Monthly Archives: February 2011

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Bliss.

According to Wickipedia, bliss is a state of profound satisfaction, happiness and joy, a constant state of mind, undisturbed by gain or loss.  I can honestly say that this is exactly where I’m at.  Today I celebrate 9 yrs of marriage to my love, my best friend and my man.  How I got this lucky I will never know.  I still get warm fuzzies and butterflies in my stomach when we’re together.  And looking back on the journey we’ve travelled to get here, I can only imagine  what’s to come. 

Thank you, Angie, for capturing this moment in time for us!

Full Hearts.

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Valentine’s day with your loved ones!  I LOVE this day, I think it’s one of my favorite holidays of the year.  Now I’m not talking about the over-commercialized, sugar-induced coma, sappy, need-to-buy-your-sweetheart-a-cheesy-gift holiday…but the one where you show your love and appreciation to those around you.  Wish we could celebrate this day all year round!

Every year, I take my kids’ pics around their birthdays, which is usually around Christmas time, and then again on Valentine’s Day.   After seeing me work on all my clients’ images on my computer, they are always asking me when it’s their turn.  So I’ve resolved to take more pics of them from here on out!   Not to mention that they are growing up way too fast!  I think it will be a fun little experiment to try out new ideas & lighting techniques with them!  Here’s a few from my last-minute mini-session with my kidlets!

Here’s wishing you and yours lots of love and snuggles this Valentine’s Day and all year-round!

Love Monkey.

This week I was reminded of how precious each moment spent with our loved ones is. I had to stop and pause to really evaluate how my time is spent.  I want to spend each moment of every day living as if it is a gift, something treasured…with no regrets, no fears.  I hope to make each memory count, to live with purpose, and to cherish those relationships I hold dear to my heart.  I have a some changes coming in the next few months to my business which I will announce shortly…all good things.  But for now, a few of my favorites from my last session.

At one glance I love you with a thousand hearts. –  Mihri Hatun

Resolve.

Well, after a long hi(de)-atus I have returned to the blogging world.  Most photographers take a break after Christmas to recharge, revamp, and rest – and I did just that!  I enjoyed a much-needed vacation to Walt Disney World with the fam and then took a few days off to hang/learn/play with some photographer friends in New Orleans.  (More photos of those adventures to come after I get caught up!)  And after finishing the marathon this past Sunday, I am ready to charge forward with a renewed mind and refreshed spirit!

As we move into the new year, I reflect back on 2010:  the joys and celebrations as well as the challengies and struggles I faced.  There were a lot of great times for me and our family.  Memories I will cherish forever, moments I wished could’ve lasted forever.  But to be honest, it all happened too fast. Looking forward, I have to ask myself what I would do differently in 2011.  In hopes that I would hold myself accountable to them, I have decided to officially blog my resolutions.  Just as in running, my mind sets the course that my body follows.

My resolutions for 2010…                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

I resolve to seek the Lord with all of my heart… to spend time daily in His word.  to press on to take hold of that for which Christ took hold of me.  to offer my body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.  to devote myself to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  to set my heart on things above. 

I resolve to put my family first.  I will not stress over the small stuff and I will learn to let it go.

I resolve to run my own race.  I will not seek to compare myself to others and try to measure up. 

I resolve to continue growing and learning.  Perpetual forward motion.

I resolve to not hurry, live life too fast, rush to the next challenge.  Enjoy the moment.  Live in the present.

I resolve to be a better friend.  I will make the time for my family and friends.  I will support and encourage them on their journey along the way as they have so generously done for me.

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And speaking of friends…my BFF visited over the break all the way from Japan so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to capture her BEAUTIFUL family!  I’m quite impressed with how the little ones braved the cold and wind and I was tickled by how much fun we had!  Since Christmas, my kids have been asking on a daily basis when we get to go back to Japan to visit “Baby O” and Aunt Susan!  Big kisses to O and E…we love you and miss you so much!

SWS – thanks for being so patient and hanging in there with me…your family session is next!