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
Tuesday Tell All
Every Tuesday, I’ll be hosting a FaceBook Live at 12N to talk about the stories behind the images.
This week, I’m going to talk about Beth and Jude. They are contributors to my upcoming book, Love Still Lives Here. This is a book about the families who love and care for those with dementia. I’m slowly working on it with an editor and hope it’ll be out by the Fall of 2017. It’s a celebration of love and devotion. I met with each of the families, we talked and I recorded our interviews. I also photographed some beautiful portraits for them and for the book. I’m writing their stories now and preparing to get them to the publisher.
The Bigger the Love, The Bigger the Hurt-BUT, but the Bigger the Love- Beth Wick
Have you ever thought about what goes on behind the scenes of a photo session? Maybe you’ve looked at photos, and wondered about the people in the photos-maybe their story or what was going on at the time. Beth's quote is beautiful in so many ways.
Love was going on at the time of this photo- deep and devoted love. She and Jude have a love that is deep and devoted and enviable. It's the kind of love we all yearn for, and it always has been. It's the love that defines their relationship- not Jude's dementia.
Jude and Beth
I want to tell you about Jude and Beth today- 12N on Facebook Live-Carmen Buck Photography page.
They contributed to Love Still Lives Here. I recently listened to our interview and was once again amazed by the deep love and true devotion Beth has for Jude. They met later in life and have a beautiful, deep love. Jude developed dementia, and Beth continues in her devotion to her husband, but dementia does not define their relationship- LOVE defines their relationship.
What Defines Your Relationship?
What defines your Relationship? 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, Love Still Lives Here 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- Poet’s Walk in Round Rock.
He is a gentle man
He is a spiritual man. He had things happen that could have lead him away from his spiritual beliefs, but they did not. He is who he is in spite of what happened.
Love Still Lives Here
There is so much more I could say about this sweet man, but you'll have to wait for Love Still Lives Here to come out in the Fall of 2017. 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 the Fall of, 2017. 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.
Tune in to Facebook Live on Carmen Buck Photography page at 12N Tuesday 2/21/17! Comment and let me know you are there- it'll help me so much! I'll post it below when I'm all done!
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I have a son, who is my heart. He is a wonderful young man, daring and loving and strong and kind. he is a loving husband-a loving man who wants to be his best. He is an Iraq War Veteran of the US Army Infantry. He has been home nearly 10 years and continues to heal. The Lone Survivor Foundation has been a HUGE help. He had the opportunity to spent time at the retreat center with his friends and also with his wife. We are all eternally grateful.Read more
As a photographer who enjoys photographing events, I’ve attended and photographed several events over the last few months. I’ve also been to retreats before, but I’m not sure I ever felt such a warm, loving welcome. I was the photographer for the Rise Up Women's retreat, but I was also embraced as a participant. This may have been a distraction for me or resulted in fewer or less impactful images. Nothing could be further from the truth. The comfort level of this warm welcoming group of beautiful women was such that I think I was able to capture much more raw, intimate photographs. I’m grateful for autofocus because my eyes teared up more than a few times! I saw things that I wouldn’t have been able to witness had I not been looking through my camera lens.
This conference was about bringing God and spirituality into our business in the ways we interact with others, how we make decisions and what we actually do to follow our hearts AND prosper. No easy task! Red Corral Ranch in Wimberley TX was the setting. Beautiful!!!
Bea Baylor is the founder of this conference and has a mission to inspire women and help them reach their potential and purpose through teaching, conferences, workshops, networking and building one business at a time. Bea also founded Baylor's Business Consulting Enterprise LLC. This online business institute provides training and education to help small business owners, coaches and leaders with strategies and business development skills to increase knowledge and become more profitable in their business. Leading women on an awesome and delightful journey of healing, seeking, finding and growing in Christ is her true calling. You'll see Bea in the video on this blog post.
I met Bea not quite a year ago. So much has happened since then! We met for coffee to talk about business things. I learned that she's a nurse also. We both whipped out our composition books to take notes. Old school can be good! I was still working full time in my job with plans to make changes and do more photography. She needed headshot and I needed to practice. It was a win-win and more than that- we really liked each other. Since then, Bea has introduced me to people and organizations and impacted my career in big ways. I hope I have given her as much. She is a dear friend of mine. Nothing has quite compared to the experience I had at the Rise Up conference. Nothing quite compares to Bea Baylor either!
