Tracy Meisch Photography: Blog https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Tracy Meisch Photography (Tracy Meisch Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:35:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:35:00 GMT https://www.tmeischphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u217631047-o702395710-50.jpg Tracy Meisch Photography: Blog https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog 80 120 Las Vegas Photographer - How many of you have roller skating memories? https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2019/3/las-vegas-photographer---how-many-of-you-have-roller-skating-memories How many of you remember roller skating as a kid? All the weekends spent at the roller rink with your friends…listening to all of our favorite songs. Walking past the skate center’s retail shop, where you could buy new wheels in nearly any color, skate covers, or maybe glow-in-the-dark accessories for your skates. I remember it all so well, but hadn’t thought of it for years, that is, until my sister-in-law contacted me about wanting to do a session when she came out to Vegas, documenting her love of roller skating.

This is where the fun begins…thinking about how to show her passion for skating, to celebrate her fun personality, her zest for life. She’s a few years younger than I am, but like me, grew up skating at the roller rink, often with her brothers and sisters (one of those brothers is my husband – we used to skate in high school together). Right away I started thinking about a retro theme…something brightly colored and 80’s inspired. She had ideas of her own as well, like visiting a local cactus garden and finding a way to incorporate the desert landscape of the Vegas area into the photos.  We went over to Crystal Palace to capture where she likes to go skate when she’s in town, and the wonderful, welcoming friends she’s made through the bi-weekly “Adult Skate” that happens there. To say we had a good time would be a huge understatement…she was willing to try any out-of-the-box idea I came up with, and we laughed pretty much the entire time! I couldn’t resist hauling out the tulle skirt, especially when the forecast called for wind that day, and I think it turned out great…why be just like everyone else, when you can be a little different, unique?

She told me that she had always loved skating, but…you know how it goes, you have a family, work…life just gets in the way. So after her kids were all grown up, she told her husband that she wanted to start skating again, to do something she had always loved but hadn’t had time for in years. Celebrating her, and her passion for skating, was an honor, and I couldn’t be more grateful to her for her trust in me. Can you believe that this beauty has EIGHT grandchildren? I know I can’t, but her energy, her enthusiasm for nearly everything she does is contagious, and is inspiring. She sent me photos of some items she wanted to incorporate, and the minute I saw her “Grandma” shirt (the navy one on the sofa), I knew we needed to do something a little out of the ordinary. I think we succeeded, don’t you?

What is something you’ve always wanted to do, and what’s stopping you? We have ONE Life, friends. One life to do all the things we want to do…it’s precious, and time waits for no one. Get out there and do your thing, and make sure someone documents you living your best life.

Thanks for reading, and please reach out to me when you’re ready to celebrate you…I promise it’ll be worth it! ~ Tracy

 

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Las Vegas Boudoir Studio – 50 and Fabulous https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2019/2/las-vegas-boudoir-studio-50-and-fabulous Las Vegas Boudoir Studio – 50 and Fabulous

 

In our Las Vegas area boudoir studio, we see clients of all ages…in fact, many of them are over 40! I think there is a misconception that “boudoir is for the young women among us”, but I couldn’t disagree more! I see women in their 20s, 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. We all struggle with the same things, loving ourselves and our bodies, despite the “flaws” we think we see in the mirror. Trust me…this experience will change how you see yourself. Boudoir sessions (or portrait sessions in general) can help you see the beauty that you have right there inside of you, just waiting to be let out. Ms. C and I chatted several times before she was ready to book her session – something she had been wanting to do for awhile, but was understandably a bit nervous about. It started out being an anniversary gift for her husband, but ended up being a gift for her as well! Here is what she had to say about her boudoir session with Tracy Meisch Photography:

 

"I went into the session with hopes of getting a handful of nice shots to gift my husband.  At 50 years old I was anxious about the session and self-conscious about my appearance so I didn’t anticipate many pictures.  I’m not often comfortable looking at pictures of myself, which I think many women can relate to.  When I arrived for my session, Tracy and I had a nice chat and it wasn’t hard to become more and more at ease with her and the process.  I started the session tense and nervous which eased moment after moment.  Tracy is kind and so pleasant to work with, she worked wonders on my confidence level. On the way home I felt like I’d had a fun day and made a new friend in the process!  When I arrived for my viewing appointment. I was almost as nervous/anxious as I was when I had my session!  As soon as I saw the images I felt relief because there were more than a handful of images that I loved.  As a woman we are so critical of ourselves, some more and some less.  While looking at the images, my flaws were not what I focused on.  Tracy is very creative while also knowing just how to guide us to pose in the most flattering way.  I’m proud that I decided to do this after several months of overthinking it.  My husband was ecstatic with the album and wants to order a couple prints but is having a terrible time choosing favorites!! I have already recommended Tracy to a couple friends and will continue to do so.  Like most other boudoir clients I did this as a gift for my husband but it turned out to be a wonderful gift to myself as well.  Honestly, I’m thinking I may do it again at 55!"

 

And she was so excited about the entire boudoir experience that she came back and left me another review (happy clients make my day!):

 

“Boudoir photography is such a personal experience, understandably you’ll do lots of thinking, research, considering. That’s what I did, I overthink everything and I’m extremely frugal. When I came across Tracy Meisch I found the full package. Her portfolio is fabulous and she offers a great package. I love that a beautiful album is included and there are many options to have printed if you’d like more. From the time of my session to the present I’ve already seen so many more lovely ideas she’s adding to her repertoire. Tracy is wonderful to work with, you’ll love the experience even before you view your images. I felt beautiful when I left my session and so proud of myself when I saw my images. In my opinion, as soon as you come across Tracy’s website or social media in your search you’ve found the right photographer, no need to look further! Enjoy!!!”

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Las Vegas Boudoir Studio - Creating a Loft Style Brick Wall With Paint https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2019/2/las-vegas-boudoir-studio---creating-a-loft-style-brick-wall-with-paint For as long as I can remember, I have been captivated by the loft style…old buildings with exposed brick walls, renovated for studios or living spaces. That being said, I’m also very fond of more space and the modern conveniences that a newer building has. I’ve been thinking for a while about how I could create something with the same feel in our modern space (without spending a bazillion dollars), and finally decided to go for it. After pitching the idea to my ever-supportive husband (who always seems to get roped into my projects) I set out for Lowe’s to gather my supplies.

