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Of A Revolution. O. A. R.

To be quite honest I had never really heard or listed to this band before. Had no idea what genre of music they played, how may musicians were in the band, or if I would fall in love with them or not.

Well,  I did. Fall in love that is.

I was so excited when I was given the opportunity to shoot this concert. I love challenges and I knew this was one that would definitely test my skills behind the camera or lack there of.  I started my night out right with a quick stop at Cracker Barrel. One of my favorite restaurants I might add. Those of you who know me know I’m a food snob and that cracker barrel does not  really fit the bill of a 5 star restaurant however, there’s just something about the down home cooking that gets to me. Maybe it’s the biscuits … whatever it is I love that rocking chaired porch and the Stewart’s root beer to my core.  I even got down to one peg on the peg game they have on the table.  Truth be told when I did it alone I got to three, but a friend of mine helped me and we made it to one. Pretty good start to the night if you ask me.

When I finally got to the venue I was  escorted through the back stage. It looked like the toy shop on the day before christmas eve.  Lots of little elves moving equipment, rolling big black storage containers and setting everything up.

My first view from backstage was kind of mezmorizing. You would think that I would have caught it with my camera instead of my iphone seeing as I still have the old model iphone with no flash. HINT HINT family… my birthday is coming… Get it?

I quickly grabbed my gear and climbed on top of a small mountain to get a little bit higher up to get this shot.

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This band is kind of impressive.

The energy was mystifying and the music was so freakin’ good.  I have been listening to them since that night and am loving them more and more with every song played.

Jerry the sax player came into the audience and walked through the crowd,  all the while making music from his soul.  Nothing short of amazing.

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The bassist was well dare I say is a cutie 😉  and played so damn well.

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I really enjoyed all the music. I felt like I related to almost all of the songs and I loved the way Mark spoke some lyrics in between his singing. I liked that. A LOT.

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I was very impressed when I stood in the pit. Thats where all the lighting changes happen and a lot of other behind the scenes stuff that I have no knowledge of. Just in case you didnt know that . Because I didn’t.  I recieved a lesson that night.  A few actually…

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The one that sticks out in my mind is walk your path, go for your passion and your happy will follow.  It was inspiring to be there,  witnessing  these artists share a little piece of their soul. Thank you .

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Summertime. One of my most favorite times of the year. I love the heat, the sun, the beach. My only issue I have with summertime is I get distracted very easily!   Im curretly working on that. 🙂 Its a  trait I think I inherited from my father. Distraction. Cant help myself sometimes. I wander.  Yup.. wander.  I’ ll see something I want to shoot or something that interests me and I go.  I think Im passing it on to my kids now too because they have become extremely adventurous and willing to try anything. Well.. not quite true for Zander, he’s my oldest. He is more cautious, and a thinker. Roman is almost a  copy of my soul.  Laila Grace .. well you just have to meet her.

The kids were in camp for awhile and parties were abundant. My sessions have been amazing, and I am so excited for the next few weeks… Lots of work for me and some good family time at the carolina coast.

I spent this past weekend with some very awesome clients, one of  which are expecting their first baby together. Maternity sessions are one of my favorite sessions. I was one of those women that loved being pregnant.  I really enjoyed it. The whole miracle of it. From the first time you feel the baby move to way your body changes I just think it is a gift.

I will say though, now that I am done . Im happy to be done.  No more big bellies or midnight feedings for me. Id rather capture the beauty in it for my clients and show them just how stunning I think they are.

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See simply stunning.

Simply <3 x pi.

  • Marina Shepherd - Michele thank you for making our 1st pregnancy photo shoot so memorable for us! Paul and I are so grateful to you for capturing the beauty and joy we are feeling in having our 1st baby together and for being able to share this joy with our families and friends. We love you and your work and look forward to our baby announcement shoot!
    xoxo
    Marina N PaulReplyCancel

  • Mom (Grandma of soon-to-be Nine) - Absolutely fabulous!!! I never imagined it would be so gorgeous! You both look like you stepped out of Beverly Hills or the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Lol MomReplyCancel

Coming into the light. Thats what my life has been these past few months. Lots of transitioning going on … personal and business.   It all started with a workshop I took in february where I met some amazing talented people. The hot seat and confessing that  I want to fly.  I know it sounds a little bizarre especially considering I’m afraid of heights.   Please don’t get all worried like my parents did and said  “Michele.. your not going to jump off a building or  jump out of an airplane right”. Umm… no, thats not what it means to me.   Just to be free, to grow, to learn, to see the world from a new perspective.