As my mind can conceive of more good, the barriers and blocks dissolve. My life becomes full of little miracles popping up out of the blue. Louise L. Hay
Some of you might not know that spirituality and health was the basis of my thesis work yet, like many of us, I struggle to find and keep that meaning and purpose in life because I get caught up in the doing of the things. I’m still having a hard time thinking about what I really want to do. Speak, write, photograph- all the above? (More about the Shiny Penny syndrome in a future blog post) The conference and the speakers were incredibly inspiring and gave me some great info! The topics were meaningful for me because I run my business with heart and soul and hearing others talk about their successes and challenges was perfect. We are more alike than different! The first day, Bea pointed out with a giggle that I was the only ‘white girl amongst black girls for a while anyway.’ Well, to be honest, I hadn’t noticed. I saw beautiful, warm, kind women. After one particular incredible evening with Dr. Brenda Cherry, I was asked if I had ever been to a ‘Black Church’ before. Nope, and it blew my mind- in a good way. There are so many ways to worship and honor one another. I loved the freedom to be myself in a nonjudgemental environment. I watched women openly weep, pray, hug, and support each other in ways we so often don't get to witness in our lives. Oh, but shouldn't we? Isn't that what makes life rich? Surrender seemed to be the word for me. Surrender to follow my own path. I speak with women every day who want to figure out what path to take and then figure out how to follow it. Future blog post…
There is so much I could say about this conference. There is so much I can about the loving women I spent the week-end with. I will write more about the speakers in future blogs. You won't want to miss this- as you probably already have already guessed, the women are incredibly interesting!
The Red Corral Ranch has a most beautiful labyrinth built by the owners’ son as a thank you to his mother after she nursed him back to health following a serious surgery. I’ll write a longer post about this, but suffice to say it was incredibly moving. I photographed the experience the whole time, having already taken some time to walk the labyrinth in meditation by myself the day before. You’ve probably already guessed, but that’s another blog post. Meanwhile- enjoy the beautiful video to see the fireside surrender, our special banquet, the speakers, Shalia Anderson's Praise Dance and so much more. PLEASE LEAVE US YOUR COMMENTS
This is a hybrid video of the Rise Up Women's Retreat. All photos by Carmen Buck Photography
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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.
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I was so honored to attend a wonderful fund raiser for Bliss Kid Yoga last night!
20% of the sales from Kendra Scott Jewelry on South Congress St. in Austin, TX were donated to Bliss Kid Yoga and they had a wonderful turnout.
LOVE LOVE LOVE everywhere!
This is what makes LIFE so FULL- giving and receiving. Be sure and read on to learn more about both these organizations.
Carmen Buck Photography (that's me!) donated my time and talent and learned about the wonderful things Kendra Scott Jewelry does. It was an honor to be there! Bliss Kid Yoga is a favorite non-profit organization of mine and I look forward to photographing the cool stuff they do and watching them GROW! You can read more about this HERE on a previous blog post on CarmenBuckPhotography.com.
MUST SEE VIDEO!
Big THANKS to Kendra Scott who is CEO and founder of Kendra Scott Design, Inc. We spent the evening at their South Congress Location in Austin, TX. This happens to be their flagship store! How cool is that! Kendra Scott lives in Austin and is well known for her philanthropy and support of non-profit organizations.
According to Kendra Scott Jewelry website, the company continues to design and operate out of Austin, TX with a focus on Family, Fashion & Philanthropy. In the past 12 months, the company donated $1M and 50,000 pieces of jewelry while working with over 1,000 local and national organizations.
I (Carmen with Carmen Buck Photography) LOVE THIS! Congrats to Bliss Kid Yoga and Big Thanks to Kendra Scott Jewelry!
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Let’s talk first impressions
- How long does it take to size someone up? (about 7 seconds)
- How long do people take to look at a webpage before moving on? Less than 10-20 seconds unless there is a clear value or something drawing them in.
So, you do not have long to impress. Make the TIME count!
#1- our message has to be clear and concise.
#2- we want people to trust us. They will determine if they think that maybe they can trust us in what- about 7 seconds. In this case, trust is about being open to listening a little more versus tune you out. If we are not authentic, people will not trust us.
How do we impress and gain trust?
Let’s talk Personal Branding vs Headshots.
