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Can you believe it is March already? It seem like I wrote this post ages ago. Here is my February self portrait. Man let me tell you these don’t get any easier for me. A whole ball of emotions well up inside when I put together these posts.

This month was definitely plum-full of introspection. I have been processing my thoughts, moods and decisions in depth. I am fighting feeling uncomfortable and trying to get the core of my fears or beliefs that are holding me back. One of the specific things I have been wrestling with is how I see myself. I am utterly critical of every single imperfection I have.

I recently have been introduced to Hot Yoga and I absolutely love it. It’s a great workout and awesome detox because its between 105-109 the whole time you are in there. During the class the teacher instructs you to find your eyes/gaze in the mirror in front of you. Here comes me being super vulnerable….. I know this sounds small, but this is so hard for me. I don’t like looking at myself. The minute I lift my eyes I can only see my problems. My shirt isn’t fitting right, I am not small enough, my hair is making me look like a boy, my cheeks are chubby….I could go on and on people.

I don’t want to be this way. I want to look into the mirror and love the me that is present at that moment, boy hair and all.

I can’t wait till the month I share a self-portrait where I am not looking away, but proudly sharing the present me without reservations. Until then, I am working through it. Which is ok. Because it’s really about the journey and not just the destination, right Emily?

  1. Katie

    Gina you are a REMARKABLE and beautiful woman! So proud to know you, and to be a witness to the journey that you are on. To me you are one of the strongest women I know, and when we talk, you constantly ask questions that I need to hear. Lots of processing and thoughts going on down here too.. HUGS!

  2. leah.fontaine

    And I daily pray that your strength in yourself only grows to be able to see the person I know. I want to see your eyes stat.

  3. Jenni Bailey

    I totally have to comment on this because it’s something I have been thinking about – and struggling with myself – a lot lately. I have been very harmful and hard on myself in the past. And one day, when I was whining about how my lip curls up crookedly when I smile and how ugly that was, I stopped and actually listened to what I was saying. I wondered how I would feel if I heard my gorgeous, spectacular, amazing daughter (who happens to have inherited that quirky little lip curl) say these kinds of critical things about herself. It would break my heart. Because when I look at her I see nothing but perfection. Her smile is a miracle and the very idea that she might find some flaw in her beautiful face was crushing.

    So lately I’ve been trying to see in the mirror what my Dad must have seen when he looked at me. It’s a sort of experiment, a challenge I have issued to myself. And, as cheesy as it sounds, it actually works. The world needs a little more love, I think. Starting with loving ourselves is both the easiest and the hardest thing to do. But personally I’m a little happier when I catch a glimpse of my reflection these days.

    Life’s too short and you’re WAY too beautiful to be so hard on yourself. Chin up, girl. Enjoy that journey. 🙂

  4. Emily Ley

    Ohhh yes mam that’s right! I so know what you mean. And I admitadly laughed when I read your “flaws” that you see. I thought “she’s crazy! Those are MY FLAWS!” So funny what we see in ourselves that no one else does. <3

  5. Mary Dunlap

    Gina…you are so NOT alone with this! It would be nice if we all naturally accepted our imperfections and moved on…but that’s just not the case. Putting yourself out there on your blog is a great achievement and a step in overcoming these fears. Cheers to you.

  6. Kristi

    Beautiful Photo! Gina, I truly consider myself lucky to have met you! You are such an inspiration and have such a huge heart! I’m excited to see where life takes you and your talents. There are no flaws and I can’t wait to see those eyes of yours!

  7. Rosaura Sandoval

    Hi Gina! You move me. Thank you for sharing and being so vulnerable with us. I think you are beautiful inside and out. Love your journey and your photography! Besitos! 🙂

The video blogs are getting easier my friends, this one only took a couple of times (ok maybe 7 or so) and a little editing. Pretty soon I will be knocking these out on the first try, with time to spare right? Tomorrow, look for a hilarious outtake reel from creating this vlog. Like… I can’t believe Gina is posting this video hilarious.

