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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?