The next step was taking down the metal prints that hang on that wall, and measuring for the horizontal stripes that would make the rows of bricks. I decided on 4 inches between rows of blue tape, and I’m pretty proud of my idea to tape the level to the yardstick so I could be sure that my pencil marks (which would turn into rows of tape) were straight and level.


Once all of the horizontal rows were taped, we measured 8 inches long for the length of the bricks, and added vertical pieces of tape. This taping process was fairly time-consuming, but is so important for the finished look.

The next step was adding the pre-mixed joint compound, to give the “bricks” varying textures and a more realistic look. It’s supposed to be messy and not uniform, so if you decide to try this, don’t worry about any particular pattern.

I let that dry overnight, and then started in on the painting. I used inexpensive 2 inch paintbrushes, and mixed the colors as I went along. I tried to vary the placement of a certain color, and then would add a little of another hue to create a slightly different variation. Once all of the bricks were painted, I went over it with a stipple brush and some of the paint mixtures from the tray to try to blend the bricks and give them some depth.

At this point we were excited to take down the miles and miles of blue tape (again, my husband was immensely helpful with this) and see how it looked. It really was coming together! In typical Tracy fashion, I just had to tinker a little more, so I went back over both the brick edges and the “grout lines” with a stipple brush and a tiny amount of cream + white paint, to give it more of an antiqued or distressed look.

Then it was time to once again hang the wall art…I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! Now I have a little of that “loft style” right here, and I can’t wait to use it in a session.

Here is my supplies list, for anyone who might want to try it:

  • A variety of small “sample” paints (I used black, gray, a brownish/wine color, white, cream, nautical blue, and a rust tone. I also bought red, but really didn’t use much of that, preferring the wine to mix colors).Our floors are “cooler” so I chose to mix colors that complemented the rest of the space…you can customize this any way you’d like
  • (2 ) 2” paint brushes and something to mix your paints in
  • LOTS of blue painter’s tape, the narrowest you can find (mine was just under an inch)
  • A pencil
  • Tape measure/yardstick
  • Level
  • Stipple brushes
  • Plastic gloves
  • Plastic/drops to protect the floor
  • Pre-mixed joint or drywall compound and spreaders

This project was quite a bit of work (it took me about 3 days), but I’m not one to let that stop me, and seeing the finished product definitely makes it worth it!

 

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Las Vegas Boudoir Photography – Falling Down the Rabbit Hole, and Finding My Way Back Out https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2019/1/las-vegas-boudoir-photography-falling-down-the-rabbit-hole-and-finding-my-way-back-out Let’s talk about Social Media in today’s world. We’ve all heard that we shouldn’t compare our lives to other people’s “highlight reel”, because, let’s be honest, that’s often what it is. I struggle with this a little, and here’s why. With so much negativity all around us, readily available, I don’t want to feed that. I sometimes find it difficult to not “soak up” some of that negativity, so I try to bring some light and positivity to the world. But then I worry that it looks like my life, particularly our new life in the desert, is all sunshine and rainbows and is perfect. It’s not. I burn dinner, knock over my coffee, throw my favorite “lay flat to dry” shirt in the dryer by mistake. We all have bad days, bad months in our lives, and in an effort to help anyone who might be going through a tough stretch, I’m going to get real with you today and talk about how I fell down the rabbit hole…and how I managed – with a lot of love and help – to find my way back out, and how it changed me, for the better.

In order to tell you about this, I need to go back a little, 4-5 years. Most of you know that I’m married to my high school sweetheart (we’ll celebrate 30 years this month) and have 3 now-grown kids. But at this point we still had one in high school and home with us. Two were out on their own, I was photographing seniors and families as time allowed (because junior and senior years are busy, for both the student and the parents), and we were looking forward to the “empty-nester” life we had heard about…the flexibility to up and go whenever we wanted without a school schedule to worry about. I don’t remember what exactly started my downward spiral (although I have a few suspicions, looking back), but I remember being inspired and energized after having a photo shoot done as a surprise for my hubby, and wanting to try my hand at boudoir + beauty sessions. How I felt after seeing my photos, coupled with his reaction, was like nothing I had ever experienced, and I wanted to have that same impact on other women’s lives! The more I dabbled in this new area, the more excited I became…until someone in the industry started telling me things like “you will never succeed in this business, you’re too nice”, “you don’t have what it takes, the toughness, to make it”, “nobody will believe your ‘why’…it sounds like a sales pitch”. Yikes.

I have always been a “pleaser”, a helper. I don’t like to disappoint people, or myself either, for that matter. Except that sometimes you lose sight of what you want, and are caught up in a cycle of doing what’s expected, being who others want – need - you to be, instead of being true to yourself. Adding this …feedback, I guess you could call it…to the fact that our girl was soon graduating, and leaving for college was too much. If you’ve had a senior in high school, you know that the emotions are all already there…all the lasts, all the things you have done for so many years, that you know will never be again. I would cry at the drop of a hat, over anything and everything…I was just so sad. One question kept coming up in my thoughts…after so many years of being Mom, who was I now? All that goes into life with kids, all their activities, homework, friends, making Halloween costumes, birthday parties…it had been my life, and I loved it. But I didn’t have time to deal with that right now – surely I would figure it out, right? I had announcements to order, a graduation party to plan…I kept going, doing what I needed to do, putting on a brave face. The worst of it settled in after she was off to college in the fall…it was just so quiet, and I was just so very sad.

Photographers spend a lot of time in front of a computer – editing, marketing, blogging, planning, working on our websites, emailing clients. Alone mostly. And there is plenty of time for the negative self-talk to really get going… I clearly wasn’t cut out to be the photographer I thought I was or could be…I DIDN’T HAVE WHAT IT TAKES. Those words just kept playing in my head, and I believed them. Some days my husband would come home after a long day at work, and I was still in the same clothes I had been in when he left that morning. No shower, no makeup, no plans for dinner…and he could see that it had been a rough day. Let’s talk about that guilt for a second…I was embarrassed, ashamed of myself for "allowing" this to happen. What did I have to be sad about? We had a great life, great kids, a warm house, food in the fridge and pantry…and our marriage was strong. I felt like something must be wrong with me…how come I couldn’t handle something that we knew was coming?  Very few knew I was struggling, and to what level…I remember vividly one particular moment, sitting at the top of the stairs, tears streaming down my face. During this stretch I had gained 20 lbs, so nothing in my closet fit me (which is yet another assault on the self-esteem) and I was wearing yoga pants and an old sweatshirt. My husband came and sat next to me, and said “Honey, what’s wrong? Tell me what you need…I’ll do whatever it takes to help you feel better.” And I said “I don’t know what to tell you.” His reply was “You’re lost. I can see it. We’ll figure it out.”

