Archive for 2011

Clean World, Clean Hands.

November 12th, 2011

It’s a simple concept really. You wash your hands and instead of the chemicals and the toxins, the dyes and “other” ingredients going down the drain back into our soils and environment, they are omitted completely. A pure soap that cleans just as any ol’ soap should and it doesn’t hurt our environment or contaminate […]

 

It’s a simple concept really. You wash your hands and instead of the chemicals and the toxins, the dyes and “other” ingredients going down the drain back into our soils and environment, they are omitted completely. A pure soap that cleans just as any ol’ soap should and it doesn’t hurt our environment or contaminate our waters. You get a Clean World and Clean Hands.

Meet Tony everyone! Tony is a bio-chemist and the founder of Clean World Clean Hands. He spent years in the lab of a major consumer products company, developing new formulas that could potentially change the world…or at least make somebody richer. Upon realizing the damage that was being inflicted upon our world, he developed a simple soap.

So how does it work? That is an excellent question, one that I am not qualified to answer…BUT there is a short video that will give you valuable information.

It’s our world, and all it takes to make change is a little support. These causes don’t get the proper start because enough people don’t stand up and show their support. We might not see the effects we have on the envirnoment now, but we shouldn’t sit idly waiting for that day…we should make sure that day never comes. So are you going to help change the world? All you have to do is wash your hands.

Please visit the Clean World Clean Hand Campaign Site to learn how you can help or “Like” them on Facebook.

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Sweet Lullabies.

November 8th, 2011

She was so new; so tiny, with perfect fingers and perfect toes. Her desires were simply to be nurtured and loved. Sleepily she would say hi, but only for a moment, and then it was back to dream world once more. This is baby Dallas, and it is with great pleasure that we introduce you […]

 

She was so new; so tiny, with perfect fingers and perfect toes. Her desires were simply to be nurtured and loved. Sleepily she would say hi, but only for a moment, and then it was back to dream world once more. This is baby Dallas, and it is with great pleasure that we introduce you to her.

To photograph newborns takes much patience. Each move you make is fought, and your only prayer as the photographer is that you do not wake them from their slumber. Dallas put up a most notable cause, but as you can see from her extraordinary pictures, in the end we won. :)

A little ballerina. She dances her way into the hearts of all who know her.

A little blue and white headband to match her namesake’s football team. It is a nod to her father who picked out her name. She was constantly bathed in beautiful sunlight. The sweet lip will soon be a faded memory and it is moments like these that we strive so hard to capture.

Happy Birthday Dallas! We hope that you will grow strong and wise and only see happy days. Love, Ashley & Jacqueline

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Morning Playdate.

October 14th, 2011

The morning was chilly when we met up with Yeni and Catherine. It had been a little more than a year since the last time we had met. It is amazing how much a child can change in just one year! She has grown taller and is getting really good grades in school. She likes […]

 

The morning was chilly when we met up with Yeni and Catherine. It had been a little more than a year since the last time we had met. It is amazing how much a child can change in just one year! She has grown taller and is getting really good grades in school. She likes her teacher but was looking forward to the weekend to be with her mom.

A daughter is a mother’s gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self. ~Author Unknown

I love this image. It represents all that we look for in our mothers: strength, beauty, wisdom, and some one to always lean on.

The girls played along the sidewalk of downtown, walking along as we followed en suite. The relationship these two have is so incredible. Catherine is lucky to have such a nurturing fun loving mom! :)

Towards the end of the morning they both began to tire. As they sat on a bench resting their feet we took the opportunity to grab a few more pictures. How could we not, they are both so gorgeous! We would like to thank Yeni and Catherine for meeting up with us and letting us capture this unique time in their relationship. We wish you both good fortune and can’t wait to see you again!

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Alma Mater.

October 2nd, 2011

This academic oasis displayed itself to me while I mused over the thoughts that this place was a familiar blip in my life’s review mirror. You can relate I’m sure with that déjà vu sensation where you’ve experienced and savored a moment or place before.  In some odd way, I felt as though my college […]

 

This academic oasis displayed itself to me while I mused over the thoughts that this place was a familiar blip in my life’s review mirror. You can relate I’m sure with that déjà vu sensation where you’ve experienced and savored a moment or place before.  In some odd way, I felt as though my college classes were calling.

