Tuesday, June 29, 2010

talking about: Grey's Anatomy

I've been on a mini-vacation and therefore haven't been able to keep up with the blog this week. [ I'm so sorry bloggers! :( ] BUT, I did have a post saved that I wanted to share in a time like this. Not photography related, so skip this one if you aren't interested in anything else. Abigail Todd Photography will resume tomorrow. :)
I have talked about it before. If you know me well, you know how much I love watching it. If you have been with me on a Thursday night, you know what we are watching. Not now... time to wait for the next season. I hate it when that happens. Grey's Anatomy. Ahem yeah... not really sure what to say other than it's my favorite show on TV. I have this thing, I collect quotes. Quotes from movies, shows, friends and put them in a note on my phone, sticky pad... somewhere where I will later find them and think, laugh or cry to myself. These are my favorite from the show. I am hoping that if you are into reading... you will be curious and check out the show. Rent the first season and you will be hooked. Promise.

"We're adults. When did that happen? And how do we make it stop?"
"Sometimes, change is everything."
"Pick me, choose me, love me."
"There is no other day. Every day is like this. Every day is a crisis. I love you and I want to marry you today, but there is no time".
"You know, just because people do horrible things... it doesn't always mean they're horrible people."
"I've heard that it's possible to grow up. I've just never met anyone who's actually done it. Without parents to defy, we break the rules we make for ourselves. We throw tantrums when things don't go our way, we whisper secrets with our best friends in the dark, we look for comfort where we can find it, and we hope - against all logic, against all experience. Like children, we never give up hope..."
"Denial. It's not just a river in Egypt. It's a freakin' ocean."
"I have an aunt who whenever she poured anything for you she would say "Say when". My aunt would say "Say when" and of course, we never did. We don't say when because there's something about the possibility, of more. More tequila, more love, more anything. More is better."
"How do you know when how much is too much? Too much too soon. Too much information. Too much fun. Too much love. Too much to ask... And when is it all just too much to bear?"
"At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing, where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, is usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to, and once we've chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them, the people that are still with you at the end of the day - those are the ones worth keeping. And sure, sometimes close can be too close. But sometimes, that invasion of personal space, it can be exactly what you need."
"The thing about addiction is, it never ends well. Because eventually, whatever it is that was getting us high, stops feeling good, and starts to hurt. Still, they say you don't kick the habit until you hit rock bottom. But how do you know when you are there? Because no matter how badly a thing is hurting us, sometimes, letting it go hurts even worse."
"Because I believe that, we can be extraordinary together rather than ordinary apart."
"She's got my McDreamy and my McDog. She's got my McLife!"
-Meredith Grey

"Being aware of your crap, and actually overcoming your crap are two very different things, Meredith."
"I can't talk right now. I'm trying to save your guy. Now please go try to save mine."
"I don't like you because you're you."
"I'm a big girl. I can decide when I've had enough trauma."
"You can't date a vet, he isn't even a real doctor..."
"I need a drink, a man, or a massage. Or a drunken massage by a man."
"Prestons do not go into the woods. A guy named Preston is gonna get his a** kicked by a squirrel."
-Cristina Yang

"They think you're taking advantage of me, they think I'm using you, but they don't know us."
"I wore a diaper yesterday, yes - and I will wear one today. If it helps Dr. Shepherd get through the surgery, I will wear a diaper. My diaper is awesome. My diaper is hard-core. You wish you had the balls to wear my diaper. I'm gonna wear it, and I'm gonna wear it with pride. And if I have to pee in it? Oh, I'll pee. Because I am a surgeon. This is America. And I will do what needs to be done. So you can kiss my hard-core, diaper wearing a**."
-Lexie Grey

"You made me promise you that you wouldn't live like this. So now what am I supposed to do? Smother you with a pillow?"
"I don't want to be the future of this hospital if you're not there with me."
"For a kiss to be really good, you want it to mean something. You want it to be with someone you can't get out of your head, so that when your lips finally touch you feel it everywhere. A kiss so hot and so deep you never want to come up for air. You can't cheat your first kiss. Trust me, you don't want to. Cause when you find that right person for a first kiss, it's everything."
"You are so into me, it's sad. The worship, the adoration ahhh I'm so handsome I intoxicate you."
-Alex Karev

