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Between school and work these two love bugs are incredibly busy. We had to reschedule their session a few times but fortunately we were able to secure a date and make some magic! It was really important to Amanda that we capture their personalities, the way Bryan puts such a joyful smile on her face. How their relationship is the beautiful blend of fun, respect and a love that has evolved over time into this great balance. The complexities of love can defeat even the most romantic of sorts. I feel that Love is not to be romanticized but to be felt and shared and shown and accepted and above all else to be cherished when found. Congrats to Amanda and Bryan on their upcoming wedding! It makes me feel happy when I look at your images and happier knowing how much you love them. You get what you give.

 

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Simplifying the studio and my life has brought some joys as well as struggles.  The joys, well hey, that’s easy! We accept only a very limited number of clients each year who only want us to do what we love and trust us implicitly making it incredibly easy and fulfilling to get up in the morning and make great work.  The struggles, well, that’s plainly evident too.  Things are more boutique in nature, I personally touch every image and every film we create and although things are still on time, it takes a wee bit longer.  Crafting work is exponentially better than the disconnect of having excessive amounts of shooters and my vision or product altered by a set of hands not my own.

So yes, we are busy and I am incredibly thankful to be so busy in both work and pursuing my loves however, I recognize the importance of sharing work online so that we can attract more of the types of clients that want we have have to give.  Here’s a few images from some recent shoots.  I’m grateful as always to be a part of so much emotion.  Thank you to our muses for bringing it!!! much much more to come!

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When was the last time you left the house without your phone or some kind of device that connected you to some kind of social media?

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Are you someone or do you have a friend who is disconnected when in the presence of other humans because of constantly checking their phone, posting tweets or status updates? #FOMO a fear of missing out perhaps on what’s going on in the cyber world?

When was the last time you picked up that phone to call someone that you love and to have an actual conversation just for the sake of talking?

Have you ever met someone in person that you are friends with online and felt false sense of connection because you are privy to so much detail about them because of social media?

Have you been friends with or dare I say, Related to someone and you connect online yet haven’t seen them in person in days, weeks or even years?

When was the last time you took your arms and wrapped them around all of these “super special” people in a warm embrace, made time out of your busy busy life to actually live and engage with these so called besties?

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I asked myself these very same questions last year when I took a good, long, hard look at my life and the relationships in my life and how the toxicity of some people, work, the pursuit of success and this seemingly 24 hour accessibility made it nearly impossible to please each and every client all of the time in a we want more and we want it for less and we want it right now generation. I knew I needed to simplify my studio, simplify my life and really focus on the relationships with people. Real People. In Real Life.

IRL – Abbreviation for “In Real Life.” Often used on the web to let people you are talking to know about something in the real world and not in the internet world. I knew that I didn’t want to live as a personality or entity online anymore and that I was drawn to the innate right as a human to have an actual human connection to the people that have through the years touched my life. So, I needed to get up off of my ass and take care of me first. Take care of my health. Be true to myself. I needed to do things that fed my soul like travel, cooking, reading an actual hard copy book and most importantly, showing the people I care most about and the friends who matter to me some actual love in person, In Real Life.

I started a personal project to do just that and I can say for certain that simplifying things has in fact made me incredibly happy. Nothing and I repeat NOTHING can or will ever replace the connection you make with someone in person. To see someone’s face light up because of an unexpected lunch date, to hear the sound of their toddler laughing and not because you watched and liked their facebook video, to wish a happy birthday and smell the smoke from blown out candles wafting through the air, to be there for someone that needs not just your spirit and well wishes but to hold their hand because they really didn’t need your words because your touch has transferred indescribable feelings of love and support.

I hope you all join me in support of Project {I.R.L} and reach out to the people that matter most to you. Living to work and socializing online only is no way to live. The hours and days that we have left in this lifetime of ours are already numbered and it would be a travesty to leave this planet without having actually lived and experienced all that you could with those that need this connection just as much if not more than you.

Happy Monday Everyone! Just to clarify, I love social media but I love humanity more so Let’s connect In Real Life! Until then, call, visit or write someone that has made an impact in your life. I guarantee that your work will not suffer and that the people whose lives you touch are worth far more than hundreds of likes on that last #Selfie.

xoxoxo,

Chingi

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The sun is setting on a gorgeous Philadelphia spring day and as the last of the rays ping off of the top of the wall surrounding the roof deck lounge that Dana & Dwayne are snuggling up at, we chat for a moment about relationships and people.  We have finished our {us} session and now as the sun sets we talk for a few moments about how every single person who you make contact with in your life has a very distinctive personality and way of engaging socially.  Some people are quiet and introverted yet bloom when you shower them with your affection, humor and love.  Others are outgoing and extroverted and touch everyone in their path with their aura.

I look at Dwayne and he is smiling that smile towards Dana that I have seen for the past several hours.  He cracks a joke and she bursts out laughing, it is a scene that I have seen many times today.  He tells me that when he is with Dana, he just wants to make her happy, to put a smile on her face.  It’s a job he takes very seriously and I can see that.  He says that her smile is something he loves to see and that making her feel good makes him feel good…

I firmly believe that some of the biggest challenges in entering into and maintaining a relationship comes when you go in search of finding someone or something that can make you feel a certain way.  Many times in my past when something would come to an end I would ask myself what it was that I lacked.  Was I not smart enough, pretty enough, tall enough, thin enough, fun enough, quiet enough?  I’m sure we all have toiled over such things from time to time.  As my experiences have molded my opinions I discovered the secret to making any kind of relationship last.   It’s very simple but all parties have to be on board.  Whether it is a friendship, family or love interest this works!!!

When you seek a relationship to validate yourself and search for someone to fill a void or complete you, you aren’t bringing your best self.  The only sure fire way to make a relationship last is if you treat that connection as a place that you come to GIVE and not a place that you go to TAKE.  It really is that simple.  If everyone would just engage with others and give more of themselves and anyone who receives would just give back, well, this world we call home would be a better home.

Too often we may give way too much energy to people and situations that only depletes our Happy, ya know?  Don’t feed those relationships, feed the relationships that fuel you.

Thank you to Dana & Dwayne for fueling each other and for making a space for each other, for giving!  You make it easy for me to stand in front of you, push a button and know the realness of your giggles, thoughts and tears.

PS… It doesn’t hurt when you look so fierce together, especially in that dress Dana!

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I’ve made it my business to study people. The way they talk, what they say, how they engage with others. To say that human behavior intrigues me would be an understatement. I’ve made it my goal to snatch and grab at the moments that I think will matter to the people whose paths we cross based on my observations. Sometimes my heart swells and sometimes it bleeds but know that when it swells it swells with you and when it bleeds it bleeds for you…

A beautiful baby girl has graced us =) I see the adoration and pride in her fathers eyes. It is a look that uncontrollably emanates from you when you are bursting with love and pride. I saw it the night Marcel danced with her father on her wedding day, his love lit up the room. I see it now in the way Vern can’t help but smile and gaze at his sweet & perfect little bundle. There is a saying that when a baby smiles or laughs in their sleep that an angel is talking to them. Well, baby girl, he is surely smiling down on you and probably whispering sweetness into your ears on the daily.

Congrats to Marcel and Vern and big brother Chaz on the newest addition to your family! May you love her and guide her and protect her and teach her all the best ways to love, just like you were taught. With Mother’s day already past and Father’s day quickly approaching, now would be a good time to spread some Happy to your Daddy’s. Go do it now. Days pass by and life makes no promises.

May this next chapter in your lives Marcel & Vern be filled to the brim with as much care, strength and love that you so easily share. I count my lucky stars to have met you. xoxoxo

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