Posted on December 31, 2010
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! I’m happy because my oldest daughter is in Kindergarten and is actually excited about Valentine’s Day. Blaze, being oh so close to a teenager, sort of lost that years ago. Tatum can’t wait to pass out Valentine’s Day cards to all of her school buddies. I will be revealing the special Valentine’s Day shoot with my girls at a later time, but since I was playing around with the details today, I thought I would go ahead and announce this year’s Valentine’s Day special! I already have announced it for the ladies and now it is time for the kiddos! I’m doing something a little different this year. While I will be holding an actual studio day for the minis (date and details still being ironed out), I’m also going to allow this special to be extended as a portrait party, too!
Not familiar with my portrait parties? They are so much fun and a great way to get some updated photos of your children without having a full session. If you are interested in hosting one and would like more information, simply get in contact with me and I would love to discuss it with you!
A custom Valentine’s Day card of your child to pass out? Too cute!!
Posted on December 30, 2010
Can 2010 really be coming to a close? I can’t believe it, but it is true.
So many things happened this year. My oldest daughter started Kindergarten. My son picked up the guitar. The baby took her first steps. I turned the big three oh. Many changes for both my family and my business.
It’s been a good year.
Here are a few collages of the amazing clients I had this year. I can’t wait to see what will happen next year!!
I hope that everyone brings in the new year safely and happily!
Happy New Year!
Posted on December 28, 2010
I have been craving a family session for oh so long. I wanted nothing more than a fun, fabulous photo of my family as a large print up on my wall. There are photos of the kids up. There is even a couple that feature almost the entire family.
See, John works really crazy hours and Blaze is only with us on weekends. I could never seem to get everyone in the same spot at the same time.
It was very frustrating.
I did manage to attempt one session. The light was perfect. The kids were adorable. I was excited.
John was late.
And while I was wanting to yell and scream and cry because what I saw in my head could now not be captured, HE was so upset about it that I could only laugh and smile. (Yay to him for actually teaching me that. Life is too short for some dramatics, eh?)
So, then I set up another time only to have an awful stomach bug travel to each member of my precious little family.
I didn’t give up, however, I just let go of some control. I can get the perfect family portrait next year. I’m already plotting on who I will get to do it because I’m just not going to attempt the selfie route even though I love it oh so much.
Yeah. That’s right. This photographer’s family has never been properly captured.
I do a lot of self portraits (I’m actually planning on showing off some of my favorites soon, so stay tuned) and do a lot of tripod/timer set ups when it comes to my family, but it still isn’t the same. I’m getting really excited to be in front of the camera for once.
But not today.
So, I made this choice to give up the control, to admit that it can’t ‘perfect’ if I try to do it all on my own. I just simply stress to much and take out the fun. And to make up for it, we did an imperfect impromtu shot the other day.
We were all here, in good moods, and I decided just to go for it. Just to get ONE complete, whole family portrait for 2010. Is it perfect? Um, no, John has a clothesline through his head, two girls don’t even have shoes on, and there is bedhead abound. Do I love it?
Yes, I do.
Posted on December 22, 2010
Here are some more of the absolutely gorgeous sunsets that I get to enjoy from my back porch. I absolutely love all the comments and emails I’ve been getting about these. They are a pleasure to take and I am getting a big kick out of sharing them all with you.
This one is actually old. It was taken during the last snow of the year. I’m really hoping to be able to get another really great snowfall photo again this year. Just waiting on the snow!
This odd candle holder came with the house. It has its own little charm.
This one might just be my favorite of all the back porch view photos. It was taken the week before last and I can’t get over it. It makes me oh so happy!!!
Posted on December 21, 2010
..photos from before Halloween!
I was peaking around some cards today and found one that contained images of my two oldest daughters playing in Halloween costumes. I had sort of forgotten about this little session, so it was a fun surprise. I love when something like that happens. It was like a little Christmas before Christmas!
And if you are wondering what in the world is on Tatum’s face, this might shed some light on things.
Yes, that is what she looked like just a few hours before this little camera fun. She was turning herself into a princess. (See the crown?)
(I have no idea what was all over Paeton’s face. )
Christmas is so close! I’m completely excited about it because I think I’ve pulled off a rather fantastic surprise for my husband. I can’t wait for him to find out about it.
Posted on December 17, 2010
Christmas is sooo close! I can’t believe how near it is. Or how cold it has been! I’m so thankful we have a fire place to help keep our house nice and toasty in the winter. Not to mention it is kinda hot to see my husband splitting wood out in the backyard.
My sewing machine and I have been working on a very intimate level the last couple of weeks since I decided that I was going to make a lot of the Christmas gifts this year. It has been so much fun. I’ve learned a lot, enjoyed creating the things that I see in my mind, and now I have a craving to do some more. As soon as Christmas is over, I’m sure I’ll be sharing some of my favorite goodies made by my own hand. Today, though, I wanted to share just a few snappies of the Christmas details we have around the house this year.
I find it slightly sad that the tree photo is so far the best one I got of our tree. I keep meaning to take a ‘proper’ photo of it, but just haven’t found the time or sometimes the energy lately. (Remember, lots of sewing!) And since I’ve made a goal to stop worrying about the ‘perfect’ photo for my personal, everyday photos and just worry about capturing the moments of MY family’s day to day life, this tree photo is perfect! I will try and make time for a better one since tree photos can be so pretty, but if it doesn’t happen, I’m okay with that.
The little guy in the tree is our Christmas Elf, George. He is an updated version of a rag doll I’ve had for over twenty years. He got a new shirt, a hat, and hair at the Elf Hospital and I think he is looking spiffy. John thinks he looks rather creepy, but I still find him cute.
A new thing we tried this year was an advent calendar. There are some amazing tutorials out there in the blog world on different kinds to make and I had some grand plans to attempt one of my favorites, but time was starting to slip away from me. I decided to just make this simple one out of poster board, cardstock, some fun felt stickers and scrap book paper. Santa moves to a different pocket for each day and we turn around the little tabs to discover what fun activity we do for the day. It’s been a lot of fun.
And I made special Letters to Santa along with matching envelopes with Santa’s address. I also took photos of the drawings the girls did as their letters, but I guess they are on a different card. I’ll post it once I find it!
I hope everyone is having a great holiday season so far!!
ETA: I would also like to say Happy birthday to my sweet Tatum and to John!
Posted on December 8, 2010
I adore my back porch view. It seriously makes me incredibly happy. It’s simply acres of land and a herd of cattle who try to nibble on the edge of my yard. The calves make me laugh, I love the solitary trees spread throughout the pasture, and I can not get enough of the sunsets. I started taking photos of them now and then when we first moved into this house, but lately I’ve been doing it regularly, at least three times a week. We are talking of moving to a new house after the school year and it is making me ache. We’ve outgrown this one and I always knew it would happen, but I am really going to miss the view behind my house. And so I’ve been trying to preserve as much of its beauty as possible to prepare for the day I’ll have a new view to capture.
I plan on revisiting this theme often on the blog. It’s so beautiful here.
I am in love with the next two. There will be plans to get these up on my walls, oh yes.
So, so gorgeous. I hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as I do. Keep an eye out for the next installment!
Posted on December 6, 2010
Just a fun little photo to peek into our holiday decorations this year. I must admit that I’ve enjoyed this season and last year much more than I have any Christmas time in the past. I think I’m becoming Susy Homemaker.
More to come later!!