luck

Lucky, Lucky Me

May the luck of the Irish smile on you today!

When I was younger, before the days of 24/7 technology, shopping online and text/emails/blogs to share just about anything, there was an art to communicating. Letters and cards,  article clippings from daily newspapers, reminders, invites to birthdays or just quick notes – it was all done by mail.  A letter filled with a one sided conversation that was geared more to updates and facts than questions was kind of a big deal. 

Photo credit: Samantha Marshall

Photo credit: Samantha Marshall

4 Leaf Notes:

My aunt would send me a card for no other reason than just to tell she was thinking of me, and usually she taped a clover on the inside of the card.  More particularly, a four leaf clover.  According to Celtic lore, each leaf of a four leaf clover represents something special: faith, love, hope and luck.  Were they real four leaf clovers that she sent me? It never mattered. It was fun!

She was the ultimate in single lady living… She lived in a high-rise and on a clear day you could see several DC monuments lined up on the horizon. 

Photo credit: Samantha Marshall

Photo credit: Samantha Marshall

She would walk her little dog a few times a day in a postage stamp of a grassy area just across from her building, and on the walk she would look for luck among the green clovers.  I can’t remember how many she sent me over the years and you would think she had some amazing superpower finding those, but then she gave the luck away… to me. 

She passed away about 7 years ago… just after I met the love of my life.  I remember asking her hold on and get better so she could be at my wedding.  She was in ICU and on her way to hospice. I showed her a photo of him and even though she couldn’t speak, she smiled big under her oxygen mask while squeezing my hand. 

Because of my youthful ignorance, I didn’t keep the cards and clovers she sent to me over the years.  I so wish I had!  While planning my wedding about a year after she passed, I went to a jewelry show and found a metal dipped clover.  I bought one in silver with plans to attach one somehow to my bouquet or dress, but it was too fragile.  So it stayed in my jewelry box and is still there to this day with a little picture of my aunt.  I do believe her sending me her luck brought me to where I am in life today.  I think about her every time I see fields of green or any clover in fact.

Photo credit: Samantha Marshall

Photo credit: Samantha Marshall

I am pretty lucky to have been so loved and then to find true love.  This is when we can agree that riches are not wealth of money or things, but are of faith, love, hope, and especially, luck.

Stay sweet!
Sam. 

Photo-Yoga

"When you can appreciate beauty in every inch
of the creation that is yoga" 
~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Have you seen the viral video of the wedding photographer who dives, jumps and flips all the while taking photos of a giggling bride and groom?  As entertaining as it is and purposeful to get big smiles, it makes me wonder how practical is it to take photos in motion?  If you see photographers squatting, bending and crawling every which way; leaning, balancing or climbing on tables, it is a sure way to create the perfect angled image.  It may even be entertaining to see all this activity and a little more realistic than dancing around, but to each their own!

From children to pets and weddings to families walking across bridges, getting the right angle is all in the bend and break of it!  I have braved skipping stones to the middle of a flowing stream to get a balanced shot for families.  OK, OK, that doesn't sound dangerous but when you are carrying your baby - aka my camera - it is a risky move!  These are some of my favorite memories!

So what about yoga?, you ask.  It is all in your state of mind... and probably a good idea to stretch your body, too before a photo shoot.  Developing new memories for others can take you out of your own comfort zone right into their "Pinterest imaginings"; better get ready physically and mentally, just in case you need to climb a tree!

Those are my daughter's and my boots ;)  Photo credit: Beth Bradley

Those are my daughter's and my boots ;)  Photo credit: Beth Bradley

Warrior Pose - you can do it!  YOU own that shot!  I recently saw a funny compilation of strange positions/places other photographers have been in (click here if you would like to see it).  I definitely will get my knees dirty for a shot; maybe even my whole outfit, cowgirl boots and all!  Getting the perfect shot can be one of luck and dedication.  It's a combination of balance and composition.

Shining Skull - breathe easy and take that shot!  Breathing or lack there of while pressing the button and hearing the shutter open and close can make or break the shot.  Capturing that new memory and then checking the view screen to see your prize... did you move?... even a hair?  Did your focus stay on point or did you decide at the last split second to do a quick somersault and hold your breath just hoping to capture that perfect smile? 

Don't forget to stretch... your imagination and body.

Stay sweet!
sam.