Friday, March 29, 2013

Animation anyone?

Here is a little video animation that I created for the Nebraska State Bank to be used on the Lynn Theatre slide show.  It was their concept that I executed.  It's simple but nice.....

Good Friday


Isaiah 53

New King James Version (NKJV)
53 Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
9 And they[a] made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see the labor of His soul,[b] and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Few Others From OFW

As the mother of a soon to be 7 year old girl, who just happens to love anything ultra feminine, I was very interested in the children's line that was coming down the runway as I waited to take Marie's wedding line.  Were they outfits that I would put onto Zoe?  Some were appealing to me and others weren't.  I tend to be picky about what I like to put on my little girl.  Below are a few designers that I thought that I would share.  I chose the photos because I either liked the clothing, or liked the model!
First up is Hollie Hanash of Ruffled Runway, her line of children's wear.
I liked this outfit.  I could easily see Zoe wearing it.  I loved the colors, and that sash tied it together well.

I liked the hair on this model, and her smile was  just right.

I liked this model.  She was so pretty and walked down the runway very well.

I loved this outfit.  It is so cute, and reminiscent of a bygone era.
This outfit was cute as well.  I loved the little stick masks that accented the final run.
This model had a great smile. 
The next designer was Markoos Modern Design.  She had a bold look balanced by the nerdy glasses.
I liked this model.  She did a great job and had a great smile.

This little one was so cute going down the runway.
Next, a winter inspired line by Yolanda Diaz, unfortunately, I have been unable to find her website, but I loved this line. 
This outfit was beautiful, and my daughter just loves it.

This outfit was another favorite of mine. 

I can see Zoe in this dress and maybe her hair in the same style. 

I liked the layers in this dress.
I loved this little dress too.
Overall, I think there are some great up and coming designers in the Midwest. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Captive in Iran by Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh

Captive in Iran:
A Remarkable True Story of Hope and Triumph Amid the Horror of Tehran's Brutal Evin Prison
Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh
with John Perry
Tyndale Publishers

Step into Iran and into the lives of Maryam and Marziyeh as they share their faith amongst the Iranian people, inside and outside of prison. Captive In Iran is the story of two Christian women who are sent to the infamous Evin prison in Tehran, Iran for sharing their Christian faith. Evin prison is notorious for torturing it's inmates, and its quick executions. It's a place of filth, pain, hunger, cold, anger, and sin.

Maryam and Marziyeh's story is one of hope and great interest. As they faced an unknown future in that dismal prison, their faith in Christ and staunch stance on proclaiming His truth are challenged, and through God's grace they stand firm, never denying Jesus. They find themselves far more able to share their faith openly in the prison, and to make an impact for Christ. 
This book provides a thorough picture of the differences between Islam and Christianity. It shows the providence of God through and through. Many years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the middle east, which gave me a glimpse of Islamic nations and the people therein. This experience drew me to picking up this book to read, and I am glad that I did. I would highly recommend reading this book to anyone and everyone.

This book was received through Tyndale Blogger's Network and the review is my own.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Flag

My father spent the mid 60's serving in the USMC in Vietnam.  He was exposed to Agent Orange.  He described it as diesel fuel on the foliage.  I guess they had mixed the chemical with diesel fuel to spay on the plants to kill them, so that our troops could get into the thick jungle. Agent Orange was and is a carcinogenic.  In 1982, my father was diagnosed with colon cancer.  He was 36.  This was after several other problems that I was too young to remember.  Three and a half years later, he died of respiratory failure due to the massive quantities of tumors engulfing his abdominal area.  I was 13.
Hence to date, my children and his other grandchildren, never got to know him. 
One of the few things that I have left of him is the flag that  lay on his casket.  My sister has wanted the flag, so before I send it her way, I thought that I would take portraits of my children holding or hugging the flag.  I still have one more child to take portraits with the flag before it finds a new home.
These portraits will always hold a special place in my heart.
My youngest son directly below, has had a kidney transplant, and so I had his shirt off to show his scars with grandpa's flag. 

Easter Portraits

I had the opportunity to take some Easter portraits this past week.   It's a bit of a busy background, but it is cute...and I love the floor.   Here are a few examples...

I love the colors that the children's mother chose.  They match each other and the background.

I pulled out my father-in-law's moses basket, and put the little one's in it.  It worked out well and was appropriate for the set.  It just needed a big bow and some easter eggs.

This background works best for closeups, in which the background can be blurred out a little to create some separation between the subject and it. Oh, and that smile!  I just love it.

