Stacey Bode Photography » LIFE SHOULD BE PHOTOGRAPHED

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I love stylized shoots! I love looking at them, and working on them. In fact, I think I’ll do a separate post on why I think they’re awesome. Stay tuned! For these photo set-ups, I work with my spirit animal, Ashley Cudsik, who is the super-power behind event planners Flower Child Weddings. We share ideas and how to bring them to life. There are equal amounts of organization and belly-laughs. We make a pretty swell team. I need to give a shout-out to the fabulous skills of Grace Armas Hair & Makeup Design. I have several more shoots to post from our winter style extravaganza, but this post celebrates the wonderful Katie, Jonathan, and Sedona. These photos were taken at Katie’s ranch, and these are her beautiful, well-loved horses. I would totally go to her farm every day to take more of these pics. It doesn’t get much more effortlessly lovely than this.

 

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When my dad and I took our photo trip to Texas, I’m so glad that we also got to spend time with my cool cousin, who I hadn’t seen in years. She took very good care of us, and it was a joy to finally meet her incredible kiddos. During our visit, her daughter had to interview someone about their job, and she chose me. You guys, it was the best interview I’ve ever had. There was also piano playing, dancing, giggling. Lots of giggling. We had such a wonderful time. I am one very lucky member of an extended and  truly awesome family.

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I’ve resolved to make life more interesting in 2015. So far, so good. For years, my dad and I have been talking about planning a trip, specifically to spend time together while taking photographs. My dad was quite the shutterbug when I was growing up, and he’s the one who taught me to shoot film when I was a teenager. We decided to finally take our trip, and head to Texas. Neither of us had been to Austin, and only I had been to San Antonio, but just briefly. I also have a wonderful cousin who lives out that way, and I’ll probably post some of those family pics a bit later. So, dad and I wandered around the two towns for a few days, cameras in hand. I wanted to push myself out of my photo comfort zone, which is capturing images of people. What I learned is that “comfort zone” implies something safe and restrictive, and I don’t think that applies to what my eye is drawn to. I don’t photograph people because it’s easy, I do so because it’s what moves and motivates me. I found that even when I take a picture of a building, it’s because something about it feels human to me. So instead of forcing myself into uncharted territory, I actually ended up feeling an even deeper connection to what was already there. Either way, I’m grateful for the experience, and have a new love for both places.

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  • February 2, 2015 - 7:49 pm

    Allison Dragony - Stacey! You are a true artist! These are amazing! You have such a beautiful eye and every single picture has little hidden treasures to discover. My favorite favorites are the sign pictures: “Visitor” your dad… and ” Do not touch”…the peacock, the cowboy crossing, and the little girl looking up at the dove and sacred heart! I am going to have to look at these many times to obsess over the secrets! Beautiful work!

  • February 2, 2015 - 8:06 pm

    stacey - Thank you, Allison. Your kind words mean so much! xoxo

  • February 3, 2015 - 8:57 am

    tommy evans - You were asking for suggestions on special places to visit. I think you have easily proved that a special photographer makes any place special.

    Loved them all, Stacey

  • February 3, 2015 - 10:35 am

    Tara - If you don’t come to Selma…

    Stacey – these are incredible. So much emotion, so much beauty. And Lady Special? Come on now.

    You gotta come to Selma.

  • February 3, 2015 - 11:17 am

    stacey - What a lovely thing to say. Thank you, Tommy.

  • February 3, 2015 - 11:18 am

    stacey - Thanks so much, Tara. I really hope I can make it to Selma.