"She's intense, intelligent, complicated. She's like a single malt scotch."
"Meredith, I want your crappy babies, all of them."
"I want to marry you. I want to have kids with you. I want to build us a house... I want to grow old with you. I want to die at 110 years old in your arms. I don't want forty-eight interrupted hours. I want a lifetime."
-Derek Shepherd

"If there's anything I can do... to cheer you up... I'm around. Day or night. Night in particular."
"Lookin' ... it sounds so much dirtier without the "g"."
"Lex, I'm still in love with you. I tried not to be, but it didn't work. And Sloane's gone, there is no baby, and I don't want to sleep around. I want another chance. I'm in love with you." (Lexie: Karev, he's... Mark, I have a boyfriend) "I know. All I'm saying is that you could have a husband."
-Mark Sloan

"We can do this. Just meet me halfway. All you have to do is say yes."
"They're all three words, so I can have something to say to you instead of the three words that are killing me. The three words that you know I feel but I can't say them because it would be cruel to say them because I am no good for you."
"Forty years from now, I'm going to have to pry that scalpel out of your hand, too."
"You're the only one that sees me."
-Owen Hunt

"I am so right about so many things it would make your head spin."
"I don't do second best."
"Every intern wants to perform their first surgery. That's not your job. Do you know what your job is? To make your resident happy. Do I look happy? No! Why? Because my interns are whinny. You know what will make me look happy? Having the code team staffed, having the trauma pages answered, having the weekend labs delivered and having someone down in the pit doing the sutures. No one holds a scalpel until I'm so happy I'm Mary Freaking Poppins."
-Miranda Bailey

"Okay, I rescheduled an ACL repair. But I want to be clear. I am not wearing pink or baby blue, I don't do flowers in my hair and I will never be seen with a bow on my a**."
"Alone people don't like to hear about together people. It's sort of like bringing a six-pack to an AA meeting."
"Don't chase me anymore, unless you're ready to catch me."
"We're socially retarded. I mean, look at me. I'm in love with a a guy who won't say he loves me back... and here I am in his kitchen cooking, hoping he comes home and notices me. I'm a total freak. I'm the girl in the back of the class who eats her hair."
-Callie Torres

And finally... (I know I have quoted a lot, maybe after this post you think this is the Grey's Anatomy fan-club and no longer a photography blog. So SORRY you feel that way. Last one...) my favorite dialogue from the 1st season:
Derek: It's not the chase.
Meredith: What?
Derek: You and me. It is not the thrill of the chase. It's not a game. It's... your tiny ineffectual fists. And your hair.
Meredith: My hair?
Derek: It smells good. And you're very, very ballsy. It keeps me in line.
Meredith: I'm still not going out with you.
Derek: You say that now...

I can't help but think of my Starbucks/greys/cheese-fries/dip sister Jo when I am talking about all this. I MISS YOU. Can't wait to see ya. I know that watching Grey's will never be the same, after all you were the one that got me hooked :). Good times. And if even when it was bad times, I always felt better. Thank you. For understanding and for being strong when I wasn't. When I needed it most. For giving me the daily reality check, because I seem to wake up in some other planet every day. It wasn't until I dragged myself to Starbucks and your couch that my day would really start functioning. I will never be able to forget that. Love you so much. Hugs and kisses from the married woman. :)
For kicks... here is a preview of what is soon coming on the blog. Happy Tuesday!

