Saturday, April 25, 2009

New Blog Address . . .

Gosh! Once I realized I've all but abandoned this blog, I forgot to let you all know! Now all blog updates will be on

Easier to remember that address! Please head on over and check it out! It's still a work in progress, but I hope to make it easier for everyone . . . but mostly me!

OH . . . and PLEASE don't forget to sign up for the email updates. I THINK the old email list was moved over to the new blog, but who knows! Please don't forget to sign up!

Deene :)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

You should have been there!

So I'm probably going to be crazy every year from now until eternity when the wildflowers come out and the skies are so crazy beautiful. I had a BLAST photographing these kids at our little Wildflower Mini Session. Thanks for coming out girlies! The rest of the proofs will be up soon . . . . gotta get the boys done . . . . .Next up . . . SUPERMAN and his fearless caped friend . . .

Monday, March 2, 2009

NOW who wants to go???????

A couple of you have expressed interest in showing up. I'm excited! Should be a fun little jaunt! Went up to the wildflowers on Saturday with my daughter and look at what I captured . . . .

The flowers are rockin' my socks off! I would absolutely LOVE IT if I could find some flowers other than just yellow. I think I know where some are, but the drive is like over an hour from Tulare. Does anyone know of any closer by that aren't just yellow??????? Not that I don't love the yellow flowers, I just need variety, you know?

Saturday, February 28, 2009


The wildflowers are HERE!!!!! Aren't they SSSOOO gorgeous??? I'm throwing this out to anyone interested. On Thursday (March 5) from 10 am -12 pm I'm heading to the hills to take pictures in and of the wildflowers. If anyone wants to bring kids, or even just you, drop me a note at and I'll give you the location . . . I'm not real sure where to go yet, but it'll be close by. We'll play in the wildflowers, take pics of your kids, post them up here on the blog and make them Flower Children (as opposed to rock stars), and you'll get a cool picture of your little guy/girlie out of it!

And because I despise posts that don't have a picture . . . . here's one. It's not a wildflower, but it's a FLOWER with some KILLER COLOR on it thanks to a new processing technique I learned this week through my classes. Here's the before picture right outta my camera:

And here's the after picture from doing a little tweaking in Photoshop. Amazing pop, don't ya think?

WILDFLOWERS . . . . HERE I COME!!!!! Join me!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Do I hear wedding bells?? (Tulare/Visalia Family photography)

I've done something I said I would never do. Yep, I took pictures for a wedding. And you know what, this isn't even the first wedding I've done!
First, I was asked by Erin of Studio 317 to help at her brother's wedding last October. I haven't blogged that yet, but seriously, it's about the funniest story ever. I'm gonna save that one for another post. Sorry guys. You're just going to have to wait to hear about that. It's quite the story and quite the experience! LOL!!!!
A few weeks ago I was asked by Stacy Welch to help her shoot a wedding on Valentine's Day. SSOOOOO honored, but . . . . Oh my! Seriously, the last wedding was such a fun experience, I was really excited to do another one. I absolutely LOVE being the second shooter. It's pretty fun to not have the pressure of getting "all the right shots". I just show up, take pictures, don't stress about anything, and just get to be creative and shoot whatever I see that I think the bride and groom would want to remember. At the end of the day, I give the hired photographer my images and AAAWWWAAAYYYY I go . . . back to my own little life that enjoys taking pictures and making people happy. One of the things I've enjoyed SSOOO much is the friendships I've made with other photographers in the area. Lunches, coffees, bible studies, and second shooting has been a great way to meet new friends that I share a common interest with. I love you guys! I hope I can help you out more and more . . . just ask! It's so fun!
Although I was only able to shoot at the wedding and a little bit before hand, I got some great pictures that just SCREAMED to be processed in BW! Matt and Jennifer were just about the most gorgeous humans I've laid eyes on. Jennifer's smile is contagious! She was a gorgeous bride. And Matt was no slouch himself! (just realized I haven't processed any photos of him yet . . . gonna get right on that and post in another post.) But my very favorite wedding party member was Jennifer's son. Love that kid! He was so cute and pretty patient with all the chaos. I found myself pointing my camera in his face more than I probably should have. Wonder why? HHHMMM, might be because I'm more comfortable around kids! LOL! So enjoy the couple shots that I loved. I might post some more later . . . .gotta run and do a bunch of pics for my classes. ENJOY! And congratulations Matt and Jennifer Morgan!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Oh Baby she's cute! {Tulare/Visalia Maternity}

