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, 2012



Fridays Flicks | Brave

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Welcome to Friday Flicks. (Don’t you just love alliteration! I do! lol)

I decided to start a new series on my blog. I LOVE movies. I think film is so closely related to photography so it is no wonder I feel such a strong connection to film. Whenever I go to the movies, I’m actively engaged in the storyline but also the lighting, composition, directing, editing and acting. I go to the movies every week to catch whatever movie has come out that week. So… I thought I would share with you guys some of the movies I’ve seen and what I think of them.

Today’s flick is “Brave”

Brave is about Merida, a Scottish princess, who feels she is being forced by her mother to do things she doesn’t want to do. Being a free spirit, Merida refuses to subscribe to her mother’s ways and wishes. Merida fights her mother tooth and nail on everything. Constantly wanting to change her fate she wishes she can find a way to change her mother and thereby change her destiny. But with all things… you should be careful what you wish for. Merida quickly learns that changing one’s fate comes with a price.

In order to prevent ruining the movie for anyone who may want to see it, I will just say that this movie serves as a good representation of the relationship between mothers and daughters. I wanted to call my mother and tell her “I love you & I appreciate you” after I saw it. When I was growing up, I often resented my mother because I felt like she was trying to “ruin my life.” (my! how dramatic we are when we are teenagers! lol) As I’ve gotten older, I realize that anything my mother did was not to harm me but to protect me and to help me grow. Anyway, back to the movie…

It isn’t the best Pixar movie I’ve seen (UP is my absolute favorite! Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet!) but it is very well written and exceeds a lot of other movies that are being presented this summer. I can’t quite put my finger on it but, it seemed like something was missing in the overall tapestry of the story. It felt like the climax came too soon and was resolved too quickly but that’s just my two cents. The animation is top notch of course and the characters were real and believable. I particularly liked the triplets, Merida’s little brothers. Although they don’t have very many (if any lines) their hijinks provide needed levity to the story. Overall, on a scale of 1-5, I give this movie a 3.5 out of 5. Good family movie with some strong concrete themes.

Lastly, I want to add that the short before the movie was phenomenal! I really love Pixar’s short! Although there was no dialogue, I was really impressed by how clearly the story was presented. Here’s a clip from it:

Let me know what you guys thought of Brave. If you haven’t seen it, definitely check it out and let me know if you agree or diagree with my thoughts and observations.

~ Saadia Me’Chel

 

Editorial Photography | I Am Sadiddy “Bad Ass” Edition

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

I’m falling more & more in with love editorial & fashion photography. It is my dream to get into stylized fashion photography so every opportunity I get to shoot something in this vein, I’m over the moon. The lovely ladies at Sadiddy Magazine asked me to shoot for them again but for the cover this time. I was more the happy to oblige. Now that the magazine has been officially released, I can share some of my favorites with you all. I edited these photos using my new Photoshop action “Denim it is!” I really like how this action saturates the blacks and adds a little denim hue. Let me know what you guys think and please head over to: http://iamsadiddy.com/magazine to check out the magazine and my spread on pages 82-91.

~ Saadia Me’Chel

 

 

Monday Musings | Photography is What I Do…

Monday, June 25th, 2012

It’s a perilous thing some times… being a creative person. We are drawn to the edges of inspiration & despair all in one fell swoop. I believe, it is possible that all of us creatives are a bit “bipolar,” teetering between the happy and the sad, brilliance and insanity, excellence and defeat. Perhaps, it is this dichotomy that actually makes us who we are. This is what gives us the ability to create, to explore, to push ourselves, to move forward, to be… brilliant. After wallowing in the depths of despair, the muck & mire of our failed attempts, we are allowed the opportunity to burst free from our ashes like the Phoenix. We become born anew, ready to get right back to creating something, anything with the hope that it is bigger than us. Something that is better than anything we did before.

 

This art…

… it’s hard and uneasy. Yet beautiful and magnificent. It makes you cry in the middle of the night then wakes you with joy in your heart in the morning. It makes you want to laugh and cry all at the same time. It’s hot and cold, happy and sad, up and down, joy and pain, love and hate. It’s everything wonderful and terrible about this world. It’s…

… whatever you want it to be. It is art.

 

After years of being a creative, an artist, I’ve learned to accept the dichotomy. The inherent juxtaposition in this very word. It is only through reconciliation and acceptance of these two halves of one whole… that I am able to find peace in the title of artist. After all this I can say, photography is what I do… an artist is who I am.

