Friday, September 27, 2013

Capturing the Everyday

I am in a wonderful photo forum (Clickin Moms) and recently participated in an online workshop that helped me grow not so much as a photographer but as a mom with a camera.  In the past year or so I was at the "burnt out" stage of my photography.  All photogs get it, it is just how to get through it.  For me it was many ups and downs... do I step back and let myself take a break or work hard balancing clients and what I love photographing most... my family.   I would love to tell you I quickly picked the second answer but I did not.  I threw in the towel and decide to take a break.  That is when God gave me a swift kick in the butt and boldly told me this is was what I was meant to do.  Once I announced that I was stepping away the flood gates of encouragement and support of previous clients and family came flowing in.  It really made me rethink why I love what I do. There will be days when I don't want to pick up that beloved camera and the next day when I can't grab it fast enough.  But finding a balance between AC Photographer and "mama with her camera" aka the family historian, is what I have set out to do.

This is where the workshop comes in!

This wonderful photographer and mother of two (Chubby Cheeks Photography)shared with us the importance of balancing the business and photographing the "everyday".  So I took that and it inspired me to start an Everyday Project.  I am not setting up huge expectations of a 365 project.  I am doing this for me!  Moments that I want to remember when my kids are grown and out on their own (and oh fast that is approaching).  I want to stop time and remember the little messes they leave around.

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I want to remember the days of them gathered around my kitchen table doing last minute homework until 11:00 pm.

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I want to remember the the keys, sunglasses and thumb drives I ask them TWENTY times to put away

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I want to remember Aman's love for his "fancy watch" that he keeps tucked away on high shelves instead of neatly placed on his dresser.

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and the video games that seem to have legs and scatter all over my living room at night while we sleep

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and how Ben's love for music equals sheet music, capos and banjo picks scattered on my end table

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and remember how my little princess neatly organizes her stash of bracelets, books and her pretend iphone on the steps to take up when she goes to bed.

and lastly.... I have put up MANY MANY things that my kiddos have left out and about but this week I found one that was picture documentation worthy.  It was one that puzzled me and grossed me out all at the same time.

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A Fork in the bathroom!  After the boys scattered out of the house for school I found this in the bathroom. BLAH!!!! only a teenage boy would do something like this and to this point not one of the have confessed.  But it will still be a memory that I will take me back to that very morning that I found it.  Knowing every little detail... they had my weight watcher strawberry pie for breakfast, that they forgot their science book and they were rushing out the door as they were running 5 minutes behind.    These are the things that this mama want to remember <3 p="">

Thursday, September 19, 2013

My Etsy Find... unconventional Camera pouch

So I have been searching for the perfect solution to carrying my big DSLR camera in my purse.  I have tried many of the latest camera/purse style bags and I love them but... I still felt they were a bit to bulky and not enough room for my "mama bag" things.  I really don't need to bring every lens, flash, etc.. when I am headed out to run an errand or being a taxi mom.  So until now I have grabbed my camera and wrapped it in one of my kids stocking hats.  Yes, I know that is so ghetto but it got the job done.  It gave my camera a bit of cushion while seated in my purse.  

I have laid in bed many of nights giving this way to much "thinking" time.  I have thought about making something with foam and cute material (anything better than my sons camo stocking hat) and then it hit me to search on Etsy and that is where I found the perfect solution!!!!  It was tucked in a listing for a diaper bag pouch.  So I contacted the Red Barn Babies and asked if she could add a little batting to the cute fabric drawstring bag that I wanted.  She quickly replied YES! and less than a week  I have my new pouch!

It was just what I wanted!!  So I am sharing this for all those "mamas with a camera" who have lost sleep just like me over how to carry their large camera in their purse.  I have no affiliation with this store just a VERY satisfied customer.

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my cute new pouch!

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its even lined with coordinating fabric

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with my d 90 but my large format camera also fits perfect inside

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all tucked inside with room to spare

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all cinched together ready to carrying in my purse

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Where there is a will there will be away but sometimes you have to look beyond the norm and use that thinker you have been blessed with. This was a bag listed for a diaper bag pouch and with great customer service it is now my go-to pouch for my everyday tote of my camera! Thank you Red Barn Babies I can now sleep...

Thursday, September 12, 2013

First Day of School

Our final day of staying up late, sleeping in, not packing lunches or not having to worry about what to wear has come.  For some reason this summer seemed to speed like no other.  I had so many plans last spring of what we were going to do "this summer".   But as quickly as it came, it has quickly passed.

Tuesday morning came super early (5:45 am).  I quickly remembered my routine like an old friend.  Shuffling kids to wake up and get food shoveled down their throats and out the door on time.  This year was a bit different as My Ben was not among the chaos.  He start college a few weeks prior so he was in full school swing by now.  Now that we have been at our new normal for over a week we got it down like we had being doing this all along.

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Rog sporting his new book bag with his football number

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and A-man with his super smile

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the big boys were the first to leave and you can see there were not so enthusiastic about the "mama with the camera"

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then came the princess all packed and ready for the bus stop

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where she met up with her BFF Mae

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and then off they went for their first day of school


 then I came home to catch up on a mountain of laundry that was growing up my laundry room door and started thinking of  plans for our "Christmas Break"

Hope everyone had a great first week back at school!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

i heart photos " shadows"

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This week over at i heart faces the theme is shadows.  This was one of my pictures from a 365 project I never finished.  It was late in the day and my little princess had fallen asleep on our dog.  Such a sweet moment!  Don't forget to head over and see the rest of the "shadow" pictures and enter your own.  Just go HERE

Photo Challenge Submission
Friday I got to photograph a beautiful family friend. She was just stunning! Here is a quick preview of her session.

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Thank you S for allowing me to be your senior photographer.
I got up at the crack of dawn to photograph this amazing family!  I got to catch up with a friend and spend time with her beautiful grandchildren.  Yes, that is right a grandmother.  If I didn't know her kids and know they were married with kiddos I would question it too.
Here is a quick preview from their session

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my favorite "moment" I captured from the morning.  Thank you S family for allowing me to photograph your amazing family.