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I believe that documenting has become a huge part of my life permanently. We’ve all done it unconsciously, or maybe just didn’t realize that we were doing it.

  • We were doing it when we took photos of the birthday surprises that were successful.
  • We were doing it when your baby cousin started talking and we were rushing to record it.
  • We were doing it when we were secretly writing in our journals in the middle of the night about how we talked to our crush.  
  • We do it when we’re taking a photo of your friends when we’re having the time of our lives.

Why? To remember. To look back on.

Ever since I was given my small point and shoot digital canon camera in the 10th grade for my birthday, as soon as I took a photo, I realized I was holding onto a moment in time. A captured moment. Something I know I could look back on 20, 30 years from now and remember because I had taken this photograph. Sometimes the best times aren’t photographed, and that’s okay. It makes it even more special. Over time, we DO forget these things. We will forget the things that we did, or said, but I think that’s why documenting it in SOME way is so helpful.

Nothing changes when that single photograph is taken, or when those feelings are documented or recorded, no matter what happens after that. You have preserved that single moment forever and it’s something you can always look back on, no matter how you felt.

It’s a great way to sit down and reflect. Reflect on how much has changed. Reflect on what hasn’t.

I’ve always been a bit of a hoarder, but now I definitely am with my photos. I just can’t bring myself to throw away a memory, or delete a file that I still remember. It may not have a single shred of meaning to someone else, but if it does to me, then that’s all that counts. Several years from now, I won’t complain when I have a billion photo’s stored on my backup drive, because it just means that I have a billion memories stored away.

So why not make documenting a trend in your life? There’s nothing stopping you~

xoxo Dana

I think everyone should be a “model” at one point in their life. No, I don’t mean going into a huge fancy studio and spending a whole load of money (although a bunch of friends saving up for a long period of time and going together seems like more fun)! But seriously, have someone take your photos’ for no specific reason. Do it just because you can.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned when actually taking portraits, is that everyone can enjoy having their photo taken. When I realized someone’s face will light up when they see a photo that they like, it just dawned on me. This is what makes it so worth it. That was why I let myself dive into portraits more and more.

I’m sure plenty of people would like it, even if it was only once in their life, who wouldn’t? Girls love to dress up when they go out and “cam-whore” because they feel good. Guys too have their days where they feel extremely great, practically on top of the world. Letting someone get dressed and take their photo and just have a good time seems like more than enough reason to do it. Don’t you agree?

Wouldn’t you like to have those few photo’s to look back on of yourself just showing that you are at your best? You know you feel good, you had fun, and you got a fun experience out of it to tell someone about when they ask “hey, that’s such a nice photo! When did you do this?

xoxo Dana

If you read my last post, then you saw my implying of the word “vlogging”. I did promise my friends I would try it once, so I did. I’ll link you guys up with the YouTube link. If you aren’t too busy, go ahead and click if you feel like it~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9nqnVkpYpA&feature=youtu.be

Locations are very vital to any photo shoot, but you don’t have to go absolutely CRAZY about it. Be simple. Work with what you have and improvise. Why? Because even the best do it. We don’t realize it because we just automatically assume that they went to this AMAZING location (okay … some of them DO, but that’s NOT the point!), but this isn’t always the case!

  • A simple environment can make it easier to coordinate a connection between the model (such as their clothing) and the theme you’re trying to achieve.
  • You have to expect the unexpected. If you do that, then your open mind will lead you to your own secret little location! Just have some faith.
  • Sometimes a plain place is good. This is because it purposely pushes you to be x10 more creative with how you take your shots.
  • Location doesn’t make the photos; YOU make the photo’s happen.

Some of my favourite places to shoot at personally are: fields, train tracks, brick walls, & streets.

What do you look for in a location for a photo shoot?

xoxo Dana

Daniel: The only thing I don’t like about taking pictures is that you don’t get to live in the moment.

Me: That’s true. I like capturing the moment for others. I don’t like being in front of the camera, I just can’t explain it.

When my friend Daniel said this yesterday while we were pouring through hilarious beach photo’s, it did make me think a bit more. He really was right.

To everyone who’s ever held any sort of camera-related device (filming included) at any point in their life, do you ever notice when you are capturing that moment, it’s like you’re basically taking it for someone else? Did you ever wish you could be in it as well, not just the nice person who offered to take the photo (ex. a group photo)?

I personally love taking photo’s. I don’t mind it either way, but sometime’s when I go through albums, I’ll realize I’m in less than a handful because I’m the one taking all the photos.

When you aren’t in too many of the photo’s, despite everyone who was there at that occasion, it’s almost like you’ve just disappeared. You get what I mean?

It’s hard because not everyone will always offer to take photo’s instead, or if they aren’t comfortable using a camera, then you may result in only getting several blurry photo’s of yourself. Or when you are enjoying yourself off camera at an event/party/ect, but no one captures that candid moment for you, when you may be used to seeing this for others and getting it.

