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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I love dogs, I'm allergic to them, but I love them.  We've had labs around our home forever, Jay is a hunter and when I met him, he had a black lab named Buck.Buck was Jay's best friend, seriously, those two together were like brothers.  They wrestled, they played, they had a blast.  Jay trained Buck very well, so he was amazingly well mannered and would follow hand commands beautifully, it was really quite impressive.  He understood many words, not just commands and I could get him to go find a specific toy from another part of the house and he would do it.  Buck and I butted heads at times, but he was a great dog and worthy of all the respect that should be bestowed on an amazing hunting and family dog, he was a stud.We got Buddy, another black lab boy, when Buck was starting to show his age in the field, and we knew we needed Buck to help mentor his predecessor for a few years.  Unfortunately, Buddy earned the nickname "Dumb Buddy" because, well, he was energetic to put it nicely, but not the sharpest pencil in the box.   Evidently, he was a good hunter, if you could get the bird away from him before he really got to munching into him (which they aren't supposed to do). Buddy was funny, and I recall looking out the kitchen window to see him in the field tossing something into the air and catching it, tossing it into the air and catching it ...

Celebrating MOM
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

As a photographer, I'm passionate about celebrating the special bonds between a mom and her kids.  When I looked back in my baby book, I realized I don't have any portraits of my mom and I, and it makes me sad.  I want to look back at our relationship together when we were both younger, see how young she looked, she her expression of love as she sat near me or how we looked at each other and interacted together.  It wasn't until adulthood, when I became a professional photographer, that I had her into the studio for portraits of us taken by one of my good friends and mentors, Vic Orenstein of KidCaper Art Portraits.  On Saturday, May 2, I'm offering something in honor of Moms and their kids.  From 10-4, by apppointment, you can sign up for a mini-session and make sure your kids, or mom, or both have what I didn't.  A lasting professional keepsake that you can enjoy forever, pass down to your kids, remember the time you are in right now, forever. I'm donating the $100 sesison fee to Children's Cancer Research Fund, and giving you, as a thank you gift, two free 5x7 portraits along with a Facebook timeline.  You'll also be getting a fun goodie bag with discounts and freebies from the studio, Pout In Pink-Woodbury, where the sessions will take place on May 2nd, Wild Child Salon is adding and I'm still working on gathering more treats ...

Blowing Off Steam
Monday, March 16, 2015

"Blowing Off Steam" Well, from time to time, I remember that I've got this blog, and I'm supposed to be filling it with words of wisdom, fodder for the masses to enjoy, if you will... but to be honest, it's not that easy when there is a to-do list a mile long and I'm wondering what in the world should I write about.. what will folks want to hear about?  SO, to help myself, I made an effort and researched some other photography blogs.  That wasn't the best idea..A lot of them left me wanting more, a Lot more, not great examples I guess.  Maybe it's just me and my unique sense of humor, I want to be entertained.  When I stopped to think about that idea "I want to be entertained", I realized, I entertain folks all the time at the studio, my clients seem to like it, maybe I'm just supposed to be entertaining.  Ok, I can do that..I'm goofy, I have often been told I have a "unique" sense of humor.  Since unique must mean AWESOME, I'm going with it.Evidently, my kids have a touch of my sense of humor as well and so when my youngest was modelling for her "Elsa" sessions this January, she let loose and we had a little fun.  Hopefully, you are entertained.   Picking daisies in a field,Stacey"Do you like my hat?" Sometimes it's just the magic..."Whispers in the Wind"  "Dance of a Queen"

Candy Cane Stand Craziness
Friday, November 07, 2014

It's been a while, I'm still not in the swing of regular blog posts but here I am today, ready again.I was wondering what to do for my annual Holiday Portrait Event coming up in a few weeks, rather the FIRST Annual event and I found some cute stuff on Pinterest.  (BTW I LOVE PINTEREST!).    I decided to build a Lemonade Stand that I could repurpose into a Candy Cane Stand, Kissing Booth, Cookie Stand.. the list can go on and on.  Not to mention that my kids will be able to use this fun piece of proppery in the summer for an actual lemonade stand.I visited the website of Ana White, (http://ana-white.com/2014/05/plans/fence-picket-lemonade-stand) and for those of you wanting to be handy with tools, she is amazing to follow.  Ana is a hot little stay at home momma that likes to build.  Sometimes I've seen images of her building in heels which makes me giggle, but all the time she takes a very efficient and simplified approach and then shows exactly what you need to do, in terms you can understand.  Anyone that can empower others who may not know their way around a set of tools is A-OK in my book.  The only issue is that everytime I think of a fun building project, I always underestimate how long it will take, and/or my skill level in creating it.  Ana said 20 minutes, mine took about 3 hours; I had a ...

School days, School days....
Thursday, August 28, 2014

I'm sad to see Summer go, I really enjoy our "Summer lifestyle" as I like to call it.  Being a professional photographer has allowed me to have a more flexible schedule during the summer so my kids can be home as much as possible.  Don't get me wrong, this "Summer Lifestyle" has it's challenges.. like often having to work 6 days a week, staying up late to work after the kids go to bed (to finish work for the day that didn't get done because of the extra interruptions), and stressing to get my butt out there to market my business so we have sales coming in that pay bills.  Despite the extra challenges, I'm still sad to have a new schedule upon us and I'm hoping we can keep it a bit more relaxed this year to keep enjoying our time together. In a moment of creativity a few months ago, I found an awesome idea on Pinterest that I have re-created here for our School Days portrait sessions yesterday and today.  I started doing these sessions last year, because frankly, I was tired of the inconsistency with that chain store place the school's hire and I knew I could do a better job.  I'm a little bit annoyed when I see portraits of kid's on people's walls that are supposedly "professional" and the kids have crazy hair, milk mustaches and dirty looking clothes because they were photographed after recess.  Not to ...