There existed that expectation where paved trails leading to prodigious educational structures would be brimming with lingering students. Skateboarders zooming past, books dangling from most students and the occasional Starbucks signature cup resolutely in hand as customary for those nocturnal slackers who had spent the night cramming.


Off to the right a small pond was alluringly situated though desolate.  No carefree loungers, diligent readers or occasional musician strumming along with hipster friends bobbing in unison, could be found at its grassy lip. Here, no picnics provoked intrepid squirrels to steal edible treats and no argumentative debates from assemblies of activists carried over to my ears.

Ah well, these weren’t my old stomping grounds.



Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Katie’s mom was eager to stamp her momentous achievement onto the walls of her home. She invited me along on my first visit to exotic Florida Atlantic University where she traced her customary paths, helping me locate the ideal locations. My bewilderment at this campus’ barren landscape led Katie to reveal that quiet was somewhat conventional in commuter schools. An empty university was quite peculiar to me, but I shrugged in acceptance all the same.


Intently, we continued en route to recount her college story as she sat at a crossroads where her convinced mind thought this to be just the beginning of her educational career. Katie was well on her way to be a nutritionist though unsure if she had the heightened confidence to tackle the obstacle of post-graduate study.   All undergrads inevitably meet this fork where they are forced to redefine their focus. The professional opportunities subsist to be greater, along with the money dished and time expended but in doing so it increases the worth of higher education earned to definitively become her competitive advantage.

{Aristotle} The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

It’s a great leap for those brave of heart and a crucial turning point in Katie’s life, like most ambitious grads. It’s quintessentially the notorious college conundrum. For me however it brought no completeness to the career I longed to pursue; the ends didn’t justify the means.


Had you been confronted with the same enigma after college?

Was your decision justified and did you find the fuel you were seeking post-graduate life?
Did attaining your master’s degree help differentiate you amongst the sea of peers?

Time will tell where this determined graduate will take her acquired knowledge thus far. Katie, we hope that you discover which avenue will further develop your acumen and place wonderful career advancement opportunities at your feet.


Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to photograph this significant moment in your life and many congratulations on your commencement!

For even more images of Katie make sure to visit her Facebook album.

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The Big Red.

September 9th, 2011

There is this magnificent fascination shared by many that causes their hearts to patter when spotting striking red fire engines, chiseled firemen or animated fire stations for that matter. Mine began in primary school which once offered the benefits of fire safety week bundled with chiefs, trucks and unanimous choruses from my gaggle of young […]

 

There is this magnificent fascination shared by many that causes their hearts to patter when spotting striking red fire engines, chiseled firemen or animated fire stations for that matter. Mine began in primary school which once offered the benefits of fire safety week bundled with chiefs, trucks and unanimous choruses from my gaggle of young classmates as we repeated methodically, “stop, drop and roll.”

My memory recalls the visit from a notable chief with his glorious fire truck that blared and glowed with amazing sirens and lights. If you leisurely scanned the throng of children you would clearly see that same enchantment they experience when observing glistening Christmas lights, it was pure captivation. Of course there was the excitement in putting our knowledge to paper as we gleefully colored fire prevention pages until the wrappers on our waxy red crayons needed to be peeled way back.

Over the years it was engrained in our growing minds that the significance of fire drills was not that we got to interrupt an exam and fill our school parking lot with idle chatter, but of the prudency in cautious evacuation. Still with all of my fire safety knowledge delicately packed away I never had the opportunity to visit a local station, much less to shoot in one!

These lucky, darling babes have one very important daddy who knows all too well the magnitude of fire prevention and safety. Every day he and his team risk their lives to protect us; a true hero in our eyes. With pure jubilation it had been my privilege to shoot Courtney and Aubrey’s sister session at the fire station just a skip over the curb off of Deerfield Beach. And in a fleeting moment my vision of a stunning red backdrop to these tiny tikes’ shoot became a reality.

Of course Mom came with her preconceived notions that Courtney, the older of the two was fresh into her precious twos and not one to cooperate behind the camera. However, what is a photographer if not a magician? My bag of tricks surprised Mom and Dad as they played along with sweet and clever Courtney, who abruptly discontinued her amusement to question their motives, “But Mommy, what are you doooing??

Mom pirouetted and entertained.
Courtney giggled and interrogated.
Dad conversed and peeked.

