Archive | March, 2010

New Favorite Sites

29 Mar

As I surf the web, I continually come across sites that I adore. I always just add them to my bookmarks and check them along with the others every couple days.

Dreams That Glitter

is a cute little Tumblr site that posts girly, fashion-y photos gathered from around the web. I love the subject matter and style of the photos she posts.

Vintage Ladies

This Tumblr site features lots of vintage pictures from all decades and eras, all showcasing beautiful pin-up girls and burlesque dancers. I enjoy the style and feeling from these eras, so these photos especially appeal to me. There is a lot of nudity associated with this site but it is all tastefully done in my opinion.

Pretty Foods

The title pretty much says it all. I adore this site because I love food photography. The site showcases photos found from other sites, all of them being food oriented.

That Obscure Object

This site is much more high fashion. It often features scans and pictures from high fashion magazines. Must pictures are of celebrities or models. I like this site because I tend to favor high fashion photography, and this site definitely satisfies that side of me.


18 Mar

So for my event reshoot I moseyed on down to the All Local Farmers’ Market at 701 Whaley.  I went early on that Saturday morning and was blessed with gorgeous weather!

los colores

17 Mar

Color. It is one of my favorite things. Seems like a fairly broad category of favorite doesn’t it? But truthfully, color is what makes a photograph for me. I adore photos full of bright, vibrant color. Not that I don’t love classically beautiful black-and-white photos! Those have their place as well. But colors can even have their own connotations!

Blue is the overwhelming “favorite color.” Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable and committed. The color of sky and the ocean, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives.
-As the collective color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming; however not all blues are serene and sedate. Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic, an engaging color that expresses exhilaration.
-Some shades or the overuse of blue may come across as cold or uncaring. Blue is the least “gender specific” color, having equal appeal to both men and women.
-How the color blue affects us physically and mentally
* Calming and sedate
* Cooling
* Aids intuition”
via Tumblr
Green occupies more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye and is second only to blue as a favorite color. Green is the pervasive color in the natural world that is an ideal backdrop in interior design because we are so used to seeing it everywhere.
-The natural greens, from forest to lime, are seen as tranquil and refreshing, with a natural balance of cool and warm (blue and yellow) undertones. Green is considered the color of peace and ecology. However, there is an “institutional” side to green, associated with illness or Government-issued that conjure up negative emotions as do the “slimy” or bilious greens.-How the color green affects us physically and mentally
* Soothing
* Relaxing mentally as well as physically
* Helps alleviate depression, nervousness and anxiety
* Offers a sense of renewal, self-control and harmony”

by me

Yellow shines with optimism, enlightenment, and happiness. Yellow will advance from surrounding colors and instill optimism and energy, as well as spark creative thoughts.

How the color yellow affects us mentally and physically
* Mentally stimulating
* Stimulates the nervous system
* Activates memory
* Encourages communication”

via Flickr

Orange,a close relative of red, sparks more controversy than any other hue. There is usually strong positive or negative association to orange and true orange generally elicits a stronger “love it” or “hate it” response than other colors. Fun and flamboyant orange radiates warmth and energy. Interestingly, some of the tones of orange such as terra cotta, peach or rust have very broad appeal.

-How the color orange affects us mentally and physically
* Stimulates activity
* Stimulates appetite
* Encourages socialization


Purple embodies the balance of red simulation and blue calm. This dichotomy can cause unrest or uneasiness unless the undertone is clearly defined at which point the purple takes on the characteristics of its undertone. A sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple is a color often well liked by very creative or eccentric types and is the favorite color of adolescent girls.-How the color purple affects us mentally and physically
* Uplifting
* Calming to mind and nerves
* Offers a sense of spirituality
* Encourages creativity”

Brown says stability, reliability, and approachability. It is the color of our earth and is associated with all things natural or organic.”

via Flickr

White projects purity, cleanliness, and neutrality. Doctors don white coats, brides traditionally were white gowns and a white picket fence surrounds a safe and happy home.”

“Black is authoritative and powerful; because black can evoke strong emotions too much can be overwhelming. A classic color for clothing possibly because it makes the wearer appear thinner and more sophisticated.”

via Flickr

Make Art You Want To Make

2 Mar

“Make art you want to make.” This phrase echoes in my mind everyday. It does so now even more than before. These were the words spoken to me by an amazing photography teacher, friend and human being.

Toby Morriss was hit by an errant driver last week over in Cayce. I heard about it the day after it happened and was horrified to learn that the man who had taught me all I know about film photography had been injured. However, he was expected to make a complete recovery. Sadly…that was not the case.


Toby: I can not believe that you are gone…can barely wrap my head around it. You challenged me, and all of us, to try harder, work harder and to not be scared of the dark(room). 🙂 I will never forget all the words of wisdom, jokes and lessons you taught me. The world is at a great disadvantage without you in it. But you need not worry, I will continue to “make art I want to make.” I will remember that lesson above all else.

You will be greatly missed.

Photos created in Toby’s class and with his guidance: