Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Acoustic Covers

I fell in love with Boyce Avenue when I heard him cover Imagine Dragon's Radioactive...here's one of my new favorite covers by him "A Thousand Years" originally by Christina Perri.
If you have 4 minutes and 44 seconds to spare, you'll fall in love too! Enjoy and happy Tuesday!
xoxo, L

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Forget Me Not

This Sunday October 19th in Long Beach, Betty's Foundation is hosting their annual benefit concert, Remember the Music, to raise money to end Alzheimer's. My company, The Love Bullet, has donated two necklaces to the silent auction where there will be tons of other amazing items to bid on, as well as dinner, live music and a raffle to win a guitar! If you are in the area, please go to support this cause.  

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Precious Memories

Leah and Michael's Wedding Video (small) from Elle Brown on Vimeo.
As I gear up to shoot a wedding this weekend, the first wedding of the season for me, I find myself getting very excited! Who doesn't love a wedding? Free food and drinks, music, dancing, a beautiful dress and most importantly CAKE! Just kidding, most importantly LOVE in the air. Getting to watch two people madly in love exchange vows in front of friends and family is magical. As I look back on the 50 plus weddings I've photographed, my ultimate favorite was Leah + Michael's destination wedding in St Marten. This wedding holds a very special place in my heart for millions of reasons and memories from that week I will never forget.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Freestyle Friday

Nothing gets me more than live music when you can feel the emotion in the performers voice. This is a great acoustic cover by my new favorite, Ella Henderson.
Enjoy and I hope you're feelin' free this Friday night!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Love&Photo to Shoot Your Wedding!

Check out my online photo gallery Love&Photo to see more examples of my work and for contact, availability and booking info!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Everything Ellie

{ One of my favorite songs from Ellie's new album covered by Shannelee Ray ft Mike Lake }

{ These guys are legit crazy awesome }

{ Ellie herself in all her glory plus Superman undies }

{ Beautiful choreography to "in My City" another of my favorites }

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Party for a Cause

Betty's Foundation, a family-run, grassroots non-profit organization that raises money to eradicate Alzheimer's disease, is hosting their annual music benefit concert called Remember the Music. Last year, even though I could not attend, I was honored to donate two Love Bullet necklaces for the silent auction to raise money for this amazing cause. As an artist myself, I truly believe in the healing properties of music and art. Music has power! Especially for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. It can spark compelling outcomes even in the very late stages of the disease. When used appropriately, music can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function and coordinate motor movements. This year's event will be held at the Federal Bar in Long Beach, CA on Sunday, October 19th so get your tickets soon! And look out for the Love Bullet necklaces at the silent auction...just a little hint, I'm not only donating a traditional Bullet necklace, but also a beaded vintage coin necklace that I've been creating lately! When you get there, get your bidding on! 

I have shared this video on the Love Bullet blog and I'd like to share it again here because it's so moving and inspirational. Music can help people with a myriad of illnesses and struggles...so please support this event and never stop believing in the power of art therapy!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Looking Within

As a photographer, it seems strange the concept of closing your eyes and looking WITHIN to see and connect with the world. Of course mucking around in nature, on hikes and adventures, makes one appreciate and SEE all the magic and wonder this Earth has to offer. But recently, I've discovered something that has helped me and I'd like to share it with as many people as I can. I have been a believer in yoga since college. One of my favorite mottos is "No yoga, no peace. Know yoga, know peace" which I believe to be very true. I personally love hot yoga ( I go to Sumit's yoga in Scottsdale ) as well as Bikrahm yoga. But besides my savasana at the end of every class, where I can let my body relax and my mind focus inward, I've never tried any kind of formal meditation. You can see where this is going now, right? I'm talking about transcendental meditation. The reason I decided to share my new practice on this forum, a photography blog, is because I've found that it positively affects every aspect in my life...especially professionally. I am an anxious person by nature, it's something I struggle with daily. And I'm sure any photographer you ask will tell you that your nerves can get the best of you when, let's say, you are shooting someone's wedding. The biggest day of their life! No pressure! I have had to teach myself to harness this nervous energy and turn it into creative energy on any photo shoot. And I'm very excited now that TM is in my daily routine because I think that will become much easier for me to do. How I got introduced to TM is very odd. Lately, I've been watching all things Russell Brand. Get Him to the Greek, a classic! Most of his stand up can be found on youtube, including the most recent show The Messiah Complex which is hilarious! He speaks very honestly about his struggles with addiction and how TM and yoga has changed his life. So take a watch of this video montage a fan put together brilliantly... watch it with an open mind and always remember, one writes his own destiny...maktub.