Sunday, September 21

i heart my job*

kelly rae roberts, canon digital rebel xti

jen gray, canon digital rebel xti

kirsten michelle, canon digital rebel xti

mati rose, canon digital rebel xti

Lisa Occhipinti, canon digital rebel xti

Penelope Dullaghan, canon digital rebel xti

thea coughlin, canon digital rebel xti

I've been marinating in the glow of my clients that I have been processing this week. One thing about photographing artists is that each of them have a unique, wild and gorgeous story to how they got to where they are and I am loving the chance to learn from and be inspired by the steps they have taken.

Above are a few photos from sessions I had during my time at Squam. Each session carried with it an intimate exchange that left me feeling totally crushed out and goose bumped. I look back at all the jobs I've had in my life (Gap & Banana Republic girl, barista, helpdesk geek, executive assistant) and I just have to pinch myself to believe that this dreamy stuff is my job. It feels like a drug. I want more!

I'm still in the midst of processing a plethora of photos and will share more as it unfolds.

What I loved most about each of these sessions is I witnessed a melting of stress during our time together. Each of them had responsibilities at Squam that were a bit beyond their comfort zone and by the time I was able to steal them away, they needed some nurturing. It felt so good to lay them down in the grass and tell them to breathe and remember that in this moment, they don't have to be anywhere or say anything or think or do or act...but just be still and get filled up by nature and play.

It's not just about capturing their image through my lens. It's about healing and letting go and receiving when my clients tend to give so much. I am honored to offer that solace for them.

Yes, I heart my job.


Blogger christine said...

i love the magical 'aura' you have to all your pics

September 22, 2008 at 2:28:00 AM PDT  
Blogger kelly barton art + design said...

i heart the job you do....although it is simply art!

how are you today miz boho?

September 22, 2008 at 3:54:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

.. and you have a wonderful gift for the work you do. you capture the loveliness of these artists beautifully.

September 22, 2008 at 5:42:00 AM PDT  
Blogger christianne said...

It's about healing and letting go and receiving when my clients tend to give so much.

Oooh, I love this. And you're the perfect person to be with them as they unfold into receiving mode.

September 22, 2008 at 6:57:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

So lovely.
You have such a talent for what you do!

September 22, 2008 at 7:04:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Therapy on the grass
instead of the couch,

September 22, 2008 at 7:07:00 AM PDT  
Blogger christine said...

Your job hearts you too!
You are so brilliant at it. Truly.


September 22, 2008 at 8:22:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Stacy said...

it feels so funny to call it a job, doesn't it? but clearly your job loves you as much as you do it. i know you were great in your past jobs, but you are honoring the universe by doing what you are meant to be doing in this life. you will only continue to blossom. you are a gift.

these photos are breathtaking...


September 22, 2008 at 9:34:00 AM PDT  
Blogger jenica said...

your job hearts you.


September 22, 2008 at 10:08:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish you lived close to me and I could have you tell me to chill and relax and enjoy (:

September 22, 2008 at 10:18:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you have SUCH the gift!! I love that you love your job--

bisous, E

September 22, 2008 at 10:31:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your passion and love for photography just drips off the page as your subjects are beautifully wrapped in bliss...

September 22, 2008 at 10:31:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Rowena said...

I imagine that the way you nurtured your subjects is why you got those great pictures.

That is awesome. Keep it up. This world needs more people helping it to bloom.

September 22, 2008 at 10:44:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Alessandra Cave said...

What a gorgeous selection! I'm loving all the photos! They are so dreamy! You captured these wonder-women with such lightness and beauty. I am in absolute awe. I heart your work so much!!! I can't wait to have my picture taken by you! xxox

September 22, 2008 at 12:11:00 PM PDT  
Blogger pERiWinKle said...

These are phenomenal Denise!
Work from within your heart and it is always magical!
Like you! xx

It's funny..whenever I work with little ones, I think of you..and what you would have done...magic...gratitude...love...pours out of your photos! xx

September 22, 2008 at 12:30:00 PM PDT  
Blogger kelly rae said...

girl, i've been crushin on you since phoenix :)


September 22, 2008 at 1:07:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Sleepandhersisters said...

I can tell you love your job, your pictures speak a thousand words.

look forward to seeing more.


September 22, 2008 at 1:53:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love you so.....
jen gray

September 22, 2008 at 2:03:00 PM PDT  
Blogger enchantedartist said...

Oh my goodness...Denise...these are breathtaking portraits! Absolutely breathtaking! :)


September 22, 2008 at 2:21:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Pen said...

these portraits are outstanding. you truly capture the essence, and create a little bit of magic with the camera xx

September 22, 2008 at 3:29:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your portraits are becoming more and more stunning. they take my breath away. thank you for adding some beauty to my day.

September 22, 2008 at 4:46:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Nic Bridges said...

Are all the women you know stunningly beautiful? Or do you photograph them in such a way to make it so? I suspect the answer is a little of both - you have a special talent to capture the inner beauty of your subject.

September 23, 2008 at 5:23:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I absolutely loooove when people heart there job! This post made me want to buy a nice camera and start shooting photos.

September 23, 2008 at 8:11:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Thea Coughlin said...

oh darling you have such a breathtaking gift.

Watching you in your creative zone was such a beautiful gift. And then being in front of your camera and you-feeling that immense balming energy that surrounds you, envelope me, lets my fullest most glorious self emerge for you to capture in your photographs.

Thank you for all the amazing photos you have taken of me. They are my utmost favorite.

love you

September 23, 2008 at 11:47:00 AM PDT  
Blogger matirose said...

oh my. you got us good!
love you,

September 23, 2008 at 2:13:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

melting stress-TOTALLY how i felt being photographed by you.
(these are stunning-my fave being kristen)

September 23, 2008 at 9:42:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is such a cool thing to arrive. and to be able to say, "i get to go to work" instead of "i have to"

September 24, 2008 at 8:39:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Carrie K said...

amazing! really really beautiful...

your passion captures theirs and its magic

September 24, 2008 at 4:28:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Eileen W. said...

These portraits are so full of soul and the inner beauty of each woman. Your work is stunning.

September 25, 2008 at 6:23:00 AM PDT  
Blogger angela said...

denise... you do heart your job. and you see it in each and every photograph you make.

each and every one of these women are so beautiful, but you have the gift of seeing and capturing the beauty. that takes a sensitivity and an open heart... yes, it's giving and it's receiving.

saturday morning and i'm wandering thru so many of the photographs here... taking time with a cup of coffee to catch up on words and images and places i haven't been in so long.

and there's more little wonders that put a smile on my face here today... like reading about your little wonder on its way.

and now i have a totally different question... but i can't refrain from not asking...

that necklace that mati rose is wearing, and that necklace that kelly rae is wearing... do you know where these little secret storytelling gems are from? they are so wonderfully beautiful too...

hope you have a fabulously gorgeous day... it was nice to drop by and visit again.

autumn warmth along the way...


October 24, 2008 at 11:29:00 PM PDT  

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