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Working on the studio……

So , many of you know that although I’ve been primarily an on location photographer, I’ve been talking about opening a studio.  I still hope to do most of my shoots outside, because I love the creative possibilities and the endless amount of backdrops, the lighting challenges, but I have wanted to have a place where I can meet with clients, so they can see large prints hanging on a wall, touch albums and other products.  This will also give me a space to shoot newborns and babies…..I’m very excited.   So, here is what my kids and I have been doing………

Here are my girls, painting my sign…..

I think the blue fingernail polish helps with the creativity……..

And….the finished sign…..soon to be hanging in front of the studio……….

This is the front room where I will meet with clients and they can place orders….the wall was covered in pine paneling and the doorway had been enclosed years ago….

I enlisted the help of my kids….two of my sons hauling the pine paneling out to the truck……

My girls cleaning up a little……

Back home with a truck full of wood, my crew……….

And, I thought the whole work-day was going to cost me just a bag of twizzlers for my kids……however, now I am out a truck window…….sheesh…..and it was the last piece of wood, little man got a little too excited and threw it into the truck.  Ah well……..we had a good day.

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First Communion Mini-Sessions

Okay everyone, I’ve had requests for mini-sessions:  So here they are.  Please call or email me with any questions.  I will be doing a limited number of these sessions so contact me soon if you would like one.  Share this link with your friends if you think they might want one.  These are short sessions in my home studio.

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Happy Valentines Day!!!

Really, I’m terrible at getting stuff done, always at the last minute.  And I really don’t care anything about Valentines Day, but this year I thought it might be cute to make cards with my girls on them.  So, I coaxed Sydney into taking some pictures tonight.  Parker wasn’t game……I wonder what I can bribe her with tomorrow………..maybe some heart candies…..or chocolate….hmmmmm………This first picture is her wearing a fascinator that her aunt helped her make…….

Here’s my girl!  LOL can you tell she’s really into it?  It was her idea to put the hearts all around her on the floor.  Me thinks I may have a future assistant……..I wonder if she works for food……….

I love this heart cookie cutter shot…..now if my poor children could get their sweet tooth deprived mother to make some cookies with that…..they would be sooo happy……….albeit a little hyper………..

This last shot is Sydney’s favorite.

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Silver Lining……

They say behind every cloud is a silver lining.  Hmmmmm………this was my last  shoot before Christmas.  Her mother wanted Christmas cards and it was just about a week and a half before Christmas.  Yikes………I had ONE open slot left so I told her it was then or never.  We checked the weather…….it said rain tapering off.  Oh, tapering off, that’s good………   The day came, and the tapering off part?  Not so much.  So the Location I had planned to shoot was a mud bog, I drove around that morning wondering where I was going to do it……..I walked around in the rain in several spots, hoping something magical would come to me.   Ugh it was dark……..and windy……..and cold………..and rainy………  but I kept hoping, and I talked to her mother several times that day…….she worried what to do if the rain didn’t stop,  I told her we were going to shoot anyway.

And we did……..it rained……..and the wind blew……..BUT……. a little fake snow and some cardinals clipped into a tree turned a rainy shoot into a perfect one for a Christmas card………….cause sometimes you just do what you have to do………….and then you end up with a silver lining  ;0)

And with the perfect Christmas card shot done…….we did a few more……I guess we liked the rain, but thanks in part to photoshop, doesn’t look too  rainy does it?

And then a little pop of color to end the day.