Everyone pledges to eat consume only salad with water at the beginning of the New Year, or stop smoking, or workout everyday. All this great for you (except salad and water), but women usually don't make a New Year's resolution to take care of their skin. Day after day, week after week, year after year, nothing makes you look younger than skin care.
How is that New Year's diet going? You know the one where you say, "Starting at 12:00AM on Jan. 1st, I will only eat salads and drink water and loose all my weight by April." It really never works out. What is so different about New Year's Day? Just another day of the year. What is wrong with eating right and taking care of ourselves the other 364 days?
To live deliberately is to make every ounce of the present matter. The present is all we have. The past cannot be changed, and we could be gone in a minute. So the key to living deliberately is being deliberate in your present. But it’s not easy. It takes constant focus and energy to concentrate on what you are doing right now and making it count. It’s easy to lapse into a comforting past memory or dream about what might happen in the future.
I was thrilled when Sarah said that my photos made her “see the beauty and elegance people tell me I have.” This is my favorite part of being a photographer, showing the person I am photographing what everyone sees in them. I could see her “beauty and elegance” right away.
The first step when working with Dreamspeed Photography is the most important: the consultation. Before I photograph you, I want to know exactly what you want and make sure I’m the right photographer for you. We will meet at my studio just outside Chilhowie Virginia and talk about how YOU imagine your photoshoot going.
I want to cherish my friends and document all that I can. Looking through the images of the party, I am reminded there are still a lot of friends left and lots of good times to be had. We have to take care of each other and remember where we came from. Record your life. Prove you were here. Images are soul graffiti; not only proof of your existence, but a chance for you to relive moments that were large and small.
Are you an entrepreneur struggling with anxiety? If so, you're not alone. In fact, according to a recent study, nearly 60% of entrepreneurs report dealing with anxiety. And with the constant stress of running a business, it's no wonder many of us suffer from this debilitating condition. But there is hope! Here are four tips for dealing with anxiety as an entrepreneur. By following these simple tips, you can feel better and get back to running your business successfully.
An intimate portrait isn't dirty or trashy. You can show very little skin and still be enticing. You can show a lot of skin and be refined and classical as a greek statue. The intimate part of an "intimate photoshoot" is not the clothing or the amount of skin showing; it is the photograph your authentic self. It takes courage to allow your authentic self to be seen.
As I pawed through the racks at Lane Bryant looking for something to wear for my photoshoot, I dreaded trying on clothes because I didn’t want to know what size I had become. I could wait no longer. It had to be done.To create a great image, you must be vulnerable and able to open yourself up to something you would have never tried before. This is the case with my white jacket. I never wear white, but this jacket spoke to me. I thought it would look clean and uncluttered for one of my branding images. I tried it on over myLed Zeppelin t-shirt, and it felt right. I grabbed a sleeveless shell blouse to go with it.
I love creating images of peoples' dreams. When I start working with someone new, we have an in-depth consultation about how they would want to be photographed. I encourage my clients to step up and be brave enough to imagine themselves in a different way. This is one reason I named my studio Dreamspeed. What are the speed of your dreams? Are you traveling toward your dreams? I want to show you the person you have always dreamed you could be.
Dreamspeed Photography would like to introduce a new opportunity for those who want to make their portraits truly special. You can order designer clothes for your photoshoot with us. You can now order clothes from Rent the Runway for your photoshoot. But book soon. Only 4 dresses available for October.
It's time get unstuck on the fact that we are not 21 anymore. We never will be. Why should we measure ourselves by that physical yardstick? I'm 56 now. I've traveled, owned several businesses, and have 3 degrees. I look different. I don't look "worse." I look older. There is nothing wrong with looking older. It is part of life. And everyone deserves to have photos that mark every part of their lives. I don't want the last photo someone remembers of me is of a 21 year-old twit. I want them to remember the woman I am now.
Le Anne contacted me to get a headshot. When she came in to the studio for a consultation, I knew I had to photograph her. She is gorgeous and has so much style. She is fiercely her own person with a great sense of humor and honesty. She told me she hadn't had any photos taken in years.
You are the leader of your business and your clients want to see who they are doing business with. Now more than ever, it's so important to have beautiful, current headshots. When people look your business up online or on social media, they are going to see you. The last thing you want is a headshot that does not reflect who you are. It's not just a headshot. You can tell a lot about a person by looking at the care they put into the image.
My memories can stray and meander, but my photographs of him bring me back to the place where memories begin. Even photographs like this one taken long before I was born, in a place I never existed physically, connect me to him. I get a glimpse of his youth and his history. When fitting the pieces of his life together, I have photos to pin to those years, to fill out the arc of his life.