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I listened to Brene Brown talk about shame and guilt, and forgiving yourself. I read her books “the Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are”, “Daring Greatly”, and “Rising Strong”, about deciding whose opinions mattered in your life. I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic” and how not to let fear control you. I was afraid of failing, I was afraid to leave my comfort zone, even though I was not in a good place…because what if I really didn’t have what it takes? I listened to Sue Bryce talk about getting out of your own way before you can succeed…I decided I needed to try. I turned to what I knew best, what I had loved in the past - my camera and creating. I started looking through magazines and Pinterest, to see what caught my eye. My creativity slowly returned, and I started to come up with new ideas, new visions for sessions. With the help of my closest photographer friends, I lined up a few sessions with fellow photographers to try out my new ideas. We disassembled the dining room table and set up that space (as well as the guest bedroom) as shooting spaces…my sweet husband was willing to eat dinner on a tv tray for a year and a half so I had a place to shoot…because as he put it “I could see that you needed it, you needed this.”

And he was right – I did. With every session, my confidence grew. Each time a woman saw her photos (often with tears in her eyes) and said, “I can’t believe that’s me…I look so beautiful! I was so nervous, and I’m so proud of myself for being brave” -  I knew I had made a difference, and suddenly I knew that this was my way back out of the rabbit hole.

I initially never intended to share my experience publicly, but over the course of the past year, I have realized – and heard from – many women who are feeling just as I had…I had a crisis of confidence, and completely lost myself for a while. It was truly the most challenging and confusing time of my life to this point, and if sharing it will help someone else, I’m all for it. If you identify with this, even a little, or find yourself in the rabbit hole, just know you are not alone…and you can find your way back out again. I created a vision board last year for the first time – my 2018 word was “HEALTHY”. 2018 was a year of new experiences for us, a big move to a new city, trying to live our best life. I’m not quite back to where I was yet physically, but I am so much healthier and stronger – both mentally and physically. I no longer will live my life according to the expectations of everyone else…we all have one life to live, one chance to experience all that we can.

So to those who have wondered why I do what I do, why I decided to specialize in photographing women, now you know. I DO understand all the insecurities, the doubts, the fear, because I have been there. In helping other women, I helped myself, too. And to those who let me rant, cry, “borrow” your belief in me until I was strong enough to believe in myself, I thank you, from the bottom of my heart…you know who you are.  And to my husband, who I’m sure thought his wife was losing her mind…I am so very grateful to you for hanging in there with me, being patient while I tried to find my footing and balance, holding me while I cried, brainstorming when I needed ideas…and really for just being you, always and forever, my person and my favorite.

Thanks for reading, friends. Here’s to a beautiful 2019.

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It’s An Experience Like No Other - Las Vegas Boudoir Photography https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2018/11/it-s-an-experience-like-no-other---las-vegas-boudoir-photography It’s An Experience Like No Other - Las Vegas Boudoir Photography

 

From the moment you reach out to chat about your boudoir session in our studio just outside Las Vegas, it’s about you. From the clothes to the hair and makeup, it’s an experience like no other…who doesn’t want to feel like a rockstar for a day? And the Studio Closet – wait until you see what is here for clients to “borrow” for their sessions (should you choose). This amazing session with Ms. J was a surprise gift for her husband, and she was even brave enough to try out this body chain from the Studio Closet…I’d say she absolutely rocked it, wouldn’t you? Here are her thoughts about the session experience and seeing her gorgeous photos for the first time:

"I expected to be nervous and uncomfortable.  I was not! From the minute I walked thru the door, Tracy made me feel at home.  We went thru the clothes I had brought, and thru the wardrobe closet making plans for outfits. Tracy wanted to make sure I got exactly the look I wanted in my pictures.  I am a tomboy at heart and was afraid of doing my own hair & makeup! Tracy did an amazing job on both, setting me up with a natural look just a little jazzed up.  And I LOVED wearing the lashes and hair extensions, such a fun addition to the day!   We chatted and laughed the whole time getting ready, and I was surprised how much I relaxed around her.  I got nervous again when it was photo time, but being the professional that she is, Tracy made it easy to relax and have fun with the poses.  I gave her free reign for posing, knowing she would make me look my best possible. I wanted stunning pictures, so I trusted her fully.  And stunning photos is exactly what I got! I could not have asked for better results, and it’s ALL from her expertise. (When I first saw my photos) I was shocked, amazed, and excited!!  I kept thinking “that’s me!? I look good!”.  Tracy did an amazing job at making me feel relaxed and I truly had fun, the genuine smile is proof.  It was hard not to order a print of EVERY SINGLE image!  I am over the moon excited to show my husband, and anyone else that wants to see!  I am so proud of every single shot. 

We are so hard on ourselves! Looking in the mirror every day, pointing out my flaws takes a toll mentally. To see myself from a different angle, with Tracy’s professional posing and lighting… I cannot even describe how much of a confidence booster it was!  I wouldn’t even consider any other photographer.  I’ve already recommended her to several of my friends, and enthusiastically suggested they call her SOON!"

