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Inspirational Quotes Photo Giveaway!

29 Jul


Ok, I’ll admit it.  I’m an inspirational quotes junkie.  Or maybe just a quotes junkie.  I refer to notable quotes in real life situations.  I look to them when I’m having a down day.  I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to them.  No shoes and fashion board, but 104 quotes and pictures (so far) pinned to a board to remind me of the awesome things in life.


It may be silly, but those quotes connected with me. They picked me up on a down day, motivated me on days when I felt un-focused or unsure of my art and made me smile, reminding of the best parts of the life and people all around me.

What may be even sillier…besides the way the word “sillier” looks spelled out…is that I want to make one of those quotes/photo/pins so that my art can bring a smile to someone else’s face. 🙂  This isn’t a new thing for me.  I’ve done other posts involving quotography (example here, or here)….  But this time, I’m asking for your help!

So, I’d like to use this photo and your quote suggestion.  You can just put your comment in the comment section, and at the end of this, whoever’s quote I choose will get a free 8×10 photo print (see the poster at the top of the post for your print options)

Grow Old With You

Grow Old With You

Quotes must be submitted by next Wednesday, August 6th.

This giveaway, unfortunately, is only open to US residents.

Furthermore, if we get enough shares and likes on this bad boy, I may be persuaded to send out a second print to one of you as a show of thanks for the support *hint hint*! 🙂

Quotography Gallery!

16 May

Finaaaaallllyyyy!!  It’s here!  The Quotography gallery is up and running!

Check it out, show the participants some love, show Nick some love for all of the hard work he put in establishing the gallery, SHARE(!!!) and make sure to stay tuned for more upcoming projects.  Our next one, already in the works, will be awesome.  We hope you’ll join us! =)

Keep an eye on our Blogs and Facebook pages for updates. And as always, thanks for being supportive, awesome and gorgeous.  You guys rock!

Quotography Submission #3

9 May
"There's no way to happiness, happiness is the way" -Buddha

“There’s no way to happiness, happiness is the way” -Buddha

The last image in the series of 3 from the Quotography project was one that really resonated with me, yet at the same time, I struggled the longest with. It was a simple sentiment, one that I agree with wholeheartedly, but I couldn’t find a way to graphically portray it.

The quote is: “There’s no way to happiness, happiness is the way.” –Buddha

How do you narrow that one down? A smile? A laugh? A Buddha?

The answer revealed itself while I was in the music studio doing photos for a local musician.  The musician was struggling with one particular vocal line, as I’m sure 99% of musicians do, and I could feel the frustration between him and the producer.  They both wanted to get it right.

I noticed, as I watched them re-track, that his mouse had a smiley face sticker on it.  Just a little reminder to stay positive, that happiness is a choice.  I know I had found my last image. =)

Quotography Submission #2

8 May
Grace and Faith

Grace and Faith

As I’m sure all of you have come to realize, Quotograph images don’t just represent a set of words.  They represent how you feel about the words, and more importantly, they tell a story.

The last of my two submissions come with a story, for sure!

My second quote was a verse from the Bible, “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. [Ephesians 2:8]

My first, obvious thought was to include an image of something involving a church, a Bible, a cross, rosary… something along those lines.  However, as with the last quote, I felt this deserved more.  I have an inherent respect for all things religious, regardless of the religion, and wanted to do better than just a shallow, surface representation of this.

I talked with another creative about this image, trying to come up with ideas worthy of the quote. At the time, I had a trip to NYC planned, and we had discussed photographing some of the famous cathedrals there, and somehow involving someone who was down on their luck.  Fortuitously, while in NYC I stumbled upon just such a scene and while I grabbed a few shots, they didn’t speak to me.

We continued with our agenda for the day, which included a visit to Chinatown to see a Buddhist temple (which was closed) and the 9/11 memorial (which was closing as we got there! Haha).  As we made our way down to the waterfront, we stumbled upon a gentleman in prayer out in an open space.

This was the moment I had been searching for.  It felt right to me. He was completely lost in prayer, and that alone spoke volumes. The fact that he was out in the open, (figuratively) naked to the world resonated with devotion to his religion. This was a man who was so invested in his beliefs that could forgo the trappings and icons of religion, and still find his connection to faith. It was an inspiring scene.

I hope you, regardless of personal philosophy, are able to find something meaningful in that moment for yourself.

Pat on the Collective Back

7 May

I’m feeling very proud to be co-hosting this Quotography project today.  We have so many great submissions, it’s wonderful to be part of a collaboration with so many talented and creative people. =)

Just a reminder, we will be accepting late submissions through Wednesday, as it will take us a few days to organize all the submissions and get the gallery and post ready.  If you still need to send in your images, email them to submit@nickexposed.com

Thank you for giving this project your all. Nick Exposed and I can’t wait to share the gallery and follow-up thoughts with you guys!

Quotography Submission #1

7 May

It’s time for the big reveal!

As any of you who have been following my blog know, I am co-hosting a collaborative, creative photo project with my good friend Nick from NickExposed. Not wanting to influence any of the participants, I waited to post my own submissions to the project.  But, finally, the time is now.

