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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.


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.

Remeber these two.

Liz & Bevan are that one of a kind couple. I remember getting the first phone call from Liz and she was super uber relaxed. She mentioned that her fiancé wouldn’t be in town till a week before their wedding because he is from New Zealand. A got a huge smile on my face. I had no idea what to expect when I met these two for their engagement session a week before their wedding (since we did all our booking over the phone). I love this anticipation of meeting new people.

These two just blew me away with their genuine love and excitement for each other. Bevan was such a gentleman and so considerate of Liz. His accent also adds 3,000 brownie points in my book. I think if I would have someone narrate my life, it would be Bevan. I just love how eloquent his speech is and the fun words like “query” are in his everyday speech. I seriously just marveled at him when he talked, it was so fun. Sorry Liz, I admit I was marveling 🙂

I seriously love these photos and how much real and happy emotion is captured in each one.  Their wedding was just as awesome as this session. Look for that post sometime next week.

  1. Monica Rysavy

    Beautiful images! They look very happy and I think you captured that well!

  2. Becky

    Love the nose crinkle in the first picture! I did a puppy shoot for a couple last summer and he was English. It definitely took me a little longer than normal to snap out of the daze his accent put me in and get in my groove! 🙂

Steve & Amy, these two are it. They are hilarious, down to earth, relaxed yet outgoing, calm yet super driven. Even the way they hold each other just really shows the deep respect, friendship and love that they share. I have known Amy since she was in 5th grade because our families our close friends.  I really love Amy’s smile and just her sense of warmth. This has been her personality since she was 12 years old, and its so fun to capture it now… all grown up.

We started their session in the studio and then stopped and got some chai before we braved the cold once again. I always feel so honored when a couple chooses to open their hearts and share their story with me. We sat for about an hour just talking about their story and their wedding plans. It was so great and utterly refreshing. My best sessions are filled with stories, laughter and realness (if that is even a word) meaning… I want to capture who you are, not just posed moments and we get there by being real.

I don’t think they had any idea that I was playing around out my HD video, but I had a blast just capturing Amy tell their proposal story. Just look at the way she looks at Steve and vice versa. LOVE it. My favorite line would have to be ” I lost my brain…”

Real couple. Real story. Real love. Song (I do not take any credit for music): Life, Love & Laughter Donavon Frankenreiter

  1. vanessa

    love the proposal video! so sweet and so cute! what a great idea g!! they are adorable together!

  2. Alexandra

    Amaaaazing. I love the photos and the video is just perfection. Great work 🙂

  3. leah

    I didn’t know you did video?! So sweet! I looove how comfortable they are together, you can just feel the warmth in their relationship.

  4. Jessica

    AWESOME post, photos, and video!! You’re making things happen!

  5. sarah

    this is SO awesome gina! love it.

  6. melissa oholendt

    Love the video – they are so adorable! I love it when she’s like, “I’m like a little bird.” So sweet.

  7. AmyKingman

    Gina!!! I had no idea you were videoing! Haha. Nice job. That was so much fun and your pictures are awesome. Thank you so much for that great day. Steve loves you,too.

  8. Kirsten

    l.o.v.e. LOVE it.

  9. Anna Kingman

    What a beautiful job you did on the photos! I just saw them and thought, “now there is the Steve and Amy I know.” Thanks for capturing that- it makes me even more excited for them.

Yea. Hello. I am not sure if you noticed, but I experienced some glitches with my blog this week and I haven’t been able to update it or edit it in any way. EEEeeek. To say the least. Now it is up & running beautifully thanks to the help of my wordpress master (yes I am bowing to her) friend SarahBeth (who is by the way, a ridiculously talented pet photographer check her out!)

I decided what better way to get back into the blogosphere than to share video blog round two. I also have been in the midst of a remodel or refresh in my office, so I will be showing you a little sneak of that and my pretty new blue wall. I have sent some before and afters out on twitter if you want more.

This video blog not only includes a sneak at the new office, but I share the things that fire me up.  WARNING : You might encounter a mini dance or some air guitar in there. Like I said you were warned. I tried really hard to stick around 5 minutes, but its a cozy 9ish or so minutes. So as Emily Ley would say… grab a blanket and a coffee …or in my boat a hot cup of tea. 😉

Also, a shout out to all the MTH Dallas attendees. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Tomorrow (well I guess today) is going to rock your world….if you let it. So I hope you come in with open hearts and minds and let Lara & Jeff share their souls with you. I can’t wait to hear about your experience!

If you haven’t seen the new Making Things Happen website. Go here NOW! Check it out, great information here, and a fun new design. Getting so excited for the Tour to get here in MPLS next week!

  1. Alexandra

    I love video blogs!!! 🙂 🙂 Love to hear all the things that fire you up.. you’ve made me think of all the things that fire me up. Maybe in honor of you I’ll do a blog about it too 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kristin Partin

    I’m with alex-super cute. ya know what fires me up? bosses who have been throwing up all day that still come into work and talk to me!

  3. Mary Dunlap

    Loved this blog post! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Alexia Strawn

    where did you get those succulents behind you? I had some in my house that didnt survive and I really want to get new ones…are they fake?

  5. gillian

    Hello fellow MTH alumn. 🙂

    I totally do the pre-meeting/pre-shooting dance parties in my car!!! My poor second photographer is harassed to dance along to my crazy pre-session mix!!

    Good to know I’m not the only one who has dance parties in her car! I do it while editing a lot too. 🙂

  6. Amy Campbell

    This made me miss GINA!!! Love you girl!! I hope things are going well and I would love to hear how you are doing! You seem to have some things going on up your sleeve!!

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  8. Erin Davenport

    Hey friend! Love seeing your face and hearing your voice 🙂 It’s fun hearing from you a full year ago and realizing that you had just done MTH and were on your way to an amazing year.
    Lots of love!