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Las Vegas Boudoir Photographer – Finding Your Own Unique Beauty https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2018/11/las-vegas-boudoir-photographer-finding-your-own-unique-beauty Las Vegas Boudoir Photographer – Finding Your Own Unique Beauty

 

I have learned so much since I became a photographer all those years ago! No matter how many boudoir sessions I do, each and every session is unique, because each woman I photograph is different, and every client is beautiful in her own way. We all have our own favorite features, and some not-so-favorite as well – I understand! I send out a pre-session questionnaire for you to fill out after your boudoir session is scheduled, and that helps me learn more about your likes (and also areas you maybe aren’t so comfortable with). When you come to our Las Vegas Studio for your portrait or boudoir session, we always chat a bit during hair and makeup…it gives us a chance to get to know each other a little more in person. I have extensive training in both lighting and posing, and I use all of my experience to highlight your individual…umm…assets. And just as a reminder, YOU are in control of which (if any) of your boudoir photos are posted or used online – after you’ve seen them. I respect your privacy and wishes…and now you know why I have so many “Tushy Tuesday” photos to share. ;)

The beautiful and sweet Ms. C came to see me for a boudoir session as a surprise anniversary gift for her husband, and she was absolutely AMAZING. Here is her take on the whole experience:

"I spent a lot of time determining who I wanted to take my boudoir photos. I researched quite a few different options- weighing style and price. When I stumbled across Tracy's site, wow- I was impressed. My first thought was how the pictures were naturally beautiful and balanced with sexy! Once I looked at her pricing options, I was sold. I immediately contacted Tracy and she was extremely responsive and got me very excited to move forward. I did quite a bit of research coming into the shoot- mainly of outfit choices as well as different poses I wanted. Little did I know, but I did not need to do any of those things! Tracy was extremely helpful with the outfits- she has a ton of options that she will offer up to her clients! She also offered for me to text her photos of what I was thinking (of bringing) if I had any questions. (She) truly made me feel like a model prepping for a photo shoot! Once we got started with the shoot, I realized that all the research I did on poses was completely unnecessary- Tracy is a pro! She knows exactly what looks good and has extreme attention to detail. She will pose you, move your arm, leg, etc- and the results are incredible. She made me feel very comfortable and I immediately established a level of trust with her. Throughout the shoot, she makes you feel beautiful and sexy- she gives validation and will even show you a few photos of yourself as you are going through- this made me feel very confident and relaxed throughout the shoot. The photos started as a gift for my husband, but I didn't realize the joy the experience would give me- I loved every second of it! 

I LOVE my photos! My initial reaction was how classy, yet sexy the photos were. I wanted photos that captured who I am and the relationship I have with my husband- and that is exactly what I got! The photos truly are timeless and extremely tasteful- and my husband loves them! One of his first comments about the photos was how much he loved that they 100% represented who I was. I know I will love the photos forever and I am extremely thankful that I had Tracy take my photos!"

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Las Vegas Boudoir Photography – So Much To Love About The New Studio Space! https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2018/11/las-vegas-boudoir-photography-so-much-to-love-about-the-new-studio-space Las Vegas Boudoir Photography – So Much To Love About The New Studio Space!

 

When we first decided to make our move to the Las Vegas area, I knew instantly what kind of space I wanted for the new studio. I wanted all kinds of beautiful light…I am all about the dreamy gorgeous light! A space where you would feel comfortable, to relax and allow yourself to be pampered, a place to let your inner goddess out. I also knew that easy access to major highways would be important – you can get to the studio from anywhere in the Las Vegas Valley. It also needed to have an area for the Studio Closet – I have quite the collection of beautiful things for your boudoir or portrait session…from clothing pieces to shoes and jewelry…the list goes on and on. Oh, and the chandelier…who doesn’t love those? It most definitely sets a glamorous feel. I mean, if you’re going to have a boudoir session and let your inner badass out, go big or go home, right? Here’s a little peek at just some of what you’ll see when you’re here:

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Las Vegas Boudoir Photography – What Is Your Boudoir Style? https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2018/11/las-vegas-boudoir-photography-what-is-your-boudoir-style Las Vegas Boudoir Photography – What Is Your Boudoir Style?

 

The top question women have when thinking about a boudoir session is “What should I wear?” That is often followed by “I don’t have anything to wear!” Don’t worry, beautiful friends – I have you covered! After your session date and time has been reserved for you in our gorgeous studio, I will send out information that will help make planning for your session much easier, including a wardrobe guide full of photos and ideas. You may be surprised that many popular boudoir session choices are right there in your (or your significant other’s) closet! And no worries if you aren’t really a “lacey lingerie” kind of girl…sporty boudoir can be just as fun, and is sexy as hell! This drop-dead gorgeous client belongs to the over-40 set, and decided to combine a little bit of both…a white button-up shirt always comes in handy, and is a beautiful contrast to the lace gown with criss-cross details that she chose as another option. Her hubby was a very happy guy when he saw the photos from this rockstar session! No matter your boudoir style, we will work together to create photos that you will love forever.

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Las Vegas Boudoir Photography – Bodysuit Love https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2018/11/las-vegas-boudoir-photography-bodysuit-love Las Vegas Boudoir Photography – Bodysuit Love

 

Can we talk for a minute about how much I LOVE bodysuits?? Most people automatically think of a black bra & panty set for a boudoir session (a classic choice that is beautiful, sexy, and never goes out of style, so please continue to bring those!), but don’t forget about a bodysuit as an option as well. These little beauties can help hide trouble spots, and expose just enough skin…they come in so many different colors and styles, and are all the rage right now! My Las Vegas Studio Closet has quite a few options (you just wear your own panties underneath any studio items, which are laundered after every session). Want to see a few? Well, okay, here you go!

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Las Vegas Boudoir Photography Studio https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2018/11/las-vegas-boudoir-photography-studio Las Vegas Boudoir + Portrait Photography Studio

 

So many fabulous sessions have already taken place in my new boudoir studio in the Las Vegas metro area! I couldn’t be more excited about our new space, which has the most gorgeous light, and is located in Henderson, an easy (and quick) drive away from the business of the Strip. I have had clients come from all over the Las Vegas area, including Green Valley, the Summerlin area, Silverdale Ranch, and right here in Henderson, just to name a few. Ms. D had been thinking of doing a shoot as a surprise for her husband, and did an amazing job! Here is what she said about her experience during her boudoir session:

 

Tracy’s natural talent behind the lens is truly remarkable! I have been wanting to do a boudoir shoot for years but never was at the ideal body composition I wanted. Then I discovered self acceptance & this shoot was a SIGNIFICANT step in accepting my beautiful self! Prior to the shoot even happening, Tracy was encouraging me so when it came time to “show my skin” I was already feeling more confident & comfortable in front of her & the camera. There’s a beauty in us all & Tracy has the gift of capturing that beauty & bringing her to the forefront where she deserves to shine!”

