What Will Your Wedding Colors Be?

I love color! I love Pantone! Join them together with weddings and they can help you find the perfect combination! Wedding Wire just released a quiz to take to help you find your perfect colors! And who doesn’t love quizzes???

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FYI - Pantone picked Living Coral as the 2019 Color of the Year. Expect to see a lot of this!

FYI - Pantone picked Living Coral as the 2019 Color of the Year. Expect to see a lot of this!

Here is a great article from the NY Times informing us how Pantone decides on the color. This is important info as many designers in clothes, furniture, fabrics, cars, anything with design watch for what Patone is publishing. What the hottest colors for your wedding? Incorporate coral!

Grow through what you go through.

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Happy Friday everyone. Time to reflect on the week. I have been thinking about exploring an idea I have had for a while. I always strive to be a better person, this is not only personally but professionally as well. There are many ways in which we grow. Sometime it is hard as we can be insecure by another person or by exploring outside the box. It is easy to be afraid or threantened. But will you grow from what you go through? You won’t know unless you try.

Sometimes life throws a curve ball at you and when it does you have to decide how you will let this define you. I am starting something a bit new with Lema Street Photography and have honestly gone back and forth with implementing this idea. Well I am moving forward. Why? This will introduce me to new people and anyone that knows me knows I LOVE people! Secondly, I get to use my camera…..duh right? Well, sort of, I am using my photography skills in a different way. I am growing with trends and will see where it takes me.

So my motto this week is grow through what you go through. More to come on this!

Have a safe and happy weekend.

Ciao for now!

Susane

Find Your Space

Do you sometimes feel you are lost in time and space? I think we all have from time to time (no pun intended). This is when it is important to create boundaries with no guilt, if not we find the blood gets sucked right out of us. This is soooo not good for yourself or those around you. This photo is one I took just last night capturing the Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse.

2019 Blood Wolf Super Moon

Find Your Space

Lost in time and space.

I thought what am I doing out here other than to see this beautiful moon. I have work to do, sleep to get and then as I was in my element, tripod up, happily snapping away, I was in the moment. Not only looking at my camera settings, but stopping and looking at this moon. Looking at my husband looking at the moon. I thought how incredible. I am so lucky to not only see the solar eclipse of 2017, but now to capture this.

Normally I would have gone to bed and woke up to incredible photos. And I would have had that sinking feeling thinking I wish I would of…..again. Well I did. I found my space. My husband (my number one supporter) warmed up the car and we loaded up and off we went.

Our first location (very convenient to our home) was too bright with parking lot lights. So we loaded up again (totally confusing our dog) and off to an abandoned property with no lights. It was kind of creepy, but that feeling left as soon as I was shooting.

My point is we need to find our space. Find what is important to us with no regrets and set our boundaries. I purposely did not schedule any bookings for January 2019 as there were things I wanted to learn and do and read. December was a kick butt month, but I needed my space. This allowed me to refresh and rejuvenate. This allowed me to think about how I want 2019 to look like. I can’t say I know for sure, but I am feeling pretty darn good right now being in my space. Set your boundaries and enjoy your new space.

Ciao ~ Susane



Congratulations to Nick & Baylee

Baylee marries her Prince Charming, Nick.

This is a love story come true for Baylee and an emotional story. Baylee truly did meet her Prince Charming. Baylee has given me permission to share her story as she is an advocate for abused women. Her first marriage was not a happily ever after ending. Baylee was abused, lived in a women’s shelter with her two little girls and has had to have therapy to move on with her life. But the happy ending, she is doing it. And in the midst of a nasty divorce trying to get her life back on track, she meets Nick.

Nick is a kind and gentle soul who helped Baylee with love and patience one day at a time. Together, they are building their marriage on love, trust, patience and honesty. Baylee wants all of the women out their who are abused to know you do have options, you have to be brave and take the step to get help. Baylee did, she finally realized it was not her fault, it was ok to have another person be kind to her and she did deserve it.

I am so fortunate to be a part of their very personal and special day. That Baylee felt comfortable enough in me and trusted me to share her story, and now her love story. Congratulations Nick & Baylee, I know you this and the world is now your oyster! Together you two can handle anything.

Inspiration - China at the dawn of photography

There are times I am my own worst enemy. I get into a fixed pattern and when I start to see it, I know it is time to challenge myself. Break down this mental barrier I developed without realizing it. But when I do, I begin to ask questions such as what if, why, can I? I want to push boundaries, look for variety, look for newness and challenge myself. Getting out and about and making things happen. Starting a project and feeling that awesome sense of accomplishment when I get it done.

I am always interested in articles or documentaries on photography. This article on CNN was inspirational. The internet is a tremendous resource fo information and inspiration. Sometime we tend to look at what we see posted but forget about basics. This article shares 19th century work with a video interview from Chen Men that I found thought provoking on visual language.

I then went back to very basics, to a collection I purchased from a flea market and refresh some of the foundations needed to produce the perfect image. Click on the link, inspiration comes in many ways. Color combinations, scenes, expressions. Perhaps you will find some sort of inspiration too. Let’s see what kind of trouble we can get into!

