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Before you say anything, let me just say, it’s been too long. Way too long. I’ve missed you, photography, and I am embarrassed by my absence!
What have I been doing while I was away? A little bit of being a wife, a dash of motherhood, and a whole heaping lot of nursing school. But as of one month ago, I am done! I have graduated with my BSN; in fact, I’m just mere hours away from taking my state boards to finally become an RN. It was over 4 years ago that I made a post on here announcing an expected absence while I attended LVN school! I had so much fun, I kept going! I did take a few pictures here and there over the past two years, and I look forward to getting caught up on my blog! But first, I’m leaving next week to spend two weeks in Haiti working for Mamababy Haiti, a midwife clinic in Cap Haitien. I am incredibly excited about my upcoming trip, and even more excited to begin working as a L & D RN when I return. In between all of that excitement, I’ll get things caught up around here – and do some laundry, and figure out how to cook again. I feel like I need lessons on how to integrate back into society after nursing school. It’s been 4 weeks and I’m still feeling a little lost!
I couldn’t stand waiting any longer to begin sharing pictures again! This is my sweet Madeline, she has been dancing this year and will have her first recital on Saturday. Though she’s very close to 5, she is not immune from meltdowns from time to time. Its just happened that her latest was on the same day as dance company pictures. We missed them completely, so I had to take her out and do my own. While I would have loved to have be able to get a class picture, I think my individuals may be a little bit better I realize I may be a bit biased, but I think she is the most beautiful girl in the world. I love when she dances – she puts her heart into it – and when she dances around, she is in her own world, the most perfect prima ballerina.
Isn’t she beautiful? And yes, the baby is precious, too! This sweet baby belongs to a classmate and I was so excited to have the opportunity to take her first photographs. She’s almost two months old now, but I still wanted to get these shared! She wasn’t my biggest fan, but once she fell asleep, she was out! Thank you again Matt & Harriet for allowing me into your home for sweet snuggles (and pictures) and for patiently waiting for this gallery!
If you’re like me, you and 8 million other people have fallen in love with this hit TV series from FOX. I admit, I didn’t watch from the begining. My friend David posted a link to their “Somebody to Love” video on Facebook. I bet I watched it 2 dozen times – each time in awe. It wasn’t long before I sat at my computer and watched every episode I had missed – I was hooked. Maybe it’s because I was a choir geek (and band nerd) in High School? I love a good musical. I think it’s witty (I must admit, I think Coach Sylvester is one of my favorites!) I just love this show! A loyal fan here!!
Back in February I entered my name into a contest, to win a GLEE viewing party pack from FOX. Well, I never win anything so imagine my surpise when I received and email that I had WON!! I was getting a party pack that would arrive just in time for the infamous MADONNA episode! I was super excited (albiet stressed – I was still in school!) My amazing, wonderful, fantastic husband (yes, I’m hoping he reads this) really jumped in and helped make it happen. Our house was a wreck – well, it looked like a nursing student lived here! We were told last minute that our local FOX affiliate would be showing up to party with us – and to film!! We really had to kick it into high gear. My dear friend Lynzey made the cupcakes – aren’t they the coolest? We had a great time, though FOX ended up standing us up for another winner – I suspect it was on the basis of distance from the studios. Oh well, it was still fun! Just wanted to share a few pictures!! Want to know a secret, I’m wearing my GLEE shirt as I type this.
Hope you enjoy the party pics (only 2 months later….)
Miss Priss wasn’t too crazy about having to take any pictures outside – she simply wanted to be left alone to explore. But as soon as we move indoors and put a cake down, her entire attidude did a giant flip! She LOVED the cake and scooped it into her little mouth like it was the last sweet she’d ever get! She was absolutely precious. I have been photographing her since she was a newborn – it is such an honor to grow with my clients! This little sweetie will have a new brother this summer and I’m looking forward to photographing them together!
