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A.K.A. The Two Year Old Whisperer
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 2:00PM
A.K.A. The Two Year Old Whisperer

I've been told on more than one occasion that I'm the "Two Year Old Whisperer" and I have to say, it's an honor.  I know what you are thinking.. two year olds can be scary, fickle, frustrating and their moods change on a dime.  Yes, they are all of this and more, depending on the day of course and it can change a few times during that same day, but I love a good challenge.                                               Speaking of which....Take my buddy Gavin here.. he's a perfect little two year old..he's adorable.. I mean, look at this guy's eyes!  Little ladies, look out when he's older, he'll rope you in with one big blinky look.  AND, MR. Gavin is the epitome of a two year old with attitude.  I've seen him go through the Jekyll and Hyde routine a few times in the camera room and it's always entertaining.I first met Mr. Gavin before Christmas, his momma brought him in for our fun holiday event and he was less than thrilled with this idea.  Oh sure, he screamed a while, and if I looked at him sideways, he'd scream some more.  His mom and I giggled a bit when I empathized with her and assured her most two year olds are like mini-terrorists with a non-stop bomb strapped to themselves that could go off at any time.. and ...

The best laid plans...
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 5:23PM
A.K.A. The Two Year Old Whisperer

I had all the best intentions.. I planned, jotted down, drew out and put on paper my goals for this year.  My biggest source of frustration is always a marketing plan, and how to get the word out about what we are doing here.  It was thrilling to have it all done, really done and entered into my calendar.  To have it all laid out per each week of the year, what promos I am running, how many people I need to service this year, the themes of my fun events.. when to design info pieces to send out, when to send them all out... AHHH, the control and organization, it felt SOO good!  BUT alas, I am again side railed by what seems to be God's plan for my life and it never seems to be the one I thought it was going to be.  My mother was recently re-diagnosed with breast cancer, and for those of you that know her (or I) you know she was almost 5 years cancer free.  We thought the crap she had to endure last time was a lot; double mastectomy, lymphs taken from her arm, chemo, radiation, some of you know the drill.  After many in our family noticed her dramatic weight loss since November, she finally went in to get some checking done.  She went everywhere but the cancer doc's place, because I think she knew that her biggest fear might be realized and she wasn't ready to face it...and I don't blame her.Now we sit with a crummy diagnosis.. Metastatic ...

How does this work?
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 2:28PM

Like many of you, there's only so much winter gray that I can handle before I turn into Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.  Today's sunny day warmth on my skin makes me reminisce of only a few months back when we were outdoors enjoying the perfect Fall days that our beautiful St. Croix Valley area of Wisconsin gave us.  Recently, someone asked me "How do you "see" the end result in your mind, how do you decide what to do with the portraits creatively once they are photographed and why is it important to plan it out?"  I'll give you some behind the scenes today to explain the process.  I don't always "see" the complete final products, but I have a sense for the look we want to capture to tell each family's story and to make the most of our time together.  My goal is to always create portraits that capture a moment of someone's lives and capture it in such a way that it makes them feel emotion, something that will stay in their hearts forever.My long time client Brandy called me last Summer/early Fall to discuss getting her clan in to create something for the wall and her annual holiday cards.  Generally, we do in person consultations so I can get a sense of what we are after for decorating their home and my client can get their hands on the different options we offer by seeing and touching things at the studio; it helps the creative ...

What about love?
Thursday, January 28, 2016 2:43PM
A.K.A. The Two Year Old Whisperer

I just had a birthday, not a milestone, but I'm getting up there (44 gasp-jk).  I've been working out with my T25 at home, I like the results, but I found myself reflecting on the things I think about my body, even while working out. I realized, I'm not always very nice to my body or about how I look.  I reflected on the conversations I have with other women, friends, etc. and when I stop to think about it, a lot of us let those little negative jabs at ourselves pop out without even thinking about it.  So when someone comes along to say otherwise, we feel compelled to slap the compliment away.. like "Lana, you look so pretty today" and Lana's reply is "Oh, I just threw myself together this morning, no biggie".  What the heck is that?  How about just say "Thank you"???  You look pretty, damnit! Many of us are so hard on ourselves about our bodies and how we look as we age.  I am at times.. I don't like the dark circles under my eyes, but I get compliments on my blue eyes all the time.  Where is this disconnect?  Why do we negate our worth?  Oh, don't deny it, you've done it too.  We'll tell you we know that we are beautiful, inside and out, we are proud of our accomplishments, the working out, the healthy eating and then knock ourselves down about our tushy not being the "right" size, or having bigger hips than we want ...

It's that time of year...
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 12:48PM

Well, it's again that time of year when we anticipate the snow and cold, and yet we've totally lucked out this year.  Here it is November 11th, Veteran's Day and it's still very mild outside.  Nonetheless, I have to promote holiday portraits now, even though we haven't hit Thanksgiving, because we need time to get them done and back for the holidays.This year, on November 21st, 2015 I'll be at Pout In Pink of Woodbury (MN) for a very special Holiday Portrait Event for the kiddos.  Of course mom and dad could hop in if they desire.  Here are some samples and the charity I'll help is tbd as I am waiting on some information to help me finalize that part of it. Additionally, I am working on having this event set up so that you can have the mini-session, wait just a few minutes while my assistant prepares images, then then hop into a sales appointment where you can view and choose what you want for your home, holiday cards,and gifts for family and friends; a one stop shopping experience.  While you finalize your order, we'll have some crafts and snacks for your kiddos to keep them out of your hair so you can get it done all at once.  Be sure to help us spread the word, as you know, your support of our local, family owned business is what keeps us going so we can serve you with truly professional, unique and creative portraits that capture ...