Carmen Buck Photography is in the movies- City Light Theater in Georgetown, TXRead More
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Many families have no suitable photographs of their loved ones who have Alzheimer's. They don't realize honoring ordinary moments with compassionate photography is an important part of their parent's journey.Read More
You will not forget Bea's story of Forgiveness and Transcendence. She took a seemingly impossible, painful situation and instead created a healing place for her family.Read More
The Legacy We Leave- Billie is an amazing woman who taught her daughter the power of loyalty in both health and illness. You'll be drawn to the love in this story about Billie and her daughter Laura. Their story is highlighted in my upcoming book Love Still Lives Here (Fall 2017) and the topic of this blog post. Craving more: Tuesday Tell All-Facebook Live 4-18-17 on Carmen Buck Photography at 12N CST tells the story behind the image.Read More
Light, Shadow and Love! James meets his baby brother Jackson for the 1st time, and it's an exciting time. This blog is about Selina, Clay, James and Jackson and about capturing love and emotion in photos. Learn ways to capture the beauty of emotion in your own photographs.Read More
The delivery of portraits is always special for me, but today was even more special. Gracetta has dementia, but knows LOVE when she sees it. Pictures of her daughters and her beloved caregiver Sara lit her up from within. Yes, it was a very special day!Read More
Living well when someone we love has dementia: David and Joan contributed their story about living well with dementia to my book Love Still Lives Here about a year ago. Yesterday, nearly one year after my original blog about them (3/14/17!) I spent the afternoon visiting with Joan and their son Kristan who had very interesting insight from the adult child's perspective. Enjoy!Read More
Tuesday Tell All with Carmen Buck Photography: The Beauty of a Woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is a doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.
One of the most wonderful things about being a photographer is that I get to witness history in the making AND document it. Check out the beginnings of I Am Empowered Woman! It is only the beginning for this incredible group.Read More
Meet Bill and Maureen who have learned about resiliency in a time of many changes left in the wake of a diagnosis of dementia.Read More
5 Great Reasons to Take Risks and some VERY Helpful HintsRead More
So, I set out to do a family photo session this week-end. It wasn't your typical family photo session because it involved a pig named Daisy and 2 lovely, furry bunnies. I knew the Cavanaugh family was special, but what I didn't know was that I would get to experience an absolutely genuinely fun, beautiful family too! We did the Family session at their home because, well frankly, how do you take a pig on a field trip? Plus, pictures in the privacy and intimacy of your own home carry special meaning. These pics were taken between the moments with Daisy. Good luck getting a pig to pose, but stay tuned...
Meet the Cavanaugh Family
Family Lifestyle Portraits
I've talked about 'lifestyle photography' before, and this is an example of that kind of a shoot. Some of the shoot was posed, but the expressions were priceless and all their own. I captured some moments between the moments and got those goosebumps (brush with the divine) that I yearn for. When I get goosebumps, I know I'm in the midst of something truly special. So I was!
Family Photo Sessions- What Moments Matter the Most?
What moments matter the most? Those moments between the moments where the personalities shine through. I've found that the still images are incredible for this and to even add more BAM, I create a video/slide show. The video portions are quick snippets but they capture some of the movement and love that still images simply cannot. It's a blend of the best of two worlds. Add music and you've got memories that go on and on. My husband Tim Buck was kind enough to get some video footage for me so this video is definitely a behind the scenes because it shows a little bit of me. It is a memory of a wonderful afternoon family photo session for the Cavanaugh family and for me! It might be the best part, so be sure and take a look and leave a comment for this beautiful family! Oh and PS- Daisy was relatively cooperative, sweet and you'll just have to see for yourself how the posing went...
Jude W. and his wife Beth are contributors to my upcoming book, Love Still Lives Here.
What defines your love? Is it how you met or what challenges you've overcome? For Beth W., Jude's wife, it is NOT dementia. We met to talk about their love story and how the disease has impacted his life. I'm compiling stories in a soon to be published book to honor the beautiful love stories that exist in spite of and in some cases, because of the dementia.
The Love of Jude and Beth
- His face lights up when he sees Beth. Like many with dementia, he may not be able to tell us who she is to him, but it is clear she is important to him.
- Their love has crossed many BIG hurdles and the commitment is clear. Dementia has altered their 'retirement' plans but Beth is committed to her daily visits, caring for as much personal care as possible, helping him eat, sharing his favorite music with him, walking about and cuddling.
