Friday, April 30, 2010

Self-Portraits, Weeks 14, 15, 16, & 17

I'm almost caught up on my self-portrait project. I'm so glad to have my wireless remote up and running again. It makes this project a whole lot easier!

Oh, and as always, you can see the photos larger and in more detail on my Facebook fan page.



I love my bedroom. It was the first room I completed when I purchased my house almost three years ago. I like my furniture. I like my turquoise wall color. I like my decor. I like my comforter set. I like the textures and the details and the shiny fabrics. It's just has "Jen" spelled out all over it. This picture is just of me chillin' on my bed. I read here. I write in my journal here. It's just a happy place.



So I have to say that I think this may be one of my top three self-portraits of myself of all times. I love everything about it. I intentionally put my hair up for this picture because I rarely have any pictures of me with it up. I admit it... I've never liked having my hair up out of my face. And the reason is because it makes me feel like a chubby-faced boy. I would be one of those girls on America's Next Top Model who would have a bawl-fest if they shaved my hair off. It's a security blanket. And it makes me feel like a girl. But I love it up in this picture, and I guess I still sorta look like a girl??... Anyway, the processing on this one is what makes it so amazing. It's vintage and timeless and classic.



I love to sleep. A lot. I'm pretty sure I can sleep anywhere. But I prefer my amazing bed with my queen-sized ultra-soft pillow top mattress. It's like sleeping on a cloud. A really fluffy, shiny cloud.



So I really liked this picture although my face wasn't in focus on the original shot, so I had to a lot of sharpening and smoothing in post-processing. Then I got my eyes too bright for my liking. But after I looked at it again, I realized that I preferred it that way. It makes me think of a Victorian painting with overexaggerated bright and smooth facial features. Plus, my shirt kinda sorta looks Victorian, so boo-ya!


Alrighty then... So I've talked way too much about myself on this post, which weirds me out a bit. But I might as well say a few more things while I'm at it...

I'll be singing some harmonies along with Kacey Dotson for the fabulous Lee Ellen Starks this weekend at the Springfield Artsfest (cross your fingers for better weather than we're having right now!). We'll be singing at the Coffeehouse Stage from 1:30-2:30 on Saturday and 4:00-5:00 on Sunday. This girl's got some pipes. Seriously. Check out her YouTube channel to hear some of the songs she'll be performing.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Self-Portraits, Weeks 11, 12, & 13

I have a funny story. Remember the wireless remote for my camera that wasn't working? Well apparently, it needs a battery to "work." Yep. In my defense I had only used it once prior to it "breaking" so why would it need a new battery?

Anyway... here are a few more additions to my self-portrait project, inspired by the fabulous light coming through my bedroom window.

You can see the pictures larger on my Facebook fan page...



I was inspired by some photography I saw today that used a lot of texture applications. I thought the colors and the mood of this photo was a good way to incorporate some texture. I really love the rim lighting on my face from the window.



The gold curtains in my bedroom catch the evening light in a really gorgeous way... I've been meaning to get some self-portraits by them, so that was today's challenge. I love the lighting and shadows on this one... Oh, and I like my hand on the curtain. Have I mentioned that I want to be a hand model?



Again, I just really love the backlighting on this one.... I like how it makes my facial features stand out, and I like how the lighting emphasizes the texture of my hair.

Monday, April 26, 2010

AnnaLisa | Senior Session

I can't even begin to describe how crazy but fun this senior session was. It was raining cats and dogs during this shoot, and I almost killed myself a few times... Also, poor AnnaLisa had to be seen in public with me running around with an umbrella anchored in my shirt/jacket to protect my camera from the rain... so I hope these photos are worth the experience. I couldn't be happier with how they turned out!

Thanks for being such a great sport, AnnaLisa! You have such a super-sweet personality, and I think it shows through your photos!

See more photos from the session on my Images by Jen Photography Facebook Fan Page. If you like my work, become my fan to see instant updates and sneak peeks from upcoming sessions!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Blog Love

I love the following photo session from Clayton Austin for the following very obvious reasons:

1. I play piano.
2. I love photography.
3. I love photos of people with random things in random places.
4. I admire photos that have great composition.
5. I'm drawn to photos that have perfect post-processing.

This session is amazing from start to finish. Check it out on his blog. There's a ton more where this came from!

Guitar in Abstract

I recently took some abstract shots of Miss Lee Ellen Starks' guitar while she was recording at a studio recently. I love abstract & macro photography. It forces me to see things from so many different angles... to think outside the box and be open to what appears in front of my lens...

Here are some of my favorite shots:

Website Sneak Peek

Yes, I am inching my way closer to finally getting my Images by Jen Photography official website together! Here is another sneak peek of what is to come. This is a sample from my "{love} images" section. Get excited!

P.S. Please note that I changed the header of my blog to incorporate my new logo!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Signs of Spring

Here's proof that spring is actually here!

Just a teaser photo for some upcoming flowery prettiness I'll be posting soon...

Self-Portraits, Weeks 9 & 10

Yes, this is just one installment of my attempt to catch up on my self-portrait project!

In honor of the sun that just recently made its appearance, here's me and my shades...



I like the California-ish feel of this processing. I've never been to California, but I'm sure if I ever visit there, I will feel like this picture--blue and green and sunshine-y all over!


Rock 'n Roll

For this picture, I wanted the opposite of California... so I chose a grungy Detroit black and white with a little bit of grain...

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Cuties

Happy Easter, everyone! It was such a wonderful day at church... a celebration of hope and joy knowing that Jesus is alive and that He has cleansed us of our sins. Makes me think of this verse I read last week:

Romans 15:13 ~ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

God is good.

After church, I was invited to a lovely family's house for lunch and for some egg-hunting. Since I'm hopelessly mesmerized by these redheads, I of course, brought my camera along... Check out these little faces. (You may remember these two from their family session two years ago...)

Hope you had a wonderful Easter! I know I did!