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Mt. Shasta Maternity Pictures and a Surprise Proposal!

I'm not sure why I have to use the word "Surprise" in the title. Usually proposals are surprises right? haha! 
Shannon and Jonathan are on my calendar to follow this little baby's journey into the world. We did a gender reveal shoot  (You can see it here), this maternity shoot, and next we have a Fresh48 (squeee!! I'm excited for this... Do you know what a Fresh48 session is? In-Hospital session within the first 48 hours... often scheduled for me to arrive right before family comes to meet baby so that on top of all the freshness and newness we can get some sweet emotion too.), and then the newborn photoshoot!  I'm quite excited :) I love the belly to baby journey. 
So we have had this tentatively on the calendar since we met up and booked the package, but we waited until things got closer to decide on a date. A couple months ago Jonathan wrote me and let me know his plans.. we came up with a pose that would be our signal... and let it roll. 
Haha, poor guy - I had told him I'd try and do it in the middle of the shoot - but ended up not doing it until the very end. I was nervous I was going to blow it lol! Photographing proposals is so fun though.
He was going to give me a thumbs up once he was ready for me to ask them to turn around.. Luckily I didn't notice the thumbs up right away because right after that he dropped the ring! haha! You'll notice in the flow of photos that I included that (even tho it's slightly out of focus) because I just couldn't ignore including that moment! There is also one of Shannon laughing - because she was noticing all the shuffling... and she was about to turn around to see what the problem was! You just have to stand still and look forward dude! What is your deal!? 
lol, anyway - thankfully he got down on that knee, she spun around looking up for him... She was indeed surprised with the moment thats for sure. It was very sweet to be a part of! 

Thanks so much for including me in your moments you guys! Can't wait for the next session!

Hope you all enjoy! 
 

And then comes the proposal...

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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!

Carly and John! {Palo Alto, CA Wedding}

So - the awaited preview is here!! This bride and groom provided quite a fun wedding :) The whole group was SO happy, fun, carefree, energetic... yet the whole wedding day had such a sweet, romantic tone...Carly wore her mamma's dress, they got married in the same church her parents did... And by the way... Carly and John have SUCH a sweet relationship to watch! There were so many different moments between them.. they're silly goofy friends, and oh so loving and romantic! :) Its sweet to see both sides :)

Enjoy the wedding day glimpse!!

 

Hope you enjoy your preview Carly and John! <3 As I remind all clients: Please remember, you will receive a disc of all 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 and this blog post, They are also on Facebook for sharing, using as profile pictures, tagging friends.. etc.

...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

Where have I been??

EVERYWHERE! I've been back to Phoenix mostly though! I have a LOT of editing to catch up on - a couple old shoots that I never finished due to my trip BACK to Phoenix shortly after moving into our new house... *sigh* Busy Busy..So before I delve into finishing those up - I picked 2 to 3 previews from each shoot I did while in Phoenix to hold some of you over :) So here they are! Lots more to come, *probably* more previews of each session will be up in the coming weeks: Enjoy! I love that I have so many returning faces in this set of shoots!! <3 feeling the love from my clients for sure!

Anyone Remember the sleepy newborn baby boy with the blue beanie on? Here he is again 6 months later!

Next is the quickest turn around client I've ever had! My last post was of Mia! This is her birthday shoot and her big brother, Damien who is quite the cutie himself! ;) ! The cake shes enjoying in the last picture is precious! She kept having fits of excitement when the sugar finally kicked in:

Next: My fam :D My sister DeAnna and her family :) They recently moved out of their downtown historic home into a house with lots of room outside! They've got horses, chickens, a dog, a bearded dragon, and a bird! Phew.. along with the occasional wild life visitors! They're certainly embracing their life in the "Country" ;)

A special congratulations to Melissa and Chris! The main reason why this trip was necessary! 9.10.11 marked a special day for these two! And I was so excited to be a part of it!! Can't wait to share more!

Their wedding party was a lot of fun!! Love this shot because it displays the personality of the group so well!! <3 And my favorite shot of the day... I'm pretty sure.. Is actually credit of my second shooter McKenna!! Thanks for helpin out girl!! This shot is seriously one of my favorites out of ALL of them! And Melissa - YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL! Nicole.. Regarding my move to California...I think is one of the most disappointed clients :) She was quite excited to do newborn shots when her little one comes along.. Buuut - we did get a maternity shoot in - Which I was SO happy with!! Can't wait to share more of those too :D So many good shots - the location and the clouds were working so well for me that day - that I brought my next client/friend :D to the same place!! <3 Carrie :D Can't wait for that special boy #2 to be born!! They've been through a lot! And he will be making his appearance by scheduled c-section - Which is when my NEXT trip to Phoenix is being based around :) *end of October* We can only Hope that ^Nicole's^ Baby comes early and she can still get a newborn shoot in while I'm there :)

 

AHH Love these two! Got a TON of amazing shots of this brother/sister combo! <3 Thanks Melissa for letting me capture your kiddos! Middle of the day on my next to last day in Phoenix... Carrie and I entered into an awesome experiment!! Underwater Maternity.. Oh. My. Word! AMAZING. A TON of work... for both of us... But I hope to get better at this!! CAN NOT WAIT for a chance to do a full blog post on this to share more! Finally! Night before I left I finished up my shoots :) You may recognize these 3 cuties!