I was so excited to see this weeks theme for I Heart Faces pop up on Facebook tonight! I knew the perfect picture. Last month I was running typical Mommy errands and found a beautiful field of yellow wild flowers. That weekend, after nap time, I snatched up my daughter and headed to the field. She was less-than-thrilled, but I snapped anyways. Turns out, it was a good thing that I did as just 3 days later the city mowed the fields down. I literally had tears in my eyes. I was angry that they could do that. You see, this dress that my daughter has on will never fit again. It’s not just any yellow dress. It belonged to her GiGi (my Mom) and it was made my my Mom’s Aunt Sarah, my namesake. So, the dress is roughly 57 years old. (My mother keeps EVERYTHING!) The doll that is hidden is also special. It is made from a pillow case that my Dad’s grandmother hand tatted – so it’s easily 80 – 90 years old. I was just sick that this is the only shot I got. At the same time, I love it. It is truly priceless to me. I really need to get on the ball and have it printed and hung, just need to figure out where! So, here’s my entry for week #21!
Be sure to check out other great photos by clicking on the camera below!!
I can hardly believe that I’m able to have this sale!! It seems like this year can’t be over yet!! But it is, and in just 12 days I will GrAdUaTe!!!! YEAH!!!!!! So while I’m bogged down with final exams this next week, I wanted to have a awesome sale to show appreciation to my equally awesome clients, both present and future! Don’t miss out on these amazing opportunites – they won’t last long (ends May 11) and they likely won’t come around again for a lloongg time, if ever!!!! My insane stress load has made me temporarily loose my mind!! So enough babble – here’s the deal!!!
Maternity / Newborn Special – $200.00
Book your newborn session before May 11, to take place ANYTIME in 2010, and receive a complimentary maternity session & 24 custom designed 5×7 birth announcements!! I adore babies – their sweet smell, their adorable wrinkels and their sweet peaceful sleep – let me capture this fleeting moment for you to have forever to cherish.
Beach Session – $200.00
Book your family beach session before May 11, to take place before October 1, and receive your session fee back as a print credit. That essentially makes your session free!!
Birthday Bash – $200.00
Book your child’s first birthday session before May 11, to take place ANYTIME in 2010, and receive the session, a cake and a 12×12 gallery mount storyboard!
Child Mini Session – $150.00
Book a mini session with up to 3 siblings before May 11, to take place ANYTIME in 2010, and receive 1 mini album and 1 digital image.
~ The fine print ~
Session must be booked before 9 AM on Tuesday, May 11 (my GRADUATION day!!) A session is considered booked only after payment has been completed.
The special is not retro-active, good for new appointments only.
All prints are regular price.
No substitutions alowed.
Newborn & 1st yr session good until December 31, 2010
Beach session must take place before October 1, 2010
Travel Fee applies for sessions greater than 30 miles from 77546
Session fees are non-refundable. Rescheduling is permitted with proper advance notice.
Beach sessions will take place in the Galveston area, unless you want to fly me to white sand & crystal blue water. Cancun would be a nice choice
Go get more information or to reserve your special, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 832-368-0278.
It’s been a while since I was able to participate in an IHF Challenge! This little girl was adorable and I just couldn’t resist putting down the books and playing in Light Room! You see, I’m a new lightroom convert. I’ve been using it about 3 weeks now and I’m slowing catching on. Sure, I have my moments where I kick and scream and threaten to beat my computer, but honestly??? It’s soo much easier! (Thanks for teaching me Andrea Joki!) The only thing I used photoshop for was to dodge the eyes and resize for web!
Here’s the image I started with….
And here’s what I got after about 6 minutes of editing….
And what I did…
1. Adjusted white balance using her sclera for a neutral starting point.
2. Adjusted exposure to +87, it just needed to be bright!
3. Cropped to 5×7
4. Exported to CS4
5. Used small brush at 10% to dodge eyes
6. Resized for web
Last week the man with the Brown Shorts bought me a gift. A gift that so many women-photographers have longed for. A gift that is stylish AND functional – (how often are those two words used together when describing a CAMERA BAG?? Not very often!) A gift that made me squeal like a school girl after her crush gives her a glance! I was soo excited to tear into the box! How awesome that it came inside it’s own cute little blue bag?!?! I was walking about the door to pick the kiddos up from school and to run some errands. It was killing me to hurry home and love on my new bag! I was excited for the weather to get nice so I could bring it out for it’s on photo session!!! If you love it too and want to pick up your own, be sure and check out Epiphanie Bags.
