Saadia Me*Chel Photograpy

About Saadia Me*Chel Carnes

Welcome!

I am an Atlanta based, wedding photographer but more importantly I am an artist. I believe that there is beauty in everything and that life, itself, is beautiful in all of its uncertainty. My camera serves as a powerful tool, allowing me to express my creativity in amazing, sometimes unconventional ways. I am able to use the medium of photography to capture the magnificence and beauty of the world as well as the people in it. I look forward to meeting you, reading your comments, and sharing my work with you. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit. I hope you come back soon and often! To book the studio email us at studio@saadiamechel.com

~Saadia Me*Chel

Photo of me © 2010 Ross Oscar Knight. All rights reserved

Archive: June, 2011



HGTV’d

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

My interests are far and wide. My interest are so vast in fact that I can talk about gardening and anime all with in the same sentence. Anyway, that isn’t what this post is about… this post is about my love of interior design. My TV stays on HGTV. I watch so many home decorating  and home improvements shows that I have convinced myself that I can tile a floor, install cabinets, and… repurpose furniture. I’m not sure how successful I could really be at the first two but, I proved to myself yesterday that I can indeed repurpose furniture.

My family and I moved about 8 months. In the process of moving, my father and I broke my TV stand. It slipped out of our hands and was destroyed (well all except the top half where the TV goes). Since then, I’m been using this makeshift contraption to hold all my “media”. Now that I’m in the process of “designing” my room I knew it was time to get something to replace my current solution. As luck would have it, I walked past a thrift store a few days ago and there it was… a TV stand for $15. My mother was nice enough to buy it for me. I applied some paint to it and viola! A brand new TV stand. What do you guys think?

~Saadia Me*Chel

Up next… I will be painting my dresser that I’ve have for 13 YEARS! It’s definitely time to give it a face lift. Stay tuned for that.

Reading is Fundamental

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

My friend and I have decided to make a conscious effort to read more books. Since we have started our impromptu book club in May I have read 7 books! The books have ranged from self-help, to business, to fiction. I love writing just as much as I love photography so for me, reading is an extension of my love for writing. I love immersing myself in a book until I’ve finished it. I’m such a fast reader that I generally finish books in about 2 days. I thought I would share with you guys what I’ve been reading because after all reading is fundamental.

The Help (Kathryn Stockett) — This book is A-MA-ZING! It’s about African American maids in the 1960s and the white women that they work for. The characters are so multi-dimensional and since the author chose to write the book from three different perspectives you get a really good sense of who the characters are. The story will have you hooked and you’ll be turning the pages to see what happens next.

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing (Al Ries & Jack Trout) — I came across this book from the suggestion of another photographer. I’m glad that I read it. It’s not a  long book and it gives great strategies for marketing your business and ultimately, gain customers!

Lights, Camera, Capture: Creative Lighting Techniques for Digital Photographers (Bob Davis) — Simply put this is a good book to learn about the basics of light (both natural and flash). If you are a novice when it comes to using flash, it’s definitely a good book to check out. One key thing I took from the book is: shutter controls ambient light, aperture controls the flash.

When Tito Loved Clara (Jon Michaud) — A compelling story, just like that of Stockett’s, that is written from three different points of view. It is a story of what happens when Clara’s past catches up with her–particularly the character of Tito Moreno, her high school sweetheart.

 

The Cool | Atlanta Portrait Photography

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

“And my most coveted thing is my high self-esteem
And the low tolerance for them telling me how to lean
See the most important parts are the ones that are unseen
See the wings don’t make you fly and the crown don’t make you king
Now God don’t like ugly, ain’t too happy bout pretty
I am ignorance’s enemy so stay out of the vicinity of…”

 

 

Why I Need to Blog More

Friday, June 17th, 2011

There are so many different avenues one can take in this vast world of photography. I’m still in the process of figuring out what I want to focus my business on (portraits or weddings). It can become quite difficult to decide when I like doing them both very much. What is a girl to do?! Anyway, while I’m trying to figure out what I want to “specialize” in I do know something I definitely want to focus more energy into… blogging. I love to write just as much as a like taking pictures however, somewhere along the way, I have gotten farther and farther away from blogging. There are a number of reasons for this. One being that I started to get discouraged because it seemed that no one was actually reading my blog. I thought,”why spend so much time and energy into doing it when no one ever reads it?” I have realized now that I need to blog for myself. Don’t get me wrong… it’s great when others read what I write, look at my pictures, and leave me comments. However, if I am only blogging so that I can get tons of comments, I’ve lost the real reason behind why I like blogging.  So here is to making a concerted effort to blog more. I would say I am going to blog everyday but that may be something I need to work up to lol For now, I’ll try blogging every other day and hopefully I can get to blogging everyday. Wish  me luck!

~Saadia Me*Chel

 

 

 

Bathed in Light

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

I was able to second shoot with Ross Knight and I thought I’d share an image from the day. Enjoy!

~Saadia Me*Chel

 
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