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Jacksonville Senior Photographer // Scarlett Lillian Seniors: February 2010

Feb 21, 2010

Accomplishing the impossible...

One year ago my life changed.

I went from being daddy's little girl to having no father at all.

It rocked my world.

It made me question everything I believed in.

It made me face all my fears.

It showed me how short our time is on this earth.

It challenged me to live everyday to the fullest.

It taught me I would rather try and fail than than always wonder what if?

On a long list of goals, today I crossed one more thing off my what if list.

I finished a marathon.

(More pics and video footage and details later! Yay!)


Feb 19, 2010

Chasing the impossible dream...

My marathon shirt I'll be wearing with all your loved ones names you asked me to run for!




The day has arrived. Sunday I have to run a marathon.


Deep breath.

I can do this.

I CAN do this.

In all honesty, had I not blogged about this back in September, I probably would stay tucked in my bed on Sunday, made some kind of excuse, and not go through with it. I mean, we're talking 26.2 miles. Me? It seems like such an IMPOSSIBLE thing for me to accomplish.

In thinking about the upcoming race, it made me think about the first race I ever watched. Back in 2002, I took a photojournalism class because it was required for my Magazine Journalism major. I was super excited because I knew I was obsessed with my point and shoot camera, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on a "real" camera (aka, SLR camera) and learn all how those crazy f-stop, shutter speed, ISO things worked.

However, mission failed.

I honestly didn't have a good teacher who explained it well, so I ended up getting frustrated not understanding how everything worked together. And this was before the digital cameras came along that showed you instant results of what you were doing, so it never clicked in my mind, and out of my frustration I put the camera down and thought "Well, I guess I was never meant to be a photographer."

However, during that time, one of the assignments I had for that photojournalism class was to document an event. Someone told me about a 5K race happening one morning on campus, so I thought it might be fun to go see what all the racing hoopla was about, that is, until I found out the race started at 7am! I immediately thought "Do what? Runners are crazy to get up that early, I could never be a runner." Yet, I got up at the crack of dawn with them and went to document their race. Here's a few of my "I have no idea what I'm doing with the camera" shots I got from the race. (But I do like how I accidentally got some motion blur in the pic below!)

Fast forward to now. 2010. I've become one of the crazy ones. Not only have I become a photographer, but I've become a runner. And um, I have to be at the starting line for the marathon at 6am. Gulp! I guess that's why the cliche sayings goes "Never say never!"

But here's the thing, yeah, I like to get out there and try to run, but I don't really consider myself a runner. I've never once been able to run continuously for a full mile. It's more like, run for a song length, walk for a song, run for another song, walk for 2 songs. And now I'm chasing the impossible dream of running/walking 26.2 miles? Oh, Scarlett, so like you to dream big.

But I blogged about it in September because I knew I had to hold myself accountable. I knew if I made it simply as a personal goal for myself, or kept it to myself, I would never accomplish it. So instead, I set a goal to raise money for the cause, and asked you here on the blog to leave a comment of someone you love that I could run for. What started with a goal to run for my dad, who passed away exactly one year ago on the marathon day, and my mom and Grandma, both breast cancer survivors, then turned into a t-shirt full of 55 names I'm now running each mile for.

So for Sunday... I ask for your prayer... to lift me up as I run toward the finish line. To lift me up to prevent injury. To lift up my energy levels and endurance... There is NO way I will be able to accomplish this long race on my own, so I will strictly be relying on Jesus through the strength of your prayers.

I know that any pain I endure along the way is nothing compared to what each of the 55 people on my list have been through. For those now dancing with Jesus in Heaven, and for those still fighting the good fight, I run for them.

Lastly, will you help support the cause? I set out to raise $1000, and I'm just over $300 away from that goal. I've been asking people to donate money in honor of a loved one they know who has been through cancer. The money goes toward life-saving breast cancer research at Mayo Clinic, the place that helped heal my mom from breast cancer back in 2004. I appreciate any support you can provide to help meet this goal by Sunday morning! Even the smallest amount like $10 goes a long way! You can learn more and donate here:


Thanks for your financial support and all your prayers and encouragement! I have the best blog friends a girl could have! :-)


Feb 18, 2010

Let's get our shoot on at WPPI 2010 in Las Vegas!

