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Dare to Dream

Reading this Blog from Jasmine Star (...the oh so successful, inspirational, entrepreneur-photographer-turned-mentor business woman...) I found a striking similarity. Growing up - I too had copy-cat dreams. Often voiced just the typical answers to the question of "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Some how, at some point, I began believing that I DIDN'T have a dream, I didn't have a passion, that Photography was just a glorified hobby, or even at a successful state - a means to an end/result. In Jasmine's blog she mentions a time at the beginning of her business when her dream became, "of working from home and being a photographer." She goes on to say: "...I didn't have the audacity to dream of working with my husband in a home we own, traveling together, being one of the top photographers in the world, and consulting creative entrepreneurs. I couldn't dare to dream that big."  That struck a chord with me, because I've been pretty vague lately with my own dreams. And my literal words, in prayers and journaling, have been "To be working from home around the kids' schedule, and doing photography full time"  HA! Not word for word, but pretty dang close, wouldn't you say?

Change scene for a second - I've been helping at our church-school a lot lately - and there have been a few times during some writing exercises where the 3-5th grade kiddos have needed to work on paragraph writing. Extracting the details from the younger kids can be paaaaainful. They went in to this one particular writing assignment a week or so ago with instructions of giving lots of detail about their weekend, even if they had the slowest weekend ever, they could give plenty of detail about how many hours they laid in bed, or what they ate, and where they ate it... There are certainly enough details to write 3-5 sentences right?! Yet the resounding "I don't know what else to wriiiiiiiite" came often. "I had a boring weekend. I did nothing. I did not do anything fun." Okaaaaaay. But there just HAS to be more to that! You HAD to eat, multiple times even! You prrrrooooobably watched some TV? Slept?  There is more. It goes deeper... *prompting and prodding continued* but do you see the connection I just made and smacked myself in the face with?

IMG_8648-6As Jasmine realized she didn't dream as big as she could have... I realize now.. my Dreams ARE bigger... They do go deeper. I have yet to craft them specifically and be intentional (I'll leave you hanging for a bit because they are journal worthy)... but I challenge those of you reading.. Dream bigger. And if you need a bit of inspiration - go Take a peak at Jasmine Star's early years.... to the woman who literally just decided one day that she'd try her hand at being a wedding photographer... and has created such a deep, meaningful, and rich (I'm not referring to financially) business and life for herself.

 

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{B} Family Photos!

Ooooh my last FL shoot! A few previews for them! Isabella - Ooooh Isabella!! She is SUCH a little ham! I was wondering if she was going to cooperate well because that girl! haha She thinks its funny to ignore some people on purpose... luckily she thought I was pretty fun popping out from behind my camera so she did great! Natasha and Miguel are old friends and I LOVED capturing them yet again! <3 Miss these dear friends already! Image

Pinterest Inspired!

Finally a good preview of this amazing shoot! Thanks SO much to Sharla for helping with the additions to her shoot! I'm so happy with this shoot! 
All the little additions meshed so well together! We were hoping for "hodge podge" and nothing too matchy-matchy :) I just love how it turned out! 
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{A&Z} - A closer look!

Yay! A bit better of a preview for Aubrey and Zach! Loved this shoot so much! it fell together perfectly!  And if you know Zach... you'll love the detail additions Aubrey decided to through into the shoot! <3
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Little bit of Love!

2 Things: 1- A new look will be rolling out soon for VHP!  and 2 - I love Pinterest. lolI suppose its thanks to Pinterest that people are constantly "overthinking" photo shoots, and doing up styles and themes! I still often and mostly shoot the standard, but once in a while a client... usually a friend - will join with me in making sure we have lots of good, or a few of the perfect, props and setting pieces and we create something spectacular! Over the last couple of weeks I've had 2 shoots like this that just turned out so beautifully with just a few accents!

A&Z K Family

Maybe its the whole blanket theme that makes it work? I don't know.. its just perfect! - I will say these are probably two of my favorite shoots ever! And they just fell into place perfectly!

Back in action!

Wow, I haven't officially been working my photography business for almost a year - but as I'm compiling some photos to show you what I've been up to in the mean time, I realized I certainly stayed busy enough for being "out."  I seemed to take shoots on ANYWAY - despite not promoting at all. I kiiinda have a little problem with saying no ;) Life is going going going as always! We've moved (yes again, this time locally), we're expecting baby number 2 in June! And we've both been working full time! I recently went back down to working only 3 days a week at my "real job"  - to save on daycare and gas costs! And am now I'm using that time to take care of our home and coming back to my business!

Being in this profession can be rough in a small town, There are a lot of photographers out there... But! It'll be just fine :) I take pride in doing my best to create something with an extra "umph" and a bit of "something different." And those looking for what I offer, will be happy with that!

I believe it was last summer that I posted any full preview sets... (A couple weddings, and some senior portraits) So the photos to follow are a bit of everything since that time.

Don't forget to check out what I offer and what to expect for investment in the "Prices" tab. And enjoy staying up to date with me on by liking Valisa Henderson Photography on Facebook!

Some Garnicks... {Maternity and Child Photography}

Garnicks!... well some of them at least...I stayed with them while i was there for this AZ trip!! :) Another birth I was bummed to miss out on though! *sigh* I've been shooting these guys since Natalie's newborn shoot! (I think we did newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year... and something else in between?)  So needless to say-  I was sad to miss the birth of Nicholas! Just by a couple of weeks. However, I was glad to be able to get a few pictures of Katie and that belly! I think Nicholas must have been laying straight out - head towards her back - and feet out towards the belly button! :) I think a few of us wondered if maybe... just maybe... a twin would arrive and surprise everyone :) ha! But no no.. Nicholas was just stretchin out in there I think! Natalie tried really hard to not smile at me throughout this little shoot... It didn't exactly work :) Enjoy!

Grant and Lila! {Child Portraiture}

Sweet brother and sister duo here! <3 We met early the morning before I left town... and boy it was nice to get out and get a shoot done before it warmed up! I some how lucked out during my visit to Phoenix!  Smack-dab-in-the-middle-of June it was still cooler than 85 or so in the mornings. So the morning air and light was awesome :)  Apparently Kacie brings the kiddos here often, so Grant was right at home, running around - putting on shows and such... letting us know where to go next ;) It was great! They are such great kiddos! We were done with the mandatory shots we needed to get within the first 20 min! Easy Peasy! Everything after that was simple explore and capture! Which often works out quite well with little ones :)We had a great time! Enjoy the previews!! Don't forget to like Valisa Henderson Photography if you've spotted this because someone you know is tagged. Clients: Feel free to tag, use as profile pictures, share, and show off your photos. Remember not to remove any logos, edit, crop or alter this photo in any way.

{N Family} Phoenix Family and Child Photograhy

Little miss Lillian... So serious! In front of the camera at least! :) I had this adorable face featured before... also mostly serious though! Silly girl! She has such gorgeous eyes and lips though - the serious look works for her!It was great exploring Heritage Square with these three! Per Lillian - we pretty much followed the cats around the whole time :) Oooh! A hint of a smile! 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

Vargas Fam {Family and Child Portraits}

I certainly had a hard time choosing previews for this one! :) Especially because Lilly had some awesome portraits :) Can't wait to share them all with you guys!!This is also a 3rd go around for this family :) Our first shoot was when Vanessa was pregnant with Azalea, second was her newborn shoot.. :) Now look at them! <3 so cute!! We had a great shoot!! 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

Mia returns! With Brother and cousin :)

Mia was a huge hit on my blog when we first met her! At 6 months? 8 months? Some where around there... she wasn't crawling.. She just sat in one place and was so happy! I saw her and her brother Damien again around her first birthday and she was on the move a bit more... This time though.. She was on the move for sure! Constant go go go!We had her brother and her baby cousin with us too! Fun shoot... went quickly! And I'm always glad to feature returning clients! <3 Enjoy your quick preview!

As I remind all clients: Please remember, you will receive a disc of your photos with no logo on them. The resolution is not prepared to print. 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

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

McColl Kids!

My first shoot of the phoenix trip!I've been honored to have these kiddos in front of the camera quite a few times! Faith has always been ready and willing to smile and pose!  Ethan took a bit more convincing... This time, was fabulous though! I did some shots of Faith, the avid dancer, in some dance move/poses... which was fun :) Something I haven't really done before - I love that you can see how much she loves it!  And then did some portraits of Ethan.. OH my heart. He warmed right on up this time! May have helped that he had just seen me a week or two before at his Aunty's wedding :) Anyway - wanted to share on the blog!! <3

Close Connections

I just LOVE seeing unbreakable bonds and this family has just that :) A few family portraits and then a full shoot of Breezi - the recently graduated sister :) I had a great time with them... They even tried to give me the most adorable puppy ever. Which I turned down, but Stormi had fallen in love already - so SHE kept her... :) I thinks she's grateful :) anyway - I digress. I had a great time during this shoot!! Breezi was excited about getting her senior pictures done, which makes it even more fun... I could have kept shooting all day!

Welcome Trenton!

I had the privilege of capturing this precious family with their new adorable addition, Trenton. Welcome to the world baby Trenton! At just 12 days new, he made such a cute model! I especially loved all his hair!! Once asleep - this little guy did great! He made me work for these pictures, I'll wont lie ;) Bit of a light sleeper! We had to keep it simple for this sweet boy :) But its okay, he worked it! <3 It is way too easy to fall in love with babies! Just sayin!

I love my clients!

I'm busy getting a list of bookings together for my next Phoenix trip, and getting

Excited about the repeat clients that make these trips possible! I'll be booked up with clients with babies I've had the privelage of shooting  since before they were born! Plus more kiddos, families, and couples. Feeling so blessed to have clients that love me back enough to trust me  with capturing thier memories even tho I'm only in Phoenix once or twice a year! 

 

Oh So Posh

Can't tell you how inspiring Lidia with Oh So Posh Photography is....She is one of the most real and inspiring "big names" in the blogging slash Facebook world of photographers....  She has over 40,000 fans on Facebook and she manages to stay real, personal and connected. Tons of photographers know of her because of the striking photos and edits she produces! She sells her Photoshop actions and I'm a new owner of them :) I knew I'd have a learning curve...I struggled at first because I edit 95% in Lightroom .. I'm SO comfortable with my work flow in LR and only dabble in CS5 when I need to... And I'm cool with using it for Logos or design stuff.. but anyway - blah blah - I'm going to change that thanks to Lidia and her awesome actions! I found my niche when playing with the actions... needless to say - I'm really excited.... I have much more "playing" and practicing to do... but I LOVE this first result! Here is a before and after.... The before is SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera)- My original edit of this (the one delivered to my client) wasn't too far off of this... simply because I really loved the SOOC (Loving SOOC is what I work towards... And I accomplished that in this)... so it was enhanced a just little upped the blacks,  popped the color and contrast a little... If I had nothing else going on in my life I"d sit down and re-edit from all my past shoots! <3 haha. Anyway - on with the show! This was a simple combo of Carnival Lights and Moroccan Spice and i tweaked some parts of it - Its not extravagant... nothing looks fake or over done.... It just has SUCH a gorgeous glow and pop to it! Plus it helps that Aly is BEAUTIFUL!

PS - Here is a Plug!  Aly is a 2012 Senior graduating this year <3 She was going to be a 2012 senior rep but because we moved back to this area after school started, and didn't even get this shoot in until late in the year - pretty much all her friends had their Senior Pictures done already...  I was late to the Senior Pictures game this year! But I'm getting an early start for 2013 seniors!!! If you're interested in being a 2013 Senior Rep - Click here to Fill out the Senior Rep Application! You can get your Sr Pics for Free as well as earn awesome prizes! I'll be announcing the 4 reps April 18th!

...Wood | Moss | Ring...

Loved the moss on the rail of this old deck... Thought it was a perfect spot for a ring shot... so I used my own ;) <3Just wanted to share, fell in love with the old time mono tone sepia look.. but didn't want to loose the lovely colors in this photo... can't decide, use both! For those interested: 70mm ISO 125 1/60 sec at f/2.8