For a great Cause

This past week was busy busy b-u-s-y!  We first had a plan to make a trip to Texas to visit my father.  He fell ill and I wanted to be there for him.  God had other plans, we made it as far as Tehachapi Californina when Steve got very sick with the flu.  (hope you all got your shot) When my sister found out, we both decided it was not a good idea to visit my dad, for fear we would get him sick.  So back down the mountain we go, Steve was tired, sick and the only driver until I learn how to pull the 5th wheel.  We had to stop at a campground for him because he really was not feel well enough to drive home.  We stayed at  Millerton Lake, and let me just say, if we were not so sick we would have stayed longer.  Its a bit from Fresno, California and the road to get to the lake is somewhat out of the way, but once we got there…it was beautiful.  When we woke in the morning, I felt sick…Yep, my loving husband “gifted” me his cough and congestion.

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On the one hand, I did not get to go see my father,  that was a bullet dodged, I didn’t want to get him sick.  On the other hand, I really wanted to go.  But, It was not meant to be.  And since we did not make it to Texas, I was able to do an obligation I had to cancel due to my fathers illness.  The Woodland Mosaic Children’s Museum had scheduled a Santa photo event on Small Business Saturday.  I was well enough to do the shoot. And I am so glad I did.  We killed it!  the lighting was amazing, the backdrop, (you be the judge) spot on.  But best of all the children were super cute.  Its no secret how much I love photographing children especially the little’s.  They are so cute.  No matter what you do, you cant make them do anything they don’t want to do.  This little guy won me over.  He was not having anything to do with Santa, but he did stand there letting me and mom & dad know he was not having any of the Santa experience.  So cute.  So much so I had to stalk his parents and beg to post his picture all over our website, Facebook and Instagram.  Just look at his face.  This little guy’s  brother was more than happy to tell  Santa what he wanted for Christmas.  His little brother, in my eyes, stole my heart and the show.  The funny thing was after this little guy finished with Santa, he was outside running around being a big cutie pie.

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Note to past, current and future clients.  This holiday season I would love to photograph you and your family and create a beautiful night image for you.  I promise you don’t have to be in the freezing cold, we can photograph you and your family in your backyard or better yet, book your session at one of our favorite location around Norther California. We have a ton of favorite places.  Once we do that I can help you create a beautiful family collection for you to enjoy for years to come.

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Remember this holiday season during the rushing and running around, our little angels remind us don’t try to do it all, its ok to say “no” and lets not forget when we don’t feel up to doing something…don’t.  I promise,  its ok.  Enjoy your week everyone.

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Love is timeless…for real

 

Sometimes love comes early.  When we are just starting to understand what life means.  When we are learning to give and take, to share and to let go.  It comes when we question why we are here and who we were meant to be with.  Then sometimes loves comes later, when we are seasoned with joys, with ups and some downs.  Love comes in fast, like a Camero at the speed of 8 cylinders.  Then other times, it comes later.  Slower more cautiously, guarding us from future pain and protecting us from our past.  To say that Jon & Shirley are living the later part of love is to say they waited just at the right time.  Jon is such a nurturing man.  I can see it when he holds her.  The way he cups her hands.  Its almost like he has a loving secret, that he wants to keep all to himself.  DSC_0002-Edit

Shirley is a sweet bubbly person, I don’t think I caught one image where she is not smiling ear to ear.  That beautiful smile the kind that says, “I am so happy, so blessed to have him in my life.”  I don’t think neither one of them has ever expressed a negative emotion the whole day.  It was really hot, about 100 degrees, Jon insisted that his portraits be in a three piece suit, but true to Shirley’s nature she said, the jacket can stay off, and because of Jon’s nature, he said he could go either way.  I would take a few images and position them in as much shady spots as I could find, it was high noon, the sun was blazzing hot.  But Jon and Shirley were true troopers.  Going in every so often to cool off and drink water.

After we finished with the formal images, we were ready to start photographing this beautiful patient couple in what they love….baseball attire.  (I wont lie, they made this baseball fan a happy photographer)  They both had their favorite team jersey they brought from home, but forgot the away jerseys.  We made due.  We even were able to get a beautiful outdoor family portrait with Jon’s parents.  This was their house, Jon grew up here, he remembers climbing that tree he and Shirley were kissing under, and he remembers walking those same rock walkways his father laid down and where he and Shirley walked hand in hand.  Yes, love comes fast, it hits hard but some times when its real….really real, it comes to two people who were waiting but not expecting.  Enjoy your loved ones…these two most certainly do.   DSC_5797-Edit-Edit