You are what you wear.
A little cliché? Perhaps. But when it comes to portrait photography, clothing plays a huge role in the success of the finished product.
Before we get going – let’s be clear what you’re clothing does NOT need to be:
I’m down with your favorite ripped jeans, retro band T’s, and worn converse shoes – as long as you know how to rock them in your own fabulous style.
Fancy-Schmancy and Uber-Expensive
Unless it’s your thing (If it’s really your thing, then by all means baby, bring on the bling). If you’re not normally a dress-up kind of person, don’t feel like you have to be one for your session.
No need to focus on matching everything from the color of your fuchsia headbands to the stripes in your socks. In fact, I beg of you, please, please don’t. If you’re heart is set on everyone in white button downs and khaki pants, I’m probably not your girl.
No need to worry about each and every item, or fret about the suitability of each accessory. This is supposed to be fun. If you’re unsure – call me, and together, we’ll make sure you look fabulous. I promise.
I want you to be happy, thrilled, over the moon about your images, and I know that this is much more likely if we take the time and work together to help you choose clothing that fits these few simple rules:
During your shoot you could be sitting in a pile on the grass having a tickle battle, rolling down a hill with your fiancé, throwing your kiddos in the air or climbing a tree. Wear clothing that lets you do all that (and more) comfortably.
As for the kids? Well…uncomfortable kids have a tendency to look…uncomfortable, and are often cranky to boot. Happy kids make for happy pictures.
Bottom Line: Don’t choose outfits that make any of you feel constrained, stiff, itchy, scratchy, like you’re dressed up for Halloween, or that leave you with a nagging worry that a button might pop if you bend the wrong way. Trust me.
This can be tricky, looking good is totally subjective – right? If you’re not a Carrie Bradshaw fashionista in real life, you might want to pull in some extra help from a straight-talking friend or your trusty photographer (that would be me) who knows about such things and has plans in place to help.
Sometimes last year’s of-the-moment dress has already become hopelessly untrendy. Sometimes the current fashions just don’t look or feel like you. Sometimes outfits that look good in the mirror might not be ideally suited for photography. If you’re really looking for extra help, I can put you in touch with some incredible folks who make people look good for a living.
Bottom Line: If you don’t feel fabulous-fierce-take-on-the-world gorgeous in your outfit, you’re not going to love, love, love the end result – and I’m all about you love, love, loving the end result.
Here’s where we pull it all together. It’s not just enough that everyone look good and feel good – you’ve gotta look and feel good together AND the outfits should fit with your location and the desired mood for your portraits.
Glup. That seems like a lot, doesn’t it? (quick – revisit #4 in the top list, and remember, don’t stress).
Before you even begin figuring out your wardrobe, we’ll have an in depth consultation to narrow down what you really want for your pictures, choose the perfect location and make sure you have an understanding about how that all comes together in the finished photograph. I’m with you every step of the way.
Bottom Line: It’s easier than it seems.Think twice about having Emma in a lace prom dress if you can’t get Tommy out of his spider man cape and favorite Star Wars pajama top. If we’re going to be running around in a park, you’ll likely not decide to wear your starched Sunday best. Hate the way stripes and plaids look together but Dad has his favorite stripped polo ready to go? Best steer mom away from her beloved family tartan. Easy-Peasy. [unless Mom is really attached to that tartan, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it).
If you’re still not certain, and you can’t decide between the yellow wrap dress with your red heels or your dark skinny jeans and purple belted shirt – I’ve got good news. You don’t have to decide. Bring lots of options. Heck – throw your whole wardrobe into the back of the car. When we get to the session we’ll wing it all with fabulous results. Trust me.
Now take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Imagine how blow-everyone-away-fabulous-ready-for-America’s-Next-Top-Model you’re all going to look in those pictures….
Can you see it yet? I totally can. OMG, you look INCREDIBLE!
I can’t wait for your session.
used with permission from Janette LaBlanc