Missing New England? … You could say that.
Pretty Much, yeah. Hey New Hampshire! Move closer to California!
Appointment day for my models and stylist was yesterday and I’m glad to cross them off of my list of things to do! For our consult we went to Beaux Cheveux salon and were thrilled with how things are coming together, we’re for sure in good hands. I expected to be in the salon for a bit just hashing out details, for sure, but what I did not expect was that our wonderfully talented salon stylist Eryka would be working a little magic on me as well.
So I strutted out of the meeting being about two inches taller, just in hair (which is great for me, because I am woefully short). I got tons of compliments on it last night when E and I got dinner. Victory curls indeed, I felt victorious (over the feeling of being short).
You know you’re going to have fabulous hair when Eryka says at the appointment “so I wanted to try out this hairstyle I saw on the internet…”
It’s Friday, y’all!
Find the Gems!
One of my favorite parts about our local area is how secretly (or not so secretly) stunning it is. Whenever I get a bit of freetime, I love to explore parts of the North State I’ve never seen before, even if it’s just down the road.
On Saturday I got to introduce a couple of Nor Cal residents to one of those little stunning secrets:
Clear Creek Gorge. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rueb/3466262572/in/set-72157607497160243/
As I understand it, Brian Reub http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brian-Rueb-Photography/121928334886 cut his teeth here as a photographer, and is part of his stomping grounds. (Check out Reub, he’s incredible). I learned about the gorge from him and have visited there several times with friends as part of a great outing to beat the heat of Northern California.
All the photos up here are not of the main falls: I wasn’t at the right angle for those and I only took a couple snapshots this time, but trust me when I say the big falls are awesome, and totally worth scrambling over a small creek and big rocks for. =)
Many who know about Clear Creek don’t even follow it up to these gorgeous cascades, and some don’t even know of the fall’s existence. So imagine my pride when I got to bring these two out for it.
Here’s a couple courtesy of Nikki (http://www.facebook.com/NGosneyPhotos) that she took (I only snapped off a couple shots because I made a cardinal mistake: I left my memory card in my computer! Nikki kindly let me shoot a couple on hers):
So if you have some free time and want to beat the heat, check this gem out, or even better, just start exploring! You never know what you’ll find…. just around the river bend. =) (/end Pocahontas moment).
Today’s post will be short, but sweet.
First: KITTY! Gotta love a little kitten goodness on your feed.
CONGRATULATIONS, Miss Anne! A day after my shoot with the sweet Anne, she is now engaged. I can’t wait to shoot your engagement, I know you have so many ideas!
Happy Wednesday, all!
If there’s one thing I love, it’s finding gems in sessions I had previously overlooked. Whether it’s because I’ve spent too much time reviewing images or because I simply can’t choose my favorites, I have to take a step back and draw the line in the sand as to when I officially finish proofs. When I revisit a session that’s already been wrapped up, sometimes I do a Photographer’s Edit.
Photographer’s Edits may be a couple images or just one. Here’s one fresh off a BW conversion.
Mariah was so much fun to work with, she was calm and a believer in my method. Eryka styled her makeup and hair, and believe it or not, we shot this is Eryka’s kitchen!
The color version:
Today it’s a gorgeously overcast day, I am looking forward to having a bit of rain.
Happy Monday, y’all!
I’m still reeling from my recent shoot with the fun little shoot from Veronica. Sometimes with my schedule I don’t get time to go over my shoots with a fine-toothed comb. I go for great shots to deliver to clients promptly, and then I go through later to find more gems afterwards, as a photographer’s edit. Here’s some more that I couldn’t live without posting:
These eyes just pull me into the photo!
Also, Friday is my next booked session, with Nellie, her sister, and her mom. I can’t wait to shoot with one of my oldest girlfriends, Nellie, so don’t forget to check then for my next update!
I just have to rave for a minute: Veronica is fantastic. Our session was so chill, her photos are fabulous and I can’t wait to work with her again.
Once she decided on her stylizing a couple weeks ago, our location changed and I am glad it did. While I love me some old brick ruins, the local park has some serene horse trails that suited our shoot far more. I was in love with where we decided to shoot: light beams falling through the trees, and tall oaks wrapped in ivy. The backlight was perfect for the feeling we were going for, I didn’t pull out my speedlights once.
I love this time of year at the horse trails. The yellow wildflowers are so fragrant, I always pick some and take them home with me. The day was beautiful, we hopped in the water for some shots and to cool our feet a little, and we got lots of sun.
Here’s to more gorgeous summer shoots this year!
So, I am really tired, my eyes are glassing over and my yawns are getting more frequent, but I just had to upload this photo from today’s shoot.