In this vlog I take you through some pointers I picked up from my latest read Never eat alone by Keith Ferrazzi. This book is a great resource about connecting with people and truly investing in them. Keith is a genius in creating lasting networking relationships. His exercises & tips in this book are super valuable and eye opening.  Enjoy.

(and really YouTube? the screen shots you pull are always so flattering (not) Right here I look like I am ready to pronounce the “ch” sound.  Like Charlie, Chimiganga, Cha Cha, ChattanOOga…ha. I digress.)

Get Keith Ferrazzi video blogs or buy this book. They are both great business resources!

  1. Amy Campbell

    Thank you for this post Gina!! It is very inspirational to me to not worry about what others might think and to get out there and just connect with those that are going to encourage, support, and inspire you!

  2. Katie

    Going to go out and buy this book tomorrow! Thanks for the great video post! 🙂

Recently, I came across this post from Tara Whitney ( if you have never seen her work before… get ready to be blown away) In her post, she mentions on how you can publish and back-up your twitter feed. I have always wondered if they had this type of service. I actually would love one for facebook that pulls all of your status’s since you started, since I have been on it longer than twitter. I think it would be quite interesting to see what I was thinking in February 2004, my updates on my wedding day or my 21st birthday.

If you think about it our social media clients (facebook, twitter, tumblr) have become virtual scrapbooks, pages and pages of history in our lives. Literally if someone wanted to get to know you they could peruse through your updates and recieve a pretty interesting first impression.

I was blown away at reading through my twitter feed from early 2008. The way I looked at life – my frustrations, thoughts, hopes. One thing I painfully noticed was how much I complained then. I used to consistently crab about the traffic, my lack of sleep, how hungry I was. I was consistently enforcing my negative mood by writing them down in 140 characters. Now, I definitely believe in being totally authentic in all that you do, so that will include the random frustration updates, and the “I am eating taco bell right now, nummy” but what I have realized is this:  If I choose to focus on the positive then I am battling my negatives with an unstoppable force.  Most of the things I was complaining about were in my control.  I complained about being tired: hmm go to bed earlier, Gina, then you won’t be tired.  Overworked and stressed?? well, Gina, take on less and prioritize your time better.

Now I am not here to be your twitter police, yet as trivial as a tweet may seem, think of your audience.  Do you think your followers/clients want to hear about the terrible traffic or your extra tummy fluff in every other update? How can you add value to their everyday? What kind of online legacy do you want to leave?

Enjoy these nummy set of books that I found during my latest antique store run. They just don’t make books like this anymore. I just love the textures and colors.

  1. Katie

    Oh my, I will have to check out that service for the twitter feed. I’m with you though, I think my facebook one would be way more interesting. That or my AIM statuses from back in the day.

    Love those books, I miss the detail on books like that.

  2. leah.fontaine

    I saw a fb application that jumbled your status from the previous year, somehow through my clicking I was able to access all of mine by date. It was definitely eye opening.

    Definitely a good point and those books are loverly.

Somedays, you just have to pull out your superpower cape and put on your game face.

This would explain how I got through this week. Except for my super cape consisted of hugs from my husband, yoga, chai and my little puppies cuddles. Thanks for hanging in there with me. Isn’t this little guy the cutest thing.

Also, if your finger needs an extra click go here and vote. Thanks so much in advance.

On another freezing Minnesota day.  I am missing these California Blues in the depths of my heart. Blue sky, blue/green water, sand, bright happy lines and colors. I would love to spend a week in Hermosa or Manhattan Beach, CA to decompress. Get up each day, wander into the little red coffee shop and then head to the beach with my toes in the sand & just breathe in the air.  If you could decompress anywhere, where would you go?


  1. amber

    oh yes i like how you think. if i could decompress anywhere right now it would be hawaii. i can already feel my toes in the sand, the tradewinds in my hair, and taste the mai tai. beautiful pictures.

  2. Laura Biebl

    These are beautiful! I was just thinking this same thought a couple weeks ago. February in MN is always torture for me! I had to stop looking at pics from my Cali trip! If I could go anywhere today, it would be St. Croix in the caribbean 🙂 LOVE these colors!

