My daughter, Isis, at the age of 10, understands what makes her special. Her word for it is “Isis sprinkles” and, with much animation, mimes sprinkling something…fairy dust?…with her hands as she says it. Like it’s magic. And it is. It’s her special magic that she adds to this world.
I think having the mind of a child, unhardened and full of fascination, is necessary to discovering the flavor of your own “sprinkles”. I asked my daughter what makes “Shirleen sprinkles” and she said ” You know, mom, you’re crazy, like your hair. You make things fun and you’re kind of a goober, like a happy emoji. You’re always smiling, and you make everyone feel good.”
O.K., perhaps I wouldn’t have described myself as a “goober emoji” (:-D) but Isis does understand me.
Appreciating the beauty of life, being happily relaxed, a bit irreverent and endlessly optimistic, is a big part of who I am.
Everyone has something beautiful to add to this world. I’m gifted at drawing that “something” out, making people feel sexy & special, happy about their life, and then, capturing those emotions in pictures. I’ve been told that is one of my “superhero powers”. Who am I to blow against the wind? 😉
Being a photographer is not a “job” to me. It’s my passion.
Photography fascinates me in every way. I have a totally nerdy side that loves all the technical details: the cameras, lighting equipment, software and computer programs. I eat it up! It’s the tools of my poetry.
“Create Like a God, Command like a King, Work like a Slave”
—Constantin Brâncuși, Romanian sculptor.
To that I say, “hell, yea.”
The Two Events That Most Shaped My Life in 144 words.
I grew up in a family of modest income. We didn’t have professional portraits taken. I’m sure my parents were struggling to simply make ends meet. Unfortunately, my dad was not to last long in this world. He passed away from cancer at the age of 47. I have one photo of him that was taken by a professional, the rest are a sorry assortment of crappy snapshots. He looks great in that photo. To me, he is that photo. It is the image that comes to my mind when I think of him.
Flash forward 15 years in my life. My sister, Jo-Anne, was diagnosed with cancer too.
Do you know what my mother did?
For the first time in her life, she booked a professional portrait session for our family. The images that photographer made are beautiful. Jo-Anne died 2 years later.
What do you think those images are worth to us now?
This is the portrait that was made before my sister, Jo-Anne (on right) died.
It is priceless to me.
My Soap Box Take Away
1. Do not underestimate the value of beautiful images in your life.
Selfies are fun and snapshots have their place, but there are certain unrepeatable times in your life when you will be glad that you did—or wish that you had —invested in the skills of a talented photographer.
Your wedding day is one of them. Don’t mess it up going cheap on your photographer. Hire from your heart and you won’t be disappointed.
2. The pictures of your life and family will be one of your greatest treasures EVER.
I understand this, so I bust my ass to make sure that the pictures I create for you are worthy—that they evoke powerful, nostalgic emotions when you see them, be the first things you grab if your house is on fire and the things your children will fight over having when you are old & gray.
That’s what goes through my mind when making pictures of you and your loved ones on your wedding day, in a portrait session, pretty much whenever I am holding my camera.
Here I am coaching a bride & groom on being relaxed and looking natural in front of the camera.
*Disclaimer: Troy is the fortune in my cookie. After 12 years of marriage, I’m still his #1 fan. Everything I write about him is undoubtedly biased by this. In the interest of not making you sick, I’ll stick to just the facts.
I don’t think anyone would describe Troy as a “goober emoji”. He’s more like an athletic, brawny, walking encyclopedia.
Imagin Mr. Clean with a camera and 30+ years of advanced education and you’ve got Troy.
Like myself, Troy is a bit eccentric. He talks about himself in the third person and calls himself, Adonis MoneySpot” (the “s” in Adonis is silent).
He has a long list of accomplishments to his name— he’s an expert on natural resource conflicts around the world, author of the books, Natural Resource Conflicts: From Blood Diamonds to Rainforest Destruction Volumes 1 & 2, and director of the Wildlands Studies Banff National Park Wildlife Corridors Project . He loves to answer questions about the region while we are shooting so feel free to ask away. Be warned, however, he may test you at the end.
“Adonis MoneySpot”, aka Troy Burnett, at work in the Dominican Republic.
Troy is one one those people who is amazing at everything he does. But don’t get me wrong—I’m the brains & talent of this operation!!!
Troy is THE “ass for my saddle”, as my mom likes to say.
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