and giving it a foot? (still don’t understand that.)
Then they have to fire it the first time.
After they fire it, you get to paint it!
Finally they have to fire it again!

After taking the class I have learned more about myself than I ever thought I would. I am an instant person. I never would have said that before that class. I like being able to instantly see what amazing photos photographers are creating. I like being able to get the movie review before I watch the movie. I like getting crafty things done quickly. I don’t like waiting for the “paint” to dry or for the shoot to be put together.

So I guess my goal for this year is to slow down and wait for the paint to dry and be okay with it!

Business Book | April 2017

Sometimes you just pick up a business book and it turns out to be the right one to read. That’s what happened to me the other day on the way to a wedding rehearsal… I picked up “How to Get Ideas” by Jack Foster. It was one of those books I picked up from the Library book sale. The ones that have just sat there staring at me. What an amazing book! It was so easy to read and made you want to divide into his different suggestions to get started.

He put the definition in of idea that he most agreed with. “An idea is nothing more or less than a new combination of old elements.” Stop, read that again. Oh my gosh, that statement alone hit me with a ton of bricks. I guess I had never really stopped and thought about it that way. Getting ideas depending on you accepting what you think about yourself and your belief that the idea does exist.  He encourages people to visualize their ideas and to not be afraid of getting it wrong. He suggested several ways to help gain more ideas… Think visually. Think laterally. Don’t assume Boundaries that aren’t there. Set some limits. Define the problem. Do something about your idea everyday.

My favorite piece of advice from his book — “At first ideas are hard to find. Then they come in bunches. Don’t stop and analyze them. Write them down for analysis later. Don’t stop the ideas.”

Definitely one I’m putting on my list to read yearly!

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February | Self Portrait

I realized the other week during my Spring Break that I was putting off my self-portrait project. I was putting it off because I didn’t have the outfits or the ideas like some of the fantasy photographers I follow. I was putting it off because I was comparing myself to what they were doing. I was comparing my self. I was worrying about my self image. I was worried about how fat I have been becoming.

I was worrying about a whole host of things that I didn’t have any business worrying about because I’m not them. I’m not in the same place in this journey. I’m at the beginning of trying to take good self-portraits. I’m at the beginning of believing that I can take a good picture. I’m starting to collect things that would make a good picture. I’m at the beginning. I’m starting.

Everyone started someplace and I need to remember that.

So here is my super late should have been March self portrait but is February self-portrait.

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At Home, Spring Break 2017

cats, naps, heat, cold, spring breakSomedays you just need to run around at about a mile a minute trying to get everything done. Other days you just need to take a deep breathe and take a nap with the cats around you.

This has definitely been a week of not doing very much. It has been a week of resting (naps -oh how I have missed them.), and decluttering. I think I have watched more movies in the last week on DVR than I have in the last two months. I think I have worked on the couch more this week than since summer. It definitely has not been the dream spring break, but it has been a break when I needed it.

The school that I work at has been becoming a Leader in Me school. For those who don’t know it’s teaching the 7 habits of highly effective people to the students. It’s something that I truly believe in. Anyways, this week has definitely been about Sharpening My Saw. Taking time for me to rest and come back and be more me.

Now, I know starting next week the rat race continues. but for today and this weekend I’m going to feel more and more like myself.

Here is a few photos from my super exciting Spring Break!


I froze when our propane went out and it was snowing all day! (What the heck! It’s supposed to be spring break!)  Found some amazing must-buy-soon things at Hobby Lobby & Michaels. 

Colored my hair… Prepping for PURPLE in MAY!! (Stay tuned for that.) Houdini thought my hair smelled funny. 

Did a little cleaning with some cat help, which they are currently being non-motivating currently… Squrriel is on the dog bed and Houdini is on the footstool. Both are sleeping… Saw Beauty and the Beast with a few of my friends opening night! (Amazing! Go see it now!) 

Maybe next year, I’ll do something different… But for now, this is me… 



 

Collaboration | Marie Antoinette

Back in December, one of my Kansas City model friends, Felicity said she was coming to Springfield in January. As Decemember passed on, my new friend Diana, from Diane Lee l Childhood & Lifestyle Portraiture,  had an idea of doing Marie Antoinette and invite some other photographers to join her on the shoot. I’m so happy I jumped on the opportunity! Even though I didn’t know that much about Marie Antoinette, I was super excited about going to the shoot.

For those like me who don’t know who Marie Antoinette is, she was the last queen of France before the French Revolution. Was the victim of a lot of gossip and also called a prostitute at one time.

Anyways… We meet at the Fireside Gallery on Commerical Street. If you have never been there, it is AMAZING!!! Exposed brick, tons of natural light, a barn door — definitely needs for a studio someday!

Felicity made a wonder Marie Antoinette and her boyfriend Zach did a great job stepping in a modeling too!

Models – Felicity and Zach
MUAH – Felicity
Styling – Diane Lee
Dress – The Porcelain Teacup

These images with Zach… AMAZING!!! I’m so glad he got to join us at our shoot in January. 

