Meggie Velasco Photography

Images from our shoot the other night
February 28, 2008, 8:34 pm
Filed under: Misc. Shoots, workshop images

Hey all!  I’m still at the McWorkshop.  I just wanted to blog a couple of shots from our night shoot Tuesday night.  Thank you so much Shyla and Ericrs-7.jpg rs-9.jpg rs-10.jpg 


February 26, 2008, 9:48 pm
Filed under: Meggie Updates, workshop images

We’re about to finish our 2nd day at the Corey McNabb Rockstar Photography Workshop and head out for a super cool night shoot.  He’s posted some pictures on his blog of our group.  I want to say a BIG THANKS to Andrew and Rachel from LaCour and Shoot Q.  Also Adam Linke from The Decisive Moment and Pictage.  Oh, and Larry Crandall from Crandall Photography and White Glove.  If I can get my act together, I’ll try to get some images from tonight posted soon.

Look at me!
February 24, 2008, 7:41 pm
Filed under: Meggie Updates, updates, workshop images

This is a picture that my girl Kelly Moore Clark took of me last week.  She got this on her 3rd try, so we just stopped at that.  I think it’s pretty awesome!blog1.jpg

I’m back…..sigh
February 23, 2008, 3:14 pm
Filed under: Meggie Updates, Misc, updates, Velasco Happenings

I had to get up at 5:15 yesterday morning to get picked up in the golf cart to be taken to the 6:30 ferry to the mainland. Our flight got delayed a little bit and I found myself driving home from Atlanta to Knoxville in 4pm Friday afternoon traffic. Instead of the normal 3 or so hours, it took me about 4 and a half. Not really the way I wanted to end an awesome week. But I made it home safely and without falling asleep. I still have a ton of images that I want to work on and blog, here’s hoping I can do it sometime today. I’m leaving for Corey McNabb’s Rockstar Workshop tomorrow and an awesome week in Asheville. If you haven’t already, you need to look at everything that the Love Affair girls have posted. Here are all of the links to their websites. They’ve been posting various images throughout the week. Kelly Moore Clark, Millie Holloman, Lauren Clark, and Davina Fear. They are all truely inspiring in different ways. You should keep up with them as well. I think I’m going to somehow make a category where you can see what blogs I look at on a regular basis for inspiration. Well, there are a ton of things that I’m going to start doing differently after this week. Good things! I’ve been inspired to really take control of my life and stop allowing myself to be a slave to the computer. ROOOOAAAAARRRRR!!!!!!!! Doesn’t that sound empowering! That’s what I took away from this week!

February 20, 2008, 4:19 am
Filed under: Meggie Updates, Misc. Shoots, workshop images

Hey Everyone! I had a chance and I wanted to say hey and tell you that I’m having a great time at the Love Affair workshop.  They’ve posted the pictures from our first critique this morning HERE.  Here are 3 of my favorites from our shoot yesterday.  Our internet access is patchy, so I’ll update as much as I can. la-1.jpg la-2.jpg la-3.jpg   

Dr. Woolfson’s Crazy Mad Skills + 2 new 10-80-eyes = 1 happy camper and a long post
February 11, 2008, 2:11 pm
Filed under: Meggie Updates, Velasco Happenings