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Reasons to Book a Session https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2018/3/reasons-to-book-a-session Reasons to book a session:

I have found that women often need an “excuse”, a reason, to book a Boudoir or Beauty/Glamour session. I guess that makes sense, if you think about it, because we are taught to put others first…to leave ourselves until the end.  Which brings me to Reason #1: YOU DESERVE IT! You deserve to feel special, to feel beautiful. Think about all the things you do for others….isn’t it time you did something for yourself?

That being said, if you are still looking for an excuse to schedule a session, I have put together a little list to help you out.

  1. You deserve to be pampered –when is the last time you treated yourself?
  2. Valentine’s Day
  3. Christmas gift
  4. Anniversary gift
  5. His birthday (trust me – he would rather have an album of your gorgeous images than another tie)
  6. Your birthday (do you have a milestone birthday coming up? Let’s celebrate it!)
  7. Groom’s gift
  8. “before baby” session – I have done quite a few sessions with ladies who are anticipating starting a family soon, and book a session to have to look back on in the future
  9. Empty Nester session – have all your kids grown up and left the nest? Trust me, this will add a little “spice” to your back-to-the-two-of-us status ;)
  10. Major Life change – some clients want to celebrate reaching a fitness or weight loss goal with a session that celebrates their transformation
  11. Adventure – most women have never done anything like this, and it can be a bit intimidating. It requires being brave, and having courage…as well as having a bit of trust in your photographer. Some women see this as a way to throw caution to the wind, to see if they can do it, a personal “challenge”, if you will…

I will be there to help you and guide you, every step of the way. From what to wear to how to pose, I have you covered.  There is no experience required, and no judgement. When we get to the end of the day, and we are laughing together (which always ends up happening) you’ll wonder why you waited so long. And after you’ve seen your photos? Well, you won’t be the same again. It’s really an amazing experience…the confidence you’ll feel, the pride in yourself…there is nothing quite like it.

I’d love to chat with you about your own session. Email me at tmeischphotography@gmail.com for more information, or to start the conversation.

Have a great day, and thanks for reading!

Tracy

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Why Boudoir Photography Isn't About the Lingerie https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2018/2/why-boudoir-photography-isnt-about-the-lingerie Most people think that Boudoir photography is about lingerie. I get it – I used to think that, too, before I had my own session. It was then that I realized that it's about so much more than that, and I hear the same thing from my clients, time and time again. Booking your own Boudoir (or Glam/Beauty) session is about putting yourself first. Setting aside a day for yourself, making yourself a priority, instead of everything else on your to-do list coming first.

It’s about treating yourself like you would treat your family (& friends)….SPECIAL. IMPORTANT. Because you are. It’s also about allowing yourself to feel like you deserve it – because you do. It’s about being brave, pushing past your fears…doing something outside most people’s comfort zone….and then in the end, seeing yourself as the beautiful badass that you already are.

This is why a Boudoir session isn’t just about the lingerie, and why it doesn’t matter to me if you book a Glam/Beauty session or a Boudoir session. My goal is the same, no matter what you wear…to find the beautiful YOU inside, and let her out.

Love yourself. Exist in photos, my friends. You won’t regret it.

Tracy

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Can we talk a little about January? https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2018/2/can-we-talk-a-little-about-january Let’s be honest…short days, cold, windy weather...not really my jam. Now, longer, sunny days, and warmer temps? Yeah...we are definitely BFFs. Here’s another truth…Fall is CRAZYTOWN for photographers…I’m absolutely not complaining, because I absolutely LOVE what I do, but just explaining a little for those who don't live in the bubble…after that rush (plus throw in the holidays, too)….nearly every single photographer you know is ready for little breather. There’s a Valentine’s Day rush for us #boudiephotographers, but other than that, this is referred to as the “slow season” (for a bit anyway).

January/early February weather and lack of sunlight can really affect me…I either want to hibernate inside until it warms up, or be shooting and creating. But here’s the thing…even though I don't THINK I like January all that much, it forces me to slow down, to reflect. On last year’s goals vs. accomplishments…what I am grateful for (ummm…all of you, my family, and SO many other things), what was awesome - that I loved, and then which things got off track or didn’t go as planned (yeah - blogging). This time of year reminds me that we all need to reflect, breathe, renew…and then regroup and get re-energized for the coming year.

I have a conference coming up that I think will be fantastic for learning some new things, connecting with friends (both new and old), and feed and inspire my creative soul. I have been working on my Vision Board for 2018, and I have some big goals and dreams…I hope you’ll continue to follow along!

Hang in there, friends. It’s February now, and warmer weather + longer days are coming.

Now go grab another cup of coffee, and have a fabulous day!

Tracy

 

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Creating A Happier Workspace | My Office Revamp https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2017/1/creating-a-happier-workspace-my-office-revamp You know the saying "it was hiding in plain sight"? Well, until last week, this definitely summed up my office/workspace situation. It was a disaster....the desktop was too small, all of the surface area was full of "stuff" (paperwork, folders, bills, reminders....you get the idea), and quite honestly, was stressing me out. I recently got a new desktop computer for photo editing, which is so.much.faster than the old laptop I had been using (yay!), and a second, larger monitor which is immensely helpful as well. However, there really wasn't room for all of this in my current setup, so I knew something had to change.

I began searching different types of desks and workspaces, and even asked a group of local photographers to show me their spaces in a private online group, so I could see how others had set up their office areas. The response was overwhelming! I saw so many bright, relaxing, tranquil places to work that I now knew what I wanted. Now to figure out how to make that a reality, with a slim budget and pretty much the same footprint that I had been using before. Off to IKEA I went, in search of ideas! Now I'm not sure how many of you have an IKEA close to you, but I am here to tell you - IKEA is the best!! I can spend a ridiculous amount of time in that store, just wandering around and dreaming...imagining how I could put to use all of the organizing products that they have there. :)

This is the work area that I started with. Notice all the clutter, cords clearly visible (ugh!), and how every surface is covered...not my ideal space, and definitely not pleasant (or happy) to work in.

I had an idea of the "look" I wanted - light, bright, clean, modern - but wasn't sure how I was going to accomplish my goal. I decided on two white tabletops, re-using the legs that I already had for the black desk. I picked up two more to match, and a 4-drawer cabinet (the "Klimpen") that would serve as the other "leg" of one of the tabletops. Then I moved on to the chairs. I had been using a bar stool, which I definitely don't recommend! There is no back support, and while it was convenient to be able to push it under the desk when I wasn't sitting on it, it isn't terribly comfortable (or good for posture) for long stretches. I decided on the "Millberget" black and white desk chair. It is SO comfortable, and I love how it ties the white tabletops and black computer components together!