As most of you know and can now see I changed my business name from bel giorno photography to Michele Kats photography.  Check out my new logo….

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Yes, I had an idenity crisis  and needed to find myself a little more.  A work in progress personally… but business…  is all set.  I am so excited to share my new website and blog with all of you. Thanks to Heather James of Brand sixty and some very close friends, near and far,  aka  FEO boston  who helped me make it happen.    Lots of heart and little bit more soul went into making this site real for me.

I had so much fun doing the video for the home page…  Thank you to Rob Ruscher  http://robruscher.wordpress.com/ who filmed and produced it for me.  He was so incredible to work with and so talented. Not to mention a lot of fun.   I can not wait to work with him again in the future!!! Here are a few shots from that  day.

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So much fun and energy  went into the video. So much of me.  I can not believe how blessed I am to be doing what I love.  I am so very grateful for those who supported me to get this far.  I love you more than love.

And so the story begins…

  • jenn furlan - You go girl SOO proud, happy, and excited to see what’s next. stay strong and be well.
    the kids are doing great laughing out loud is the best medicine especially from the innocence of a child. Trips are growing HUGE! Benjamin and Catherine are doing some rolling and Andrew is just plain growing…. lovin’ it more and more each day…so is big sis Jillian. have fun until next time xoxo the furlan clanReplyCancel

  • JJ - YAY MICHELE! It was such a delight to work with you and your photos of Delilah just caught her funny quirky little self so perfectly… Congrats on your journey!ReplyCancel

  • Keri Schimpf - Michele (one ‘l’) Katsalas. i am beyond proud of you and cannot wait to see this amazing journey you are about to begin. As I am one of the honored few who met you at the pivotal workshop back in March. You are such an incredible gift to everyone you meet. You have such a purpose and I am so grateful I get to walk along side of you as jump into so many amazing things. This is your life… and its all about to happen. If you haven’t hired Michele yet – hurry up and do it now. You’ll be so grateful you did – she will fill your heart with so much joy you will feel like you’ve known her forever. I am so proud of you. I hope you’re ready. Something amazing is about to happen…. xxooReplyCancel

  • feuza - so proud of you, love the new logo, love the pixs of you and cant wait to see video
    xoxoReplyCancel

  • Jaidean - Looks great, Michele! Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • liz - beautiful girl, you are. inside & out. miss you & think of you daily.
    on a good path. so glad to know you are too.
    LOVE the blog.
    and love you.
    talk soon!ReplyCancel

  • Tina R. - Love it all Michele and I know this path is going to take you far!ReplyCancel

  • Heather James - I’m so honored to have been a part of such an amazing journey for you and proud to not only call you a client but also a friend.ReplyCancel

  • shannon - I am so proud of you Michele! You are an amazing photographer, and I am greatful to call you my friend! Love Ya!ReplyCancel

  • Jaclyn - Your new blog looks great Michele! Best of luck as you approach this awesome new step in your life and your business. Thank you for having Anthony and I be a part of it! xoxoxReplyCancel

  • roya - and the story begins…. !! (or was it always there waiting to come out?)ReplyCancel

  • Carolina Rivera - wow! I am truly amazed! to think I met you only about a year ago with Tina and you were just starting out and now look at you! the video is absolutely amazing! makes me want to hire you just off of that! great work!ReplyCancel

  • elena - Awesome!!!! Great job, the site, video and photographs are all simply beautiful! Makes me want to find myself again… and re-do my site!ReplyCancel

  • Michele - I don’t know you but what an insipiration and great website and blog. I, like you, love photography but I am currently a Special Education Teacher and take photos like crazy as a hobby or addiction. Follow your dreams…you only live once.xoxoReplyCancel

  • Rick Schimpf - I can sense your excitement and energy for this phase in your life and in your work. Thank you for being you for K and for us. Your work rocks, and your friendship is a beautiful thing.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Borriello - As I have always said, from before you began, SIMPLY AMAZING. You have a gift, and I’m so glad that you have started to “fly”! Love you Moshy!ReplyCancel

  • Leroy Moreno - I hope you will keep updating your content constantly as you have one dedicated reader here.ReplyCancel