~ Saadia Me’Chel

Here are some (a) musing things I found to share with you all:

There are so many talented singers on YouTube. It literally blows my mind. This is a mash-up of Gotye “Somebody’s I Use to Know” & Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody.” Loves it!

I am absolutely in LOVE with Kristy Mitchell‘s Wonderland series. She created the series in remembrance of her mom. The images (and the story behind them) are absolutely amazing. The image below is of the White Queen. Do your self a favor and check it out!

© Kristy Mitchell Photography

Marina + Andy’s Wedding in Stop-Motion | Melbourne, Australia / NYC from Bayly & Moore on Vimeo. I found this really creative stop-motion wedding video. I love this! Truly an awesome way to transform photography into video.

This an amazing tutorial on creating soft, beauty light in your photos. It still amazes me what you can do with light.

When I first started I would go to Google & Youtube to learn how to do a number of things in Photoshop. This is a great tutorial on Photoshop blending modes.

Thoughts become things, dreams do come true and all things remain every possible. The universe loves me and it tells me so everyday.

Ever wondered how to create custom tabs for your Facebook page? Yeah, me too! The awesome Alex Beadon did a tutorial to show to create custom tabs so that you can keep your branding consistent. I need to do mine now!

 

 

Atlanta Old Fourth Ward Portrait Photography | Meet Kyle

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Kyle was in Atlanta visiting friends for a few days and decided he wanted little old me take take his picture while he was here. I was more than happy to snap a few pictures of him so that he can use them on his site and in his marketing. It can be a daunting task photographing other photographers. I must confess that I’ve actually done it quite a few times and it doesn’t gets any less daunting the more I do it. My colleagues in this industry are familiar with lighting, composition, exposure, etc. so I always want to put my best foot forward because they will know if I’m doing something wrong or “faking the funk” lol However, I’ve been fortunate enough that the photographers I’ve photographed have been totally nice. They give me room to be me and create images I like. They also have been stellar clients! I couldn’t ask for more!

I added a “pin it” function to my blog so… feel free to pin any of the images on my blog to Pinterest!

~ Saadia Me’Chel

Love the camera tattoo. Maybe I should get me one? lol

Atlanta Grant Park Portrait Photography | Meet the Vanns

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Kristina and I went to college together. I remember her telling me about her boyfriend who attended Fort Valley State. I never met Claude while we were in college but I could tell, just by the way she spoke of him, that he was a really great person. After we graduated they got married and moved to El Paso, TX. Fast forward years later and I finally got to meet Kristina’s husband and… their adorable daughter. They were in town for a brief weekend and wanted to get family pictures taken. I was more than happy to oblige. We met at Grant Park where I chased Adriyel around snapping as many pictures as I could. Gotta love toddlers! I had a blast shooting this gorgeous, loving family and I can’t wait to get them in front of my camera again!

~ Saadia Me’Chel





Kristina had this to say about her session:

Just finished looking at our family photos done by Saadia Me’Chel. I was just thinking what a blessing it is to have our family photographed by a professional photographer. To be able to capture these beautiful shots in the midst of our toddler, Adriyel, running all over the place and it being hot and humid outside…AMAZING SKILLS Saadia! Thank you and we will certainly be contacting you again for another session…when Adriyel can sit for at least 1 minute lol


Duluth Engagement Photography | Nicole + Jarvis: Sneak Peek

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Albany Wedding Photogrpahy | Imari + Marucs {Part 1}

Friday, June 1st, 2012

“Are you nervous?” I asked as I entered the room. “No… just excited to be married!” Imari replied. With that declaration, I knew the day was going to be perfect and I was right… it was. Surrounded by family and friends, Imari & Marcus committed their lives to each other. I was so thrilled to be a small part of the day. Congrats  you two! Here is Part 1 of the images from  their day.








He came running down the aisle. I had to snap quickly so I didn’t miss him!




Thanks a bunch to my second shooter Robyn for capturing this picture!









Pictures of Me: Sun-Kissed

Friday, June 1st, 2012

I am a big fan of self-portraits. If you search through my blog, you will find quite a few of my self-portrait pieces. As summer looms around the corner, I felt it was the perfect time to take out my camera and document the occasion. What I came up with is the image below. I appropriately entitled it “Sun-Kissed” Enjoy!

 

 
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