I picked up a few more little things to help further organize my space, but then it was time to head back home and start my project! Let me tell you, it became clear very quickly that I was going to create an even BIGGER mess before it started looking better, but I was excited to see it all come together! I cleared off my existing desk, moved my piles of paperwork and clutter, and started the new assembly process. "Some assembly required" is actually "all assembly required", so just know that going in. 

Here are some things that I learned in this process, which hopefully will help you should you decide to undertake your own office revamping project:

 

1.  Since IKEA's instructions are pictures instead of words, it's important to lay out ALL the pieces and hardware before you get started.

2.  Don't rush through each step. Each part of the step is important in the overall assembly.

3.  Be sure to place each piece exactly as it's shown in the photo - this definitely matters.

4.  I hang on to waaayyy too many papers and boxes (that might "come in handy someday"). ;)

5.  If you have a little furry feline friend, she might look adorable, but really won't be super helpful with assembly (except to bat all the screws around on the floor). I know you're surprised all about this point.....haha!

Once I had everything assembled, the next task was to sort through what was staying, and what needed to go. My new cabinet with drawers is perfect for organizing all of the supplies and files I need, and there is even a drawer just for marketing and business cards! Organizing makes me happy, so this is exactly what I needed. It feels so great to have sorted, shredded, recycled, and filed away the piles of paperwork, and I mentally feel "lighter" too....visual clutter only adds to the clutter in my mind, it seems.

Here is my renovated space - so much brighter, cleaner, not to mention happier and more relaxing. What a difference these changes have made!! I can't believe how much more functional it is as well...I'm no longer stressed when I see my space, when I am working in it, or when I meet clients for a consultation. I have a few more things I'd like to add over time, but am thrilled with the final result.

Here are links to the pieces I chose from IKEA, should you be interested in checking them out yourself (this post isn't sponsored by them in any way - they are just the things that I found worked well for me!):

>> Klimpen drawer unit: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10277776/

>> Millberget desk chair:  http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40331705/?query=millberget+chairs#/00331707

>> Linnmon white table top:  http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10251347/#/60251137

>> Olov leg, adjustable:  http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70266671/

 

Thanks for stopping by to see how I created a happier space to work - I'd love to hear your plans for renovating the areas that you spend time in! Leave me a comment and let me know, and be sure to check back...I have more projects in store, and some photo sessions too. Have a great day!!

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New Year, New Goals https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2017/1/new-year-new-goals I'll let you all in on a little secret - I'm a bit of a nerd. Yep, I said it. I LOVE the start of a new year (other than the fact that it's really cold right now in Kansas City), the feeling of a brand new calendar, a new journal or notebook, full of completely blank pages. It's like having a new chance, to try again in the coming year. When I was younger I used to make a list of resolutions every New Year's Eve....in fact, I remember many years spending the night with my bff, each of us making a list and talking about our hopes and dreams for the coming year. Now, instead of resolutions, I make a list of my goals for the coming year.

So here we are at the beginning of 2017, and I sat down recently to make my goals for the coming year. It gives me a chance to really reflect on what I'd like to accomplish, areas I'd like to improve, and maybe do a little dreaming as well.

>> On the top of my list for this year was to make my health a priority. This has got to be, in one form or another, the most-listed goal or resolution that people make each year. I have allowed some bad habits to creep in (beer & wings anyone?), and have slacked on some that are good for me (hello salads, Jillian Michaels DVDs, and the treadmill!). I really need to turn this around in the coming year, and hope that by sharing this here, it'll help me stay on track.

>> Another item on my list is this, right here, my blog. It has been woefully ignored over the last year or so, and I am hoping to be more intentional and consistent with it going forward. I hope to share information that is interesting and useful, and hopefully will save you a little time (since I have probably made all the possible mistakes already, at least where the DIY projects are concerned!).

>> Travel. Now that all of the younglings have flown the nest, so to speak, my hubby and I would definitely like to travel to more places and do a little exploring (and there's a pretty good chance that I'll talk about our destinations here, so you all can see too).

>> Revamp and organize my office/workspace. I really do love organizing (and lists, to help me stay focused). See, I told you I was a nerd! Honestly, for whatever reason, it just makes me happy....and clutter? Drives me nuts. So why I let it build up, I'll never know. :/ Anyway, if you follow me over on Instagram (www.instagram.com/tracymeischphotography) you know that I have been working on this very project over the past week. (if you don't, I'd love to see you over there.) I'm so excited about my new space, and can't wait to share it with you (along with a few things I learned along the way) in it's own blog post coming soon!

If you have made it all the way through the post, kudos to you, and thank you! I appreciate you sticking around, and hope you'll come back each week to see what's new.

Happy New Year to you all, and good luck on your goals for the coming year! I'd love for you to share your goals too, so feel free to comment or drop me a note. :)

Tracy

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Peri - PHHS Senior Class of 2015 https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2015/3/peri---phhs-senior-class-of-2015 What a beautiful day we had for Peri's senior photo shoot! Mother Nature gifted us unusually warm and sunny early spring weather, although the wind did provide a little challenge for us at at times! During our consultation, we talked about how we could bring her interests and cool vintage style into the photos. Since she is a talented artist, we knew we wanted to incorporate her love of art somehow, and decided the West Bottoms would be the perfect place! 

This enthusiastic and bubbly senior brought along a vintage suitcase that had belonged to her grandmother, and we found just the setting to use that too! Whenever I look at this photo it reminds me of a young lady ready to catch a train, headed out on an adventure. The old buildings and vintage shops in the West Bottoms were the perfect backdrop for her vintage style, and we had quite a bit of fun trying some new things!

I think it's safe to say we succeeded in bringing out Peri's unique details and style! It was definitely a pleasure working with her and her family.

It's not too early to schedule your summer sessions for the Class of 2016--contact us today to reserve your spot!

