The journey takes a new turn

Hey all, this is going to be a different kinda blog post. This will be the kind of blog post where the next line you read you’ll be thinking, “why, whats so special about this one?” Well, allow me to explain in the best way I can, with a story behind the post. So grab your drink and your comfy pillow, chair, “spot” and lets dive in.

As you all know, or don’t (pick a side) I have been a portrait photographer for well over (just say it) years. I have photographed families, big and small. Little ones, newborn and up, and events, from weddings to baptisms. I enjoyed every single one. I cant say that one was better then the other. That’s like asking a mother to pick her favorite child. Each session was like a child to me. I nurtured the event, helped the family to learn to love the camera, and swaddled the babies like they were mine. And in all those years, I had a longing for something else. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE photographing people. Its my thing. But as you will see in a few paragraphs, something happened along the way.

This has turned out to be a wonderful month! I can see all the blooms and the birds, the flowers are alive and my little garden is smelling so sweet. This year I didn’t do too much planting and I think it is because of all the rain we had. I didn’t know when to put away my winter clothes and when to unpack my summer ones. But I can see that the weather has changed and my flip flops are out. I love when the weather changes, truth be told, I am a true summer child in every sense of the word. I love walking around barefoot tee shirt and shorts with my shades on. Winter is not for me. I bundle up when its 68 degrees out. if its 79 I still wear a sweater, but let the mercury hit 85 and I am smiling from ear to ear.

These past months, have been a wonderful journey for me. First I came to terms with the death of my beloved father. I had a very hard time. There were times I felt so alone, I called him every day to see what he was up too and to get some much needed advise. for the first couple of months after he passed I would pick up the phone to call and realize, I couldn’t. I started calling my mom every day more then once. I wanted to hear her voice. I wanted to know I was still with him in a way. I have to admit, bereavement counseling was a life saver. It gave me a chance to talk about what I was feeling, the anger, the hurt and finally, the acceptance. My father wrote a beautiful letter to us stating that he didn’t want us to mourn him. He said we must take each day as he taught us and live our life as such. That was hard. Understanding what he meant was hard and I did not want to understand. To me, understanding was accepting he was gone and I was not ready for that. But slowly, as the 1 year anniversary of his passing came, I realized I was not crying every day, I was not missing him with heartache, but with love. It has been 1 year and four months since he left, and I would be lying if I said, I am ok. But what I can say, is I am better then I was a year ago.

Another huge change that has happened, or that I have decided, is my retirement from portrait photography. I have been doing this for 13 years. It has been a wonderful business and a great journey. But I feel a need to move to another creative avenue. Something that will give me a new “light” in me. Photography has been a joy. The families and events I have done have given me so much. I made new and dear friends, I have learned how to express myself through the eye of my lens. And I have loved every minute. I truly feel in my heart that my Heavenly Father is calling me on another journey. One that I will lift Him up and praise Him. You all know I am a devote Christian I don’t make a move without prayer. I have been praying for a year for God to give me guidance and direction in this. I finally feel I have His blessing and an answer.

What is the next chapter ? Well honestly, I don’t know. I do know I will still be doing photography that will never leave me. It is such an expressive way to view the world. And truth be told, if someone asked if I could do their wedding, or senior portraits, I probably will. I will also still second shoot for anyone that asks. I will say the portrait studio side, will be phased out. I have slowing started to change out my business page, and my website will be gone after May. It took me some time to realize that I wanted to do something else. Something creative. I love making things. Cards, crafts, things like that. For now, I will focus on that, my creative projects. And maybe, some day soon, I will be in a place that leads me to what my purpose is. But for now, I will just be still and listen.

Time Well Spent

Today is raining. Yesterday it was raining, and by the looks of things, tomorrow it will be raining. But we need it. I just wish it would stop and bring Spring already. I know, rain helps things grow and cleans things up. And I know that a nice rain helps cleanse the earth. I get all that, but sometimes, it helps to know when and where the rain will hit. I listen to the news and think “they said no rain, but why is my window covered with drops of water?” I can only imagine that it is because my house, out of all the houses around, is singled out to get wet. That has to be it. (or at least that’s what I tell myself to feel better about all this rain.) I read on one of the news talk sites that Sacramento was at 125% in rain average. That’s a lot of rain. Sometimes it comes as predicted. Other times it comes as a surprise. Like while your on a shoot. Outside. In the rain. lol. Thank goodness that did not happen last week. It was blue skies and warm sun last week. Which was a good thing because of where we were going to be shooting . We got in contact with the owners of The Abbey House Inn in Winters, California. A mutual friend told her friend and she told me about telling her friend who thought we needed to set up a meeting. That kind of thing, and the rest was a sweet meet and greet.

I met one of the owners , Pam Tavenier out at her Air bnb in Davis, California. I wanted to meet to see if we could photograph our mini sessions out there. after walking the grounds for a good hour and awing at the location, Pam happened to mention that she also was the owner of a local Inn in Winters, California. I asked her if we could go check it out and she said yes, and am I a happy happy girl that she did.

