Faces of Kids

I was editing some photos from a recent birthday party and thought you all could get a laugh out of these.  Check out the silly brother on the left.  His face changed over 10 times in less than 30 seconds!  Made me giggle for sure!  

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Mom's Lap

Missing Mommy 

Content on Mommy's lap

Her brother Sammy filled in the missing spot nicely

Sometimes the most comfortable place for any baby is right on Mommy's lap.  Yesterday, Bella either pouted or full out cried every time her Mom put her down.   

Going with Belle's obvious request, we moved her from our in-home set to Mom's lap.  It was an instant turn around!  She went from yelling at us to perfectly happy and talking up a storm!  A little clean up of the edges in post and --boom-- happy baby, happy mommy, happy photo!   It was a quick and easy switch and everyone was smiling again.  

Next time, things aren't going as planned, change your perspective and see if it helps.  

Has your mind been blown by this easy switch?  BELLE'S TOO!

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Wordless Wednesday 2/26

I've been watching Luke grow for the last several months.  This photo just melts my heart!    

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WATCH ME GROW

-         Newborn Session (see above for details)
-         Mini sessions once per month until 1 year of age
-         1 hour of photography on location, outdoor, or in studio
-         Usage of my large selection of props, wraps, hats, and backdrops
-         100 year Archival disk of all edited images at conclusion
-         Private link approximately 1 week after each session to view and download images
-         Rights and release to print all images with recommendations of where to print
-         8x10 print (your choice of image)
-         Storyboard at conclusion

$350

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Where are your limits?

Those were the first words I heard in Tuesday night's yoga class.  A few things immediately crossed my mind but the first was I have no limits - I can do anything - shatter the glass ceiling!  

Well I guess I have a few...

That silly 4 word phrase had me going for the whole class!  I thought about speed limits, body limits, height limits, age limits.  All kinds of limits.  Some serve a purpose but some are meant to be pushed.  

For instance, I try and stay ahead of the photography curve so that I am not limited to anything and am always open to new ideas.  In other areas I have been limiting myself.  Yes, the reason I was at the yoga class was because I am one of the thousands the have resolved to lose weight this year.  My weight has limited lots of areas of my life - physical capabilities, confidence, clothing selection - just to mention a few.  

I've been a runner for the last 3 years so hopping on the treadmill or going out for a run is nothing unusual.  The day after my yoga class, with limits fresh on my brain, I pushed myself and for the last 15 seconds of my run, I ran at 8 mph on the treadmill.  While it was only 15 seconds its something I never thought I could do without falling off!  I could have fallen flat on my face, which would have made a few people laugh and me feel silly, but instead I succeeded.  I've never felt more empowered by a 15 second run!  

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So I pose the same question to you - WHAT ARE YOUR LIMITS?

Are some of those limits a kind of protection?
What would happen if you push yourself outside your limits?
When do those limits serve a purpose and when to they inhibit you?
Who set your limits?  
Are those limits still in place because they are comforting or comfortable?
Do you have limits because you're unsure of whats out there?

Even if you've made a resolution, I challenge you to break one of your limits - not one thats a law or that you know you shouldn't - something that will improve or empower you!  Can you save a penny more, do one more push up, give 5 more kisses at bedtime?  You don't know what you're capable of until you step out of your comfort zone and push to improve.  Get your year off to a good start and stop putting limitations on what you're capable of!  

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Done Face

This year's Holiday photos were a blast!  I saw many familiar faces and met a bunch of new ones!  Each session was unique but one thing overall was a common  - done face.  This is the face that occurs when a child is totally done with standing in front of me while their parents yell "say cheese" or try to make them giggle.  I've compiled some of my favorite examples below.  

The "Angry" Done Face

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The "Flashback" Done Face

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The "Done Face in Disguise"

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The "Photobomb" Done Face

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The "Scream Machine" Done Face

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The "Take your props and leave" Done Face

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The "Bored" Done Face

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Thank you all for inviting to make memories and photos with your family.  I hope to see you again next year.

Have safe and extraordinary Holiday!  

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Watch Victoria Grow!

In several of my posts I have been talking about a family that invited me to capture 9 very exciting months!  I am pleased to announce that baby Victoria has arrived!  She looks so much like, Audriana, her big sister.  

I am truly honored to have been part of such a fun and important experience.  Watch the video and see the fun we had as Victoria grew.  Mom Stacie, Dad Benny, and Sister Audriana welcome her with ALL SMILES!  

This may be the end of our journey, but its just the beginning of a whole new life for their family.  Thank you again for letting me capture it!  

If you'd like to read the related posts, click on the links below.   

Wordless Wednesday 2/27
 February 26, 2013

 Wordless Wednesday 2/27
 February 27, 2013

 The Start of Something Big!
 May 02, 2013

Wordless Wednesday 8/14
 August 14, 2013

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#StoryPortrait

This is my Uncle Greg.  I can say I have met hard working people, some who have dedicated their entire lives to their craft, even a few who love their job.  None of them come close to my Uncle's passion for his life's work.  

 

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Greg has worked at Gary Gray for as long as I can remember but never knew how much he loved his job and his truck until now.  During the hour or so we spent taking his portraits, I learned the history of where he got it, how he cared for it, and even what upgrades have been done to it.  When I asked him to point out his favorite thing about it, he named just about every detail.  I felt like I was in the company of a little boy telling me all about his favorite toy.  It was so charming to see.  While most truckers would read or play games during their delivery, Greg spends his time polishing and detailing the outside of his Peterbilt.  

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Greg is not the first truck lover in our family.  My Grandfather was also a driver.  This is a painting of him with his International truck.  A photographer had done portraits of him and as a gift, my Dad had one made into a painting that now hangs in Greg's home.  With such a special piece of artwork, I couldn't help but try to recreate it with my Uncle.  Through out-takes and giggles we got the shot!  I was glad that both his kids could share in the making of such a special photo.  We will all remember this for years to come.  

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Lessons from Kids

I love watching kids learn from one another.  If one starts singing, jumping, playing a game - as long it seems fun - others join right in.  This helps us think about things we like, that make us smile, happy, giggle and ultimately shape up into the people we are today.  We learn our best lessons when we take a leap of faith and see where we land.  

Kids are not afraid to look silly if it means having a bunch of fun.  Prime example - rolling down a hill.  When one kids rolls down a hill and all the others see how much fun he or she is having, they all run to the top of the hill, lay down sideways, and let go!  Too often as adults we feel judged or are concerned about how others may perceive us if we choose to take a risk and go outside the norm - a preverbal roll down the hill.  

Rather than looking for others to show you how to smile or laugh, why not be the brave one at the top of the hill first!  How can you prioritize so you make yourself, your best self?  What makes you smile, laugh, happy?  Maybe go for a hike, get a pedicure, read your favorite book again, do some volunteer work.  When you are happy, it rubs off on everyone around you.  You smile more, you laugh more, and best of all, you do more for others.  Happiness is only a hop, skip, and a jump away!  Turn your frown upside-down :)

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