{James <3’s Kelli} Engagement Photos

Here are some of my favorite shots from my photo shoot for my friends James and Kelli. We went to the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, this is the same place that he asked her to marry him, so it seemed fitting, also the scenery is just so beautiful.

I had a lot of fun on this shoot, I have known James for years so already having a rapport with him helps, since its usually harder to get the guy to look sincere in photos. I took about 300 photos through out this whole process because I wanted to make sure that I had captured the right expressions. I think this is very important when taking photos of people. I want to make sure that they are truly represented and they look like themselves. I know that this is something I would want, therefore I carry that same ideal through my work.

I had a lot of fun with artist touches in Photo Shop as well. I think that it enhances a photo and makes it a little more unique. Which is also something I try to accomplish because everyone knows I don’t do anything plain or basic.  I like to make sure that the photos are up to art quality and can look just as good as a painting.

I can’t wait for this wedding and I hope they love their photos as much as I do. ❤

Over 200 “Likes”

I just wanted to write a quick note on my thoughts about my achievment today, to show people that I really do appreciate every comment, like and job that I get. Today was  a milestone for a little starlette, I reached my
goal of over 200 people “liking” my art page. That makes me so happy that I have over 200 people that like
what I do and create. It just helps me continue to try hard and keep striving to be better by putting out new
art and photography. There are so many more things that I want to make/shoot and I hope with the continued support I can make this come true and maybe even someday only work for myself. It does get hard to balance all of the jobs and try and work on my own things and still have a life but I am doing my best and this helps me see that it will all be worth it someday. ❤

Home

St. Paul, Minnesota

I took this photo from Harriet Island on Sunday afternoon after the Grand Old Days parade. I was on the drive home from Mom and Dad’s house and thought… I don’t have a good photo of the city that raised me. I was literally downtown St. Paul everyday, being an only child and having two working parents I often would wander around the sky-ways, between both of their jobs. I did so so often that most of the local shop owners knew me and would look out for me. Now Dad works down at Harriet Island and I just love the view when I stop by to say hi. I know that a lot of people from the twin cities that think that each of the cities are far apart but coming from St. Paul and now living in Minneapolis, I think I couldn’t be luckier than to live where we have to major metro area so near, I guess that river side fear never got to me. So when I drive home from my many road trips, seeing this skyline means I’m home, at last.

Current thoughts on life

I found this image yesterday and it really struck a cord with me. I think that it sums up all of the things that I need to remember and strive for each and everyday. I think that those are the keys to being happy and leading a life of love.

Now the goal is to think about this image and try to live accordingly. I have been in a transitional period of time since December when my world got shook up. It has been a time when I needed to really think about the direction my life was headed and decide if where it was headed I was ok with, which or course I wasn’t. I was headed in a direction to work in a bar for the rest of my life and that would just be a sin to waste this talents that I have been blessed with.

I needed to take this time and try and focus my energies into my art and photography. There of course was still things that I needed to learn and just get out there and try. You can’t fail or succeed if you don’t even try. I am finding some to be amazing adventures that are taking me to places and meeting people that I would have never met and also to a lot of hard work and frustration. I understand that following a dream like this is going to take a lot of work and constant marketing and putting myself out there. I just hope every night that it works and something just clicks at the right time.

Right now I think I just need to start producing as much work in all of my specialty area as possible. One of them is bound to get me somewhere and possibly even all of them. I know, think big right? I need to have my camera with me at all time, no excuses, you never know when you are going to come across an amazing moment that you were just lucky enough to have your camera with for. Also I need to start exploring “the list” This is something that I have been adding projects to for years, dating all the way back to college dorm life. The more you create and experiment the further you can take your imagination and it should show through to other area of my life as well as things that I have been doing for years may come into a new light. ❤

New Wedding Photo Ad

This is the ad that I came up with today to start advertising my wedding/engagement photography. These are some photos that I have taken at a couple of weddings that I have been in attendance too. I really hope that something comes up because of this ad and maybe I can start making enough money to live off my creative passion. Only time will tell I guess… Here’s to Hoping!!!! ❤

A Very Holi Party

This weekend I had the pleasure of photographing my friends party of year, at Chateau Fremont. This is a celebration that Hindus greet the turn of winter into spring with a splash of color — in some areas, a geyser of color. They call their celebration the festival of Holi, and Hindus across India and throughout the world share prayer, camaraderie, special food, and a general sense of mischief as they douse each other in dyes and colored water. It was a blast, I loved all of the colors and all the fun! Here are some of my top photo’s. If you would like to check the rest out they are on my art Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/alittlestarlette

{stillwater lift bridge}

These are a couple of the photos that I took yesterday on my travel on the city for city pages. I have never been out to Stillwater, I guess I thought it was far or something, which it’s not. It’s really a very beautiful and quaint town. There is a lot of cute little shops and art things, kinda perfect for a weekend getaway. These are the best 3 photos that I took of the lift bridge, though it may be really pretty and serine in photos, I heard from the locals and it’s actually pretty dangerous and the state(s) (because apparently it will take both Minnesota and Wisconsin) to fix the bridge and it being one of the only way over the river for miles could cause major traffic upsets. Humm… who knew a little bridge could cause so much debate. Well I guess we all do remember the 35w incident and that was a mess and a tragedy.

But back to the photos!! a much happier thing to talk about. 🙂 I think I like the last one the best, the angle, the vintage touch, just everything. Also it was the very 1st one I took too, I love how that happens sometime. Lucky enough to get it right, right off the bat. The middle one has the colors that I like to surround myself in, my whole apartment colors can be taken from that photo. The top one is kinda a play on all of those insagram photos everyone has been taking on their phones. I has always liked the look and know that i can re-create that look by hand on Photoshop.

I hope you all like them and remember I can do prints you would like to own one of these beauties! ❤

{My Boys}

Here are a couple of shots from two different photo shoots that I did recently. On the left is Brenton, we went to Lake Calhoun and wondered around, I love the lake and the shadow of the city in the background. On the right is Reece, I took him to the Stone Arch Bridge. I love the urban look that we got with his pictures. These two boys are pretty special to me and I am glad that they let me use them as my beginner models. ❤

I really am enjoying the whole photographer process, since for so many years I have been the one stuck behind the computer. It’s nice to get out into the world and behind the camera.

I hope that I can grow this little en devour of mine into something that I can be successful at and possibly make money too.  It would be the best life to be able to work for myself and be an amazing feeling to be able to do that for myself. This is something that every artistic person dreams about for their life. I just need to keep working at it, harder and harder, everyday and the possibilities are endless.