Full Disclosure: If you haven’t noticed, I AM a Professional Wedding Photographer. So this post is naturally a little biased. However, Professional Wedding Photographers are more than just photographers for a Bride to Be. We consult, we calm, we lend a hand, and we are involved in all the details. That said, I see so many Brides go with a family member or friend for their wedding photography and it breaks my heart. Not just because their pictures might not be great but because there is so much more to a true professional than just the pictures.
I figured it was about time for another Still Moments post. Lately I have been working on a series of personal fine art work that I have had in my head for a long time. Chairs. It sounds weird but there is something about a chair alone that speaks to me. I feel that they both speak of the absence of presence while becoming personified. We all get inspiration from different places and the inspiration for this series came from the movie, “The Village.” In one frame there is an empty rocking chair in a field. There is something about that one frame that just grabbed me. Maybe it was the mystery behind it? Did someone just get up and walk away? Was there a reason? We will see how this series evolves but I am fascinated to see where it goes.
What makes a great visual story? Portraits? Emotion? Location? Context? Details? The truth is all of these scrambled together are what make a story ring true. All of these aspects help us to encompass the full story of a moment or a day.
For some reason there is nothing like a still moment with a curled up kitty. There’s something about that warm fury body on a rainy day that calls for blankets, a warm cup of coffee, and cuddles. We have two cats, Briscoe and Sookie. Sookie is featured here. While I pass by them a million times a day in this position, there are some moments when their peaceful nature just strikes me.
Candoro Marble is a beautiful venue that originally was the showroom and office for Candoro Marble Company. When Jaimie said she was looking for a vintage backdrop for some soft and classic boudoir photos, I knew that this was the place. The beautiful show room, wrought iron gates, and slightly decaying rooms spoke of Greecian statues…it was perfect.
To me, there is absolutely nothing like starting my day off with a warm drink. It’s one of my few daily rituals that I stick to. I also realized this morning that it’s one of the few Still Moments that I have everyday and it always starts the day off right. My morning usually starts very early and there is something about making coffee or pouring tea that calms, rejuvenates, and prepares me for the day ahead. It’s a time where I contemplate the dreams that are still on the edge of my consciousness and turn my thoughts to what’s in store.
We all need morning moments that speak to us whether it’s coffee, prayer or meditation, or maybe lacing up your shoes for a run. What is yours? I encourage you to revel in your personal still moment this morning and start today feeling reawakened.
Today I am pining for some sunshine and warm weather. So today’s entries in the Still Moments series are photographs that make me think of that. My mind is on lazy summer days, sun coming in the windows, and well, just sunshine mainly.
We are so close to warm weather again I can almost taste it. For those of you farther up North than Tennessee, hang in there! Until then, I hope these will help keep you through the cold days.