That was an earthquake.

1) Kisses, our awesome model; 2) Luis carrying me for all the overhead shots I wanted to do. Poor guy.
A few minutes ago, an earthquake literally rocked our country. Personally, it was my first time to experience such a strong earthquake and I even found myself holding on to my desk and praying quietly as it went on for about 10-15 seconds. It was horrifying. On the other hand, seeing the Twitterverse in a state of panic was quite amusing. You could see the different, sometimes hilarious reactions of different people.

Anyway, what I was really going to blog about was the shoot I had with Luis and Kisses yesterday. It's my first in several months which is not that hard to believe given the frequency of my shoots last year (although, it was fairly good compared to this year, so far). We spent roughly 4 hours going from place to place, looking for a nice vacant lot that's not private property (one of the lots we took pictures at for a few minutes was and we had to leave). It felt really good to be taking pictures again after so long. I missed shooting like that for hours with good company. It was so much fun and it reminded me again why I love photography.

View the first set on my portfolio. Click on 'Recent': HERE.

Most of the time, when taking pictures, I have a theme in my head that I want to achieve. It usually rattles my head like crazy making it almost impossible to enjoy the shoot fully. Which is why yesterday, I tried to let go of my natural rigidness and just be free for heaven's sake. It proved to be quite rewarding because at the end of the day, I found myself with not only 150+ pictures that I can be proud of, but also a really fun experience with two awesome people. This is the only way to go, if you really think about it. Taking pictures is supposed to be fun, enjoyable, and fulfilling. Now that I've left the world of deadlines and pressures, I'm feeling more liberated than ever before. I'm slowly, but surely coming out of my shell. And you know what? I'm not in the least bit scared!

(Makes you wonder if this is still about photography, doesn't it? lol. I confuse myself, too.)