Monday, June 21, 2010

a date with Prince Charming

I hadn't been in front of the camera in a while. I wanted a new wallet picture with Coco. So I decided it would be a good teaching opportunity for my JJ. Jael came over and we sat outside in the heat with all the bloodsucking mosquitos for about 15 minutes. Kept telling her "find the light". (Jael isn't a very patient photographer. Especially if she is being attacked by bugs. Or if the camera weighs. Or if Coco isn't paying attention. Or if she isn't taking pictures of a hot guy. Jael isn't patient. Period.) Still... She captured my new favorite pictures of us, of me and of what soon will be made into a canvas for my room. I am so happy I put through all that aggravation. Since it's Monday... time for personal tidbits. Last time I did an about me post I felt so happy about sharing stuff to my prospect clients and blog readers. I even had a client mention my love of sharpies from reading it on here. I said to myself, "so someone is actually reading what I write... wow, not a total waste of time". :)
- I love to laugh. I have weird laughs... different ones for different occasions. It's not like I know which is for what but yeah, unpredictable. I snort, when I am really laughing. I throw my head back, slap my leg, clap and gasp like a retard. If I were to hear myself laugh all the time, I would probably laugh at that too. They say laughing is a remedy... best remedy I have ever encountered.
- I recently bought roller-skates. Why? Because my brother is 11-years old, and I wanted to have a thing that we do. Something sporty that I can actually feel that I am not going to get hurt performing. I tried a lot of other things and they couldn't quite stick... the boy/girl interest thing was an issue. Not to mention the age difference. So skating works. We both love and it and it's something we now do together. He races me and does tricks around me. I... just skate.
- Time for another favorite movie quote. This time its from the movie Runaway Bride. Ike (Richard Gere) and Maggie (Julia Roberts) are discussing all of Maggie's previous wedding proposals when he describes his idea of a perfect proposal. "I think the most anybody can honestly say is, Look... I guarantee that there will be tough times. I guarantee that at some point one or both of us will want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life. Because I know in my heart... you're the only one for me." And then... I blush and wish that Richard Gere would come say that to me. Lol. OK one more from this movie because this one is extra special. (sorry if it seems long) [Maggie and Ike are arguing outside the rehearsal dinner luau] Ike: "You really want that guy up there to drag you up Annapurna for your honeymoon? You don't want to climb Annapurna." Maggie: "Yes I do!" Ike: "No you don't. You want a man who will lead you down the beach with his hand over your eyes just so you can discover the feel of the sand under your feet. You want a guy that'll wake you up at dawn because he's bursting to talk to you, can't wait another minute to find out what you'll say. Am I right?" Maggie: "Stop. Stop it! I'm getting married on Sunday, and you are just trying to make me run. Because you're a cynical, exploitative, mean-hearted creep who wouldn't know real love if it bit him in the armpit! All you do is tear others down and, and, and laugh at them, and criticize what they do, because you're too afraid to do anything yourself. I read your columns. You never once wrote anything about yourself. I'm not the only one who's lost and you know it! Am I right? Am I right?" Yup, this is my go-to romantic comedy chick flick of all times.
- peanut M&Ms. LOVE love Love them. Always has been my favorite candy. My best friend Rex and I became obsessed with them in high school. We would give ourselves packs as gifts, use the wrapper as paper to send notes (pretty weird, I know)... that's us. Being random. I usually eat the blue ones first.
- I make mood playlists. On my iPhone or iTunes you will find random list names - like Happy, Sleep, Replay, Pic... all are for certain occasions. I even have one for my cousin Jael, made up of songs that we love to jam to. Our "now" favorite is Soulja Boy - Kiss Me Thru The Phone.
- I wear contacts. Sometimes glasses. I am almost blind. Don't know what I would do without them. Sometimes I wear colored contacts - just for fun. My natural eye color: brown.
- My favorite thing to photograph is a birth session. It's the most stressful, unpredictable and time consuming kind of shoot I do. But all that effort results in the most rewarding experience. It's such an amazing and incredible moment to see the parents so overjoyed to see the pictures of their child's birth story. That's why I enjoy it so much, because of the final product. I feel as I am giving them such a valuable memory to treasure years to come. One that most people don't have of themselves or their kids.
- I am often asked why Canon? Why not Nikon? Well, I don't really have a technical answer. As a kid my first camera was a Canon and every other has been since. So probably not the most perfect way to choose, but hey, it works for me. They both are awesome so yeah, not the right person to be asking which is better.
- I am the kind of person that owns a snuggie. LOL my friends hate that I proudly admit that.
- I am 22 years old. Not more, not less. I can act however old I want... most people don't ever guess right.
- For some reason this shoot, I liked all the pictures in that b/w-ish effect. Most of the time I prefer color. I get that question too from clients. What do I like better? Most of the time I like vibrant colors, but every now and then my mood shifts.
I know some of you may think that I am infatuated with Coco. "He's just a dog"... ahem yeah, and? Your point? You have to be a pet-lover to understand, and you have to know Coco to fully understand. And if you have just 'met' Coco it doesn't count. He is very protective so first meets aren't usually the greatest. He doesn't allow people to get near me. He barks. ALL. THE. TIME. Until you are considered family and then he is always trying to get you to play or rub his belly. He is the baby of the house. So spoiled. Living the great life. These are my latest pictures of me and 'Prince Charming'.
Coco yawns a lot. Sleeps even more. He reminds me of me. He loves Starbucks. Which makes him even more like me. No coffee, just the whip-cream. I love it when I take him and he is all bark until I get my drink. It's as if he's been struck with a magic wand, ting, and he becomes Mr.big-green-sad-puppy-eyes Coco. Makes it really hard to resist.
The top & below ones are my two favorites. THANK YOU SO MUCH Jael for taking time out of your super duper busy schedule to capture them for me. I love you! I am looking forward to an exciting week ahead. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. Happy Monday everyone!

