Saturday, June 23, 2012

Saturday Slideshow

It's been far too long since my last blog post.

I normally do not post this sort of thing,
 but I just had to share this sweet video I made with Smilebox.
I have had so much fun since downloading and using Smilebox.
Do check it out if you are looking to have a great time creating fun things with photos!

Enjoy this slideshow from our last family session!

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Celebrate Living

It was a wonderful opportunity to serve, give, and celebrate.
To be a part of something far bigger than ourselves. 
Ben and I were asked if we would be interested in hosting a booth for a local Relay For Life event.
Of course, being excited about every opportunity to expand our business and meet new friends,
we accepted the offer with enthusiasm.

During this event we held a drawing for a free photo session.
We were going to choose one winner and we had a lot of entries!

 I'm going to share a little something about myself.
I sort of have a freaky memory when it comes to little details.
Like the color of ones earrings worn over a week ago,
 or the exact words a person said a year ago.
These aren't necessarily things I try to remember,
they just sort of stick out in my mind for whatever reason.

Sometimes I can I walk into a room to get something
and by the the time I've gotten there,
I've forgotten what it was for which I walked in the room.
Ever do that? Well, I do.
So it isn't that my memory is great, it's just really random.

Anyway, I remember a few details of the day of the Relay event.
I remember this particular family being there to serve when we arrived to set up,
and I remember they left just before we took down our tent.
I remember that as they left, they quickly stopped by the booth and filled out an entry slip,
 placed it into the container and headed off to a family event for their son...
a ball game if I'm not mistaken.

I remember that this family placed the second to the last slip into the drawing container that day.

We packed up, headed home, and unloaded the van.
I placed the jar with the entry forms onto the dresser in our master.
The jar stayed there untouched for almost a week.
I realized we hadn't drawn a winner, and I knew I would need to make the contest as fair as possible.
So I went through each and every entry.
 Folding each one precisely like the other, in order to make every one the exact same size.

Again, I put the entries back in the container and I placed the container
 right back on the dresser in the exact same spot in which it had been before.
Two days later, I finally drew a winner. 
 I prayed that God would have everything to do with the winning entry form.

I closed my eyes, gently placed my hand into the jar, and swished around for a few seconds.
 I withdrew my hand and between my index finger and my ring finger I held the winning slip.

A month later, two days ago in fact, we had that session.
Why did we wait so long to do the session?
Because this family was busy working.
Making a difference and serving others. The true way to success!

I truly feel blessed and honored to have captured this family.
I came across a quote that reminded me so much them.
 I wanted to share it with you...

“Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
 For, indeed, that's all who ever have.”
~ Margaret Mead

We have lot's of love, hope and respect for this family of four!

Relay For Life is a main volunteer driven cancer fundraising event of the American Cancer Society.
Relay events are held in local communities, campus universities, military bases, and via the Internet.
Although the main objective of Relay is to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients,
 the event is held to spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors,
 remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and unite a community in the fight against cancer.
 It is estimated that Relay For Life events have raised over $3 billion to date.

Please visit Relay's main website for details on how you can help contribute in the fight against cancer.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Dreams DO Come True

This past weekend, was yet another long weekend for our family.
I LOVE long weekends!

We headed to Virginia for a one on one photography coaching session,
in which we decided would be much more educational with a live model!
So, we decided the best way to make the most of our road trip was to
 "kill two birds with one stone", as they say.

I use to work at Cato Fashions, many moons ago!
It was my first job ever!
Little did I know, I would work for Cato Corporation for a total of 7 years,
off and on, throughout college and thereafter.
I really enjoyed the clothes, and the girls with whom I worked.
It was there that I would discover a very important part of myself,
and also develop new friendships.
I thrived there after a few years, and worked my way up to management,
where I met the mother of this amazing and handsome baby boy!

Bobbi Jo had contacted me quite some time back
 interested in having some photos done of the new family addition.

I am so glad she did because we had a blast,
 and Jackson was a total delight to work with!

I enjoyed this session so very much,
and was honored to capture these moments for my dear friend.

I hope you will enjoy these moments for a life time,
and I look forward to our next session with the whole family!


And for Jill,
 I hope you were able to learn a lot more about this crazy, FUN,
world of photography.
I believe you have everything it takes to succeed!

You will be a wonderful photographer,
 and I look forward to watching you grow...
and one day...
 I want to come watch you at work in your home studio,
 rolling around in those tall boots, doing what you love!!!
Dreams DO come true!!!