This is a HUGE honor for me! So many amazing feelings to have a National Geographic Editor take the time out to comment on my image. This was also featured earlier in the year on another National Geographic Assignment. So to have this same photo recognized twice by them just makes my heart sing. Here is the link if you would like to take the time to read the lovely note from the Editor.
Ohhhh was I happy to receive the LooksLikeFilm ChooChoo for this shot!! It was our first time to Disneyworld. It was a hot humid summer day. Pretty much unbearable to stand in lines for the rides at the park. We hung out at the Disneyland Resort pool until the evening and went back to see the fireworks. When we arrived back to the park, Main Street was jammed packed with people waiting everywhere for the firework show to start. We had a plan in our mind to ride all of the rides while people were watching the firework show. As we approached the castle the Disney Ushers were blocking access to other parts of the park and just when we thought we were going to miss the opportunity to jump on some rides without wait times, an usher helped us walk thru the huge crowd, just as the show was taking place. It was going DOWN!!! I pulled out my camera and it was "right place, right time" kind of thing and boom. Got this really incredible shot of Sleeping Beauty's Castle and an unforgettable memories to go along with it. Thanks to my photography peers on LooksLikeFilm for giving me the love to get featured this month.
Emotional Storytelling Is a big passion of mine and it's no secret I am a huge fan of Twyla's work! She has been an amazing inspiration for me on my photography journey. I am so honored and stoked to call her a mentor of mine. To be recognized by your "inspiration" in photography is a pretty big deal to me. I literally Girl Fan over every single one of her images. The theme for her Emotional Storytelling group was to share our beautiful "backlit" images. This particular photo was under the tutelage of the super rad and sweet Coleen Hodges. We were atop a Utah mountainside during the Unraveled Retreat in Utah with this beautiful Mama with her beautiful boys. The sun was setting behind the mountain and I saw this magical opportunity to capture this stunning backlit shot.
Here is the link to check out all of the other outstanding "backlit" imagery featured in Twyla's gorgeous blog post.
Tell me what you think about the photo in the comments too if you have a moment!
I LOVE the Dear Photographer Community! There are so many talented women who share so many beautiful vulnerable images. It is always an honor and pleasure to share space with so many incredibly talented souls. This photo was taken at sunrise in Fort Lauderdale. It was a quiet morning on the beach and there was this beautiful African wedding taking place right there at the sunrise on the beach. It was a beautiful thing to witness. Love is an incredible thing. You are love and so am I. Here is my interpretation of letting the "Landscape Speak". Thank you Dear Photographer for the feature!
A couple years ago I never would have thought I would have been featured in any community. These features with LooksLikeFilm mean so much to me. Every photo brings back a vivid memories of my experience when taking each shot. This photo shows so much love and passion between mother & daughter. It is no surprise to me that the emotion translated so well that it evoked beautiful maternal emotions within their own selves. Being a mother is the hardest most beautiful job in the universe. To be witness to their journey is a blessing we can only thank the divine universe for. I know I count my blessings every day for my three little angels.
Twyla Jones has and Emotional Storytelling group and hosts a new amazing themes every week. It is always an honor and pleasure to be recognized by someone you look up to. She has taught me ALOT about photography and continues to challenge us to be more creative with our imagery. The themes are perfect recipes of inspiration for emotional storytellers. I honestly mean it when I say these photographs will blow your mind! Have a look if you fancy! My shot is in there also. Thank you to Twyla Jones for working so hard on these every week.
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with Sue Sonnenberg
I have been waiting to meet Sue of Roots to Willow Photography! I met her thru Unraveled Academy so I was excited to finally meet my internet buddy in person. She hosted a really amazing creative photography workshop for other San Diego members of Unraveled and let me tell ya..to say this was nothing short of amazing would be an understatement.
So I loaded up the car and took the 45 minute drive up to the location Sue text to me. I pulled up to this empty dirt lot and across the street you could see this amazing windmill and just off in the center was an old schoolhouse. The whole ambience was the perfect setting to get the creative juices going. The old dusty antique school desks, the dated wallpaper falling apart off the walls. Little skeletons of rodents.. I mean creepy eerie sh*t but I loved every minute of it!! I got to see Sue work her magic, hang out with Coleen Hodges, Founder of Unraveled , and make some new friends. Super rad day! I look forward to these again! I have really loved hanging out with more photographers this year. These relationships are impactful to me on my journey in photography. Here is the series I took from that day. Some really inspiring sh*t. XO