Yet, there was one collected sweet pea whose unruffled manner reminded me of the joy in photographing not-nearly one year olds. Aubrey, unlike her audacious big sister [whom mom and dad comically insisted was their “son” in disguise] comfortably parked herself and gave in to all photographic demands, willingly. That certainly is the joy in capturing little ones; they are accessible while immobile and charmed quite effortlessly.

That zealous, little Jacqueline in me had her fascination quenched that morning with not only a visit to the local station but also with an escape to the sandy seaside. Our attempt to keep Courtney diverted from her adamant demands for “home” gave the sisters a moment to run their fingers in those coarse white granules I adore so much. The lazy beach certainly had a way with the girls in that here everyone including sweet Courtney paused and lingered to share a seemingly perfect family moment.


Thank you Dan and Ashley for allowing me to capture this beautiful memory of your little girls and indulging me with a trip to the station!

For even more images of Gavin and Maria make sure to visit their Facebook album.

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Grey Area.

September 3rd, 2011

I’ve found that the key to any beautiful, healthy relationship is in discovering how to immerse yourselves in the grey area; that middle expanse where compromise is given respectively and with gusto. You have to seek the ideal balance between your passionate interests and hobbies to help each other unwind and intensify the relationship’s bond. […]

 

I’ve found that the key to any beautiful, healthy relationship is in discovering how to immerse yourselves in the grey area; that middle expanse where compromise is given respectively and with gusto. You have to seek the ideal balance between your passionate interests and hobbies to help each other unwind and intensify the relationship’s bond.

Among the well-versed pages of Matt and my many inherited novels for couples were these clever words that, “every romantic relationship is cyclical”. They are characterized by cycles where the downtime is pivotal in shaping the way we learn to nourish each other’s souls more deeply. Enjoying one another’s company while not exactly doing anything out of the ordinary can be for all, a brilliant way to rejuvenate and reconnect.

Maria and Gavin are yet another delightfully thriving couple, sweetly in love with not only each other but their ever pleasing and dawdling downtime. They’ve become accustomed to fondly nurturing those times of escape from the commotion of their separate daily lives to greet in their cozy nooks and embrace. It’s the little things; tender quiet together moments where lounging, snuggling and flirting run rampant.

It’s their grey area.

Ashley and I find it vital to distinguish couples’ quirks and whims. Being that the most important aspect of our work is to deliver a genuine moment which exposes those real-life luxuries in analogous settings, much like where they transpire away from any prying camera lenses.

My creative mind spun with entertaining ideas of a finely designed and furnished abode unlike their own but still much like their ideal session location. The issue therein lied in creating a controlled environment where spilling rays of sunshine bathed Maria and Gavin plus their surroundings, evenly. Indoor home shoots though fun and exclusive can often be difficult to photograph with attempting to maneuver the [most-often] limited natural light into all of the right angles.

When confronted by the notion of limited organic light, why not nix the idea all together and challenge yourself with available ambient illumination?

The results of my brainchild were warm and inviting, engaging and intimate photographs while not to mention that I was well beyond the realm of permissible workplace fun. 😀 Everything about the IKEA vision was chaotic and uncontrolled. Still these cheeky lovebirds sunk into the coziest of bedspreads, boldly kicked off their worn footwear and kissed most matter-of-factly like couples are inclined to do, without the slightest care for the hordes of shoppers.

Thank you, Gavin and Maria in meeting the challenge so eagerly and turning a blind eye to those gawking consumers while you savored your downtime. Many congrats on the engagement as well as the sincerest well-wishes for a lovely wedding day!

For even more images of Gavin and Maria make sure to visit their Facebook album.

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Unadorned.

August 31st, 2011

Clients are never usually hesitant to ask for our opinion on their thoughts or ideas. Commonly, they reference previous sessions as their springboard; either locations peak their interest, clothing concepts set their itchy feet in motion or sweet poses inspire their curiosity. Sam was refreshing, equipped with an array of unique ideas and an outside-the-lines […]

 

Clients are never usually hesitant to ask for our opinion on their thoughts or ideas. Commonly, they reference previous sessions as their springboard; either locations peak their interest, clothing concepts set their itchy feet in motion or sweet poses inspire their curiosity. Sam was refreshing, equipped with an array of unique ideas and an outside-the-lines mentality. Yet she came to me with a timid request for images that featured more … “intimacy”.