‘Head shots’ have traditionally been rather dull, flat images that have little personality. Ah, but the Personal Branding photography is about YOU. In the world of entrepreneurs, corporations and social media the days of simply self promoting are gone. They want to know the why behind our businesses and they want to know about us. This is one of the most fun things about I do. I get to know people and guide them through.
Personal Branding is about self-expression where we deliberately shape our image and persona to let the world know what we have to offer, how we are different and WHY. Our style shows through.
Feeling a little Vulnerable?
Yes, I get that. What if your style or your way of expressing yourself is a put off to some people. Get ready for this! This is what happens- those who are drawn to you are YOUR clients. They’re the ones who will want to do business with you- who’ll buy from you, who’ll hire you and so on. Those who are put off are not going to be your good clients. And if they decide to, they’ll be the ones who lead to some drama for you. You will not please everyone. Attract the clients YOU want to work with. There will be a future blog about CHOOSING YOUR IDEAL CLIENT.
WHAT IS YOUR STYLE?
So, you’ve decided that you want to think about your own style- where do you begin? If this doesn’t sound daunting to you, then either you haven’t thought about it much OR you REALLY know yourself.
Your style or brand identity should:
- Authentically represent you and your business. Ask the question ‘why?’ over and over. I’m going to use myself as an example-
I did this and was amazed at the light bulb moments for me. I was working long hours but loved what I did. I did not love a lot of it though. I went over and over asking 'why' until I got to the root of it for me. Why was I not taking care of myself? Why did I say yes to everyone but myself? ….Why wasn’t I following what I was really passionate about. Once I did this, the path was really clear for me. It’s not that I didn’t get pulled in other directions some, but I was and am so certain about what I do. Exactly how it's going to look- now, that’s the mystery that I so love.
I had to really do the hard work. I had to get to the marrow of what I wanted and who I am. I’m still working on this. It's a fluid thing and just trying to stay on the right track will be work. As humans, we evolve and adapt.
So, going back to the #1- authentically represent you and your business. What is YOUR Style?
Your Style or brand identity should:
Authentically represent you and your business.
- Be distinctive/memorable- it should make it clear to others what sets you apart from your competitors.
- It should help you get to where you want to be quicker.
- Be unique
- Be consistent and cohesive between your personal image, your website and your social media. It all needs to go together. You need to be clear on who you are and what your business is.
Why are images important?
How much time do you have to impress and be memorable- in a good way? About 7 seconds in person and 10 seconds or so on the computer. Maybe more- maybe less
What messages do our images send?
A key component to Personal Branding is to determine how you wish to use your images.
What will the images be used for:
- Social Media- banners and or profile picture? For personal or professional pages or both?
- Magazine, newsletters, blog posts about you or your business?
- Personal use- has it been a long time since you had portraits taken? Would your significant other appreciate a special beauty shot?
- Do you need images from different parts of your business- i.e. your office, with your coworkers...
- Do you have special events coming up that you want to promote?
Examples of the messages our images send:
- Open or Closed
- More and More
How do you get this message across:
- Your words (style and meaning) - written word is easily misinterpreted
- Your images- what they are and where they are placed
- The colors you choose
- The consistency
Your Message- your Personal Branding is about you- you represent your business. Your business is a part of YOU. Don’t lose sight of that.
Be clear on your message by being clear about who you are and what you do. Stems from your VALUES. (Watch for future BLOG post about VALUES because they are important.) Keep is REAL. People will not trust us if we are not authentic.
Know that not everyone is going to like you. Know that this IS okay. Your perfect clients are out there waiting for you.
Make sure that what you show the world is consistent with #1 and #2. Now, you can think about colors, logo, website design and so on. Now you know why this is NOT step ONE!
Do you need help deciding what kind of images to use for your business: social media, website, paper materials and so on? I now do phone consultations to help you get to the root of your needs. I consult with every client I photograph but I realize that not everyone lives nearby. It's the next best thing-SKYPE or other medium to discuss this virtually face to face.
Gifts come in many forms- items, trinkets, words and even thoughts and prayers. When I decided to start my photography studio, my friend Marcy gifted me a few antique chairs that had been in her family for generations. As if that wasn't special enough, she and her daughters also wrote a beautiful blessing that I keep framed in my studio. I read it everyday as a reminder that I AM Blessed.
These are the things that make life sweet. It's in the moments. It's when you know someone is thinking about you and really rallying for your success. It's love.
