Dana Barrett Photography: Blog https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog en-us Dana Barrett Photography (615)715-9218 / danakbarrett@gmail.com / Franklin, TN (Dana Barrett Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:17:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:17:00 GMT https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u1068261102-o197843843-50.jpg Dana Barrett Photography: Blog https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog 120 80 Photo Booth Magic - Featuring Andrea Harbison Beauty Launch Party https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2018/4/photo-booth-magic---featuring-andrea-harbison-beauty-launch-party

I had the esteem privilege of photographing Andrea Harbison Beauty's Launch Party for her new line of mink lashes and hair extensions.  Beautiful products by an extremely talented educator.  Anyways at the event I had a photo booth for a short while and it got me thinking about the wide range of photo booths and the difference between a selfie booth and a photographer.    My booth was me with my camera, a basic light setup on a simple background.  No denying full res images are better than thumb prints, but no instant gratification.  What's more important, quality or the right now?  Have we become a now nation?  Does it even matter?  I guess my answer is no, while I obviously value quality, attention to detail, and a full portrait session, these quick snaps in a split second can be just as meaningful.  Documenting the magic of the night, friends and family coming together, achievements reached, or just plain silliness.  These moments hold value and deserve to shine.  What are your thoughts?

Images from that booth can be found here:  http://www.danabarrettphotography.com/ahphotobooth

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(Dana Barrett Photography) dana barrett photography family franklin fun life moments photo booth photography photos tn https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2018/4/photo-booth-magic---featuring-andrea-harbison-beauty-launch-party Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:11:31 GMT
How to customize your Home Page using Zenfolio https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/8/how-to-customize-your-home-page-using-zenfolio I'm  currently revamping my site, and after quite  bit of research figured this out and decided to share it here.  This is based off of the Modern Tog's ebook:  START HERE
The Photographer’s Guide to
Building a Website that Gets Clients
By Jamie M Swanson of
The Modern Tog

While I'm happy to expand on the tech details, if you have questions about content, get this resource.  

 

How to create a custom page and make it my home page in Zenfolio

 

  1. Open up zenfolio to your dashboard
  2. On the toppish of your screen is a menu with “website” as an option, hover over so the drop down menu appears
  3. Click on “custom Pages”
  4. Click on “+New” to create a new custom page
  5. I recommend calling this page “Home”, assign the page a title
  6. Now you have a blank Canvas to make your homepage however you like, it will still follow your chosen theme
  7. First thing I did was go into photo shop and put my defining statement and a fake button on my Signature image.  You will have to upload it to your site into a gallery like you do with any other photo here.
  8. Next, click on the photo button in the blue bar above you blank canvas.
  9. Under select content, pick the gallery your image is in, and find your image. Click on your image.
  10. At this point you can add a title or caption if you like, but I left those blank. 
  11. Click on “set options” where it says Click action, hit the carrot and change that to “Go to URL”.  You will then need to type in the URL of where you want people to go when they click on your photo.  This will be mobile happy J
  12. Next click on “set layout”.  This will decide where your sig image sits and size.  I chose “auto fit to width” as its size, and it does pretty good. 
  13. In that same box, make sure “Browser scaling” is marked to “scale”.  I recommend sticking to your theme as far as the border goes. 
  14. In the same box, “Layout” I chose “inline with text” not sure it matters.    Last part is spacing around the image, and I left it as is, 10 pixels
  15. Now go to the bottom right of your screen and hit the orange box “Insert”  yay your sig image, defining statement, and call to action are ready.
  16. Next your 300 words (check out the ebook in page 41-43 I think there is helpful advice about what to write)  I recommend writing it out in word so you have grammar checker and word counter.
  17. After you have the content ready, you should be looking at the bottom of your image.  I like a little space between the image and text so I pressed enter a couple of times.
  18. Copy you text from word, then go to the top of your canvas using the page slider, leave your curser where it is, and select the clip board with the W on it, this will allow you to paste from word.
  19. A dialog box will come up, click inside the box and right click and choose the “Paste” option.  This will allow your font choice and size to come over to zenfolio.
  20. Now you can clean up your text, fix anything you don’t like, change fonts, placement, color, add links all from using the standard options above your custom page. 
  21. To make something a clickable link, highlight it, and then click the icon that looks like a chain link, or two connected circles.  A box will appear asking for your url again and if you want it to open in a new tab or not.
  22. To add small images amongst your text, move your curser where you want to add an image and hit the photo button in the blue bar.  Pick your photo and click it like before, it will look big, that’s ok, you are not done.
  23. You can make them clickable like we did for the sig image if you want to, or skip down to “set layout” image size, I chose large thumbnail, but you can even put in a custom size so pick what you want.  Here is where “Inline with text” becomes important, if you want to move it around your text, you may want to choose this, I recommend it, or it will sit in it’s line by itself.  Good news, you can come back and edit this if needed. And of course, Insert when completed.
  24. Play around with everything until you are happy.  Then I would hit the orange and White button that says save and Preview. This way you can see a visitor view before you make it go live.
  25. Ok now to set this custom page as your home page, Go back to your dashboard.
  26. On that top pull down menu there is an option called “settings” go ahead and click on Settings.
  27. Now the page looks like old zenfolio again.  On the left side in the grey is “Website” written in blue.  Click on that.
  28. Now the word “Home Page” is viewable under website, go ahead and click on that.
  29. Now select/mark the circle next to “Zenfolio custom page”
  30. A carrot is in the box under that select the carrot (or small triangle) and choose your home page
  31. Click the orange button SAVE
  32. Now look at your site, so pretty