Monday, June 14, 2010

literally horsing around

I was supposed to have a relaxing weekend. Chill and recover from a hectic week. Well. I should of known better. I have decided that on Mondays I'm going to blog about personal/home/weekend/fun/news/me stuff. This is all in efforts to start a "happy" week. Today I was supposed to have an awesome post prepared... pic-preview and even a story. Let's just say that I am not scared of things. Never think twice about what I want, because I know when I know. And yesterday I wanted to go horseback riding. Hadn't in over 3 years, but hey... you gotta get back on it one day right? Haha. Oh Abigail- never do that on a Sunday... ESPECIALLY when you know how bad Mondays are for ya. Last thing I'm going to say about it... went bareback. LOL I wish I had someone to record me walking. So yeah, I'm slugging it out today. The above picture was taken before my adventure. Joel being his silly self. I'm so glad that they are used to the camera and don't complain. They actually love it, they know that sooner or later things will come up on the blog and they get excited. The ones below...
Meet Angry Mother to the left, that's not her name but who cares - that's what I now call her, & her sweet child is to the right. My wonderful subjects this fine past weekend. The one responsible for making my bottom half hurt so much today. Samuel took a picture of my little therapist that is helping me feel 100% better.
I hope your day is flowing smoother. Ahhh Monday. Monday.

Friday, June 11, 2010

miss Barbie SR session

Dana was my Barbie look-alike this senior season. Tall, slim and with long blonde hair = Miss. Barbie. We had such an easy going senior shoot. The sun was beaming and the wind blowing, a perfect spring day. She had told me she wanted colors. I was a bit pessimistic thinking it would be hard to find the colors we had talked about. But we did. We found what she wanted. Yay.
I never like going to the same place over and over to shoot. I get tired quite easily of the same repetitive thing all the time. So if I must repeat, then I treat it as a challenge to find a different angle or do something I haven't tried before. For instance, this place. I try to go there only in a bright color search or if I happen to come across someone that I know "fits" the style. Because at times too much of a good thing can be bad. That's the reason I never plan out senior sessions' locations. I go with the flow of what we have talked about, outfits that they have brought along and the likes/interests of my seniors. This day I was pleasantly surprised with the levy/dock. I was feeling it... and she loved it.
Love the attitude on the above right picture. GORGEOUS! Once she switched outfits to the minis - it was like bam! Work it girl!
Thanks Dana for such a great afternoon. You were such a pleasure to work with. I'm going to miss my 2010 seniors... school is out and we are now expecting the 2011 class to come right around the corner. I wonder what many surprises they will bring. Jael starts high school and Sam starts middle school in a couple of months... uh-oh. Soon after they will be seniors. Time flies. I'm looking forward to the weekend. It should be a nice one - go out and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