One reason people tend to put off getting a headshot is they don't know what to do about clothing and hair/makeup. Here are some tips for your next session. It boils down to be a real, polished version of yourself that people will recognize when they see your image.
I had no way of knowing this was the last time I would get to photograph my friend. He passed away completely unexpectedly, July 18 , 2022. I am shattered and trying to regain my footing. I enlarged two of the images to give to his children, Keith and Rowan, and they sat by Ron’s casket during the viewing and at the funeral. I have never been so proud of my work. I was honored they were used and thankful to be able to share them with his family and friends.
The older I get, the more I find the opposite of bitterness: gratitude. When my mind starts to wonder into unproductive, black corners, I remember all the amazing bright lights of my life. Gratitude is like a magic potion to put you on the right track.
Years from now, how precious will these photos be to Lyra and Sarah? Sarah may remember that hot summer afternoon when these were taken. It was just before Lyra started taking dance, and she was busy planning a recital. And Lyra can share these photos with her grand- children, and tell them that their beautiful great-grandmother used to teach dance in Marion.
As a portrait photographer, the number one reason women give me for not wanting to be photographed is their weight. They tell me, “I need to lose 40 pounds, and then we will do it.” They are waiting for a stunning outward transformation before they can look at themselves, but that transformation must come from within. It starts with accepting exactly who you are at this moment.
We are faced everyday with choices. Situations, that make up who we are. And we know when these choices come up. Do I drink that Coke when I’m on a diet? Do I stand up to someone who is belittling me? Do I keep working on the computer or watch Pretty Woman for the 100th time? You always know what to do to stay on your path. You just have to keep believing in yourself. Believe that your opinion is valid. Believe that you can achieve your goals. Believe in yourself.
What will I do with my gray? I’m not sure yet. It’s like that summer you noticed you had breasts and were not quite sure how best to wear them. Did you cover them up with lumpy sweaters or wear the lowest cut top you could find?
I look at the sale as a way for me to meet new friends and create clients that will come back to me year after year. The only time of the year I offer a discount on my services are these few days of the Black Friday Sale. It is a chance for those who like my work to get in at a great price. Here is an opportunity for everyone to afford a professional session. It is the perfect gift for your loved ones. What is better than a full portrait session that is all about them? On Black Friday, $200 will get you a full one hour portrait session, $380 credit toward print, and complete hair and makeup.
Have you always wanted to have a boudoir photoshoot but you thought boudoir was for 21 year-old girls who are a size 2? It's not like that anymore. We are having a Valentine's Day Boudoir Special. You will get a consultation with me to talk in-depth about what you plan to wear. We will talk about what kind of photographs you want. You will come to the studio and be in professional hair and makeup for at least an hour. And we will photograph you in 5 different outfits, on different backgrounds, and make you feel like a queen.
After the first day I was so miserable, I almost went home. I didn’t care what it cost. But I made the decision to stay because I came to learn from the best. I did everything humanly possible to make that happen. For three days I went on like this, but I pushed through. In order to photograph all day, I didn’t get to shop at any of the vendor’s booths or go to any parties. I had to conserve my strength. The morning I left I felt relived. I'd made it.
This is the worst time of year for me. It's not snowing, the sun isn't shining. It's muddy and gray. C.S. Lewis called it, "a waiting room of a world." Perhaps it's because there is no distinctive day into night and night into day. I find myself thinking about a vacation. I really want to go to Egypt. I have been mesmerized by Egypt since I was a kid. The beautiful colors that have survived thousands and thousands of years painted on the walls of tombs, the golden outfits and huge headdresses, and giant pyramids are the stuff of a culture that just doesn't seem real. But it is. I can go see it.
Obviously, you want to look like the best version of yourself on your session day. After all, all these photos will be seen by your friends, family and peers for many years to come. Here are a few tips and tricks where beauty and fashion are concerned.
No matter if you're a newbie or returning client, those butterflies will always pop up! How do you release the tension and capture your authentic self?
It doesn't matter who you are or why you want to do it. Even men can book a boudoir session! We've all carried different stories. Sometimes in the midst of life's chaos, it's perfectly fine to acknowledge your worth. Being confident is beautiful. And sometimes, we need to reassure ourselves we still got-it-going-on.
I photograph high school seniors, families, boudoir, contemporary glamour portraits, but have you ever thought about pushing the limit with your photoshoot? I also photograph another genre, creative portrait. I love photographing these types of creative portraits. That is one reason I called my portrait business, Dreamspeed. What is the speed of your dreams? Who are you in your dreams? I would love to hear your ideas! It is so much fun to take a concept that is in your head and turn it into something real. To will a vision into the physical world is the most rewarding aspect of photography.
