You might be asking yourself,

"What on Earth does QUERENCIA mean???"

QUERENCIA defined means:
(n) a place from which one’s strength is drawn, where one feels at home; the place where you are your most authentic self.
— pronunciation /ke rensia

What's with this word??  Well, this year a group of photography friends and I each decided to pick one word to focus on for 2018, whether it had to do with life in general or photography or both. 

Picking one word for the year is designed to move us beyond the cycle of the litany of imperfections to be perfected in the "New Year".  This experiment is to challenge us to lose the long list of changes we want to make and to instead make this the year we pick ONE WORD to focus on.

When I stumbled upon the word Querencia, it truly resonated with me!  I had been telling myself for a few months that I really need to continue to work on remaining true and authentic to myself in my personal life and especially in my photography business life ... as weird, wacky, and out of the box that may be ;) 

I literally woke up on New Years Day with this vision in mind ... I crawled right out of bed, set up my camera next to my bedroom window, put a dark sheet on my wall, then got loose, wacky, and weird!  I even did a "I'm a little tea pot" motion ... hahaha! (See the images below)

Cheers to a New Year!! A year filled with you being YOU!

So you’re a little weird? WORK it! A little different? OWN it! Better to be a nerd than one of the herd!
— Mandy Hale


I have joined up with a few of the most amazingly talented women to start a 10 on 10 Blog -- We will each be writing and posting a blog showcasing 10 images on the 10th of every month.  This is designed this so you can loop through all the group members to see their AWESOME work too!!   NOW if you would like to see what these marvelous women have been up to, start by heading over to the incredible Emilee of Emilee Rose Films!!! OHMYGOODNESS her lifestyle work is outstanding!! And maybe you should also follow her on Facebook ;)



Your Self: A Meaningful Guide to Self-Portraits

What You Get.

(1) A 22 page PDF that includes:

  • My Why

  • The How with real working tips and advice

  • 4 complete image breakdowns showing SOOC/Final and giving you an understanding of my thought process--how I created them as well as my philosophy behind each

  • My gear and editing

  • Image breakdowns and how I edited each self-portrait session from the videos

  • And finally a list of suggested inspiration to help you create your own!

(2) A bundle of 5 videos:

  • 3 editing videos of me going through and editing 2 different Self-Portrait sessions while talking you through my process. 

  • 2 videos of pull back images with me talking you through the philosophy behind my choices, the location, mood, and lighting.

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