Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise!

As I continue my photography journey, I’m always surprised by the unlimited possibilities for discovery. From beautiful landscapes to beautiful people, I love that with a click of the camera, you can capture it all.

This weekend, I did something totally different with photography…I took my first hands-on studio course and I’m excited to share the results with you!

It was fun, but also a bit intimidating because of all the technical aspects you must remember about lighting. I must also become more familiar with posing people to create great photos.

So much to learn, but I’m up for the challenge! 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dense (Hello Spring!)

It’s one of my favorite times of the year…Spring! DC is finally waking up from its’ winter slumber and beautiful cherry blooms are here to greet us.

I hope that your spring has gotten off to a wonderful start. 🙂

100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #44

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Meet Keith!

Keith is the sweet beau I mentioned in the last 100 Strangers post. When I invited Timeka to join the project, he jokingly insisted that he be included too. This worked out great because Keith was very comfortable in front of the camera.

Keith is lighthearted and a natural comedian. It was fun seeing him make Timeka laugh and smile the entire time (they made such a cute couple). After taking Keith’s photo,  I learned that he has been a barber for over 20 years and hopes to open his own barber school someday.

Best wishes Keith! Thank you for joining the project.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Against The Odds

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During a visit to the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C., I was moved when I saw a life-sized sculpture by artist George Segal. The artwork is known as “Bread Line” and it depicts a difficult time in US history, the Great Depression.

A quote from the GMU website sums it up perfectly. This artwork “records the conditions of poverty while also celebrating the persistent human spirit of survival in even the most difficult of circumstances”.

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100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #43

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Yesterday, I decided to visit the harbor village of Annapolis. What a cute little area! The harbor was buzzing with activity and lots of people which presented a great opportunity to meet strangers.

My husband and I were walking near the docks when I noticed Timeka. She had beautiful eyes and a great smile which made her really stand out. I told Timeka about the project and she was on board immediately.

I found Timeka to be very congenial. She had a warmth that put me at ease and I enjoyed talking to her. When I asked Timeka what brought her to the harbor, she said that her beau (whom you’ll meet in the next post for the project) surprised her with a date there. How sweet!

Thank you for your time Timeka! I enjoyed meeting you.

100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #42

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Let me start by saying that it’s so refreshing to jump back into the project! I’ve forgotten how cool it is to make an instant connection with a stranger and to capture their beautiful qualities for a portrait.

I met Marcus as I was browsing around the Comic Book Store. I immediately took notice of his fantastic beard and knew I had to ask him to be apart of the project.

When he accepted the invitation, I asked if he could meet me outside of the shop when he was ready. This gave me just enough time to change my lens and to ensure I had the right camera settings.

When I begin taking shots, I notice right away how easygoing Marcus was. He said that he’s a commercial driver for a fruit and veggie company. He enjoys the job because it compliments his vegan lifestyle. Marcus is also a bit of an adrenaline junky who enjoys extreme sports.

Thank you for joining the project Marcus! It was a pleasure to meet you.

100 Beautiful Strangers Project: Stranger #41

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I’m so excited because I met new people for the 100 Beautiful Strangers Project today! It holds a special meaning because it’s the beginning of the project here in the United States.

Today started off with a scenic drive to my husband’s favorite Comic Book Shop in a town half an hour away. Since I haven’t taken any photos in a while for 100 Beautiful Strangers, I grabbed my camera in the hopes of continuing the project.

The Comic Shop was buzzing with excitement because a comic writer for the Justice League of America was in town signing autographs. Relying on my spidey senses to search for new strangers, I stepped outside for a moment. I noticed Ashley right away because of her AWESOME hair!

While taking her photo, we talked a bit. I learned that she was also visiting the comic shop today and enjoys comics and drawing. As we talked a little more, I sensed that her true passion is in gaming.

It was great to meet you Ashley! Thank you for being my first stranger in the U.S.!