Thursday, April 29, 2010
First off..well..i guess my "first off" was about the potatoes..okay..so..second off..I wanted to let y'all know that I blog in order of our Photoshoots. Sooo unfortunately this blog is not about Callie & Tyler's Wedding, but that one will be coming shortly! This one is about......are you ready for this???
And it alllll started with a trip to the Antique Mall...(Me & Sara's new fav obsession by the way.)
With eyes wide open, we took it allll in. This HUGE warehouse building FILLED with alllll sorts of goodies. From victorian chairs, to metal toy tractors, metallic tea sets, bronze mirrors, old books, and music sheet. Vintage. Vintage. Vintage. And inspiration was flying outta our..................selves. :D
Walking around in daze and astonishment Sara came across a find! "What is it?" I ask..."Kinda looks like a cigar case, don't it?"
With raised eyebrows Sara says.."that's one big cigar case?"
"It's for a giant, Sara..duhh.."
She picks it up, looks at it, presses a button and it pops open..displaying...something absolutely beautiful. A 1976 Polaroid Camera. With screams and glees and lots of "oh my goodnesses" we held tight to it and carried it outta that store...after buying it of course...shesh..we're not theives ya know.
Immediately on the car ride home we started brainstorming. We had mentioned a new profile picture for our "Saritney" Site....and what better prop to use then this beautiful camera? So..we decided we needed to buy polaroid film..because we had the polaroid camera! We need the pictures to go with it! And not just any pictures. No. We wanted to take pictures of things that inspire us. Things that make our wheels turn when we try to think of creative shots for our clients and photoshoots. No problem right? All we'll do is go online and order some.
Ohhhh...isn't THAT lovely. They stopped making polaroid film just a year ago? OH! FANTASTIC! It costs $32.95 for just 8 pictures? *sigh* There went our vision.
Nope. We can't let it go. We have a vision...we must go through with it.
Read online that some pharmacies may still carry the film..GREAT! After calling about 10 to 15 pharmacies...some of which..sure..are ONLY 90 minutes away..we find once again. It's a Fail. No film. :( There went our vision..
Nope! We just can't get it out of our system! We're going to see our vision through!!
So we go to a little place here called Unclaimed Baggage...a place that when you take the time, and go on the right days, you can truely find some treasures..and we did!! There among all the lost cameras..was a polaroid camera..and inside of it?!!?!?! You guessed it!! A film case!! YAY! Our eyes got big and we squeeled and screamed. Bought it. Took it out to the car. Opened it up!
Empty. No film. Just the case. FAIL. Again. There went our vision...
You wanna say it this time? Or should I? Okay..okay..you're shy. I understand. I'll say it. Nope! Nothing we'll stop us! We will accomplish our vision!!!!
After a few additions to photoshop, some cropping, some editing....we made our very own polaroids! And we couldn't have been any happier!! Finally!! We would see our vision through!! Each of us chose pictures of things that inspired us. You can tell whose the more intelligent of the two of us.
The intelligent one chose things like: sunset, clouds, a baby's smile, flowers, birds
Thee...um..."other" one chose things like: shiney pennies, cupcake monsters, bubbles, toes.
I'll leave it to your imagination to decide whose who. :)
And we got some pictures we personally were very proud of :D It's so exciting for a photographer to see their vision fulfilled. *sigh* it's like getting to eat the full cake, icing and all..it's very satisfying.
Now would be a good time to thank my daddy! He climbed up a ladder on top of a tree and listened to me and Sara bark orders while we're laying on the ground...directing him to get thee perfect shot. "Have you zoomed out? Have you zoomed in? Are you getting this? Did you get that? Did you focus on this? Did you focus out on that?" Thanks Daddy! (And thanks Mommy and my sister Brooke for keeping things..in order. haha)
If you check out our facebook you'll see the nice pretty ones. But here are some of my personal favorites :)
Sara is saying "Seriously? I. Will. Kill. Her. Where's my duct tape?" And I'm shouting "I'M A POE-TAY-TOE"
"WE GOT THIS!"
