If at times you find yourself feeling cold and closed up, I pray that you feel the warmth of His love on your face, so that your heart can open to reveal all that is beautiful within you. May you be blessed this Easter. I wish you joy, and may you be surrounded by the smiles and laughter of those you love the most!
This wonderful story came across my newsfeed on Facebook, and I thought it was such a beautiful message, and one that relates to how I see photography, and the world, and the beautiful people in it. The revelations of the children are priceless… Thankfully, through seeing themselves through photography, they can now see just how beautiful they are, as well as the beauty of the world around them, however simple and modest their environment may be. Please take a few moments to view the video below. It will surely brighten your day.
"When I looked at my photo I felt good and saw that I was beautiful.
It was something I had never seen before."
"I used to think that I’m not beautiful enough, like the other girls.
Now I came and realized that I am beautiful in my own way.
I saw the other side of myself; how beauty is inside me
And this will be the thing I will remember all my life."
It's interesting to me, that even as different as we are, as different as our environments may be, even within our own country, our own cities, our own neighborhoods...that sometimes it takes seeing ourselves through the eyes of another to see our own beauty; and sometimes we must look closely, to see the beauty of our environment.
View the heartwarming video here:
The Kioo Project:
To teach photography to children from communities with limited creative resources.
For every child to develop self-confidence by discovering who they are through photography.
To learn more, visit The Kioo Project at:
My goodness, how time gets away from me sometimes! It has been over 2 months since the last time I posted here on the blog (Shame on me!). Since then, I have broken my shoulder AND my newest grandson was born! I am supposed to be keeping my shoulder immobilized, but I cannot not help myself, I have to create beautiful portraits!
I made this gown and flower crown/maternity belt in hopes of using it when photographing my beautiful daughter-in-law, Veronica. We did her maternity portrait before I broke my shoulder, and I was very pleased with the results, as were she and my son! I can never seem to decide whether I like the color or the black and white better, so here are versions of both!
Little Ezra is our 8th grandson, and was born September 30th! I was so pleased to have been able to be at the hospital with my son and his wife, as they were preparing for the delivery. I couldn't drive myself, but my husband took me so I could be there for them! The delivery itself didn't take long, but we had to wait for her to come out of recovery for a couple hours or so. Big Brother, Eliah, was so pleased to finally meet his Baby Brother!
And here I am, holding him with my good arm!
You know, whenever my husband does not listen to his doctor, I get after him. But there was no way that I could sit still and not photograph little baby Ezra for his newborn portraits! My shoulder may take slightly longer to heal, but newborn portraits are best done in the very early days of life, and time will not wait! So we photographed Ezra when he was 11 days old! This was a cooperative effort with my son and his wife helping, as I did not trust myself to carry the baby with my injury, but once he was laid down, I was able to work with posing him. Such a little angel!
We did a total of 4 different sets that day. My son really wanted an image of Ezra with a baseball and glove, so we set up this shot. We set the background, set the lights, took test shots, and finally placed the baby on the set. I had instructed my son and his wife that they would each have to support the baby's head with a finger on either side, that I would later Photoshop out, but when we put him into the pose, we saw that he was going to hold the pose (with his head a little more relaxed than what we planned), so I had 1 quick second to get back to the camera on the tripod, and was able to get this one shot off! After that one shot, little Ezra got really mad, and he decided that we were done with that baseball stuff!
We wanted to try to get a few with both of the boys, but Ezra had had enough sleep by this time :)
Then yesterday, at the grand old age of 18 days, I had the opportunity to photograph Ezra with his big brother, Eliah, again! My son, Bryan Campos, and I both made portraits of the boys! Here are a few of the portraits I made.
I am so in love with my grandsons! All 8 of them! <3
Good Morning, Everyone! Did you see last night's/this morning's Blue Moon? I did, and it was glorious! I did not get to photograph it last night, but I did get a chance to take a few shots this morning. Here it is!
Okay, so technically, the blue moon was not literally blue! It looks a little bluish because of the camera settings I used. I set my white balance to Tungsten, which you would normally use under tungsten lighting. But by using it at night, or early morning, in images that do not include people, this setting can make your skies (or your moon) look a little bluer. This is a little trick taught to me by a certain Photo Ninja friend of mine.
A Blue Moon is a second full moon that occurs within a given month. This does not happen very often. This occurs only about once each 2-1/2 years, hence the expression "Once in a Blue Moon"! I do enjoy photographing the moon fairly often, but especially when it's "Blue" ;)
Have a wonderful day, Everyone!
She told me that she didn't have the perfect round belly. I beg to differ! What could be more beautiful and perfect than the body in which you carry your growing baby? What could feel more wonderful than feeling your baby move within you, and to see the miracle of that movement by the changing shape of your belly? I can think of nothing more beautiful, except perhaps the son or daughter you carry inside you, once he or she is born.
This stunning mama will have her baby boy tomorrow, unless he decides to come today! She couldn't be more radiant than the day I photographed her, just a few days ago, or yesterday, when she came to view her images.
Mayra, may you and Miguel, and little Clarissa be blessed abundantly, as you prepare to welcome your beautiful baby boy into your family! We know he will be beautiful, and may he also be healthy and strong!