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Life Library of Photography

“When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.”
– Alfred Eisenstaedt

These boots are made for walking

It’s officially here, 2019 in all it’s glory. The resolutions are flying, gym memberships going up, and new fashion trends are starting. As a photographer I watch for new trends in fashion, color and of course photography. I went to get my hair done and a young college student who is studying fashion merchandising in NYC was working for the holiday break. She had on the CUTEST boots ever. WHITE BOOTS! I swear I have loved white go-go boots as I called them since the 60’s so I am for one excited to see them comeback. Well I love boots! My favorite go to are a pair of Dr. Martens with red roses embroidered on them. I have cowboy boots, tall brown boots, fun rain boots, well too many boots. Wait, did I say too many? Nah…..never!

Today’s trends are not your grandma’s go-go boots, they are showing them in many styles. And do you know what? I want a pair! Yep, I turn 60 this year and I am getting those damn go-go boots. Ok, more like booties for comfort that I can wear while shooting and yet be fun and fashionable.

I can see these boots on brides for a western or bohemian styled wedding, or seniors dressing in the latest trends.

What about you? Are you into the white boots trend? Post below if you have a pair, I want to see them or just share what you think about them.

These boots were made for walking…….

These boots were made for walking…….

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Steve Madden

I love these boots by Steve Madden. Perfect for shooting photography in!

Back to Julie and Heather - the best Bride & Bride ever!

I loved this downtown Eureka Springs fall wedding. We lucked out with PERFECT weather! Julie and Heather were so so awesome to work with. They were the epitome of laid back and made the whole wedding day just a lot of fun without stressing. And I got to shoot in my backyard! Well almost, they got married at Red Bud Manor which is my neighbor. I literally walked to the shoot - BONUS for me! It’s one of my favorite locations for a wedding. Then we I drove them around town to hit highlights so their images were indicative of Eureka Springs!

:: Ana ::

Congratulations to this very smart, quiet, sophisticated senior, Ana. Ana will be graduating from Eureka Springs High School with the class of 2019. This brilliant senior is going on for her accounting degree at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith! You rock Ana!

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Yes, here we have another senior graduating in 2019. But this is not your average senior, this gal here is a sweet, kind and gentle soul. She is courageous and generous with what little she has to give. She is motivated despite the tough road that lays ahead. She is a fighter but with a gentle touch, this is Novaleigh Cline. My assistant whom I got to know this past year. We have grown close and if there is anyone whom I have met that I can say without a doubt will be successful in life, it is this determined young woman. Whatever path she takes, she will walk it straight and tall and she will overcome any obstacle with whatever journey she decides. Congratulations Nova, we could not be more proud to be a part of your life!

Love Resonates with this Amazing Couple

Just two people in love in every way possible. Sneak peak of Baylee & Nick’s elopement. What long strange ride for these two. Driving from Oklahoma, they were half way to Eureka and had to turn around as Nick left part of his uniform at home. Once on the road again, about half way to Eureka (again), they ended up with a flat tire. They spent the night and had the tire replaced in the morning arriving just in time for Baylee to have her make up done by the very talented Maggie Mae, owner of Blossom Beauty. Baylee looked perfectly radiant!

It rained but it did not stop these two from venturing out in the beautiful scenic area of Oakcrest Cottages and Tree Houses which was perfect with the tall pines enveloped by the soft drizzle and fog. Their chapel is perfect for elopements with the beautiful waterfall in the background. I think it gave such a romantic look to their images. Did it rain on their parade? You bet! Did all of these obstacles dampen their day? Heck no! These two love birds will be together forever. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Harris!

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Meet Ana, this happy go lucky young lady who is about to embark on a new journey. Ana has a big heart and she has big plans, she will be attending the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith for a degree in Accounting. She is a star soccer player, works hard and all around an amazing young gal. Here’s to you Ana, class of 2019!


We are thankful for our local businesses.

I want to give a shout out for the support I received from our local businesses who so kindly gave me permission to shoot this beautiful young lady in their establishments! Jom at The Statton Gallery for allowing to photograph in his wonderful gallery and also allowing us to change clothes, Jim at Brew’s, Morgan at Mojo’s, Lulu & Queenie for the awesome support while on your boat and last but not least, Eureka & Co., while not shown, we used their dressing room several times!

Two Became One

I met this couple a few months ago and the love between them was undeniable. These two are two of the kindest people I have come across. They have become more then clients but our friends. We wish them a life full of hugs and kisses! Congratulations to Julie & Heather.

“I think it’s beautiful the way you sparkle when you talk about the things you love.”  ―  Atticus Poetry

“I think it’s beautiful the way you sparkle when you talk about the things you love.” 
― Atticus Poetry



A beautiful bohemian soul.

Shelby is a gypsy soul with a gentle heart. She is not judgmental and cares for all of those around. She is a self assured young woman who lives with no issues in her skin. She is a vintage shopper with her own artsy style. Congratulations to Shelby, Hector High School graduating class of 2019.

She was not only ready to fly with the universe,  she soared .

She was not only ready to fly with the universe, she soared.

Wedding Inspiration for 2019

https://www.brides.com/gallery/wedding-dress-trends-fall-2019

Looking for inspiration for next year? The wait is over, look at these gorgeous dresses Vogue is showing for Fall of 2019! So what’s new? Think royal, yep like Megan Markle royal. Her dress style is selling off the racks. But it looks like no matter what your style, everything is game. Boho, minimalist, off the shoulder, on the shoulder. Although it wouldn’t be a fashion show if there were not new trends and cropped tops are showing along with elegant pantsuits. Take a look at the site to see if anything inspires you.