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As we enter in to June, I think about what I was doing last summer. I had the privilege to plan and partake in Girls Camp. I went to Girls Camp as a Young Woman from age 12-18. I loved it. I became a better person because of it. I was able to draw closer to God and become more aware of nature and the wonders of it. I understood more fully what it meant to see nature as a temple. I found this quote by Anne Frank while prepping for camp. I read it all the time now. It reminds this home body to go outside and be reminded that nature is a cure for any ailments I may have.
Happy Summer, everyone!!

We haven’t done fireworks like this in my family in years. Mostly just what happens when a family grows up, I guess.

We had Otter Pops out.

We had dud fireworks.

We had the chairs lined up at the end of the drive way.

We had matches that wouldn’t work.

We had the bucket of water ready, you know…for just in case.

We had Dad watering the lawn for practically 30 minutes, to protect the lawn and house from stray fireworks, until we told him to stop it and come watch!!

We had my younger brother trying to light me on fire…okay, that may be a slight exaggeration. haha.

We had love.

We had laughter…a lot of laughter.

We had an amazing time.

I hope you had a memorable 4th of July as well.

I had a conversation not too long ago. This is how it went:

“Lori what type of editing do you do in Photoshop?”

“I will edit blemishes, maybe lighten or darken a photo, sometimes bump up the color. If I am going to do any sort of  major Photoshopping it will be obvious. But for the most part, I edit a photo so you don’t notice it.”

“What do you mean, so I don’t notice it?”

That is when I tried to explain, I don’t edit photos to prove I have edited a photo. I want you to see the people and places in a picture, not any sort of heavy editing in photo. It takes away from the purpose of why I take pictures. I want to show the light in people’s eyes. To see the beauty I see. Personality and relationships and love. I try to edit in the way that though there may be editing, I don’t want you to think about your photo being edited.

If you would have never seen the “before” picture, you would you thought I did a lot of Photoshopping to the “after” picture?

My goal is that your answer is no.

Granted, this means, sometimes my clients wonder what they have paid me for (hahaha), but in this day and age, when photos are manipulated to the point of awful distortion and lack of realism and truth, I don’t want to be a part of that.

I have thought time and again to go back to film for that very reason. It keeps you honest and makes you work hard and think better. But I also enjoy technology. I love looking at a picture right after I take it…if I need to. I like the option to take 15 pictures in 15 seconds. I am able to capture some amazing real moments when I am able to hit that shutter button numerous times in a matter of seconds. If you ask any of those who have been in front of my camera, they have heard that shutter go off a lot at times.

So I try my hardest to find the truth that film brings by thinking about the photo I’m taking while still taking advantage of technology.

I hope this brings a little more understanding to my post work and the work I do in Photoshop, or don’t do in Photoshop. (;

I am happy to talk more about things related to photography, the things I have learned about having a small business and about photography in general. I have had the opportunity to share a meal or two with a few different people to discuss anything photography related…or not related and I just ended up making a good friend! (:

Shoot me an email Or Facebook me Or my website

I have not posted these two session on the blog yet, they are coming soon.




February 5, 2012 in About Me., My Family, Personal

In the back of my head there are always thoughts running around.

Did I call this person? Have I ordered that set of photos? I am thinking about the current wedding I’m editing, or the family session coming up this week, or the wedding I’m shooting in two weeks. Did I buy those tickets for that concert next month? Did I finish emailing this person or that person. I still need to work on that one thing for taxes. Oh wait, this week I also have that family obligation, so I need to change this in my schedule. I need to start prepping the spring campaign. I need to start working on the new set of business cards.

I’ve been called a “worrier” more than once in my life. hahaha!

One thing though, that I’m always thinking about, that is always able to make it’s way through the mess is, “how do I connect better with those that read my blog? How do I let my internet pals know what kind of person I am through my website, blog, Facebook, and basically any of the things that are my online persona?” I am a publicly private person. I don’t mean I let you all know publicly that I’m private, but I am not a completely open book. It’s a vulnerability that I have a hard time letting go of.

I try hard not to complain in a Facebook status. I will always try to mention moments of gratitude. I will occasionally post pictures of trips I’ve taken or me with my family on my blog (more on my old blog). There is still a privacy that I have. Which isn’t always a bad thing, in my opinion. But it still makes me feel like you have no idea who I am.

