Mary|Benbow Inn|JustForFun

It's Senior Sunday! I am currently working on two awesome senior sessions that are not finished yet, so I decided to share an amazing session from this summer! Mary and I met at the Benbow Inn on an overcast Tuesday morning this past summer. She was so sweet, and a total natural in front of the camera. It was a relaxed, laid back session that I didn't want to end. It makes me wish I had taken the time to do a photo shoot when I was in great shape before I had kids. I recommend everyone do one of these sessions. Find something you feel comfortable and beautiful in and document it. You wont regret it : ) 

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. 

My Off Camera Flash Journey

My Off Camera Flash Journey

I remember it vividly. Sitting on the beach with my toes in the warm sand at Swimmers Delight. Everyone else had headed back to the camp, laughing and joking around and getting ready for dinner and the fun night by the campfire. I was left to enjoy the sand, trees and river of beautiful Humboldt County by myself.  It was the most peaceful time of the day. The light was so soft; almost magical. I have a hard time slowing down, but in these moments I actually could slow down and enjoy. What I understand now as a photographer is that was the magical golden hour. I still love that magical golden hour.. When I walk  home now and see the sun glistening off the grass, I just want to grab my camera and start shooting. Every. Single. Time.