I had so much fun working with Michael - he is absolutely hilarious and has such a wonderful personalty! Congratulations on your upcoming graduation "GQ Junior"!
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This funky, retro inspired senior session was one the funniest sessions I have ever photographed! Ali is a rockstar and I had an absolute blast working with her and bringing her vision to life. This is what being an artist is all about - taking an idea and creating something spectacular, something that my clients will forever cherish.
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation, Ali! I can't wait to see what amazing things the future holds for you!
Yours in Art ~ Mandy
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“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.” ~ Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass
I had so much fun chasing after Mila as she ran and played in her own imaginary Wonderland, dragging the Red Queen and Mad Hatter along while she explored. Surprisingly, she enjoyed the Red Queen's company a lot more than Alice ever had.
Besides her adventures in Wonderland, Mila also loves Minnie Mouse and enjoys evening wagon rides with her mom. She is an LSU Tigers fan and loves their team colors, purple and gold, but she loves eating spaghetti and pizza with the Mad Hatter even more! When she needs a creative outlet, she creates finger-painting masterpieces and eats lots of popsicles when she is stressed.
Thus grew the tale of Wonderland:
Thus slowly, one by one,
Its quaint events were hammered out –
And now the tale is done,
And home we steer, a merry crew,
Beneath the setting sun.
Alice! A childish story take,
And, with a gentle hand
Lay it where Childhood's dreams are twined
In Memory's mystic band,
Like pilgrim's wither'd wreath of flowers
Pluck'd in a far-off land.
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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Yours in Art ~ Mandy
It's only the 4th week of the year, and I'm already running behind on my Project Life images. Time just flies by when you're enjoying life! The past few weeks haven't been super exciting, in terms of editorials and conceptual shoots, but the lack of excitement has given me a chance to focus on the little things. Living just outside of New Orleans gives me the opportunity to explore an amazing culture of people with a unique history, not to mention the fabulous scenery. Every time I wander around the city, I find something new to photograph. It's an endless source of beauty and inspiration! And of course I had to include some shots of my pets, family and friends - capturing everyday life is so important!
I don't know why I put this project off for so long. It's not nearly as challenging as I thought it would be. It's actually pretty darn easy - just shoot a photo or two every day and share away! At the end of each week, I print my favorites on my Canon Selphy printer, put them in my Project Life binder, add a few pretty filler cards and jot down some details. Easy as pie, right?
Here are my favorite images from weeks 2 & 3. Enjoy!
Well, that about sums it up for weeks 2-3 of Project Life. Stay tuned for my weeks 2-3 conceptual images!
Yours in Art,
BE MORE CREATIVE. TAKE RISKS. CAPTURE LIFE.
Every year I plan on blogging more, shooting more conceptual work, and capturing more of my personal life. I'm super enthusiastic and disciplined for few months, but life always manages to get in the way of these goals, so I put them on the side and focus on more important matters - clients, bills, health, family and friends, and so on.
This year is going to be different. This year is going to be the year of change and creativity, and what better way to start this new journey than with a super fun and creative project, right? I've decided to start Project Life, a 52-week photography project about my life. Each week I'm going to capture personal memories, something that I haven't done in years. When I get wrapped up in my business, special moments in my personal life get overlooked and forgotten. Life is precious and we should capture it, because without photos, all we will have are our memories.
This year I'm also going to be focusing more on conceptual and editorial work. Don't get me wrong, I love being a portrait photographer and working with families, children and seniors, but I can't be as creative with those kinds of sessions as I can be when I am shooting for myself. I'm not only a great photographer, but also an amazing artist. I recently realized that there is a whole other world out there, full of insanely creative, conceptual art, and I am dying to tap into it. I am great at what I do, but I can be even better if I stop taking the safe road, take risks and just put myself out there. It's time for me to put my big girl panties on and to get my conceptual work out there for the world to see. So, in addition to capturing my personal life every week, I'm going to be creating at least one amazing, emotionally stirring piece of art.
This will be a year of family, friends and personal greatness.
Pieces of Me I Week 1/52
Project Life I Week 1/52
I hope you enjoyed this small peek into my oh-so-boring daily life, but I promise that the majority of the time it is more chaotic than boring. This was just a slow week!
Yours in Art,