So I scoured the internet’s woven webs of information, hoping to pinpoint ways in which I could make her shoot different from our previous maternity sessions. Mostly, I was learning of the significance of such portraiture which differed from the more engagement-styled images that most maternity photos seem to adopt. I pondered, hoping to alleviate her bashfulness on how to approach the subject we had never shot and in hindsight, help her express what she ideally wanted. I soon understood that most intimate, pregnancy snapshots were essentially boudoir photographs at first appearance.


Consequently, we decisively aspired to use Miguel and Samantha’s home as the backdrop to their delicate scene. Filling the air with sweet Pandora tunes we readied our ideal locations searching for their dwelling’s soft and beautifully inviting pockets. Sam and I had mutually agreed upon the absence of vibrant and accessorized threads, a basis for what seems to be ideal in all of Solislux’s images, instead opting for unadorned skin.


Maternity photos taken on a more intimate level bring to light the serenity and devotion shared between Sam and her husband, the soon-to-be parents to a [I am sure] beautiful baby boy. I used a hybrid form of traditional and informal techniques to first capture those images that were important to them and then utilized that unconventional, photojournalistic style Solislux is known for.


No doubt, it was in these tender moments when I witnessed the connection felt between this charming couple only to realize then why they chose this alternative approach at documenting their pregnancy. Here the emphasis was placed on touch and connection with a simple environment. This powerful little miracle illuminated the delicate, peaceful ambiance with nothing more than the love shared among Samantha and her doting husband.



There were no outside elements to steal your focus but only an organic scene much like that in which perfect little Mac will be brought into. The imagery created was comfortable and raw, documenting not only the months before Mac’s arrival but this wonderful family’s home, a crucial element in their future growth as a family.

I truly cherish the distinctive spirit of these photographs and am inspired to continue collaboration as is routine for Ashley and me, with our prospective clients. I greatly appreciate Miguel and Samantha’s warm and welcoming dispositions. Thank you, Sam for encouraging me to shift my perspective and beckoning me with your ideas into uncharted territory. Congratulations on the pending arrival of your precious little one!

For more pictures and information on this session please visit our Facebook page.

 

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On the Move.

August 24th, 2011

Chelsea appeared before us tagging along with her Mommy and Daddy as we gazed with adoring eyes. Two petite pigtails draped on each side as her black polka dot sundress swayed with each determined step. At the end of her extended limbs was a pink and grey baby stroller and in its flower embroidered seat […]

 


Chelsea appeared before us tagging along with her Mommy and Daddy as we gazed with adoring eyes. Two petite pigtails draped on each side as her black polka dot sundress swayed with each determined step. At the end of her extended limbs was a pink and grey baby stroller and in its flower embroidered seat was a rosy Hello Kitty; hot pink bow in her hair and rainbow sneakers on her feet.

As her chocolate eyes met ours, she immediately slowed her pace and shortened her strides. Like most three-year-olds Chelsea was shy and wary of our new faces, unsure of our purpose. Despite a quiet, timid demeanor we knew to utilize a super-secret weapon which always seems to have the magic touch on tenacious toddlers.

Mom.

When in doubt you’ll find that Mommy always holds the key to the giggle factory. She who knows her baby best is always our greatest accomplice when working through the kinks of first timers. Comically enough, once we had opened the door precious Chelsea was eager to share her teeth-y grins for the remaining duration of our shoot.

Armed with a beautiful smile she took us on an animated prance towards the nearest playground, an exciting oasis for little beans her age. Chelsea was focused, moving with great sureness that her running legs wouldn’t allow her to miss a beat. My how her tiny limbs scuttled with enthusiastic vigor as she skipped over her daddy’s darkened shadows toward the towering yellow slides. It was evident then that Chelsea was very independent when her shyness was shed; very independent when she was on the move.

Something about those glistening yellow slides kept that magical grin glued to Chelsea’s pretty visage. Perhaps it hadn’t only been the work of playground equipment but also that of her doting parents. Not bashful about playing catchy tunes in the park while dancing with their cutie, these three were a beautiful sight to behold.

No sooner had our session come to an end with Mom and Dad requesting a few last family portraits around the colorful play area. Upon walking our clients back towards their car we watched as little Chelsea was still on the move, back to how she appeared when we first laid eyes on her. Baby stroller packed with Hello Kitty and a large specially placed container of animal crackers, little miss independent continued on her merry way.

Thank you so much Littler family for contacting and giving us the opportunity to photograph your beautiful family.

For even more images of Chelsea make sure to visit her Facebook album.