Posted on March 28, 2017
This is my DITL (Day In The Life). I think we can all be decent about taking pictures daily, here and there but committing to photographing my whole day takes a little more intention and then of course blogging about it. No point in all those memories just sitting there on my hard drive. My next personal goal will be to make photobooks from each DITL. Now you can all keep me accountable.
Friday mornings have recently started with meeting up with my sis, of course with coffee. We talk about work and brainstorm together. We also talk about training our children, homeschooling, how to be better wives, how we can use our gifts to bless others, and we always start and end in prayer. It is a special time I look forward to now (we’ve only had 2 meetings so far), it’s such a great way to end the week and start the weekend. We are able to get things off our chest and encourage one another so we can focus on our families and just on the tasks we plan instead of having our thoughts all jumbled between texts messages and sticky notes.
This is the face of a little one that just wants some mama snuggles. I sat with her while she had some cereal which filled her tummy and some snuggle needs.
Cold pizza for breakfast is totally acceptable in our house… There are worse things. Also, I believe this was 2nd breakfast for them. You’ve heard about 2nd breakfast right?
We sold our first home a year ago and have invaded my parents home. Not really but kind of. That’s how it feels when you have 5 kids and all the stuff that accumulates. The crafts they make out of boxes, the forts that are built, the paper airplanes and bouncy balls now stuck up in the rafters… and the laundry!
We’ve been working on our house off and on. Some weeks we get a ton accomplished, other weeks we check the mail. God has been showing me patience. I get excited about things and it’s like “come on! Let’s get it done!” I feel like He has said, “I love your enthusiasm but I just want you to wait…”
What does your child do when you ask them to wait? Do they wait patiently or ask every minute “is it time yet!?!” or maybe they’re the one that “assumed” it had been long enough so just went ahead with it… That last one would be me… Ohhhh, you meant wait until I tell you…
So I’m going to tell you what’s going on here. We took the wall out between the kitchen and the living room but the ceiling has stucco texture in the living room and the kitchen is flat. Instead of scraping or texturing more I suggested we cover it with paneling/beadboard. Robert said, “show me a picture of what you’re talking about” so I google/pinterest searched and found basically what I was talking about, at least enough for him to catch my vision. We just finished putting up the 20 panels this past weekend. I love it!
Then we ended our day with some stories by the (bright) lamp.
Thanks for walking through a Typical Friday with us!
Posted on March 13, 2017
At the beginning of the month I was able to participate in the Steps4Life event with the Women’s Pregnancy Care Clinic of Whittier. You might have heard me mention this clinic before. I like to donate my time and services to this clinic regularly.
I’m in La Mirada and Whittier is just the neighboring city so I feel that just like shopping local is a good thing, so is donating our time, resources and money to local organizations. We need places where women can go for resources, support, encouragement and education during a time of uncertainty, anxiety and possible fear. I love the heart behind the clinic because I know the individuals who help run it. They love the women and families who walk in their doors, I have seen it.
Every year WPCC (Women’s Pregnancy Care Clinic of Whittier) puts on an event called the Walk 4 Life. Over the last 2 years they have changed it up and created Steps4Life to help educate the participants during hands on interactive stations that shine a light on what women might go through when faced with an unplanned crisis pregnancy. You can see more about it on their website at WPCC Steps4Life.
I was not the event photographer as Sharyn from At Play Photography was taking care of that, but I was able to set up a booth space to show case my company and work. See, just like I believe in supporting local businesses and organizations the clinic believes in giving back to the community too, not just to the women that come through their doors.
If you missed out on the event in Whittier, not to worry, they put on another Steps4Life for their Pasadena clinic but in the fall. Make sure to sign up for their newsletter so you don’t miss out on that information and other events.
And because I don’t always get to have all my work displayed, I took the opportunity to photograph our booth with some close ups.
Here’s a link to make it easy for you Tink & Winston 🙂
What organizations do you love supporting? I’d love to hear!
Posted on March 1, 2017
What’s most important???
Posted on February 16, 2017
I think I’ve said it before, but I really enjoy designing albums with the photographs I get to create for my clients.
There’s just something about an album that is magical. I remember always looking through my mom’s albums when I was younger and then as soon as I had my own camera I was sure to purchase albums to display all my photographs in. They were the big tall albums where you could slide your 4×6 picture in and write a caption next to it. I bet you remember those.
I appreciate and treasure those printed photographs and the albums that carry with them memories. Lovely memories! If you’re on Facebook you know how they like to remind you about a picture or status you posted? And if you’re like me when you open up the page and see a picture I want to share it because I love it so much. Definitely not because it’s perfectly exposed or edited or the composition is just right, but because of the people who are in that memory. That is what is most important!
