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Can’ts, Cans, Dreams, and Plans| Mendocino County Wedding Photographer

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In honor of Mother’s Day, I find it fitting to reflect on who I am, where I came from, and where I am going. I have to say, if it weren’t for my mom’s encouragement, patience, perserverence, enthusiasm, and wisdom, I would not be the self-assured woman that I am today. So thanks mom!

I never saw myself as an artist. Growing up I envied the kids who could draw, paint, and create. I took my camera for granted. I didn’t notice the beauty I was creating. Not until I started photographing my own children. I took for granted that I had VISION. In life, all you need is a little vision, motivation, enthusiasm, and perseverance. My mama raised me to believe in myself, and that’s just what I’m going to do.

I’ve never not always been the kind to sit around and day dream. That is, until recently. I’ve been dreaming of ways to enhance our photography portfolio, get our name out, get to know our local vendors, and just be more involved in our photography business in general. I have a bucket list. Not just a life’s bucket list, but a photography bucket list as well. I was sitting going over it the other day feeling helpless and alone. I couldn’t imagine how I would make any of my dreams come true. It’s been a very emotional month for me. I’ve had some hard things happening and I needed to find a way to get out of the swamp my slump.

So. Instead of just dreaming, I decided to start doing. Thanks in part to Jasmine Star’s latest Creative Live Course, I have a new found confidence in my work. I’ve been watching something unfold that is simply amazing. I can’t share details quite yet, but I can say, it’s going to be HUGE and it makes me so amazingly happy.

I’m turning my “can’ts into cans and dreams into plans”. Will you join me on my journey?

Cheers!


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Celebrate Young Children | Mendocino County Child Photographer

We had the privilege of spending the entirety of Saturday outdoors. Not because we were home with nothing to do. No. We went to a Celebrate the Week of the Young Child event at our local elementary school.  It was FANTASTIC.  The boys all enjoyed it immensely.

One of the activities for the children was Newspaper Hat Making hosted by our very favorite local preschool.  Here are a few moments that are dear to my heart.

We never pass up a good opportunity to have our faces painted! Naturally we spent some time at the face painting station. Cameron and I have never seen our boys sit so still. I asked the artists if they would mind coming to my house on a daily basis so that my kids could settle down. HAHA, yeah right!

Wowza. Those eyelashes. I mean, boys don’t care right?  I wish that I had eyelashes like that. Don’t you?!? Just WOW!

Now, you may be wondering why Aiden chose a butterfly. Well. We just finished up a science fair project about butterflies. I actually went ahead and had my face painted too. I didn’t take any photos though. So sorry! Anyway, that’s why our 7 year old boy wanted a butterfly. Of course, our more rough and tumble child wanted something completely typical. Wolverine!
They even agreed to give him spikes on his hands!
Our little superhero in action.  He really is quite the ruff and tumble kid.
On a whole, I would say our Saturday was full of fun. We are so blessed to have wonderful community members that come together and put on these kinds of events for our kids. If you were one of the vendors at Celebrate The Week of the Young Child. THANK YOU! You all rock!!
Cheers.


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Earth Day 2012 | Mendocino County Child Photographer

We have had quite the exciting month with Christian’s Birthday Party, Earth Day 2012, and The Week of the Young Child.  Earth Day 2012 was a lot of fun for the kidlets.

They painted rocks.

There was Pine Cone Fairy making.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a day without making something for mommy. So, Aiden went the the stick bending station and made this.

We couldn’t pass up the petting zoo.   Chickens seemed to be Baby James’ favorite, but the bunnies came in a close second. He liked the goat, but it was just too hard to hold him and try to take photos of the goat too. Where was my second shooter you ask?!? Yes, it is true, Cameron couldn’t be with us. He was on duty. YUCK!

The highlight of the day however was most certainly holding baby chicks.

Earth Day 2012 was a ton of fun and we are looking forward to next years festivities. Thank you to all the community members that helped put this together. Our children are so blessed to live in this beautiful place!

Cheers!


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Super 4 | Fort Bragg California Party Photographer

Did you hear? Someone turned 4 a few weeks ago! While I haven’t taken his portraits quite yet, we do have a few photos to share of his party. Christian is utterly obsessed with Batman and Spiderman. He couldn’t decide between the two, I decided to just go with “superheroes”.  Here’s what Monkey Moo Moo and I came up with. Do you remember the old Batman and Robin show? When they hit each other the conversation bubbles would come up saying “pow”?  I used to love that show as a little girl and I wanted to incorporate it.

With a little luck I found blowers that said said POW, SMACK, and KABOOM. We found masks to match that gave off a rainbow effect when the kids put them on.

Then of course there were the hats made by Monkey Moo Moo.  I wanted something simple that matched the theme. I think they were perfect.

There was Super Water. I mean what superhero doesn’t need a little thirst quencher from time to time? These little guys got special stuff.

My very favorite element of this birthday party was their takeaway. I decided that instead of handing out a box full of gifts that would break or get thrown away a week after they were taken home, I would put a bit more thought into it. With the help of my beautiful and wonderful mother we came up with superhero capes.  Each child in attendance took home a cape with their initial on it. They are reversible so once side is their favorite color and the other is black for Batman.  I must say they were a hit.

Each guest took their cape home in a gable box with a tag that said thanks from Christian.

Of course no party is complete without cake. Christian had picked out the Spiderman Candle and I wanted a cake that would allow for it to be on top. I had envisioned something with tiers, but then decided that cupcakes are easier to serve than cake. Enter round cake with buildings.

The Cake and Cupcakes were made by a Heather Orsi. For those of you who live here, you KNOW that there is some serious talent in her family. Her husband’s aunt made cakes and she was amazing. Now Heather is carrying on the tradition.

Monkey Moo Moo again stepped in and made toppers for all the cupcakes and the tiny banner for the cake.

Last but certainly not least was the super cool banner made by Monkey Moo Moo.

This really was one of the best birthday parties ever thanks to all the hard work put in by my mom, Monkey Moo Moo, Heather, and our family.  I will leave you with one last photo. I wasn’t planning on sharing, but you have to see just a glimpse of the birthday boy!

Cheers!


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I Heart Faces Photo Challenge| Happiness

Happiness is:

Being a boy.

Playing outside.

Getting Dirty.

Making Noise.

MUD

What makes you happy? Head over to I Heart Faces today and see what’s making everyone over there HAPPY!

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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?