TIME IS A THIEF {PHOTOGRAPHER’S KID} Mar23

TIME IS A THIEF {PHOTOGRAPHER’S KID}...

I almost left this kid in an alley tonight. On purpose. No joke. I was so very angry with him. We’d made a deal. I wanted a shoot with him so that I could replace one of the canvases on our wall from when he was younger. He promised he’d cooperate. I learned that his idea of cooperation and my idea of cooperation were two totally different things. He wanted to shoot for Instagram. I wanted to shoot for our wall at home. Those are two very different looks. After 20 minutes of arguing with him over why he wouldn’t give me a smile – why he wouldn’t just give me a real look – something – anything – and then him telling me “I’m not here to do one of your senior shoots. I’m not a client!” – Something just clicked and I had one of those ah-ha moments. His words began to echo in my head over and over. “I’m not a client!” It was one of those moments where God reminds you that time really is a thief and that in two short years he’ll be moving on toward college and adulthood. It was one of those reminders to shut up, bite my tongue in half and just appreciate that he’s here with me, one on one, and even standing in front of my lens for me. It’s his last night of Spring Break and instead of being with his friends, he’s here with me. His Mom. For him that was A LOT. I felt a nudge to quickly quit complaining and just shoot the moment. Instead of shooting what it looked like…I needed to shoot what it “felt” like. So I did. From that minute forward, I shot the session...

DON’T BLINK Mar09

DON’T BLINK

Those first few days after they’re born are such a fog. You’re a brand new Mom. He’s your first born. Everything seems so foreign. You feel totally clueless. But as the years progress…they get bigger. More independent. You get better at juggling it all. They go from your baby, to your little man, to a young man so very quickly. You take them to all of their sports games – driving them back and forth. Hours on end are spent in the car with them over the course of many years. You watch them grow up right in front of you. Literally…growing at rapid speed…right.in.front.of.your.face. They get braces. They get their first serious girlfriend. They begin to grow into a full grown man right in front of your eyes. Before you know it…they’re 13. Then 14. 15. And then… sixteen. Instead of “practice” driving… They actually get the real thing. Overnight…they turn 16 and get their drivers license. As the poem says (in reference to raising your children)…”one day it will be the last day you ________(hold their hand to cross the street, tuck them into bed at night, give them a bath, etc.)” I’m going to bed with such massive emotional and heart shredding thoughts that this week marks the “last days I’ll be driving my first born son to and from school.” Or to and from anywhere for that matter. I’ve taken him to school – there and back – every single day basically since we moved to Florida five years ago. I’ve spent every single one of my mornings and my afternoons with him in one way or another. I’ve picked him up from late night football practices – watching his sweaty, worn out self, exit the field all while thanking God for...

WHAT’S IN MY BAG? {NAPLES FLORIDA PHOTOGRAPHER} Aug22

WHAT’S IN MY BAG? {NAPLES FLORIDA PHOTOGRAPHER}...

    Many times I’m asked by clients, colleagues, passer by’ers, etc. what type of gear I use or what I shoot with. In the photography industry, many will refer to this as “What’s in your bag?”  So…I thought I’d share this post here on my blog so that my clients and future clients can see and understand why and what I shoot with. First and foremost, I carry two camera bodies with me. I shoot with my primary camera body 99% of the time which is a Nikon D4s. My back-up camera body is a Nikon D700. I carry both with me at all times for a couple of reasons. One…I want both with me at all times in the unlikely event that one camera body decides to give out on me. Most people don’t realize that camera bodies are like car engines. They have what are called “actuations.” This means…how many times will your shutter actually click for you when you go to push the button and take a shot. The same way a car engine turns over and starts when you turn the key, a camera will perform when you push the button. When you’ve reached the end of your actuations, a camera will simply not start, not perform, not click when you push the button. The unfortunate thing is that there is no warning to when this might happen. It just quits. Same as a car engine would. Thankfully, I carry newer camera bodies and when the actuations ever get close to the allotted or predicted amount with any one camera body that I own, I invest in a new upgrade. Thus making the possibility of my cameras not working on cue – slim to none. In the event that one...

BIG NEWS – NAPLES FLORIDA PHOTOGRAPHER Oct28

BIG NEWS – NAPLES FLORIDA PHOTOGRAPHER...

  I apologize for my lack of posts as of late. It’s been a rocky couple of months to say the least. The cat is out of the bag, we’re expecting again.  🙂  Yippeee! We’ve been planning to even up the playing field in our home for a while now and God heard our prayers. We’re expecting a baby girl due at the end of March 2014. That will make two boys and two girls for us. What more could we ask for, eh?  This little girl has made me work for this exciting event already. I’ve been more sick and more tired than I’ve ever been before with any other pregnancy. Either this is her warning to the world or I’m just getting too old for this stuff. LOL! I’m reminded why we get pregnant and have children in our late 20’s and early 30’s.  Being 38 years old and pregnant with our fourth really tests the bodies human abilities. 🙂 After some much needed time off while recouping from the sickness and nausea, I’m back and finally feeling good again. I’m so grateful to my fellow photography friends that I was able to refer my overflow business to while I was down for the count. I’m feeling energetic, inspired, and more than ready to get behind my camera again. My calendar for the remaining portion of 2013 is just about filled up. I’ll be attempting to work all the way up until my due date at the end of March if all goes as planned. I’ll be taking a few weeks off after the birth of our baby girl but will be back in full swing just as soon as my c-section will allow me the option again. Thank you to all...

Disney Fantasy Cruise May05

Disney Fantasy Cruise...

  Hello friends. I hope this post finds everyone doing fabulously well. I just wanted to touch base and let y’all know that I’ve returned from vacation and am back to the grind. I was away for the past 9 days on a family trip out of the country but am now back in full swing with sessions and orders. I thought I’d share a few images from our trip just for the fun of it. The above image was taken in St. Thomas, overlooking Magen’s Bay. What  a grand site – even with the gentleman who photo-bombed my panoramic image on the far right. I left him there. In the end, I felt he helped tell the story. LOL! I apologize for the quality of these images. They were all taken with my iPhone but turned out “acceptable enough” in the end.  The above image is of our cruise ship, the Disney Fantasy cruise, shown first in the line up above (on the far left).  This was our second cruise on the Disney Fantasy and we’re even more in love with their cruise line now as we were the first time we sailed with them. These images were of the port when we first docked in St. Thomas… And another a pano overlooking the port/island from up the mountain… Last, this was a quick iPhone capture of the awesome turquoise water in Magen’s Bay… Such gorgeous sights all the way around.  Including this kid…he’s mine & need I mention that he’s become a HUGE “Mickey” fan… The above shot was of Princess Ariel signing Kenidi’s autograph book. Such sweet princesses on the ship.  🙂 Needless to say, we had a wonderful time and the kids thoroughly enjoyed the trip again. We can’t say...