Posts Tagged ‘Photography

19
Jan
09

Showit Sites- Site of the Year Contest

Wow… That’s about all I can muster after discovering that my website has been selected as a finalist in the Site of the Year Contest. Showit Sites is amazing, I’ve said it before and I will say it again and again and again… I just can’t say enough great things about their products and service! 🙂 Thank you a million times over!!

It feels so amazing to have my site listed as one of the finalists.  It’s so cool to look at the other sites and see their creativity and personality throughout their website.  Showit Sites gives us the tools and freedom to create what we envision without being restricted by templates.  I LOVE that!! 

So, if you are a member of OpenSource Photo, please take the time to look at all of the sites and vote for your favorite 5.  All of us photographers thank you!!!  🙂

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14
Jan
09

My Muse!

Sometimes you meet people who simply inspire you.  Inspire you to try, to improve, to just do.  Justine does this for me.  She is a great friend, my #1 cheerleader, my go-to person for different ideas I have about my business and above all, my muse.  🙂  Aside from being obviously gorgeous, she’s also willing try anything- especially when it comes to my photography visions.  Like I said, she is a GREAT friend!   

This past Sunday Justine and I drove out to Harrisburg for a concept shoot with the ultra-fabulous, Kacy Jo!  I met Kacy this past summer and I just adore her.  She allowed us to play on her turf and although it was freezing cold, we had a great time and managed to produce some amazing shots!  Justine & Kacy- thank you for being awesome friends!  Enjoy!!

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Oh, and I have to say, I LOVE my new lenses!!!

01
Jan
09

Resolutions

So, I am not someone who can generally make a list of resolutions and keep them.  Even with my best efforts, they just seem to fall off my radar and I don’t think of them again until the following year is almost here and I realize that everything I *wanted* to accomplish didn’t even come close to happening.  (Oops!)  🙂

This year I am keeping it simple. 

I want to do this and I mean reeeeaaally do this.  Photography.  My passion.  My dream job.  I love it and I feel like it loves me back.  I want to take my business to the next level.  I want to be successful, in demand, creating gorgeous images, making a lasting impression and sustain lasting relationships.  I have the support from my loved ones and they believe I can do this.  I believe I can do this.

So, my resolution is to keep on going.  I love the path I am on and I want to start running!  🙂  Bring it on 2009, I’m ready for you!!!

01
Jan
09

Fast Track Coaching w/ Dane Sanders

So, I have said it before and I will say it again: Dane Sanders is pretty much amazing.  When I received the email that Dane was going to be offering Fast Track Coaching once a week, I immediately signed up!  I mean, 30 minutes a week of direct coaching from the guru himself, pretty fantastic!  🙂 

As most of you know, 2009 is going to being my “branding” year- and no, I don’t mean like cattle.  I am committed to developing a brand for my business.  I am finding my foothold, my style and my purpose in this industry and I couldn’t be more thrilled!  🙂  It’s very exciting.  These weekly lessons are going to be like food for my soul, my weekly inspiration and reminder to stay on track. 

Today’s lesson did not disappoint!  Kevin Kubota was a guest speaker!  (What a way to kick things off, right??)  Kevin is a self proclaimed “Action Hero” due to his AMAZING Photoshop Actions that I just L-O-V-E!!  They rocked my world the first time I used them- me and my portraits just adore him!  If you don’t have them- buy them!  Honestly, you’ll be so glad you did!

Anyway, I can’t begin to express how amazing it is to get insight and tips from the front-runners of the Photography World.  It’s truly a gift.  They’ve been there, they’ve done it and they are so graciously giving back to the rest of us who are just starting out and want to build a solid business.  If you are a photographer- take advantage of this amazing program that Dane is offering!

31
Dec
08

Reflection: 2008

Wow.  I cannot believe that a year has already gone by.  Where did it go?  Honestly…?  To say that this past year was busy would be a total understatement.  2008 was crazy- and I loved every minute of it!!  🙂  It has been a year of growth, discovery, purification and blessings.  I am so fortunate to have the support from family, friends and clients, to do what I love. 

As chaotic as this past year has been, I am hoping, praying and planning on doubling my workload as I push forward with my new brand, equipment, style and ambition!  2008 was good to me, but I can’t wait to see what 2009 brings!  Here is a little collection of some of my favorite images of 2008.  Enjoy!

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 Jason & Heather- Engagement

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Hannah

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Alisha

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Taylor

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Justine

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Grace

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Ramp Family

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Dustin & Jamie- Wedding

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 Flora Family

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Jamie

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Johnny

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 Hannah & Tyler

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Jason & Heather- Wedding

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Mark & Justin- Engagement

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Alex

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Sarah

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Jessica

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Craft Family

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Brandon

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Brittany & Derek- Engagement

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Scott & Brittany- Engagement

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Kief Family

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Thank you for an AMAZING year! 

 

29
Dec
08

My Bag of Tricks

So I am totally freaking out!!  I am married to the greatest guy in the world- honestly ladies!!  🙂  I am always amazed by Jeff’s unwavering support and love.  I just can’t thank him enough. 

When I brought up our need to purchases new lenses, he took it like a champ.  The lenses we had were okay, not horrible, but definitely not great either.  I want to move forward with our business and to do so, we needed new lenses pretty badly.  After many weeks of scouring the internet for reviews, looking at sample shots of several different lenses, we finally selected the lenses we would purchase.  Sadly, I really haven’t had a chance to test these babies out, but I have some fun sessions planned in the next few weekends and a wedding in mid-January.  Yay!! 

Here’s a little showing of my new equipment!!  Aren’t they gorgeous??  My poor family had to “Ooh and Ahh” to appease me, since they know verly little about photography, they just didn’t understand my excitement.  Hehe, at least they faked it for me!

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50mm, 1.4  Prime Lens- so far my favorite!  I can’t wait to see what this little gem is going to do for me!

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85mm, 1.8  Prime Lens- another fabulous lens.  I used this one all of Christmas Day and loved the results!

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100mm, 2.8 Macro Lens- this is actually an old favorite.  I purchased this lens 2 years ago, it was my very first Prime Lens.  The moment I attached it to my camera, it was instant love.  🙂  I use this lens for every wedding ring shot and I absolutely love the way the images turn out.  I find myself using it to capture most of the details of a wedding day.

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24-70mm, 2.8L  This lens was transferred in from another store and due to the bad weather up North, I just got it on Friday.  This lens will primarily be Jeff’s lens, but I am very excited to play with it!  Luckily for me, Jeff is very good about sharing.  🙂

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70-200mm, 2.8L IS  My must-have lens.  I have been drooling over this lens for the past 2 years and it is finally mine!  Granted, this lens is a beast- but I am in LOVE with it!  I am totally looking forward to how in-shape my arms will be after wedding season next summer!  😉

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I will post more about these lenses in the coming weeks, once I have a chance to play with them!  I also have to add that I cannot wait to receive my new Shootsac!  🙂  I have been begging for one of these bags since Jessica Claire  came out with them and I am just beside myself to get one finally!  🙂  YAY!

21
Dec
08

The new look of Holli True Photography!

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You can view my site by going to www.hollitrue.com!