- Dementia has not taken the core of who he is. He has remained kind, loving, genuine, open hearted with a beautiful sense of humor.
- Beth wishes to define their love by these characteristics rather than using the dementia symptoms to describe her loving husband. She admits to needing to honor what is rather than mourn what isn't and to look at their life with a wide angle lens. That's photog talk for looking at the big picture but you get it.
What Defines Their Love?
- Patience -certainly in the beginning of their love story and now
- Kindness- he is helpful to the other residents in the memory care facility where he lives- The Cottages Senior Living in Round Rock.
- He is a gentle man
- He is a spiritual man. He has had things happen that could lead him away from his spiritual beliefs, but they did not. He is who he is in spite of what happened.
- MORE, MORE, MORE
There is so much more I could say about this sweet man, but you'll have to wait for the book to come out in November 2016! You'll see many more pictures, too. I fell in love with the animation of is face and his sneaky smiles, but again, you'll have to wait a few more months. You know this blog post is just a super short version, right? His wife shared beautiful stories about Jude before he had dementia, once he was diagnosed and now that he is in a memory care facility. The love is so evident in the images, but you know I can't show those until the book is out! Love Still Lives Here will be published by November, 2016. At it's core, Love Still Lives Here is a book about the love in families and people with dementia. After years of being in reverence of families caring for loved ones with dementia, I realized these stories of LOVE and DEVOTION need to be shared with the world. These are the stories so rarely heard. Love Still Lives Here is about the many expressions of love and will certainly entertain, inspire and open your heart.
According to Wikipedia: Lifestyle photography is a kind of photography which mainly aims to capture portrait/people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday. The primary goal is to tell stories about people's life or to inspire people in different times. Thus, it covers multidisciplinary types of photography together.
A lifestyle photographer is not only a portrait or people photographer. A lifestyle photographer loves/enjoys photography as ART in the everyday, 'mundane' life. A lifestyle photographer is also talented in other disciplines of photography such as landscape, street photography, fashion, wedding and even wildlife with one's unique vision to inspire people's life. That's really the ticket: the unique vision INSPIRES another's life.
Typically, lifestyle photography is in a 'typical' or usual setting. This might be hanging out at home, going to their favorite coffee shop, sitting at their desk looking dazed or amazed, going for their daily walk with the dog, playing with the kids...
When I take lifestyle portraits, "real-life events" are incorporated into their session. Therefore, lifestyle/headshots (personal branding) might involve pictures taken in a typical workday setting. If you are looking to let your clients know about who you are, you need to show them something real. I can help you choose the best place for these type of images.
This is an image I took at a fundraiser and just happened to catch these two cuties being little girls enjoying some shiny things. That makes it perfect! Can't you just imagine being there?
So how can you achieve the perfect lifestyle session? Here's a couple tips.
1. Consider a hybrid photo session. I'll blog more about this in the future, but a hybrid photo session involves some behind the scenes video and images. Why would you like this? The images we pose for are beautiful and timeless and incredibly valuable. Combine this with some fun images showing our quirky, fun, spontaneous and unique self and you've got some awesome memories. I love the tangible matted images and books and such, but hold the hybrid videos as a media product I just LOVE. I tend to make these for clients as a documentation of the fun we had and it's sure to become a staple product in my studio. I've got several videos you can take a look at on THIS page.
One of my FAVORITE HYBRID PORTRAIT Sessions
2: We still PLAN lifestyle photography sessions. We need a plan, and there might be some posing but as you can see in the video, some of the session are images taken between the images. It's that moment between the moments that leave me with goose-bumps (God-bumps!) which I believe is a brush with the divine. Got to go for it! Those moments are what make life magical.
3: Have FUN! Life is too short to NOT have FUN!!! We love the serious, pondering pictures, but the ones we tend to save for a lifetime of memories- the ones we're laughing and having fun.
4: PSST- here's a secret about this photographer- I'm an observer and participant. When I do a shoot, I become a part of the experience and yet I'm watching through my lens. It's a wonderful place to be and why I love what I do. Sometimes I direct and give guidance- it's a must in photo sessions. Heck, it's a vulnerable position to be in front of the camera. Support and guidance is always welcomed! It's the connection I have with individuals, couples and families that make the sessions so special. YOU WANT SPECIAL since these are images you'll want to treasure forever.