Hiya! Awfully nice of you to visit my little ol' blog.
A quick description of me would be that I love my family, my friends, life, photography, and pancakes.
I live in Atlanta with my giant dog Fletch, and spent the first chunk of my working days as a scientist. Then, I shifted some major gears, and started my photo biz nearly seven years ago. I feel extremely lucky to have a career that is always changing and always challenging. I'm grateful for every day that I get to wake up and do what I love.
I'm drawn to all forms of art, and multiple styles of photography. However, I'm moved most by personality and character. This is what set me on the path to doing portraiture. Whether I'm shooting a beautiful wedding, a happy family, or a beloved pet, I'm always a portrait photographer. I want every image to speak volumes and make it's viewer linger just a little longer.
I wear my heart proudly on my sleeve, and that's what you will get from my photos. I will glady give you a little bit of myself in every frame I shoot.
The only thing better than a wonderful, adorable baby is TWO wonderful, adorable babies!!! I finally got a chance to photograph the cutie-pie twins of my friends Sloane and Scott. Some of you will recognize Sloane because she does headshot makeup for most of the folks on this blog.She’s got skillz!
Sawyer and Logan are now a year old, and they keep getting more beautiful every day. They are fun on wheels, full of smiles, and faster than speeding bullets. I’m so impressed with how mom and dad keep up with them.
Here are some of the shots we snapped of their super-duper little fellas…
I LOVE this one! So much personality, so much sweetness, so much drool!
A little playtime with mommy…
Had to get some shots with their namesakes.
Sloane had this incredible vintage outfit for Logan. Isn’t he precious?
Look! Up in the sky…it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Super Sawyer!
We had to grab a portrait of the lovely Jackie O.
So much thanks to the gorgeous Warren family for such a wonderful shoot!
It’s a joy to photograph someone so lively and stunning. Headshot sessions should be relaxed and fun, and Elyse helped make both of those happen. On top of that, she was very patient while I scouted around to find the best light. She also managed to smile with ease in some weird places. I’m still not sure what I was stepping in to get some of these shots. I opted to not look down too much. Elyse, you are a total gem. Thanks for doing such a fabulous job!
I had a wonderful time photographing Alia and her family a few months ago. She had such a natural smile and energy that I knew she would bring out in her headshot session. I have a feeling that she’s going to book a LOT of work. Not only is this sweet gal blessed with obvious beauty, but she also has the kind of personality that anyone would want to be around. Her awesome mom, Lisa, joined us for the shoot, and it’s so cool to see how proud she is of her daughter.
Alia, you did a great job during your shoot! Lisa, you certainly did a great job raising a lovely young lady.
I love when I come across something so artistically inspirational, that I have to share it in blog form. This isn’t the “official” video for the song. It was put together by someone who digs the band and digs making incredible art.
Here’s a blurb written about the video….
Grizzly Bear fan and animator Gabe Askew created an enchanting video for the band’s track “Two Weeks”.
Said Askew to Vray: “I chose the song ‘Two Weeks’ by my favorite band Grizzly Bear because it inspired me. Even though the video is about two men, I connected the lyrics to my own relationship with my wife. It took about four months of after-work time and weekends. I would estimate it to be about four work weeks. The lyrics, to me, told the story of a relationship where one person is uncertain of the others loyalty. You get sucked up into the daily grind and forget to tell the one you love how you feel. They get insecure and worry that you aren’t committed. And the line ‘I told you I would stay’ is like a battle cry for fighting to keep your relationship together when it seems to be on the brink.”
I’m going to go watch this about 50 more times, until my eyes stop popping out of my head.
I know that it’s still hot enough outside to cook pancakes on a windshield (or something like that), and we’re knee-deep in the wonderful joys of summertime. I still have a watermelon on my porch that needs eating. Any takers?
What’s my point? Believe it or not, now is the perfect time to book a fall/winter family photo session. October and November dates get booked up so quickly (some are already taken!), and I want to make sure everyone gets photos of their adorable families before the holidays hit. Anyone who wants to use shots from their photo session for holiday cards needs to schedule their shoot no later than November 7th. That way, you’ll have time to get all your photo goodies, AND have time to address your cards and send them out. Or you can be like me and deem it a miracle if my cards get out before the new year hits.
So, as an incentive to get those shoots booked, I’m offering a little special. Anyone who books a 2009 child or family portrait session before September 12 of 2009, will receive a free set of 2 photo fridge magnets (these are cool) and a free professional 8 x 10 print. Yay, free stuff! I should point out that the session doesn’t have to take place by 09/12/2009, it just has to be booked by then and the actual shoot can be between now and the end of 2009.
I love doing these sessions. My camera and I have had the pleasure of getting to know so many incredible families over the years. One of my favorite experiences started when I took some pics of a sweet baby girl. Then at the next session, she had a new little sister, and she could almost say my name, but it came out as “Daisy” instead of Stacey. It was so cute, I nearly changed my name to Daisy Bode. At the session after that her little sis was walking, and not only could she pronounce my name, but she was giving me advice on life (or at least about the playground). Melts my heart!
Not only is Julia a lovely and fun gal, she’s also a real pro in dire circumstances. It’s that glorious time of year where I can’t go outside to get the mail without bringing back at least 3 mosquito bites. However, on the day of Julia’s shoot, there must have been some sort of insect convention in East Atlanta that we weren’t aware of. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she is about 100 times more sensitive to their bites than most folks. Not long into our session, her arms and legs were covered with little bug traumas. Anyone else might have wanted to stop, or at least break to get some bug spray. Julia somehow kept posing, and looking fantastic while doing it. Darnright impressive.
I have to point out one more thing that’s pretty incredible about Julia. This shot is the first one we took! I may even have been just testing the light. It was her first time having headshots taken, and she managed to look this relaxed. I think she’s my new hero.
Here’s another installment of my point-and-shoot guerilla portraits. I’m havin’ so much fun with these. There are definitely some limitations to my G10. It likes low light about as much as I like paying taxes. It’s ok though. When I get frustrated with it, I can just pull out my fancy camera and go nuts.
More doggies! Fletch is now 7 months old, and I no longer believe that this is the puppy we brought home back in February. This beast obviously ate our original pup, and began assuming his identity.
I’m trying to convert his jumping up energy into something practical by training him to reach things on high shelves for me. Soon, I’ll be able to sell my step ladder on Craig’s list.
We were on a beach trip during his “birthday”, so I took these one night at Susie’s house. It was dark and we were playing with the flashlight, so Fletch gets to look all artsy this month. Next month, I promise to post pics that show his ridiculous hugeosity.
Recently, our friends Christian + Adri threw a swell birthday party for their doggie, Egon. Now, you might think this was just a crafty excuse for a bunch of adults to hang out and eat, but it really was about the pups. They had their own ice cream for cryin’ out loud!
It was a really fun time. Of course, now that I have a dog I love AND a point-n-shoot I love, I will also love your dogs and be taking lots of pictures of them. So, here are a few shots of Niels and Egon…
Egon is the most pointy dog I’ve known.
They were plum tuckered out by the end of the day. Egon is wearing a t-shirt he received as a birthday gift. I think it said something like “Ready to Pawty”. So awesome.
One of the projects I wanted to launch now that I have my new handy-dandy point-and-shoot, is a series of images called “guerilla portraits”. If I see a cool spot for a photo, I will grab the closest willing participant and just snap a quick pic. Nothin’ fancy, but hopefully interesting. I’m already having so much fun with this. Here are the first three…