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I finally got to see the cherry blossoms at high park with my good friend Jordan (http://cestnaturel.wordpress.com/)! 🙂

Does this also count as an OOTD since I went there a few days ago? My dress is from Costa Blanca!

If you’d like to see more pics of the cherry blossom photo’s I took, click here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.377799839003272.1073741832.340278639422059&type=3

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xoxo Dana

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This is a bit of a fangirl rant. You HAVE been warned! Lots of YouTube links, gif sets and Tumblr links included~

Dreamworks Animation makes the most amazing films I have ever seen in my life. How to Train Your Dragon and Rise of the Guardians are my two top favourites hands down.

I have been watching How to Train Your Dragon over and over again ever since my family bought the DVD. It’s a beautiful film.

One of fitting in, becoming who you are, forbidden friendships, and respect.

The amount of work that’s been put into this film is phenomenal. The smallest details were taken into consideration to truly make the film its own. If you look at each dragons fire, each is different and personalized to match the individual dragon. The expressions of the characters faces truly let the audience connect and fall in love with them.

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– Links –

The official website for How To Train Your Dragon: http://www.dreamworksdragons.com/

I love seeing the actors behind the scenes, they match their characters so well (especially Hiccup) its’ almost scary! Here’s a clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpxBMdl07sY

Here’s a short clip showing off some of the main dragons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VJNetohMAM

Tumblr dedicated to How to Train Your Dragon: http://fyeahhowtotrainyourdragon.tumblr.com/

Dragons: Riders of Berk -the TV series for How To Train Your Dragon (Seeing the teens train their dragons and their friendship grow is amazing)

And I shall leave off with one of my favourite lines from the film from Hiccup:

“And now the spinning. Thanks for nothing, you useless reptile.”

xoxo Dana

If your eyes are a camera, then you can truly find beauty in ANYTHING that you do … including CLEANING.

I was cleaning the glasses for the holidays and of course I got sidetracked by how pretty they were.
Before I knew it, I was grabbing my camera and taking pictures of the glasses instead!
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Copyrights to Brittany Arjune Photography.

xoxo Dana

18. Your brightest lipstick

I don’t wear lipstick, so I am substituting for lip-gloss. I don’t think of lip-gloss as a little girl type of product, because I like to wear it if I really feel like “dressing up” or “going all out“. But, that does NOT mean I throw on the brightest, most glossiest and bold shade of LIFE. It’ll just be a super light glaze look because I’m terrified of lip colours, I haven’t found one I really find suitable for me, except for a dark dark red lip-gloss from ESTĒE LAUDER that my mom gave me. (which I’ve been using for the last almost year and a half)

(On the right) Brightest shade: 07 Flashdance

(In the middle) 03 Berry Lush (so far my favourite)

(On the left) 06 Coral Chic

This is a very new and recent set of ESTĒE LAUDERs lip-glosses, my mom got it not even a week ago when purchasing her other makeup products. It comes as a set, just as the above picture shows, and it comes with a square purple and black animal skin-print compact mirror. The lip-glosses are called: Pure gloss, High gloss, Ultra brilliance.

http://www.esteelauder.com/product/647/21166/Product-Catalog/Makeup/Lips/Lip-Gloss/Pure-Color/High-Gloss/index.tmpl

Surprisingly, these lip-glosses work really well; they stay on your lips for a long time, unlike other glosses that would come off very easily. There isn’t a very heavy shine, so its subtle on the lips, but its the pop of colour that makes it look so amazing.

BTW, this was a gift set, so I don’t know the actual Canadian pricing, SORRY!

This is the 07 Flashdance in the photo above.

I don’t ever do reviews on products, but it is new and I don’t like to just say a product without giving the proper information about it. ESTEE LAUDER is a really great brand to buy from. My moms been buying from them for years, and I have tried some of the products here and there, it really does its job well.

I’ve personally never come across a bad product from them, and if you ever purchase from the Bramelea City Centre ESTĒE LAUDER in the makeup section at The Bay, they give amazing customer service to everyone, and a lot of tips about what products will work best for you.

xoxo Dana

All photos are taken by me. Copyrights. Bri.Photography.

To the photobugs and everyone who owns a camera and/or loves to take/look at photos!

Have you ever found that one spot, that perfect place that you KNOW would be a place for a FANTASTIC shoot? You are visualizing the shots, the placements, the lighting, the models and EVERYTHING. But then, you either have to leave because you’re at a family outing or to come back is out of your reach distance-wise …

Don’t you think this is such a perfect, romantic spot for a couple shoot?