Glad I could help

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10 Easy Steps to Maintaining a Healthy Marriage https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/8/10-easy-steps-to-maintaining-a-healthy-marriage Let me begin by saying that this list is compiled off my own beliefs and experiences of my fourteen year marriage.  I am not a licensed therapist or counselor or any kind of a doctor, just a woman who happens to have an opinion.  This list is full of simple things that add up to a big difference.

1 never go to bed angry

This piece of advice was given to me at my wedding by a longtime family friend, Preston Hester.  Little did I know then how valuable this advice would be.  We all get angry at times, but talk it out or let it go before you go to bed (because sometimes we get angry and it really doesn’t make sense).  Sleeping when you are angry isn’t good for anybody. 

 

2 spend at least five minutes a day talking to each other

You chose this person as your life mate, so simply remember to talk to them.  Ask how their day was and listen to what they have to say.  I don’t mean sit in the same room while you are on your computer/phone/tablet/any other distraction; I mean real face to face chat time.  If one of you is traveling, take five minutes for a quick phone chat.  Life moves fast, and we are a society where most everyone works, kids are busy, and we need our social media time.  It is so easy to forget to talk to your spouse, but don’t let yourself, make it a priority. 

 

3 random acts of kindness

It’s great to do random acts of kindness for strangers, but what about the people closest to you?  It is so easy to forget that they need encouragement too.  This can be easy like getting flowers, candy, or ordering their favorite menu item to go from the restaurant you went to with your friends.  Or free like writing a little note of encouragement and sticking it in their briefcase or lunch bag, post it notes of love on the mirror in the morning or maybe an unexpected back rub (but please don’t scare your partner, that’s counterproductive.)  These little surprises simply increase general happiness.

 

4 don't forget the holidays

In our crazy busy lives, it is so easy to forget holidays are coming or focus all our attention on the kids and extended family.  Put reminders in your calendar to spend some time either shopping for or making your spouse’s gift.  You don’t have to get a second job to make this happen, but you do have to put in a little bit of effort.  The most important part of the gift is knowing your spouse thinks you are important enough that they did their best to make your day special.  Obviously every gift you give your spouse isn’t going to be perfect, but effort should always be obvious.  The best gift I have ever received from my husband was really cheap, but took time to create and really spoke to who I am.  It was a little Christmas tree trimmed “with some decorations bought at Tiffany” and all sorts of tiny toy versions from the song, Santa Baby.  It was perfect.  In fact the tree topper was a luggage tag from Tiffany Co. he was gifted, but it didn’t matter.  I loved it so much; it stays up year round in a little corner of my space.

 

5 don't fight, if you do apologize

You might have just laughed at this one.  Yah, it’s easy to say don’t fight, but you don’t know what it’s like.  But I do, and I have learned through our marriage that the fighting never helped and only hurt us as individuals and as a couple.  Sometimes we would fight about something so stupid when I look back, all I can say is what was I thinking?  Now we do our best to follow this.  Every once in a while we slip up, but we try to correct it quickly.  What it takes to do this is both people deciding they are going to try to do this.  Now when we get upset, we tell each other calmly as possible, and usually it gets correct immediately.  That never happened when we fought.  The real question is do you want to be right or happy?  This is the time to decide.  So I encourage you to learn from my mistakes, and simply just don’t fight. 