My girl Eliesa hosted a MN Photostars mixer tonight and here is a sneak peek of some of the fun. It included some photobooth, face  jowling/jostling(did i even say that right?), hats, pyramids, crooked instax max photos, wind and fire :).  I met some awesome people, we have quite the talented group here in the twin cities. I was so excited to see the amount of people that attended and to meet new faces, I hope to get a chance to chat with everyone next time!

  1. eliesa

    HA! Love these! What a fun night that was! LOVEe

  2. Heidi

    It really was a fun night! So many talented people in one room! 🙂 Cute pictures!

  3. Briony

    looks like a great night!

  4. Jessica Barker

    This is what I missed?!?!?! BUMMER. Next time, I won’t poop out and leave at 9pm. 🙂

  5. geneoh

    pure awesome.

  6. Kristi

    Gina – these are great! Wish I could have stayed a bit longer! It was a load of fun though!

  7. melissa oholendt

    I seriously had the BEST TIME. Love all of you. Like whoa. (PS – I’m totally stealing these images.)

  8. Collin Hughes

    so stoked we got to do this! and the fact that the sparklers worked…we were so determined!

Close your eyes and trust it, just trust it :: Glitter in the air -Pink

When Matt took this picture of me, I was just at the beginning of my eyes being opened to my passions & life goals. I remember exactly how the wind off the waves felt on my face at the beach in Watercolor. I have been playing this song on repeat while looking through photos. It just hits home on so many levels for me (plus her Grammy performance was beautiful art).

My favorite line of this song :: Have you ever looked fear in the face, and said I just don’t care ::

I want to do this daily. Bring it fear, cause right behind you is amazing accomplishments.

  1. Alexandra

    Beautiful post 🙂

  2. lexie

    thanks for the post! I needed this today…..I am ready to say bring on the fear 🙂

  3. Cali Harris

    Such beautiful thoughts, lady!

    “I was just at the beginning of my eyes being opened to my passions & life goals.”

    Isn’t that an INCREDIBLE, terrifying, amazing space to be in?

  4. Kendra

    Your blog continues to inspire me everyday! Your photography is incredible! Your words are so inspiring to me! Keep reaching those goals, because you are doing terrific things!

  5. stefanie miles

    such a fan of you! awesome image. really looking forward to talking again soon!

  6. Lara

    I’m FINALLY getting caught up on blogs and this post just captures my heart. Wow, Gina, you are so beautiful. Your last quote is priceless. Thank you for sharing this moment.

  7. lydia

    love this. thank you.

The JNP Studios workshop was packed full of awesomeness (which I have more to post about) here is more from the live shoot with some of Jeff’s clients to test out some tilt-shift lenses. I was blessed to work with Tara & Dan. Check out Jeffrey’s e-session with them here, the colors in the shoot are rocking.

Tara & Dan were such a sweet little couple. In the short time I got to work them, their genuine care for others and each other really shined through. They were so comfortable with each other, it was such a treat to shoot with them. At one point when I was setting up a shot, I saw a peak of a tattoo on Dan’s wrist area. It looked like it could possibly be a whole arm tat, and I was thinking in my head “no way this sweet little couple and he has his arm done…na Gina you are just tired and hungry” Then I see it again and had to ask..”No way is that a full arm tat?” and they both just smiled.

Later I asked Dan rolling up his sleeves and showing it off and this yumminess is what we got.

  1. kirsten

    i want her whole outfit.

    and i love the photos. 🙂

  2. Rosaura Sandoval

    Love these photos! Loved meeting you too! 🙂

  3. Ryan

    Wow, some great stuff! I love the tat sleeve.

VROOOM VROOOM.

