Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's All About Laughter

Last week I got my usual email from clickin moms, you have heard me talk about them before. I did an online workshop with them back in September. Such a wonderful site. If you are a mommy photographer looking for a great place to connect with other photographers and learn a ton, this is the place. Check it out. The email was about submitting an image for the possibility of it being chosen for there new book coming out.

Lately, I have been in a slump. Let me explain. I have been very focused on getting lots of the business side of things done. With the bitter cold outside, it really was the perfect time. Business cards, cd's, website, price sheets, etc. It's a good thing. I am so excited that I got a lot taken care of. Feels amazing actually. When my business cards came in the mail, I literally jumped over my office gate (there is a gate for the munchkins, my office doesn't have a door. I realized that sounded a little weird without an explanation) with them and danced to a ditty in my head. It just made me feel official! But, with that said, focusing on only the business aspect can really drive your enthusiasm down. It's easy to forget why your doing it in the first place. I wasn't giving myself the reminder I needed, to keep my elation over picking font types exciting.

I love photography. The business side of things is okay, but my passion is for photography. I picked up my camera for the first time in three weeks and I couldn't believe it had been that long. I did the set with El Bell and I felt that spark again. I started to get excited about the goals I have. Of course. Duh. Without the passion being exercised, the other tasks are not all that thrilling. So glad I got that all figured out.

I have made a commitment to myself to pick up my camera at least weekly, if not daily. One thing that has helped me, is to get involved with submitting some pictures. Along with the clickin moms submissions, I will be doing the weekly photo challenge through The Pioneer Woman (love her). There are so many opportunities for me to submit pictures that I should have no problem keeping Mark (my camera, in case you forgot his name) close by my side.

Here is the clickin moms, submission info:

CMbook vol 2 : Laughter

Get Published! CM will select the best of the best and compile them into volume 2 of our collaborative series.

This book will be all about laughter - images of laughter and images that make us laugh. Whatever laughter means to you!

We are looking for images with extraordinary creativity, vision, and emotion. Both clean and creative processing are welcome as long as the photographer demonstrates exceptional technical ability.

In addition to the honor and prestige that comes with having one of your images published, we are proud to offer the following:

-If one or more of your images are chosen you will receive (1) free book.
-If your image is chosen for the book cover you will receive a $500 cash prize (via Paypal).
-If your image is chosen for the back cover you will receive a $200 cash prize (via Paypal).

I have been trying to capture "some laughter" all week. I need your help, tell me which one(s) you like best. Which one should I submit?











So, which one do you think? I would love your vote!

These next ones are just for fun. They are not in the running, but I had to post them.

I so wish this was in focus. Because to me. It's awesome!

I just love El's sweet face in this one!

An oldie, but I had to include it. This is what you would call a forced laugh. Love them!

This cracks (hehe) me up every time I see it!

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  1. Great photos. I love the slide one. I need to get moving on my business stuff.

  2. 1 is my favorite followed by 7. very difficult to choose. You are a wonderful photographer and I am always smiling to you...

  3. Man, they're ALL so GREAT! But I think I like #1 & #9 the best.
    I love the shopping cart one & the booty shot! Those really made me laugh out loud!!!!! You're so talented Lins!!!!!

  4. LOVE all them, but my top 2 are #3 and #9. Do you/are you interested in shooting weddings?? I have a good friend in the Denver area who is getting back into wedding coordinating, and I would love to introduce the two of you if that is something you are interested in.

    Also, another fun weekly photo contest is:

  5. I think you're gifted by far! God is good! They're all great! The ones that really stood out. Was #3 n #6.
    I hope the best 4 you. Your FANTASTIC!

  6. I'm sorry this is not going to help you any, but I LOVE them all. You are bound to win. And I am just invisioning you being a famous photographer someday! The next Jasmine Star!!! Great photos lins!

  7. LOVE LOVE all the images but, to help I will go with #1 and # 10 because they seem to capture an essence of laughter that is SO fantastic to me;0. I'm glad you were able to pick up your camera again! I too share that passion for photography!

  8. I'm voting, 1 or 6!
    Love them all!
    You are so talented!

  9. I had to look at them over and over to choose. They are all FANTASTIC!! But I have to choose #1

  10. I love number 6. My husband does too. My husband also loves to do photography!!! Number 6 looks as if she was flying and has a feeling of being free!!! You are a very gifted young lady and you have a lot of talent!!! That no doubt is a blessing from God!!! Keep enjoying this blessing!!!

  11. Oh man... they are all so cute. It is hard to pick.. honestly it is hard. You did a great job with all of them. I think you should submit the last one that you aren't planning on submitting...LOL. If you are going for laughter and the butt one cracks you up..go for it..hehe. Seriously though, my favorite ones are 3, 4, 6, 7, 8.

    Anne @