Attention – Someone has a Special Announcement

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This was such a fun session!   Mom contacted me simply wanting some updated portraits of her sweet lil’ man, some family photo with her and her husband, and some photos with the grandparents.  Fast forward to about 4 days before the session and she contacts me once more to ask a little favor.   She wanted to get a few photos to make the announcement that she was expecting another baby but at the time she was just barely a few weeks along, so these photos would have to be kept on the down-low until she was further along.  Well, let me tell ya, it was hard keeping this a secret.   I work with the mom at Teravista Elementary and had several colleagues ask me how the photo shoot went with our fellow teacher.   Oooo, I had to bite my tongue and be super vague in my responses.   Not anymore!   The mom finally gave me the go ahead to share, so here you go!  Enjoy!   I am excited to see this beautiful family welcome a new little one to their lives.

New and Absolutely Perfect

Getting the text from my clients telling me that they are new parents is so very exciting.  I run in and tell my husband enthusiastically the news and he looks at me like I’m a little bit crazy.  Well, ok, I get it, my clients are not my blood relatives, however, I do get to know them during our time together.   We talk quite a bit before the session and during the session, and well, after the session too.  So yea, I do feel like I get to know them and I am truly excited for them when I hear the news that their baby has arrived.      And so was the case here.  This sweet baby girl couldn’t be more perfect!   She did so well during our session, sleeping like a champ and allowing me to pose her this way and that.   Towards the end of our time together, she started to wake so we moved outside to get some photos with mom and dad.

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Everything in Bloom

I am a little behind on blogging sessions lately, but wanted to catch up today.  This beautiful maternity session happened back in March and I love seeing all the gorgeous colors in the flowers that were blooming.   When Katie showed up in this stunning jewel toned burgundy dress, I knew the photos were going to be amazing.    It is such a neat experience to see soon-to-be parents at their maternity session with all the unknowns and excitements of parenthood and then a few months later see them transition into being parents.   Quite honestly, most move into their roles as parents with such grace and patience even though they had apprehensions before hand.  We all do, it’s a part of the journey…. and what a wonderful journey it is!

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Passing the Torch

Passing it on ROLP

So this happened today….

My now teenager is reluctant to do outdoorsy things with me anymore unless it has a 100 foot waterslide and a diving board.   However, when I told him that he could use one of my cameras during our hike this morning, his attention perked up and a look of excitement washed over his face.    I dusted off my old Canon 40D, my first DSLR that I started my business with 8 years ago, and charged up the battery.    I was relishing in my great idea.  How awesome was it that he was excited to come hiking with us now.  However, the excitement for me soon came to a halt.   I was kicking myself because I didn’t have my nifty fifty lens (50mm, 1.8)  for him to use.  It is the perfect little starter lens, but I sold it a long time ago.    I cringed at the thought of him using my 50mm, 1.2 lens and pleaded for him to be extra, extra careful, but alas, I gave in.  As we drove to the trailhead, he asked me, “So what should I take pictures of?”   I replied, “Anything, that’s the awesome part of photography.  You can take a picture of anything that inspires you whether it be a flower, a curve in the path, or the way the light falls on a rock.  Your goofy brother and sister have long been entertaining for me to photograph.”   *insert eye rolls from the two car riders in the backseat*    When we arrived, I gave him a quick tutorial of where all the buttons were located and threw that puppy into the auto function.  Ok, ok, I can hear it now… why am I not teaching him the real photography details of how ISO, aperture, and shutter speed all work in tandem to create a perfectly exposed photo.   Well, honestly, the love of photography starts the same with all of us – being inspired by things that are beautiful, and not so beautiful; being inspired by things that make us happy and also things that are upsetting.    No one starts out excited about all the technical stuff, that comes much later.   So off we go and I am smiling the biggest smile as I hear his camera click, click, click.      He did get frustrated at times “Mom, it’s not focusing…. Mom, it’s not zooming in (hee hee, because it’s a fixed lens son)…. Mom, this is harder than it looks”     I’ve got to remind myself to take it slow with him and not introduce things too quickly because I don’t want to overwhelm him.   However, today was a great beginning to passing the torch and creating a love for the art of photography for the next generation.

P.S. – on the way home, he talked about maybe starting a website to show all of his photos.  Thank you Technology Applications class at Walsh Middle School for showing him how to do this!

Holding On