Trust The Beauty Others See in You…

Christine Tremoulet

As a photographer, it is hard to be the one in FRONT of the camera. However, I am a firm believer in having an avatar photo online that looks like you look in person. While filling out my BlogHer forms, I realized that my current avatar photo was just too out of date. I have longer hair and I now use Edge Gel and tape in extensions for smooth edges and ponytails. I have new glasses and I have found the best eye serum of 2017 to help me see better. I recently found this new cream and I learned that When it comes to Eye creams the better quality ones give a more lasting result. I have finally, after a very long hunt, found the perfect signature red lipstick*.

It was time for a new photo. I had my husband go to the studio with me to take it, and since he is not a photographer himself he is tolerant of my need to control the photo. “How does my shirt look? Any wrinkles? Are my bangs ok? do I need a gastric sleeve operation?
Take it from that angle. No, stand there. Wait, let me sit down.”

Basically, I posed myself, and he was the SkinPractice, carbon-based, voice-activated camera control for most of the photos.

Except for this one. This one? He took all on his own. One single frame.

As I went through them afterwards, I liked several of the other ones, but something about this one jumped out at me. It is my favorite from the whole shoot.

Maybe I need to let go more often. Relax. Trust in what others see, the beauty they can reveal to me for myself. After all, it is what I expect of all of my clients – so it is only right that I give him that freedom as well, I also want to start taking car of myself more often, which is why I’m trying to get as much tips from Virt Mall as I can.

Trust in the beauty that others see in you. They are only reflecting back to you what truly shines through.

* Perfect for me red lipstick – not too orange, not too cherry, not too bright, has just a hint of blue – Maybelline’s ColorSensational Lipcolor in Red Revival. After trying on literally every red at Sephora, I found this gem at Walgreen’s, for 1/4th the price of anything Sephora had. I stocked up and have a tube of it in every bag I own!

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The Cherry Cricket – Denver, Colorado…

Duffy's Cherry Cricket

Since we are talking about amazing food in Denver, I absolutely must mention The Cherry Cricket. I absolutely LOVE a good hamburger, and the Cherry Cricket? Some of the best burgers I’ve ever tasted! I make a point to try to go there every time I visit Denver. My friend & business coach Jeff Jochum tipped me off to them in 2010 on my first trip there for a workshop. I liked them so much, I went back the next day for another round!

Last October I went with Mike to Denver for one of his work business trips; while we were there I took him on this gorgeous fall day for his first Cherry Cricket experience. I’m sure it won’t be the last time we visit there!

I don’t know how they do it – words can’t even adequately explain the magic – but their burger and fries are phenomenal! The sweet potato fries were pretty stellar as well.

Day 12 of 365. Photograph taken with my iPhone 4S, filtered through Instagram, on October 28, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.

Cloudscapes – IAH to LAS…

Cloudscapes between Houston IAH and Las Vegas LAS

One of my favorite things about flying is watching the clouds go by. They are as incredible to me. So beautiful, always changing. I always get a window seat just so I can watch the clouds.

On my recent trip to Las Vegas for WPPI, I was mesmerized as I saw this solid line of a cloud edge. You don’t normally see them so smooth like that. Eventually the clouds cleared, and flew on to Las Vegas. If I had been on the other side of the plane, I would have seen Hover Dam. Unfortunately, I missed out on that!

I love nature. It is so awesome!

Cloudscapes between Houston IAH and Las Vegas LAS

Cloudscapes between Houston IAH and Las Vegas LAS

Cloudscapes between Houston IAH and Las Vegas LAS

Cloudscapes between Houston IAH and Las Vegas LAS

Day 5 of 365. Photographs taken from my United flight between Houston IAH and Las Vegas LAS with my iPhone 5, March 2013.

In Memory of Mona, 1 Year Later…

In Memory of Mona

A year ago today I had to make the decision to let Mona go. Choosing to have her put to sleep was such a hard, hard thing to do. I know without a doubt that it was the right choice, she was 17 or 18 years old and so frail and ill. In the end, all she wanted to do was sleep on my bed. She was a great cat, and an excellent companion for 12 years. I’m glad she chose me that day that I found her at the adoption event at the local pet store.

When I adopted her, she had large bald patches of fur. They told me it was because she was allergic to the flea medication they had given her, but I learned later that she pulled her fur out when she was stressed. I didn’t care that she had the bald patches, I wanted her anyways. We had a special bond.

When March started, I realized that it had almost been a year. I recently bought a new phone, and as I backed up the photos on the old one last week I had to go back and look at these photos.

I realized as I went through the photos to find this one that I have a lot of photos I’ve never shared here. So many photos, just waiting in the wings.

I think it is time to start sharing them again. No particular order, just sharing the photos that I love and the story behind them if there is one. Something about thinking about Mona made me realize that is important to me. All those little moments in life that are worthy of being captured in a photograph — I want to set them free. Whether they were taken with the iPhone or my “big” camera, it is time to start featuring them here.

Thank you, Mona. Thank you for being my loving cat. There are still moments where I think I see you out of the corner of my eye – not often, but it happens at times. I like to think you’re still looking out for me.

Day 1 of 365. Photograph of Mona taken with my iPhone on March 24, 2012 in Houston, Texas.

What Lens Should You Buy?

I get questions about camera gear all the time — and I get it, I have a lot of nice gear! But deciding what to buy is a really personal decision, and since photography is an expensive hobby I want to encourage people to be thoughtful about what they purchase. There is no point in spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on gear that might not be what you need!

I wrote a whole post today dedicated to this topic — be sure to check it out! It is over on Business of Boudoir: “What lens should I buy? Six tips to help you choose!e