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The Day it Didn’t Rain| Fort Bragg, California Photographer

So you know that one day last week that it didn’t rain?!? Yeah, you know the one. The sky was beautiful. It was almost warm. It smelled like Spring. For a fleeting moment, it felt like Spring.  I miss that day!

In the morning I woke up and at my breakfast of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The view from the breakfast table was just too good to miss. Our littlest man, James loves to be read to. Cameron of course is his favorite, so he had to do the reading on this particular morning.  I though to myself,

Happiness is watching my baby boy curled up with his daddy on the couch reading stories about fire engines. Add a little bit of Cinnamon goodness and it’s perfection. Well, that and who can resist the baby toes?

After taking in the sights on the home front it was time for a quick walk on The Haul Road. Of course the weather did not disappoint and neither did my camera.  As we walked along I took in the beauty that was my home and thought to myself, Happiness is pine needles, grassy fields, and the ocean breeze.

Then I got to thinking. Isn’t happiness whatever I say it is?  I determine my own mood, no one does that for me.  If I am happy it’s because I have decided to be that way.  If I’m content it is because I have chosen to be that way.  There isn’t anything that really can effect my mood. Sure, things happen that can contribute to how I view the world. Ultimately though, my happiness is only really dependent upon one person. Little old Me.

 I don’t know about you, but I choose Happiness. I choose contentment. I choose serendipitous joy. What do you choose?


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Fort Bragg, California Family Portrait Photographer| Kennedy Family

It’s raining. It’s pouring. the old man is snoring It’s cramping my style. Being a natural light photographer like myself, the last thing I want to do is throw a flash on my camera and shoot indoors. Fortunately for the Kennedy Family, their house has beautiful natural light.   Here’s their story.

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The Kennedy Family own a beautiful vacation home here in Fort Bragg, but they live in Colorado. A few weeks ago, Penny contacted me and asked if I was available for a photo shoot during their spring break. I knew there was a great likelihood of rain. Yesterday, there was rain. however, we didn’t let it get us down. I think we managed to capture their family almost perfectly.  

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I was greeted with exuberance by this cutie pie when I arrived at the house.  Miss “K” is one cute kid. She loves the camera and it loves her.  I found something to connect with her about from the beginning and she was very easy to photograph.  Thank you Miss “K” for making me smile.

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This is Miss “F”. She wasn’t so sure about me when I first arrived to her house, but she warmed up toward the end. I understand she took quite a fall yesterday on a trail ride. We are hoping you feel much better soon Miss “F”.

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Thank you Kennedy Family for inviting me into your home. It was fun. 

Chelsi


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{Soon} | Premier Mendocino Photographer

Oh blog readers! You must feel so neglected.  We have not run off to Italy. We are not in remote territory without internet access. We have not forgotten you.  We are just caught up in work and play. We will be back soon. We promise. When we do make our come back (haha), we will make it worth your while.

Please don’t forget about us.


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Fort Bragg, California Lifestyle Photographer| Normal

Some call it the daily grind, others call it routine, you may even call it the norm. I like to call it today. Today is different than yesterday. So many new and glorious things await us today.

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Tomorrow is an opportunity to change something that you didn’t like about today. Tomorrow is all about discovering new things. Tomorrow, the possibilities are endless. I mean, you may decide to wear green striped socks with blue striped overalls today and think better of it tomorrow. I know our little guy surely did not like his green socks today. It’s a good thing tomorrow he won’t have to wear them again.

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Today I decided to slow down and take it all in. I found beauty in my everyday. I found that the little boys who I spend all day with are unique in their own ways. They stubborn but mostly well-behaved. They love their life and they love me. Today, I felt loved. Today I gave love. Today, I was mommy.

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Tomorrow I will. . .


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Fort Bragg, California Photographer | This Place

Today was a “Daddy Day.” Sometimes that means playing at home. Other times that means going on an excursion. Today, it meant visiting one of my all time favorite beaches; Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, California.  The boys have been asking to go hunt for sea shells for a few days. The only place to do that is the beach. right?!?

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I remember visiting Glass Beach as a child and having so much fun looking at all the beautiful sea glass. Not my boys. They just wanted to throw rocks in the ocean, run up and down the hills, and peer into the big lake tide pool.  It was fine with me because my camera had been begging to go there and capture some sea glass.

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I couldn’t get over the breath taking views of the ocean, the purples and greens of the crab grass, and the over all calm of the whole place. There weren’t many people out, so we weren’t disturbed too much. Our youngest little one was just enamored with the pebbles and shells. He even picked up some sea weed at some point and was toting it around. Image

I could have stayed all day and probably most of the night but things were awaiting us at home. We have many things to do in preparation for the week ahead. So after taking a few snap shots and basking in the sunshine, we said fair well to the enchanting Glass Beach.

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What did you do today? We would love to hear!