To see more of Peri's gallery, click here: http://www.uniqueperspectivephoto.com/p903839518

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(Tracy Meisch Photography) 2015 senior Kansas City photographer bubbles senior session suitcase unique vintage west bottoms https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2015/3/peri---phhs-senior-class-of-2015 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:52:43 GMT
Park Hill SADD Arrive Alive 2014 https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2014/4/park-hill-sadd-arrive-alive-2014 On Tuesday, Park Hill High School's SADD group (which stands for "Students Against Destructive Decisions") held their "Arrive Alive" event. The parking lot was full of students, teachers, administrators, emergency personnel, & community volunteers, all united by one purpose: to drive home the importance of "arriving alive". There were tables with wristbands, pens, cups, etc, all with similar messages: don't text & drive, stay safe & sober, buckle up.

 

Interactive exhibits were quite popular, like the tricycle course, where the high-schoolers (and their brave principal, Dr. Brad Kincheloe) attempted to ride through a course while looking at their phones, & driving & walking while wearing beer goggles. 

There was the "Seat Belt Convincer", where a strapped-in occupant, moving downhill at 5mph, received quite a jolt as the "ride" came to an abrupt stop.

Perhaps the most "sobering" of the displays was the crash scene, complete with fire trucks, an ambulance, "victims", & emergency personnel. The firefighters used a variety of tools to remove car parts in an effort to get to the victims trapped inside the smashed vehicles. Some were strapped to backboards & stretchers & loaded into the ambulance. Others required a sheet & body bag, communicating further the tragic consequences of drinking & driving, or texting & driving.

I can only imagine the countless hours put in to planning & organizing this event by SADD leader Ellen Reys and her students, but after being there, I can definitely say it was worth it -- a HUGE "thank you" to all who were involved. None of this is new to the majority of teens, who have probably grown up hearing it over & over. However, with Prom season upon us, & graduation parties right around the corner, it is a message worth repeating: Arrive Alive!

To view more photos from this event, please head over to the "PHHS SADD Arrive Alive 2014" gallery under "Photos", or click this link:  http://www.uniqueperspectivephoto.com/p654486947

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(Tracy Meisch Photography) Kansas City Park Hill arrive alive beer goggles crash safe seatbelts sober students texting https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2014/4/park-hill-sadd-arrive-alive-2014 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:29:24 GMT
Preparing for the "just-in-case" moments? https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2013/5/preparing-for-the-just-in-case-moments Wow...it has been awhile! April & May are definitely busy months for us, as I am sure for many of you.

I was thinking this morning about "being prepared", & how that often is comforting to a first-born like me. I like to feel that I have a plan for the what-ifs & just-in-case scenarios, should they pop-up. Ok, I confess... I am the mom who, when packing our family to go out of town, would pack an extra pair of socks & "unmentionables" for everyone, just-in-case we had to stay an extra day. Even though the "kiddos" aren't little anymore & pack themselves, they know to count the days & add on one more.

I was reminded of a situation with one of our sons, when he was about 5 or 6 years old. He was taking swimming lessons during the summer, & had never been a child who was afraid of the water. He liked his instructor, & had no trouble being in the water, trying whatever was demonstrated...until it got to dunking his head under the water, opening his eyes, & picking up the colored ring on the bottom. Now I should mention that even as an adult, I don't really like opening my eyes under the water, but that is a different story completely! Anyway, our little guy just could not bring himself to do it, no matter how hard he stared at the ring from above the water. The session time was over, & the instructor tried to reassure him, saying that it was ok, he would have another chance to try the next day. By the time we got to the car, my son was pretty upset, insisting he was NOT going to do it, he couldn't do it. Since he had worked himself up into a frenzy (& it was lunchtime), I said we would talk about it later; it was time for lunch.

Well, "later" did eventually show up, & he & I sat down for a little chat. I asked him why he didn't want to do it, was he afraid? I reminded him that he got water in his eyes all the time in the bathtub & going through the sprinkler. He wasn't saying much, so finally I asked him this question: "What is the worst thing that could happen?" Now this was (& still is) a pretty bright kid. The rest of the conversation went something like this:

Him: "What if I go to the bottom to get the ring & can't find my way back to the top?" (The pool was really quite shallow, & he could stand comfortably in it, but I am sure it feels much scarier when you are 5 or 6)

Me: "Your teacher is right there to help you if you need him."

Him: "What if he is busy with one of the other kids?"

Me: "Then I will jump in and save you."

Him: "But you don't have your swimsuit on!"

Me: "That doesn't matter--I would jump in with all of my clothes on if you needed me."

Then he was quiet for a moment, probably envisioning me jumping in fully clothed. That seemed to satisfy him, reassure him that between the teacher & I, he would be taken care of. The next day at swimming lessons he looked over at me, took a deep breath, & submerged himself in the water, surfacing with the coveted ring. I have no idea if he remembers this as vividly as I do, but I can still see the look on his face as we talked through the challenge he was facing.

Now you are probably wondering why on earth I am telling you this story. Sometimes I wonder, in my own personal challenges, if I am preparing for the just-in-case moments, or giving myself excuses not to try, to be brave & trust that it will be ok. I have talked with other very successful photographers who, to my surprise, along their journey have faced the same feelings of self-doubt or anxiety...what if I don't get the "right" shots? What if I forget something I need? I think that there are times when I need to step away & ask myself what I would say to my not-so-little kiddos or a friend if they came to me in a similar situation. I guess what I need to do is get out of my own way, be brave, & believe that everything really will be ok. And if a situation comes up that I am not prepared for, I just might be surprised at my own ability to take a deep breath & "jump right in"!

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(Tracy Meisch Photography) brave children just in case preparing https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2013/5/preparing-for-the-just-in-case-moments Thu, 09 May 2013 16:25:34 GMT
Finding Inspiration https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2013/3/finding-inspiration  

 

I have a love/hate relationship with the month of March. I love that Spring is right around the corner (hopefully), but don't love that the landscape is devoid of color (unless you count the gray/brown that seems to be all around us). Weather extremes - 75 degrees with brilliant sunshine one day, & then 45 with a rain/snow mix the next - add to my frustration with March.  I almost always carry my camera with me, but lately am finding myself lacking inspiration. In order to try to see the world from a different perspective, I have given myself a "color challenge": shooting photos with a particular color for the week.

