Bad Weather? Don’t worry she’s got this one…

Our weather forecast is a total bummer for this Halloween night. This is my youngest daughter’s FAVORITE holiday. Anyone that has followed my blog for any length of time knows that no matter how busy things can get, I always make time to photograph this day. This year she couldn’t pass up Super Girl again! My personal opinion is that she could.not.pass.up the “nail wraps” that came with the 2013 version of the costume. We spent most of the morning trying to get those little decorative nails to stay put. She was so proud! This year sweet pea, your favorite things are crawling into our bed early in the morning for a few pre-day snuggles, pancakes and warm syrup (or as you so endearingly call them “pana-cakes”), you love to draw and paint non-stop and when you aren’t creating….well, you’re dancing. You make my heart swell and put a lump in my throat every time you wrap those sweet little arms around my neck to whisper, “I love you, mom”. I haven’t blogged in a while, so wrapped up in sessions and orders. So thankful for my clients and all of my supportive friends and “followers”. My plan is to get back to posting soon and show you some of the beautiful sessions since August.

 

I came across the image below on Pinterest this week and fell in love with it immediately. I did not take this photograph, nor do I know the photographer. What I do know however is that it stopped me in my tracks, because it spoke to me through it’s story. It reminded me so much of what I think Grace will grow up to be like one day. This is why we photograph. We are telling a story. Don’t forget your story- past, present or future.

 

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Happy Halloween, friends!!

Come Along…

I can always tell when the creative fires are burning bright. I wake up in the middle of the night with my mind racing with ideas. I can’t go back to sleep, until I purge them into a journal that I keep at my bedside. Once it’s all out on paper, I am finally able to rest and fall back to sleep. I am so thankful for my work and my camera. It’s like the magic carpet for my mind’s eye. It’s spring, the sun is shinning, so come along for the ride it’s going to be a colorful year!!

 

Left brain:  I am the left brain.  I am a scientist.  A mathematician.  I  love the familiar.  I categorize.  I am accurate.  Linear.  Analytical.   Strategic.  I am practical.  Always in control.  A master of words and  language.  Realistic.  I calculate equations and play with numbers.  I  am order.  I am logic.  I know exactly who I am.
Right brand:  I am the right brain.  I am creativity.  A free spirit.  I  am passion.  Yearning.  Sensuality.  I am the sound of roaring  laughter.  I am taste.  The feeling of sand beneath bare feat.  I am  movement.  Vivid colors.  I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas.  I  am boundless imagination.  Art. Poetry.  I sense.  I feel.  I am  everything I wanted to be.

 

I’ve loved this ad/image for a long while, so I thought I would share just for fun. I’ve always admired the organization and structure of those who lean more to the left. What are you, left or right?

Left brain: I am the left brain. I am a scientist. A mathematician. I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I am.

Right brain: I am the right brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feet. I am movement. Vivid colors. I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. I am everything I wanted to be.

What does beauty look like to you?

What can I say, I love Dove. I love their expressions of valuing natural beauty and appreciation of each person’s uniqueness. It also doesn’t hurt that I am from generations of a “Dove family”. My grandmother, a natural beauty herself, used two beauty products that I can remember- Dove soap and Ponds cold cream (seriously, that’s it…oh and the little gold perfume locket she wore around her neck). The curvy white bar with the imprinted dove still adorns even our showers and baths. The scent makes me nostalgic and I couldn’t be prouder of the brand’s ad campaign. As a mom to three daughters, a woman, and frankly just a human being, I can’t imagine a better message. I am completely guilty of complaining about how tired I look some days or the wrinkles that are multiplying around the geography of my face each year, but this video is perfect. A perfect message. It is important to teach our daughters (the next generation) to have confidence, to love themselves, to see their beauty.

 

 

You are beautiful.

Is it Halloween yet…Purrrfect

Guess who’s favorite time of year this is…The conversation on costumes started over a month ago, phew! We have talked it to death and finally took the plunge this week. A black cat. She might be the cutest, most charismatic black cat I’ve ever seen (she gets into “role” really well, lol). I think if she could wear a different costume to school every day this month, she would happily oblige. She’s a thinker and questions things I would never expect a four year old to even contemplate. Oh my little complex cat, I can’t get enough of your unique spirit. Don’t. ever. change.

Misty Watercolor Memories

The title-cheese {yes, the velveeta kind}, but I can’t help it. One day they’ll be all grown up and scattered pictures is all I’ll have of these times of innocence and growth. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have a sister. Now, I know. Of course, they argue and aren’t perfect (well maybe they’re perfect to me), but to this day they still end up in the same bunk every morning. I hear them laughing and talking about school, friends, us…I hope they’ll always love each other as much as they do now. If they don’t, I hope they will remember that their relationship is more important than their egos or who is right and wrong. I hope when times are stormy they will call each other (and me). You two (and your baby sister who fell asleep in the car before this light hunt) make my heart swell. I love you more than words. xoxo