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

Melissa and Chris Engaged!

So... I don't think it's new news that Melissa and Chris are engaged :) To people that know them at least... But to ME, I have only really known them a short time. Just met Chris for the first time at the shoot in fact!We met up at a really beautiful lake front park area that is used for a membership facility for seniors. Both Chris and Melissa's grandparents live there... so it shouldn't have been a problem. After our first round of the area with their 1st outfits...Chris went to get Melissa's change of clothes and the office attendants saw us and had a big fit. *rolling my eyes remembering the situation* We lost out on the casual pictures at the lake... But.. we still ended up with a good time and some great shots for casuals at the park down the road :) Melissa and Chris are getting married in September and I can't wait for their wedding! Thought I'd share some of my favorites from their session. Enjoy!

8 + 2 = One Big Happy Family!

Yesterday I had the privilege of shooting the Roat family! Kathy works with my husband, Garrett, and contacted me a month or two ago... She and her husband (and his siblings and their spouses) wanted to do a photo shoot for his parents for Christmas. [I'll skip the scheduling mayhem from before Christmas, Kathy :)] They surprised them with the plan on Christmas, and picked a date! That date was yesterday afternoon!I met with them at a park downtown... and Oh boy... I walked up to this GROUP of people... Not hard to find :) lol. Now before hand I KNEW it was Kathy and her family (husband, and 2 kids) and his parents, 2 siblings, and their spouses.... But when I walked up - that looked like a lot more than I was expecting... I have to learn all these names....Here we go! It was really fun though! I learned that for the most part... in shots of 8 adults and 2 kids...when the 2 kids are actually looking at the camera (smiling or not) someone else is either blinking, half blinking (because the eyes are still partway open you may suspect is BETTER than a full blink.... um. yeah. its not. ;) ) or looking somewhere else... DESPITE all that :) I think we did pretty good!

Enjoy your preview Roat Family! Hopefully this holds you over until I get back from vacation and edit the rest of your lots-o-photos :)

 

Here's where it starts! :)

"The Kids"

And Everyone!

This reminds me of a wedding photo :)

I really liked this random set up :) Time for some with the kiddos and Grandma and Papa...

Which didn't last long... so we had to work on the move :) Everyone has their moments right?  Jette decided she was done... and just plopped down.

Atticus was "done" thru most of the shoot :) But his attention was drawn when the discussion of his prize for after the shoot came up... This was just as the pouting was over... "Hmm? Prize?  OH Yeah!"

Isn't this the sweetest thing!?

Sunshine!

How do you all like the shirt? :D

Jette saw a dog! :)

This is about how Atticus felt through the whole shoot :) I was glad to capture it!

Stealing a moment  :)

And the newly weds :)

I loved how the sun-flare/rainbow circles their kiss :)

 

Hope you enjoyed!

Long Lost Blog

Sitting here with my coffee... contemplating the things I have to get done today - I decided to get a quick post in. Coffee in hand, some editing in the works... my devotions are over, workout is done, breakfast is done, little one fed, dressed and entertained.. I have a few minutes before I get started on surface cleaning, laundry and working on finding a babysitter for my shoot today!I'm sorry to those of you that still check up on my blog that I haven't been keeping up with my it! I keep telling myself that I KNOW that this is basically what you see of mine if you find me just through a business card! I prefer people check out my work on Facebook because its so much easier to keep recent shoot examples up on there! (hence all the redirection there when you go looking for portfolio examples!) I'm hoping to roll out a new and better website soon after the first of the year... so we'll see how that goes. I like the idea of a blog and keeping you all updated on my shoots, sharing more photos than I do on Facebook... but at the same time its more complicated to get all that up on here... anyway, enough complaining! I'll keep trying, keep plugging away! I've been quite busy! My business has been loaded with sessions because everyone is trying to get them done for holiday photos. I admit I'm a HUGE procrastinator... but its kind of nice to know I'm not the only one!! haha. Last year I KNEW I was going to avoid the holiday procrastination thing... and I ordered my holiday cards early - then as I slowly got them written out... with a little personal note on each... they sat in my desk drawer waiting to be addressed, stamped, and mailed... They sat there and waited... and waited.... haha, June or July came around and they still hadn't gotten mailed out.. And for what!?? Such a procrastinator, I am! I'm really trying to get more organized so I can be more productive! Along with that - my little family and I are beginning to try to adjust our home life to a better schedule. We operate so much better, and more productively when we start our days out right, so our morning routine is set, and its been TRYING to get put in motion - but hasn't quite gotten there yet... :) However we have been eating more sit-down meals at home... I'm starting to cook and prepare a little more, and keep nutrition in focus!! Anyway, enough about my pursuits of better domesticity - Thought I'd share a few of my favorite shots from sessions over the last few months :)

Aubrey and Zach

While we were in Lodi on vacation, I had the pleasure of doing a session with my amazing sister-in-law-slash-best-friend and her boyfriend :) These two have so much love in their eyes, its so cute! They made the session quite easy :)So here are a few of my favorites from the day :)

Day 2

Day 2 photo of the day :) we did a few things, went on a bike ride, window shopped at ikea and a few photo ops presented them selves... But at the end of the day... I loved looking back having my hubby with me all day ;)Hence photo of the day number two: