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McKenna {Portraits}

McKenna! Oh McKenna! My "meant to be" meetup has blossomed into such a sweet friendship!McKenna was with her friends at Scottsdale Civic Center a year and a half ago now? They were taking pictures of each other... and I was sitting there waiting for a client, just people watching and waiting..... I spotted the 3 of them trying to get pictures not often getting one with all 3 in the picture, mostly taking pictures of each other... So after waiting 20 min for my client, and not hearing from her... I approached McKenna, Lilly and Sami, and offered to take some pictures of them - I did it with my camera, I told them I was expecting to do a shoot anyway so I might as well do it of them! :) I used my camera - but let them know I'd treat it like a regular mini shoot and edit them before I gave them the pictures - and then had a bit of fun w/ the three of them :) They all became my friends on FB and liked my photography page so they could see the pictures when I posted previews... and then - I stayed in touch with McKenna mostly - she seemed to be the one interested in the photography - she was the one with the camera, AND it turned out she lived less than 2 min from our apartments.  So it was easy to get her the disc...  she asked questions about photography - loved my help with her pictures for school.... eventually she began babysitting for us... :) She fit right in to our family!! <3 If you're a client - you probably recognize McKenna :) She comes with me on a lot of shoots to practice... her passion for life, happy fun loving attitude, and joy when taking pictures and "getting it right" is so sweet and contagious! I love having her around!! Today is her birthday (her "Sweet 16" I might add!)  so I thought I'd make sure to get her previews up from her shoot when I was back visiting in Phoenix  :) Happy Birthday McKenna!

As I remind all clients: Please remember, you will receive a disc of your photos with no logo on them. Please do not crop out or hide logos (even when using as a profile picture on Facebook). Feel free to share these pictures, the blog post, etc... These are meant to hold you over while waiting for your disc - Encouraged use: sharing, using as profile pictures, tagging friends.. etc

Mommy day!

Today was certainly a "THIS is being a mom" kinda-day :)Children's Museum, Lunch, no naps, 3 kids under 2...Messy House...  late errand to pick something up becuause I FORGOT about it... Bedtime was easy since Brooke fell asleep in the car... Sitting now in silence drinking coffee <-------- (from my cool lens mug my hubby got me :) ) Preparing to do some house cleaning before turning into bed!

 

(You can see the photos in a larger size when you click on them... just FYI)

 

 

 

I met my friend Carrie through our mom's group on Meetup.com and she has a little man: Brayden who is just 6 months younger than Brooke... We met up for a morning at the children's museum today! And they're off!    (When Brayden stands still long enough he makes for some AMAZING portraits hehe :) )

 

Brooke: Workin the wind look ;)

 

See! Look at this stud muffin! (he rocked the bed head hair today with a little alfalfa sprout on top)

 

Havin fun together:

 

Brooke was a bit jealous that Brayden was talking to another girl I think

 

We moved to the "shopping" area... and the kiddos played with the dried beans bin thing... Brooke spilled it all over the ground... Brayden spilled it all over the ground...

 

Then Brayden tried eating it....

Then Brooke spilled poured it all over the ground... again... so we moved on...

 

Pizza making, in which Brooke ran off when I turned my back and I had to FIND her.. Noodle Forest, then the climber... And the scarf blower, from all that madness this is the only decent photo I grabbed :)

 

Once we got back to my house and had lunch, Quinn (another little mom's-group-friend-girl, who I babysit a couple of times a week) joined us! And they zoinked out for probably about...3 minutes like this with a little snack before more controlled chaos ;)

With Carrie's company it was actually quite nice! The kids are finally getting old enough to play together without much crying and whining about who took snatched which toy, who looked at who wrong... and who ran into who and stuff like that... :)

 

So that was the day! After it was just us (Brooke and I) i snapped some shots of her i have to share :)

(I know the bow doesn't match but she never keeps them in her hair... so i had to capture it!)

And this! She told me she didn't want me to take any more pictures :D

 

 

 

 

 

 

A photo a day....

I've been wanting to start blogging a photo a day... For a few reasons:1: I love the challenge of SEARCHING for a photo op 2: I want to stretch and Challenge my photography composition creativity 3: Get used to posting regularly

So now that I have an iPhone.... The whole photo a day thing is going to be so much more convenient for me. So my photo a day blogs are not necessarily for the benefit of potential clients to be able to see my portraiture, but to improve my skills with the eyes of some watching the process :) I'm excited!! Can't wait to see what things I come up with :) I'm gonna really try for 365 days in a row!! :) No photo post just yet! We're going to the zoo in a little while so I think I'm gonna save the kick off photo for that :)

If you're dying, sitting on the edge of your seat, impatiently waiting for new portrait session blogs... like I'm sure so many you are, I have one done ready to be blogged about and a couple waiting to be edited then blogged about.... So never fear... You'll get your fix soon... Hopefully ;)