Archive for February, 2010

•Valentine’s Weekend!•

This past weekend was SO nice.  It was so relaxing, and I thoroughly enjoyed having an extra day off!

We don’t really buy into the whole romantic valentines stuff…not that its not awesome to have a romantic weekend, but we try to be romantic as often as we can!  …Plus I don’t see the point in spending a bunch of money on stuff just because the malls and televisions say its a special day.

SO we celebrate in a bit of a different way! We took the dog up to Rattle Snake Point on both Sunday AND Monday for hiking and picture taking!  Chris got me an adorable card with a monkey on it (wearing boxers and holding a box of chocolates lol) and we vegged.  We DID go out to dinner…but alas, a night out was well overdue.  We actually ran into my dad while out for dinner, so we stayed and had drinks with him too 🙂  Oh! and when we got there we ran into Mat & Lauren and just seeing them was kickass!  They make me smile like nobody’s business!

The BEST part of Valentines Day?!  It’s also my Grammy’s birthday! She turned 92 years young this year!  She is the strongest, most beautiful women I’ve ever know and I look up to her so much.  She’s been my role model since I was old enough to understand what a role model is.

As Beautiful As Ever!

Last year, on her 91st birthday she was in the hospital recovering from open heart surgery.
She had a long recovery but she’s doing SO well!  It was a terrifying experience but it just goes to prove how amazing and strong she is!  Now she’s healthier than most 40 year olds.

I love my Grammy very, very much!  Everybody does.  Grammy kicks serious ass, and I hope to be jsut like her when I grow up 🙂   ….although, the Mannell in me tells me ‘growing up’ isn’t something we do well lol take for example: my father.

...immaturity at its best!

I took a bunch of photos at Rattle Snake Point as well!

Check out those photos on http://ldphotoblog.com !!

Cheers!  I hope everyone had a fantastic Valentine’s Day!!


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Good evening all!

After alot of soul searching and thought, I have decided to stick with LD Photography.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, right?! 🙂

Thank you Adriane for your wonderful insight.  You were right, I can’t loose sight of my roots!  Who I was in high school most definitely helped shape me to be the person I am today…and I think I’m pretty alright ! lol

I’d like to introduce you all to LD Photography: The Blog

I’ll be posting all new photos to my photo blog only, but will continue to update you on this blog as well.  I’m keeping this one for my personal shenanigans, and I am so very excited to start posting to my photo blog too!

I appreciate any feedback you can give!
I’ll try to update as often as possible, and your opinions matter a lot to me!

Thanks to my friends & family who have supported me and my hobby throughout the years, and who have most graciously (and patiently!) modeled for me time after time!
And a HUGE thank you to my husband, Christopher, who has allowed me to blow all of our spare cash on cameras, lenses, camera bags & classes.

I love you all!

This new blog really motivates me to take new photos and to keep up with my wonderful hobby!

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•Identity Crisis•

I’ve found myself at a bit of a dead end.

I’ve spent the last week or so designing new business cards for myself/LD Photography.
Not that I’m planning to make a business out of it anytime soon, but I would like to be prepared should someone want to find/contact me.  I do want to come off as professional as possible, because this is something I would like to pursue one day.

Among the designing process I have found myself feuding over whether or not I should ditch “LD” and change to something more long term.  “LD” refers to the nickname “Lori Dark” that I’ve had since high school….but I’m not a high school kid anymore.  I’m not that same girl.  I’ve grown up, and I think my photos portray that as well.  BUT I still find myself attached to “LD”.  It’s been a really huge part of my life.

I’ve been working with names like:

LMH Photo
LMH Photography
LH Photo
LH Photography
Lori Michelle Photo[graphy]

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…I don’t know. lol

Nothing really jumps off the page to me….I want people to see the name and know that its me.  I want it to be simple, but elegant. OR, do I just go ahead and just use my name?  “freelance photography”.  I’ve already been tagging my photos with a simple signature…

I was thinking of  using my initials because I like the idea of having a monogram as a logo. It’s easy, and can be portrayed very elegantly, or in a very modern fun way as well…depending on who/what you’re photographing.

I’m really at a dead end here.

Any suggestions?!  Please help…if I think any harder, my face may get stuck like this!

Please help me...

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