Top 5: Things to Send Mom for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is More than Just a Gift

Assuming a gift has already been purchased/made/ascertained/etc for your mom, I have a few ideas for some extras that you can do for mom’s out there.  Giving a gift is easy.  It’s the extra touches that really drive home your appreciation for mom.  These are just ideas for your mom, by the way.  These can be done for any mom out there.  Find a mom or two and send them some love!

Top 5 Things to Send Mom for Mothers Day

  1. What Kids Really Think Video – Parents and non-parents alike can be rather self-critical.  This video, however, takes a look at the difference between how moms see themselves versus how their kids see them.  Definitely a must-see video for any mom on Mother’s Day.
  2. The Parent Rap – In fairness, this is a lovely kudos to both mothers and fathers.  I love this parent rap done by some of THE coolest parents around.  (No, I don’t know the parents in the video, but, well, come on.  How could they not be cool?)  Bonus, you can save this video for Father’s Day, too.
  3. Momisms – What do you get when you cross the “William Tell Overture” with a mom?  Why, you end up with Anita Renfroe’s masterpiece about motherhood of course.  She, naturally, got a standing ovation when she finished.  Rightly so, might I add!  Bonus video: looks like someone came up with a response to said mom-sterpiece (okay, I tried…and failed), called “The Child Song (Answer to the Mom Song).”  It’s pretty cute.  You can see it here.
  4. JibJab – Why send a boring greeting card when you can add pictures of your mom (and others) to a JibJab animation starring your dear ol’ mom.  There are lots of options and you can even post it on her Facebook wall.
  5. Nick Mom – Give the gift that keeps giving with Nick Mom, a collection of videos pertaining to moms and parent life in general.

Selfies with Style!

One of the pitfalls of being the photographer is that we’re frequently left out of the pictures!  Now, I love being behind the camera, but being in front of it can be a lot of fun, too!  That said, trying to figure out ways to be part of the creative process and behind the scenes for that creative process can be a challenge.  Not only that, but it can get boring and a bit mundane.  Well, I’m happy to say that I was completely inspired by a photographer who not only mastered the selfie, but also made it dynamic!  Check out his video below showing his process.  Hopefully it’ll get your creative juices flowing the way it did mine!



 

Mommy Mondays: My Thoughts on Luck

Mommy Mondays
Welcome to the third installment of “Mommy Mondays.”
The month of March will forever be intertwined with St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t want to take anything away from the Irish saying  “May the luck of the Irish be with you,” however, I do want to talk about the word luck. Luck means: to prosper or succeed, especially through chance or good fortune. We all know there is no such thing as pure luck. We must participate and work hard to achieve success whatever our endeavors.
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People used to say that I was lucky because I could eat whatever I wanted and never seemed to gain weight. As we age, our metabolism slows down and it takes work to maintain what other people think is pure luck on my part. Remember, this is the year that I have challenged myself, as well as all of you, to make that change in your thought process and embrace a more positive and proactive approach toward your life. I do not take my high level of attitude awareness and self-motivation for granted, and neither should you.
I want to bring you up to date on my weight loss progress. Last month I lost two pounds. Guess what? This month I have lost three pounds. I am only five pounds away from my goal! These last 10 pounds have been very difficult to lose.  I am continuing to persevere and will achieve my goal.
It’s a fact that when you FEEL better, about your weight loss, because of your positive outlook, people will tell you that you LOOK better, too.  People want to be around you because you radiate good vibes, possibility thinking, and vitality.
It’s contagious!  What better way to capture and celebrate the  “new you” than with a portrait that captures the results of your hard work.  Lucky for you, Brianna has a package that can bring your efforts to your family and friends.  But, I’ll let her tell you more about that.
Instead of closing this blog with my usual sign-off, I will leave you with this profound Irish saying: May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks, may your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours that stay with you all year long.
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Mommy Mondays: How’s Your Year Going?

Mommy Mondays
Happy Monday everybody.

My challenge that was extended to everybody last month is still on the table. Make this the year that you build momentum, confidence and success in your life. Start celebrating the new you. Remember, what you want to start seeing is a definite inward/outward change in your ability to have a more positive and proactive approach toward your life.

Last month, I was blown away by the responses that I received by people.  I will admit, I was a little nervous about the post.  However, I appreciate greatly the comments that people posted here on the website as well as on Facebook.  You encourage me, and I hope you help encourage you!  This is my second blog, and I want to bring you up to date with my weight loss progress. Last month, I said “ I was determined to lose those stubborn 10 pounds and keep them off.” As of today, I have lost a total of 2 pounds. Yes, I said 2 pounds. I could be real disappointed about this, but I am not. I have incorporated working out at my gym consistently and I am experimenting with carbs and proteins. That being said, my “glass” is only half full and I have only 8 pounds that I want to lose now. I am staying the course. It is just going to take a little more time than I thought. I feel great. My clothes fit better and my goal is still attainable. I am learning to be better to myself, in my self-talk, in my personal expectations, and in my commitment to being all that I can be. I control how I approach my days. I am more responsive, connected, aware, and resilient.