So who all is attending WPPI this year? Leave me a comment and let me know! And if you see me around, please come up and say hello, I would love love love to meet you!

One of my favorite things about WPPI is the chance to leave Jacksonville behind and shoot in an new awesome place! Las Vegas has SO much eye candy to shoot around! The past 2 years I have hosted photoshoots around the strips and hotel, and I thought I would take a break this year, but so many of you have been asking me to do another one... Soooooo, here goes! I'm actually really excited to host another one this year because last year the photoshoot SOLD OUT to 20 photographers from as far away as Japan and Australia! We had fun playing around with off camera lighting, but things got a little crazy being in the heart of the WPPI. So this year, I'm scaling it down to 10 people, and I'm taking things out to the desert because... well... I've never got desert shots before and I really want that shot of a bride and groom laying in the abandoned road with the steamy desert all around them... ha!

The event site is already live, but registration doesn't open until 1 PM PACIFIC standard time. (That's 4pm today for us east coast folks! I had to set it according to Las Vegas time!) So set your alarms on your iPhones to remind yourself because it's first come first serve with the 10 spots open! Here's the link where you can grab your spot:


Also, as a bonus, each attendee will receive a 30% discount toward a stylin' Trendy Camera Strap!

Here's a fun behind the scenes video from last year's shoot made by the fabulous Andrew of Studio MSV!

Also, earlier that day before the shoot on Tuesday morning March 9, I'm excited to also be asked to hang out at the Pictage booth at 11am. Apparently Jim Collins, the rockstar CEO of Pictage, is doing a "Inside the Actor's Studio" dealio with myself and other friends of mine (you'll want to stick around for Bob & Dawn Davis and Mike Larson following me)! So I hope you'll make it over to the Pictage booth and participate and say hello!!

Lastly.... can I get a big WOO HOO! Last night, I was honored to be 1 of 90 photographers who helped raise almost $42,000 for Thirst Relief! This will help ThirstRelief save 8,327 lives by providing access to safe, clean drinking water in third world countries. It was like watching a horse race the last 2 minutes as I watched my bids go up, actually hanging on the edge of my seat! I'm still waiting to hear who won my bid, but I'm excited to not only help Thirst Relief, but help another photographer at WPPI. We'll be spending 2 hours together over lunch chatting about photography as I help answer their questions. In addition to the mentor session they won, I'm giving them a FREE spot in this Vegas shootout!

So don't forget.... 1 PM PST is when registration opens... Hope you can grab a spot too! I look forward to hanging out and shooting with you in Vegas!


EDIT: This event SOLD OUT in 20 minutes! But if you missed out grabbing a spot, go to the link above and sign up on the WAITING LIST in case a seat opens up... I just might open a few more. :-)

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Feb 16, 2010

Scarlett Lillian Workshop: Day 4 + I love MCP Actions!

On the last day of the workshop, we said our goodbyes and most girls headed out early back home. A few girls stayed a tad longer to get their headshots done by moi! Here's a few of my favorites of the beautiful ladies!

I'm excited too... for this blog entry, I tried out one of the workshop sponsors, MCP Actions, new "Finish It" action to create my blog logo header on the images. Before, I used a homemade template with my logo, then had to run an action to resize the high res to the web size, then drag it over to the template with my logo, then had to sharpen it, then had to flatten it.. all these crazy steps.. but now with the Finish It action by MCP Action, all I literally did was press one click to run the action (which resized it whether horizontal or vertical and created the black part at the bottom), another click to add my logo, and another click to resize it. Soooo simple and eliminated all those extra steps I was taking. Jodi with MCP Actions created a whole bunch of shapes and looks you can choose from for your blog preference, I just chose the one closest to what I was using before. I highly recommend you download this to tag your blog images with your logo with such ease!!

The blue-eyed beauty, Jerri Lynn

The trendy and chic Kayla Mercedes

The gorgeous Jessica Ashley

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Let's save lives together at WPPI!

Not only does photography document lives, it can save lives too.

This year I was honored to be asked to participate in the Thirst Relief Mentor Auction at WPPI. It's win-win for everyone.... I treat you to a 2-hour lunch and you get to ask me all your photography questions... and Thirst Relief gets 100% of the proceeds directly to help eliminate the 5,760 people who die of waterborne illness everyday!

