I wanted new business cards from Moo, and for the design I had in mind, I wanted the picture of a couple, something timeless. My sister was coming home for a few hours, and she was bringing her boyfriend JJ with her. Bingo!! I absolutely wanted to do a photo shoot with them; they make such a cute couple!
Now, it wasn’t easy. Khanh Linh didn’t want to pose outdoor, in this cold weather. I had to make all kind of promises (“5 minute-photo shoot, I promise!” “You can wear your ugly shoes!” “No you don’t have to wear makeup!”)… I swear, this was the fastest shoot I EVER did! It took less than 5 minutes and I snapped about 15-20 images… And this is the one I chose for my business card (I told you they made a cute couple!):
When I used to work in photo studios, I’d take pictures of babies all the time. I love children, but now I choose not to specialize in them. However, I made an exception for Zaira & her baby Lilyana Zaira and I are – very – distantly related, and once she announced her pregnancy, I absolutely wanted to photograph her baby girl. I impatiently waited for Lilyana’s arrival! She was born on December 30th, 2012, and I went to meet her for the first time the following day.
Let me tell you, I expected a 1-day old newborn to be pretty still and sleeping most of the time. But little miss Lilyana wasn’t having none of it! She was alert, and not too happy that I was messing with her.
Some newborn photographers create beautiful images posing babies, wrapping them up in linen, putting cute hats on them. But I don’t really use props when I shoot. I prefer to keep the setting as natural as possible, and it didn’t feel right to undress Lilyana (the room wasn’t warm enough). But I think some images still turned out beautiful, which was easy when I had such a cute subject
When I started Instant de Vie Photography last year, I picked a logo with vibrant colors and hibiscus, simply because that’s my favorite flower.
But I was never truly satisfied with it. The designer did a beautiful job, but it just did not match the feel of my photographs. It felt off. So I decided to rebrand and find a logo and colors that matched my photography much better. Grey and yellow became my colors, and I found an elegant but simple logo (thanks PaperClips!).
Lately, I have been feeling stuck, feeling unhappy. I fell into the trap of comparing my life with others (hmmm Facebook and Pinterest!) and it felt like I was not living my life to its fullest
The What’s Next Tour was coming to Washington D.C., hosted by Justin & Mary Marantz, two amazing photographers committed to help others succeed. And that was the kick that I needed!
Mary gave a talk about not being afraid to reach for your dreams, and to stop comparing your beginning to someone’s middle. I realized that my dreams were not just opportunities, but rather as obligations to myself, my husband, our son, and finally to my mother who has sacrificed so much so that I could chase my dreams, and truly live my life.
As Bono sings “Sometimes you just can’t make it on your own” (and you know how much I LOVE U2!). Sometimes you just need some tough love. And that’s what this What’s Next event gave me. It was an eye opener.
So this is what I’m doing, not being afraid to ask. This is what gets me fired up: being a storyteller with my photography.
I am a French expat living in the USA, more precisely