Category Archives: Project It Up

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…

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 Death Of A Season

And with the start of summer comes the death of spring….ok so in my neck of he woods, spring has been gone for a long time now! My gorgeous flowers have faded away and have turned into huge masses I wild sunflowers. Not one of my favorites as they tend to look more like giant weeds but nothing I can do about that! So for those of you who miss spring, I leave you with the beautiful pastels of what was once a reminder of cooler times and the gorgeous colors that once flooded my evenings!


And yes you guessed it! This lovely adventure is another part of the round robin challenge I am a part of! June’s color scheme was pastel and well this is as pastel as it gets around here lol!

Please continue on Christine Neutgens to view what she came up with for this challenge and to visit the rest of the photographers in the group!

Rising Beauty

I have taken on a new love for nature and landscape photography.

Don’t get me wrong, there is something about nature that is soothing to me. I can pick up my camera and shoot. I don’t have to worry about where my subject is in relation to someone else, or how to pose it…I can just let it be.

The photos below fall in that soothing category for me. The moon as she was rising was amazing and the trees in my yard created a great effect until she was clear of them.


I decided to use these for my blue/yellow challenge this month and while I normally find something that contains both colors (this is normally just on accident that that happens) I could not find anything that fit both of these color combos.

I however am not required to use both in a challenge and how could I pass up the blue of the night sky!? It was absolutely gorgeous.

Now if you wouldn’t mind leaving a bit of love (as I truly appreciate it) and then heading over to visit Tina Dominguez (as she has come up with something amazing for you as well) as well as the other photographers in the challenge…we would greatly appreciate it!

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.


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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I have been very quiet again. A lot has been going on around here form the daughter units 6th birthday party, the hubs heading off to work and my little man getting sick…it just never ends!

And, as you may have figured out, it’s that time of the month again! Another color challenge is upon us. This month’s theme is green and/or gold (yes thank St. Patty’s day for that one! ;p )

So I had been wondering what I could shoot and came across it the other day. The orchard completely dead was the perfect back drop! I know you are probably wondering how that could make the perfect backdrop, it’s dead and brown! That may be true but there was loads of gold to be seen as well as a ton of green! Enjoy my fields of gold!


Now that you have checked out my challenge piece, move on to the talented Tina Dominguez to see what she has come up with!

Red Hot With Some Blush Baby!

It’s that time again!! Time for another round robin photo challenge.

This months theme was pink and/or red and with me not being all that girlie, I found this to be difficult at first. But with Valentine’s day this month I found something to fill my board with!

So, as my daughter is now in school, I feel it is only right for her to give her teacher a present at all of the wonderful little parties they have. Valentine’s is no different so I made her some chocolate covered strawberries! Only I didn’t use bakers chocolate. I used almond bark and died it red which actually turned out to be pink instead. Oh well not much I could do there without ruining the chocolate!


I hope you enjoyed my sweet treats! Please continue on to Tina Dominguez to view more on the color challenge!

…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

Blue With A Little Snow Baby!

I have decided to get off my lazy butt and shoot. And not just my clients…but anything and everything I can get my hands on…well technically anything I can get my lens to focus on!

I am now part of a wonderful group doing a sort of round robin blog posting adventure. The theme for this little adventure is colors. Each month has been assigned colors for us to shoot and January is blue and/or white. Hence my title of blue with a little snow!

Now obviously we don’t get snow in my neck of the woods (actually tonight we are under a tornado watch of all things!) so I have now way of shooting any of the gorgeous white fluff. But January is definitely blue. I had so many great ideas for this project. The coats, gloves, hats…we haven’t needed them!! I haven’t even pulled them out!

Things sort of fell apart quickly in our house these past couple of days and honestly I forgot about until I saw my daughters beads she uses for her math homework.

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, we made some hearts out of the blues and an arrow to pass through one at the request of the hubby! I was working on some focusing issues I have been having as of late and I do believe that for the most part I have fixed them. I also made some white clouds with rain drops that not only match our weather at the moment but really just describe the overall mood in our home. I swear when it rains it pours!


Sorry that these are not up to par with my usual project photos nor the others you will see next! So please adventure on over to Tina Dominguez Photography to see the next round in the group and don’t forget to sign up for email notifications so that you can remain up to date!

You Have Every Right to a Beautiful Life

I can’t get this line out of my head! I know I have a beautiful life, beautiful family and kids and a truly amazing God….but why don’t I feel like it? Why can’t I get out of this funk? Why can’t I just feel like me again?

I am throwing Phase 2 of the Beautiful Me Project in here but be forewarned this is long and tedious (maybe just to me as I am blogging this from my iPhone and yes Blair I know I need to go to bed and I can’t!)….but all I am feeling ties into this somehow and hopefully I can get there without completely losing you!

