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an {almost} newsletter and the color of winter

last year, plus a month, i put together a newsletter that i intended on sharing and releasing quarterly. i spent 2ish weeks gathering ideas, articles of interest, studio news, upcoming events, etc.
it was finished and ready to go by january 1, 2011 as planned. but, i couldn’t release it. i couldn’t because as long as i can remember, i’ve been self employed in an industry where schedules are ever changing.
do the words ‘i’ll pencil you in’ sound familiar? i’m still straddling two careers…one of a freelance production stylist and one of a freelance photographer. translation-i never know what my schedule will be too far in advance, so planning a long term event is next to insane.
in the end, i never released it because i just knew the dates/events that i would announce, might very well not happen as promised. and, in true fashion as the months passed, this proved true.
there was a page ~ in that never released newsletter ~  that i can safely share and is still relevant one year later.

February 7, 2012 - 7:56 pm

Deborah Carr - Oh, how I know the feeling. I went through the same angst and in the end decided I didn’t want the stress of more deadlines and commitments than my topsy-turvy job entailed. S’all right girl. Too many newsletters in the world already. 🙂

February 16, 2012 - 11:53 am

Thea - Oh girl I so understand! I started a newsletter last month and here we are a month later and I am thinking…shit I have to do it again. LOL. It is hard for me to think ahead-and then I feel guilty for not planning better…love this collage. xox

{just lovely things} and just lovely mia PLUS a giveaway!

how lucky am i to be able to not only try out some of heather smith’s lovely creations from her shop {just.lovely.things} but to also be able to use my official muse, mia (it is official if not obvious) with nothing more than an “april, is mia busy this afternoon?” thank you mia for having such a wonderful, understanding and simply delightful mama.
to say that i get so much joy and creative fill when i am photographing this little girl is such an understatement. pure, sweetness mixed with a roxy spark makes for a wide range of emotions, moods and energy. on this day, mia slipped into a sweet, quiet role that fit both the headbands, the wardrobe and the settings. a natural actress this one is.
if you’re wondering about the wallpaper that you will see in the second set, let me first tell you that it is utterly and unbelievably beautiful. the first time i stood in this wonderful home and looked at that wall, i knew i would be back to shoot someone, something, anything against it. the wallpaper is handmade and available from karen combs’ company nama rococo. karen also just happens to be mia’s brilliantly creative aunt. i can tell you first hand, that these papers are incredibly gorgeous and immediately add joy to any room that they adorn. can you tell i am a fan? i am lucky enough to have been gifted a few fabulous pieces that now hang framed in my own home. love.

 my ‘mission’ for this session was to use and review heather’s headbands for our february issue of lemonade and lenses. you can read my review and the other photographer’s reviews as well in the issue, but…i will tell you now it was quite favorable;)
thank you heather for sending some pretty, pretty pieces for us to use.

lovely mia and {just lovely headbands}

in honor of a few things involving our lemonade and lenses new website, our second issue and of course heather graciously sending her headbands for us to use,
we are giving two of her lovely headbands away! you can get all the details here
and to view our february issue just click on the magazine…

gigi and lexi

February 7, 2012 - 8:07 pm

Deborah Carr - I feel so stupid…I’ve been away too long. I missed your great big new adventure! Congratulations Gina….this is what has been brewing for you. I’m delighted for you. How exciting!

BTW, the photos above? Purely you. Gifted.

sometimes it’s not about the smiles

sometimes you don’t see things right away. sometimes it takes upheaval, change, filtering, reorganizing or even simply a fresh vantage point before some things start to appear and take shape.

recently I’ve been working on updating my portfolios which I have been putting off for far too long (years.) the few times this past year I actually visited my main website/portfolios, I quickly left reminding myself that updating them was to be a priority. but, you know how the story goes, you get busy…and then the mere thought of trying to narrow images down ~ overwhelming.

one day i just sat down and began. I started out, naturally, with categories. as I concentrate on children’s portraiture, (editorial and real life) my categories are simple. as I began going through sessions selecting images, I realized that I wanted to keep some of the images intact with their stories because they were shot as stories and that’s how i saw them.  so I created a category of stories, which I quite like. I also noticed I had two very strong categories outside of that. one was laughter and one was harder to describe. I noticed that I had quite a few images, many of my favorites, that had nothing to do with smiles or laughter but were full of another emotion harder to categorize. not sadness or unhappiness, just a melancholy of sorts, a stretch, a posture.  maybe a glimpse or hint of something deeper, or maybe just observation ~ observing me and what i am doing, trying to figure that whole thing out. after all, children don’t really understand that their parents have hired someone to come in and photograph them. not really. i noticed that in almost every session I had captured images in this category. i was drawn to them. I understand that we want to think of childhood as nothing short of smiles and being carefree, and i realize that these may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but these kinds of images pull me in, make me stay with the image a bit longer and look a little deeper. they remind me of the depth our children are capable of having even at such young ages. they are real, raw, honest moments that they’ve let show and I happened to capture. sometimes…it’s not about the smiles. sometimes it’s much deeper than that.

{click on image for full portfolios…still adding to them}

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January 19, 2012 - 11:23 am

Rachael - Gina, you are so talented. I’m so glad you are updating your portfolio. Everything you have up so far is just wonderful. 🙂

February 7, 2012 - 8:08 pm

Deborah Carr - You see so much more than most.