In honor of Marcy and Mother's Day, we did our photoshoot with her mother Sandy, and daughter and we had a BLAST! We did an indoor shoot and an outdoor shoot because, well, they're just that special to me. They, in return, allowed me to use the images, including the behind the scenes images for my blog and marketing. You'll see the full blog post 3/18/16. There is also a sweet video that might make you cry. In fact, there are two different videos because I wanted to show more behind the scenes fun. Life is just too short to not have FUN! The videos are short- I know we are all busy!
Do you like the videos of the shoots? I often do a little video footage along with the still photos for my photoshoots. It's a wonderful combination of behind the scenes personalities that don't always show in photos along with the beautiful photos. You can have that too! You can see more here.
For today, I say THANK YOU! to Marcy and all who have supported me in my portrait photography work and studio, the photo/documentary about dementia I work so hard on and all that goes with this! Let's celebrate good friends, love and yes...BEAUTY EVERYWHERE!
Makeup/Hair by Duane Sevelin Cosmetics and assistant for the day for Vanessa Copp. Hey, we sure had fun didn't we???? Show some love and leave a comment for Marcy!
This is beautiful Eleya Maureen who modeled for one of the workshops at Precision Camera University. This is an annual event where photographers from all different levels get together and learn from one another AND from experts from around the country. It was amazing!
One of the really nice things about the week-end is that we meet professionals (hair, makeup artists, models and other photogs) in a non-stressful atmosphere. In fact, people get to know one another and music gets going, beer and wine start to flow and things get wonderfully rowdy. Our models work hard. They stand in heels and pose for 15 photographers or more as we go from location to location. I met several young, beautiful and multi-talented models and I'll highlight a few of them in my blog over the next few weeks.They're definitely appreciated! Eleya Maureen deserves a big round of applause and some SUPER NICE COMMENTS BELOW!
Eleya Maureen is such an incredible young woman, I thought I had better tell you about her! She has been a model for the past 10 years and been to 100's of photography workshops all over the world. We were so lucky to have her for PCU2016!
About a year ago, she decided to give a try at being behind the camera! She's comfortable in front of and behind the camera! What you might not realize is that while the photography mentors guide the workshop attendees, the models are often on the sidelines waiting. This smart girl took the opportunity to LEARN!
Three years ago she and her partner Greg Griffin launched Models and Cameras. They gather models, come up with awesome locations, find hair and makeup teams and even stylists to help with wardrobe. Doesn't that sound INCREDIBLE? Some of these even end up being 1:1 which is something photographers LOVE. Thank goodness for MeetUp- look for them here in TX and here in Colorado.
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We had so much fun photographing and video taping this family, that we opted to do a few more with their horses. The girls love the horses and so- why not? I'm so glad we did because it was probably the highlight of the session.
You can have your family photos uniquely yours also. This family opted to have video with some behind the scenes along with their portrait images. These images will mean more and more to them with each passing year.
Family sessions begin at $200 for sitting fee.
Don't wait to get your family photos done!
Because there's always MORE to the story...here's a little video/slideshow with some behind the scenes.
You'll feel the love and joy in this family. I've started integrating a little behind the scenes video and love capturing some of the fun between the poses. What happens next? This family has beautiful portraits that will mean more to them with each passing year. They have beautiful images to hang on the walls and desks. They also have a meaningful portrait video showing things that still images miss. It's easy to share with their friends and families. PERFECTION! You can get yours, also. Call 512-920-2825 to schedule.
I was driving back from a YMCA workout. It was raining but you know these beautiful trees only bloom a short time and thought the rain and wind may hurry them along. So, I went home, grabbed my NIKON D610 (people ask me what I use) and a LensbabyVelvet56 lens and shot these beautiful images. I took these 3/10/16 in Round Rock TX.
It was raining and I stopped off a busy road to take these pictures in a large private parking lot. Nobody kicked me out and it only took me about 5 minutes. So worth the little step out of my box, because, well, WHY NOT?
Have you wondered what pictures you want for your website? With the huge role electronic marketing in our world, we have to consider our personal and professional image on social media, our website (s), and all of our visual products. We're talking business cards, postcard mailings, our thank you notes, profile pictures, blog posts, website images and all the social media posts.
I recently published a blog post about Personal Branding. Be sure and take a look at that because it'll help you decide what you might need. It'll save you some time and help you to focus. Learn from my mistakes!
Why do you want images? What is the purpose?
