Sunday, February 27, 2011

Grateful for Weekends

Last weekend was just what I needed. After a week booked full of work and getting caught up on things, I was so tired! Friday started out with work...and right after that, one of my wonderful friends took me out for Japanese food. It was my first time to eat it...and it was so good! I'm pretty sure we were there for the pictures more than the food though ;-) As soon as I got home from eating, my friend Anna was at my house waiting for me and we dashed off to go ice skating! It has been wayyy too long since I've done that. Lots of fun happened there! And of course Anna and I finished off the night with some ice cream and a movie....oh, and the wonderful talks that went on into the wee hours.

Saturday and Sunday were so chill. I absolutely loved it! A slow paced weekend was definitely what I needed, and prepped me for the crazy week this has been...and will be ;-) haha.

Sunday night I couldn't sleep because I had sooo many things going through my head. Just so ya know...I really like my sleep (especially on Sunday nights)...and when I can't sleep because my brain wont shut down, it drives it me crazy. Hah. So I decided to start a journal. This is something Babbs told me to do a few weeks ago. I finally did...so good to just right my thoughts out!











And a few previews of what's coming!



Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Temporary Facelift!

Yay! My blog is no longer dark and gloomy! It's well overdue, but it's finally clean and light! But let me tell ya, this is temporary! I'm currently working on new branding and all of the wonderful things that come a long with it! So, there will be a new blog and website eventually...I just couldn't take the other blog any longer!

The pages are still a work in progress, so don't be too critical ;-)

Hope you guys like it!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Right Now - A new series!

Over the last couple of months I have really been learning the importance of enjoying life...right where it is...right. now. I'm sure you've all noticed how time seems to fly a bit faster every passing year!

I love planning things, and then anticipating the fun! I think I'd almost come to a point where I lived for the exciting things that were coming up. But I'm finally realizing that so so so many amazing things happen between fun activities. I've really started to appreciate and learn the value of the "here and now"...and I'm loving it! That's one of the biggest reasons why I love photography so much.... taking a moment and makes it stand still. That excites me. Big time!

With that being said, I'm starting a series on my blog. I'm going to be calling it "Right Now". I'll be posting things I appreciate/am thankful for right now!

So today I am thankful for my nephew, little e (aka, Ethan). Of course I'm thankful for my nephew Timmy also, but Ethan is the man for today! haha. I can not believe how fast this little kiddo has grown up! He's talking like crazy now, and is almost as big as Timmy! I actually need a video on here, because I think one of the cutest things about him is his little lisp. Sooo cute! I love that little monkey!

While you look at the pictures, see if you can point out something similar in every picture. Hint: it tells a lot about something he likes ;-)

















Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hurray for Tuesdays!

Today is Tuesday! I had been working Tuesday afternoon- evening...but now it is my day off. As I've mentioned before, I make a list and schedule for just about anything now. Otherwise, I will definitely forget! So yesterday, knowing I would have the whole day to get things done, I made a list and schedule for everything I needed to get done today, and it has gone marvelously!

That schedule started with waking up at 8:00. Ahh, sleeping in feels SO nice! I also made time to go to a coffee shop to work on editing. This is something I hope to do on a weekly basis. I was so amazed at how much I got done in just two hours! Yay for productivity!! Then I was able to spend some time outside (beauuuutiful day!) working through some goals and thinking through branding for my business. Last week, I really learned the importance of branding, so I'm working hard on that! So I'm very excited for what's in store for the next few months!

While going through my pictures from last week, I came across this one. Love it. That's my friend Babbs....she loves her coffee =)

More pictures from the Journey Event coming very soon!!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

How Great is Our God!

As I said earlier, I absolutely love flying. So the ride home was no different. I even got a window seat...which is super cool! Take off is my favorite part! I love the fast pace, then seeing everything get smaller and smaller.

Yesterday, as I watched the cars, homes, and the airport get smaller I was reminded of the greatness of our God. I thought of how we as humans are microscopic compared to God. The dots that I saw from the plane were just a bunch of houses or business. I was so humbled by how God chooses to love us. We are insignificant small sinners that God chooses to love and use!! He even wants to have a relationship with little ME! Wow! I'm so overwhelmed. Why would I ever choose to sin? After he has died to save me and wanted to love and use me. He is so great and unfathomable.

I am so thankful....

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Journey Event...Day 4

Today we talked about pricing....then we went out and photographed our teachers. AH! I was so nervous. I mean, shooting these incredibly talented and professional photographers! They were absolutely wonderful, and we got some great shots!

So! For a little preview!
























What do you guys think? Are they beautiful or what?

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Journey Event...

So I'm in DC...yes, DC. Ahhh!!! I'm going to keep this short because I need to get some sleep..and I'm sure my room mate Babbs (spelt with two b's....it really makes a difference to her) would appreciate it too. :)

Anyway, day number one down, and it's been totally awesome. I am so full of information, I might pop. Not really, but it's been amazing!

So for a few pictures...


These are our fearless leaders Sarah and Rebekah. They are amazing. And very concentrated ;-)


And this picture pretty much sums up how I feel about the day. Full and excited!


Let me just go ahead and say it. I love airplanes. The end.


Coke anyone?





Ah, it was a fun flight!








Night everyone!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Paigey!!!

The other night I was able to Skype with my wonderful photog friend Paige Overturf! She used to be based out of North Carolina, but has since then moved to GUAM! Because of the time change, it's been really hard for us to chat. But we finally got to the other night…and it was a long one!!

So of course we talked about life, photography, editing, and so on =) Then she started helping me with the HTML codes for changing my blog around. Ah, FINALLY! My blog has looked plain and boring for much too long! So, be expecting some changes soon!! I've been working at it a good bit, and I'm so excited it's getting close!

It makes me laugh when I think about how we show each other how to do stuff over Skype. We send a million emails with links, pictures, etc. While working on the blog, I would take several screen shots, email them to her, and she would send me links for the things I needed to change. For me, it was pretty complicated! haha. But she was super patient, and I was finally able to figure it out!




She came to Georgia right before moving to Guam, and we got to hang out. Oh what fun we had! Anna was even able to join us!!


Annnnd, she's a nikon user. Could she be any more awesome?!







Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Hadden Family

One big happy family. That's probably how I would descripe the shoot with the Hadden family. They definitely have a big family, and they were all happy too! ;-) All of the little kiddos did great....and so did the big kids! Everyone worked together so well, and we got some great shots!

Many thanks to Tabitha Kimbrough for coming along!! She was a great "assistant". Couldn't have done it without her! She faithfully honked that bike horn to get the kids attention ;-) hehe. Oh, and we can't forget the bear (in the picture below)!




My wonderful friend Rebecca pretty much coordinated the shoot. And let me ya, that isn't an easy thing with a large family!


(check out her pictures here)

And here are THE pictures!





























































So I love this one, because every individual that had their picture taken had a BIG audience behind them. It gave us some great smiles! haha...









While I was shooting some of the individual pictures, I turned around and saw this...haha, they were awesome!


Andrew just got back from serving in Afghanistan in December. So he was home for a few weeks! Thank you Andrew for your service to our country!!!