Sunday, December 26, 2010

Snow in Leesville, SC, USA

I am Thankful I was at my house in Leesville, SC, for the holidays. I had waited in Connecticut for over a month to see this snow, when really I just needed to be in my home state of South Carolina. We got about two inches or so of snow, and it is already beginning to melt. When I woke up around 11am, I looked out the window. When I noticed it was still snowing, I quickly put on clothes, grabbing my tripod and camera and out the door I went. I got to hear the snow fall and the compacting of it underneath my mom's boots I swiped for this adventure. I can now say a snowflake has gotten in my eye as well. Below are the majority of what I edited down. Enjoy this journey of snow in the South, which is far and few between (click on the images to see a larger view).


The cedar trees on the side of our house


The back of our oldest barn on the property (60+ years)


The very end of our driveway


China berry tree


Front of our oldest barn on the property (60+ years)










At our grapevines




The gate leading to the back pasture








One of my favorites from the whole shoot. Look at those eyelashes.






This is the upside to snow. With just one pure color blanketing the grounds, it changes the whole environment into wonder. How can something so beautiful be so chilling, dangerous, and affect a life's scheduled time into frustration? For this, we can call this fluffy precipitation bittersweet.

Always,
Des'ola

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Mileski Family

I had the privilege to photograph the Mileski family (including their St. Bernard named Stormy) this past weekend. Fran, who is a wonderful photographer (check out her work here), mother, & wife, and I have been planning to do this shoot since July! She knew of the location she wanted to photograph her family, and I'm so glad she introduced me to the Harkness Park. I haven't been inspired by a location in a while quite like I have with this place. Below are some of my favorites from the shoot:




Julian walking around the mansion at Harkness Park.




I believe this is my favorite family portrait I've made. When I can capture a family just being and it feel so natural and beautiful, this is when I believe we succeeded together.




Fran, it was wonderful photographing with your family. I look forward to more of our photography adventures. Stay beautiful.

Always,
Des'ola

Monday, November 29, 2010

Meara & Daniel

I met Meara & Daniel earlier this year in March I believe. Daniel is on the same submarine as my boyfriend, Kevin, and since they're good friends, I met Meara and am fortunate to call her a good friend as well. This past weekend, I photographed the married couple in Bluff Point located in Groton, Connecticut. I have walked this three mile trail before and have mentally noted how there are places I'd love to photograph with beautiful people, and I got my opportunity with them. Here are some of my favorites from the shoot, which I noticed most involve them with lips locked. Love in touch I find beautiful:











I am so Honored and Thankful when I can photograph Love. Thank you Meara & Daniel.

Always,
Des'ola

Monday, October 25, 2010

Lisa & Michael's Engagement

I've been friends with Lisa since 2003, and we met initially online exchanging poetry, as cheesy as it may sound. I was with her when I met Michael and we had lunch at Taco Bell. I remember Michael and I shared a caramel apple empanada. I have photographed them on numerous occasions, and I've seen us all grow, them as a couple and myself as a photographer. As a gift for them getting married March 12, 2011, we did a photo shoot. Lisa's dress was what she wore when she was proposed to on April 18th. Below are my top five from the shoot:











Congratulations to my dear friends, and I look forward to being a part of your wedding next year.

Always,
Des'ola

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Eddie Adams Workshop: My Photo Assignment

This past weekend, I was in New York for the Eddie Adams Workshop. I was a part of the Pink Team. Our team leader was Stacy Pearsall, the producer was Mike Stewart (Associated Press), and editor was Santiago Lyon (Associated Press). I'd like to give a great thanks to each of them. Because of them taking time out of their extremely busy schedules, they made the Pink Team's EAW experience memorable and inspiring which will stay with us for the rest of our lives.

My assignment was located at the Kiamesha Lanes in Kiamesha Lakes, New York. Thank you, Fran, for letting me shadow you and document the bowling alley. I had the opportunity to go through behind-the-scenes of the bowling alley, including being on the gutters inbetween the lanes as people bowled and I even got to go behind the wall where the pins are sorted. She allowed me to go to her home and photograph some of her personal life there. Another thanks for the Cookie Crisp, banana, and Sunny D for breakfast! The following images are my favorites from photographing.




The bowling alley shih tzu.


These pins were outside on the side of the building, and Fran said one day she was walking and saw these randomly laying here, not sure of the story why they're there.






A special thanks goes to Stacy Pearsall and the guys from Manfrotto Distributions for the assistance of the lighting set-up of this portrait (they are the bowlers in the background). My inspiration was uplifted after this very image for the rest of the this shoot.


This is an overhead shot of how the pins are sorted. What you hear after you bowl is what you see here as the machine quickly gets the pins ready for them to be knocked down again.


These are the smallest and biggest size (20!) of bowling shoes available.


Strike!


This was quite the adrenaline rush photographing at this angle.


This cat was over 20 years old and belonged to Fran's mother.


This is the backyard of Fran's home. Look at how beautiful Autumn in New York is.

I cannot thank the Eddie Adams Workshop enough for the experience I had. I'd also like to say I greatly appreciate my new Kata camera bag, and I look forward to using it on future photo shoots. To everyone who made EAW possible, a big Thank You goes to you. Because of you, we are even more inspired than ever to document what we see in the world. With this experience, I have realized even more of what kind of photographer I am. My heart belongs to photographing people and above all, having the human element included. In 2010, I have had many changing moments which have been so powerful for me, and this is definitely a big one.

Always,
Des'ola

(To view more photos from EAW, see my Facebook album here)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Stunner Jada

I've known Jada since high school. Yesterday (which was also my first Special Rate Day) was the first time I saw her in six years (since senior year of high school). Her beauty hasn't changed a bit, and I was SO honored to photograph with her. She was very inspiring. These are my favorites from our shoot:












Thank you so much, Jada. It was lovely seeing you again after all these years!

Always,
Des'ola