Obviously, we respond to quick messages. Most of us don't spend time to read very much. We respond to images and images often send messages faster than words. Our words need to be succinct, meaningful and easy to read. The images must support that message. This is where it gets a little tricky. Let’s break down how to pick the best image for your needs.
In the image above, Tonya asked for an image that would show she is open, warm, fun and that she is a speaker. If you visit Tonya's website, you'll see a variety of images with different purposes. Her photoshoot took about 2 hours and we had at least 3 different clothing/background changes. We made it easy with a jacket/sweater change and a little jewelry change. She also got a few beautiful images for her personal use that were a little more 'glamourized' than she might want on her website. MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PHOTOSHOOT!
Where will you place these images:? Blog, website, social media, all paper marketing items?
Lets talk about the WHAT you’ll need first and then I’ll talk a little about the different ones for each groups.
You’ll need a variety for these- Hit for 80/20- 80% business related- education, things related to your business and 20% about yourself. Your business is YOU. We all have a lot of choices about who we do business with. Most of us are more likely to do business with people we can relate to. Therefore, you need something that shows your personality. There is a line, of course between what is relatable and what is too much personal info. Shoot for personality. For my business, I show behind the scenes shots of my photoshoots. I have some goofing around because my makeup artist and I really do have fun during our photoshoots. There are often tears when ladies see themselves in ways they’ve never seen themselves before. It’s life changing-that’s the word I hear over and over. I work toward images, slideshows and videos that show this- the music is emotional. People want to know you as much as what you do because trust is so important. In the times of so much social media and lack of face to face contact, what we put out there on the internet is even more important.
Are you afraid of losing customers if they know something about you they won't like? Yes, this can happen. This is where you'll want to consider the following: WHO IS YOUR IDEAL CLIENT/CUSTOMER? If you are clear on this, then you will attract the clients you want. This will need to be another blog post because it's a HUGE topic!
Questions for You to Consider for Your Own Marketing Needs
This is Tonya Hofmann giving us a variety of images she uses for her own marketing needs.
For You to Consider
What images do you want? Here is a guide-
- Get set with your brand and be consistent. Not just color but tone of your message. What do you want to say? What is your message? You need to be very clear. I worked on this by asking myself WHY over and over? With each response, I asked 'why' again and again. I thought of what I wanted to do and kept asking why.
- For me- Why did I want to write a book? To tell a story. Why does the story need to be told? The world needs to hear what I heard every day talking to people with dementia. Why? Because they're not able to tell their stories in the midst of their crisis. Why would they want to? I had to ask them about this and they TOLD me! Why include images? It tells the story with even more emotion.
- Why keep asking why- for clarity. It gets confusing otherwise. Your BRAND will become a reality.
- There is so much more to do with Branding-this is a tiny tip of information. I'll post other blog posts soon.
A few resources I like:
- Unconscious Branding: How Neuroscience can Empower (and Inspire) Marketing Author: Van Praet, Douglas
- How to Style Your Brand- Everything You Need to Know to Create a Distinctive Brand Identity. Author: Fiona Humberstone
Looking for Stock Images for your Website?
You've got many choices. Some are free and some are not. You can purchase videos, vectors, images and other cool stuff. There are copyright considerations of course. Rather than get into this in detail myself, I'm going to give you some awesome blog post links.
Copyright and other laws throughout the world automatically extend copyright protection to works of authorship and databases, whether the author or creator wants those rights or not. Here's a great article but warning- it's not real easy reading but still great: https://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/CC0_FAQ
Dot and her daughters are contributors to my upcoming book, Love Still Lives Here.
I was blessed to meet with Dot and her 3 lovely daughters, Donna, Delaney and Delinda. What beautiful stories they had to tell about growing up and growing older with their mother. We chat. We took pictures. We laughed. We laughed a lot.
I look for themes in the stories of families caring for their loved with dementia. Dot's family had so much to share and as always, I learned a lot about life. Dot has done relatively well with her dementia and her daughter's recognized that there could be personality changes that are sometimes for the worse. They feel very fortunate that Dot has, in fact, become more pleasant as her dementia has progressed. Sundowning is a problem, but all has been manageable and they feel their mother is content. What a gift!
This has given them hope believing that perhaps aging isn't as scary as it might have been had they not witnessed their mother's graceful walk into old age. Dot is 85, thought she certainly looks younger!
These ladies have love and joy and laughter. An afternoon with them was pure joy. Don't you see it in their faces?