bits and pieces

I love surprises. Most of the time it's really hard to surprise me because I usually figure everything out. My brain is always thinking outside the box. For example, my mom. My mom has tried to surprise me in so many different ways throughout the years with different things. I can probably count with one hand the times it has worked. My best friend Rex tried to surprise me one time visiting me in Louisiana... I knew 2 days before she got there. It's the little things that I don't see coming that really get me. Like yesterday I was looking around blogs and sites that I usually follow and had a sweet little surprise. I had been part of a group shoot a while back where I wore my wedding dress and modeled a bit for some photographer friends... when I see me in their pages it brightens my day. :) Yesterday's surprise was from The Wedding Shoebox, which is Southern Fete's owner, Valerie Metrejean, ideas blog. A very inspirational and hip go-to for brides, check her out.
That's Courtney's picture of me, which by the way is one of my all time favorites, which I had also seen a while back on her site. Courtney what? Courtney Dellafiora of course... she's got my A+. Amazing girl and so much fun to work with.
I wanted to include one more that surprised me a while back. I had gone to Brandon's site to check out the blog and decided to look around... and WHAT! I remember telling him, "I like the pictures on your main page...". Brandon O'neal - absolutely awesome work. And to include a little bit of me in this post... here is a taste of what will soon come to the blog. Another cutie-patootie. His happy little face makes me glow. Happy Wednesday!

Monday, June 7, 2010

2010 SR session preview | Baton Rouge, LA

In my efforts to continue to catch up blogging, here is a session from a couple of weeks back. Ryan was such an awesome senior to photograph. His mom and girlfriend came along and we had a total chill session. Here are a few of my favorites.
I feel that sometimes seniors are affected by their parents being present or even more so if their boy/girl-friend comes too. Ryan kept it cool despite of them being there. His girlfriend knew exactly how to make him laugh and it was perfect for when I needed a real smile. Thank you girls for coming along and helping out!
It's a cheerful Monday. I'm ready to start an action packed week. Coco is going for his very first walk on the beach soon, so definitely will have to post pictures of that. :) Have a great week everyone!