I am definitely a "color girl"...I really do love to be surrounded by color, & have noticed how certain colors can have an effect on my mood. Since I tend to think chronologically, this week's color is Red (my clothes are arranged by color in the closet, if that gives you any idea). I can't imagine having trouble with that color, being that I am a "red girl", & tend to gravitate toward it anyway, but we shall see. Which makes me think about things that are red...fire trucks, fire hydrants...emergency colors. I prefer organization to chaos, so why am I attracted to the color red? Is it a little bit of excitement in my otherwise semi-organized life? But then again, red is often the color used to represent love & passion. I am a romantic (truth-be-told), & can be very passionate about what is close to my heart. Hmmm....I might learn some interesting things about myself & color during this challenge! What colors do you find yourself drawn to, & do you ever wonder why?

Stay tuned....I am excited to "see" what this challenge brings!

 

My daughter's cactus, soaking up the sun in the kitchen window, gives me hope that Mother Nature will supply a little color outdoors soon. :)

 

 

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(Tracy Meisch Photography) color finding inspiration photos red https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2013/3/finding-inspiration Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:56:05 GMT
Seizing The Moment https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2013/3/seizing-the-moment I am a planner. My friends & family know this is definitely true. I love to-do lists, because by making a list I am able to quiet (at least temporarily) the "need-to-do-this" voice that always seems to be in my head. Those of you who are also list-makers understand the sense of accomplishment we feel when a task can be crossed off the list...finally, done!

On today's list of things to do was taking my daughter to the orthodontist. As we were sitting in the waiting room, she was talking with the mom next to her, lamenting the fact that it is spring break & 27 degrees outside. Not exactly the "spring break" weather my teenage daughter was hoping for! As I listened to the two of them bemoaning our current cold snap, I remembered a photo I took of her when she was about 5 years old...dressed in a spring outfit & Little Mermaid sunglasses, stretched out in her Little Mermaid lawn chair. It is a really cute picture, but what you can't tell right away from looking at it is that it was March, and cold outside, but my little girl was not going to let that stop her. She wanted to wear her new clothes & sunglasses, & sit in her "Ariel" chair (as she used to call it)...so she did it! Inside the house. Too cold to go outside? No problem...I'll do it right here! She had decided to "seize the moment".  

That made me think about children, & how they are so good at doing just that (sometimes to the chagrin of their parents!). What is is about getting older that makes us wait until just the "right" moment, one that may never come? Often it feels like there is more needing our attention than there are hours in the day! Like my to-do lists, it is often about getting things done, but sometimes I think we miss little opportunities along the way...chances to "seize the moment". 

I am still keeping my to-do lists, since they help me organize the chaos, but going forward in 2013 I am going to try to take advantage of more of those moments. I encourage you to try it too...grab it, hold it, enjoy it, even in the midst of all the "to-do's".

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(Tracy Meisch Photography) children opportunities spring to-do lists https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2013/3/seizing-the-moment Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:14:57 GMT
The Role That Photos Play in Telling Your Story https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2013/3/the-role-photos-play-in-telling-your-story

Lately I have been thinking about how important photos are in telling a story, & this image came to mind. It is not one of my favorites (don't even get me started on the clothes or hair!), but it does make me laugh whenever I see it. I was in high school, on the first day of my new job, & my mom insisted on taking a picture of me before I left. Now it is easy to see I was not happy about this idea (what IS that look on my face?), but despite the hideous uniform or lack of cooperation on my part, I am so thankful she took it anyway. What I had no way of knowing at this moment, all those years ago, was that on my very first day of work I would meet my future boyfriend, & he would eventually become my husband. THIS photo, taken on this day, is where our story begins.

 

Now fast forward more than a decade to this image of one of our sons. Although it is not dated, I know that it is at my parents' house, & that it must be Easter (since that is the dress I wore for our daughter's first Easter). Even though my little guy is visibly upset (which is not something most moms & dads want to see in pictures of their kids) I love this shot, because it gives me a glimpse into his life at that time. Whenever I look at it, I think about what life must be like as a 3 year old, when everyone & everything seem bigger than you. You are supposed to share & play nice with others, even when they don't do the same, & things just don't seem "fair". I wish there was another picture of us from the side, so you could see our faces as we are talking, but I am thankful that someone (probably my mom) quickly pulled out the camera & captured this moment.

When my sister-in-law & her husband visited a few months back, she brought with her a box of old photos that had been rescued from an old shed. They were there for probably 30 years, in the heat & cold of the changing seasons up north. We were excited to look at them, & were surprised that most of them had survived the elements as well as they had. One of the pictures was a candid shot of my husband's great-grandparents, just sitting together. They were looking at the camera, but neither was smiling. On the back was the date, along with their names & the phrase "last picture of the two of them together". That just kept replaying in my mind...the last photo of them together. What were they thinking? Was this a special occasion, or just a day that someone decided to take their picture? When was the last time they had their photo taken together?

As a photographer, I am most comfortable behind the camera. It is images like these that remind (& encourage) me to turn the camera over to someone else, to be sure that I am included in the photos that will tell my story. Even if I don't like what I am wearing or my hair that day, someday the image might tell a story all it's own. Remember to let someone help you get images that will one day tell your story.

 

 

 

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(Tracy Meisch Photography) photos your story https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2013/3/the-role-photos-play-in-telling-your-story Mon, 04 Mar 2013 19:19:54 GMT
Cabin Fever https://www.tmeischphotography.com/blog/2013/2/cabin-fever I'll admit it...I have cabin fever. Having grown up in the north & living most of my adult life in ND, MN, & IA (although we are in MO now), many people assume that winter & snow don't bother me. Actually, I think I am less patient with it because I've experienced so much of it. By the time February rolls around, I am definitely ready for Spring, & not always happy when Mother Nature doesn't see things my way!!

Yesterday I was itching to take some photos, but it was cold & windy outside (due to almost a foot of snow we got the day before). When I mentioned that to my girl, she said she was willing to go down to the (not always ideal) space I have been using for indoor shoots & let me try some new things. So we brainstormed a little, dug through my old dresses & grabbed a few of her fun hats (along with her red cowboy boots!) & gave it a try. Once again, we had a great time....she is so patient about sitting this way & that, being silly or serious, etc. When I thanked her for always being willing to be my model (since she is the closest & most convenient for me to use), she said, "that's okay...you are always supportive of what we want to do, & I want to help you, too". Oh, my gosh...I love this girl! She is beautiful, inside & out, & I am so proud of the young woman she has become.

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