Let’s start at the beginning…I am socially awkward. I always have been. I am the girl who wants nothing more than to be told nice things all the while letting everyone use me as a doormat. I was comfortable with my station in life and well I feel like I let it ruin and rule me. I am easy to upset and while I don’t show it I will go home and cry for hours afterward (crazy…more than you know!) I always had two things to fall back on though whenever I needed them. First my Lord and Savior. Second my grandmother.

And while I know God is always there for me, my grandmother was the actual hug I needed, the human voice saying you are loved and my sweet girl. I need her. She left this world on July 9, 2004 after being in a car accident. I still don’t know the details because everyone felt I was to fragile to handle them. I just need to hear her say she loves me even if no one else acts like they do. I need to hear her say I am beautiful no matter what I think or others think and that I am good at what I do!!! (Yes I hear these from my husband often and he’s not home. He’s been home a total of 7 weeks since January 1st.) I always imagined her here when I got married and when my kids were born and her death has torn my family apart in more ways than one.

On July 9, 2010, my nephew Caleb was born. I was happy for my brother and sister in law and at the same time I was torn. This year on his birthday it took every last ounce of me to keep it together at his birthday party. I got home and cried myself to sleep. She should have been there was my first thought and then I realized that after having her in my life for 22 years that in just a few short years I couldn’t remember the sound of her voice or what she smelled like (I keep a bottle of Sunflowers to remember) and most of all what she looked liked. I got up and found the only picture I have of her and cried more.

I just need her to tell me it’s okay. That I am blessed with a beautiful life and that she proud of me. That’s all. I wish desperately my baby girl would have known her. She would have babied her even though at the time there were 3 other great grand daughters for her to love. She would have taught my daughter to be strong (she tried with me and while I come across that way I allow myself to break down when no one is looking) and would have wonderful words of wisdom for her when people make fun of her.

For Phase 2, I want a picture from you with you holding a sign telling us in a word or two, maybe three why people pick on you. In another picture I want it to say what makes you beautiful! You have until the end of August to get your pictures to me for both phases! You may also send in more than one for each Phase.

And now that I have this out and ready to go and cried enough for what feels like a year, I amazingly feel much better!

Thank you for attempting to follow my rant! It is much appreciated!

I’m No Beauty Queen, I’m Just Beautiful Me!

So anyone who truly knows me, knows that I struggle every single day with my self esteem. Growing up I was never told I was pretty, beautiful or even cute. I was always surrounded by people I envied because I know they heard it at least once a day. It was something I craved. No one should feel the way I did growing up. I never had that girl power encouragement and it’s time to get it and pass it on!

The other day I posted about being frustrated with how my daughter was treated by a girl who was older than her…and thus this project was born. Say hello to phase one! I really hope you will join in whether you are a pro photographer, a mom with a camera or just a girl with a point and shoot!

Phase 1
Read the lyrics of this song and pick a section that jumps out at you. Try to capture the essence of the line.

Once you have chose your line and photographed it (feel free to photoshop it with actions or your basic editing skills, if you would like I can do this for you)please email it to me at with the subject line Beautiful Me Project. Attach your photo and let me know what line from the song you have used for inspiration. Don’t forget to add your name and if your are a pro, please add your studio name so that I can give credit at the end of the video.

Who Says by Selena Gomez
Wouldn’t want to be anybody else…
You made me insecure, told me I wasn’t good enough
But who are you to judge when you’re a diamond in the rough
I’m sure you’ve got some things you’d like to change about yourself
But when it comes to me I wouldn’t want to be anybody else

I’m no beauty queen, I’m just beautiful me
You’ve got every right to a beautiful life

Who says
Who says you’re not perfect
Who says you’re not worth it
Who says you’re the only one that’s hurting
Trust me thats the price of beauty
Who says you’re not pretty
Who says you’re not beautiful
Who says?

It’s such a funny thing how nothings funny when it’s you
You tell em what you mean but they keep whiting out the truth
It’s like a work of art that never gets to see the light
Keep you beneath the stars won’t let you touch the sky

I’m no beauty queen, I’m just beautiful me
You’ve got every right to a beautiful life

Who says
Who says you’re not perfect
Who says you’re not worth it
Who says you’re the only one that’s hurting
Trust me thats the price of beauty
Who says you’re not pretty
Who says you’re not beautiful
Who says?

Who says you’re no star potential
Who says you’re not presidential
Who says you can’t be in movies
Listen to me, listen to me
Who says you can’t be the best
Who said, who said
Won’t you tell me who said that?!

I’m no beauty queen, I’m just beautiful me
You’ve got every right to a beautiful life

Who says
Who says you’re not perfect
Who says you’re not worth it
Who says you’re the only one that’s hurting
Trust me thats the price of beauty
Who says you’re not pretty
Who says you’re not beautiful
Who says?

I chose the line “keep you beneath the stars won’t let you touch the sky” and this is how I interpreted it for the challenge.

I am going to give this a couple of weeks to circulate and get phase 2 going here in a few days. Remember, we need to change our attitude and what and how we teach our children. So spread the word! Let’s make everyone feel loved and worth it even when they may think they aren’t!