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As of yesterday afternoon, my Power of SHe project has made it’s way onto facebook. This? This is your official invitation.
For those of you who’ve been following this blog for some time know all about the Power of SHe, for those who don’t, here’s the press bio for my little art instillation: The Power of SHe is about how we, as self-identified Women, define ourselves in light of how society and the media seek to define and confine us.
I’ve been working on the Power of SHe for some time now. It’s been exhibited twice, and continues to grow. I believe it is a very important body of work, and something we desperately need. So I hope you’ll join us as the journey continues. The more the merrier. Let’s force a shift from art project to movement. We can make change happen!
Tonight I have to direct you towards another url. As I’ve already chronicled this particular misadventure on my photography website. I do promise though, the many photographs of our frosty day are well worth the visit. I know you’ll laugh as much as we did as we battled the environment to get these important shots.
And a big thank you to Jamie for not only volunteering as my assistant today, but for capturing the entire thing with her iPhone. LMAO
The last of the four Walt Disney World parks is Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and I realize it’s cliched to say it, but while it’s the last it’s not the least. Hollywood Studios is AMAZING! I’ve already shared the photos from the girl’s Jedi Training School experience, which was totally incredible and jealousy inducing, but that was just one small part of our day.
There are just a TON of character meets at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the lines were minimal compared to many of the other parks. There’s a bunch to do, yet this park doesn’t feel quite as overwhelming as the others (of course, by this point we had our system pretty much perfected – which really helps). And it’s not totally kid-centric either, which was great. This park definitely had the broadest appeal, with everything from Star Wars to the Muppets to Phineas and Ferb to Pixar’s greatest hits to classic Disney as well. We loved everything about this one. It was fabulous!
This truly is THE park. When people who have never been to Walt Disney World talk about Disney World, THIS is the park they are usually talking about. It really is quintessential Disney.
When you are planning your WDW vacation plant to spend at least two days at the Magic Kingdom. There is so much here that really shouldn’t be missed, and even with two days devoted to this park there are things you’ll have to skip. I promise to go into the rides and shows in more detail on another post – listing the must dos and the must avoids. But for now? After such a long day? I’m going to jump right into the photos. After all, that’s really what you want to see, isn’t it?
When we sat down to plan our trip, we decided to spend six days visiting Disney parks. Two days for Magic Kingdom, one for Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios, and one spare day to go back wherever we felt needed an extra day of exploring and fun. Well… that extra day ended up with us back at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We absolutely LOVED this park.
For those who have never been, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is like a zoo and an amusement park all rolled into one. And as far as it’s zoo aspect goes, it’s one like no other. While there are lots of areas where the animals have their own private enclosures, there are also a plethora of spaces where the animals are free to wander around with a multitude of species all sharing beautifully sculpted landscapes. It really is quite impressive. And while I promise to share lots of animal photos at a later date, here are a few of us just taking advantage of some cool photo-ops at the park:
You really do need at least five or six days to properly do all the parks (not including water parks) at Walt Disney World, and a big part of the reason why are all the character meets. Because, lets face it, even an adult only vacation to WDW has to include character meet ‘n greets!
Most of the time, you just hop in line and wait it out. And some of those lines can be LONG. We were there during the off season and even then there were a couple of characters whom we waited for over an hour in line to see. Now, if you were to skip all the character meets you could chop a couple of days off your trip, but why would you want to do that? The characters are what makes Disney the fun that it is – otherwise it’s just a bunch of theme parks. People love Disney World and Disneyland BECAUSE of the magic that is Disney, and that is ALL about the characters.
And let’s face it! Most of the rides are no camera rides (though some people are asshats about it and snap pictures anyway – ruining the experience for those around them), so the character meets? They’re your very best photo ops. And some of the cast members really are fabulous and are SOOO worth seeing. Peter Pan pops into mind. Seriously, he spent about ten minutes with Lily-Ann… who happened to be in her fairy costume. He even tried shaking pixie dust out of her. He really was fabulous and made the girl feel that way too.
So, here are a whole whack of character meet-ups from our trip! None of the photos have been edited or enhanced. I am not even going to THINK about that yet. It’s going to be a STUPID amount of work considering the two or three thousand images I have. LOL So it was just a RAW to JPG conversion. LOL
Another “must do” at Disney are their nighttime spectaculars (the voice in my head says it with a thick Italian accent and REALLY rolls that R). Meaning get your butt a spot to sit, or find yourself one square foot of space to stand, and ensure you’re there – because even the crappiest of spots is still magnifico! Truly! You haven’t seen fireworks until you’ve seen them at Disney!
But do be warned, Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios is not for everyone. Young children, or those who are impressionable may find it too scary.
Before anything else, I just wanted to wish you all a blessed Samhain. Hold close the ones you love, and remember well those who have already passed from this world. As the world enters the dark half of the year, gather close to share stories and memories, and soon we’ll return to the light. Brightest blessings, may your lives be filled with warmth, caring, and many wonderful new memories to share in the future.
Now… I want you to say hello to Fairy Berry. The girl was just thrilled when I finally let her see the ponysona costume I’d created for her. As I helped her into each piece, she’d run to the bathroom to see how it looked: and with pants, sweater, two wigs, and ears, that was several trips to check out her reflection. So she was quite happy to show it off while I snapped a few pictures before she headed to school this afternoon. It’s totally adorable on her, and the wings worked just as I’d hoped: they actually flap as she walks, skips, and hops along.
Dusk is a time of day often neglected by photographers. The poor light tends to cause folk of our ilk to shy away in favour of brighter times, especially considering dusk is shortly after the “golden hour” with it’s beautiful warming rays. However, dusk can be a lovely time to shoot.
The low light of dusk creates images reminiscent of yesteryear, with it’s last filtered rays of sunshine… It is exceptionally moody, creating romance and intrigue. Especially during the late Autumn or early Winter when rosy cheeks and noses only add to the feeling of crispness. Here are a few photos from a recent shoot to inspire you to get out there and create during this mostly ignored time of day:
My thanks to the St. Onge family for braving the chilly air in search of these shots. It was a pleasure working with you!