Sunday, December 25, 2011

What's So Sweet About Sixteen(16)?





Recently I had the privilege of shooting this sweet sixteener's birthday session which got me to thinking, what so sweet about sixteen. I tried to research the topic and came up with little to explain this magic number. So I decided to compile the top 16 things about being 16.

16. In the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, and Italy, sixteen year olds may purchase tobacco products.
15. In Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, and Portugal, sixteen year olds may legally drink alcohol.
14. Join the armed forces in the United Kingdom.
13. Vote in Austria in Nicaragua!
12. Drop out of school. :-(
11. Earn the right to privacy laws surrounding OBGYN practices.
10. Consent to medical treatment.
9. Get married with parental consent.
8. Get a job in most states!
7. Donate blood with parental consent!
6. Obtain a passport!
5. Move out with your parent's consent.
4. Change your name!
3. Pilot a glider.
2. Get a driver's license with parental consent!
1. Schedule your sweet sixteen shoot with ByJRochelle!



Saturday, December 3, 2011

Faith Without Work is Dead



James 2:14-17 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Praise Report


Trameisha's Capture Session


The D.ivinely I.nspired and V.irtuously A.nointed Ms. Trameisha Smith explored downtown Houston with an aura of optimism. 2011 sent her on a whirlwind of emotions but promises to end on an upbeat! She brings good news, both temporal and eternal, to anyone who will listen.
 Jacque Cousteau said that no aquarium, no tank in marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea. And no dolphin who inhabits one of those aquariums or one of those marine lands can be considered normal. Trameisha is that dolphin; she is not normal. The world is her sea and you can find her exploring every nook an cranny on her quarterly vacations.

When she is in the city, Trameisha works as a life skills teacher, equipping her students with both book and street smarts. With passion she guides the next generation of leaders into their future. She infects them with the audacity of hope for more than they can think or imagine which gets them dreaming big!






In addition to her career, Ms. Smith devotes her time and talents to Real Life Christian Center. You can find her singing in the choir, dancing with the praise team, and doing whatever else the Lord guides her to do.






Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Top Ten Tips for Tip Top Candid Shots!





"Taking a great picture is about self-awareness." -JRochelle



ByJRochelle specializes in capturing you JUST the way you are. This does not mean we don't work from a plan or script, it means we love to put natural moments in their best light. These encounters that any viewer can relate to will put your audience in a familiar place, making it easier for them to hear what you have to say. Most people cringe at the notion of “candid shots”, but the problem isn’t the shot.  The problem is many of us don't put our best foot, face, or anything else forward! So in this blog we want to help you take the best candid shots ever!  After reading ByJRochelle's top 10 tips for taking the best candid shot ever, you won't be embarrassed to be caught off guard again!


10. Location! Location! Location! 
The first step in putting your best face forward is knowing which way “forward” is! Stealthy photographers remain ready to shoot at a moment’s notice. Remain cognizant of where the photographers are so you can choose a comfortable position to mix and mingle. That million-dollar smile won’t do you any good if the photographer is behind you. But just in case he is behind you be sure your clothing fit properly, you’re standing up straight, and you’ve taken a moment to tease that coif. 


9. Know YOUR Angles
Once you know where the photographers stand, you can then adjust yourself to a comfortable position to mix and mingle in which displays your best angles. Now I can’t tell you what your best angle is so this will require that you experiment in the mirror. Once you find that angle lean slightly toward the camera and look straight ahead. Avoid looking down because your eyes may look closed.


8. Cover Your Mouth

Every time you feel the need to open your mouth, cover it first! In reality, we only open our mouths for a few moments in a day, but a camera can put that social faux pas on display for an eternity. Yawing, eating, and laughing present a prime opportunity to position you for the unsightly “mouth wide-open” shot. So do your self a favor and  slip your hand over your mouth.



7. Don’t Be A Cow 
Like number 8, number 7 will help you to leave your tonsils out of the picture. Chew with your mouth closed. This goes for gum chewing, eating, and any other reason you feel the need to chew. Cameras catch moments and if you chew with your mouth closed, then the “cow” moment won’t rear it’s ugly head.
6. Chin Up
Tilt your head and try to position yourself so that the camera is a little above, or at, your eye level. This will slice your double chin in half! If this doesn’t seem natural, then put one hand under your chin as though you’re resting your head on your hand BUT DON”T ACTUALLY REST YOUR HEAD ON YOUR HAND.




