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…

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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!

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I love my Mom.

With Mother’s Day only a month away, I’d like to take some time to think about my Mom.

She made many sacrifices, battled cancer twice and still made time to love me and take care of me. She put her family first and was proud of every little goal I accomplished. She also didn’t seem to mind that I learned to whistle at a very young age, and was happy that I was determined to practice my newly discovered skill during a family photo session.

Yes, that's me. I'm the 2-year-old adding "character" to our family photo.

Mom & Me Photo Contest

In celebration of Mother’s Day, I’d like to see your favorite photo with your Mom.

How to enter:

  1. Become a fan of Jen Parker Photography on Facebook
  2. Upload a photo that includes you and your Mom (it can be a family photo) to the wall before 5:00 PM PST April 30, 2010
  3. Keep your fingers crossed and hope that our guest judge, my Mom, will choose your photo as the winning photo

The winning photo will be chosen based on my mom’s taste, and she has good taste.

What you’ll win:

The winner will receive a beautiful Bird Sanctuary decorated cookie box from Eleni’s in New York (worth $65). It makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift!

Elegant cookie box from Eleni's New York

Elegant cookie box from Eleni's New York

Elegant cookie box from Eleni's New York

Rules: You must be a US resident, age 18 or older, void where prohibited by law. You must be a current Fan of Jen Parker Photography on Facebook so that we may contact you to gather your mailing information. The deadline to enter is April 30, 2010, 2010 5:00 PM PST. One winner will be chosen, and only one photo may be entered per Fan. Inappropriate and unlawful photos will be taken out of the photo album and out of the Contest. If the winner does not claim the prize within 7 days an alternate winner will be chosen. The alternate winner will also be given 7 days or the prize is forfeited. Jen Parker Photography cannot be held responsible for anything arising out of this giveaway.

California Girl

September 23, 2009

I’ve been living in Southern California for 22 years so far, and thought I’ve been to every beach there is. That is, until I had a photo session last week at Manhattan Beach. Manhattan Beach? What’s the attraction there? Huntington Beach has surfers. Venice has Muscle Beach and street performers. What does Manhattan Beach have?

Hills, I discovered. Lots of them. It’s like San Francisco without the layer of freezing cold fog! And although I parked rather far from the pier, I had a great session with the beautiful Wilson family. They fit right in with the amazing scenery and the relaxed atmosphere the beach had to offer.

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The Wilson Family

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