Oh, the gears in my brains cranked into overtime when I saw this~

I was SO happy taking this shot! Has a bit of a Disney feel to it. I’m no crazy love-struck girl, but this made me fall in love all over again~

I love gardens, they are just the epitome of beauty!

xoxo Dana

Vietnam truly is beautiful. I envy how stunning the women look! When I was at Carabram at the Vietnam pavilion, they gave us each a copy of their magazine, The Viet Sun (Volume VI- July 2012). I fell in love with their beauty, style, fashion & lifestyle~

xoxo Dana

Thanks to my friend Mark R. for showing me this photo! Quite inspiring! =)

THIS is exactly what it is. We are too scared to leave our comfort zones to truly experiment, and learn what’s out there and what we are capable of. This isn’t applied to just our jobs or hobbies, it’s applied to every little thing in our life.

Our comfort zone is very seductive. It tells us “Don’t leave me, you know you’re always safe with me. Nothing bad can happen~“, which is true, but that means you are sticking to a routine, the same thing over and over again.

Why NOT risk it? What do you really have to lose?

I came across this blog post recently: http://photomemorie.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/rain-photography/

This made me stop and think. I’ve always put the safety of my camera first no matter what (at least that’s what I tell myself, even though I’ve been through some crazy stuff with my camera in dangerous places and my baby was still fine!). But at the same time, I’ve been holding back on trying something new, something bold. I’ve been telling myself that this summer I’m going to try as many types of photography and photo’s as I can. How can I say that when I freak out with going out in the rain, any bad weather, pass up opportunities to take initiative and set up more photo shoots because I’m not use to photographing and directing people? How hypocritical right?

Beautiful photo’s truly come from taking the risk. There’s an adrenaline rush knowing you were able to put yourself out there to get that shot. This can work with anything, applying for a job, talking to people, improving upon yourself, YOU NAME IT!

Well no more of that! I AM going to risk it. I AM going to put it on the line.

… Now, if only I knew sooner that it was raining 2 hours ago … -_-

xoxo Dana

-Edits 500+ photoshoot photos for 3+ hours-

-Realizes there’s no natural light to take photos for a post-

-Goes to bed-

-Stares at the ceiling-

-Guilt arises. Sneaks out of bedroom to get laptop & write a post-

So that’s how we came to this point. 2:02am. I’ve been posting everyday since I started this blog. I can’t help but feel unfaithful if I don’t post. Because if I forget ONCE, that’s all it takes end up not blogging at all.

Thank you Hamda for telling me you’re a faithful follower! This is for you hun =)

About 2 days ago, on my 19th birthday, me and my artsy friend Brem did a photoshoot (white lace & forestry concept). It turned out better than I expected. I really loved the results.

(Not this photo. This was a personal fav for both of us, only the curve was touched.)

When going through the photos, she asked if I could just touch up her skin in 2 or 3 of them before posting. This made me pause.

… Touch up … the photo … the actual subject … the actual PERSON!? WHAT?!

I’ve NEVER done that (well ONCE, but for a Skills Canada competition). Sure, I’ve finally become comfortable with using photoshop to edit in terms of just adjusting the curve and changing the exposure. But actually making slight changes on the model?! No way!

Now, I might sound really childish, but I truly believe in natural beauty. I shoot in natural light and I’ve never bothered to change anything about the people I photograph.

I figured only professional photographers do this, but I would try to stay away from it as much as I can. To me, Brem is such a beaut on her own. I didn’t see any reason for it. This all links back to the Imperfect Insecurities post.

I’ve accepted that Photoshop is a tool, if not an extension of my Nikon. It’s meant to help ENHANCE the beauty of the photo’s I take.

… However, I always think of the billboard models.  A strong example is the Dove photoshop time lapse commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hibyAJOSW8U

I get this feeling that once I start learning to edit and do touch ups on my actual subjects, I won’t be taking photos the way I do now. I’ll always be in the mindset that says “Oh, no worries. I can just photoshop that”. I REALLY don’t want it to come down to that. I like keeping my photo’s as raw as I possibly can. Yes, I admit I edit with settings built into my camera and tinker around with filters on photoshop like sephia and saturation, but I would rather keep it like that.

I know, I must seem like such a hypocrite, it’s okay if you think I am. I’m just very confused by the concept of actually altering natural beauty. Everyone is photogenic. Why not show it naturally?

What are your views? If you disagree, let me know. I would love to hear what you think.

This is a very slow process for me to grasp and work with, but I am; slowly. Well, I think I now have both this unfaithfulness off my chest as well as this topic! I can possible sleep peacefully for the next 4 hours before getting ready for work! Good night wonderful bloggers! Keep blogging away!

xoxo Dana

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