Every time I do these sessions, I have the silliest song pop in my head, from the dumbest movie I watched when I was in my late teens. "Back to school, Back to school, to prove to dad that I'm not a fool." and so it goes on. Who has seen Billy Madison? I don't recommend you go out and watch it by all mean, because it is really not the most appropriate at all, or do... depends on what you are in to for movies. ;)
These however are very appropriate! Taya and Ashlyn headed back to school, with everyone else, this last week, but not before our fun session. This one was adventurous, we had to deal with stickers... ALL OVER MY LEGS! lol. The girls were both in dresses, so for the most part, they came away mostly sticker free. I have to admit, I adore these girls. They are both beautiful and have so many amazing strengths and the sweetest and best personalities. Ashlyn is my nieces best friend and they have pretty much become family. Every time she comes out to the house with my niece, you can always find her stalking the cats, she loves those kitties! She even knows where to avoid due to the stinky kitties too. We do have a few skunks on the premises. Taya is a busy girl, she was telling me all the things she does and I was tired just trying to keep up! She is so outgoing and friendly, you just have to love her! They are both growing up way to fast too, like all kids do, and the older they get, the more the cuteness fades away to pure beauty that radiates from within all the way out! So, here is to 6th grade and Junior year for these two ladies. Do me a favor, and quit growing! I am sure your parents would agree that we would all be content keeping you this age forever!
I love busy little people! To watch them enjoy the world around them is a pleasure! Bronson is no stranger to busy. He was ready to go, we had to move fast to keep up! This session was part of the MY CUDDLES MINI SESSIONS, (you can read about it and see the cute Blakely's session here). This cutie had the most adorable stuffed teddy bear that he calls Mr. Bear. Worn and cherished. One day when Mr. B is older, Mr. Bear will be a loving memory and the idea of these sessions to come back to years down the road, was one I hope is something they return to often. I feel lucky to photograph these memories and meet these amazing families.
Well, enough talk... I give you Bronson and Mr. Bear!
What can I say about this girl? Well, for starters she is as sweet as they come! I am not kidding, this girl is kind, uplifting, encouraging, caring, friendly... the list could literally go on and on. Daycia is an amazing human being! Lucky for me, I had the honor of shooting her senior photos.
Daycia and her sister danced with my daughter for years, then she left us for her school dance team. We have missed her but she has had a blast and that is what is important. Her sister danced with us right up till graduation. This is our first year without her and we sure miss her too. We have been friends with Daycia's family for several years now. That is what us dance moms do, we bond!
When Daycia asked me to do her senior photos, I really felt like the lucky one. Not only did I get to hang out with her and her amazing personality, but she is also gorgeous! And was honestly up for anything. We had a blast!
Thanks for the fun time Daycia! Keep on smiling!
Well, It has been a minute since I have written a blog post. I meant to write about my break and my decision to make a comeback, but hours and hours trying to find the right words, left me... wordless. So short and sweet, I apparently needed a break as I tended to life, but I am back now and happy to be back at it.
I am glad that you are here, as I decided that the session I am going to offer is something that needed a tribute outside of the standard social media outlets. I wanted to share my "WHY" for these sessions. As I feel a photo should tell a story or capture a memory. As many of my clients know, I have a daughter, it's hard not to cause I am chattering on about her all the time. Just the one. A 14 year old, beautiful, smart and talented daughter that is my world. Now I think back 14 years and I am just amazed at how far photography has come since then. How many more ideas are out there now to document their growth and how I am always running across these ideas and think "Man, That would have been awesome when she was younger!" or "Oh I wish that we had an image like that of her. It would have been so cute!". It makes me feel like I am super old now and was raising a child way out of the times. lol! I am sure my mom was thinking the same things with us too.