 

6 always talk with kindness

It is amazing how tone of voice affects how a message is received.  Speaking in a tone of kindness and love is also more productive and happier.  Try it, I dare you. 

 

7 take time to date again

This one is the hardest for me, but it isn’t difficult at all. Take a break of life, and be together.  Go do something fun together whether it’s bowling or a nice dinner.  Remember why you fell in love in the first place.  Maybe even take a real vacation together, just the two of you, you can do it.  I don’t have any children, and last year was the first time we took a real vacation that wasn’t just a weekend together that was for us, not visiting family.  We chose Disney World, it was fantastic.  It did so much for our marriage, it’s amazing. 

 

8 help your partner when they ask for help without complaining

Just help them, even if you don’t understand what they are doing, just go and try to help.  This is such a small act, but it lets your partner know you support them and you really are there for them.  Most important, don’t complain.  The minute your mouth opens, you just undid all the good you did by helping in the first place.  Better yet, offer help before they ask.  Get double points!

 

9 make all major decisions together including purchases

Are you the one who usually makes the decisions?   Are you ever tempted to just do it without asking?  STOP.  Value your partner’s opinion, even if they don’t have much to say.  Taking the time to run it by them is vital to establishing trust.  If you are the one getting left out, it’s time to speak up and let your partner know you care about the big decisions.  After all, this is your life too.  This doesn’t mean call your spouse before you spend any money or before you pick out a set of sheets.  This means life altering decisions should be made together like buying a car, quitting your job, or major child raising issues. 

 

10 talk to Each other about your needs

Sounds simple right?  Your spouse doesn’t know they are driving you crazy unless you tell them.  Open lines of communication are the key to longevity in a marriage.  You got this. 

 

So I hope you found this helpful.  If you did, do me a solid and share it on your social media and let me know what you thought in the comments.  Don’t forget, this works a lot better if both people are working towards the same goals, so share this with your spouse too. 

 

If you are a victim of abuse, this article is not written for you.  This stuff only works if both people do them.  Get to safety and get some professional help, you are worth it! 

 

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A Session in a Pre Civil War Era Home- Sneak Peak https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/7/a-session-in-a-pre-civil-war-era-home--sneak-peak

I had the opportunity to photograph Frankie in a beautiful old farm house.  It began as a one room cottage and grew into the amazing piece of history it is today.  I absolutely fell in love with this beautiful stained glass door.

 

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(Dana Barrett Photography) Dana Barrett Photography TN farm fine art historic home life photos stained glass https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/7/a-session-in-a-pre-civil-war-era-home--sneak-peak Sun, 10 Jul 2016 07:10:20 GMT
A Teen Portrait Session https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/7/a-teen-portrait-session This is just a little peak at a teen mini session.  Enjoy.

 

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Day 7 of my 7 days project https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/7/day-7-of-my-7-days-project Day seven of my 7 days project features Meadow Barrett and is titled Glam.

 

 

Meadow is an amazing person and model who stepped up and filled in for a last minute cancellation in a very short span of time.  After 6 days of hitting my goal, I had a glamour flashback on day 7. This image represents my love of all things vintage, girlie, and over the top.  While this image isn't my favorite of the exercise, it still deserves it's time in the spotlight.  It's the "crazy dress day" in me.   

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(Dana Barrett Photography) 7 days 80's Dana Barrett Photography Franklin TN fine art glam glamour photos https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/7/day-7-of-my-7-days-project Fri, 08 Jul 2016 09:06:32 GMT
7 days Project - Day 6 https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/7/7-days-project---day-6 Day six of my seven days project featuring Tarryn Williams.  The title of this piece is The Corporate Noose​.

 

 

This is my piece that deep dives into my political side.  It is all about the state of employment in today's market.  Our parents got a job, worked it for 30+ years, then retired.  This is no longer the way it works.  Even the most stable of jobs layoff, fire, or squeeze out their employees at random intervals to suit their bottom line.  On top of that our pensions are no longer pensions; they are stock options, so as much as we may "hate the man" we still need him to succeed, or go broke.  Tarryn's tie strangles him like a noose symbolizing the corporate hold over the working man or woman.  He portrays a beautiful sense of despair and hopelessness.  

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7 Days project - day 5 https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/7/7-days-project---day-5 Day 5 of my 7 days project features Geri Brown and is titled, Finding Balance.