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Business Book | January 2017

January’s business book was Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. I have seen this book on so many photographers pages, artists pages, and every other page under the sun. I knew I wanted to read it, but sometimes you just have to wait for the season before it’s time. It was time this past month. And WOW, this book did not disappoint at all. It was amazing, wonderful and so much more.

Creatives like myself always seem to struggle with the ideas of creative living. To all of us, we see it as a dream of being full-time. But there is more than just quitting your job. Gilbert pointed out that you need to learn to travel comfortably with your fear. “Make space for fear. If I relax, fear relaxes. If I want creativity in my life (and I do) then I have to make space for fear.” She doesn’t mean letting run your life but recognize that it is here for the ride.

She talked about us waiting for permission to live a creative life. We don’t need anyone’s permission to live a creative life she said. Gilbert said that self-absorption is something that keeps you from creative living. “You are already creatively legitimate by nature of your mere existence here among us.”

“Stop treating your creativity like a tired, unhappy marriage. Start regarding it as with fresh eyes of a passionate lover.” Man, I love that! Sometimes you just need to be kicked in the face to understand it.

There were so many aspects of this book that I loved. It is definitely going to become one of those books that are reread yearly… I would definitely recommend that you guys check it out.

 

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10 more Things About Me

10 Thing about me!

Curious about your photographer at Peaces Photography? Well, wait no longer, here are a few things all about me!

  1. I actually don’t have a favorite style of music. I love about everything but rap and talking!
  2. I love Star Wars. (Can’t for the next episode!)
  3. I’d buy books instead of makeup.
  4. The first time I flew in a plane was when I moved to New York City for four months.
  5. While in New York, I worked at a children’s ministry called Metro Ministries.
  6. In any season, I find reasons to wear Flip Flops.
  7. Even though, I love shoes. It is one of my least favorite things to shop for…
  8. Size 11 feet make it hard to find cute shoes that fit or are cute.
  9. Pedicures are a must all year round! (So relaxing!)
  10. I had my first pedicure in 2008 and refuse to stop ever!

Curious about something else? What to know something about me?

This picture is from about two years ago… But it is definitely one of my favorites… Self portraits are not my favorite thing to take but man, are they fun to figure out!

Capsule Wardrobe

balance, capsule wardrobe, minimalist, minimal, cutting down, new year,In 2017, I want to…
-Find balance with food, exercise, family and life.
-Cut down and cut out things that are not helping to keep me balanced and happy.

For most people this could mean anything, but after last weekend I decided to try something new. I really do want to cut down and out things that are not helping me to keep balanced and happy. One of those things that has been making me unhappy is the amount of clothes I currently own. This has been a problem for several years. I’m blaming wearing a uniform for 7 years without needing to having a “work” wardrobe.

When I look into my closest, I see so much stuff, but when it comes to finding something to wear. I feel lost. I feel frustrated. I feel fat. I feel shaped wrong. I feel like a bag lady. I feel like I’m playing dress up.  I don’t feel happy or balanced.

So for the next two months, I’m trying the idea of a capsule wardrobe. I separated out about 37-40 pieces of clothing not including shoes, accessories, or underwear. And moved all of my other clothes to another closest.  (which all caused me to clean out my drawers.) Those pieces, I now have to put together outfits for the next two months from it. The rules are not to shop during this time. But I have a list of like two things that I’m searching for. Maybe the next round will have them.

Wish Me Luck!

New Beginnings or Old Beginnings

new beginnings, old beginnings, small changes, working, balance, working out, food, family, life, January changes, Can you feel it in the air or when you glance at social media? It’s a time for new beginnings or old beginnings…

I have to smile at my social feed in January. It’s full of dieting, working out, and complaining about pizza and holiday weight. Normally I would be jumping in and starting to worry about my size… (don’t get me wrong, I’m a girl who is overweight. I’m super concerned about it.) But January is not the month that motivates me to stick with whatever change is going on in my life.

January is a month for new beginnings that people have put off but it’s also for those of us who every February or March gave up on their goals. It’s old beginnings for me. The age old challenge of finding balance with food and exercise.

But it is not just balance with food and exercise — that’s where we always get it wrong. It’s also balancing food, exercise, family and our lives. To eat more healthily, it helps if everyone in the house is follownew beginnings, old beginnings, small changes, working, balance, working out, food, family, life, January changes, ing the same “food” or “exercise” plan as you. If not, you (really I mean me) find yourself compromising about having pizza and pasta in a row. You compromise about ice cream (Andy’s) and yummy desserts. Honestly you have to find the time and carve it out for yourself and it’s hard. So very hard. It’s hard when you are married. It’s hard when you have pets. It’s hard when you have a job. It’s hard when you are off. It’s hard when you have kids.

I guess what I’m saying is you have to find the right BALANCE for it all. Whether it’s choosing a salad and then the cookie or the burger and skipping the cookie. It’s making the small choices when you can’t do the big ones right now. It’s choosing more water vs the yummy Dr. Pepper (or whatever your favorite drink of choice is).  Do what you can when you can and be proud of that moment. Then do it again. Don’t get too discourage when you fail… Me and those Christmas cookies are a challenge daily!

 

How do you balance? Give me some tips and let’s keep each other accountable!

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