Here is another beautiful little one, whose dress perfectly matched the background.  I can't stress how importait it is to pair the correct clothing with the appropriate background. 
Tip for moms:  Choose solid colored clothing , and consult with your photographer to choose the desired backgrounds.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

So Shines the Night by By Tracy Higley

So Shines the Night
By Tracy Higley
Thomas Nelson Publishers

Step back in time to ancient Rhodes and Ephesus and meet Daria a rare woman wiht education who seeks to be a tutor to support herself.  Her past holds a darkness that haunts her and drives her to help others....  When trying to help another person, she meets a wealthy Ephesian merchant hainted by his wife's death, Lucas, who hires her to be his language tutor.
The story takes you from Rhodes to Ephesus, with a mystery that draws you through the story that encompasses characters from sorcerers to the Apostle Paul and Timothy.  Ms. Higley has created an interesting story that encompasses well researched history of the ancient near east and it's character.  Her biblical facts appear to be well grounded in scripture, although they are not a large chunk of the story.  I would have like to have heard the gospel developed more in this book since the main character meets Paul and Timothy, but it lacks in that area an area that should be more important than seeing Paul cast out a demon, which is discussed in this.
Overall, I think the story is well written for the genre, and that people will be drawn along by the mystery of Daria and Lucas' past, which is revealed more towards the last third of the book.

Thomas Nelson Publishers has provided mewith a complimentary copy of this book for review, and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Fashion Shoot In Full!

The Stuhr museum was the perfect setting for the fashion shoot for Marie Nelson's Only by Faith Wedding Line that debuted at Omaha Fashion Week on February 28th. 
The Stuhr museum of the Prairie pioneers, focuses on Nebraska /prairie history.  It has a nice display of local work and history.  It's beautiful stairways were perfect for our shoot.  In the spring they have a beautiful flower garden that has irises and other flowers.  Irises were the inspiration for Marie's line, and so even though we couldn't shoot at that time, the location fit the bill.  For Marie's pieces are works of art.
The printed fabric used on the dresses was created by Vivian Ducas.  Her watercolor designs we very appropriate and tasteful.    The colors coordinate well and the different patterns complement each other appropriately.

I love this mermaid dress... it's not as tight fitting as the other two, but I love the balance of color at the top and bottom and the bodice is very stylish.

Next we have the groomsmen and ring bearer line.  I love the deep gray with the purple ties and the love print in the back.  I love that touch...!

Next is a wonderful short dress, with a punch of orange.  I love it....  This dress evolved a little since the shoot. Marie added two additional tulle layers with trim to  give it more pop.  I wouldn't mind having a dress like this.
The next dress, my daughter calls the snow queen dress.  It's a beautiful dress.. what else can I say? 

Ahhh here is the ring bearer suit again....
Here is the first of two flower girl dresses.  I love the purple layers. It complements the next dress in line.

Here is a simple but beautiful wedding gown trimmed in purple.  I love the upswing of fabric in the back.
And that hand tatted sash is a little added interest.

Here is a dress that I love... I would love to see it in a longer gown as well... The outer layer is reminiscent of the petals of the iris....  Awesome!

Finally, the last wedding gown... and wow...  I love the fabric.. it's shimmery, and the layers are simple and elegant. 

Overall, I am excited about this line of wedding garments... and would love to photograph a wedding with the participants enrobed in these garments.. so many photographic possibilities...

OFW, Miscellaneous!

Ahh Fashion Week... I thought I would share a few tidbits from other designers... and the venue....

Here is Jillian Fellers' line:

I loved the hemline on this dress... it reminds me of a morning glory...or a bell...

I love the romantic vintage look with designs that will fit a myriad of body types.  I can easily see these dresses in an outdoor wedding venue.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Omaha Fashion Week Video

Here is the basic video that we took during Only by Faith's run down the runway.... Enjoy!


Here is a black and white look at Marie's Only by Faith line...  I wanted to present a different look from everything else... a view of the textures and patterns without color getting in the way.
I was privilege that my husband Brian could capture an alternate view of the line.  In such a small venue with a myriad of other great photographers shooting, there is not much to differentiate photos, except for lens choice, angle, color or the lack thereof or special filters... But I think Marie's line photographs well in black and white...  That is important to me as a wedding photographer because I get a lot of requests for photos in black and white, and not everything translate into black and white the same.  I think the biggest difficulty of photographing was the hot spots at the end of the runway which created high contrast and easily could lead to a loss of detail.  But I am happy with these shots...


Here is Marie walking at the end of her line, donning a scarf of the watercolor fabric designed by Vivian Ducas of Cest La Viv.    The only thing I wish I had was a fish eye lens... maybe next time!