The other night, I was helping my daughter make her bed and as I pushed all the pillows and such off her bed to put her nice clean comforter back on, I picked up Blankie. A poor little blanket that was given to us as a baby shower gift from my aunt 14 years ago. I flashed back to the time of "Poochie and Blankie" and how they were always with Kaebree, one in each hand. Poochie was a red silky pillow that my mom made when she was pregnant with me and gave it to my grandma, who put it in a zip lock bag for 20 years and handed it to my daughter one day. The pillow was small, maybe 6"x6" is all. Poochie went first, into a small rag, resembling something that got stuck in a blender and shredded. Yes, I still have Poochie, somewhere in one of my many still packed boxes from the move. Now Blankie.... Blankie is a very light cotton (thin) teddy bear blanket, that was perfect for the summer months ahead of us. If I had to call it then, I would think that pillow would have made it longer then this blanket. HA! She showed us, didn't she. Well, Blankie is still very much in our lives. Blankie has been left at a hotel, I don't recall exactly how we got it back, but we did. Another time being left in another state, YEP, we had to have it shipped back home. Getting lost behind her bed so many times I couldn't keep count and the panicked nights trying to find it... Later, "Kinley was added to the mix. A cute rabbit from Build a Bear that talked about shopping when you pressed her hand. Kinley has faired the best as of now, but she isn't quite as old. (I want to say she was 6-7 when she got Kinley.)
I am still working on her letting me capture her and Blankie now, 14 years later, but she is too "OLD" for that. Blankie is getting a little tattered and torn now, and as we think about maybe adding her to the keepsake box before she is in threads, like Poochie, I hear a shriek from my daughter as she tells me how Blankie is going to college with her. This is what I was able to get though.
This brings me back to documented memories I wish I had thought about sooner. I am sure I have snapshots with blankie in the image, laying in the background, rolled up in her blankets, but I wish I had a good solid photo to show her the relationship she had with these two prized possessions that gave her comfort and was always in her little hands.
So, I am going to do a "My Cuddle" mini session event. Bring your little one/s with their cuddle and let's have some fun and nab those moments to look back on. Sweet Blakely here was perfect to help me promote these sessions. Her monkey has been through it all with her. Holes stitched up and new ones created just as quickly. Mom was telling me about how all day of the shoot, Blakely prepped her Monkey, telling him to make sure he smiles for the pictures. It was a blast, and a great way to give these little prized possessions their spot in the photo albums as well. Message me to book your My Cuddle mini session. Sessions will be up to 30 minute sessions for children of all ages, includes 5 retouched digital images with print release. Session fee of 75.00 will be due at time of booking.
Well, it is a dark day, with the clouds parting to a reveal new adventure.
After 6 years, I am giving up my photography business.
6 years ago, I set out on an adventure. It has been one of really great times and really low times in my life. It has helped me through struggles, stresses and has keep me busy, but with it came struggles, stress and well, I have been really busy. The busy could be seen as a great thing, and it was. Busy meant business was good. It also meant that any free time I have, has been dedicated to my business.
This last year has been one of many challenges. I sold my home in early April 2016 and moved into my parents home while we looked for a house that was right for us to come on the market. During the sale process, I was very busy with the house, coming and going for showings and trying to balance that with my business, as well as a new job that was much different then my prior one on my schedule. It was very shortly after that we decided to build, hence making a month or two stay, turn into most of the year.
Living with my parents was great but tragedy hit home and I am glad that I was distracted, as it gave me time that I didn't realize I would never get again to spend with my dad. Time I thought was stressful but I look back and am grateful for. July 29th, I lost my dad to Sepsis brought on from a standard procedure where his bowels were nicked and in less the 36 hours from being admitted to the hospital, he was gone. Turning our world completely upside down.
It was at this time, I knew that photography was not my top priority. I wasn't ready to give it up though. So I trudged along. Half in it, half just being with my family and half being a mother to a busy girl.. yep, you caught that there was a little too many halves there right?! I kept shooting, but found that I just didn't have the time, nor the energy to edit. I am going to still be around though, as photography is still a passion. I am going to do some personal work, and work around my own schedule with some more artistic stuff. So you will have to watch for those from time to time.
I see that my family has taken a backseat to my business and after losing someone you love, you really think on the time you have with each and every one of your remaining and you kind of readjust your life. So, with a sad heart I say goodbye to my business. I have met the most amazing people, I have made the most awesome friends, and I have some great experiences to take from this adventure. Thank you for trusting me with your memories.
NOW- For all of you still waiting on photos and albums to get done. I have stopped taking new sessions and I do have a couple scheduled prior to this decision that I will still do, BUT, you are my main goal to get finished up. I will have everything done- EVERYTHING! by the end of November. I don't want to do anything in December but spend the holidays with my family.