A New Year of Photography! by Sarah Holden

By now most people have made (and perhaps broken) their new years resolutions for 2016.  I've decided to join the bandwagon this year and create some resolutions of my own.  The resolutions I'm making this year are going to be a bit different than previous years in that they are going to be SPECIFIC.  The fastest way I've found to not reach your goals are to make vague, general statements that no one can measure.  I could easily make a goal like "take more photos" or "spend more time doing the things I enjoy" but those promises to myself are often forgotten or meaningless.  

So this year I've made some specific goals and I'm going to write them down.  The hardest achievements to accomplish are the ones you keep in your head.  

- Complete 5 photoshoots with Dancers.  These are for a personal project of mine. 

- Add 5 images to my professional portfolio that were not taken in the studio

- Do not go a week without making some kind of professional social media post.  This can include instagram, a blog post, or a facebook post.  

- Sketch or Draw at least once a month.  (This is something that I personally like to do so this goal is not professional but personal) 

I'm not going to overload myself with goals so I'll stick to these for now.  You'll notice each one is specific and I will be able tell if I accomplish my resolutions at the end of 2016.  On a final note, here are a few photographs I took before the holidays.  I don't like posting a blog post without photos, and I had a great time photographing this couple.  We took advantage of the Christmas decorations lighting up Downtown Cleveland! 



Dance Photography Personal Project: Juan and Khalil by Sarah Holden

It's been a while since I started a personal project.  Creating artwork for fun is important no matter what type of artist you are.   This summer I decided to start meeting and photographing dancers.  Photographing people in motion has always been a love of mine, whether it be martial arts, dancing, or children jumping on a bed.  

I love to photograph dancing because you never REALLY know what the camera will capture.  You can try to time your shots right, but you can't freeze someone in the air and adjust the lighting or tilt their head.  It makes getting a cool photo much more special. 

Below are two young gentleman named Juan and Khalil.  (Juan is the gentleman doing an impressive split and Khalil is the gentleman that loves to be on his toes)  These photos will be the first of many dance photographs I'll be creating this year.  Hopefully I'll learn a dance move or two along the way, but I'll probably just stick to photography.  


Connor B Judge Foundation by Sarah Holden

I Recently had the pleasure of meeting the lovely ladies of the Connor B Judge Foundation.  The Connor B. Judge Foundation is a Cleveland non-profit that raises money for the research and awareness of NMO. I t formed when a local Clevelander, Connor, transformed from a healthy 22 year old to a hospital patient that couldn't walk and could barely see.

NMO stands for Neuromyelitis Optica and is very rare.  It's an autoimmune disease where the body begins to attack its own spinal chord and optic nerve.  The symptoms are extremely similar to MS, but are much more treatable if the patient is diagnosed correctly.  In fact, if a patient is incorrectly diagnosed with MS when they are actually suffering from NMO, the treatment can cause irreversible damage. Luckily in Connor's case, he has recovered most of his vision and the ability to walk.  It was an honor photographing the foundation, and I wish them the best of luck in their continued activism.  Visit their website if you would like to learn more about NMO, Connor, or perhaps even donate a few dollars to the cause.