A wonderful reward is waiting for you. When you feel better about yourself, it shows in your pictures.  One of the things that you can do to help keep you motivated and/or celebrate your fitness journey is document your progress.  Brianna Danylle Photography is willing to work with you with a “Getting More Fit” photo session.  You can do a “before an after” session, or active workout session, or even an interesting lifestyle session.

What are your plans for this new year? How do you want to grow?

Until next month, may all your days be filled with prosperity, peace and good health.

-Angie

Top 5: Valentine’s Day Gifts for Photographers

Looking for Valentine’s Day gifts for a Photographer?

It’s the time of year again, Valentine’s Day!  Don’t let the pressure to get “the perfect gift” stop you from trying to find something fun and personalized.  The traditional gifts (jewelry, chocolate, and stuffed animals) are easy and ready available, but what if you want something with a little more pizzazz and personality?  If you’re curious about what kind of gift to get a photographer this Valentine’s Day, I’ve got a few suggestions!  All of the gift ideas are inexpensive but thoughtful.  Amazon is a wonderful website for all kinds of novelty gifts–even for your neighborhood super-photographer.

Top 5 Valentines Day Gifts for Photographers

  1. Vintage Camera Necklace – Who said jewelry has to cost and arm and a leg?  Give this vintage little treat to any photographer who would would love to don her craft around her neck!
  2. F-Stop Watch – Keeping time has never been so photographer-chic!  It tells time, looks good, and acts as a little cheat-sheet…what could be better??
  3. Camera EarringsEarrings are always a nice option for Valentine’s Day, so why not let mini cameras dangle from one’s ears?  Cute enough to be worn everyday–talk about getting your money’s worth!
  4. Camera CufflinksCufflinks are a staple accessory for a man’s wardrobe.  I see no reason why those lovely cufflinks couldn’t be related to the over love of the photographer, cameras!
  5. Photographer Wristbands – The wrists need a little photography love, too!  Check out these lovely photography-related wristbands.  They are sure to be a fun conversation-started at the very least.

Introducing Mommy Mondays!

I’m so excited to formally announce the newest addition to Brianna Danylle Photography, my mom!  Aside from helping with some of the photography sessions, my mom will be assisting with behind the scenes goodies as well.  One of the other additions my mom is bringing to Brianna Danylle Photography is her writing.  Mommy Mondays is a slight variation to my normal blog entries, as they are written by my mom.  Given that my mom and I are a team, we are able to combine our knowledge base and perspectives in order to share more well-rounded information.  While I like thinking about how  to help people look and feel their best in front of the camera, my mom is great at thinking about how people can continue to look (and feel) great away from the camera.  Together, we just want people to look great and feel amazing!  Ultimately, if you feel great, you’ll look great.  Right?

That said, it is without further ado that I introduce you to the first ever Mommy Monday post.

 

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Greetings! My name is Angie. I am Brianna’s mom. For years, Brianna and I wanted to work together in a business capacity. It is with great pleasure to announce that I am now a part of the newly organized Mother/Daughter team that is Brianna Danylle Photography. Beginning today and every third Monday of each month you will be hearing from me regarding various things of interest to all of us.  However, I’ll use this first post to give you a little insight as to who I am.

 

A Little About Me…

I am retired after 32 years of service with American Airlines. I worked in various departments which focused on Passenger Sales and Extraordinary Customer Service.

 

In August 2012, I had no choice but to undergo back surgery. My recovery was long and arduous. I have always been a very active person. My passion was running. I have completed 5 marathons and various 10k’s over the years. My healing process as a result of the surgery threw me into a deep depression. I no longer could come and go as I pleased. The highlight of my days consisted of walking slowly from my bedroom to my living room and back again. Needless to say, I gained a massive amount of weight due to my inactivity. January 1, 2013 I weighed in at 189.9 pounds, and I am only 5‘3. I was still in the healing phase and was not allowed to exercise or do any type of aerobic activity. I was feeling pretty bad about myself and my appearance. I finally got the A-OK from my doctor in February to exercise lightly. It has been very hard with series of ups and downs, plateaus and setbacks. I managed to persevere.

 

2014, for me is about letting go of old shadows, old things, old thoughts, and old ways. On January 1, I weighed in at 138.6 pounds. My intention is to “stay the course,” and become a  better ME. I am determined to lose those stubborn last 10 pounds and keep them off. I am evolving in a whole new life change that includes healthy eating, a consistent exercise program, proper skin care, adequate rest and a definite attitude adjustment in my thought process. Oprah Winfrey frequently reminds us “When you know better…You do better.”

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On the left is me in January 2013.  On the right is me January 2014

I am challenging everybody that is reading my blog to take the time to become a better YOU. If there is something about yourself that you are not happy with, everyday brings you an opportunity to celebrate you, so why not make this the year that you change that aspect of your life. As you start feeling good about your new personal growth process…reward your efforts with a “Get More Fit” photo session.

