2017 with Carmen Buck Photography
How do I celebrate and honor those who mean so much to me, my business Carmen Buck Photography and the wonderful art created?
Carmen Buck Photography- nurse practitioner and internationally recognized photographer specializing in compassionate photography of the elderly and those with dementia. See video/slideshows of Alzheimer's TX walks to raise awareness and funds for those impacted by Alzheimer's Disease and other types of dementia.Read more
Westminster hosted a 2nd Annual fund raiser for Alzheimer's Texas at Kendra Scott! It's an honor to photograph such a wonderful event for all 3 of these groups. Westminster, AlzTX and Kendra Scott Gives Back. Westminster, Kendra Scott Gives Back and Carmen Buck Photography all helping raise funds for Alzheimer's TX to help those impacted by dementia.Read more
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
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
Not long ago, I had the opportunity to photograph beautiful and bright professional models at Precision Camera University. This is a wonderful annual event put on by Precision Camera.
This beautiful girl is Sharmita Bhattacharya. She is an actress, model and dancer. I wrote about Goose-Bump Moments in a previous blog, but it’s worth repeating because I sure had a few of those working with Sharmita.
I am often asked if it is more fun or easier to photograph models than 'regular' people. The truth is, while they may be easier to model and direct, the excitement of getting that GOOSE-BUMP MOMENT with the perfect shot is the same with any subject.
A goose-bump moment for me is when I know I captured that perfect image capturing the essence of my subject. To be honest, it is usually between the perfectly posed shots when the real expressions come out. It's a sense of a brush with the divine- that perfect moment in time. We all feel it! If my makeup artist is there, he feels it. This is the shot that'll even sometimes bring the subject to tears-it's just that real. It's what I LIVE for!
Sharmita was fun and you can tell that we had a variety of different outfits, locations and best of all- expressions. I love all of these images, but the ones with the smile and joyful expressions are my absolute favorites. What you don’t know is that Sharmita is a real joy with a smile that just lights up the room. I hope that came through in the images!
Images/pictures are meant to make us FEEL something. Sharmita’s portraits are good examples of the different meanings our images carry-which is a future Blog Post, by the way. In the meantime, notice that each image provokes a different feeling and sends a different message. Messages are sent with the color of the image, whether the subject is looking at you or elsewhere, the expression, the lighting and so much more. Stay tuned for a future Blog. If you are a business person and searching for the right images for your website, tuning into how an image makes you feel (makes your potential clients feel) is VERY important. I meet my clients ahead of time to determine the message they want to send so we can achieve these goals. A pretty picture is so much more than just a pretty picture!
Sharmita was born and raised in the greater Houston area. Her draw to the arts started from a young age in the form of dance and music. She moved to Austin to study at the University of Texas at Austin, and it was there where she discovered her love for acting. She continued her education while testing her new found interest by dabbling with short films, introductory acting courses, and modeling gigs in her free time. Shortly after graduating, she furthering her career by studying the Meisner Technique under acting coach, Laurel Vouvray, and gaining representation with Collier Talent Agency. She continues to study under Laurel in her advanced scene study and character building class while taking workshops with other coaches to further expand her knowledge of the art.
Since graduating, Sharmita has been working hard to hone her craft, make connections, and attempt challenging roles, characters, and projects. Some of her notable opportunities to date have been co-starring in the ABC pilot episode of Shonda Rhime’s newest TV-series, The Catch, as well as playing the leading role in the narrative based music video for the popular pop punk band, The Wonder Years. She will also be heard in the videogame Shadow Warrior 2, as the voice of the leading girl character — Kamiko. Isn’t that cool?
Sharmita’s passion for acting and her love of experiencing new things, make her career a huge part of her life. She continues to grow from learning about her different characters, hearing the stories of the people around her, and relating with the strong energy of motivated people in the arts. She loves what she does and enjoys being inspired by the people around her.