I want my children to be able to look through albums with pictures of mom and dad’s wedding day. Photographs of themselves, siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Where else can you find such rich personal history in one place?
What else will spark your memory of your wedding day other than an album full of your first look, first kiss, first dance? And don’t forget all those details that you fretted over while planning your perfect day! It really makes me sad when I’m told that my families have their wedding pictures but no album or prints even. What would happen to all those beautiful moments if you lost your USB, broke your CD or your computer crashed!?! I know I would be heart broken if I didn’t have my moments in print.
Not to be all doom and gloom but I think you get what I’m saying. Have your photographer print out the photographs they create for you. Better yet, print some of your favorites for the wall and have the complete story of your day complied in an album.
I recently finished up an album for one of my Milestone Plan baby’s which includes newborn, 4 months, 8 months and 1 year photographs in it. With my milestone plan she’ll also have a session at 18 months and 2 years.
Remember, print those memories! 😉
Posted on February 6, 2017
Have you had professional photographs taken while you were pregnant? I am asking because I missed out on the opportunity to have a maternity session when I was pregnant with my first child. My daughter decided that it was time to meet everyone when I was just 36 weeks along. I know that’s not super early but early enough for the NICU staff to be in the delivery room when she finally appeared 40 hours after I realized the Braxton hicks were actually beginning stages of labor. Back to what I was saying, pictures. We were going to have our pictures taken that Friday, but to our surprise she came on Wednesday.
I was really good about taking belly pictures each week and I even have them printed out and stored away somewhere. I think I realized after that… 32-33 pictures of my belly is a LOT of belly pictures! Once a month would have been sufficient to document my growing belly; so that’s what I did with my 2nd pregnancy, once a month pictures but still no professional pictures. My son also decided that 36 weeks was a good time to come out and say hello. I skipped professional pictures and settled on posing everyone and having my mom click the camera.
Posted on January 26, 2017
Posted on January 18, 2017
There are a few things that happened last year that made me choose this word, goal or maybe it’s more of a theme. I think it started after being a part of The Inspired Story conference in Dallas, Texas and all the nuggets of wisdom the ladies shared. Checking on my goals I had set for 2016 and getting totally smacked in the face by the fact that I wasn’t busy as much as I was doing busy work (ugh!).
Posted on January 13, 2017
2016! I had a good time going through photographs and remembering the sessions and events that I was able to document this past year.
Posted on December 29, 2016
Do you remember the super moon we had just a few weeks ago? Well my sis in law said “hey, lets take the kids to see the moon, I’ll bring some hot chocolate!” so of course I said “sounds great!” and “oh, I know a good spot that’s nice and open where we can take the kids!” And that’s pretty much how we make most plans.
We set out with our 8 kiddos with their backpacks and flash lights and of course auntie came through with hot chocolate and mini marshmallows and one of my boys usually has an army blanket in their back pack and the other carries the snacks.
We were able to experience this beautiful sunset with some amazing colors.
My husband told me about this google earth app to see all the constellations and planets so they were check out where everything was because… We couldn’t find the moon! Where was this “super moon!?!”
We figured out it was below the horizon and then as it was coming up it was behind a hill and some houses. We heard some coyotes while we were waiting.
But you know with little ones you can only wait so long for this amazing super moon that we (the adults and maybe the older kids) were excited to see. The younger ones were just happy to be hanging out but us mamas could feel the tired meltdowns about to begin so we hiked back to our cars to head home.
We didn’t see the moon until we were driving home but it followed us (doesn’t it always look like it’s following you?) home and we all had some fun night time adventuring together.
Where do you like to take your kids exploring? Have you ever made plans that kind of failed but all involved still had a good time? I want to hear about it!
Posted on November 14, 2016
I got to meet and photograph Kaiah when she was almost 3 weeks old. You pronounce her name like the American Girl doll, for those of you who have daughter’s that love all things American Girl like I have.
Her mom Amber was able to share her thoughts on what it’s like to have a newborn session with me.
About her experience, “It was so neat! I was nervous because we never had a photo shoot done before so I didn’t know if she would cry a lot but she didn’t! Thanks to the gentle hands and the soothing music that was on.”
Favorite part about the session, “How you were all so gentle and calm!”
Her advice to the mama preparing for a newborn session, “Sit back, relax and enjoy!”
Thank you Amber for sharing with us your experience, I’m so glad you enjoyed our time together!
Are you expecting? Have you heard about the Milestone Plan I offer? It is the best way to ensure that no milestones will go undocumented through the first few years.