 

 

This piece is about figuring out life.  Finding balance between what we have and what we want, who we are and who we want to be, where we are and where we want to go.  Her pose is all about seeking the answers to the questions we all ask at points in our life.

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(Dana Barrett Photography) 7 days Dana Barrett Photography Franklin TN balance ballet fine art life photos search https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/7/7-days-project---day-5 Wed, 06 Jul 2016 06:16:31 GMT
7 days project - day 4 https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/7/7-days-project---day-4 Day four of the seven days project features Miriam Limon and her wonderful boys.  The title of this piece is The Family Chair.

 

 

It was so much fun working with these great kids.  Only having only one shot when working with kids was challenging and I clicked the shutter at my safe shot, never quite made it to the perfect shot, but I still kinda love it.  This is the perfect type of family portrait in my eyes, seeing the family interact and love each other.  

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(Dana Barrett Photography) 7 Dana Barrett Photography Franklin TN days family fine art life photos https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/7/7-days-project---day-4 Mon, 04 Jul 2016 23:00:00 GMT
7 Days Project - Day 3 https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/7/7-days-project---day-3 Day three of the seven days project features the model, Marley Richiez.  The title of the piece is Goddess.

 

It was a wonderful opportunity to work with Marley.  Here she represents the goddess in all of us.  All things strong and feminine.  My inner feminist, my strength, and beauty.  ley Richiez

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(Dana Barrett Photography) Dana Barrett Photography Franklin TN feminine fine art goddess model photos strength https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/7/7-days-project---day-3 Sun, 03 Jul 2016 22:18:50 GMT
7 days project - Day 2 https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/7/7-days-project---day-2 Day 2 of the 7 day project featuring model, Nina Covington, titled, Grief.  

 

This is my image that represents the grief I felt this year over a friend's passing.  Nina also was grieving over a loss.  This theme hit home for both of us and I think we pretty much nailed it in, yes, one shot.  

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7 Days Project - Day 1 https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/7/7-days-project---day-1 I am involved with a small group of photographers who each specialize in a different category of photography, but our group focuses on black and white photography called Black and White Vision.   We challenge each other to crazy task.  Our latest was to only shoot one photo a day for seven days in a row that represents our work.  This proved to be very challenging for us all.  This is my day one.

 

 

My day one model is Frankie Hathorn.  This piece is titled, Pulling Me Apart.  It represents the feeling of being pulled in a million directions with no control of your life.  It also represents emotional pain that rips at our souls.  I told Frankie to think of times of being pulled in a million directions without being able to please anyone doing the pulling.  To feel utterly exhausted and completely spent.  She did a beautiful job capturing just the vibe I was going for.  Her face, tension in her body, and lifelessness of the pose all read just how I imagined.  

 

This was created by literally stapling tulle everywhere in my shooting space while tying Frankie up in knots.  Frankie had her leg propped up on a stool while we (me and my handy hubby of an assistant, Kevin) placed and stapled the tulle where I wanted.  Then when we were ready to shoot, we pulled away the stool and I had one shot to capture this.  Of course before we did that we perfected every detail about the shot, as this challenge wasn't a very forgiving one.  I have to say, I think my favorite form of photography are these darker themed fine art portraiture.  There is something about creating them that lights me on fire and brings me joy.  Not quite sure what that says about me.  Let me know what you think in the comments, and please share this on your social media, thanks for reading!

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A Different kind of Maternity Shoot https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/5/a-different-kind-of-maternity-shoot

 

 

I had the opportunity to do some creative shots during this maternity session.  While I am not sure my client had any idea what the vision in my head was, she is pleased with the result.  I present the Madonna.  This image was inspired by classic paintings, many classic paintings.  I love pushing the envelope of the expected and delivering something else entirely.  Of course we did more classic photos as well.  

Here are a few of those:

 

 

 

 

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Time to Recharge https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/5/time-to-recharge

I spent the last few days at the Tennessee Professional Photographer Association workshop in Townsend, Tennessee.  I took some great classes and got to do some fun shooting in Cades Cove.  It was the first time I have ever seen Cades Cove, an 11 mile loop in the valley of the Smoky Mountains.  I had fun making a few abstracts and enjoying the historical buildings around the loop.  I completely recommend checking out this side of the mountain, it was a nice change from the busy of the Gatlinburg area.  

 

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Don't forget to take those Family Snap Shots https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/4/dont-forget-to-take-those-family-snap-shots We are a world of go go and now now.  It is so easy to forget to pull out the camera or your smart phone and take photographs of the ones you love.  Print them too.