My husband and I attended Earth Day Festival in Austin, TX 2016. Mueller Park is beautiful and a perfect place for this celebration. I had never been to the park and was just amazed at the oasis so close to home.
Did you know that the community is a redevelopment of the former Robert Mueller Municipal Airport into a mixed-use urban village in the heart of the city. It is a sustainable community that is meeting extensive goals in housing and economic development.
Mueller’s parks, trails and open space weave through the community, establishing a native, local ecosystem and bringing outdoor recreation and education options to Mueller residents, employees and neighbors. Twenty percent of the neighborhood is dedicated to parkland and open space. Isn't that cool? Austin IS a cool place to live!!
Click on this link to learn just how 'GREEN' the Mueller community is. It is amazing!
Here's something else I didn't know about the area: The Thinkery! That'll be a whole new post though. Very cool! Who doesn't love a place that has big pigs to welcome you?
I was honored to be present, celebrate AND take pictures at Autumn Leaves Northwest Austin's First Anniversary party! The theme was Parisian with music, beautiful art, exquisite food, new and old friends and a lot of LOVE! I'm not just throwing that word around...the LOVE was palpable. I enjoyed meeting families and staff members as well as people from the senior care community of Austin. How WONDERFUL to see familiar faces!
Considering memory care is a very difficult decision. There are so many factors and by the time families decide that it is best for their loved one, they've been through SO MUCH heartache. With that being said, I heard over and over how much peace of mind they have knowing their loved one is cared for in a safe and loving environment. So much can be said for choosing the best living arrangements and perhaps that'll be for a future blog post.
Many of you know that I've been a nurse for 37 years and NP for 16 of those. I still can't believe it has been that long! Nurses know how to listen and connect, and this has certainly helped me in my photography career. Many of my years as a nurse and nurse practitioner were spent in care of the elderly and helping them to manage life with dementia. I'm completing a book telling the love stories of these beautiful families in both photos and written word. Watch for that October 2016! If you would consider contributing by sharing your own love story, please contact me.
Autumn Leaves Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Assisted Living Communities are leaders in providing specialized memory care in a home-like environment. They incorporate practices that are specifically designed for individuals living with memory impairment. There are several Autumn Leaves Memory Cares in TX and 7 other states.
The Professional Women of Williamson County (PWOW) celebrated their 9th Annual Scholarship Luncheon on April 20, 2016. I'm a new member and was blessed to take some photographs of this wonderful event.
Four scholarships were awarded to incredible young women. After some time to visit and have a nice meal, Lorrie Westberry, President of PWOW, opened the award portion of our luncheon. Susanna Boyer, chair of the scholarship committee, told us about the amazing young women who were awarded scholarships for their college educations. Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott presented each with their certificates. I have to say that Mrs. Abbott is warm, kind and engaging. The pictures are evidence of the spirit of the day- lots of smiles, some tears and plenty of hugs and love to go around! Thank you Mrs. Abbott for taking the time to stay and pose for a picture with all of us! I'll treasure mine.
Celine Morshed of Stony Point High School in Round Rock was awarded the $1500 Nancy Hampton Memorial Scholarship. Nancy's daughter came from Houston area to be present for this. We shared a table and there wasn't a dry eye when Susanna Boyer talked about Nancy and proudly awarded the scholarship in her name. Congratulations Celine!
Karen Rativa of East View High School in Georgetown was awarded a $1000 scholarship. Congratulations Karen!
Devrie Duncan of Liberty Hill High School was awarded a $1000 scholarship for her college education. Congratulations Devrie!
Danielle Christine Buzzard was also awarded a $1000 scholarship. Danielle goes to Round Rock High School. Congratulations Danielle!
PWOW started as a small group of women dedicated to educating, empowering and meeting others around the county. Now, we’ve had outreach projects, shared countless meals, seen members come and go as they advanced in their careers and learned life lessons from one another. Knowledge is power and we hope to build up more professional women as the organization continues to evolve. Times are changing around us at incredible speed, and we will equip you to achieve your goals and dreams.