Also, as a special bonus, you will win a FREE seat in my Vegas photoshoot during WPPI... oh whoops, did I let that slip out? Yep, I'm working on that behind the scenes, more news is coming on that later this week... stay tuned for more info and sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of this blog if you want to be the first to know how to get a spot!

To find out more info on how you can bid for our lunch together at WPPI, check out all the goods, click here!

Here's the deal though... bidding opened today and ends TOMORROW, the 17th, at 9:30EST! So go get your bid on NOW!

I can't wait to meet you and hang out and chat about our love of photography! :-)

Feb 15, 2010

Scarlett Lillian Workshop: Day 3 With America's Next Top Model Cycle 10 Winner Whitney Thompson

When I found out the news, I could hardly contain myself. Somehow, I was able to keep a secret until the last day of the workshop when I surprised the girls that our special model for our bridal photoshoot that day would be America's Next Top Model Cycle 10 Winner Whitney Thompson!

If you can't view the video, click here:

Before getting ready for our bridal shoot, Whitney walked into the room bravely without hair or make up done. She shared her heart with the girls about her message she carries with her to inspire others. As the first "Full Figured" model to win the show, she enjoys talking with young girls about how real beauty comes from within, not what the pages of a magazine show and distort. She shared with us the realities of how the average size woman IS a Size 12 or above, but in the modeling world, size 6 is considered overweight. I applaud Whitney for not starving herself, but rocking the gorgeous curves she has.

Here's a pic of us I grabbed with my iPhone behind the scenes as Whitney got ready!

As Whitney and our groom model Wes modeled for us, I taught the girls about off camera lighting around One Ocean Resort & Spa and out on the beach. It was a freezing Florida day, but Whitney and Wes were troopers and rocked it! I was so proud to see the awesome images the girls were getting, most their first time using off camera lighting. A few of the girls have already posted pics, so be sure to check out their photos of Whitney on their own blogs and leave them some comment love!

Amy Gibbons
Kerry Andriuk
Jessica Ashley
Lydia Shannon
Leeann Marie
Sarah Bray
Connie Rollins
Erin Campbell

And below are a few of my favorites I shot! Special thanks to the glam squad that put together Whitney's look:

Fashion Stylist: Melanie Pace
Make Up: Paulina Perez
Hair: Amber Kish
Dress: Judd Waddall, Solutions Bridal
Necklace & Earrings: BCBG
Ring & Bracelet: Bayhill Jewelers
Shoes: BCBG

And here's a fun shot Stephen grabbed of the whole gang with Whitney!

And the workshop wouldn't have been complete without a special thank you to the amazing sponsors:

Trendy Camera Straps
Canvas OnDemand
Rita Hermes, Wedding Publicist
MCP Actions

And a special thanks to the Bui Brothers who rocked it behind the scenes capturing the whole event for an upcoming project!

Lastly, I leave you with this special message from Whitney Thompson to you!

If you can't view the video, click here:

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Feb 12, 2010

Scarlett Lillian Workshop: Day 2

A few detail shots Stephen grabbed of the workshop folders for the girls! A special thanks to Lydia Shannon for making the oh so cute nametags for everyone!

Day 2 of the workshop started with some classroom time. Me sharing my story. The girls sharing their stories. Passing around the mic so the girls could so bravely share their dreams and goals of what they were born to do with their photography careers. We even had a booty shake dance break before lunch.

That afternoon we shot an engagement session for Julia and Matt who are getting married in September! Here's some of my favorite shots from the session, and some fun shots I grabbed of the girls while getting their shoot on!

Stephen captured this fun shot at the end of the day of all the girls! I love it, especially that cool reflection on the beach. Miss the girls!

Lastly, a few of the girls have already blogged their pictures from the workshop, or been creating video blogs about their experience, so go check it out and leave them some comment love! You can also get a sneak peek of the pictures from Day 2 of our special guest, America's Next Top Model cycle 10 winner Whitney Thompson! I'll be blogging my images of her soon!

Leeann Marie

Amy Gibbons

Jessica Ashley

Kerry Andriuk

Erin Campbell

Sarah Bray

Lydia Shannon

Virginia Rhoads

Jess McCrea

Connie Rollins

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