These are from Easter when we had the joy of having kids around.  So much fun.  Everything they do is super exciting.  

 

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4 Ideas to Honor a Missing Loved One at your Wedding https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/4/4-ideas-to-honor-a-missing-loved-one-at-your-wedding Planning a wedding is alway a busy and stressful time for every (ok most) brides and grooms.  This is magnified times 100 when a key person is no longer able to celebrate with you.  Recently I photographed a wedding where the bride's father was unable to be there in person.  This bride came up with brilliant and beautiful ideas to keep him there on her special day.  

 

1.  My favorite way to keep your loved one close was this idea of sewing a piece of your love one's clothes inside your dress.  This time it doubles as her something blue, her Daddy's blue shirt in the shape of a heart.  What a beautiful way to walk with her.

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2.  Next is a SWEET idea.  Have your loved one's favorite candy as your party favor, topped with a note remembering him or her.

Anne and Robert Evan's Wedding Anne and Robert Evan's Wedding

 

3.  Another great idea is to have a photo charm made with your loved one's image and have it attached to your bouquet.

 

Anne and Robert Evan's Wedding Anne and Robert Evan's Wedding

 

4.  The most traditional way to remember your loved ones is to set up photos in frames that coordinate to your decor/theme around your reception venue or at a special memorial table.  

 

Anne and Robert Evan's Wedding Anne and Robert Evan's Wedding Anne and Robert Evan's Wedding

 

I hope you found these ideas helpful and inspiring.  Best wishes to you as you prepare for your big day.  if you liked this post, feel free to leave a comment, thanks a bunch!

 

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(Dana Barrett Photography) Dana Barrett Photography Franklin King's Chapel McConnell House TN bride honor loss love memorial missing remember wedding https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/4/4-ideas-to-honor-a-missing-loved-one-at-your-wedding Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:00:00 GMT
Back in the Swing of Things https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/4/back-in-the-swing-of-things  

A few shots from a beautiful December wedding held at King's Chapel with reception at the McConnell House in Franklin, TN.  For the few of you who follow this blog, sorry I have been MIA.  After the death of my friend, I was happy if I functioned at all.  Life is much better now that the lengthy process of mourning seems to be over, or at least at bay.  Time to get back to the living and all the photography I can handle.   

 

In other news, my neighbor who suffered the fire has finally gotten to demolish the house.  Hopefully the rebuild will go smooth for them.  

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(Dana Barrett Photography) Dana Barrett Photography Franklin King's Chapel McConnell House TN Tennessee bride december groom life living love photos wedding https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2016/4/back-in-the-swing-of-things Mon, 25 Apr 2016 03:08:38 GMT
A few more lessons attached to a broken heart. https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2015/12/a-few-more-lessons-attached-to-a-broken-heart Today I received horrible news about a dear friend of mine.  Perhaps the saddest part is we still aren't sure when he passed away.  He had a kind soul and an open door for any friend in need.  He was a giver, laugher, and true friend.  He was a quiet kind of friend who kept to himself and never much cared for the holidays.  So a rejection to my usual holiday invite was expected but never received. It bothered me, but I didn't think too much about it until I saw a panic-y post on his facebook page by some female.   So I started contacting everyone he is close to to see if anyone had heard from him.  A few confusions about time line cleared up the next day, we resolved that his presence has been mia since December 18th.  Thankfully someone else volunteered to go physically check on him to find a box full of mail and alarm going off.  One call to the police later, and his body was discovered.  The mission to let his family know begins only to discover that the panic-y female was infact his sister.  He always referred to her as "my sister" and she was one of his greatest joys along with his niece.  How I miss the obvious sometimes.  

I will miss my friend.  His barbeque invite nights.  His Halloween parties and general love of Halloween.  His love of Sci-Fi and DragonCon.  Playing silly games and eating cheese puffs.  The way he adored his niece and their adventures photographing animal bottoms at the zoo.  Super Bowl Sundays and parties for no reasons.  His beautiful candles he hand made, and most of all his company.

The lesson in this broken heart is simple and applies to all, not just photographers.  Don't forget to take photos of the people you love.  We have been friends for 10 years and I have 3 photos of him (one of them is out of focus shot of us together my husband took), and the others are halloween costume photos.  How sad is that.  I'll let you in on a little secret, photographers tend not to bring their gear to events because they don't want to spend the entire event working.  Well we need to start carrying a point and shoot or one of those tiny cameras with the phone that never works.  Photograph your memories, once they are gone, they are gone.  