I’ve wanted to get LASIK for a very long time, but the thought of some laser happy doctor messing up everything I had worked for with my photography just frightened me.  What pushed me over the edge was when my parents gave me LASIK as my Christmas gift.  So I decided to at least check it out and see if I would rather have that, or the new Canon Mark III (considering they are about the same price).  So Adam went in to our regular eye doctor to begin the research process.  He told us that the only doctor he would trust his family with is Dr. Woolfson with The Woolfson Eye Institute.  We hear that the Calmpbell Cuningham something or other here in East Tennessee is the foremost something in Lasik eye surgery.  Well, they’ve done about 5,000 procedures.  That’s pretty impressive sounding.  But Dr. Woolfson stopped counting at 75,000 LAST YEAR!  He is the most experienced LASIK eye surgeon in the Southeast.  SOLD!!!!  When I went in for my consultation,  it was with Dr. David Smith (my friend Mikey’s dad).  They took a ton of time to answer my questions and make sure I was a good candidate and well informed.  They even put up with my phone calls with more questions between my visits.  I was pretty pumped about everything.  Not only have they had an incredibly high success rate, but most of the staff has had the procedure themselves, so they could speak from personal experience.  Another great selling point was their lifetime Assurance Plan.  Basically, I only pay for the surgery once.  If I need adjustments at all for the rest of my life, I don’t have to pay for it.  Once again, SOLD!!!!  I feel like my quality of life is going to be so much better and I’ll always be able to save up for the new Mark III.  Ok, so here comes surgery day.  I was having panic attacks.  I couldn’t breathe, and I couldn’t stop crying.  It’s one thing to plan for it, but it’s another thing to be sitting in the center waiting to go in.  They took us back in groups of 3 to go over all of our care, medications, what to expect, etc..  I was good while I was talking to all the girls that I had come to know and we were joking around, and I had forgotten why I was there.  Then Dr. Woolfson came in.  And the tears started again.  He went through everything to expect again and then spoke to us each individually.  Again, still crying.  Then comes Amy, the one who had been fielding all my calls, telling me it’s my turn.  And the tears come heavier.  I sit outside the room, starting to sob.  Then they tell me to come on in.  I was frozen to my chair.  Adam helped pick me up and sit me on the table.  Still sobbing.  I couldn’t see anything, but I heard all my girls out in the hallway.  They told me to look at a dot on the wall, I still don’t know where that dot was, and Dr. Woolfson marked my eyes and asked me about my photography to get my mind off of things.  Then he told me to lay down on the table.  HOLY CRAP!!!!!  Adam prayed with me and I tried to control the sobs.  Heart pounding and hands shaking.  He put the retractor in my eye, poured some cold stuff in and started scraping off the outer layer of my cornea.  There was some pressure and moments where I could see him lifting the cornea off of my eye, which was pretty cool.  Then THE FLASHING VORTEX OF TERROR!!!!  SCARIEST ENVIRONMENT IMAGINABLE!  While most people didn’t feel the same way I do, I was so terrified of the entire procedure, the purple flashing laser just frightened me.  I never felt the first thing, I just saw and heard the laser and I knew that what I was scared of was finally happening.  The only thing that got me through was Adam holding my hand and Dr. Smith telling me that I was doing a great job.  After only about 5 minutes on the table, I was done.  They sat me up, and I saw that it was 8:55.  When I laid down, I could only see the fuzzy black rim of the clock.  Of course, MORE TEARS!!!!  There were hugs all around!  I CAN SEE!!!!!  I haven’t been able to see since first grade if not before.  When I walked out into the hall, all the girls in the office had gathered outside the door to watch.  They saw me crying and all started crying!  So I went home and began my recovery process.  It wasn’t so bad, just stinging, light sensitivity, and the feeling of really dirty contacts.  I’m getting better every day.  I’ll be able to see what the full effects will be in about a month.  But I already feel comfortable driving and carrying on with every day life.  Working on the computer is a little tough right now, but gets easier.  If you’ve ever thought of looking into LASIK, go see Dr. Woolfson.  He’s the one that does your surgery, not a member of his practice.  If at any point he thinks it’s a bad idea, he won’t do it.  He’s not just out to make a buck like a lot of surgery centers.  He’s the man!  Make sure you tell him I sent you! wei.jpg 

February 11, 2008, 1:46 am
Filed under: Meggie Updates, Velasco Happenings

I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to send me an e-mail, written a comment, called to check on me, or sent a good thought or prayer in my direction during my recovery.  Everything has gone perfectly!  I went to see my eye doctor the day after my surgery and he said that I was already 20/30!!!!  I’VE NEVER BEEN 20/30!  If I could have kept my eyes open longer than a second, I would have been able to drive.  I had a lot of light sensitivity and the bandage contact lenses I had to wear gather a ton of junk, so my eyes were not feeling awesome till yesterday.  I got new bandage lenses and I felt like a new woman!  I’m hoping that my doctor will take the lenses out tomorrow so I can see what life looks like past all the build up on the lenses.  My eyes are still not where they’re going to be and they aren’t even on the same page with each other.  Basically, I feel like I’m a little cross eyed.  Not really cross eyed, but they are healing at 2 different rates, so I get a headache when I use them for a long period of time.  The coolest thing is when I wake up.  I can see tons better than I could when I went to sleep.  I’ve reached my limit for the day, but I’ll write another post about my amazing eye surgeon, his team, and the “flashing vortex of terror” tomorrow.