The time is coming… Lens Question!

It’s almost time… It’s almost here.

4-0…. 

2015 is the year I approach I number in age which at one time seemed so very very far away! In honor of my birthday I set myself a goal a number of years ago, inspired by Cheryl Strayed’s book (and now movie) WILD. I will be hiking Mt. Washington in a one day trip before I turn that magical number. My fantastic husband has agreed to hike it with me! He has hiked it before but he   was just young Boy Scout then…  probably feels like a lifetime ago to him!

We’ve been there together before! We traveled the Auto Road on a motorcycle!

New Hampshire 2007

So… I am asking fellow photographers this question. What lens would you bring for this adventure… I am thinking of bringing my 24MM 2.8 and possibly my 18-135 but do I need others? Any advice is requested AND appreciated!

One Photo … Two Ways

The way a photo is edited can do a lot to change the feel, mood and general view of a photo! All part of the creative process.

I often like to look at a photo I like two different ways… whether it be a simple edit or drastic differences!!

Below I am posting an image I captured today … created with two very different feels!

Which do you prefer?

Hey… psssss… something new over there!!

This past weekend BelleMerci Photography (also known as ME) ventured into a new area of photography… and I think I might just be in LOVE!! Boudoir Photography! Combines portraiture and artistry!! I have never worked in a studio before so this opportunity was something completely new to me! So here I am today… ordering some constant lighting set-ups (another new love) and some backdrops!

RE-Inspired…. yes, yes I am!

I have decided at this time to make my Boudoir Portfolio accessible by PW only… just shoot me an email and I will give you the PW. If you would like to check it out and give feedback I would GREATLY appreciate it! It’s up there under PORTFOLIO…

CH-Ch-Ch- Changes…

The downside of being stuck in the house for weeks on end due to freezing temps and mounds of snow and ice… Re-evaluating life. Who else is doing this at this time of year? I find myself ordering college catalogs and researching online classes to improve my mood, awaken my brain and continue to improve my skills!

So I ask you, fellow photographers… do you think a Degree in Photography is the mark of an excellent photographer or do you think its a combination of skills and knowledge? Or just skills alone?

Feeling a bit frozen and stagnant at this time of year…. I need some changes and inspiration!

Cold Weather Photography

Being from New England I don’t mind these cold, snowy days! In fact I think they make a beautiful backdrop!! I am so hoping that there will be a few families who share my feelings here and want to have some fun winter photo sessions done!!

This is a tough time of year for a photographer who generally does “on location” photo sessions!

Fellow photographers, how do you use your slow season to your best advantage??

… 6.5 Million huh??

What makes a photo worth 6.5 MILLION dollars (plus the additional other 2 he sold for over 1 Million each)?

I realize and appreciate, as a photographer, that photography is a true art form. 6.5 Million is a WHOLE lot of dough! Does a copyright release come with that? I am asking b/c in no less than 10 different online publications today I have seen the photo reprinted and posted! If I paid 6.5 million for something you better believe the only place you would see the ONLY copy would be in my house, on my wall!

Here’s the link:

http://www.shutterbug.com/content/peter-lik-photo-said-sell-world-record-price-65-million