Category Archives: Living Free

Independent Cuties

It’s not often that I post pictures of my kids or family for that matter….I have a crazy that won’t let things rest and well she’s the reason I tend to leave them off my blog. I have decided that I am not going to let her royal craziness have that part of my life anymore!

So with that said, this months blog challenge was red, white and/or blue. Now, I usually attempt to get themed pictures of the kids for all of the fun holidays we take part in. So of course for Independence Day we went with a full red, white and blue theme but kept it simple and casual. I really wanted to play with some sparklers but little man is definitely not ready to play with those (I have a tendency to forget he’s only 19 months old and not 2.5 or 3 like everyone seems to think when they guess his age)! Plus, he really doesn’t sit still on location shoots all that well either! He made me work for the whole 2 shots I got of him! My daughter is only good for so many as well so I have to be quick and ready with her!

This is what you get when you take the kids out to the park for a quick session…
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Please continue on to Christine Neutgens to view the next photographer in the round robin challenge! From there you will be directed on to another photographer and so on until you get back to me! Hope you enjoy!!

The Girl Who Loved Purple

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived in a magical land! Not long ago (oh just days before Thanksgiving 2011) she received a gift…her very own room!

Her mother promised her that her room could be any color she desired (within reason) and the little girl pondered for a few days as to what color her room should be. Finally she came back to her mother and requested that her room be painted in her favorite color…PURPLE!

So those of you who know me, know that I have strict rules on character things. I don’t like Disney themed bedspreads and wall treatments and while we do have some character referenced items floating about, they aren’t the dominant reference in the room. The fact that it looks like Barney walked into her room and exploded is the main reference and boy it makes my eyes hurt but it makes her happy so why shouldnt I deal with a bit of purple for a while!?

The girl is absolutely nuts for purple. Everything from the walls to her backpack to her house shoes, even her tooth brush, hair brush and pajamas are purple!

I had to break things up throwing in a bit of pink and thankfully my mother found a bed set that combined both shades of purples and pinks.

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This post is a part of the round robin blog challenge. Several members of a photo blog and myself are challenging ourselves to blog more by having a month challenge. This months theme was pink and/or purple. Please leave some love and then head in over to Tina Dominguez Photography to see what she has come up with for this challenge!

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The Birthday Girl

I had to share…my baby girl turned 6…well yesterday! I hate that she’s growing up on me but at the same time I love watching her learn new things and come into her own.

This is just a little peek at the family fun we had tonight when it was time for cake!

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…Like A Skyscraper

I have been battling with myself over the last week, trying desperately to get down in words how I feel that wouldn’t anger anyone. The fact of the matter is, this is going to anger some and I am sorry if it does but I truly believe that these things need to be said. Maybe these words will actually sink in for once.

First, photography is very competitive. DSLR’s are so cheap now, that it seems like everyone owns one. That’s great! Get one if you can afford it but don’t for one second think that you can start a business the next day! I have been working my butt off for the last six years on not only the business aspect of this endeavor but the learning aspect. I carry my manual around with me, I read it daily, I take classes and workshops and do everything else I can to better myself. That being said, there was no business for the first three years! I did nothing but work, learn and shoot. Once I started the business aspect, you can bet I went legit! I may not charge a lot (according to some) but I can tell you that while I do not make much, I make sure that all of my expenses are covered…like oh paying taxes and things like that. This is not a get rich quick scheme like many seem to think, but rather I have to scrimp every last bit of my earnings to help my family get by.

Some would just say, up your prices! I don’t feel like my work is good enough for me to up my prices, not to mention the economic state this area is in. I don’t think I could get away with it even if I wanted to! So this topic here brings me to something else entirely!

So many photographers are hypocrites. Yes, I said it! I have seen SO much bullying going on in the industry and it makes us all look horrible. You can simply say yes I am going to participate in the Be Nice Campaign but in reality turn around and beat someone else down for something they did wrong in your eyes. I know three personally that did just that and all i can do is hang my head in shame for them as I know none of them even realize that what they did was bullying and bashing someone’s soul into the ground. It’s time to put the professional panties on here people, take a deep breath and suck it up!

It is NOT cool to tell someone they are undercutting the rest of the photographers in the industry just to bring in more clients! If you don’t know the photographer personally, or their situation, you have no business telling them how to run their business. Maybe, like I said, it’s an economic thing that keeps them from raising their prices. Maybe they don’t feel their work is worth that amount of money! I know I certainly fit into both of those categories but mainly that last one!

It is definitely NOT cool to tell another photographer they are talentless because you are jealous of their work, feel they are competition or whatever else might be bugging you about that person and/or their work! How would you feel if someone turned around and told you the same thing? I know it put a hole in my heart and for that split second I doubted myself and my work and thought, “Wow…that’s the second time I have been told that. Maybe I do need to put my camera down.” I then go back and look at my most recent work and realize “I got this!” But the negativity had done its damage; it’s left me feeling vulnerable and insecure. It will always remain.

As an industry full of amazing talent, we need to come together and help each other out. And those of us getting the help need to be gracious about it and accept it and not jump to the defensive end of things.

I leave you with this little tidbit…


You can take everything I have
You can break everything I am
Like I’m made of glass
Like I’m made of paper
Go on and try to tear me down
I will be rising from the ground
Like a skyscraper
Like a skyscraper

Skyscraper by Demi Lovato

Happy New Year!

First off, Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday season and that you all have a blessed new year to come!

