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Summer’s Almost Gone – Fall BethKaya Preview Through the Lens of Rommy Coleman

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“Morning found us calmly unaware
Noon burn gold into our hair
At night, we swim the laughin’ sea
When summer’s gone
Where will we be
Where will we be
Where will we be” 

– Summer’s Almost Gone

The Doors

Summer is always very transformational. I spend the winter designing away, and the summer traveling, gardening, harvesting and planting universal starseeds for the winter. Doors slammed shut, gaping cosmic holes blew wide open. As an emotional journey, it’s been a whirlwind. Death of loved ones, and old ideas vs birth of loved ones and new ideas and learning to flow within the body of time’s journey and my work’s evolution.

 Here is a preview of my collection rolling into fall.

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September is around the bend, my baby sister leaves for med school and my baby boy gears for PreK. I burned bridges and started to mend others. One of my favorite photographers, Rommy Coleman has been by my side for years to help me document important things – this past weekend she took a stab at documenting my work, where usually she’s recording an event in my life.

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Guayusa Tea, Chamomile, Calendula, Lavender & Himalayan Salt Bath Bombs With Patchouli & Lavender Essential Oils

Signature Orgone Style Talismans Utilyzing Recucyled Metals, Flowers, & Gems in Trans-mutational Harmony with Mark's Hops and Lavender

Signature Orgone Style Talismans Utilyzing Recucyled Metals, Flowers, & Gems in Trans-mutational Harmony with Mark’s Hops and Lavender

There’s something special about my friends back home in Maryland. They just have cosmic gifts and I am so blessed to be influenced by them and that arise in my work. One of my very favorite couples, The Thomas’ are share farmers on a beautiful farm in Mount Airy Maryland, England Acres Farm. It’s a gorgeous piece of earth and I highly recommend visiting the market for incredible seasonal offerings. Mark Thomas blessed me with some of his precious hops to incorporate into some of my products as well as fresh lavender. It smells different from the lavender we grow at home, it’s a little spicier. It’s very exciting to have my hands on this stuff and by kismet love Rommy got her hands on them first to take some incredible product shots.

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Swirl, Standard, White Cap and Limited Square Gem and Botanical Vial Fragrances, My Faithful Grace Best Selling Travel Perfume Spray and Signature Orgone Crystal Pendulum Necklace with Mark’s Lavender

Double Layer Honey & Milk Soap Scented with Vanilla Beach & Coconut Scents which Make Signature Scent SURFSIDE

Double Layer Honey & Milk Soap Scented with Vanilla Beach & Coconut Scents which Make Signature Scent SURFSIDE

I could spend all day in this vibe – at this farm and working with this amazing photographer. I will have to highlight the photos she did of my wedding and my maternity at another time!

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Why not throw one of my favorite jewels in there from another favorite goddess Mallory Wingo?

Raspberry Aura Raw Prong set Ring By Wingostarr Jewelry With Mark's Cascade Hops

Raspberry Aura Raw Prong set Ring By Wingostarr Jewelry With Mark’s Cascade Hops

I hope you loved these and check out links for Rommy and England Acres Farm! EA Farm does seasonal pickings and events. Rommy freelances as  lifestyle photographer and documenter in the DC / MD Metro Area.

Photos By Rommy Coleman

@rommycoleman

https://www.facebook.com/rommycolemanphotography

England Acres Farm

https://www.facebook.com/pages/England-Acres/153795044643567?fref=ts

Ring By Mallory Wingo

@mal_wingostarrjewelry

https://www.facebook.com/WingostarrJewelry

Product Brand Design By Capital Society

@capsociety

http://capital-society.com/

Lifestyle Art By BethKaya

@bethkaya

www.bethkaya.etsy.com

Camera Products I Love, And Not so Much (Pt.1 of 2)

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Hello! My name is Rommy and I will be one of the contributing photographers here at the BKDC blog! I’m excited to be working with such talented people that have great vision and such dedication. Hopefully some of that dedication can rub off on me and get me off my ass!

For my first piece, I would like to discuss some photography related products. I consider myself to be a photo nerd and an electronics geek. But for today, Im going to stick more on the products in photography that I love using, can’t stand using, and things I wish I bought.

First up, we have the A7 camera strap.  These straps are absolutely gorgeous. They are handmade right here in the USA. Since A7’s launch in Brooklyn NY, I’ve watched this company grow. From selling a few straps in their apartment, to being used as an accessory on the runway, they have come a long way. If  you have been hunting around for a strap, or you don’t like the look of the one that your camera came with (typically the brand is all over it ) or you just need a change, consider ordering one of their leather straps. They come in beautiful rich earth tone colors. The designers spent a lot of time doing their research in finding the perfect leather, while still staying true to their main goal: production stays completely in NY and the USA.  I believe that is what sets this company apart from the rest. Their desire to be part of every aspect and their careful attention to detail.
Even if you have a point and shoot, I would recommend ordering a strap. A7 sells thinner straps for smaller cameras. I also plan on ordering one for my six year old son, who recently purchased his very own point and shoot himself! Gotta love following in mom’s footsteps! Honestly, its the durability and strength of each style of their straps that really sold me. So I know once he puts on around his neck, his camera is safe. Plus, he’ll be one fly little dude!

http://a7nyc.com/shop/the-lincoln-camera-strap-tan/

http://a7nyc.com/shop/the-porter-camera-strap-burgundy/

Next up, let’s discuss “the battery grip.”  When I first started my photography business, I saw that all the “pros” had a battery grip on their cameras. So naturally, I did the research about why they purchased this piece, if it was a necessity or more of an accessory, etc.  My husband went ahead and bought one, I’m guessing the sales guy also helped sell him on it. It definitely makes you FEEL like a pro, thats for sure, but its heavy, and bulky and well if we’re being honest…kind of pointless. It’s great if you are going to be out for 8 hours shooting, and you don’t want to deal with the hassle of flicking open a battery compartment and swapping out a battery (which to me, is no hassle at all.)

I will say though, that one neat thing about the battery grip is that it comes with a double A battery tray. What this does, is instead of using the regular camera battery, you can insert the tray that fits six double A batteries, into the grip, and start shooting. In the instance where your camera batteries run out of juice and you need to run outside to the nearest CVS to buy some batteries and run back in to start shooting again, it definitely can be a life saver.

You could have, you know, made sure my batteries were fully charged to begin with. We all know things happen so still, this feature is a nice little insurance to have.

Do I use it during each of my shoots? Nope.

I have my camera in my hands at all times and I rarely use a tripod. Having added weight is not good on the wrists if you  shoot the way I do.  It’s great however to have in my camera bag, along with my battery charger, AND an endless supply of double A’s.

So as you can see, I’m really up in the air about this product – If it was cheaper I would be quicker to urge you to run out and get it.  At over $100 a pop, it really is something that you are going to have to decide for yourself if its worth it or not, but know you don’t HAVE to have it.

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-BG-E6-Battery-Grip-Digital/dp/B001KBZ3QO

Tomorrow I will discuss Part 2, camera bags!