Monday, April 19, 2010
We have had some exciting photoshoots! I know I say this all the time, but it's true! We always have fun! We just hope our clients and victims can say the same!
Couple weeks ago we got the chance to have double the fun! Colton & Savoy were our first Twin Photoshoot!
Can I be honest? Good..I want to be honest..this is what this blog is for you know..so you get to have the behind the scenes effect? Right?!
There is something every photographer worries about. I cannot speak on behalf of them all but I can speak at least for me (Sara--you probably agree..right?...she's probably got her eyebrows raised right now thinking..."ohh boyy...what's Britney going to say now? I'm going to have to make her delete this post...aren't I?" )
When someone says they want you to take their babies picture, you always say "Sure! We'd love to!" BUT. In the back of your mind...(okay..I should probably just say my mind since I'm not speaking on behalf for anyone..) I always..ALWAYS think "Oh gosh..I hope their baby is cute. Photoshop can smooth skin, sharpen eyes, brighten colors, even remove garbage in the background..but...it can't fix ugly."
And yes. There is such a thing as an ugly baby...I'll post some of me later to prove it. :D
SO. When I saw Colton & Savoy I knew *Immediately* we were not going to have a problem getting cute, adorable, *ohh & aww* pictures. With their bashful smiles and their bright brown eyes just staring above those rosey cheeks on those cuteee faces.
I mean...do you see what I mean? Look at those faces! Too cute!
These two did so good for putting up with being in the heat, being tossed between wagons, and train tracks, and different spots on the ground, and having not just one..but TWO photographer's in their face and having to wait on snack time...one of my favorite memories is all summed up in this picture..
( I think they thought the rocks were cookies)
It was just so cute and funny...Colton would put a rock in his mouth, Mom would run over and pull it out..Savoy would put a rock in his mouth, Dad would take it from him..throw the rock to to the side...while doing this...Colton finds another rock and as it makes its way to his mouth, Mom hurries up and grabs it..tossing it to the side..in the meantime...Savoy has two rocks, one for each hand, slowly making it's way to his mouth so he could lick it. I must try these cookie rocks..they must be pretty tasty.
Thank you again Tiffiny & David, Savoy & Colton, for giving us some amazing picture opportunities and letting us get to know your family!
Ahh..now we switch things up a bit...I'm givin' y'all a two-fer-one. Just a few days after the above mentioned photoshoot we had another photoshoot..that will be mentioned below..
Our Aunt LaDeana (did y'all know Me & Sara are cousins?!?! She probably wants me to mention it's not by blood and through marriage only....i'm technically her..cousin-in-law..i think..anyways..) was able to suffer through a photoshoot with us :) And how was she able to do it you ask?!
Anddd that's the secret in on how to put up with me and Sara on a photoshoot....unfortunately it does not apply to all and is not always provided.
We had so much fun! It all started with us finding thee perfect spot in a beautiful field...granted that field was across the street from the middle school, by the road, in front of some warehouses..butttt with the right angles you can't tell. Soo Deana was tryin' to find us...and as we stood in the field and watched Deana make all the wrong turns to get to us..we laughed. With her. Not at her. NoooOoo...neverrrr :)
She has yet to see all of her pictures...so we can't wait to show them to her!!
This was also the photoshoot where I almost got arrested. Yes. I said it. I could've been caught and easily gotten 10 years. I'm NOT being over dramatic.
We had a vison. And when we have a vision. Nothing can stop us. Nothing at all. Not even the law.
Our vision included and needed...flower petals..but could we find them? NO. Why? Because the pretty trees which supply the pretty petals are all either dead, or in people's backyards..which were surronded by gates and impossible to get to.
I.....are you ready for this? Stole them.
Sara pulled the car up to one of the houses that had the pretty petals and I hurried up..jumped out..and grabbed handfuls of petals and threw them in th car...but there was a water-meter reader guy comin' our way..and I just KNOW he was actually a police officer coming to get me. Sara said I picked all the ugly ones...I think I picked out the best ones..
Ah-Maze-Ing. I know.
