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I envied her. Her ability to escape. She was able to leave and head toward the light. While my strength kept me behind I still felt the pull of that long warmth. Begging me to reach out for it. Would that be the only thing to come? Days pass, time goes by and nothing changes. It’s all still the same. I envied her. She got out. Everything stopped and she was finally free. Free from pain and doubt and self-loathing. I envied that.

I envied her. Her ability to escape. She was able to leave and head toward the light. While my strength kept me behind I still felt the pull of that long warmth. Begging me to reach out for it. Would that be the only thing to come? Days pass, time goes by and nothing changes. It’s all still the same. I envied her. She got out. Everything stopped and she was finally free. Free from pain and doubt and self-loathing. I envied that.

An adventure…

Some lovely ladies asked that I work with them on creating images inspired by a theme. All of us create our own versions of the theme independent from one another and wait for the results. I must say this has been an amazing experience for me as it really shows how creative each of our minds truly are.

Please check them out:

Miranda with Pixel Perfect Memory  Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pixelperfectmemory   Website:http://www.pixelperfectmemory.com

and

Stephanie with Stephanie Petra Photography   Facebook: Stephanie Petra Photography    Website: http://www.stephaniepetra.com/blog/

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It all started with a chair…

I’m sure I’ll have more to add to this later. I had intended to use this chair for a selfie based upon my idea of what insanity must feel like. The quintessential crazy lady tied to the chair. I found an old handmade purple dress at my local salvation army for $2 and shockingly it fit! Well, you won’t see those pics. lol I’ve noticed its hard to get a good picture of myself. I now understand why so many models are super thin! When you’re curvy, your curves tend to multiply on film. I know this may sound like some sort of excuse, but it really isn’t. I am perfectly fine with my lady bits. If you think about it, your protruding parts are closer to the camera so therefore they look bigger. I happen to be very curvy and my parts were PROTRUDING. Not something I wanted published on FB. This isn’t some sort of self confidence post so let’s move on…

I decided to grab my daughter who was Thrilled to put on the flowing purple dress and sit in momma’s new chair. Yes, I have a bit of a chair fetish. I can’t help it. They are so beautiful!!! One of my favorite finds being one made from reclaimed boat wood. Another is a late 1800’s rocking chair I found at a steal that sits in my bedroom to be looked at…not sat in. This one is a victorian age chair whose companion is sitting at the antique store calling my name, but it will have to wait. My daughter fit into it far better than me. I guess people really were smaller back then.

So… after downloading an old NIN album that I used to listen to during my dark eyeliner days… I came up with these. I do hope you enjoy ❤

 

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Beneath the stains of time…..

 

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“The Rainmaker”

 

 

Getting it right in camera…what is that anyway?

I’m a post it then forget it type of girl. I’ll sometimes post images on the photo pages, but really after I post I’m usually done and over it. I’ll sometimes look back and see how far I’ve come but really, what I’m doing now, in this moment, is what usually has my attention. Even with that said, I still know where my weaknesses are and I try to push myself harder and harder each time I shoot. One of those areas is getting it right the first time around…

Get the image right IN camera.

I always thought that meant nailing each and every detail perfectly. Now I’m not so sure. I no longer linger over images that are not perfectly in focus, nor do I fret over blown highlights or something that is underexposed. I do shoot in RAW all the time so that helps if I do need to tweak anything. However, I am no longer wasting my precious time worrying about the little stuff. I had somewhat of an epiphany during my latest shoot. I really just wanted to get out and shoot some pics of kids other than mine. I planned on shooting in the rain but the weather…actually cooperated to my distain lol While I was shooting, I noticed that I was thinking about each shot before I clicked it. I framed them as I would have wanted them in the end and watched my backgrounds. I made sure I was exposing to my liking and found something strange happening. I was doing it without really thinking.

I get it now.

Getting it right IN camera doesn’t have to mean perfect shots. It can mean perfect for YOU. You know what you want, so why not go shoot it. After time you begin to do it without thinking, it becomes second nature.

Here are a few of the images I took. All of these were only tweaked in ACR and converted to black and white using my own ACR preset.

