Photography with Kristen Duke~One year ago...with a personal photo tip
I thought it would be fun for me to share the story of how Amy and I met...she being in Utah and me in Texas. It was just a year ago (next week). I had discovered her blog in January 2010, stumbling upon her Valentine's day crafts. I got all excited to get crafty, which kinda surprised me (aswell asmy mother who tried for years to get me interested)! I get very impatient when it comes to crafts and maybe I shyed away from them because all I knew was toll painting and ceramics like my mom did when I was younger. I didn't fully realize that crafting could be cute and modern. I LOVE decorating for the holidays and I didn't have much in the way of Valentine's day stuff. Here is the post of my friend Liz and I making the topiary from The Idea Room.
After making this craft, I found myself up late at night reading Amy's back entries. About her home organization, potty training, even posting her messy home on a rough day. As I read, I thought to myself..."I really like her...we could be friends!" In that same post with the pink topiary, I noticed not only The Work and the Glory book series (which I read in high school and adored, and I rarely get hooked on books) but next to the craft on her shelf a quote that had longbefore resonated with me, and it was then that I knew we were kindred spirits. The quote by Plato says, "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." Click here to see the picture.
I had previously subconciously declared this as my life motto. It's so simple, really. I have to remind myself that when others are unkind, there is a root to that, and it's usually a sad story behind it. I tell my kids when they mention bullies that they most likely don't have a lot of love in their life, or they wouldn't be sounkind. All we can do is show kindness in return.
Here wer are huddled against my car (the only shade--best light) at the end of the session.
Upon traveling to Utah in March of last year, I emailed Amy to tell her how much I love her blog and for bringing out domesticity in me. I offered to take her family pictures while I was in Utah, and I was delighted that she said Yes! We set it up on aTuesday morning...everything was planned out. Well, you know what happens whenyou have solid plans? Something happens. After a visit to (up)Chuck-A-Rama with my grandparents and family, half of us woke up in the night with food poisoning. It was BAD! I was tormented about the idea of cancelling, and was too weak in the morning, so I had my husband call and hope she and her family could reschedule til the next day. I slept all morning and didn't get up til noon. I got it the worse, and I rarely get sick! Amazingly, that evening I felt much better and by the next morning, I was back at 100%! We did were able to meet up the next day (St. Patrick's day) and my hubby came as my assistant to downtown Ogden where we met up with Amy and her cute family.
My favorite shot and one I've used on my business card
Our conversation was limited as I snapped away...but we gotto chat a bit inbetween some great shots at a fun new location. We chatted, our hubbies chatted, and I wished my kids were there to meet her kids, because I think they would have fit right in! Someday... In the months since, we have gotten to know each other much more by email, and I have said over and over again how much I feel our life goals are in sync with each other. When I got back home,Amy asked me if I'd be interested in sharing photography tips on her blog. I was excited at the idea, as it brought to life my longtime desire to share with others what I have learned...often at the help of so many others sharing with me.
Now for a quick photo tip. When having YOUR picture taken, always remember to do 3 things.
1) Turn thehips
2) Pop the knee
3) Bend the arms
Straight on, the hips look so much wider than when I turn to the side. Also, to have a separation of the legs by lifting one heel and popping the knee, helps slim as well. Lastly, giving the arms something to do besides just hang there looks so much more relaxed.
Now, I love coming here to post, the only problem, is I often have a hard time coming up with ideas to share after a year of weekly andnow 2x a month. So I ask you to go back and look at what I have already covered and give me more ideas! Ihave thought about goingdetailing step by step as to how I approach each photography session (teens, couples, families, newborns) because I know there are photographers that read this, does that sound interesting? I could also go into crafty ideas using pictures, I have one I have wanted to do and that would be a good excuse. Lets hear what you want to learn (that I haven't already covered). If you want to see more examples of how to pose in pictures, I recentlly snapped a bunch of myself for yesterday's blog post.
Have a great day!
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