Baby girl number two celebrated her 16th birthday this past weekend. This beautiful child of mine if chock full of sugar and spice. She is a force to be reckoned with and has an amazing combination of book smarts and common sense. I never tire of telling her (and my other babies) how adored, loved, and respected she is. I just want to take a minute and remind her of who she is.
You are steady.
You protect those around you.
You are a dreamer.
You are a hustler.
You always want to help.
Your smile brightens a room.
My only child with beautiful green eyes that mirror her grandmothers and strawberry blonde hair, I’m beyond blessed that I get a front row seat to watch your future unfold.
Love your number one fan,
Different. And that’s not a bad thing.
Mallory had a late class and Mr. G was out of town. So it was just me, my three youngest, and close family friends shuffling up and down our neighborhood blocks. The boys decided they had enough candy after four blocks and ran back home to quickly devour their score. Emily had plans with her friends so the sooner she could ditch us the better for her. As for me, I’m still experiencing those “first times”, and this Halloween marked the first time I didn’t have all kids present physically and my girls were too “old” to dress up and play along for their brothers. Sigh…these kids are growing too fast and I don’t like admitting that I feel old. It’s just another testament that my kids have run past me. Away from me. There’s no catching up, so I have to learn to let go and embrace the different.
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Endless rows of green and purple. Scent of lavender fills the air. The Sandia mountains provide the perfect backdrop. Los Poblanos. This quaint plantation nestled in the heart of Albuquerque along the Rio Grande is one of my family’s favorite places to be in this world. Mallory, our New Mexican baby, requested this location be apart of her photographic story. She grew up attending the annual lavender festival during the hot summers and has such fond memories cutting lavender and creating bundles with her grandmother and me.
Everyone has a story. I’d love to capture yours.
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Crater Lake, Oregon.
I left a piece of my heart at this heaven on earth. After exploring this park earlier in the day, I asked my family to return at sunset.
I needed a family photo.
I needed a small reminder that we were here
and we loved every minute being with each other.
We stayed long past sunset cuddling each other as we watched the full moon rise
laughing and dancing underneath a blanket of stars.
My favorite people as they wait for me to dial in my settings and level the tripod.
This was a test shot.
A happy accident.
This is them. Us.
Whenever I look at this photo, I still hear their laughter.
I have more to share from Crater Lake, but it will have to wait.
High season is upon me.
Sessions and orders need to be completed.
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I wake in the early morning hours when my house is quiet. Like 4am early. Crazy. This I know. I just enjoy listening to my own music and not having any child interrupt my thoughts. Because let’s face it, being a mother to four amazing individuals requires plenty of downtime. (wink)
To help my brain dump and feel productive with personal assigned projects, I scrapbook. Yeah! I kick it old school!
Now, I’m not talking about scissors, tape, glue, pattern or textured paper, and cute stickers. Like pleeease! I’ve evolved to a digital scraper don’t-ya-know! (Said in my best mid-western accent.)
My latest project (ahem, 2 years in the making) has been to create family Halloween/Fall themed yearbook(s). I wanted a way to look back yearly and instead of printing a bunch of photos, my solution was to put everything into book format. My plan is to bring the book(s) out yearly when I decorate for fall and Halloween and enjoy my round trip ticket on the memory express.
My favorite book publisher for my personal photographic projects hands down is Blurb Books.
Most everyone I know uses Shutterfly. Who can blame them? Shutterfly offers a product at a cheap price point. But what you should never overlook, is quality of photographic products and Shutterfly is not about that. You know the saying…you get what you pay for.
I create and order 12×12 books from Blurb for my family. The books have on average 180 pages, and I upgrade the paper. After all, these are my memories that will be handed down for (hopefully) generations to come, so I need them printed on quality paper to make sure they’ll pass the 100 year test.
My family themed Blurb books normally cost $167 + shipping (depends on how many printed pages), but I always wait for a sale that’s normally offered twice a month, and save on average $30-$40 dollars. I understand that cost can add up, but my rational is that I no longer budget for film processing, so I’m exchanging cost of film + printing, for cost of printing books. I do order one book for each child since my memory keeping style is to combine all images and not create individual photo books for each kid. If I did that…I’d be a sinking ship and never get any projects done. But that’s just me.
What photo projects do you have going?
When do you make the time to complete them?
What steps are you taking to preserve them?
Do you make yearly family year books?
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