Now, in the past, I have always been able to choose my own quote so this was a new (and fun!) experience for me.  It was interesting to have to do a little research to find out the context of my quotes, as I wanted to create an image that was both representative of the image, but also satisfied my need for creative interpretation of the quote.

Remember, Remember the 5th of November

Remember, Remember the 5th of November

My first quote was “Remember, Remember the 5th of November…Gunpowder, Treason and Plot…I see no reason Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.”  I had heard the quote before (it was made famous by the film “V for Vendetta”, a movie I happen to like) however, I didn’t feel like a Guy Fawkes mask would be the way I wanted to depict the image.  It was more important to me to get to the heart of the matter – to take a deeper look at the context and meaning behind the quote.

A little research revealed that Guy Fawkes was only one of a group of English Catholics who were attempting to assassinate King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne by blowing up the House of Lords in 1605.  They called this plan the Gunpowder Plot and while it failed, the concept of religious violence – agression caused by, or justified by, religious differences – is still something we deal with today.

For me, it was important to incorporate some symbol of the toll violence of any sort take on us – the loss, the pain and sadness.  I did this through the use of directional lighting, creating shadows to represent and honor those who had fallen throughout the history of mankind.  It was a little thing, but it satisfied my need to show respect for the meaning behind the quote, “Remember, Remember the 5th of November…Gunpowder, Treason and Plot…I see no reason Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.”

What do you think of my thought process in creating this image?  Did you go about it differently?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Updates, Deadlines and Questions, Oh My!

1 May

We are in the Quotography home stretch, friends! How are your photos coming along? Sounds like most people have them planned, just need to shoot one or two more? Nick and I extended to deadline to Sunday night so everyone will have the entire weekend to edit and send.

What are your thoughts? Is it what you expected? Easier? Harder?

Quotography Inspiration

27 Apr

There is no trick to Quotography, but as I’m sure many of you can attest, there are some quotes that are easier to put into images than others. We have decided to tell you a little bit about our process in the hopes that you, our fellow collaborators, can get something out of it! Remember, our way of doing it is not “the right” way to go about it…it’s just a discussion to get your wheels turning and the creativity flowing.

The best way to do this, I think, will be with some examples.

“In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away” – Shing Xiong

Shannon’s Thoughts:

The first thing I do with most quotes is look for the obvious, tangible items in it. In this case, I could try to do something with breath…maybe frosty breath on a cold morning…something along those lines. However, I don’t think that would really illustrate the message Shing Xiong is trying to convey. Instead, I would focus on the ‘moments’ portion of the quote.

‘Moments’ could be something with clocks or watches. Maybe a clock involved in an image of something I value. A watch on a couple holding hands or kissing?

However, to me, this quote is special enough that I would want to do better than a first obvious thought. If this were my quote, I would be inclined to do a photo involving other photos of special moments. Maybe a photo of polaroids spread out on a table? Or a photo of a scrapbook. Photos are my favorite way to remember important moments, so it would be an ideal way to both illustrate the quote while still communicating my personal values.

Nick’s Thoughts:

It’s funny Shannon should pick this quote for us to brainstorm on as an example, because we actually reference it quite a bit with the Charity I work for, so I already have a strong connection to its message.

When approaching quotography, I typically go either one of two ways. First would be to try and pull elements from the actual quote and arrange them in a way that would make for a complimenting image. The other is to try and visualize what the overall message is of the quote and work on capturing an image of that idea, which at times has no particular element from the quote included in the imagery.

Given my relationship with this quote I would definitely go for capturing the idea of unforgettable moments over the elements, which could go in multiple directions. The romantic in me would shoot a well dressed man on one knee asking for his soon to be fiance’s hand in marriage, while she was beginning to weep tears of joy as he presents the sizable rock he has patiently saved up for over the last year. However, the charitable figure in me would shoot more of a reaction to a front row experience at a concert or event. The outrageously energetic cheers as a favorite band comes on stage or the fainting girl as her dream guy rockstar gives a gesture of recognizing her existence. Even a shot of a the winning marathon runner breaking through the ribbon at the end of the course, both hands in the air celebrating a hard earned victory while moments later he will surely be too exhausted to hardly even move. Each of these unforgettable experiences would play in perfectly to the overall message of this quote.

Some quotes are more difficult to apply imagery to…

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Shannon’s Thoughts:

I briefly thought about doing something with a globe, but again that’s an obvious portrayal and I feel, inaccurate. This quote makes me think of someone who leads by example, such as Mother Theresa of Martin Luther King, Jr. They epitomized the idea of large change with non-violent methods. Obviously, I wouldn’t be able to take a photo of those particular examples, but there are humanitarian efforts all around us. The trick is to recognize them.

Some ideas that come to mind are involved as photographs representing a cause, or as simple as catching a random act of kindness. In my mind, both would tell a story of gentle change.

Nick’s Thoughts:

This is another instance where I would go for the imagery of the idea behind, which in my mind would be small actions can have large impacts.

