Friday, January 29, 2010

Fashion shoot with Kwaku

                      Last Sunday I had the pleasure of Kwaku modeling for me.  It was his first time ever being a fashion model and he was loving every minute of it :o)  We first went to a cute, little park in Worcester, MA.  It was very cold so K was a good sport in taking off his warm jacket to pose in his suit.  He was a little nervous to stand out on the ice but after I started walking on it he decided to be brave and attempt the feat himself.  They don't have snow in Africa so this was a huge change for him to experience his second New England winter.  I still have yet to get used to extreme hot and cold conditions and I've been here a year and a half.  Makes me miss California a little more with every colder day.  Today it was a brisk 8 degrees and tonight it could dip into the negatives.  You will find me wrapped up in my five blankets lol.  But back to the shoot..... At the park we shot on, around, and under the bridges that I fell a little in love with.  The iron hearts in the railing were very intriguing to me.  What made them a little more special was the fact that I actually knew one of the people that had helped construct them.  He's pretty awesome himself of course.  Props to you Matt!   From the park we headed to the town hall closer to the center of town.  If it was not the town hall and you know that then please feel free to correct me.  The building was great.  It even had a little outdoor skating rink.  If it hadn't been covered with snow I just might have tried sliding across.  Ice and me have many bruising stories but at least I make it fun.  The shoot all in all was a success and very much worth bearing the cold weather to do.  Well I know that K is all anxious to see these so I will get them all posted up!  Thanks again Kwaku for being the newest Jennifer Milota Photography model!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Castle on the Hudson

             While coming back from Jersey and taking a ton of back roads, I found the castle on the Hudson!  I was so excited that I immediately had to pull over and wander down the train tracks to get a closer look.  The castle was an amazing site.  I kept trying to figure out how I could make it out to the island.  After some research and help from my awesome Mom, I found out that they actually give tours of the castle and island.  This spring I hope to go on the tour and get some close up pictures.  The pictures after the castle are of the bridge next to Fort Montgomery.  It was nice to stretch my legs and be out of the car after a long trip.  Alright well I am off to bed.  It's been a long and exhausting day.  I started my new job as a secretary and six comes very early in the morning!  Good night everyone!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Published back home!

               I want to do a big THANK YOU to the band St. John and the Sinners back in Humboldt County, CA for the credit on the pictures featured with the article in the Tri City weekly newspaper.  It is a small accomplishment but it means so much.  The have been voted as the top band which is awesome.  I had the pleasure of listening to them play this past summer while photographing the concert.  I decided to finally put up some pictures from that concert in spirit of the article.  My heart goes out to their singer; Courtney in light recent events.  I pray for a speedy recovery for her.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Website back to original domain!

       So I am very excited to announce that my site now has it's original website address again!  I am very happy with the new look even if it runs a little slow at times.  Flash can be a little tricky.  People may have to hit refresh a time or two but it's worth it.  Thank you for the constant support everyone!  The uplifting comments make my day every time I hear one!   Here is the new and improved   I hope everyone gets a chance to check it out and likes the new changes.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New website up!

I have a new website!  I'm very excited for this!  It might have a few glitches but I'm working on that.  It looks so much better than the one I developed in school and has new work on it that no one has seen.  I hope you all will take a chance to look at it.  I apologize if it runs a little slow.  Flash can be difficult at times.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Just a little motivation in a down economy

                      These days I've been finding it very hard to not be frustrated with the state of the economy.  I know that I am by far not the only person feeling this way.  In fact, it seems as though many college graduates are in the same position as I am.  Spending a fortune on school and having to take any job that comes our way just to pay down our massive loans.  While school is becoming more and more expensive, student's are finding it harder and harder to reach their dream careers.  Take all Hallmark Institute of Photography for example.  We have this amazing education and obviously have talent to have passed but most of my class is struggling to find a job in the photography industry.  Granted the photography industry is very challenging and competitive as it is but the economy has hit harder than ever.  Many smaller studios and even schools such as Hallmark have sold out to other bigger companies.  It's a scary reality that we are now facing.  My dream is to break into the magazine world.  I am hoping to reach Rolling Stone in about ten years.  How incredible would that be?  I know with a lot of hard work, dedication and determination I can achieve this.  Nothing happens overnight.  Right now is such a discouraging time in my life but I have to keep in mind that something better is waiting just around the corner.  My talent is slowly getting notice and my name is being spread throughout my area.  All I can do right now is continue to work my butt off and keep making new contacts.  I appreciate all the new and continued support from everyone across the country.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Sunset in Jersey with a little creativity tossed in...

While at a family gathering I ventured off onto the property and found this amazing little spot.  The chair was a most unusual extra but it definitely added to the setting.  I am such a sucker for sunsets and sunrises that you can imagine my delight in the outcome of these photographs.  I spent about an hour just wandering around soaking in the beauty of this location.  It's amazing just how caught up you can get in things especially when you are a photographer.  I see the world in a whole different way then a lot of people I know.  I have been receiving many new compliments on my point of views when it comes to my photography.  I do believe that there is good in everything, you just may have to look a little harder sometimes.  I did get my boots pretty soaked from the snow but it was well worth it.  Notice how I'm having a little bit too much fun running in the snow as my last picture.  The snow tends to bring out the kid in me :o)  Where I'm from, we don't get a whole lot if any at all so until I've lived in it for years, I'll chose to enjoy it.  Well I hope everyone has enjoyed looking at my Christmas series this past week.  I am very grateful for all the continued and new support I have been receiving.  All the feedback is very much appreciated!   Thank you again and hope everyone's holidays have found them well.