Wednesday, August 26, 2009

“A painted picture is worth a thousand words”

I like this cliché expression because it refers to the idea that complex stories can be described with just a single still image, or that an image may be more influential than a substantial amount of text. It also aptly characterizes the goals of visualization where large amounts of data must be absorbed quickly. So much bigger than photography.

“Girl Next Door”, “Lady of the Evening”, “It Girl”, “Diva”, “Pretty Girl”, and “Prima Donna” are usually descriptions giving to that young woman who stands out above the crowd. Some would even say that these types of women were often regarded as egotistical, unreasonable and irritable, with a rather high opinion of themselves not shared by others. Iman would read something like that and laugh and comment, “people too are funny Moe”. I was online and I googled the term “ jersey girl” to get a feel of what type of girl is a “Jersey Girl” and this funny summary came up:

"I am from NJ. I curse... a lot. I say "yo", and I say it often. I never had school on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. I sure as hell don't pump my own gas. I know what real pizza tastes like, and I know that a bagel is much more than a f@ckin' roll with a hole in the middle. I judge people by what exit they get off the parkway. I can navigate a circle--with attitude. All good nights must end at a diner--preferably with cheese fries. It's a sub, not a hoagie or, worse yet, a hero, and I wash it down with soda, not pop. Two words... "mother f@cker." I don't go to the beach, I go down the shore. And boardwalk brawls are just a part of the atmosphere. Yes, I drink cawfee. I know that 65mph really means 80. I've always lived within 10 minutes of a mall. When someone cuts me off, they get the horn AND the finger. And they expect it. I am from New Jersey, and damn proud of it."

I thought that was the funniest thing ever. Even though it was a rather harsh statement, I can envision having lunch with Iman and her telling me this. Iman is a model based out of New Jersey who is also another one my close friends. She is definitely like that little sister I never had; the one that didn’t want to hang with the other girls in the neighborhood but wanted to hang in the tree house. She is so multifaceted. She enjoys modeling the most, hanging with her close knit group of friends, and challenging herself to always exceed goals and expectations. Iman took time away from her vacation and did a couple of shoots with me. Before the shoot actually started, we went to a gallery to check out some artwork and one of the most common conversations that Iman and I have always deals with perception versus reality, especially when it relates to the aspect of modeling.

Her personality speaks for itself. Commonly, individuals see Iman as the edgy model, but today we just wanted to “paint” another picture. If I had to label Iman, I would use “All American Girl”. She represents a little every strong female out there. (Art Gallery courtesy of MILAGROS ART)

Monday, August 10, 2009

"I double-dare you to....Dream Big!"

Yesterday I did an awesome shoot for my friend Melissa website for her company (I will post pictures of this shoot later once she has picked the ones she likes). Prior to the shoot, Melissa had a vision of what she wanted for her company and all she was missing was the models. She glanced through my portfolio and came across Rose and fell in love with her look ; she then selected Rose as one of the three models to be the new faces of her company. After the shoot, Rose and I had time to catch on old times and she gave me a lot of personal advice about the future. I am always amazed by Rose ability to overcome obstacles and move forward. She is very strong woman who pulls her strength from within. We also talked about setting a standard for yourself as person and creating your own path. From that conversation, an additional photo shoot was inspired. After I took the pictures, I went online and search for quotes that reminded me our conversation and can share with everyone.

I hope these pictures and words inspire you to dare - reach your goals, be all that you can be! Dare to learn, to be different, to set your goals, to move out of your comfort zone, to be persistent. Dare to be successful.

Dare to be the best you can -
At all times, Dare to be!
Steve Maraboli

If there were ever a time to dare, to make a difference,
to embark on something worth doing, it is now.
Author Unknown, from Dream Big

Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable.
Dr. Joyce Brothers

Failures are made only by those who fail to dare, not by those who dare to fail.
Lester B. Pearson

The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.”
Elia Kazan

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

Practice rather than preach. Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level.
Alexander Haig

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare,
it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

Life is an adventure, dare it. Mother Teresa

Saturday, August 8, 2009

“To Love vs Pain”

What is love? It is one of the most difficult questions for mankind. Centuries have passed by, relationships have flourished and so has love. But no one can really give a proper definition of love. To some Love is friendship set on fire and for others love is like luck. You have to go all the way to find it. No matter how you define it or feel it, love is the eternal truth in the history of mankind.

The bible says that Love is patient, love is kind. It has no envy, nor it boasts itself and it is never proud. It rejoices over the evil and is the truth seeker. Love protects; preserves and hopes for the positive aspect of life. Always stand steadfast in love, not fall into it. It is like the dream of your matter of affection coming true.

Depending on your view, love can be of different varieties. There is romantic love, which is a deep, intense and unending. It shared on a very intimate, interpersonal and sexual relationship level. The term Platonic love, familial love, and religious love are also matter of great affection. It is more of desire, preference and feelings when dealing with somebody or object. The meaning of love will change with each different relationship and depends more on its concept of depth, versatility, and complexity. But at times the very existence of love is questioned. Some say it is false and meaningless. It says that it never exist, because there has been many instances of hatred and brutality in relationships.

Love involves being vulnerable. Vulnerable to new levels of happiness, but also it’s a possibility of be vulnerable to pain. Trust. Trust means enabling other people to take advantage of your vulnerabilities—but expecting that they will not do this. When we trust other people, we may not only be giving them something in hope of getting something else back in the future, we may also be exposing ourselves in a way that they can take advantage of our vulnerabilities. Love involves taking that risk, but whether its relationship, family, or close friendship you should never expect the worst. That is love, so open your eyes to it.

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
William Shakespeare.