Over labor day weekend I traveled to chicago with a friend and fellow photographer. We explored the city and talked endlessly about the past and present. One subject in particular struck me and still plays over in my head. As a photographer when do you put down the camera and just be in the moment? My mind is constantly constructing shots. Wanting to reach for my camera so I can forever remember the way his shirt complimented the wall of wine in the background during brunch. Or the way light falls through the window in my living room. Or even the way my grandmother’s hands move when she talks about baking. But in adoring and obsessing over these moments I’m taken out of the actual experience. Not to mention you’re never in the moments you’re capturing. Weeks and months later you have tons of pictures but you’re not in a single shot. Having the memories means the world to me but is that more important than giving whomever I’m with my undivided attention? But as a photographer what happens when you don’t have any images to look back on? Disappointment and a feeling of lose surely ensue when there isn’t much to “show”. Maybe this is one of those conflicting feelings that never goes away. Lately I’ve walked away from parties, dinners and trips with a full heart but very few images. The memories will always make me smile but I can’t help but wish I’d taken more photos. BUT I can say I’m living in the moment more often than not. And I’m ok with that…..
I’ve been getting a lot of people asking me where I purchased my hat and shoes in my facebook profile. Got the wedged sneakers from Bakers and the hat from Baldwin. Bakers Shoes and Baldwin Denim are two companies that I adore. When I do shop outside of thrift stores I tend to go lurking at these stores. Both companies are Missouri based (Bakers>STL / Baldwin>KC) which I love
I’ve shopped bakers for years not knowing they were run out of my home state. All of their shoes are fun and a lil funky which is right up my alley. Plus have you taken a close look at those silver wedge sneakers in the pic below? My heart jumped when I spotted those. I’ve had a silver shoe obsession since middle school so I had to snag these. They are perfect when I’m out shooting live shows. Baldwin Denim is a new brand to me. And although it’s mens wear I can’t help but love everything that they produce. My next boyfriend is sure to get spoiled with goodies from this store. Have you seen their latest promo video? You can just smell the manly goodness as you watch. Ugh, I’m a sucker for a well dressed man. Next time you guys shoot a video holla at your girl to take some behind the scenes photos lol.
What are some of your favorite places to shop. Let me know in the comments!
This past weekend I was feeling an overwhelming sense of inspiration. I needed my camera in my hand and I wanted to do a boudoir type of shoot. I believe boudoir gives us an chance to showcase ourselves in a vulnerable yet fearless manner. I often secretly admire the women I come into contact with. Strangers, friends doesn’t matter. As a woman I know how giving and strong we are. But we forget to appreciate ourselves. To love ourselves as much as we love others.
Vanessa was the perfect model for my first boudoir session. We were both a little nervous/excited but I’m proud of the images we created. I plan on making time for more of these kinds of shoots. There’s something great about looking a woman in the eye and telling her she’s beautiful before you photograph her. To watch her nerves slowly melt away as she embraces her particular brand of gorgeous.
A couple nights ago I dreamt I was performing as some kind of trapeze/gymnast on the streets of Los Angeles. A crowd of people went threw the streets dancing and I was being thrown thousands of feet into the air. At first it caught me off guard but I quickly embraced each toss. As I floated to the ground each time I felt exhilarated. Completely free. Completely. It felt so real even though realisticly I’m afraid of heights. I remember waiting to be freaked out in my mind (in my dream) but that moment never came. Am I the only one who has conscious thoughts during a dream, but allows the dream to continue?
Anyway, Then some how the dream went on and I was in need of a rental car. I walk in the establishment to find Tyler the Creator working at a desk. I rent my car and we get to talking and somehow end up spending the day together. We ran errands. I met his mom. We danced in the grocery store. Before the night was up we fell in love. Hahaha. I knew this dream was pretty out of hand at this point. I’m not even familiar with any of this guys music, but somehow he ended up in my dream. I don’t know what all of this is supposed to symbolize but I’m just gonna take it as a good sign.
I stumbled upon a cool idea over at ohhellofriendblog.com. Danni has encouraged anyone to stop procrastinating and get some ish done. I’m pretty good at putting things off (isn’t everyone). So here we go ya’ll. Here’s my list of 12 goals to finish before 2012.
1. Get business cards printed
2. Do one blog post a week (eeeek!!)
3. Attend 2 art functions. (I’m new to KC again so I’m excited about this one.)
4. Design my ad for https://www.dailyreferral.com/
5. Completely unpack & get organized
6. Complete my DIY gift ideas for christmas
7. Use the word love more often to those who are important
8. Dinner party with friends
9. Attend a local Multiple Scleorsis meeting with my family
10. Do an inspiration Board
11. Read my Habitat for Humanity Orientation
Some of these are business related and others are for me. Still not sure what #12 will be but I’m sure I’ll come up with something soon.
It’s 3 am in the midwest. This is actually an early night for me if you’re familiar with my sleeping patterns. (Shout out to all the semi insomniacs out there.) I couldn’t sleep so I decided to blog. So I’m sitting here alone in silence in my birthday suite typing away. Was that too much? Don’t really care, it’s that type of blog and I’m that type of girl. I’ve decided if I’m gonna continue having a blog I need to A.) stop being paranoid about it. B.) Use it and C.) Be honest. So here we go……..
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen I’m Keyonna Renea. I love taking beautiful photographs. They’ll range anywhere from family portraits to local and underground hip hop artists. I have a unique set of friends and clients. That’s what sets me apart. I’ll be here rambling on about one thing or another if you’ll be there to listen (or eeerrr read). Deal? K. Lets go!