Oh… how I just adore maternity sessions!! and lately I’m loving the lifestyle approach to them, more real, more raw, more authentic. In your home, in your space, with your energy. It makes for an amazing session!! Look at this gorgeous momma to be!! I know a little late on post
3… My daughter turns three tomorrow. As I was rushing around getting all of her birthday party things in order and making sure its a special, very pink (as per her request) day for her. I had the chance to meet up with some friends while we waited for her ballet class.
There were four of us moms sitting there. All of us had two boys and the last child a girl. That was the only similarity. Oh yes and we live in the same little town. We all came from different backgrounds, went to different schools, and had different talents. A dancer, a singer, an artist and a comedian. There we sat. Laughing, chatting about music , laundry , disney world, our kids. How each one is so individual, so unique, so there own person. It got me to thinking… How I sometimes group my kids together, how I wish I had more time to spend with each of them individually. So when I ask how was your day. I can actually hear just one of my children tell me , instead of all three, and then me saying, ok wait your turn and how my daughter always wants the stage first. Maybe its a girl thing , maybe its the baby of the family thing, maybe its just her, either way, God I love that child.
Spunk. Shes got Spunk. I’ve been addicted to mexican food lately, more so than ever, and she just entertained the crowd at the restaurant by her singing and dancing. I think she might be a performer one day. Oh and she’s a bit dramatic. sometimes 😉
What ever path this life lays out for her. I will be her biggest fan. I will tell her to go for happy, find your passion, and smile big.
Hi my name is Michele. I am a professional photographer and have been creating memories for my clients professionally now for 5 years and I love it more everyday! My business name is michele kats photography I have worked with Jenn for the past three years and after some yummy lunches and many long conversations we thought it would be super fun to start a photo series where we offer tips and tricks for the beginning photographer on how to find their passion and learn the beginning steps on how to handle your camera.
We are calling this… Photo Series 101 ~ Find your passion .
Once a month I’m going to pop on over here to Jenn’s blog and offer some tips and tricks for all of you!! Whether your just looking how to capture better images of your family or if your a blogger we will have something for everyone!! Im super excited for this series and I hope you are too!!
Jenn asked me to share a little about myself so you all can get a feel for who I am.. Well, to start I am a mother. I have three amazingly beautiful children that light my world and are my why. For everything I do. But there is also a part of me that knew I needed to fill.. other parts of my life. Because at the root of who I am. I’m a creative. If there was one word that describes me that would probably be it . Oh wait maybe , intuitive , authentic , compassionate .. ooh or funny .. Sometimes I’m funny. Not often but sometimes I am.
I guess truth be told there’s a lot of words that could describe me .. Just as there’s a lot of words that can try to teach you something in a manual .. But if your anything like me you might think manuals stink. Oh wait that’s my reading comprehension , my reading comprehension stinks.. Manuals are good as long as they have pictures . If they don’t I’m lost . So I figure it out on my own . Hands on. Sweat and tears . That’s how I do it. My photography is no exception. Five years ago I decided To follow my arrow and my arrow pointed to photography. I’m self taught. And in the beginning I was not good . At. all. It took practice and a lot of it.. I have been given many incredible opportunities along this crazy journey but none of that would have mattered if I didn’t follow my passion.
And thanks to Jenn I’m here to share some of what I know .. I will never forget the first time I shot Jenn’s family at the end of the session she said… ” Thank you Michele , you just gave us the most beautiful memory! ” I will be writing posts here and sharing some technical skills with you all do if there is something you’d like to learn more about please comment below and we will put it in a future post ..
Ok here is the first tip of this series.. “Finding Your Passion”
You know that thing that makes your heart swell, makes you smile bigger , & you can’t get enough of ?? I don’t care if it’s your pets, your children, your childhood doll collection or butterflies. Whatever it is. Photograph that. Take out your camera, and start shooting… see how you feel, pay attention to the feeling, because you can’t get a good photograph without feeling. Feel it. Feel the joy. Feel the feeling. That’s what’s most important to me when I shoot . I shoot what I feel. So take your camera with you sometimes the moments you don’t think are so important are the ones that have the most impact on you. Trust me in this.
Passion. That’s first.
The technical stuff .. That comes next …
Here are some images from a few sessions with me during each season….
I also simply adore what I call my “Middle School Moody Sessions” … middle school is that time in between where these kids are caught somewhere between being a young adult and still having the feelings of a child most days…and most are pretty insecure, and floundering….I know I was during those years and
I want to tell them…
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. YOU ARE AMAZING. and that you are so much more than you think you are right now, and if you don’t feel it well that’s where I come in.
I show them. Through my lens I bring out their soul. Their beautiful amazing magnificent soul!!!!
Through our “Middle School Moody Series.” here are just a few from those sessions!!
My favorite quote of all time is..
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
So grab your camera, go feel the moment, be present and start shooting!! I promise you its worth it, and when you need a little help check back here for our tips and tricks in the coming months…
I do have one more thing to share with you!! I am heading out to Southern California next month for some photography magic!!
So if you are from that area or know someone who is please reach out …We will also be having another one coming up in the new york area once the weather warms up a bit!! I will be blogging about that as well and sharing some lighting tips from those sessions too!!
If you would like to see more of my work you can visit us at michele kats photography !
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thats what you are.
that’s what we all are.
you are you.
I am me.
well, we all have a story.
you have yours.
I have mine.
some parts of my story may touch your heart.
some parts of your story may inspire me.
it may empower others.
that’s the beauty of being who we are; authentically.
authenticity requires vulnerability.
and being vulnerable
it can be scary as hell.
being truly who you are and owning it.
being comfortable in your own skin.
that’s a gift.
I’m still learning.
I’m pretty darn close though.
here I am at my happy place.
tank top, jeans, no shoes.
and it feels good.
it feels like… peace.
and my truth.
the more vulnerable I allow myself to be, the more I grow,
and the more I grow
the more strength I have,
the more strength I have
the clearer I can see my path.
so just think of that for a moment.
imagine a life guided by your truth, by your hearts authentic intention.
that’s what allowing yourself to be vulnerable does.
it empowers the soul.
Embrace your own beautiful and allow amazing opportunities to enter your life. Take this venture out to california, for example. Erica, as in the amazingly talented Erica from http://thecaptureitcollection.com/ and I…. we chatted, we laughed, shared stories, and we connected over a desire to empower young people around us.
Empowering young people by bringing voice and visual to who they are and what they stand for; helping us all to embrace, and own our own beautiful.