Month: September, 2013

Enlightened Wednesday: The importance of Breathing

September 25, 2013

 “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”

― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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 Breath is healing, but is so often taken for granted. Breathing in deeply calms the heart, relaxes tense muscles, and focuses the mind. Breath is life-giving, rejuvenating.

Meditation has always been an important part of my life, because it has allowed me to calm my mind when things aren’t going the way I had hoped.

Each day we begin anew. By creating and entering into our own space and setting our intentions, we begin this day centered and focused.

Each day is ours to recenter and redirect; to start again.  Meditation will help you center yourself, create intentions, become focused and empowered and move toward your day excited, ready and able.

It returns me to center, to a place where I feel hopeful and inspired.

If you are feeling stressed today, here is an exercise which will help ease the tension:

 Take a moment, pause whatever you are doing. If the TV is on, turn it off. If the radio is playing, turn it off.

Find a quiet space where you can sit and be alone.

Take a single breath. Focus on it as it enters your body. Feel the breath move from your lips to your diaphragm and into your belly.

Feel it awakening the tired or tense parts of your being. Then slowly release it. Let it go. Repeat until at ease.

If you are feeling ambitious and are open to a challenge I recommend trying out Dr. Chopera 21 day challenge.

It could change your life…

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Boudoir Photography Tip of the Week!

September 24, 2013

1. Flatter Your Boudoir Clients with a Wide Aperture

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”

― Amy Bloom

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In Boudoir photography there’s magic in the details. The line of her neck, the vibrant color of her lingerie, the sexy shoes, and so much more all come together in one “wow” opportunity.

One of the best ways to bring out your client’s most delicious features, and subdue the less dynamic ones, is to keep your aperture wide open.

How open? As much as you can. This is the surefire way to focus on what you need to, and add a dreamy atmospheric blur to the composition in one fell swoop.

Keep in mind that the closer you are to your subject the lesser your depth of field, but you should be able to determine how close is too close with some practice.

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Kathryn Bigelow – Inspiring Woman of the Week

September 23, 2013

If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies. It’s irrelevant who or what directed a movie, the important thing is that you either respond to it or you don’t. There should be more women directing; I think there’s just not the awareness that it’s really possible. It is. – Kathryn Bigelow in The Tech, 1990

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Kathryn Bigelow is an internationally acclaimed screenwriter and film director and the first woman to ever win an Oscar for Best Director (2009 The Hurt Locker). Her steely determination to not only write and direct films in a world where the triumph up until her had only belonged to men, a feat tremendous enough on its own, but to create films that tell the truth unabashedly, whether the truth is “in popular opinion” or not, has made her an inspiration to many.

She is a woman with courage.

One of the most extraordinary things about women like Kathryn is their capacity to create fresh perspective in a world full of single-sided stories. For hundreds of years, the fields of art and culture have been dominated predominately by men, and only a few women have been able to breach this slanted tradition. Over the last few decades this unbalance has changed dramatically, as women who spent the majority of their lives fighting for equal footing with the opposite sex in the first half of the twentieth century opened up a world of opportunities for the next generation living in the second half. And the process repeats, providing chances for strong, determined, courageous women all over the world to create a life for themselves. A life where they can wholeheartedly and passionately chase after their dreams and someday achieve them, without anyone saying to them “you can’t.

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