:D Needless to say. It's been fun! Check out our facebook page to see what our vision completed with our petals & Deana! :D
"We Got This"
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Let me introduce you to Callie & Tyler. (Here they were beat boppin'..breakin' it down, yo.) And they had to put up with ME AND SARA..which on a normal basis can be alot for someone to put up with. But these two had to put up with Sara & Britney sleep deprived style. We hadn't even broke out the flashes or taken the lens caps off our cameras and already we were laughing hysterically. And I don't think we even knew why. (We were just really super excited about the photoshoot! It was super amazingly fun.)
Our first stop was to my door. It was an amazing door. I loved this door. My vision was based around this door. It was the backdoor to some type of store...I pass it at least 4 times a day and I don't know what it is...that's sad..anyways..I was super excited about this door. Sara...not so much. After forcing Callie & Tyler out of the car they waited our direction as to what we wanted to do. Since it was my door, Sara looked at me..and I realized just then...I don't know what to do. I was so pumped about the amazing door, I didn't think how could we take pictures with the door and it not be awkward...because..it is just a door. (But it's an amazing door..I liked this door...you know after you say the word *door* so much..it sounds kinda funny..door door door...sorry..anyways.)
Next we went to our Retro Diner. Paynes Soda Shop on the Square in Scottsboro, AL. Best hotdogs in town and perfect spot for a retro styled engagement shoot! We were pretty excited they agreed to let us come take pictures, and the owners said we could even come in early..(this made us super happy..makes us feel special)
Things were fun here! We tried to make up for our obnoxiousness by treating Callie & Tyler to a strawberry milkshake (they had no choice, it had to be strawberry whether they liked it or not. Pink was SO much better for pictures..) and a cocacola. It all went smoothly except for when I dropped my flash..it made me sick to my stomach and I almost died. Just saying..it was that bad. Thankfully. It survived..it's a trooper!
~On a side note..
ME AND SARA went to Paynes the following week or so to eat lunch, thank them for letting us use the diner again, and of course to shamelessly show off some pictures :) Bringing Devon along (you know, because he's sort of Sara's child and you never know when you might need to use an extremely adorable kid as bait for our next victim.) We finished eating some amazing cheeseburgers and the guy came and took our dirty plates away. Because, you know, that's what they should do. But...Devon did not agree with this. He cried and sobbed. Youcould tell it just broke his little heart that that mean guy took away HIS dirty plate and chicken basket. "Mamaw" came out to ask what was wrong..and he pointed back at the guy..with that evil stare he gets from...um..not his mother of course...and Sara said "He's upset that he took our dirty dishes" after scolding her son (or the evil stealer of dirty plates) she gave Devon a chicken basket. To keep. And lots of candy to go with it too. Hmm...
SO. Next time I'm out to eat, when they take my dirty plates, I'm gonna cry and scream and see if they'll refund me for my meal :D I'll update you on that one.
Here's our cute little basket case (haha, get it? get it? I'm so punny) with his basket, 2 lollipops, and some other random sugary goodness. He was content needless to say. ;)
Okay. Okay. Back to the normal topic. After the diner we went to the random part gas station, part pool sellers, part tire store (gotta love the south) place and went to the retro car that was really from the 60s not the 50s but nobody has to know that. We've learned that if you simply just ask people if you can borrow their stuff i.e...diner, car...they usually tend to say yes! "Make yourself at home" is what this friendly, good natured southern man told us. Anddd we did. Going in it, around it, and yes, even on it..
Then after this we went up to Gorhams Bluff to shoot some pretty pictures! Where we went inside..um..that big white building..what's it called again? Its 11:30 pm..and Sara is probably sleeping so I can't ask her...but..it's the big white building where people get married..that day there happened to be a big business lunch of some sort. After making sure it was okay, the nice lady there let us go admire the place where we got a gorgeous view of the Bluff. (Had to tear Sara away from the table though, she noticed someone left their lunch behind, which was a steak meal, and wanted to know why they left it there? She's so nosey.)
OKAY! I'm sorry. I KNOW! I type too much. I GET IT! But I just don't wanna leave details out. And just so you know..I DID leave details out...partly because I can't remember them, and because I try not to go on and on and on about too much so that I don't bore those 3 people that read our blog.
"We Got This"