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Hi and Welcome!

When I first began this journey as a professional photographer, little did I know that it would quickly transform my life. What started out as trying to learn how to take better photos of my own fast-moving kids turned into a never-ending quest {read: obsession} to capturing "the" moment. It's that instant in time you never want to forget and you wish to relive over and over again...your newborn's tiny fingers and toes, his half-crooked smile, her misssing two-front teeth, your children's innocence, their laughter & silliness, the deep, abiding love you have for your family and those special relationships that bind you. It's your moment, the moment that defines you. I look forward to the privilege of sharing these moments of the heart with you and yours.

This blog was created to serve as a resource for my clients to get the latest scoop, view previews of their most recent sessions ("sneak peeks"), discover new tips to taking your own photos or neat finds I may come across, and to help provide me with your feedback. (Your comments are always most certainly welcome!) My desire for you in writing this is that you may discover a small slice of "sunshine" to brighten your day or find a helpful tip or two along the way. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my most incredible husband (he is truly THE BEST!) for his amazing encouragement and support, without which, I would not be able to do what I so love to do. Thanks also to you, my friends and family, I am excited to share in the journey ahead.

Day 2, A Journey of Giving

Well, the kids were so excited about bringing cookies to the men of the fire department that they asked (immediately after leaving the fire station) if we could go to the police department the next day to bring them cookies!

I’ve had a couple of people ask what is on our list, so I thought I’d share…we’d love to hear your ideas for RACK giving this Christmas and have you join us on our fun adventure! 

  1. Take cookies to volunteer fire department.
  2. Shop for Gifts of LOVE campaign in partnership with Sugar Creek and Second Mile Mission Center.  Drop off new, unwrapped gifts to church the next day.  SCBC will be accepting gifts until Dec 12. 
  3. Send cards to a soldier:  Holiday Mail For Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456   (All cards must be postmarked no later than Friday, December 9th.)
  4. Donate books from our own personal “library” to READ for Houston, volunteer organization that provides books to children in need.  http://readforhouston.org/READ_for_Houston/Home.html
  5. Buy canned goods to donate to Second Mile (let kids do the shopping).  They urgently need soup, dry beans, canned meat, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese.
  6. Bring teachers hot chocolate to school in the morning.
  7. Drop off new, unwrapped gifts to Salvation Army at Randall’s.
  8. Let someone get in front of you in line at school or in a store.  Offer to put away shopping cart for someone.
  9. Bake cookies and share with our neighbors.
  10. Go to a restaurant and pay for someone else’s meal (let kids pick family).
  11. Go through Kate’s closet to donate clothes to Second Mile.  Go through Ethan’s closet and donate to family in AISD.
  12. Write a letter of appreciation to a past teacher who made a difference in your life.
  13. Pick up garbage on school grounds.
  14. Write thank you notes to lunch staff at the school.
  15. Make soup and bring to school to give to teachers.
  16. Give gifts to custodians at the school.
  17. Volunteer to help at the Gifts of Love Christmas Party, 8:30am-12:30pm, for a 2-hr shift.
  18. Call your grandparents (and great-grandparents!) and tell them that you love them.
  19. Purchase a small Christmas tree and decorate it for a nursing home resident.
  20. Leave thank you notes & small gifts/gift cards to recycle and trash collectors.
  21. Make holiday cards for a local nursing home.
  22. Volunteer at Second Mile Missions Pantry.
  23. Redeem Living Water Gift Card by choosing which project/country to bless.  Make a snack bag for a homeless person.
  24. Hand out blankets or old coats to homeless.
  25. Share an encouraging word/smile/hug/prayer/phone call with someone who may need it.
  26. Write a letter to a missionary overseas.
  27. Make a new friend.
  28. Share your talents by helping someone in need.
  29. Help do a chore around the house without being asked.
  30. Bring get well balloons to local hospital and leave with nurse for someone who may need cheering up.
  31. Offer a helping hand to a friend.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Blessings to you and yours!

 

RACK

Every year I rack my brain to try to find meaningful ways to celebrate Christmas with the family.  One year, I was deeply moved by Advent Conspiracy’s message to Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love All.  And as a result, I asked our extended families to refrain from giving gifts to our family and to give of their time by doing special activities with the kids and to give to local charities.  This year I knew I definitely wanted to do some volunteer activities with the children to hit home that Christmas was all about the celebration of the birth of Christ, giving to those in need, counting our blessings and spending time with our loved ones.  For those that know me, you may have gathered by now that I am in over my head with Christmas card orders, canvas gallery wraps, and prints for my clients to give to their families…leaving me with little to no time to spare.  Enter in my sweet friend and incredible photographer, Shalonda, with an awesome gameplan for the 24 days leading up to Christmas.  Along with her bestie, she came up with a list of 24 ideas to celebrate Christmas giving and 24 scripture verses for each day leading up to Christmas day.  She was inspired by this photographer who invented the idea of RACK.  Thankfully, without having to reinvent the wheel, I printed off her downloadable RACK cards and called local charities in our area for volunteer opportunites.  So I took it and ran…

Being the first day of December (nevermind the fact that our advent calender isn’t quite up yet), we spent the first day of giving back with our “RACK:  Random Act of Christmas Kindness” to our local fire station.  Despite my lack of baking abilities, I think they enjoyed their freshly baked straight-out-of-the oven cookies nonetheless.

Hoping that these Random Acts of Christmas Kindness catch on and inspire you to pay it forward…

What’s this…?

Two blog posts in one day?!?!   That’s just crazy talk!   I know what you’re thinking…”Are all of your clients drop-dead gorgeous, or what??”  And the answer is, “Yes, why yes, they are!”  It just so happens that beautiful (inside and out!) runs in this family – AND their extended family!   These precious ones are cousins to those lil ones I just posted earlier today!   I can honestly say I’ve never met a sweeter, kinder, well-behaved, more respectful bunch of kids…them’s good genes!  

I always look forward to this session every year.  For some reason, these kids inspire me…they are my muses.  Maybe it’s because I have been capturing them since I first started my business.  They’ve been with me and watched me grow as a photographer and throughout that journey, they have always given me their complete trust and confidence in my vision and who I am.  Just puts me to ease and as always, some of my favorite images that I’ve ever taken come from their sessions.

Fall has arrived!

Ah, yes…it’s that time of year again, my friends.  I can tell by the fact that I’ve been sitting in this chair in front of my computer for the past 72 hours straight, taking occasional potty breaks and getting a few winks of sleep in every once in a while.  I’ve also broken my oath to not drink Diet Mt. Dew ever again. { That didn’t last very long, did it??}   Thankfully, I’ve been sick the past few days so there isn’t much more that I could be doing than working.  Don’t judge me, my pajamas are very comfortable.

I will say, however, that the BEST part of this time of year is getting to see my favorite families once again (Yay!) and be amazed at how much the little ones have grown!  They seem to know how to steal my heart away with a single look and make my day brighter with their sweet smiles!  These two little guys are no exception.  They were certainly a workout (maybe even more than the 10 miles I ran that morning!), but I couldn’t help but melt like putty in their hands.  They just keep getting cuter each year and this year they brought their beautiful lil sis along.  She was so calm and sweet…so lucky to have two older brothers to look out for her.  I truly love this family, I cannot say enough wonderful things about them!  It was so hard for me to keep their family pics under raps (so as to not spoil their Christmas card…which ROCKS, by the way!!), but I couldn’t resist – here’s just a few for now.