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Lisa | Hyponotherapist | Marblehead, MA | Portrait Photography, Headshots

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So this is my neighbor Lisa. She's amazingly sweet and kind. She's a also a hypnotherapist that helps people overcome obstacles that they find challenging and struggle with. It's totally not what you think when you think about hypnosis. There are no spinning wheels and she doesn't make you cluck like a chicken, lol. She is truly skilled at working with people who need to change their eating habits, their financial life, those who are trying to work on their health and so much more. She does guided meditation and relaxation in order to help you visualize your goals and work toward them. If you've been looking for something like this and you're in the North Shore (or even Boston), she can be contacted at labbate @ innershifthypnosis.com (email broken to prevent spam)

We headed over to Marblehead Neck, just a skip and a hop from where we both live! How lucky are we to live in such a beautiful place?!

A NEW YEAR FOR A NEW PURSUIT | DAY IN THE LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION | DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY

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Around this time 11 years ago, I was coming to a very full realization that there was an urgency for me to preserve what was happening in my life. You see, my father had been diagnosed with throat and lung cancer in 2002 and through the ups and downs of treatment and remission, it all finally came to a screeching halt when we learned in January of 2005 that it had spread to his brain and there was nothing more that could be done. It was a sobering reality that changed the course of my life.

I had always been an artist at heart, drawing and painting, sewing, sculpting with papier-mache’, singing, writing and recording music, etc… Of course I had taken photos before but not with any real artistic or intentional interest at heart. Not until then. It became a serious priority to me during that time to not only take photos, but to take them with skill and purpose. I knew then that these would be the last visual record of my Father’s time on this earth… it would be his last time being with me. These images meant everything to me. I wasn’t able to devote a lot of time to learning the skill at that moment, but I did my best and read books that helped me as much as I could understand. I clicked away at the quiet times. I clicked away at the mundane. I wanted to remember every little thing. These weren’t professional images but I didn’t care. They were the memories that I would be able to keep with me forever. They were the catalyst for finding my purpose in life. 

My Father passed away on February 1, 2005 and left me with words that have shaped my life since then. “I want you to finish something.” Up until that time, I had floated through several college majors, unable to decide where my path was leading. I decided then to go back to school, but this time it was for keeps.

After earning my degree in commercial photography, I shot mainly weddings for 6 years, documenting a day of celebration and happiness in peoples lives. My favorite part of any wedding was always the moments before, hanging out behind the scenes and listening to the conversations, seeing emotional fathers and mothers tearing up with pride. The wedding itself was always nice, but I so loved the intimate moments that happened when no one was watching… the moments that people forget or never knew happened. 

Since having left weddings and emerging from my hiatus (having babies!), I’ve decided to do things differently this time around. This time, I’m going back to the root of why I became a photographer in the first place. I’ve very happy to announce a new venture that I’m so incredibly excited about.

Starting today, I will be offering “Day In The Life” sessions that document your family in their natural habitat. I’ll come and follow you for 4-6 hours of your day, as you shake off sleep in your pajamas and make breakfast, as your kids tear the cushions off the couch and make a fort, jumping on the bed and running wild outside or for bubble baths with more toys than kids. We can even head out for errands and more. As parents, these are the moments that make up our lives. These are the moments that are fleeting and all too soon gone. When we’re old and grey, when are children are grown and when we’ve all forgotten the chaos that was, these moments will be like little nuggets of gold. 

I regularly document the every day lives of my two young daughters. I love looking through the photos of their crazy hair, food faces and half naked innocence. I would love to be able to give this gift to someone else, as well. The entire month of January I am offering this session at a discounted rate of $350 for 4 hours to the first 10 sessions booked. This is the only time I’ll be offering this rate. Please don’t hesitate to email me or message me with any questions because I’d love to speak with you.

I’m so excited to finally be pursuing the reason why I got into the world of photography. I’m excited to spend time with you in your home and collecting those moments that you’ll still be able to remember when your memory fails.  

As a way to foster good will and service to others, I am offering a Giveaway To Giveaway. I would love for you to share this with as many people as you can! I’m giving away a Day In The Life session to someone that has just had a crap year and could really use a lift. Sometimes just seeing your life from another perspective can really breathe new life into things. Please message me or email me someone you’d like to nominate for this session and tell me who this person is to you, what they mean to you and why they really would benefit from this! I’ll select someone quietly and discretely on Jan 31. I really hope that this will mean so much to someone as I know it will mean so much to me.*

 

*This offer is only applicable to those living in and around the North Shore of Massachusetts. 

