these are the days
that you might fill with laughter
until you break
never before and never since, I promise
will the whole world be warm as this
and as you feel it, you’ll know it’s true
that you are blessed and lucky
it’s true, that you are touched by something
that will grow and bloom in you
Yes, it’s 3:45 a.m. in the morning and I felt this was a post that had to be made… it’s been on my mind. Last Sunday the 21st was a group “shootout” organized by my friend and Photo Sharp Shooters leader Nancy Ramos (you can find her group here on Facebook and if you’re based in Southern California and want to practice your photography skills and also learn more about business, retouching, etc, you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t join her group!). She organized a vintage bridal shoot at the Heritage Park in Santa Ana (oddly, the same name as the place I did the shootout in San Diego several weeks back) and although I was there at Nancy’s request, more to assist than to take pictures, I still managed to get a number of wonderful images.
Oh! You might be wondering who the song quote is by for today’s post. Growing up, I fell in love with Natalie Merchant‘s folksy sound with 10,000 Maniacs and then subsequently her solo career. I probably had a predilection for it as I was raised with English folk music by my mom.
So, I hadn’t thought about her music recently until a commercial on TV was using the melody as the background music; I immediately recognized it and felt it was perfect for this post! I feel so fortunate to love what I do, and every day I feel I take just another baby step forward towards my end goal of becoming a full-time successful photographer and becoming better at what I do in this realm, personally and professionally. We are so lucky during shootouts to share time where we bond and laugh a lot (“that you might fill with laughter until you break”) and capture these moments in time. So, as the song says, I feel that I have something that continues to grow and bloom inside of me, and it touches me constantly.
And, shouldn’t we cherish those days of laughter, the kind that DOES fill us up til we break? We don’t laugh like children anymore, and when we do, it’s usually with reservation. According to a web search I did, children laugh anywhere from 200-400 times/day on average, whereas adults average 15-20 times/day. What’s wrong with this picture? Remember the last time you had a side-splitting laugh and how great you felt after it? I say we should aim to laugh better, and laugh more often! Call up a friend who always has something funny to say, or look up something silly on YouTube. Whatever you have to do, do it!
So, getting back to pictures… consider this a sneak peek of the vintage shoot, featuring Jesslabelle Avelar (not just a model, but also a makeup artist!). Other credits follow after the pictures, and more pictures to come soon! TGIF!
Vintage car, courtesy of Dennis Spillman
Model Jesslabelle Avelar, Makeup Artist, Vintage Hair Accessory Designer
Model Jennie Mello, Makeup Artist, Esthetician, Hairstylist; works at Salon Amerige in Fullerton (appointments: (714) 738-8800)
Hairstylist Stephani Morris
Hairstylist Desiree Arman Kirst, Vintage Hairstylist Owner of Dyzdesi Designs
Bridal Dress Designer, Dolly Thicke of Dolly Couture
Flowers, The Enchanted Florist