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Retaliation Reporting

A lot is being said about the over-reporting of images lately. It has been covered in the media such as Fox and Friends, The View and even Good Morning America. Some speculate the reports are from jealous followers, over zealous religious groups or just a group of people who are “trolling.” Babies bottoms, baby nipples and kids in bathing-suits being the favorites to report. Many of the reports are targeting very specific people. Some of these I speculate are “retaliation reports.” People are accusing each other left and right and some are even posting their “report” page from their Facebook to prove their innocence. Some people have multiple profiles, one or more to serve as a backup for their business page. A few even go so far as to create a fake profile with a fake name, but make the mistake of using images of their own children to make it look legitimate and report from these or even report themselves from these fake profiles.

Here is the problem though, you can delete your reports! 

I purposely reported an image just to be able to show this. Obviously it didn’t show anything bad and it wasn’t removed.  Once a person reports an image and receives the results, they can DELETE this from their Support Dashboard. So yes, anyone who is actually reporting, can “prove” they aren’t. Here is the other scary part, you see the second arrow? The one reporting a profile using MY name? It wasn’t removed. I have a VERY unique name (as you can see my current ‘name’ is not my own, I did that as part of an inside joke lol). The really funny part is after I mentioned this publicly, the profile disappeared. This led me to believe that someone created the profile to try to cause problems for others using my name. You can also see I had reported a page that I felt was harassing people, it also was not removed. Why? Probably because as Americans we are granted rights under the first amendment.

 

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 Is this a growing trend? I hope not.

Retaliation Reporting

Retaliation Reporting is the purposeful reporting of people’s images in an attempt to either get their page removed or as payback for an assumed “slight.” Not long ago, I was accused of reporting a person’s profile pic. Soon after the person laid out the accusation, I had 2 public images reported and removed of cats. (Granted they were funny pics of male cats that were NOT neutered lol)  Can I prove it was them? No, but I also don’t believe in coincidence. People have all sorts of reasons for behaving the way they do. Some lash out because they are hurt while others might lash out because they feel they are being gossip’d about. Others are just down right crazy and have nothing better to do. I often tell these people to take up knitting, or wood working…..

I am not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. One of the things that truly gets under my skin is being lied about. Usually I find out and instead of publicly calling the person out, I resort to sarcasm as my way of dealing with it. Some people report images, but they don’t realize the damage this is doing to the person being reported. Fan pages are also a lot of people’s business pages. When you spend YEARS building up your fan page, it can destroy you to have it removed. This not only affects you personally, but it can affect your family and their well being.

So I propose this:

Instead of reporting the images why not…GO OUTSIDE. If you’re having an issue with someone …. REACH OUT. Nine times out of ten, you can resolve your issues with people. Sometimes, it’s just best to walk away. Stop following the person or persons annoying you and remove their page from your feed. It’s much easier not to see what offends you than it is to sit around letting it bother you. Hopefully we can work together to put a stop to this trend and make it a thing of the past.   ❤   ❤

 

 

Ghosts of August Album contest…

A friend of mine asked me to try out a contest for the Ghosts of August‘s new album cover. I figured what the heck! So here are my interpretations I sent in for consideration.

 

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GIVEAWAY!!!

CLICK IMAGE TO ENTER

 

FREE COPY OF MOZI MAGAZINE

SEAT IN Laura Short’s WORKSHOP “NO ACTIONS REQUIRED”

ABP ACTION SET BY Allie Borba

“LIFE AS ART” ACTION SET BY AMPed Photoshop Actions

4 SETS OF SKY OVERLAYS BY Portrait Pretty Photography by Jennifer Lee

“REVEAL” & “TRUTH” TEXTURE SETS BY Alethia Rains Photography

Its Summer!

 

 

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Headbands from:  Georgia blue

The Road

 

 

 

 

The Road

They say it was the Railroad that conquered the West. I’ve always loved the West and its stories. I am originally from Nevada and remember traveling to these amazing places that captured my imagination as a child. As I’ve gotten older, of course, the real stories began to fill my head. How the West was conquered, how the new settlers and the government pushed out the Native Americans and how we now look at the old West as a novelty. For this shoot I wanted to represent that. The quintessential blonde haired blued eyed girl wearing her “costume” showing the conquest of the “whites” over the American West and the Native Americans.

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