Friday, June 4, 2010

laundry room talk

Isn't that the cutest little pup you have ever seen? Alright I may be completely biased, but still. He amazes me everyday with how smart and dedicated he is. Defends me no matter how big or small the "predator" may be. He has become quite feisty lately... doesn't let anyone get near me. I should be wearing an "Approach with CAUTION" sign. Hard to believe after looking at that sweet face, huh? Yesterday I grabbed my camera and went around the house snapping pictures of him and my kiddies. Welcome to another segment of random "home" pictures. Coco falls asleep with his head up... and I think its so cute!
The boys love him. Especially Sam. That's Samuel's buddy after school. Chose this picture because look at Coco. Seriously, he poses for the camera. Yesterday we were skating (yeah, I have skates and LOVE it) and Coco ran out of the house... I almost had a heart attack. He has this thing that he thinks he can run after cars and chase them away. Scares me to death. Samuel and I darted after him trying to get his attention... nope, not until he was ready. We stopped cars, blocking him from going in the other street, and finally he followed us home. Urgh, I hate it when that happens. My heart stays in the top of my throat. Little Coco is so daring. We have to be extremely careful of letting him out.
The real reason for this post is so I can talk about this young lady. She rocks my world. If you are new to the blog, this is Jael, my teenage cousin. Little me. Actually... she makes me look small. At a slamming 5'9 at only fourteen, I am a midget. But when it comes to our personality, likes, gestures, style... EVERYTHING else - I don't think we could possibly be more alike. The funny thing is that we lived apart for almost 4 years and only talked on the phone and saw each other 4 times a year max. So you would think that there isn't enough time to match up. Haha boy was I surprised. Generations apart and still... it's in the genes - it's weird. And not only for me, others say so as well. Now it's my guilty pleasure. Knowing that I know what she is thinking and how she is going to react to things... because inevitably I've done the same at her age... let's just say it's very convenient. I always tell my uncle... she is going to be the reason you loose the little hair you have left. O. M. G. She going to be such a handful....
These are part of our laundry room chat sessions. I tell her, "Jael you are so dramatic" and she says "So are you". Now here is proof... proof that what I'm saying is not all joke. All taken yesterday within the time frame of 2 minutes or so. [ can't remember what we particularly talking about ]
We laugh the same. Which means we snort, gasp like idiots, scrunch our noses, squint our eyes, slap our legs or people around us, clap and bend over. We talk the same. Tear up the Spanish language on purpose. For example... adding '-tion' to words that aren't spelled that way. Such as: calmation - tranquilization - camination - engordation - flaquetion - ect. Have our own phrases, nicknames, quotes, looks, and lip gestures for certain things. Can't talk? No problem, our eyes can hold conversations and you wouldn't even know it. We HEART Taco Bell. We go on dates. Starbucks dates that is. We have songs. Songs that were meant just for us... or we pretend they were. I could pretty much go on and on about things we have in common. So instead of giving you 200 random facts, I am going to share with you a little message I have for her.
Baby J,
I love you so much. You have brightened my days when I was caught up in total darkness because of all the stress that I was holding on to. You may think that when you come to me to tell me all about your daily crisis, you are the one getting the better end of the stick. But the truth is that I feel so fortunate that you chose me. Me, to come to and pour your delicate heart and complicated mind. It's crazy to see you talking about certain things, because to me, yesterday you were still in diapers and I was peeling grapes for you to eat. My beautiful tuti that I would come sleep on the floor of your room once a week just to be there when you woke up. The little thing that would get me in trouble all the time with your grumpy Daddy. And now... now I'm the one trying to keep you from trouble. When did that happen? When did you become such a little lady? I thought I was going to miss out on watching you grow. Was only going to hear about all the crushes and heart-breaks without knowing who the guy was. But not anymore. I can't really put into words how happy that makes me feel. Thank you for being you, and having all those crazy spasms that remind me that I am getting old. Thank you for making me feel dumb because I am not texting the right way and thank you for looking up to me. I feel that I let you down so many times and you see past that and everything that may come my way. You love me for me and for who we are together. What more can I possibly ask for? I am sorry if I am embarrassing you in the above pictures... I really couldn't resist. I am so proud of you and always will be. [bunny kisses]
me (the little barracuda)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

sassy sassy | Sunshine Sessions

Kids make me smile for so many reasons. Some just have got big personalities at a young age. I marvel even more when I know the parents.... and then it becomes - "you are just like your daddy" "that's your momma's smile"... When I get to work with friends the comparison starts. Meet Ashley. A little sassy snapping model in the making. She was so psyched for the shoot. The camera had no effect on her what-so-ever. These are my favorites of our time together.
Flirt. I tell that to my seniors..."flirt with the camera"... to try and get some kind of reaction. Usually they laugh. With Ashley, oh my... she's to young for me to say something like that anyways, but did. she. bring. it. I was amazed. My mom says that I was like that as a child. But I hadn't seen for myself how bubbly and sassy a little girl can be. [ little boys... totally different story. My cousin Joel for instance, has the most intriguing mysterious look when he is giving you attitude... TROUBLE trouble ] So when this happens, this being that I've got a child that loves the camera and is making me laugh for all the things that they do, I get super excited. Love sessions that inspire me and leave me wanting to shoot some more.
I love fly-away hair in kid photos. Whether it's because of the wind or because they were jumping up and down... love love love it. If you notice Ashley gazing away in pure smiles... that's all at her daddy. My awesome helper (blocking/shinning the sun and stuff) during the session. All I would have to say is, "Ashley look at Daddy" - there came the smiles and cheerful bright eyes. Next time we definitely have to get pictures of the whole family. Their chemistry is wonderful. This little one definitely melts daddy's heart. And he's her prince charming. How sweet. :)