 

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Getting Ready for the Holidays. https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2015/12/getting-ready-for-the-holidays It's hard to believe that Christmas is 15 days away.  Have you finished your holiday shopping yet?  Trimmed your tree?  Lights on the house?  Had a chance to attack those Christmas cards yet?  I know I'm scrabbling to get things done and can only assume most of the world is struggling with me.  So as you struggle to get those stocking stuffers and plan that fabulous holiday party, know you aren't alone.  

We are all struggling with you.  

Happy holidays.

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Bridal Shower Fun https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2015/12/bridal-shower-fun Just a little Bridal shower fun at Anne's shower.

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(Dana Barrett Photography) bridal shower https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2015/12/bridal-shower-fun Wed, 09 Dec 2015 19:33:35 GMT
Thankful Season https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2015/11/thankful-season

As I do my last minute preparations for Thanksgiving, I have been running through the events of this week and I can't help but reflect on my own reasons to be grateful.  

First, I'm grateful for my home and family (that little girl up there is the star of our family, my niece.)

Second, my cats, for us they are like children.

Third, that the Thorne's found their dog and are feeling an out pouring of love.  I'm also grateful I was able to help in my own very small way.

Fourth, art, art feeds my soul and lifts my spirit.

Fifth, my friends, while the roster may change every now and again, it's always nice to have people to be silly with.

Sixth, icecream.  It makes the word a better place.

Seventh, all things Disney, because disney equals magic.

Eighth, all things photography.  Photography has allowed me to be an artist who can't draw. 

Ninth, second chances and restarts.  Sometimes these make a world of difference.  

And finally, tenth, I am so grateful for my wonderful clients that give me the gift of doing what I love for a living.

 

What are you guys grateful for this year? Do you have a top ten list too? 

Lots of love and have a wonderful holiday.

 

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(Dana Barrett Photography) grateful life photography thankful thanksgiving https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2015/11/thankful-season Thu, 26 Nov 2015 03:29:04 GMT
Things a FIRE taught me. https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2015/11/things-a-fire-taught-me

Things a Fire Taught me.

 

On the night of November 22 or early November 23rd, depending upon how you look at time, something changed.  My husband heard something outside; it was my across the street neighbor's house up in flames.  He called 911 (although we weren't the first to call), and I grabbed a pile of blankets and ran outside.  There were more people than blankets so I ran back in to grab another pile.  Even more people now.  Then it occurred to me, umm invite them in silly.  So I did, and I had five very scared kids follow me in.   Don't worry I made sure the parents knew how many kids were in my house and where they were.  When I got back to the house, my hubby was thinking a bit better than me and had given the kids oversized clothes to put on over their jammies.  Everyone was obviously really upset, but their immediate needs had been met.  My brain was racing, what do they need now, they have water, clothes (kinda), and each other.  Distraction.  I didn't have the answers they were looking for other than their Dad/Mom were ok.  So we watched Polar Express and had hot chocolate.  We did our best to make them feel as safe as we could.  

 

Things finally slowed down enough I could start to process everything.  There was my camera sitting right next to my location previous to the chaos and I didn't grab it.  Here I had so many great journalistic opportunities to take amazing photos, but my camera stayed right there.  That wasn't what today was about, today was about being human.  What we did wasn't much, certainly not newsworthy, just the human thing to do.  I learned I would never be that great photographer because I chose to participate instead of document, and I don't regret it at all.  I would do it all the same again, and I'm ok with that.  

 

We were happy to act as a hub for this amazing family, and if you would like to do something for them, that would be great.  They lost all their worldly possessions:  house, cars, wallets, phones, and everything else.  If you feel inclined please give to their GO Fund Me Page:

 

https://www.gofundme.com/thornefamily

 

PS These photos weren't taken until after the family left our home and headed to their grandparents.  Only then was it "ok" in my mind.  about three hours later

 

As I grabbed a few shots, I learned something else.  How amazingly grateful I am for the wonderful fire fighters of the Franklin Fire Department.  Their commitment and efforts well past 4 AM made me tear up a bit.

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(Dana Barrett Photography) Creek Franklin Pebble Rd TN Thorne family fire reflection thoughts https://www.danabarrettphotography.com/blog/2015/11/things-a-fire-taught-me Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:37:46 GMT