Let me let you in on a little secret. I dislike talking about myself. Specifically talking about my strengths and accepting compliments have always been tough and uncomfortable for me. I don’t know why, but its just feel super awkward. One thing I have learned lately is that in order to work on my self-image. I need to be cool with me. Embrace me and all the things I am bad and good at. With that said, I am  working through the fear of saying/claiming that I am a leader. I think part of what is holding me back it is that I doubt myself, and part of it is the responsibility of what the title means. Anyways, it has taken me a of couple weeks to get but now I am ready. You ready? Gina Zeidler is a leader. So, high five for me cause I finally can say it now. (Yet, again still feels a little awkward)

I think the term or stereotype leader is pretty positive. Assertive, good with people, big picture thinker, right. While having leadership traits is a great thing, sometimes having this quality can be a hindrance. About a week or so ago during the JNP workshop I had an opportunity to test out some tilt-shift lenses. Jeffrey brought in three of his couples and we each got to pair off in groups and shoot/practice.

***Now a little back story, I think I have rented the tilt-shift about 3 times and never figured it out. I read countless forums, blogs, manuals but I couldn’t get the hang of it. I really wanted to figure it out and get some hands on experience with Eliesa & Jeff on how to manipulate it to get what I want.***

When our couple walked up my crazy love for people kicked in. I greeted them and started to ask them a couple of  get to know you questions. Seriously I have this weird weird weird need to make others feel comfortable. Maybe it’s my ultimate fear of the awkward silent moment (like in elevators), but I really think the key to great photographs is having the subjects feel themselves & comfortable. Anyways, we were to direct the shoots as we would like, so I naturally took the lead and walked us over to some really cool awesome windy California trees.

I set the couple up and started shooting with my normal set up (5d mark II and my beloved 35mm 1.4). After a couple of different poses and about 30 frames. I stopped dead in my tracks and said to myself…wait a second Gina, you didn’t come here to shoot a session in your comfort zone, you came to push yourself, to get uncomfortable and learn. At that moment I turned to my two other group members and said “alright you guys, your turn to lead.” I chose to conquer the fear of not being in control and I stepped back and put on the tilt-shift. I definitely felt uncomfortable, I  fumbled, I screwed up my exposure, and grumbled while trying it out. After a bit, Eliesa helped me with a couple of settings and I finally got the hang of it.

Seriously though people, I had to push myself to step out of my comfort zone and not be the leader. In that moment I learned that to take a step back, slow down, and learn was what I needed to do. I could have continued on and shot that entire thing with lenses I am used to and got some great shots, but would I have become better? Would I have learned something new?

I want to apply this type of thinking to other areas of my life. I want to push myself to be better, stronger, and fuller.  I want to feel uncomfortable, grumpy, and fumbly sometimes, because they equal growth. This situation equaled me conquering the tilt-shift and producing this image. I would have to say…the struggle was worth it.

  1. Leah

    *high five* and *low five* Definitely worth the departure from your comfort zone.

  2. Emily Ley

    This post is awesomsauce Gina.

  3. stefanie miles

    FAN-TAS-TIC post Gina! This gets me INCREDIBLY excited for you. This is my favorite one of yours that I’ve read yet. LOVE it and the beautiful shot!!

  4. Melissa

    I, too, have a hard time taking the back seat. I’m in a wedding in May, and I’ve really had to let go of control, no matter how much I think I’d do a better job. Frustrating, but definitely a life-lesson I need to learn.

    Great photo too! No clue what a tilt-shift is, but the outcome is gorgeous.

  5. Becky

    Amazing. The image and the story. Thanks again for sharing!

  6. Jessica

    Proud of you, babe!!!!! <3

  7. Ev

    You ARE a leader girlfriend. It’s hard to shift roles sometimes, but you’re right…..sometimes when we push ourselves, make ourselves uncomfortable and just go for it….the growth that can occur in difficulty can be astounding. Thank you for sharing YOU with the rest of US. Hugs.

  8. Crystal

    I agree Gina, so worth it! Beautiful pic. Did you try a tilt-shift lens or a lensbaby with you 35mm. Either way I love it. You rock!

  9. MonaB

    Gina – great photos and I love that you’re sharing yourself. It’s not easy, I know.

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