 

Now that you know a little bit about me, I’d love to hear a little about YOU.  What are your plans for this new year?  How do you want to grow?

 

Until next month, may all your days be filled with prosperity, peace, and good health.

~Angie

Coming Soon…

Something exciting is right around the corner and it involves this lady…

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In the meantime, please, please, please “like” the Brianna Danylle Photography Facebook page so you get blog updates and other such lovely things.  =)  I’m not saying that I’m trying to finally reach 100 likes, but…. that sure would make my day!  

Spotlight: Gamer Gone Wild

 

What do you get when you mix a gamer with a swing, music, and a photographer?  Why you get some fun photos, of course!  No one can say gamers lack personality.  Meet Trevor, a gamer full of personality and spunk!
Trevor swingThe studio has a swing–which is cool on many levels–and I thought it would make for some nice, relaxed pictures.  Trevor, on the other hand saw the swing a little differently.  I appreciate that.  =)  Just goes to show, however, that nearly everything can be a prop and you can never really plan out a shoot perfectly.  It also shows that a photo session can be whatever you want it to be.  These were some of my favorite moments from that day.

 

Trevor trio

Is it weird that I feel like I was shooting an album cover of some sort?  Well, should this gamer decide to hang up him PlayStation remotes for a microphone, I think he’ll have some fun pictures to accompany his music!  He has a little Kurt Cobain thing going…

trevor duoOh, there he is!  Definitely ready for his close-up!  For a person that just goes and goes, it was a lot of fun trying to keep up with Trevor’s expressions and movements in the studio.  My shutter finger got a nice workout and I think I adequately captured the not-so-shy side of this professional gamer.

 

How to Look Your Best in Photos

We’ve all been there at one time or another.  It’s time for a photo and that momentary panic strikes.  The self-doubt questions start invading:

What’s my good side, again?  
Does this make me look fat?  
Do I look too skinny?  
What do I do with my arms?  
Don’t blink!  Does my smile look fake?

Don’t panic.  Here are some tricks of the trade to help you look and feel more confident in your photos.  After all, most of the time the goal is just look nice in the picture, right?  I mean, who wants to be tagged in a Facebook picture where everyone else looks radiant, but you look like you’re in pain?  Not I, that’s for sure!  Given that photo ops vary, let’s look at how to look one’s best in different circumstances.

How to Look Your Best in Photos

Selfies

  • Position the camera so that you’re looking up at it or straight ahead.  Looking down at the camera can produce some unflattering angles.  Looking up helps to reduce the appearance of a double-chin and it will help make your face look thinner in general.
  • Beware of your background.  You want all eyes of you, not your unmade bed or some random person doing something silly in the background.
  • This should go without saying, but use the front-facing camera if possible.  You’ll know exactly what you’re getting.
  • If you don’t have a front-facing camera, you can cheat by standing in front of a mirror so you can see your preview screen in that.  (Most of the time, the quality of the front-facing camera on a phone is lower quality than the back-facing camera.)

Group Photos

  • Try to stand on the side where your “good” side is exposed.
  • If you’re concerned about appearing unflattering in your outfit, try to position others in front of (or around) you so only the parts you’re comfortable with is showing.
  • If you have to sit, be careful about bulges.  Kneeling is more flattering.

Solo Portraits

  • Turn your body slightly and position your feet like the letter “T”.  Your weight should be on your back leg and your forward let should be slightly bent, with the forward foot pointing toward the camera.  This will make the forward leg look thinner and the torso appear thinner.
  • Wake up your arms!  Keeping your arms flat against your side will make your arms look bigger than they are.  To make your arms look thinner (or at least more natural), put your hands on your hips.  You can also stick your thumb in your belt loop, hold something, or rest your palm on your thigh.

In General

  • If you have an idea that pictures will be taken, wear at least a little bit of makeup–even if it’s just colored lipgloss.  The added color helps to keep your lips from washing out.  Eyeliner will help make your eyes pop.
  • CHEAT!  Practice different positions in front of a full-length mirror to see what you like and what you dislike.  THEN… take pictures of yourself.  Alter the angles and see the differences.

Spotlight: Tennis Anyone?

I photographed Kim while also testing out a local photo studio for possible future shoots.  Kim came prepared with different outfits so we could maximize her session.  It’s always interesting to shoot in a different location.  This was my first time shooting in a rental studio and to say there was a learning curve to get acclimated to the new-to-me equipment would be a huge understatement!  However, once we were all set up and ready to go, it was a fun time!

Tennis Kim

I think you can see that a good time was had.  Kim was easy to photograph because she was always moving around and posing.  Talk about making my job easy!  I like the clean look with the white on white, but I’ll admit that I do wish that I used a different backdrop for this outfit so that it would stand out more.  I thought there would be more contrast there, but you live and you learn, right?  =)

Tennis Kim 2Good times, this day!  More from Kim’s session will be coming soon.  How diverse was out little tennis player?  You’ll have to wait and see! =)

 

 

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