thank you | cards

thank you | cards

as you may know I’m a paper girl. stationary, notebooks, journals, paper prints of photography, framed art….I love it all!

this morning on my bus ride I created, and ordered thank you cards with images of my boogie.

artifact uprising is an amazing printing company (with a cute mobile app for your instagram or mobile phone photos)!

digital thank you’s are great, but mailing a thank you note can brighten someone’s day – order some thank you cards today!!

the break up…

it’s over. you know when it’s time to let go, to move forward, to cut the weight that’s been holding you back.

that time has come. for me and Facebook, and this has been a long time coming. something I’ve contemplated for a year. I’ve taken baby steps. not posting for a week. turning off the notifications badge so I wouldn’t be nagged to click that cute blue icon. I’ve cleaned up my friends list. cut down the groups I’m a part of. but you’ve won every time FB.

you are the first thing I check when I wake up. (ugh I hate admitting that), but I need to know what’s happening in the world of my friends and peer photographers.  the Aussies always post while I’m sleeping and I love my Aussie friends! how many likes have images I’ve posted in private groups received, or what feedback/critique have I been given? let’s go back to my friends. who are my “friends”? some are people I’ve known a lifetime. some are people I haven’t seen in over 15 years, and some are people I’ve never met but we share a common interest. I’ll miss you, but I’m not actually going anywhere (physically). find me, let’s stay connected!

FB you are addicting, but not productive. yes, I’ve learned things. I’ve found people to mentor me, I’ve been inspired by the groups I belong to…but I can find all of that outside of your walls. I’ve been supported “online”, and felt the FB swell of birthday love. it’s great, but wouldn’t it be better if it were a phone call or personal text message? it’s so easy, it’s too easy.

you have billions in your web. and I think it might be nice to not be one of them. to take my life back. to stop being bombarded by your cheeky ads that combine my attending UW and loving the Seahawks into cutesy saying on sweatshirts I’ll never buy. being without you might be hard at first, but I have a feeling the balance will come.

your constant privacy changes, and page layout updates are maddening. you’ve slowed down on those changes, thank you, but I don’t have to be a part of any of it. I don’t want you to think there haven’t been good times – it’s been fun, but we my friend, are at the end of our road.

to my family and “friends”, you can all follow and find me in a few places on the web. I think “real” connections are in order.

2015 is my year of simplification, and this is a big one.

follow this blog. this is where I’ll be most! general musings. bus ride updates, announcements – don’t miss out. I’d love to have your energy with me.

website: http://www.tallieimages.com — the photography, book mark it.
online galleries: shop.tallieimages.com (this will be linked to the website soon)
instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tallieimages (business) http://www.instagram.com/tallienatt (personal)
500px.com: tallie http://www.500px.com/tallie
vsco.com: tallienat [http://tallienat.vsco.co/1]
pinterest.com: tallienat [mix of business and personal boards]
ello: http://www.ello.co/tallie-nat periodically I’ll post here. (let me know if you need an invite)

I have a tumblr and a two twitter accts (find me), but I rarely use them and if that changes it will be on the blog.

last but not least – old fashioned email: tallieimages at gmail dot com

I turn the lights off on both my personal and business pages February 1st at midnight.

xo
natalie

Facebook

concept 2: woman. beautifully complex

woman = daughter. sister. girlfriend. wife. mother. friend. lover. partner. estrogen driven human.

woman 1

we are not always easy to understand. we do not always know why we do, say, or act a certain way. we are hormonal, and with that comes the responsibility of bringing life into the world.

I think we all strive for connection. basic human connection that comes in the form of a mate, a partner who we can trust and feel a sense of protection and security with, someone who will accept us as we are.

woman 2

as children in western society we are presented with stories of how to achieve that connection. the fairy tales of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. the happily ever after, and the some day our prince will come – if we are beautiful, a certain size, not too smart, domestic and subservient. while boys were taught math and science, encouraged to play sports go to college, girls were given dolls, taught to cook and bake, shown how to apply makeup and pay attention to fashion trends so that we’d be desirable.

woman 3

that was 40-50 years ago – right? today women are equal, we can do anything a man can do, we can go to the same universities, obtain the same post graduate degrees, fire a gun along side men on the front lines of battle, earn the same money for the same job and have long successful careers outside the home. right?

woman 4

we are natural born care givers. nurturers by design, and that comes out if we choose to have children and stay home to raise them.  if we choose not to have our own children we may have nieces and nephews to spoil and guide, and if we have pets they may become our outlet for our nurturing spirit. for women who choose a career, I see mentoring and growing a team as a similar type of nurturing. our husbands, boyfriends, partners even get a lot of this natural attention.  we are natural givers and I’d bet any combination of the before is how most women see themselves.

the strength and beauty that comes from seeing a woman for what she really is inside is a sight to behold. she is vulnerable, strong, caring, forgiving, accomplished, smart, sexy, and all things womanly.

woman 5

woman = daughter. sister. girlfriend. wife. mother. friend. lover. partner. estrogen driven human.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback…

model: anna kawakami, hair/makeup: kathleen marie tinney, super assistant: maria giacona