Now, on to something that has been weighing on me. I have been going through my older pictures and scrapbooking our lives. I came across the birth of both of my children and realized something. The pictures from their births, while I will always cherish them, are nothing short of terrible. I’m not saying my hubby is a bad photographer or anything like that but when you are in a room where a lot is going on, you don’t concentrate on settings on the camera or whether you have framed the shot! I have little usable images from both of my kids birth-days and what saddens me absolutely none of the hubs and I enjoying the first meeting with our little man!

With my daughter we were looking at a quick birth (after 30 days of intense labor and lots of drugs to stop the preterm labor) and a lot going on in my delivery room. I got lucky and had all the new students doing their experience rounds on me! With all the people and commotion my husband barely remembered to pick up the camera! We only had a few visitors and by the time we were settled with her they were gone and we were so exhausted and didn’t even pick up the camera until just before we checked out!

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Those, sadly are the only usable pictures from Gracyn’s birth-day.

It was a whole new ball game with my son! We were scheduled for an induction and you would think we would be prepared….we were not! This time there was an almost 5 year old to deal with in the room. She was cranky to say the least! Add on top of that the many visitors my hospital allowed in before I actually gave birth, the contractions that did nothing but make my tailbone feel like it was coming out of my back and a doctor that was way to bubbly for my liking and let’s just say the whole first half of my pictures aren’t even of me, the hubs or Gracyn!! Once it was time though, there was even more going on. The boy was huge and got stuck and then we thought he wasn’t breathing as he was beyond purple. Turned out he crashed into my pelvic bone and had a bruised face. Again the only images I have are what you will see below on top of a TON of blurry ones.

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We had a lot to go through after he was born, due to his size and the bruising, jaundice set in quick. He had to have heel sticks every 2 to 3 hours because of his size to check his sugar. He had to be force fed every hour. I was tired and so was hubby and kidlet #1! There are no pictures of me or the hubby holding him!

Why am I telling you all of this? I would love to help you make one of the most important days of your life one of the most memorable! You will have a lot more than you can ever imagine going on and you will need someone to help you document that. I didn’t have that and I think every paren should be able to look back and say, “Wow! How awesome is it that you can see the complete raw emotion of the moment!!” I can’t say that and I want to offer that to you!

If you are interested in a birth photographer, please contact me using the link above and I will get back with to answer any questions you might have on how it works, pricing quotes and other questions you might have!

Enjoy your new year and stay safe!!

Belated Holidays

Well, I am late on posting this but there has just been SO MUCH going on!

During the holidays I am a baking machine! There is no stopping me! With all that was going on this year, I didnt get to do near what I wanted to for all of the goodie boxes!

But, this was my attempt at getting some decent pics of all of the treats. I was in a rush so there is no method to the madness pics this year. Makes me sad but I will try when things get settled and I start working on Little Miss’ birthday party!

So for now, enjoy some yummy goodness!

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My Wish{es}

There are a lot of things I wish. I wish I were a better, more talented photographer for one.

I would love to be one of those photographers who can post helpful tips on her blog every other day! But the truth of the matter is that while I know what I am doing, and I know my camera inside and out, I just can’t explain things without having you here in person. I have to see your camera to understand how it works and what modes you have available to you. I am a Nikon/Fuji girl (they are sister companies and I started on Fuji which makes some wonderful cameras) and I know that while shooting in manual mode is the same on every camera, Canon and other cameras are not set up the same as my brands. I find it difficult to help someone when I don’t know the layout of their camera.

I have been told numerous times by clients that they just want to know how to take better pictures. I am considering offering a Learn Your Camera workshop. I want to know how many of you really want to take part in such a workshop? Any level, any type of digital camera, from point and shoots to DSLRs. I want to know who truly meant what they said.

So if you are interested, please leave a comment or email me thru the contact section of the site!

I look forward to hearing from those who are truly interested and want to learn a few things!

Holiday Wishes

I really need to get back into the habit of blogging at least weekly! I feel like I am seriously lagging behind on everything and that could quite possibly be because I am!

I have not had a chance to even print my Christmas cards this year…actually I just managed to make it this morning!

So, with that said, I want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas!

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Birthday Boy

It’s not often that I post pictures of my little man. I don’t for reasons that do not need to be mentioned on my blog but as it is his birthday, I thought I would share his cuteness with the world today!

Say hello to my handsome one year old!! I can’t believe it’s been a year already. It has gone by way to fast and he’s way to big! I miss the (not so) tiny baby that he was but look forward to the man he will become.

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Happy birthday baby boy!!

Big Changes

It’s been a while. Life has literally been a little crazy for us.

So for those of you who don’t know, November was a horrid month for us. It started out with a move that would have been wonderful for us but that fell through. We then had to move in with my aunt while searching for a home and try to keep life normal for the kids. On top of that I had scheduled Christmas minis and then my step dad passed away and his less than wonderful family made life a nightmare for my mom! Then the week of Thanksgiving we got to move into our new home and I will be forever grateful to my grandfather for helping us out with that! It has been an ongoing onslaught of unpacking and repairing things not only in our home but the cottage that my mom will be moving into next door.

So with this move comes some big changes. Not only for me and the business but for you, my lovely clients.

Due to the move, my usual haunts are now past that 30 mile mark. Which means for you a small price hike. I am sorry, I really am, but it must be done. On the other hand, the move has opened up several new locations in the Seguin area which makes for cheaper sessions.

Another big change, later in 2012, is the on location gardens at my home as well as a mini studio for those wet, nasty, dreary days when you had a preschedule session and the weather just didn’t cooperate for us!

One more small change, portrait packages will be changing completely over to the point system to ensure that you get the most prints possible as well as exactly what you want. There will also be a few new goodies added to the list as well!

So there is a lot going on in 2012 and I can’t wait!!