Cherry Blossom

standard April 10, 2015 4 responses

cherry-blossomIt’s FriYAY (like I even need to tell you)!! Aside from teaching, blogging and coaching, I also love photography. I’m still learning and trying to teach myself how to take great photos. If you haven’t picked up on this yet my sister and mom run Limani Designs, a floral and event company. I’m not part of the creative process of creating the events, but I do get to take photographs of the events and give myself creative titles. My favorite part of their events is the final product. I love seeing all the little details and how everything comes together to make somebody’s event and day really special. I’ve decided to give you all sneak peeks at some of my photography from the Journal and photographs that I like to take; hence, Photo Friday!

When I photograph my subjects (flowers, people, things, places…), I look for a story and not just an image. I love natural lighting and something that is unusually beautiful or beautiful on its on without embellishments. I guess you can call this raw photography. I don’t edit my photos for their uniqueness and original beauty. Take this cherry blossom that was used for an event a couple of weeks ago. I love the contradiction of its longevity. It’s so beautiful, but it doesn’t live long. It was the perfect flower for the event, but it had to be enjoyed in that moment. The fragility of life is such a great mystery to me. We worry about mundane things that we forget to live in the moment and appreciate what we have. I’m guilty of getting caught up in the what ifs and whys that I should be focussing on the wonderful things in my life because life is fragile, but beautiful. On that note, have a wonderful weekend…

Hello, Spring!

standard March 20, 2015 Leave a response

hello-springHello, Spring! I’ve been waiting for you for a looong time. I can’t wait to see all the flowers bloom and to see color everywhere. My mood definitely gets better when the weather does. I know it shouldn’t, but I can’t help myself. I’m also excited for spring not only because I get to wear my favorite dresses, but it’s a lot easier to practice my photography when it’s nice out.

On another note, I created this print with my own picture. Isn’t it so cute?! It’s really easy to make prints like this right on your phone. First, take a picture of a subject. I chose these beautiful pink flowers from when I went to the Lincoln Park Conservatory a few weeks back. I like to use VSCOcam app (free, but you can upgrade for more filters) because it gives you filters, like an original Kodak photo. Remember those and when you actually had to print out your photos and heaven forbid wait an hour to get them back?! Then I used the A Beautiful Mess app (only $0.99 – a bargain if you ask me to upgrade your skills) by using my photo as the background and then choosing the border and writing the text. It’s really that simple.

Try it out and let me know what you create.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Hidden Beauty

standard March 5, 2015 Leave a response

hidden-beautySometimes the universe tells us to slow down a bit in indirect ways and to accept the unknown. Hidden beauty amongst the hustle and bustle is also one of life’s secrets that are only shared when least expected and a reminder that everything will be okay. Not everything has to fit into a certain mold or go a certain way. I guess I’m trying to say that everything really does happen for a reason and just because it’s not planned, it doesn’t mean it’s good or bad. Being motivated and different sometimes is really hard, but finding something within you is what matters to move forward. A small step is a step and being you is what really matters…