I felt like I was in a novel. I could literally smell the scent of wild blackberries in the air when the breeze picked up as we walked down hiking trail. With the sun shining on my face, I followed the path until a beautiful clearing was soon discovered. And not just one beautiful place, but many breathtaking places were waiting just around the corner. I need to come here more often.

I’ve known this beautiful mama for almost 20 years. And it was such a treat to be able to take photo of her and her two handsome sons.

Thank you, Karrie, for inviting me to this beautiful spot! It’s amazing, inspiring and I’m really, really glad we didn’t run into the mountain lion that was spotted the previous day…


I have to confess. I’m a little bit behind. I realized the other day that it’s already the beginning of February and I need to start working on the boys’ Valentine’s Day cards. Oops.

So after school, I dragged them out to the brick wall behind a local elementary school and started snapping some photos. With snacks in tow. And after what felt like 6 hours of, “Are we done yet?” and “Can we go play now?” I was able to get some decent shots of my boys (I guess it was more like 25 minutes.)

I got silly shots.

And more silly shots.

And just sometimes, a serious shot snuck in. Just kidding. All silly all the way.

Although I wanted to do something different for their Valentine’s Day card this year, for some reason, they always want to do the lollipop card. I suppose I should give in, since it is their Valentine’s Day card (maybe next year, I’ll do my own card, and pass it out to my friends. Okay, relatives. Okay, the mailman.)

If you don’t feel like clicking on this to see my post on the lollipop card from years past, I’ll show you how it’s done.

First, take a photo of your child with him holding a fist in the air, making sure it isn’t blocking his face. After snapping a picture that will work, print it out or have it developed (I chose a 4×6 size.)

Glue the photo to a piece of card stock (I’m able to fit 3 photos on one piece) and let it dry overnight.

After cutting out each photo, take an Xacto knife and carefully make two small cuts above and below his fist (I place the photo on a piece of thick cardboard before I cut, so that I don’t cut into my table!)

Take a lollipop and slowly insert the stick in the two cuts, and voila!

Good luck, and Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!


Bump Envy

August 30, 2013

Yes, I think pregnancy is a beautiful thing. Yes, I love babies.  But no, I did not like being pregnant. At all.

Maybe if I looked as good as my gorgeous client, I would have liked it more.

I love this family. They are so incredibly beautiful, down-to-earth and genuine. Really.


Miss J

June 18, 2013

Seventh grade was such an awkward stage in my past. My family moved to California from Washington and I attended two 7th grade classes in two cities (did I mention that I also attended 3 kindergarten classes  in 2 states?) We moved quite a bit, which meant I had to learn how to make friends quickly and was labeled the “New Kid” often.

I remember trying to fit in (using Aqua Net hairspray helped), desperately wanting to wear the coolest clothes  (anything that matched my sparkly laces on my L.A. Gear tennis shoes) and wanting to hang out at the mall.

To say I was amazed when I met Miss J is an understatement. I learned that she can sing, dance, act, play the piano, play basketball and was involved in gymnastics. Did I mention that she’s only 13? A bit of a contrast to my 13-year-old self…




Talented. Beautiful.

June 18, 2013

I’m so honored to meet such a wonderful, talented young lady…

I can’t believe the end of the school year is already here. I still have Christmas wrap I need to put away. Sigh.

Anyhow, being a photographer, I feel the need to incorporate photography into everything I do. That includes the little things, like thank you gifts for the boys’ teachers.

And even though I did this last year, I wasn’t able to one, take photos of it (hanging my head in shame right now) and two, blog about it. So here’s my chance to redeem myself.

I started off purchasing liquid pump soap from the dollar store and used Goo Gone to remove the labels. And really, this is the toughest part since it seems as if industrial strength glue is used for these labels. I found that soaking the side of the soap with the label on it in a shallow pool of Goo Gone and leaving it for a couple of hours was the best way to remove these.

After I got the labels off, I measured one side of the soap and created a template that was a wee bit smaller than the actual dimensions (I wanted to be able to stick the shape into the bottle of soap.) I made as many trapezoid shapes on a piece of paper that will fit.

Next, I had my son draw a picture (well, it’s a smiley face…he IS only 4) on all four trapezoids with a black Sharpee (you want to make sure that the drawing/writing is bold and dark.) I also had him write his name on another piece of paper. And because he would rather play Mario Kart than write his name four times in a row, I scanned his name and placed it on each trapezoid.

I also had my older son write a thank-you message to his 2nd grade teacher on another template.

Then I went to Staples and made copies of the templates on a transparency. You can do this at home, but you want to make sure you use a laser printer and not an ink jet printer. Using an ink jet printer will cause the picture/words to flake off in the soap, and you definitely don’t want to use soap with black flakes swimming around in it.

Afterwards, I cut out each shape, rolled it up lengthwise and inserted it into the soap, using the pump as a tool to push and guide the transparency in.

Lastly, I replaced the pump and voila!

May Day

April 30, 2013

It’s already May. Really?!?

Well, I suppose if I kept up with my blog, I’d be more aware of the date. Perhaps I should make blogging my quarter-year resolution. Perhaps.

Anyhow, I’ve been having fun playing with some photos I took previously and re-editing them. I’ve acquired an overlay/texture pack from Jessica Drossin’s Textures and I’m having way too much fun. Take a look at these before and afters…


I took out the pole, took out my other son’s head on the left and added the clouds in the sky.

This is one I took of my very good friend when she was pregnant last year. We were fortunate to catch a beautiful sunset.


I added the clouds in the sky and changed the tone a bit.

The last one isn’t a before and after, but I wanted to share these fantastic photos my 7-year-old took of my youngest and me. Looks like I’m going to have an assistant soon…



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