The expected publication date for my book, Love Still Lives Here is September 2016. You will learn more about this admirable family and walk away with a sense of awe. Their stories ARE about HOPE, LOVE and BEING BETTER EVERY DAY! Be sure and 'like' my Facebook page (Carmen Buck Photography), follow me on Instagram @CarmenBuckPhoto and Twitter @CBuckPhoto
I am so thrilled to tell you more about Dot. You know this blog post is just a super short version, right? Her daughters shared beautiful stories about Dot before she had dementia, once she was diagnosed and now. The love and humor are 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.
Elder Remembrance Photography
In my 37+ year nursing career, I often cared for elders who had no recent photos. It wasn't unusual to see people in their 80s whose most recent photos were from their 40s and 50s. When did our later years become a time not worthy of being memorialized? Sure, elders aren't smoothed skinned anymore, but there is still that light, that smile, that expression that is so uniquely them. Elder remembrance photography is about honoring our later years, and recognizing the beauty that is still there. It's about seeing the love that families have for one another-even within the mundane everyday stuff. It's my mission to bring Elder Remembrance Photography to life! Watch for E-Books with simple tips about how to take great photos. Add some stories about your loved one and you've got magic! Sign up to get updates!
We had a wonderful time shooting this session. We shot some beautiful girl next door shots in white linen with little makeup and lots of wavy loose hair. (That one coming soon!) Then we did some fun ones with balloons. We got into Old Hollywood Glam mode and oohhlaalaa. Our friend and model, Billie Jean Bachmann totally rocket this. Our makeup and hair ARTIST is L Duane Sevelin. He has his own line of cosmetics as well as other fun things he does. You can't help but recognize what a HUGE difference a team effort makes.
You don't have to be a model to have a photoshoot. Nope- you just have to be willing, be open to try something new perhaps and surrender over your experience to have fun and experience your true beauty. Duane and I help with styling and he brings out your best with hair and makeup. I bring out the best in posing and our interaction. It's MAGIC.
Call and schedule your special photo shoot. We are open to something new and fun- inside, outside, themed, not themed....you name it. We artist types love this, you know?
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Back February 7th I wrote about my Leap of Faith. I told you that I took a Leap of Faith and promised some details.
So this is what happened in the past TWELVE months. After years of working with the elderly and especially dementia, I had a revelation one night. Yep, this all came to me in one night-granted it took years to reach that night, but still.
Every day I sat and listened to patients and families and did my best to offer what I could as they suffered with dementia. Dementia is a neuro-degenerative disease that has no cure and no real way of even making it better. Behavioral changes with paranoia and agitation occur along with memory problems. In any event, families and patients would open their hearts and tell me what was going on even when sometimes all I had to offer was kindness. I'll have many more posts of the interview/pictures with these lovely families.
What they gave me was far more than I had to offer them in return. They shared such beautiful stories of love. They demonstrated love even while in the midst of such difficulty.
February 17, 2015 I came home and the idea that someone needs to tell these stories-these love stories. My husband suggested that I be their voice. I should write the stories. I had the idea to write a book, and had even attended several workshops, but just didn't have clarity until then. My personality is to over do it in a Clark Griswold kind of way so writing a book just isn't adequate if I can add some pictures too! I loved photography but had never taken classes or anything. So, I attended a workshop in March 2015 (shout out to Precision Camera University), invested in some gear and by July started doing some practice shots. That's right- JULY 2015.
Fast forward- I have a photo studio in my home that used to be our converted garage and I've progressed to the point that I left my full time job in January. I am pursuing my dream. I've started the book with words AND pictures and expect it to be published by October 2016. Wow! I've met some wonderful people who helped propel my new career, discovered that I had some real talent and am now taking good care of myself. I'll describe this is more detail in future blog posts. Much thanks to my husband for having faith in me and supporting me. His love and support give me strength.
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Can I just say...BEAUTIFUL!!! Kasey is beautiful on the inside and out and a total natural at it! Here's a little photography secret: We work hard to make our posing look natural. It's so much fun to catch candid shots, but the real tricks are to help you guys feel comfortable and then give a few guidelines and capture the magic! Kasey is an absolute NATURAL. Dear Kasey- remember me when you get famous, sweetheart. What an honor to capture your beauty! She had a blast with hair and makeup and her grandmother who treated her to this wonderful pampering experience.