|Props sourced from clearance toy section, $2. Hens & Chicks 99 cents.|
Were you wondering why I was so pokey getting this post published? Did you think I was just playing with the grandkids or messing around online or taking photos of anything and everything that caught my fancy?? Well, you would be right on all counts. However there is an even bigger reason, one that I had not anticipated at all. And it leads me back to The Yourdori Story
Dana and I started The Yourdori Story back in February and I think I can honestly say that this journey has been life changing for the both of us. I have grown both personally and in my business in ways that are profound and a little bit mind blowing for me and in a million little ways as well.
That's what I'm going to focus on sharing with you while taking you through this behind the scenes. I'll show you the physical stuff, like my "studio/living room", my photo shoot table and some of the little vignettes that I have set up all over the place.
|I toned down the saturation level on this image. I love how it turned out!😍|
So the beginning of my story, of The Yourdori Story is the same as the ending. It's the message for anyone and everyone struggling with not feeling like they are "enough", for whatever reason(s), to stop comparing themselves to anyone but themselves. You can't be anyone, except you anyway. Even if you are pretending to be something or someone else . . . you are still you. And that's pretty freaking cool, I think. Here's what hit me hard these past couple of days as I was putting this post together.
|I was going to put the text "Don't com-pear yourself to anyone but you." Sometimes I do know when to stop. 😂|
I love that I get to tell my story in both words and photographs. I love meeting such wonderful women, both in person and online. I love all the opportunities and collaborations that have happened.
I love being able to say yes or no to anything, including how I choose to be. I could also choose NOT to love my life or my job or any of the rest. After all, my life is not perfect, I'm not perfect.
Choices, right? It's all about choices.
We are always choosing, all day and all night long. Do I want to do this, or that or do I want to do nothing at all? Do I want to be happy or angry or act like an idiot? Sometimes the choices are easy, like when my hubs says "Do you want to go out to eat?" At other times they are hard, really hard, and only you will know what they are sometimes.
Everybody gets dealt different hardships and trials in life and I think it's our job, as humans, to show empathy and kindness whenever possible.
|Behind the scenes of a night shoot. I'm kind of a McGyver kind of photographer! Notice the magnets holding up the backdrop?|
What I'm trying to say is . . . that "behind the scenes" is not always so easy to see in a person, as it is in a photo shoot. So be you! Your best you, mind you, not "The Perfect You". No such thing.
Grow, learn, improve. Smile, be friendly, kind and helpful. Rinse and repeat. Make the choice to be you and be as nice and friendly and kind to yourself as you are to others. Smile at yourself in the mirror. Just smile. Don't pick yourself apart. Be kind.
|Be kind to yourself. Make Bear Toast. It will totally make you smile!|
And then at the end of the day and every moment in between . . . be grateful. When we forget to be grateful, we forget to be kind. You really can't be truly grateful and unkind at the same time.
Okay, I just had to get that out! Whew!
So how does all that tie in with my photography? It's key, really.
|Daytime. Flatlay. Soon to be brunch.|
So, there you have it! I use my smart phone to take my photos, edit my photos and run the back of the house as well. There are some that say I am not qualified to call myself a photographer, you know . . . no schooling, no years of experience. Pshaw!
|This group of photos was shot at night. They are still raw. Is that egg the star, or what?|
Choices. Again with the choices. I choose to believe that I'm pretty awesome at what I do! And I don't see that as bragging or boasting either. Taking photos, running my own biz, making choices that effect how it works or doesn't work is so exciting to me! It's such a priveledge and a blessing to be able to do so. It's a true joy.
I think that shows in my photography. Is my style for everyone? Of course not. Is my writing for everyone? Nope. Am I for everyone? Heck, no!!
But the peeps that are my "fans" and friends and loved ones, they are the ones who will see the best in me and inspire me to keep doing what I do and do it with joy! I want to inspire them as much as they inspire me!
|Night shot. Cropped version. If I'm doing a side shot, I really don't worry too much about the background, as it's usually colorful and blurred.|
So all this chat is really the true "Behind the Scenes". They say a picture is worty a 1000 words. Do you wonder why I still talk so much! 😜 So, yeah, I'm done for now. I'll chat in the captions of the photos about anything that might need clarification.
I'd love to do a part two to this. Would you be interested? What would you like to know more about? Would like to see me do more of anything? Less?
|Same as above photo. Uncropped.|
|Brunch. Unedited. Me standing on the chair.|
|Photo props (not very organized at the moment) and scads of paper.|
|More photo props.|
|Close up of paper storage. Just 'cause.|
|Very photogenic radishes. ❤|
|Under-table table. I use it the same way only I don't have to stand on a chair. I also put my table on risers. It's a better heighth for me to get down eye level to get close ups.N|
|Another shot with the same layout, different subject.|
Thanks for spending a little of your time with me. I'm very grateful for that. Drop me some thoughts in the comments about what you think too! Big love!! ❤
The Yourdori Girls
Nancy and Dana