Abbey House is the pride and joy of Pam and Eric. it is situated in historic Winters California, and I could bet that Pam or Eric would love to chat and talk about the who, the what, and the where about this beautiful Inn.

Abbey House is charming, peaceful, and relaxing, all rolled into one. As soon as you make it through the front gate, you are greeted by the Inn manager Annette. She is wonderful. We were there to do the layout shots of the place, but she made us feel like guests and did all she could to make us feel welcomed. I would stay there for a month if I could. Situated on the corner of the property is a beautiful flower arrangement with the sign that invites you to come on in. Wrapped around the house is a porch that invites you to sit and visit, and the flowers in the garden give a nice aroma as you walk by and stroll through.

Once inside, the light from the sun shines in a peaceful way that all I could think of was what a beautiful place to have a small wedding party get ready in. Can you imagine the light from the window on the bide or the bride with her mom? love! that’s what it would look like.

The rest of the house, I will leave to your imagination, because I don’t want to give it all away. I will say this, take a drive out to Winters and take a good look at the Inn. Awe at the architecture, take a picture from the fence. Or better yet, book a stay at The Abbey House Inn, you know I will. After all this rain, and fighting with booking reschedules due to the rain, Steve and I truly need some R&R, and I think The Abbey House Inn is just the place to do it. Have a wonderful weekend. See you on the other side of the lens.

Girls are dandy

I had the pleasure of doing a birthday portrait session for a family of two girls, one boy and another on the way. A & C are the sweetest girls. They came in with their mom and aunt. At first they were a bit shy as all preteen and teens are. But once I found out what they loved to talk about, they bloomed with smiles and talked talked talked.

Happy Birthday Miss A!

The Birthday girl is all smiles. She giggles when her sister says smile, she laughs when her mom or aunt said “look at the camera!” But make no mistake about it, this girl loves her family! She loves horses and riding fast. Her mom was telling me how her brother likes to trot at a slow pace but she asked, when can I go faster. That tells me she will be a fast rider! She says her brother is loud, but says it with a sister smile.

Sister are your first Besties

When sisters are your Best Friends

If you were to listen to these two you would think they were best friends. Miss C kept trying to tell her little sister where to look how to stand and what clothes looked good for the camera. They really do compliment each other well. The family has an almond orchard and I practically threw myself at mom! Pretty please can I take your picture in your orchard. I promise Ill be a good photographer and not trample around the orchard. She had to tell me they are not full grown yet. Probably a good thing, I would have stayed in the orchard for hours and hours. I love the smell of fresh blossoms, the ground and how it reminds me of “home” .

All in all it was a great day. By the time we were done. I was in love with these girls. The giggles the faces, and the way they were around each other. Reminds me of when I was young, and close to my best friends.

Your only this age once.

When it was time to photograph Miss C, she knew what she wanted to do. “I’m already thirteen”, she said, and I kept thinking as I clicked and clicked, thirteen. Thirteen. At thirteen I was saying the same thing only I was saying it in shock. What an age to be. Young, and vibrant, your whole world in front of you. Your family, friends, and of coarse, your imagination. These girls live in a time where they truly can be anything they want to be. Its such an exciting time. I hope they get to do what they want. I hope their futures are bright and full of wonder. But most of all I hope they understand what they can do. Which is anything they put their minds to.

Mini Sessions

Mothers Day will be here quick.  What better way to celebrate each other then with a portrait session that captures the beautiful relationship between a mother and her children.  Celebrate each other with a Mommy & Me Mini Session An all inclusive portrait package.  Its hard enough living our lives and trying to schedule the family portraits to boot.  These easy relaxing mini sessions are quick and perfect for getting those memories of you and our littles (no matter what age they are.)  And the best part, you’ll have them to share and enjoy just in time for Mothers Day.    Each session includes 30 minute at The Woodland Edible Gardens,  Located on Court Street in Beautiful downtown Woodland. These are limited session for two days only.    Along with the session you will recieve prints, digitals, and a photographer print release. 
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Cyber Monday

Hi All!  Happy Monday!  I hope you are getting some great deals.  Just wanted to do a quick blog post on what our Cyber Monday Special is.

It has been about 10 years since I did a special like this (or even close to this)  We have locked in a great venue in the beautiful Northern California town of Winters, California.  A cute B&B that will be hosting our holiday sessions for us!  I value our locations, and venue areas very much they have been and are so good to us.  We have had the opportunity to lock in private ranches, hotels and now B&B!  I’m excited!  So with out further ado, here are the digs:

The sessions are limited to 30 minutes but trust me, we will get some great memories!  It also includes

*Three poses

*(1) sheet of the pose of your choice (5×7 & set of wallets)

You also will get a private print viewing to purchase your prints.

Sounds too good to be true?  Well it is.  And its only going to happen this year!  I’m sure I will have more great products and specials, but I don’t know if I will have one like this.  (remember, its been 10 years since my last big discount special)  So contact me today (you have less than 10 hours left) and book your time slot.  Have an awesome rest of your Monday… (psst, if your doing Cyber Monday at work, order your photography session with me and I wont tell a soul!  lol)


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