Category Archives: Client Session

From your feet to your heart…

Sorry for  my long absence. I am keeping up with taking a photo (or two) a day but I haven’t gotten a chance to share anything on the blog yet since the first time I mentioned that I was starting the 365 project this year.  I did start another blog “LIFE&LOVE365” to share those everyday photos with you but that’s lagging behind on updates too. You can find the link in the menu above or just click here.

I’m going to figure this out eventually.  Any advice out there on how you manage your time with blogging and everyday life? Well, hopefully I’ll figure this out!

In the meantime, thought I’d share this shot I captured this week during a senior shoot with a talented and beautiful homeschooler.

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“Your feet will take you to where your heart is.”
Irish Proverb

Thought the quote was a perfect fit.

Until next time…and hopefully that’s sooner than later! 🙂

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NOT “little” anymore! {San Diego Senior Portrait Session}

I really love getting to take pictures of seniors! It’s such an exciting time in life.  It’s a time that marks accomplishment, independence and new beginnings.

This particular session was extra special because for this session, I was photographing my niece. I still can’t believe that my “little” niece will be graduating in June 2013! She’s definitely not “little” anymore!

Love you M!

Until next time…

Home Sweet Home {Family Session Sneak Peek}

At least once a year, I get to visit another place I call home…San Diego! I grew up there and since most of my family still live there…it’s home away from home.  My family & I got to visit for a little over a week early in July. While I was there, I had some time for a few photo sessions.

This session was with family friends that I first met in Atlanta. They now have a beautiful home in San Diego and it’s always such a treat to get to spend time with them.  I have to say that getting to capture families in their own home is so much fun.  To me, there’s always a more personal feel to photos and I LOVE the opportunity of capturing the beauty of home, family and everyday life.  Here’s just a sneak peek…

More to come soon!

Until next time…

Small parts and moving objects…

I have a number of friends and family that have had babies or are expecting the arrival of their little ones soon.  With that, I thought it would be a great time to give parents out there a few ideas on what to capture as you get snap happy with your camera!

Here are just a few small parts to remember when you go to take photos of your little bundle of joy.

1. The little hairs on their head…

2.  Rolls and wrinkles…

3. Those small hands and tiny fingers

4.  Feet and toes

And don’t forget those moving objects! 😉 Babies don’t always have to be still…and you know more than I do…they won’t be! =)

So to all you new parents out there…enjoy your new ones and just keep taking pictures!

Don’t look for that perfect shot…it’s just about capturing these moments as you live and love them.  And hopefully one or two of those shots will perfectly express your life and love … and that’s all you need. =)

You”ll treasure those forever!

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Until next time…

A Christmas Extension

For some, Christmas has come and gone. I am fully aware that there are many who have already packed up the holiday ornaments soon after December 25th in preparations for the new year. I’m not so inclined to put the decorations away yet; in part because it wasn’t until a week and a half before Christmas that I finally got our tree up this year.  Anyway, our Christmas decorations are only a few of the pretty and tidy things I have around the house right now! Since going on vacation right after Christmas and having been back for only a couple of days, our house is currently under clean up from the annual tornado that hits our home sometime during the holidays.  And if you’ve already read my previous post, you know I’m working on  “BEING” in the moment and so I’m trying very hard not to succumb to the pressures I personally feel with having to get myself in some kind of order for the new year and that order points to having to get the Christmas decorations down and put away!

I know I’m not the only one who feels this pressure around this time of year.  Am I? My husband said to me earlier today, “We have to take the Christmas tree down today!” to which I immediately but calmly replied, “Why?”. He reminds me it’s January. January? What made January 1st (or even December 31st) as the day Christmas officially ends?

I just have to ask…Why are we so quick to put away the decorations? I’m sure there’s a possible number of reasons for the need to get the decorations out of the house.  Is it crazy to want to have the decorations up just for a little bit longer?

If you are one of those who’s already put the decorations away I hope this doesn’t bother you at all! I wish my life would allow for such organization at the moment!  There’s definitely nothing wrong with having your decorations put away.  I’m just wanting to say that there’s nothing wrong with having decorations up past January 1st ( probably an attempt at convincing myself that it’s okay that I have nothing put away).

So I’ve decided to allow myself a little Christmas extension.  I’ll eventually get those decorations down but for now, they’re still up in my house. And who knows…it may actually be a week or two before I can get them down. But I’ll get them down.  I am absolutely sure I’ll have all my decorations down before Valentines day! 😉 Now if you happen to come over to my house next month and see cupid along side decorations on a tree…PLEASE help this girl out! lol! =)

Finally, on the topic of Christmas, here are a few photos from the north pole (a fun Christmas session I did in December)! =)

I’ll be sharing more from this session in the next post so check back soon!

Thanks for reading!

It’s about a New Year, “BEING” and Welcome Home!!!

It’s a new year and with that comes the opportunity for new things! Personally for me,  this year’s about “BEING”…being healthier, being organized, and most of all, being present! I really want to “BE” in the today! That’s right!…Not yesterday or tomorrow but being in the life & love of now!

So how am I going to do that? Well, I have a few ideas and will be sharing those with you as we begin the new year.  But for now, I must say…I am  SO EXCITED for 2012!!!

So before we totally say goodbye to 2011,  I wanted to share this photo taken New Year’s Eve last year…

These two boys are holding up signs they helped make to welcome home their newest brothers…twin boys from Ethiopia!

It’s amazing to think that in the early part of 2010, both our families were in the beginning discussions of adoption. There I was… just a few months from our adoption conversations…New Year’s Eve 2010…at the airport & awaiting the arrival of my friend, her daughter, father-in-law and the two newest members of her family.  I still get emotional thinking about that day!  What an amazing beginning  to a new year for this family!

M & K, It was such an honor for me to be part of that day! I just wanted to wish you and your family a very Happy & Blessed New Year! God has surely taken care of your family and those beautiful boys! Love you guys!

Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you a 2012 full of life & love!

Rudolph gets a haircut!

I didn’t get to share these photos last year (taken sometime during a family’s photo session) but thought what more perfect time than now to share them with you.  =)

A photo I took of Rudolph before his sweet friend’s family photo session.

Little did I know why I would be taking a before picture of Rudolph.

Eventually…it was made clear why! =)

Notice Rudolph’s beautiful tuft of hair on top of his head.

So here’s Rudolph after…

YIKES!!!

Not only did Rudolph get his haircut but even his tail got a trim! lol! =)

Sorry Rudy!

I don’t know when and how your sweet and adorable friend found the time to become a barber but somehow she did.

Hopefully everything has grown back out by now! =)

And final note…BEWARE of cute adorable girls with scissors!

Until next time…