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Loving Pink Bokeh!

I do NOT know much about trees, and plants so I can't tell you what kind, but there is a line of really pretty trees out front that are usually red leafed.  In the Spring they have the most beautiful pink blossoms! It SERIOUSLY makes me want to visit DC and the Cherry Blossoms everywhere! I've noticed a few times how amazingly the sun sets behind the row of these trees and told myself - I really need to get some pictures before they're all gone! They are definitely transitioning to their red-state. So a few evenings ago... in the best impromptu type of unplanned way (as you can tell by my daughter's super coordinated outfit) I popped out there to just snap a couple of shots. 
One thing I really am drawn to in these, is the Bokeh!! So often that beautiful bokeh when I get it, is filled, and lush with greens, yellows with maybe a few spots of color here and there... This is just so different! I love it! 

Pink Blossoms
Pink Blossomed Tree

Of course this girl had to get in on the action and bring her style ;)
 

Girl with Blossoms

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!

Twins! With London's Lens

I met London of London's Lens nearly a year ago through a photogs group on Facebook she came to a shoot of mine when I traveled back to Phoenix in September. This trip she asked if I'd like to come a long on a twins newborn shoot! Um Yes please! I love newborns, and have yet to get my camera on a set of multiples - Quite the timing for my trip right!? Enter Derek and Delaney :)  Sweet little twins! I think they were 1 week old at the time? And teeny Tiny!WELL, Babies slept okay on their own to start with, so we figured we'd get shots of them individually... We started with Delaney, then when we went to add Derek in - Derek didn't want to sleep or rest while having his pictures taken... and then neither of them wanted to sleep, and then Derek fell asleep slightly - and Delaney didn't want to sleep...  I didn't have all the time that I usually would for a shoot so I couldn't stick around until it happened because I headed off to another shoot... But Apparently they slept perfectly together to get those adorable cutsey twinsy set up shots after I left :) I told London and Ashley (the mamma) that it would happen that way :) And it sure did! Anyway - I got a few shots of the twins by themselves and took some of London shooting ;) A perk of having an additional photographer with you. Its always nice to have some shots of you in action - so my "previews" consist of a couple of each twin (but not squishily together of course) and a couple of London: one soothing and one shooting :) Enjoy!

I love this one of Derek *below* - "Don't you dare try to sneak this away from me!"

{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

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

Accepting Vendors for the "1000 Likes" giveaway!

I've recently changed my business name, if you didn't already know, from Forever Photography by Valisa to Valisa Henderson Photography...My drawback has been trying to get all those that "liked" Forever Photography by Valisa to move over to the new page! So as an incentive  -  I'm going to do a giveaway when the Valisa Henderson Photography "like" number hits 1000 :) This giveaway already has a few great vendors on the list! And I've created an application for more! So if you know anyone who may be interested in being a featured vendor in a giveaway: Please send them my way!! It is great business exposure! I'd love to feature businesses that are just starting out also - not the ones that seem to appear on every well known site's giveaway!

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Little Miss Model {Siskiyou County Child Photographer}

Little Miss Model came to grace us with her presence yesterday :) She certainly played the part :) Lillyanna is all set up to model some outfits from various boutiques around the web! So yesterday I had the privilege to be her photographer for a few of the outfits they had in hand :) Enjoy this sweet little face![slideshow]

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Busy Bee!