I think that if I was this cute when I was pregnant, I would have had about 10 kids! (Just kidding mom . . . don't get your hopes up!) Maryann contacted me around Christmas I think to do some maternity pictures. We were scheduled to shoot when she was 7 months pregnant . . . and guess what . . . . she gave birth to KIDNEY STONES on the day of our shoot! Totally unfair for her! She's gotta do this labor thing twice now and didn't even get a prize the first time! So we rescheduled and now she's just a few weeks away from the BIG DANCE! Here's a small peek (yeah right . . .there were so many cute ones I couldn't pick just a few) at Maryann's maternity session with her super sweet hubby, John. Congratulations guys! You were a blast to shoot and I'm really excited about your pics! Hope you love 'em as much as I do! Best wishes for your upcoming journey into parenthood! I hope it's everything you dream it will be. I'm sure it will be. It's the best!

This last one is my fav! :)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Class Work

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Originally uploaded by deesouza
A few of you have asked how my classes are going. Well . . . let's just put it this way. I've already dropped out of one. You know, it just wasn't what I was looking for. Actually, it was so difficult to understand, I felt like it was one that I really needed to learn with someone sitting right next to me telling me what I need to know.
But I am LOVING a natural lighting class that I signed up for. I've always looked at light differently than most people. I have some french doors in my home that during certain parts of the day, the light beats in so hard that I can see tiny pieces of Madalyn's fallen hair on my wood floors. 5 years ago I looked at that light and HATED it because it totally exposed me and my less than lackluster desire to clean house! Today, I look at that light and study it intently. I look at its color, its intensity, its direction, and it's ability to expose me (or any subject that wanders into the light).

My first assignment for this class was to position an object or someone in front of a window and shoot them straight on, blowing out the background but still capturing detail in the face and light in the eyes. I didn't quite do the assignment exactly correct because I shot more from the model's side. But I have a reason for that. Carl sits on top of my printer everyday and looks out this window that face my backyard (faces east). The morning light was sssooo gorgeous and considering he was the only willing model I had that day, he got the first modeling job! But cat's aren't all that willing and I can't really tell him, "Stay right there Carl, don't move your head even though I know you watch every single solitary move I make." SO I quick grabbed my camera, metered off the lightest part of his face, focused on his closest eye, and VIOLA! I captured a picture I LOVE of my adorable cat doing what he does every single day. He loves his window and I love him!

My second assignment picture will be posted tomorrow. It's SSSSOOOOO cute! And the light is AWESOME! I'm learning techniques to shoot in full sun without a flash to fill in shadows and how to make the light "DANCE" behind the subject. Fun stuff

Sunday, February 15, 2009

I love to shoot high school seniors! LOVE IT!

I had SSSOOOO much fun photographing a senior from El Diamante High School in Visalia a couple weeks ago. She was so cute when I met up with her. She truly was not sure what to think about someone photographing her. She was a little apprehensive at first, but as you can see, she quickly warmed up to the camera and really flirted with it! Congratulations Stevi on your upcoming graduation. I'm quite sure God has a plan for you that is so much bigger than any of us will ever understand! Enjoy your peak at your senior pictures - this is just a sampling of what you'll get to see VERY SOON (like by Tuesday evening)!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Just thought I'd share a few of the Valentine's cards I did for my daughter and a couple friends to exchange at school. Oh boy . . . I can see a trend coming on . . . .