Creativity and Candy!

4GIRLSSHIRTSHope everyone had a Happy Halloween filled with lots of fun and treats!!

This year was a little different for us.  One of my daughters and some of her friends decided to make their own costumes.  They got the idea from Pinterest. (I would link to the original, but I wasn’t the one that found it so I don’t have it.) The girls all came to my house with their shirts, paints, and whatever else they needed. They sprawled out in my driveway and went to town.  There was lots of smiles and giggles and a few “oops” along the way, but the final result was awesome!!  My daughter said she wants to make her costume from now on.  Sounds good to me!! Hope you enjoy!!

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Hanging At A Park In Dallas!

It all started one bright morning in Dallas, TX, two photographers got together and had some fun shooting… photos that is!   Jackie Jackson of JJ Photography Texas invited me to come along on a photo shoot with her.  She is such an amazing gal and photographer!!  It has been a privilege to get to know her! And I have to say, I just love her!  Below are a few of my shots from our fun outing!  Thanks Jackie!







This blog would not be complete without a photo of Jackie herself!!

Beautiful Wedding Day

It was a beautiful October afternoon when they said, “I do!”

Normally I don’t shoot weddings but when asked to do this one, I couldn’t refuse.  I remember getting the call when this gal came onto the scene 20 years ago.  (Not to mention her mom and I have been friends since the 7th grade.)   This beautiful baby grew into a beautiful young woman and met the man of her dreams.  So needless to say it was an honor to capture this special day and be a part of it.

We were afraid it was going to get rained out, but Mother Nature changed her mind and decided to give us a gorgeous day.  The sun was out, the temperature was perfect, and it was time for a wedding!!  Thought I would share some of these moments with all of you!






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Congratulations to the two of you!!  Here’s to a long and loving relationship!!  Cheers!!

Beautiful Day for Family Photos!!

I hope you all are having a fun and action filled summer!!

Ours has definitely been busy! 🙂  During one of my fun-filled days, I spent some time with a friend from high school and her gorgeous family!  Her mom was the cutest thing!  She was always ready to strike a pose.  Loved it!  They were all a joy to be around!  Here are some of the shots we captured that very nice July afternoon!  Enjoy!









Mighty Mud Dash…and Oh Was It Muddy!!!

So it all started one morning my hubby asks me if I want to do a 5k Mud Run.  I look at him like he’s NUTS!!  First off, I’m a little out of shape.  Second of all, MUD…really??!!  I told him I’d have to pass.  My son, however, rose to the challenge!  I wasn’t going to participate but I knew there was no way I was missing this photo op!!!

Turned out to be so much fun!!  My girls and I, my son’s girlfriend, my mother-in-law and her husband all came to cheer them on.  Not very long into it, we all decided we were IN for next year!!  Hope you enjoy the images of the Mud Dash as much as the guys did getting dirty!!






Now time for clean up!!

Stay tuned for next year! (There might be zombies involved! Zombie Mud Dash)

Getting Into The Halloween Spirit!!

Howdy! (As we say in Texas)

I hope everyone is ready for Halloween!  We are!!  We moved into our new house a few months ago and I’ve so been looking forward to the holidays.  To kick off the season we did our traditional pumpkin carving then onto pictures!  I had seen a video post by Brooke Snow (her site is in my blogroll) about doing photos before Halloween.  Don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it before.  What she said made perfect sense.  By doing this the girls had much more fun playing in their costumes and giggling up a storm.  Now come Halloween, I won’t hear, “Can we just go now, mom?” or “I don’t want to take any more pictures!”.  We can head out and they can collect all sorts of Halloween treats!!!!

We will definitely be doing it this way in the future and maybe get even more creative with our background!!  What fun would that be!!

Happy Halloween to all and be safe!!


Headshots in LA

Hi everyone!  Hope you all are enjoying the holidays with your family and friends!!

I have a surprise guest blogger today.  My hubby!  He’s an actor/writer/producer and he teaches at The Acting Center in Hollywood.  Besides teaching, he does career consultations for actors.  In this article he shares information on headshots that he gives to actors during these consultations.   Thanks!

