Shelby|Night-time Christmas Session|Scotia

Happy New Year! Most Sunday's I aim to post a senior blog. This one is a Super Soul Sunday blog. Something that ignites my soul. I had been wanting to do a night time shoot for quite a while. I had been so slammed with shoots during the busy season, that I wanted to reward myself with a shoot just for me. : ) I did a model call, and had a lot of great girls respond back. I have noticed Shelby has been following me for a while and liking my facebook and instagram posts, so I went with her. This girl ROCKED IT! She and her mom met my lighting assistant Laura and I at Hoby's Market in Scotia. (who by the way have the best Salami Dutch Crunch sandwiches).  I wanted to try and get something with Christmas lights. We started out with some shots before dark, and then shot into the dark.We shared some laughs, and some good times, and  I am so happy with how this shoot turned out! Thank you Shelby for doing such a great job! If you are reading this and would be interested in being a model for a future model call, leave a comment below. I have many ideas I would like to try in 2018! 

2017Parky'sPicsYearinReview

It is the last day of 2017. Wow. What a year. It flew by soooooo fast. I was going through some 2017 photo shoots today and was feeling overwhelmed with how blessed I have been with such amazing clients this year. Some I have know for a while, some were new. There were more shoots than were shown here, but they are all amazing, and the people in them have made my life so much better. New friendships and relationships were formed, and I look forward to continuing to following you on your life journeys.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to capture these important milestones in your lives. I am forever grateful. 

 

 

 

Parky's Pics|Humboldt County Photographer|Do You Believe in Magic?|Naiya the Mermaid

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Albert Einstein




This quote is so simple yet so powerful, and it is absolutely true. Happiness and seeing the magic in even the smallest of things is a state of mind, and everyone has the power to switch their own “Magic Button” at any moment. 

We were are all born with this “Magic Button” switched on. As kids we found joy and happiness in everything. The simplest of things like playing with rocks, dancing in the living room. We believed in the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus and we know one kiss from mom could erase any pain. 


When does all this stop? Once we start worrying too much. Worrying destroys every magic we have in our lives. Let’s not worry, let’s be who we used to be. Let’s bring our inner child back. 

I have been on a mission to find this daily magic. Just being alive, and being able to walk donw the street in the beautiful sunlight, and noticing the trees swaying in the wind. These are simple, beautiful, magical things.

Your mind is incredibly powerful and with a little bit of daily training you can completely switch your mindset so that you too can catch all those magical moments you simply didn’t perceive before, because you were so caught up in just seeing the negative and stressful aspects in your life.

Let's switch those "Magic buttons" back on and look for a little bit of magic in each day. 

Surrendering

As I sit here typing at 4:22 am on a Sunday morning, compelled to get out of bed and put my thoughts on paper or in this case  screen, I am filled with grace and gratitude. What a month it has been! In this time, I have worked my hardest to prepare 27 kids for the SBAC and State Science tests. I have parented my own two children, taking them to gymnastics and baseball practices and games. I have shot and almost completed 60 baseball/softball teams, along with various other  shoots mixed in. My goal this year was to slow down, but then things happen. Leagues, and shoots get rained out and rescheduled, people get sick, and what was a nicely spaced out month becomes jumbled together with me trying to put it together the best way  I know how. But I have finally learned something. Life is not anything if we can’t learn from it. My weight has slowly crept back up from returning to pre-pregnancy weight after having 2 babies in 14 months. I have been fighting it, but no matter how hard I would try, I would do well on eating right and exercising, but after a week I would go back to quick meals, and putting working out on the back burner. I would chalk it up to no willpower and beat myself up over it. But I came across this amazing book that has put it all into perspective for me. I feel like people look at me and think, “She must just sit in front of the TV, watch soaps, and eat Bon Bon’s all day. Quite the contrary. Most days I am working from 4 am to almost 8 pm. I walk as much as possible when I can. But what I have discovered, is that those times I lose sight of my goals, make bad food choices, or don’t exercise, are the times I grow away from God. I get so overwhelmed with what I have to do, or finish, or create, that I forget he is in charge and he placed all this on my plate because he knew I could handle it. But in those times, I lose sight of him. Knowing this has helped me to remember to breathe. That I don’t need to do it all myself, to know that I can look for him, that he has got my back. This month has been a surrendering. A surrendering to him of my life, of letting go, of just letting it happen. Especially the weight thing. “Therefore whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10: 31. I share this with you, because I am so blessed to have the clients I do, and I feel that this is my ministry. I didn’t plan this photography thing. It was gently placed in my lap and bloomed bigger than I could have ever imagined. Because of this, I know it has been God's  plan. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13. Here are a few  images that I have been blessed with taken this crazy, busy month.