Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Picturing Your Pet

Did you know that ByJRochelle captures pets?!? Pets fill important positions in families today so why not show the world your love by decorating your spaces pictures of your pets!

Not ready to pay for a pet session yet? Well our ByJRochelle photographers graciously compiled a list of tips on photographing pets! Pets, unlike humans, do not always understand pose requests and the beauty that you see may elude  the camera!

You know your pet better than anyone so try to capture him/her in his/her natural environment doing what comes naturally! Capture your lazy pet yawning, capture your playful pet pouncing, capture your daring pet leaping tall couches in a single bound! most importantly focus on the eyes; eyes can tell a story. Use natural light and keep the eyes sharp. A flash burst can cause red-eye and frighten the animal. The fear will paint an inaccurate picture of your pet and take away from his/her natural character. Be sure to capture your pet's details. Get up close and personal to highlight the texture of the fur or the nuances in color of the nose. Let your pet play quietly and capture those moments. If you use these tips you'll capture a little magic every time.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Finding Time For Fashion

Finding the Inner Me is a non-profit organization based in the Houston area aimed at empowering women in EVERY stage of life. They do this by organizing quarterly events featuring exciting themes! Currently, these events take place at central locations, however, the organization is working toward owning a facility that not only houses these events but provides services year-round. The latest event was Finding Time for Fashion. The event featured make-up artists, fashion tips, refreshments, vendors, and a skit to kick off the event!
Deloris Madison Production put on a sketch that pointed out that many times women don't find time for fashion. Even though there is a party called life going on, they sit at home in unflattering gowns and head scarves until they begin to associate that "look" with their character. In reality, it doesn't take much to find time for fashion, but when you do it is one way that you show love to yourself. Following this opening,
Board Member Michelle Kinchen emceed the event setting the tone for the dynamic speakers.
Thecia Jenkins, founder of Bold Profession Seminars and Consulting, encouraged women to define their fashion rather than allowing fashion to define them. She said that women use fashion as a mask because they fear vulnerability. She encouraged the group to embrace vulnerability and to take care not to define another woman's character by her fashion.
Suptuous Sulay, CEO of The Ultimate Dressing Room pointed out that style means choosing items that you can rock with confidence. Those things don't have to cost a lot of money; her fabulous ensemble came from Target! Lisa Amosu, owner of My Trendy Place, talked about choosing what you can. She has worked closely with cancer patients and cancer survivors who couldn't choose certain things (hair, breasts, etc...) so she knows how painful it can be to focus on what you don’t get to choose. Consequently, she pointed out that there are so many other things that you can choose! Women can choose control, accessories, makeup, and most importantly, confidence! She helped a few
women choose 1 or all of the aforementioned “options” and led them to display their choices!

Barbara Benjamin, senior sales director of Mary Kay Cosmetics, discussed the importance of skincare. She said that even if a woman chooses not to wear makeup, she should at least use a moisturizer and/or sunscreen. Healthy skin is always in and no matter what you put on, your skin is the first thing that people see.
Throughout the event, vendors were on sight selling jewelry, baby clothes, makeup, and other novelties. Additionally, during each break, raffle tickets were drawn and several women left the event with a new pair of shoes! This event offered something for all women of all ages one of the male vendors even got on the fun! Everyone left this event feeling empowered and encouraged to find time 4 fashion because that’s a synonym for finding time for you!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

3rd Annual Fit N Finding Me

ByJRochelle was the official photography sponsor for the 3rd Annual Fit N Finding Me event put on by Finding The Inner Me (FTIM). 

FTIM, a Non-Profit 501C3 organization, hosted its first event of 2013, a health incentive, geared toward enlightening women and young girls of the importance of taking care of their physical, and mental health. The event was MCed by the quick witted amicable Michele White and vendors included, the Queen's Boutique, Bold Profession Seminars & Consulting,  and Mary Kay to name a few. Vegan Cafe and My Fit Foods provided a healthy lunch.

Denika Carothers of S.M.I.L.E opened the discussion on "Finding Your Authentic Self" with the question "Who are you?". She told the ladies that being authentic starts with being honest with yourself which will make it more natural to be honest with others. She shared a vendor table with Herbal Nature Organic Hair & Body products. They say that their products naturally complement the human body chemistry because it is 100% natural in its origin and process. Vendors were on sight to apply the natural homemade hair care products and answer any questions.

Following the S.M.I.L.E. presentations the ladies participated in a beginner's yoga class. The instructor stressed the importance of breathing as she walked about the room helping the girls achieve the perfect position. This work out was suitable for all fitness levels. If that work out wasn't enough to work out an appetite a food presentation followed.

Chef Sabali of My Vegan Comfort then gave a brief presentation on the benefits of consuming vegan and raw food products. Chef Sabali offered Annette Larkins as a living example of what a Raw Food Diet Can do for you. Coined "The Ageless Woman" Annette's husband Amos of almost 54 years chose to continue to eat the way he did when they were first married while Annette transitioned into a diet that consists of fruits, nuts, vegetables and seeds. Larkin's husband looks like her father and he admits that he "really wishes that he would have done what she did. Sabali raised the issue that many people reject this idea from fear of losing protein in their diets, but the chef maintains that protein comes from amino acids and not meat. Following her talk, Sabali made a Vegan chocolate shake and offered attendees shakes and salads for lunch.

In addition to the generous lunches provided by FTIM and Chef Sabali, My Fit Foods was on sight with Lean Lemon Turkey. The ingredients are Ground Turkey, Parboiled Rice, Asparagus, Lemon, Lemon Juice, Butter (cream), and Natural Spices. During the lunch break attendees mingled and shopped among the vendors.

Thecia Jenkins of Bold Profession Seminars & Consulting talked about being Emotionally Intelligent. She told the ladies that emotional intelligence is the ability to manage one's emotions and read the emotions of others.  She challenged the group to discover their triggers and how do those triggers impact day to day interactions. She said that once you identify the thoughts and feelings that accompany your feelings then you can decide how to respond to those emotions. Next she stressed empathy since an important part of emotional intelligence is accurately identifying the emotions of others. Finally she encouraged the ladies to use this emotional intelligence to manage their relationships which requires an action step by having candid conversations.

Katherine Moore-Devoe aka "Kat", Boot Camp Instructor, Personal Trainer, and Owner of Shaped Bodies Fitness  led a mini bootcamp class. She was high-energy and relatable making it easy for this diverse group of women to get their bodies moving and their muscles warm.

The day ended with "Feel Free to Dance" presented by Mariana Cortez. She encouraged the group to get back in touch with their powerful feminine vibe. This simple activity seemed to bring the event full circle as the participants freely expressed themselves in a victory dance.