5. Mind Your Posture
Turn that muffin top into amazing abs by sucking in that gut and arching you back. Whether sitting or standing up straight you will look more confident, healthier, and more alert. Additionally, LL Cool J says holding your abs in for 15 seconds is like doing a sit-up so if you stick to this tip you’ll add exercise to your daily routine.

4. Dress For Success!
Dressing for success in pictures will turn you candid shot into a glamour shot. Pick the right color for your skin tone, the fit for your body type, and the right style for your personality. Color, pattern, fit all play a role in whether you end up on the best or worse dressed list!
Keep in mind that solids can make you look like a blob of of color so break up that little black dress with a few accessories. White can make your skin tone appear darker since it tends to absorb most of the light, leaving you in the dark deepening those natural shadows. Horizontal stripes can make you appear wide, so if you are wide, then you may want to avoid those.
3. Stiff Upper Lip
Tyra tells her girls on ANTM not to forget the tension. To be honest, this is another one that you will need to practice in the mirror until it becomes natural. No one likes to see a picture with his or her lip hanging passed her chin and flat cheeks. Figure out a way to use your face muscles constantly so that you’re smizing in every shot.
2. Relax!
The more comfortable and relaxed you appear, the better the photo will turn out. Many people end up looking odd in photos because they freeze into odd facial expressions of confusion and/or discontent. The old television show said it best, “smile, you’re on candid camera”! Smile! Don’t give the world that fake wide grin, flash your natural smile and your picture will be awesome.

1. Believe That You Are Beautiful!

If you walk onto the scene believing that you are beautiful self-consciousness will melt away. Proverbs 23:7 says that as you think in your heart, so you are. If you believe that you are beautiful, then you will be beautiful. Further more, since you will have practiced these tips for taking tip top candid shots, you will exercise them naturally putting your best beauty forward!
It is important to realize that taking a great picture is about self-awareness. Make sure to always put your best self forward. Just like anything else you can learn how to do this if you haven’t been so successful in the past.  I can’t wait to see the transformation in your candid shots as you put these tips into practice!

All pictures are the property of ByJRochelle and may not be used without expressed and written consent. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Train Up a Child With Television


Proverbs 22:6 says that we need to train up children in the way that they should go so that when they are old they will not depart. That's easier said than done, because let's face it the world gives us tough competition for our kids' competition. Flashing images and words faster than we can. Many parents and experts believe that the answer is to turn off the television and the radio. It sounds like a good idea but there are 2 problems with this plan: 1) if you do succeed in sheltering your child from television and radio they may enter the world terribly handicapped, not knowing how to deal with the "wiles of the devil" and,  2) the word tells us that ALL things work together for the good of those who love God. The last statement leads me to believe that television in itself is not bad but the way people use it can be. We should take hold of this powerful tool and allow it to help us train up our children in the way that they should go.

As a video producer I get to make the moving pictures that captivate tweens at my church. We film announcement videos each week using as much creativity and humor as we can muster. In this video, Kenneth, after promising Hannah that he will take the announcements seriously uses green screen to express his imagination.


CREW
Jeanicia Elder of ByJRochelle
Manson Floyd
Hannah Smith

Talent
Hannah Aldridge
Kenneth DeVon

See more work from ByJRochelle by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Se Habla Español? ...hablar con ByJRochelle


Me ayudó con el estudio de iluminación, cámaras y sonido. Yo dirigí la parte española de la filmación. También editó el producto terminado de usar Final Cut Pro para cumplir un plazo estricto.

ByJRochelle: Representación de un sinfín de posibilidades.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Phenomenal Woman


Hannah's Essential Session

by Maya Angelou
Featuring Hannah Smith

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me. 
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.



Thursday, October 6, 2011

Lady in Purple

Lejoi's Essential Session


...And this is for colored girls who have considered suicide but moved to the ends of their own rainbows...

...Elohim, God of the most high I pray that you hear me...



...We're sisters. Let us love each other as we are...

...Bring her out to know herself. To know you, but sing her rhythms caring, struggle...





Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Captured Event




Captured ByJRochelle


In celebration of Keturah’s 30th birthday, the invited guests received curb-side service. 







Guests sipped on an exclusive Apple Martini provided by LaTosha Neveu Fraley of Neveu...The Social Secretary





Frocked in their kimonos courtesy of Mulan (and gifts from the birthday diva) the ladies headed to Crave Sushi, where Meghan took care of the group.









LaTosha Neveu Fraley led the guests in heartfelt toasts, gift opening, and song.




Crave provided an exclusive menu and a private area for the guests to enjoy.








Dessert was this beautiful themed cake courtesy of































Captured ByJRochelle