Rouge | Salem Commercial and Headshot Photography

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I had the pleasure of working with these amazing ladies from Rouge Makeup in Salem, MA. They have a great selection of affordable high end make up, they give classes and also offer spa treatments.

Inspiration & Photography

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I almost feel as though the two words are sometimes synonymous. At least to me. I love how I can flip through something as simple as instagram and be so completely inspired by a photo that someone posted. It's usually a very basic, but amazing image of a gorgeous of mountain, body of water, or a forest cloaked in fog. These images do what they've set out to do... create wanderlust. Oh wanderlust. 

wanderlust :

noun

1.

a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.

You know, I have had wanderlust my entire life. I have, since a very young age, hoped that my talents would give me the ability to "travel about". And they have. Even when it hasn't been entirely physical. I think the meaning of wanderlust can be applied to our mental meanderings as well. I feel like I'm always searching for a new thing, idea, feeling... I'm always searching for the new, even when it might be old, as long as it's new to me.

Peeking through the gorgeous greenery that inhabits Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

When my partner and I first started living with each other, we travelled. Oh, how we travelled. Then we had kids. Traveling slowed down quite a bit, as expected, but we were very excited and lucky enough to travel to Vancouver this April. My need to travel at that point was palpable. If you have kids, you completely understand what it is to lose the ability to fully concentrate on anything when you're in the thick of it. This particular trip was childless and I cannot describe to you how I drank it all in. Never have I paid so much attention. 

Jim up ahead of me as I lagged behind taking a photo every 2 feet we walked.

I feel like my eye changed a bit while we were there. I felt more patient. I felt more aware. I felt like I approached taking a photo differently that I did before. I only brought one camera, my Fuji x100s (and 8 batteries!). With only a fixed focal length, I was forced to switch gears. I couldn't have made a better choice. 

This lake is in the middle of Stanley Park and is disappearing. It probably wont be here in 10 years.

Finding Freedom

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Today, I posted a very honest moment of frustration on my personal Instagram. 

Can I be honest here? I hope so and I hope to receive some insight or advice from my peers. Before I moved to Salem, I thought I'd be able to just jump back into photography without a hitch. In Atlanta, I never had a problem selling myself or networking and always had work or someone willing to let me shoot them for the fun of it. Well, I couldn't have been further off in my expectations. I can't even give away free work here! No longer is my friendly demeanor and solid work enough to garner business. I have gone door to door to businesses and people in the street, I have been SEOing my site until my eyes are crossed. My attempts at networking have not been fruitful. I feel so much push back, ambivalence and indifference that it's almost palpable. I'm at a very real and serious point of frustration... To the level of wondering what the hell I'm even doing anymore. I'm no longer willing to shoot the things I don't enjoy shooting. I want to shoot commercial and leave family and weddings behind. The only thing keeping me going is the excitement of contributing to Stocksy (stock photography) and I still have a long way to go to meet the goals I want to reach there. I'm sharing all of this in hopes that someone has been through the same and possibly has some words of wisdom (I'll take encouragement too) to share with me. It's really hard to live in a place where you don't have close friends or family and survive when you're a social person by nature and your business depends on those connections. Sorry if this was too personal or mopey for anyone but sometimes you gotta be real with everyone. -#bummedinsalem

And, I received some absolutely wonderful advice from friends and peers. The most resounding advice was to basically be patient and keep my head in the game. I get that. I've been doing that. I've been keeping my blinders on. I've been trying to ignore the sadness I feel. You see, I LOVE taking pictures. When I found photography, I found what I was meant to do. I'm one of the lucky ones. I found what I'm supposed to be doing and I'm damn good at it. I crave photography. The thrill I get when I finish a shoot and am able to translate to you what I had swimming around in my head is a high I can't explain to anyone... and well, I haven't been able to shoot anything I've been WANTING to shoot lately due to things just not working out with every shoot I've tried to set up. I've been going for stock photography as much as I can, but I long to shoot beautiful images of people. All of this makes me feel stuck. I just want to be free to take pictures. That's all. Photography is my version of freedom. 

Since I'm also a singer and musician... this is the song that resonates in my heart right now. I'm gonna go sing it until everyone's sick of hearing it!