As a producer, acting teacher, career consultant and actor myself, I know exactly what is needed in a professional headshot that will grab the attention of agents, managers and casting directors alike, in Los Angeles, (or anywhere else), and have been advising actors on how to get this for years.

What constitutes a great headshot is one that captures the actor just being there comfortably.  When an actor is doing their job they are to be the character and live without any attention on the audience that is watching them be that character.  Whether you are in an audition or on a stage or on set, the job doesn’t change.  The actor is simply the character and lives as them.  A great headshot shows that you have the ability to do that by capturing you, just being there, living as you, with different attitudes, without any attention on the fact that you are being photographed.  A headshot like this gives the agent, manager, casting director, producer and/or director the first glimpse that you are able to handle that element of your job, being able “to be,” while others watch.

The headshot photographer that gets my highest recommendation is my wife, Melissa Burns with Captured Moments by Mel.  I don’t recommend her because she is my wife.  In fact, despite the fact that my wife was an award winning and published photographer, I continued to pay other photographers to take my headshots for years.  In the past couple of years I have worked with my wife to help her understand the difference between a great headshot and a great photograph.  While I have no idea how she does what she does from a technical aspect, I was able to help her understand what the finished product of a great headshot was.  She has used this information and her knowledge of camera and lighting to be able to now consistently capture the best headshots I have ever had, and she is now the only photographer I will shoot with as each time we shoot she captures shots that blows my reps away.              


An actor needs headshots that cover a range of characters and looks now, so that their reps have options that best match the characters they are submitting your for.  And as you can see from the headshots above, Mel knows how to do that in spades.

Another crucial element in capturing great headshots, beyond the technical, is being able to be comfortable with the photographer so that you can just “be there” while they get the shots.   This is another area in which my wife excels, and not just with me.  One of the things that endears my wife to her friends is that she is a great listener.  She loves people and loves to help them and is extremely good at creating a safe space in which someone can relax and be themselves, and it shows in the headshots.


The last thing that makes Mel the headshot photographer I would recommend at the top, is her price. 😉  In my opinion, as a producer, acting teacher, career consultant and actor, she is now consistently capturing headshots that are on par with top industry photographers like, but only charging $250 per session instead of $800.  This is again because she wants to help people.

With pilot season right around the corner, now is the time to get those great headshots that will blow your reps away and help them open casting doors for you, or to help you get those reps in the first place.  Hit up Mel and get your spot reserved now before she is too booked up, or I talk her into increasing her prices… ;-))

You can see more examples of Mel’s headshots at


Lee Burns

Founder/President Awareness Entertainment



What Says Me?

Aloha!  (Love that Flickr always greets in a different language!  My daughter’s 3rd grade teacher does as well!)

Today I decided to share a thought with you instead of photos.  It’s something that has been on my mind a lot lately.  The topic is “personal style.”  Thanks to Facebook, Flickr, WordPress, and the internet in general, I get to see the work of so many different photographers.  Honestly, I am in awe of each and every one of them.  They are creative and inspiring.   A lot of them are not just photographers but they create other things to help photographers be even more creative.  The options are seriously endless, which is very cool!!  Thanks to all of you out there!!!  (Check out some of them on my Blogroll)

That brings me back to my topic, “personal style.”  I’ve realized that while admiring these gifted people, I’ve fallen into the trap of thinking, “I need to be like they are or do what they are doing.”   This is such a flunk on my part.  What I need to do is figure out my style.  Ask myself, “what can I contribute?”  Just think how boring the world would be if everyone did everything exactly the same.   I tell my kids this all the time.  I want them to be who they are and respect that about others as well.  (It’s funny how we don’t always listen to our own advice!)  We all have so much to offer!

In the upcoming blogs, this is what I’m going to be figuring out.  I’ll be asking myself, “What’s my style.”  (whether it be taking photos or editing)  Please feel free to comment on any of these or ask a question.

Remember to BE yourself!  You’ll be glad you did!!!