What you do to yourself, you do to your kids. How your kids see you treating yourself is how your kids are learning self-love or self-hate. What are you really teaching your daughters when you hide away and won't take a bite out of life? What are you teaching them when you always put yourself last? What are you teaching them when you call yourself "fat" or say "I hate the way I look?" Treat yourself well to keep balance, to stay in alignment, to move forward and take what you want out of life. Putting self-care and self-love first isn't SELFISH, it's the best thing you can do for your children.
Ladies, let’s face it. In today’s society, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and under appreciated. We’re constantly bombarded with impossible beauty standards, toxic messages, and unfair expectations. We’re told that we’re too much or not enough - too loud, too quiet, too emotional, too bossy, too fat, too thin. It’s no wonder that so many of us struggle with self-confidence and self-hate. We look in the mirror and see flaws instead of beauty, limitations instead of potential. We doubt our abilities, question our worth, and settle for less than we deserve. But here’s the truth: You are powerful, you are beautiful, and you are capable of achieving anything you set your heart and soul to. You are worthy of love, respect, and fulfillment - just as you are. All you need is a little self-confidence to unleash your inner goddess and conquer the world.
I have a list in my head that gnaws at my brain. It is THE list of who I want to be. If I could accomplish my list, I could become that person. My list contains all the usual suspects: lose weight, get healthy, make more money. I have another item on the list that I have played at, but never taken seriously, learn a new language.In high school, I took 2 years of French. In college, I took two years of French. But I never really learned it.
We're supposed to fade into the background and let younger, fresher faces take center stage? NO WAY! Why should we let our age hold us back? It's time to embrace our true selves and show the world what we're made of.
We are you going to do on your summer vacation?We can't keep putting our needs on the back burner while we focus on everything and everyone else. Taking care of yourself is not selfish - it's necessary for your well-being. So schedule that weekly self-care day and make sure you stick to it. Whether it's taking a long bath or reading a book, do something that brings you peace and relaxation.
Women being in control of their lives means defending their lives. No matter what your politics are, you must protect yourself in this strange new world we have to navigate. We can NEVER rely solely on others to keep us safe. We have to step up and take responsibility for ourselves. That is why I'm so excited to offer a concealed carry class for women only. Dreamspeed Photography is partnering with to Bastion Training Group to offer the women of our community a chance to learn about gun safety and concealed carry laws in a women only class. There are NO stupid questions here! Whether you are a beginner or advanced gun enthusiast, you will love this class tailored to women's concerns. Once you finish the class, you will be able to get your concealed carry permit with your certificate.
It is vital that you have a comprehensive library of images of yourself to pull from to keep you fresh and in front of your current clients as well as attacting new ones. A comprehensive library of images can help capture the essence of your brand. To achieve this, you need to consider carefully which images you use and how they should be used together to create a cohesive visual story about yourself and your business.
I have never been a fan of taking my clients outdoors. There are so many unknowns. Which way will the wind blow? Will the light disappear? Will it be 110 degrees? Will there be bugs? I recently had a couple of photoshoots on Cape Cod and did encounter all those issues (especially the giant New England mosquitoes), but loved the results.
I have never been a fan of taking my clients outdoors, or doing location shoots for that matter. There are so many unknowns. Which way will the wind blow? Will the light disappear? Will it be 110 degrees? Will there be bugs? I recently had a couple of photoshoots on Cape Cod and did encounter all those issues (especially the giant New England mosquitoes), but loved the results.
I hope you will come see my work at The Art Place, 124 E. Lee Highway, Chilhowie VA. It is at the red light across from Greever's Drug. Look for my work in the window. My photography will be up from Sept. 21 2023-Oct 29 2023. On Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 6:30 is an artist reception for the opening of the show. I would love to see you there.
I met Emma through a friend who suggested she would be a great model. It turns out Emma is related to me. We just clicked! She loves wigs, makeup, costumes and is ready to do ANYTHING. An artist through and through, she is fearless!!! Since Emma knows costumes and makeup, she can become any person. I know this sounds melodramatic, but I don't know how else to say it; I get visions. Something will pop in my head and it won't go away until I photograph it. The longer I ignore it, the stronger and more colorful it becomes. Any crazy idea I have, Emma embraces. She doesn't ask why, she just jumps into the vision, blends in and brings it to life.
“Ace's & 8's is a lofty name. It draws a mental image that, should we fail to live up to, will leave the audience feeling like they've been sold a false bill of goods. We're a band of working class musicians, playing working class music, for working class people."
Women over 40 may appear in a family photo, but in that situation they are not the focus of the portrait, only part of a supporting cast. As a portrait photographer, I have heard so many times, "Oh, don't photograph me, I just want pictures of the kids/grandkids." Women over 40 are used to be passed over by popular media, so why would they expect anyone to photograph them?