Veronica is a wonderful gal who I shot for her senior photos way back when. She emailed me a couple months ago inquiring about a shoot, and how could I say no?! She styled all of her clothes and accessories beautifully, she has a wonderful eye for style, and she was so chill to work with. Her eye connection was so strong, it blew me away with how striking her photos are. So here’s a sneak peek. =)
So, everyone is posting photos of their eclipse goodness. I didn’t shoot the eclipse, I was apparently too wrapped up in my wild roadside roses that the eclipse wasn’t on my priority list. But while I was shooting the roses I snapped off this:
Pretty neat shadows from the solar eclipse, huh?! Let’s see yours!
Also, I finally have a facebook for my photography. I have been shooting since 2008, and it’s now 2012. Yeah, I guess it’s time. Here it is: http://www.facebook.com/AndreaBordenPhotography. ‘Like’ it, share it with friends, follow me on facebook, and network, but make sure you don’t have a nice day, because that would certainly ruin my plans for world domination through facebook. Seriously. Don’t you dare have a nice day!
(Okay, maybe have a teensy weency nice day. But don’t let me catch you!)
Sooo… remember what I said about shoot every day? Here’s a great example:
If you know me personally, you know that I will do a lot of unreasonable things (per normal standards) for a photo. I will wade with my camera strap in my teeth to the middle of a swift moving stream, crouch in the water, and shoot until my lips turn blue. I have been known set up my camera at night in the cold New Hampshire fall and shoot star trails like my life depended on it. I have been out in cold Massachusetts springs to shoot moonrises over ponds. But that doesn’t begin to even cover the number of rickety chairs I’ve stood upon, on my tippy-toes, or the number of times I have been 2 feet from a bison in Yellowstone and it’s baby (unbeknownst to me), while shooting *something else*. Oh yes. I have done some unspeakably dumb things for photos. So no one will bat an eye as anything out of the ordinary when I see wild roses on the side of the road, I pull over and shoot them. That’s just me, predictable as the day is long. Not to say that pulling over for roses is dangerous, just illustrating my willingness at the drop of a hat.
If you know me personally as well, you know I am forgetful. Oh yes. I will leave the most important things at home. If it’s not attached to my body (in this context, it is safe to assume that my camera is indeed a limb of mine), I will forget it. This is probably why my car looks like a fabric fairy threw up in it— I have taken precautions to overcompensate for my forgetfulness by always having clothes and prop fabrics with me.
Back to the story. I see beautiful wild roses growing on the side of the road. I make a U-ie, pull over and take a couple shots. I knew in direct sunlight, I could not do them justice, I had to take some home with me to shoot. Whipping out my car keys, I sawed through a couple stems with my rainbow unicorn medallion (right next to my post office key) until I had a bunch of them. They were very thorny, and when I was through my hands bled, but were the victors in the thorn vrs hand situation. I put the flowers in water (from a bottle in my car) and brought them in the office so they wouldn’t wilt in the hot car while I was at work.
So yes, to answer your question, I did forget them on the desk. But because I made a promise to myself to shoot every day, I hadn’t put off shooting until I had better light or more time tomorrow. Which is why I can show you them right now.
So, you may not be as forgetful as me, but that doesn’t mean you will have less of a benefit shooting everyday. If you act on your passion, it must manifest in a return for you. For me, that return is pride in sticking to a goal, and even more of a reason to continue.
What are friends for if they do not let you use their restroom in a pinch?
So, funny story…
Today before work I was headed to a local shop to do a little promotion. Right when I parked there I realized in a panic… my urge to get to a restroom overpowered my goal to market. I couldn’t go into the boutique and ask to use their restroom. While they may not personally judge me, I wouldn’t forgive myself for the tackiness of the move. So I knew I had to take action. My work was several blocks away, I could go there. My girlfriend Eryka (and a fabulous beauty stylist who has partnered on shoots with me) lives a couple blocks over from where I was. Decision time. Shall I drive to work, use the restroom, drive back to the boutique, or try to reach Eryka?
Eryka isn’t much of a phone person. It’s a toss up rather she would be home. I rove on over, seeing as it was on my way to work anyway, and lo and behold, she opened the door as I drove up, with a silly grin on her face. She looked fabulous. Being a beauty stylist, it’s only natural that when your friend pops in to use your bathroom, you just *happen* to be a vision of personal style and adorability (if that’s not a word now, it is to me).
After finishing my directive, I took a couple moments with her to snap off some photos.
Not only is she a fabulous stylist, she’s also a great cook and does a really great Fran Drescher impersonation with me. =) Plus she’s just a looker!
I just stayed up until 5:30 am on my day off to catch up on Hulu.
I’ve been watching and listening to nothing but creativeLIVE and photography podcasts.
Time to catch up on Modern Family. This season is ridiculously good.
One of my NH girlfriends, I just found out, is getting married. This is a shot from 2009, in the NH woods and dying light. I miss Tessa like crazy, she is such an inspiration for me. Congrats, girl.