So here in an attempt to let you get to know me a little. I found this online. I thought the questions were random enough.

Were you named after anyone?
My paternal grandmother. A version of her name.

When was the last time you cried?
Yesterday. My mom can make me cry on a dime. I’m a ridiculously emotional person. hahaha! It was a good cry. She was saying she was proud of me. Who wouldn’t cry if your mom told you that, right?

Do you like your handwriting?
Yeah. I doodled the alphabet upper case, lower case in different writing until I found what writing I liked best.

What is your favorite lunch meat?

Do you have kids?
Nope. I have 3 nieces that I adore though.

If you were another person, would you be friends with you?
Sure. I can be pretty awesome. hahahaha! Kidding. But yeah, sure I would be.

Do you use sarcasm a lot?
I don’t know. Do YOOOU use sarcasm a lot?

Do you still have your tonsils?
Nope. Got them out as a kid. I remember having to travel to St. George, UT (about an hour and a half from Vegas) to get them out. I am not sure why we went there to get it done though. I got a handmade Miss Piggy doll (my mom made for me) right before I the trip.

Would you bungee jump?
Uh, I’m not sure. If it was somewhere unique that I got to travel to, then probably yes.

What is your favorite cereal?
As an adult, Life or Apple Jacks. But I rarely eat cereal anymore. As a kid the big treat was Cookie Crisp.

Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
Nope. I tie them once and make it loose enough to take on and off.

Do you think you are strong?
Emotionally, I’m a lot stronger as I get older. Physically, I get a lot weaker as I get older. But both can be improved on, for sure. (:

What is your favorite ice cream?
Thrifty brand mint ‘n’ chip and chocolate chip

What is the first thing you notice about people?
Their eyes and their smile/teeth

Red or Pink?
Neither. But I look better in pink than red.

What is the least favorite thing about yourself?
Oh geez, um…right off the bat, I think of my feet. hahaha! I have what you call luau feet. They are big and ugly. I hide them as much as possible.

Who do you miss the most?
My dog growing up, Pilikia (which is Hawaiian for trouble). She was a sweetheart.

What is the last thing you ate?
7 layer dip and chips.

What are you listening to right now?
The Super Bowl.

Favorite smells?
Wow, I gotta think about this. I am not sure. Cookies. Fresh bread. Basically food.

Who is the last person you talked to on the phone?
My oldest sister, last night.

Mountain Hideway or Beach House?
Either. I love and dislike both for different reasons but they are about even on the scale.

Favorite sports to watch?
I love volleyball, grew up playing it. But I don’t get to watch it that much. So my next favorite is basketball. College more than NBA.

Hair color?

Eye color?
Brown/Green. Long story short, I had a police officer tell me I have hazel eyes. I’m pretty sure he was hitting on me.

Do you wear contacts?
Yep. I’ve been wearing them for over 15 years.

Favorite food?
Mexican. Italian comes in a close second.

Scary movies or happy endings?
I H-A-T-E being scared. Happy endings. I’ll even take lame cheesy ones over scary.

Last movie you watched?
The Ides of March (on dvd), Serious, Gosling and Clooney in the same movie…movie dream come true. (:

What color shirt are you wearing?

Summer or winter?
Spring. Which in Vegas lasts for about 3 weeks. But I’m not a cold person, so summer.

Hugs or kisses?
I’m a hugger.

Favorite dessert?
I’m an equal opportunity dessert eater. No favorites.

Strength training or cardio?
Cardio. I laugh when I’m in that kind of physical pain when I do strength training, which is embarrassing.

Computer or television?
How is that a fair comparison? I love tv, but I use a computer for work.

What book are you reading right now?
Mindy Kaling “Is Everyone Hangout Without Me?”

What is on your mouse pad?
I don’t use one.

Favorite sound?
My nieces laughing. I love laughter of all sorts, actually.

Rolling Stones or Beatles?

What is the farthest you’ve been from home?
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (I can’t wait to go further. I want to go to Italy really, really, really bad)

Do you have a special talent?
I can draw cartoons, not like a professional, but well enough to entertain kids.

What color is your car?

One of my goals this year is share more about myself on my blog. It will be a challenge for me. I will work on it. Call me out on it if it’s been a while since I’ve shared something about me! (: