February 11, 2009

I’ve Seen the Light!!

Geez-a-loo!! My dear blog friends, I am so sorry to say that this lil’ bloggity blog has been straight up NEGLECTED the past few days. Between Spread the Love, a little trip to Gettysburg, and two awesome back to back shoots on Monday, we kinda fell off the face of the planet!

But now….WE’RE BACK!! And we’re ready to be blogging FIENDS again! We have a ton of stuff to blog about so expect a flurry of posts in the next few days as we get ready to head out to Vegas for WPPI. And we thought, what better way to kick off said flurry of awesomeness than with an AWESOME contest?! I mean, c’mon, can you think of a better way?

Our good friend, the one and only Carlos Baez, just sent us his brand new DVD “See the Light.” And let me tell you, it is Ahh-mazing! Carlos spent 20 years in the fashion industry before making the jump to weddings, so this dvd is all about using that kind of lighting and posing background to rock a whole different look in wedding photography. And it is incredible! The kind of stuff he gets is truly beautiful!

But here’s the thing… he didn’t just send us ONE dvd. Oh no, that would be no fun! He sent us TWO dvd’s so that we could give one away to you! What a stand up guy, right?! :) So here’s the contest: Between now and tomorrow at 6pm EST leave a comment with your favorite movie, book, song title or quote containing the word “light” and our favorite will receive their very own copy of “See the Light” valued at $175!! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  1. Amy

    "In the Light" by DC Talk. Old skool.

  2. clarisajo

    Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.
    -Louis Aragon

  3. ericamay

    I’m a collector of quotes. So, here’s one by our friend Mr. Rogers: "All I know to do is light the candle that has been given to me."

  4. Kelli M

    John 8:12 – Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

  5. Adrienne Byrd

    "Great Light Of the World" – song by Bebo Norman. Everytime I hear this song, I am so humbled. If you haven’t heard it, you must listen! You’ll see what I mean! :)

  6. Jared Rey

    "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
    – Marianne Williamson

  7. Feuza

    I wanna be in the light as you are in the light. I wanna shine like the stars in the heavens, oh Lord be my light

  8. Chantal

    A wonderful artist I found recently – Priscilla Ahn – Leave the light on

  9. JENA

    As a huge John Cusack fan, i must add this to the mix from his movie "Say Anything" (that famous scene with him holding the boombox…by the great Peter Gabriel):

    "I wanna touch the light, the heat I see in your eyes…"

  10. Sarah McCoy

    “Star Light, Star Bright First star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might Have the wish I wish tonight.” (psst…I wish for this DVD :))

  11. Julie G

    Shine on, little light, shine on,
    Shine on so bright and clear;
    Shine on, little light, and bring
    A smile for ev’ry tear.


    I looked it up to find who to credit it to: http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/l/e/t/letylite.htm

  12. Jacob Bergmeier

    From the movie SPACEBALLS (all-time classic!!!!)

    Col. Sandurz: Prepare ship for light speed!
    Dark Helmet: No, no, no, light speed is too slow!
    Col. Sandurz: Light speed, too slow?!
    Dark Helmet: Yes, we’re gonna have to go right to . . . ludicrous speed!
    Col. Sandurz: Ludicrous speed?! Sir, we’ve never gone that fast before. I don’t know if the ship can take it.
    Dark Helmet: What’s the matter Colonel Sandurz? Chicken?

  13. john waire

    When you possess light within, you see it externally. ~Anaïs Nin

  14. Emily Beaty

    This little light of mine… I’m gonna let it shine. :)

  15. Tony Fiorini

    Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.

    – George Eastman

  16. Amanda Melton

    "Some things in life are bad. They can really make you mad. Other things just make you swear and curse. When you’re chewing on life’s gristle, don’t grumble, give a whistle and this’ll help things turn out for the best…AND… always look on the bright side of life….always look on the light side of life…"-Monty Python, 1979

  17. j.

    "This is a petition for the business park to upgrade their security cameras as well as install two floodlights in the parking lot. And uh, I know what you’re thinking: won’t that just shed more light on the penises? But that is a risk we have to take. Pam, you can draw, kind of. Why don’t you work with Phallus on drawing a picture of the exposer that I can post around the community? Phallus? Phyllis, sorry, I’ve got penises on the brain." – Dwight Scrute

  18. Jensey

    John Mayer- Gravity: "Just keep me where the light is." :)

  19. Dawn McKinstry

    Shine your light down on me/
    Lift me up so I can see/
    Shine your light when you’re gone/
    Give me the strength to carry on/
    Carry on.
    The Band

  20. Sabrena

    We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining–they just shine.–Dwight L. Moody

  21. Loree

    "And God said, ‘Let there be LIGHT’, and there was LIGHT." Genesis 1:3

    {photography wouldn’t be photography without it!}

  22. Tira J

    One of my favorite songs of all time – "In the light" , DC Talk…… I keep trying to find a life. On my own, apart from you I am the king of excuses
    Ive got one for every selfish thing I do. Whats going on inside of me?
    I despise my own behavior
    This only serves to confirm my suspicions. That Im still a man in need of a savior

    I wanna be in the light
    As you are in the light
    I wanna shine like the stars in the heavens
    Oh, lord be my light and be my salvation
    Cause all I want is to be in the light
    All I want is to be in the light

    The disease of self runs through my blood
    Its a cancer fatal to my soul
    Every attempt on my behalf has failed
    To bring this sickness under control

    Tell me, whats going on inside of me?
    I despise my own behavior
    This only serves to confirm my suspicions
    That Im still a man in need of a savior

    (repeat chorus)

    Honesty becomes me
    [theres nothing left to lose]
    The secrets that did run me
    [in your presence are defused]
    Pride has no position
    [and riches have no worth]
    The fame that once did cover me
    [has been sentenced to this earth]
    Has been sentenced to this earth

    Tell me, whats going on inside of me?
    I despise my own behavior
    This only serves to confirm my suspicions
    That Im still a man in need of a savior

  23. Tira J

    sorry for hogging the comment box! LOL

  24. Catie Ronquillo

    From Finding Nemo:
    Marlin: Tell me, Dory, do you see anything?
    Dory: Yeah, I see a light.
    Marlin: A light?
    Dory: Yeah. I see a light.
    Marlin: Yeah, I see it too.
    Dory: Hey, Conscience, am I dead?
    Marlin: No, no. I see it, too.
    [they swim up to the light]
    Dory: It’s so… *pretty*.
    Marlin: [mesmerized] I’m feeling… happy, and that’s a big deal… for me.

  25. jeramy

    there is a clear winner….’there is a light and it never goes out’ by the smiths. word up! oh…sharon and i will be in vegas on mon/tues….hanging with j* on tues. morning. maybe we’ll see you there?

  26. Erica Velasco

    "Shine A Light" – a film about the Rolling Stones by famed director Martin Scorsese….c’mon Scorsese and the Stones? Could you get better than this? I argue…not.

  27. Val McCormick

    O.k. I am a Heroes junkie. I love all the quotes. Quotes that make you think, that impact choices I make in life. F.Y.I I choose LIGHT :-)
    "There is good, and there is evil, right and wrong, heroes and villains. And if we’re blessed with wisdom, then there are glimpses between the cracks of each, where LIGHT streams through. We wait in silence for these times, when sense can be made; when meaningless existence comes into focus and our purpose presents itself. And if we have the strength to be honest, then what we find there, staring back at us, is our own reflection, bearing witness to the duality of life: that each one of us is capable of both the dark and the LIGHT, of good and evil, of either, of all. And destiny, while marching ever in our direction, can be re-routed by the choices we make, by the love we hold onto, and the promises we keep.

  28. Gwendolyn Tundermann

    I am still thinking of one, but I don’t know if I can compete with the Finding Nemo one. That was a great one!! : )

  29. Dorelies

    Hi, I’m Dorelies from Austria and first I want to say: I love your blog and I love, love all your pics and I try to bring some new ideas into the photoworld of our country. I’ve seen the spot of the dvd and I’ve to say it is great!!!!
    Well you asked what I can say to the word light: for me the most beautiful and touching (hope the word is right) moment in my life was, as my first baby was born and as we say: she saw the light of the world. – In five days she will be 11. No matter, I’m winning the dvd or not – it is an honor to me to write to you some words and maybe you will read them. All the best for you for your future

  30. Kevin

    If we say "See the Light" is it cheating? jk

  31. Kevin

    The last comment sent early…I love finding new quotes and so I searched for one on light….I got this one…

    "In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary." by Aaron Rose

  32. Tracy Anne

    This little light of mine… I’m gonna let it shine.

  33. Lesley

    music begins…."this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shiiiiiiiiine."….music ends. :)

  34. Lori Moss

    Come on baby, light my fire
    Try to set the night on fire

  35. Kim

    Psalm 119:105
    Your word is a lamp to my feet
    And a light to my path.

  36. Christa

    I think the Finding Nemo quote should totally be one of your winners…ha ha ha! That’s awesome :)

  37. Jen Olsen

    Oh No! It’s the ghostlight! Ghostlight, I respect thee, return from where you came….! …….the ghostlights going to eat me! "

    It’s not funny, unless you’ve seen the movie "Cars"….I’ve got a son who’s addicted to that movie. See the clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjCtuur9G4s

  38. Katie Slater

    The first thing that popped into my head was Anita Shreve’s book "Light on Snow" – I read the whole book in one sitting. Good stuff.

  39. twilight at morningside

    The Smith’s 80s classic song: "There is a light that never goes out"


  40. Shannon

    As soon as you mentioned this contest all of these songs I used to sing in youth group back in high school started coming to mind :) Here is one of my favorites… Light the fire:
    I stand to praise you, but I fall on my knees. My spirit is willing, but my flesh is so weak
    (chorus)So light the fire (Light the fire) In my soul (In my weary soul) Fan the flame (Fan the flame) Make me whole (Make my spirit whole) Lord you know (Lord you know) Were I’ve been (Were I’ve been) So light the fire, in my heart, again. I feel, your arms around me, as the power of your heeling begins. Your spirit moves through me, like the mighty rushing wind (repeat chorus)…
    If you have never heard it google it and give it a listen… good stuff :)

  41. Shannon

    PS. Good luck and have fun in Vegas!!!

  42. Betsy Jo

    I really like Emerson, and this quote is perfect for photography, so here’s mine: "From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

  43. Sharon

    So, many of mine were taken already… I couldn’t believe it! I thought I was so original! ;-)
    I decided to go a different route. Here you go…
    "You know these love letters mix with whisky, just don’t light a match when you kiss me."
    Jon Bon Jovi

  44. Carrie Roseman

    An excerpt from Martin Luther King’s "I have a Dream" speech: "…Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon LIGHT of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity…"

  45. jenberry

    You can’t have a LIGHT without a dark to stick it in. (Arlo Guthrie – American Artist)

  46. Nicole

    One of my veeeery favorite songs of the moment…"Green Light" by John Legend and Andre 3000. "Give me the green liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight, give me just one niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. I’m ready to go right now. I’m ready to go right now!" No, really, that’s how I sing it in my car at the top of my lungs every time it comes on. : )

  47. karen Ard

    Thanks you guys! So many great ones taken. Here is a great movie for everyone to see, especially us photographers that try to make a difference: "Born into Brothels:Calcutta’s Red Light Kids" A documentary by a photographer trying to teach kids photography as a way to change their self worth and lives. Amazing film!

  48. Jodi

    Fav Quote "a picture is worth a thousand words" mostly because I can’t type.

  49. Jordan

    Ray of Light by Madonna. I am mildy embarrassed typing that, but I stand by it. It’s a catchy song.

  50. Shawn

    Ride the lightning, by Metallica.

  51. Erik Maziarz

    killer Rolling Stones documentary I just saw, "Shine A Light."

  52. Joan Solitario

    I LOVE BLOG CONTESTS! Here’s my entry: "We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own." ~Ben Sweetland —- btw, you’re blog was nominated on PPA Fresh Blog Contest :)

  53. Ana Rebeca Contreras

    Light of the World you came down into darkness, opened my eyes let me see……. "Here I am to worship" song by Tim Hughes

  54. jeramy

    babe! nice bon jovi pull. excellent!

  55. sally

    "Shed a little light" – THE man himself…. James Taylor

  56. Meg

    This is the DVD singing to me: "Take me home tonight, I don’t want to let you go til you see the light." – Eddie Money. A totally applicable quote!

  57. Sara Code-Kroll

    "Look At What The Light Did Now" a song by Little Wings :)

  58. Dad M

    "Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle."
    — Benjamin Franklin

  59. Whitney Gray

    "I was blinded by the light!"

  60. Leslie Roark

    So, the first thing that came to my mind was TwiLIGHT by Stephanie Meyer. The book and movie were both amazing! I mean, who isn’t enthralled by the thought of a human and vampire falling in love?!

  61. Jennifer

    Not that I can win..because that’s just wrong since I’m the assistant…but in the famous words of our new, inspiring leader

    "As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers … our found fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all the other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more."

  62. Katelyn

    "We’re burnin’ dayLIGHT!" ~originally by John Wayne, but I’ve grown up hearing it from my Mom, who grew up hearing it from her dad :-) (It’s also what I feel like hollering to my clients sometimes when we’re chasing daylight ;-)

  63. Eric Foley

    In the beginning there was nothing. God said, ‘Let there be light!’ And then there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. -Ellen DeGeneres

  64. janine kaye

    She not only saw a light at the end of the tunnel, she became that light for others. "she"-Kobi Yamada

  65. Valeen

    "trip the light fantastic" I have no idea what it means but I just love how it sounds! LOL

  66. Michelle Johnson

    I would so love to win this as It would provide so much to help me grow as a photographer. Here is my favorite quote about light.

    We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own. ~Ben Sweetland

  67. Janice

    [during safety training]
    MICHAEL SCOTT: Seasonal Defective Disorder. A depression that includes weight gain, fatigue, irritability brought on by the low light of winter.
    DARRYL: Thank God we only had a bailer to deal with.
    LONNY: Yeah. That dim light is a bitch, ain’t it?
    MICHAEL SCOTT: Okay, guys, you know what. I didn’t interrupt when you were having your presentation.
    DARRYL: Actually you did.
    MICHAEL SCOTT: Yes. Okay.

  68. Danielle Fuller

    First thing that came to mind?:
    John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth, and the light. No one comes to the Father except through Me"….Religious I am not, but faithful I am!!! :)

  69. Stephanie

    "It’s Amazing, with the blink of an eye you finally see the light. It’s Amazing, when the moment arrives that you know you’ll be alright…
    It’s Amazing, And I’m sayin’ a prayer for the desperate hearts tonight" – lyrics from "Amazing" by Aerosmith – one of my favorite songs of all time (I love the line ‘life’s a journey, not a destination’) :)

  70. The Feds

    "Don’t curse the darkness – light a candle."

    A Chinese Proverb

    The Feds

  71. Christine Tremoulet

    Youuuuuu… light up my liiiiiife… you give me hooooooope… to carry onnnnnnnn…

    (My favorite song to sing when I was about 6-7 years old. I even recorded it for my dad on an old school cassette player in the 70s.)

    Thanks for sharing the light with us!

  72. Karen (Mikols) Bonar

    RATS. I was totally outta town and am a few hours too late. :-(

  73. Mands

    Imagine I’m way too late to, but been away on a wedding, and since I’m in NZ, I guess I’m all goofed up on the time anyhow….love Carlos and the dvd looks amazing!
    No Form of Art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul" Ingrid Bergman
    Love this because it is so true when you watch the faces of a wedding couple who see your images for the first time.

  74. The Last Forty Percent Photography

    I was just scrolling through these and didn’t see my comment. I’m not sure where it is – lost in cyberspace maybe? Or I’m just tired and blind and can’t find it. But here it is again:

    "The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out." James Arthur Baldwin.

    – Brianna

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