Thats me! Oi! So busy! This move is coming up in 1 week! And we are not even close to being done with packing! Its barely started! PLUS I'm trying to fit some shoots in before I go, and would LIKE to get all the editing done before I leave.. *sigh* I will say though - having this established clientele here is going to make visiting here financed by photo-shoots much easier than visiting other places I've been and tried to finance with shoots... Elsewhere I have some interest... and generally rely on Facebook *marketing* and on others to really do the drumming up for me...  But here, I already have clientele... only a years worth but its still more than need-to-be-drummed-up type clientele. And with Fall coming up - a lot of people are ready for their second (or third or fourth!!) go-round with me... with the news of moving - I have had a lot of  "OH NO! I wanted to get a shoot in with you before the holidays..." or "But I'm having a baby! You need to be here!"  or "Now I have to find a new photographer..."It feels SO wonderful to see and hear elation when I say "But I'm going to be here and scheduling shoots for a week in September, A week at the end of October, and most likely a week at the end of January 2012. "

So in the next few days I will be sitting down scheduling shoots for A week (dates not exactly nailed down yet) surrounding the weekend of September 10th And for a week surrounding October 28th

I'll have to take non-refundable deposits, which is not what I normally do... But I'll need to purchase my air-fair with the money I make from these shoots... There for - with the way plane tickets work... will need to be in my hand BEFORE the shoot! :) So keep this in mind!! And contact me if you're interested in a shoot for September or October! I already have a TON of requests... Just have to get the dates nailed down - so if you want a spot... let me know!

 

Anyway - onto the REASON for this blog! To share with you what kept me busy yesterday morning! (and tonight with a little editing :) In the heat of the AZ morning... 2 shoots!!

Happy Happy 2 year old!! She wore herself out quick though! It was so Hot!!

^One of my FAVORITES for sure! Her smile.. her laugh - her eyes.. GAH shes so cute!

 

And across town to a maternity shoot!! (The mom-to-be is a friend I met ONLINE... crazy huh? lol ;) I love Baby Gaga... just FYI)

Vanessa - Seriously - I think you look like Christina Ricci!

Precious Precious!!

Thanks for looking!! :D

Pretty in Pink! Precious in Purple!

Oh. My. Word.My latest photo subject: Mia {9MonthsYoung} Level of adorableness: Off the charts... I haven't blogged in FOREVER... And my latest client doesn't have a facebook (which is where most of my clients get their first peak at their portraits...)- SO I figured her shoot was the perfect one to jump back into blogging... Or {try} to. For the first time, I had a client come to MY house... Oh how I wish I had a studio for baby shoots! [The pull back shot of Keri*Meyers's studio makes me drool... I prefer outdoor stuff once little ones are walking... but pre-walking. ~Newborns especially of course~ .. inside in a studio works so so well! And is SO SO fun! I wish I had the prop collection, the natural light... the dedicated space... oi! Someday! :).. ok ... anyway... back on track....]

Though - Our house is in disarray due to the beginnings of unorganized house turning in to an {attempted} organized packed-up house, for  {hopefully} an organized move... Our patio with my backdrop stuff all set up turned out to be the PERFECT venue for my shoot with Miss Mia!

I've done shoots with Brooke out there before, and my little buddy Natalie :) And the lighting is always amazing! We have no direct sun... but the building is white and light blue... and we're on the 4th floor with no real shadowy obstructions.. :)

PLUS Just barely Pre-Crawling is awesome too because they're immobilized pretty much! But happy enough sitting and staring at you! This girl has to-die for big brown glassy eyes and with the awesome light outside... they were glistening!! :) You'll see what I mean...!

Without Further ado.... Here is the sneak peak!

Now there you have it!! A "handful" of previews... that I generally promise.. turned into a lot more!  But it really is just a small percentage of all the awesome shots she allowed me to take! :D I must give a shout out to my dear Kenna! McKenna loves photography, has a brand new Canon in her hands, and loves coming to shoots with me! SO I have to brag on her a bit and showcase a few of her super cute captures!!

*Her Photos | My Edits*

*Special Thanks to LoveBbyCarrie for the super cute purple and white boutique bow :) {which I WILL be brining you $ for next time I see you btw!} And to McKenna of course for second shooting! You're a rising star my love!