No, I’m not insulting anyone, and to any of my friends who if by chance read this, nono don’t think this is directed to you! =)

I’m just thinking about it and doing some self-realization~

Think about your photo’s in the long run. When you look back at them, you know you’ll WANT to be in some of them, so ask someone to photograph you. Or make sure you have a nice buddy photo with your friends at the end of the day.

Why?

Because memories are so precious and we don’t seem to remember that until the moment passes.

SO, LET’S LIVE A LITTLE! 

xoxo Dana

Just thought I’d share some goals for this weekend’s posts because I’m so booked I won’t have much time to actually take some photos’ and sit here reading all your posts for hours. Yes, I wrote and planned out my posts two days early before I actually AM posting them JUST to make sure I meet the whole “minimum-one-post-a-day” routine! ^^”

Summer has been around for about a month for the university students who finished early (like myself), and it’s quite weird to have almost 4 whole months off! That’s a lot of time to occupy! I figured doing photoshoots, blogging (no, not Vlogging), and documentation would keep me in check when I’m not working.

Thankfully, I have friends, like artsy-hipsters, whom like myself come across concepts to attempt. I’m hoping to cover as many areas of shoot’s & types of photography that I can! So far here’s the list:

  • Long (double) exposure
  • Fashion
  • Editorials?
  • Magazine layouts (promotion)
  • Make up
  • Scenery
  • Forestry
  • Macro
  • Beach
  • Shadows (Black & White)
  • Vintage
  • Group shoot
  • Lookbook
  • Dancing (bboy, ballet, ect)

It’s a cruddy list, I know. But, I am trying. I’ve done a few, so I don’t see what’s stopping me from trying them all! If there’s anything you know of, or want to recommend, feel MORE than free to leave a comment below! (Any tips or feedback is also appreciated & welcomed with open arms)

Here’s some collages of what I have done so far that I”m beyond happy with! (iPhone behind the scenes!)

xoxoDana

So apparently turning 19 today is a milestone for me. Go figure. They say these things when you’re born, when you turn 16, graduate highschool and whatnot. But I like to treat it like any other day. Not badly, but I just maybe go out and hang with some friends. Anyways– on to le outfit!

White is a really popular colour this spring/summer! Strips are also quite a growing trend as well! Combining the two was a lot of fun!

I actually tried out this outfit yesterday & I fell in LOVE. It has a nautical let-take-a-walk-along-the-boardwalk feel! I actually felt really photogenic, so I took a million shots & deleted a darn lot after!

  • Striped dress- Old Navy ($18)
  • White denim jacket- Old Navy ($25?)
  • Floppy hat- Gift from my mom

Have a wonderful Wednesday~

xoxo Dana

H A P P Y    M O T H E R ‘ S   D A Y ! ~

Sadly, I have to work a closing shift tonight, but I’m still getting to spend my morning & brunch with my mother. I hope you guys also have a wonderful day as well. I wanted to have a feminine look because my mom is very girly, so I figured I’d be a bit like her today.

Sorry today’s photo’s aren’t that creative or great! I’m in a bit of a rush & on the go! I wanted to post this because I really love how great and comfy this dress feels (the dress flows out really nice from the waist. The top of the dress is very snug and fit. Also, the material is light and soft, and not too thin either!). I’m not normally a dress girl, let alone for work, but I’m changing and loving these trends this year!~

Plus, helllllllllllllooooooo sunshine ;D

  • Sheer button up top- Old Navy ($30.00)
  • Dress- Old Navy ($10)

xoxo Dana

I took this yesterday because I realized I didn’t know what I was gunna wear. I’m actually wearing this tonight, but I’m so booked today I wanted to make sure I meet my goal of one post a day! Tonight is my girl Dj’s birthday dinner at Pickle Barrel, so she chose a formal dress code. I enjoy dressing up, but I’m still getting used to skirts.

  • Sleeveless grey cheetah top- Old Navy ($18)
  • Black skirt- Urban Behaviour ($5)

Happy Friday~

xoxo Dana

 ©Bri.Photography

I’m sure you’ve all experienced that movie moment in real life, right? Where that moment feels like something directly out of a big production film, so perfect it’s almost unreal. It’s like the setting was created as a set specifically for this moment, and the cameras are secretly hidden, filming what you do, your movements, emotions and all.

This is just yet another reason why I enjoy taking photo’s so much. You really never know what’s in store for you! The possibilities are endless, and that just leaves so much room for creativity, spontaneity and potential! This is one of my favourite photos of this trio because of the natural expressions and the poster-like feel. Black and white was just a beautiful plus to give it even more sophistication~

I have the most beautiful (and handsome aha) friends in my life. I’m glad they are so willing to let me take their pictures and volunteer to let me have a couple photoshoots with them! They really aren’t afraid of my camera, so what more can I ask for?

You can check out my lovely model’s blogs too~

Jordan: http://cestnaturel.wordpress.com/

Hamda (one on the right): https://lola455567.wordpress.com/

Lamia (one on the left): http://lazygal101.wordpress.com/

Xoxo Dana

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