Happy Saturday! Is anyone else enjoying this beautiful sunshine we are having this week? I know I am! It reminded me of Angelina's shoot towards the end of fall last year. It was a gorgeous day and ended with a little rain. What a fun shoot this was! We started out at The Community Park in Garberville, and ended across the street at Tooby Park. Angelina was a total natural in front of the camera and we got some gorgeous light and lingering fall colors. She is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside!
This was SUCH a fun season filled with amazing people and so many beautiful pictures. I am so happy to get to build confidence by providing seniors with photos that they can look at and love, and I am SO happy with all of the feedback I have been getting from my seniors and from their parents. I was blessed to capture girls from the south end of the county from South Fork High School, all the way to Northern Humboldt with a couple seniors from Arcata High. I shot on private barns, ranches, at Tooby Park, The Benbow Inn, The Scotia Inn and ball field, Softball fields, The Sequoia Park, and last but not least in the beautiful Redwoods. Is this really my job? I get to go out with a camera in my hand and capture these beautiful girls at such an important and transformative time in their lives. It is so great to look back and fondly remember all these shoots and the fun we had. I am sadly saying goodbye to the 2017 seniors, but am looking forward to the 2018 senior season and the locations and seniors I will shoot. August, September and October are already filling up, so book your sessions now! Good luck 2017 Seniors! I wish you the best!
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.
Becca is a girl after my own heart. She is shy and sweet, a tomboy athlete. Just like I was in high school. Who am I kidding? I still am. We both attended Rio Dell Elementary School and Fortuna Union HIgh. Becca and her mother and sister journeyed down to Southern Humboldt to take her portraits at the beautiful Tooby Park and Community Park. It was a beautiful sunny day. We incorporated her love of basketball into her shoot and I think we got some great shots! : )