3 Year old + Photoshoot....

= Ups and downs and everything in between :)I met Stacy (Mom) at the Hissyfits Hullabaloo craft fair in November... She seemed to be mostly attracted to the idea that I give copyright and a disc of all your images instead of leaving it up to the client to buy my photos :) One thing I stand quite proudly on with my business.  After a few reschedulings... Sicknesses and such between us... We finally got to meet up for a shoot! Little Miss Delaney was the star of the show here.... And I was excited to see how happy and peppy she was coming off the playground when I arrived. But when I got the camera in her face... um.. She changed her mind... which you'll notice.. and I learned... she does a lot. At least this day! We started with some whole family pictures... Grandma, Uncle Jason, Mommy - and Delaney... She wasn't so excited.

She needed some talking and joking.... She certainly didn't the idea of my crab (Preston, my lens buddy), camera  and I coming closer... But we started seeing if she thought Crab's said... Meow.. or Woof Woof... Or Moo.... She thought we were silly :) A little cuddle and play with mom seemed like it might work to really brighten her up again... But not for long... even with an attempt at swinging! Time to eat! That should help.... I let them do their thing and I snuck around a little... Look what a little food did! haha... I love her look in this photo... Shes not so sure why Grandma is in the waggon :)

Havin a good 'ole time! This is the smile I KNEW was in there! Peek-a-boo!She decided at one point in there that she was ready to go home... We headed over to see the train... She so wanted to ride! (That's a silly band in her hand... I was so afraid it was going to snap! AH!) Playin on the tracks... We're going to ride it!!! So. So. Excited. No more please... Let's go! Such JOY!

We're on the TRAIN!This photo makes me squeal inside a little... :DWe got off... She was done. Spent. Time to go home!

Hope you all enjoyed! With the down moments, to be honest.. I was a little concerned that I might not have as many good photos as I like to have. But I was so pleasantly surprised! She is so photogenic and certainly agrees with the camera... even if she didn't want to. I had a REALLY hard time choosing photos for the preveiws... because initially when I picked the ones I wanted to use.. I had close to 50! So I had to really cut it down. I just love the story they tell!!

:)

Brooke's Birthday!

We've had a crazy past few weeks! We were in Florida for a week, had Brooke's Florida birthday party for her there... and after being home for a day and a half, some of my family came in from California, and we had our Phoenix-Party yesterday...I tried my first attempt with my new background stand for a few little posed studio style shots... BUT realizing that I really really DO want the wood flooring look. The backdrop for the back and the ground isn't the look I like. But anyway - they turned out pretty cute none-the-less.

I have some family shoots to catch up on, a shoot I did before Florida, 2 florida shoots, and Brooke's birthday weekend to edit before I do anymore full blog posts, but I thought I'd at least throw up a 1 photo preview of one of Brooke's little 2 year old photo :) Love this picture... despite the backwards direction of the "2" she is holding :)

 

Can't Decide on Winter Wonderland Entry!

Did a super cute photoshoot of Brooke! Loving the photos but having a hard time choosing which photo to post as my entry for the Winter Wonderland weekly challenge at I Heart Faces!AND I wanted to share all my favorites anyway :) Entry will be my next post :D

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made myself a cocoon!

Yes! I made myself a baby cocoon! Not FOR myself, for my USE! Silly you for imagining that one!I've seen these in newborn portraits for a while now and have wanted to get one... but before going out and purchasing one - I figured I'd try my hand at it, and I'm quite proud! I certainly made mistakes, but this is great for my first one, they'll get better as I make more :)  Here it is part way done:

And TADA!!! Here is the finished product! I'm so excited to share it! And Yep! I even learned how to do the flowers!  These will take a little perfecting... But I thought they're a pretty good start! :)

What do you all think? Keep your eyes out for future posts about these little handy things... Help me increase fans and followers, on my FB fan page (which you can find a link to at the top of the blog) and this blog... :) I'm thinking I'll  use this as my first giveaway once I have generated some good interest :) I have newborn mini-session coming up in the next week - so you'll get to see this creation on a brand new little baby girl! [audio http:http://www.emp3world.com/to_download.php?id=118925]