Archive for June, 2009
“It’s not what you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you’re not.”-Denis Waitley
To me, this quote reflects a belief that as artists and as people we are much greater than we can even imagine ourselves to be. Our capabilities are so much greater than we give ourselves credit for. Doubt puts restrictions on the beauty that we are supposed to be giving to the world. For example, I’ve met people who have the “whole package.” They are full of talent, potential and wonderful gifts; but they are holding themselves back.
When you don’t recognize your true abilities, you aren’t able to shine. If you have the urge to do something, then you are meant to do it. If you have the urge, you CAN do it. I believe you wouldn’t have that urge if you didn’t have what it takes to achieve that dream. Fear is the only thing holding us back.
I was recently featured on Take Great Pictures Website alongside masters such as Steve McCurry, Natalie Fobes, Chris Rainier, Todd Heisler, Lauren Greenfield, etc. Check out the great articles and work as the “Master Photographers Tell You How”
This year started off with a very unique wedding at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn in Lake Tahoe. I knew I was in for a treat when Ci Ci told me that Bob was having a custom tux made to fit over his ski boots. And why would he need such a thing? The morning ceremony took place at High Camp on the top of Squaw Valley. Shortly following the “I do”s’ the newlyweds took me for a ride on skis as I followed the great skiers around the mountain in their wedding garb. I must admit, it was one of the most fun things i have ever done!
The night reception displayed a completely different tone. It took place at the hip PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn and was contemporary, elegant, and an amazing party. Everyone that sees the images assumes that Ci Ci is an interior designer or is part of the art world in some way. She has an innate sense of good design, grace and style. As for Bob, well, he is one of the most kind, generous, thoughtful people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He especially got me when he left the dance floor to find me to make sure I got a “cupcake” – he didn’t want me to miss out on the experience of the delicious dessert!Thank you to the event coordinator, Liz Dugan, and to all the other vendors for doing such a phenominal job.
I just finished yet another amazing trip in New York City. My schedule was crazy with an engagement session on Friday, awesome wedding on Saturday, fun day on Sunday (shopping and massage), Monday and Tuesday – tons of great meetings. See iphone photos and details below:Weekend started with an engagement session in the rain. We had to get creative and go to Grand Central Station followed by some great portraits in the rain – stay tuned for images.Hanging with Richard Rabinowitz in the East VillageCoffee Break with the amazing friend and kick a*s photo editor for Elegant Bride, Claudia Grimaldi.I had a great lunch meeting with American Photo’s Executive Editor, Russell Hart – he is an amazing man! Lots of talk about the Famous Top Ten Wedding Photographer List & some exciting news about the magazine!Happy hour with great photographer, Jason GroupHad a great lunch at the very popular “Comfort Diner”with Modern Bride Photo Editor, Holly Watson – she is a gem!Kicked it with PDN feature editor Conor Risch at Starbucks in Astor Place. We had a great discussion about the current state of the industry.Enjoyed a tour and then yummy girly cocktails with The Knot’s lovely Rebecca Crumley.