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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Me: No Make-up (Spring)

Just a few Make-up-less photos of me...

OK, so these are probably NOT the way to go if you're shooting photos/portraits of anyone and you want them to look actually good... because there' immensely flawed...

I was dressed in my yoga stuff, some of which was old and loose...

You don't always need make-up, but in this case I definitely DID NEED IT!

The shoulder strap ruined everything, made my body look baggy...

-and, in real life I'm a BUSTY, CURVY woman... by the angle here, I look like a deflated balloon alien...

Oh, well! Not every moment in time can be captured perfectly on film, or pixels!


Photo Disapointments

Since I live in New England, and the specific town I currently am still stuck living in, I've had SO many instances of photo shoots that just went horrible. SO much work, and nothing good!

So, here's a bunch of crap... these are at least the ones that don't suck as bad as the majority... so I'll spare you the discomfort...

So, the problem I had with these photos, was the constant cloud cover. It was very warm this day. But, the clouds kept ruining everything, plus my battery couldn't decide whether it was charged or not, even tho' I'd just charged it for hours.

The entire point and theme of the photo shoot was to make some portraits of myself to use in order to get new job employment or career later this year, and to post on the various jobs websites I'm using.

I was going for minimal make-up, but a more current photo to show what I actually look like. I'm NOT young, I'm more towards middle aged now, but, I also wanted the warm spring and vitality look and feel...

Unfortunately, I had problems with lighting, shadows, glare, and the wind was so horrible, when the clouds blocked the sun, causing my eyes to sting & tear, or squint...

So, naturally, I couldn't use any of the photos... in fact, I'm still using a photo from the fall... and unhappy about it...

I don't want to look like a Goth, or a Hippy. I want to work in an office and get a retirement plan.

Not only that, but they look, dark, gloomy, creepy, ominous... not the look I was going for. I look like a vampire! Horrible!

I wanted warmth & glowy vitality, spring-ish...
A total FAIL.

So, I can't use them

I tried everything I could to get a better shot. I walked to several different neighborhoods... after a certain point, once the battery has frustrated me enough along with the clouds, you need to know when to stop, especially after trying for 3+ hours.

At the same time, I was trying to also get some shots of the fruit tree blossoms. So, depending on the light which was available at any given moment, I'd have to scramble in hopes of getting that really great shot.

So, rush, rush, rush!

Meanwhile.... I couldn't quite capture what I was seeing with my own eyes....

Some of these shots actually aren't bad.... that is... they're dark and gloomy, ominous, and Gothic. If that's what I was aiming or, I'd be delighted!

Except, I was trying to get a more warm spring vibe!


Hence my utter disappointment...

By the look of things, in my shots, it would seem to have been a gloomy day... but, it was actually bright and sunny...
I HATE when this sort of stuff happens!

New England Spring Blossoms

Since I've been unfortunately stuck in New England since October 2001, it's been a constant struggle with the horrors of the weather up here. Not only is there less light up here than what I was used to where I originally came from which is the Greater Philadelphia Area/Tri State Area, it's often cold, erratic, unpredictable, and clouds spring up out of nowhere!

I'm MORE THAN GLAD it hasn't been the typical soggy wet, pouring spring it usually is! But, since I like to shoot towards the end of the day, since I prefer the colors from the later sunlight over the mid-day light, it tends to often have random clouds which accumulate directly over top of my specific town!

Anyways, I have tried a number of times shooting whatever I could. The weather is, as always an obstacle... but, I'm also experiencing problems with my battery. I need to get more, and I ONLY have 1. Since I've practice frequently with my camera, it it tends to exhaust the functionality of the battery.

Some days I can get over 3 hours of nonstop shooting, where as other times, I'll be lucky if I can even get 10 min. I have no idea why.

here are just a few of the photos I took over the past few weeks. I'm not as happy with them as I would have liked to be, if there weren't so many stupid clouds, or if my battery would fully charge each time.

Find the entire set HERE

Some frames I used various filters on. I'm still practicing with them.

I shot these photos spur of the moment, because I've many times tried to rush quickly to apply some make-up and within 3 min, clouds would swoop in. I'm SOOOO frustrated with this, that I just shot some photos, incase the clear sky would become disturbed.

Anyways, I'm on a diet... so, whatever... can't be pretty all the time...

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Photos of My Daughter

All parents think their children are special, beautiful, and cute.
But, my daughter REALLY IS!

When my daughter was little, she used to model alot for me. But, now, she doesn't always want to, and also doesn't co-operate as much.

Atop The Cliff

In case you were wondering (because I often get asked) yes, she is 1/2 Chinese.

Vintage film camera CANON with filter:
From Analogue

From Analogue
From Heidi in Late October 2010
From Heidi in Late October 2010
From Heidi in Late October 2010
From Heidi in Late October 2010
From Heidi in Late October 2010
From Heidi in Late October 2010
From The Little Maiden
From 2010-04-24 001
From 2010-04-24 001
From 2010-04-24 001
From North Weymouth Beaches
From Salem w Pebbles