2017 with Carmen Buck Photography

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?

 

I make a special show!

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The Legacies We Leave

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. 

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What is Beauty?

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.

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Sharmita

Sharmita Bhattacharya

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.  

Goose-Bump Moments

 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!  

About Sharmita Bhattacharya

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.

Website:  www.sharmitabhattacharya.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/sharmitab.model/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/sharmita_bhattacharya/

 

Beautiful Gifts

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!

Sometimes I Just Need a Little Glamour

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.
— Coco Chanel

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?  

Leave me a comment and share the love with the team!  We read them and respond.

Mother's Day Photo Shoots

No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.
— Godfrey Winn

Mother's Day is the time in May where we often wonder what to do for our Moms, wives, sisters, friends and special mothers we know.  We want to give some thing of value that lasts.  Often we'll take them out somewhere special because those memories last.  We may not remember details, but we'll remember how we felt with those we love...for a little while.

My favorite gifts always involve photos.  You might expect that given my profession, BUT I've given beautifully housed images in frames, on canvas and so on...  Why?  They remind us of feelings and they remind us EVERY TIME we look at the photo.  What could be better!  

Why not give the gift of images AND a day of pampering with a unique experience to the woman or women you love.  The photoshoots are fun and can include full hair and makeup and styling.  Here is an example of 3 generations in a shoot.  

This video tells you about Marcy and her mother Sandy and her daughter Taylor.   Marcy is one of the hardest working people I know and totally deserved some pampering fun.  Marcy told me that she had no formal pictures with her with her mother.  I love photographing multiple age groups and women of a 'certain age.'  Heck, I'm a 'woman of a certain age.'  Aren't they beautiful?  

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Mother- A Teacher of Love, Compassion and Fearlessness

Think of your Mother, Daughter and yourself and how we will remember each?

Give a Photo Shoot to Remember and Memories to Take Home and Keep Forever

How will you remember her?

What will you mean to her?

What will she remember?


Are you ready to give lasting love and memories?

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Yes, a photoshoot is SOOO Much Fun!

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
— Dr. Suess

I believe a photo shoot should be fun.  Life is too short to not have a great time!  

So what happens when you take a funny, talented makeup and hair artist, a cute and gorgeous model and a tireless dreamer of a photographer?  FUN!  We took these little shots at the end of the day AFTER a full day of clean and natural looks, contemporary Old Hollywood glamour images,  and even some outside in white linen shots.  You'll see those soon but for now- enjoy!   

Makeup and Hair L.Duane Sevelin of sevelin cosmetics at www.sevelin.com follow me@sevelinglobal.   Model: Billie Jean Bachmann