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A little family time in Pittsburgh PA

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One of the summer memories we will treasure this year would be the time we had at the many hotels we stayed at because of my awesome job! From the time Perry was 3 months old, we have stayed in a hotel at least every other weekend. Because of his age we had to keep him as close to mommy as possible! We were blessed to not have any problems and we never got kicked out of the hotels! His first time in a pool was at a hotel! =)
If he could talk, He would tell you that the many many many unnecessary pillows they throw on the bed were his favorite.
This is the photo story of our recent Out of state trips to Pennsylvania PA!


Modeling for my light tests… It is important for photographers to marry hot men.


I couldn’t think of anything really clever for the next photo except: We saw Aliens.

Booger check

Ending the day with babies first Chick fil’a

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Senior Packages!!! NEW stuff!

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Just wanted to give you a peek at the senior packaging:


And introduce the Senior Album! mmhmmm… Each is designed individually. With your choice of colors! Suede (as shown with metallic texture), Leather, fabric, or Animal prints are available! These can also be awesome for family and wedding portraits! Can you picture a baby album in pastels… ugh.. just amazing.
Featured is a 10×4 hand crafted album. Larger sizes and square are also available!




A special thank you goes out to Daniel’s ElCamino. You’re good for something =)

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looking for “Blues Traveler” weather

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I feel that every photographer needs a mentor and every photographer should be a mentor. I was lucky to have at least two mentors in my past. When I started photography I wanted only one thing: For my photos to be as good as Michael Metts’ for my scrap books. His photo-journalistic work trained my eye and I looked for every excuse to watch him work. My other mentor is a film photographer. With her I learned to just have fun… We had lots of adventures in the woods, in abandoned buildings, destroying wedding dresses in lakes, and the adrenaline rush of trespassing. I also fell in love with Amanda Campbell’s film techniques and learned that shooting buildings is almost harder for me than shooting people. (she will be posting fine art photos in the near future)

I still use what they have taught me in the work that I do now: The sophisticated and modern look of digital mixed with the grunge and “dangerous” side of film.

I still shoot with my mentors/friends from time to time. This week I had a chance to shoot with Amanda and just had some fun. Yes, trespassing is not a thing of the past…. although.. when I see multiple trespassing signs, I tend to wuss out. Sorry Amanda. =)








As for the weather we are having right now: amazing…. My husband took me out for a drive by shooting yesterday. Camera out the window…heat on high… no stopping.





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one about me…..

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So I struggled with finding a simple photo for my new website.

Semi-long story short: My dashing husband came to the rescue…

It went down like this.

sigh* “Honey, this may sound like a weird question…”

“yeah?” from the other room

“could you take a picture of me?”

silence***** “sure…. now?”

“yes, I want to explain to you what I want…. I want a head shot with lots of dead space above me. The background will be the crazy small blue wall in the bathroom. And I have to laugh or smile naturally without showing too much teeth.”

silence***** “sure… how do I make you laugh?”

So, being that he is into slap stick and I am into dry humor… we surprisingly found that “Dumb and Dumber” was something he could quote and I could laugh at.

the results


I ended up going with the one on the left. The right: Me showing him were I wanted me…. the best way I could.

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Words of wisdom.

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Words of wisdom… getting a lot of that lately… is this the part where I become an adult!?? Afraid not… and I am glad. I love a challenge and I indulge in science, history, and psychology. I pick up wisdom from stories people tell and stories that people don’t tell. I learn from others mistakes and successes… i also grow from my own. If I listen and watch… I will bring home a new piece of a puzzle… What am I going to be like when I am older? What advice will I store upon a passerby? Have I already displayed wisdom at some point? What would have happened if I took away one bad memory? What would happen if I took away a good memory?

This week, erm… this summer, has been all about learning more about myself and others with the help of wise friends, mentors, and… uhum… facebook statuses.
I hope that you find some meaning in the following.

“Repeating the same thoughts that got you frustrated will get you nowhere: a change in perspective needed” Jesh De Rox Twitter status from a mentor quoting a mentor

“I believe everything happens for a reason. People change so you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so you can appreciate when they are right. You believe lies so you can eventually learn to trust no one but yourself. And sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together” -facebook status from my friend Heather

I had the privilege to indulge my self in conversation with a cardiologist tonight. I mostly listened… he had so many interesting stories. He shared with me his formula of happiness based on his life experiences…

His wisdom has been shared. I cannot wait for my chance to be wise.

I- inclusion
R- respect for self and others
O- open, honest, and DIRECT communication
A- accountability to self and others
R- responsibility for your choices

I have noticed the air is crisp. Summer is coming to an end.
I’ve only done a few summer things… drive-in theater, two bonfires, had plenty of ice cream, and hiking twice.

I must take responsibility for my choices.

Her is a list of my summer goals. If you would like to help me accomplish any of these goals… I would be so thrilled!

SUMMER ADVENTURES
due September 30

1. play in puddles or rain
2. use side walk chalk
3. go for a bike ride
4. spend a day an old friend
5. spend a day with each of my family members
6. call my grandparents, give them time to tell a story about their past
7. go camping
8. go fishing
9. roast the perfect marshmallow
10. go boating
11. drink tea on a porch
12. start a project not related to photography
13. play Frisbee and/or fly a kite
14. take a scooter ride to another county
15. Play a board game on a rainy day
16. sit on the beach
18. play hide and seek.. or other equally child like game outside (can’t do this on my own.. hint hint)
19. go on a last minute trip
20. eat a fish dinner

I am currently finishing up a wedding and engagement session. I will be displaying them this week!