Imagery wise, I would probably go for something simple to compliment the quotes easy nature. Perhaps a image of some youth out in the middle of town holding up a “Free Hugs” sign (which if you have never done yourself, I would highly suggest it! Its a very rewarding experience to see the impact a simple hug can make to someones day), with a recent hug receiver walking away with a huge grin on their face. Or even better yet a couple elderly ladies walking away giggling about the handsome young teens that they just received hugs from. Even something simple like a shot of someone tossing their plastic cup and paper bags in the recycle bin rather than the trash.

Notice that neither example necessarily ran with the exact wording of the quote, but captured the essence of the ideas expressed.. however, you could just as easily run with the elements in the quote, using gently and the world within your imagery. Its completely up to you how you approach it, as we said, there is no right or wrong way to go about this project, as long as you get the creative juices flowing. Our intention is that by seeing our methods, you may be able to shape your own creative process.

If you have any questions, or just need someone to bounce ideas off of, please don’t hesitate to contact us: Shannon (seespotsphoto@yahoo.com) or Nick (nrmayo87@gmail.com)!

The most important part of this project is that you HAVE FUN!!!! There will be no judging, only celebration of creativity when this is all said and done. We look forward to seeing all of your creative results as well as show casing our own!!

Wearing Some Hats

25 Apr

It’s been a busy few photo weeks, and I love it!

I just finished a great joint post endeavor discussing cell phone photography and the impact its having on traditional photo editing. That took a few weeks to research, with input from several other great photogs (we really have a great community of creatives, don’t we?) You can check that out here.

I’m in the midst of engagement shoots and wedding booking. Meetings, meetings, meetings!

I’m super excited about this weekend’s photowalk with Will from wheretowillie.com in NYC. Any photogs in the area with suggestions, let me know. 🙂 This particular photo was from a trip to NYC last year. It was a rainy day and we were all hiding in shelters where we coukd find them…except for this pup who was too curious to care!

Rainy Day Pup - NYC

Rainy Day Pup - NYC

And last but definitely not least…Quotography! For those of you quotographing…how’s it coming? If you have any questions, or need someone to bounce ideas off of, we are here for you!

So…what else does Seeing Spots have in the works? Find SSP on Facebook for exclusive updates!

You stay classy, World…and Thanks for Stopping By. 😉

Calling All Creatives :: Quotography Project Time!!

19 Apr

I’ve mentioned it…oh…maybe a million times?  A million bajillion times?  Finally, the moment has arrived!

In an effort to keep this as uniform as possible…and because I think Bacon-Cameras are funny, I’m going to just copy/paste from my partner in crime and co-host for this project, Nick of Nick Exposed.

BAM! Time for another collaboration photo project!

If you remember last months Luck of the Irish Collab, my good friend Shannon and I took the same concept each and attacked it with our cameras and creative thinking. It was interesting to see how two creatives thousands of miles apart would come to visualizing the same idea and concept. Well.. Shannon and I have been talking and its time to bring another collaboration to the surface, only this time were going to get anybody and everybody involved to add to the excitement and creativity!

If your following either the Nick Exposed or the Seeing Spots Photography Facebook pages you have probably seen the sneak peeks we’ve been posting over the last couple weeks (If your not following our pages heres the hint to do so so you don’t miss out on all the cool shit we post!! Capiche?  😉 ). If you happened to miss our awesome sneak peak posts the topic of the collab is “Quotography”, taking famous.. and not so famous quotes and visualizing them in the form of a photo. Simple enough right?

So how is this thing going to work?

Each participant will submit their 3 favorite quotes which will be randomly be given to other creatives. Which in turn means you will get 3 random quotes that you will then have to creatively capture through the lens. You can use your dslr, 35mm, Hasselblad medium format, iphone, pinhole watermelon, holga camera built entirely out of bacon bits.. etc. the point is it doesn’t matter what you use or have to capture the photo with as long as you approach it in a creative fashion. Theres really no wrong way to do it.

Whats the timeframe?

We would like to have anyone who would like to participate in the collab email me nrmayo87@gmail.com with your three favorite quotes. Put “Count me in for Quotography” as the subject and have an email to me by 10am est. Sat 21st.

Deadline for submitting your photos to be featured in the write up and “online exhibit” will be May 5th, which after quotes are submitted and distributed will give roughly 2 weeks to brain storm and execute your ideas.

Are there prizes?

This is not a contest (Although if you are able to make a camera out of Bacon Bits I will find you a prize), but rather a creative exercise involving our photog communities.

What would be considered a good quote to submit?

Obviously we aren’t going to work with any inappropriate quotes or images. However any inspiring/motivating quote will do. Ex. “Be the change you wish to see in the world” -Mahatma Gandhi

When you submit please include the authors name so that the quote may be credited when presented with the image. Also before submitting any “Unknown” author quotes please do a quick search on google , goodreads or a similar site in order to ensure as many quotes as possible get proper recognition.

Other than that feel free to leave any questions in the comments below, or email them to me directly. Please send your quotes submissions and statement that you wish to participate to my email and not to the comments below, that will ensure it is all in the same place, as I would hate to accidentally leave anyone out.

We are truly excited to bring this project to the community and cant wait to see where it will lead.