GIVEAWAY: and 💯 percent of proceeds go directly to @ourrescue (Operation Underground Railroad - an organization dedicated to rescuing children from sex trafficking.) I love the cause and when I saw @brookebschultz s post I had to do something.
@summer_murdock once mentioned in an interview that if she spends too much time scrolling Instagram she begins to feel her images look like everyone else’s 🧐 that is SUMMER MURDOCK - whose images have her flare stamped all over them! I have carried that thought with me to this day and it gave this girl 🙋🏼♀️ a lot of consolation, especially as a newer photographer trying to catch her footing in a new world. In the end I’ve learned: YOUR images only need to be meaningful to YOU. That is authenticity - people feel your feelings because you used them to create your art. If you are a photographer who finds yourself looking around wondering: “what am I doing what do I have to offer how can I do this?! I’m just not getting it!” I HAVE A GIVEAWAY FOR YOU!! @brookebschultz @thecoppercreative_ @jessicajanae @kristinacurtis @samkelly_world @alimiddleton @lizzyography and @kyleeannstudios have created a photography course (mostly for hobbyists and newer photographers) But of course! If you are a seasoned photographer while also aching to learn from 9 creative masterminds this is your jam. IF YOU PURCHASE THE (98$-2-hour-long) COURSE BY WENDESDAY NIGHT YOU GET $30 off. Click any of their links to get more details about the course. I am purchasing the course but gifting it to you. We can work out the reimbursement details if you are the winner! The giveaway ends Friday night, 9pm. To enter:
Follow Me and Tag yourself and or anyone else you think wants this course!!! Multiple entries count and I’ll draw a winner at random FRIDAY NIGHT. #shineourlight
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality
Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see
I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy
Because I'm easy come, easy go, little high, little low
Any way the wind blows doesn't really matter to me, to me
Saw Bohemian Rhapsody tonight... I wept
I like to pin clothing ideas to Pinterest boards for the families I photograph, to help them see the tones and ideas I recommend.
I just saved these too-cute-for-words overalls to the Children’s Board and it’s no surprise they are from @zara. They seriously have the most adorable pieces for little ones.
If you need clothing suggestions for your own photo shoot, even if you aren’t a client of mine, feel free to hop over to my Pinterest page and browse my boards.
DM me if you have any additional questions! Happy to be of service.
Talking about sleep... or lack there of in my stories today. Any other moms have a voice in their heads? You know, the one that is constantly questioning your choices, the one that judges you because you read or heard somewhere that what you’re doing isn’t the “right” way or your baby isn’t doing what they are “supposed” to be doing. My voice is loudest in the middle of the night, when I’m dead dog tired and the baby is awake for the second time. That voice is yelling at me, “you shouldn’t rock him to bed,” “you nursed him to sleep, that’s a bad habit” “maybe you should stop cosleeping,””he needs a stricter schedule,” “you’re not feeding him enough,” “he needs to self soothe...” You get the idea. My boy is almost seven months and he wakes up a couple times to nurse each night. That’s our normal, I hope one day we’ll all sleep through the night but that’s just not our reality right now. And that’s ok. And you know what? That voice is silenced when I wake up in the morning and see his sweet smile or when he climbs on me to lay his head down for a cuddle, or when he falls asleep in my arms. Sometimes you needs to silence that voice in your own head and do what feels right. Moms who don’t have babies who sleep through the night, or ones that won’t nap I feel ya. It’s not because you’re doing something wrong, hang in there, take some me time, soak in those cuddles, nurse that baby to sleep or give dad a bottle, trust your instincts. There are no “bad habits” when it comes to bonding and soothing your baby. And if you see a fellow mom give her a smile, heck give her a hug because you have no idea how many times she was up the night before. ❤️
Attention - TEACHERS, NURSES, FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, ACTIVE MILITARY, VETERANS or VETERINARIANS
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, Veterans Day yesterday, and seeing the footage of the amazing firefighters dealing with the current wild fires throughout CA, it has me reflecting that I have so very much to be thankful for. Just from a work standpoint I’m thankful for so many wonderful clients that I adore that filled up my booking calendar. Thankful for wonderful weather that did not require any rainy weather reschedules. And that had me thinking since I didn’t have to reschedule any sessions because of the weather, my allotted reschedule dates at the end of November means I now have a Sunday available. So I’d like to offer a day of mini sessions for the wonderful souls in professions that I’m so grateful for!
On Sunday, November 25th I’m offering mini sessions for families with a member that is a TEACHER, NURSE, FIREFIGHTER, POLICE OFFICER, ACTIVE MILITARY, VETERAN or VETERINARIAN (oh my goodness so very thankful for our vet today who took care of our pup). If you are one of the amazing people that work in one of these fields and would like to book a mini session for your immediate family please email me at email@example.com. And one of these families will be randomly selected to receive a $100 print credit from their mini session. The session will take place in Long Beach on the afternoon of November 25th. Mini session will be $325 and include a 15 minute session, 8 digital images, and the option to purchase prints and canvases through the gallery for 50% off. Feel free to tag your favorite teacher/nurse/firefighter/police officer/military/vet/veterinarian friend. The winner of the $100 print credit for their mini session will be chosen on Thanksgiving! And for all my rad clients that are in these professions and already had a session with me this year, please email me so we can get you $100 worth of prints as a thank you for all you do!
“To the Mom Struggling to Hold Her Sh** Together,
I have something important to tell you, mama: I see you.
I know what you are going through.
I know that these days you are almost always exhausted and fueled by caffeine and anxiety.
I know that you try your best to be a good mother, partner, daughter, and friend, but all too often feel like you are failing at all of them.
I know that more than once a day you scream on the inside, “There’s only one of me!” I know you feel deep mommy love, as well as deep mommy guilt, for not being the person you think you should be.
I know there are days when you feel like you want to run away, but then decide to just sit in your car in the grocery store parking lot a little longer then necessary just to be alone.
I know the weight of responsibility sometimes feels so heavy you can barely move. I know your to-do list is full of things like: make dentist appointments, get teacher appreciation gifts, clean the bathrooms, attend parent-teacher conferences, do laundry, go food shopping, schedule playdates, “What’s for dinner?” and “Don’t forget to take a shower.” I know you struggle with balancing these things while also raising your little humans, and it can all feel like too much for one person to manage.
I know you worry that you are not patient enough, present enough, fun enough, or even enough at all.
I know too often you feel overwhelmed, disorganized, and flawed.
I know all these things because I feel them too. I see you, and I am you”
He asked me to complete the sentence. “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” ✨
I said if we could go to a national park every 3 months, if I could stay home, if I could be fit. 😝
"That’s it?” He questioned me. “Dream bigger.” He said. ✨
So as we drove down Friday to pick up our daughter Cecilia from school I told him a whole bunch of things and he said we could make many of those happen. ✨
I know that I dream bigger because of him. He is the one that makes me step out of my comfort zone, he is the adventurous one who makes me face challenges that I would otherwise turn away from. I just love being around him!