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Luka and Family

Slowly but surely I am getting caught up with my jobs from last year…I shot this one of Luka and his family at the Almaden Winery Park. It’s a great quiet spot, with a variety of backgrounds and areas to shoot and explore. These kids have the most infectious smiles! They were very silly that day, but I always enjoy taking photos of kids that are so full of life.

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Relay for Life

Wow, what a slacker I am! I haven’t updated this sad blog since January…I guess I have some serious catching up to do!

Here are some photos I took at the Relay For Life at the end of April. For those that don’t know, it’s an event that takes place over 24 hours. People get teams together and aim to have at least one person walk the track for the full 24 hours. The teams also create a booth to raise money during the event. You had your standard, yummy bake sale treats. There was a hair spraying booth (pink for breast cancer awareness), a bead booth so walkers could keep track of how many laps they’ve walked, earning a bead for every lap. Carnival game booths. Or the ever popular, bra booth. You could buy their crazy creative bras, or rent them to wear for a few laps. All the money raised went to the event in addition to money raised beforehand. Hand decorated bags lined the track, remembering and celebrating those who fought cancer. There were fun activities (outside Zumba classes) and contests held throughout the event. The Cambrian Relay raised $272,000 this year, an astounding accomplishment I think.

Our photo team included me, my husband Jordan, our photographer friend Achille, our studio manager Jenny, my sister-in-law Alison and her husband Adrian. We were asked to photograph and video the event for the organization and they’ll use the photos and videos for promotional materials for next year’s Relay. Since their theme this year was “to have more birthdays”, we set up a fake birthday party scene, kitchen table and all. We had people sit and tell how cancer has affected their lives and why they walk in the Relay for Life. Alison and Adrian helped us do the interviews and the answers people gave were both sad and uplifting. Hearing their stories, really put the event into perspective. It was great to be involved in this organization. The people walking and the people they walk for are an inspiration.

As many of you know, cancer has touched my life profoundly. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. I’ve done surgeries, chemo, radiation and hormone therapy. In the past few months, we’ve learned that my cancer has come back in my bones and liver. I’ve had another surgery and changed my hormone therapy. My doctors remain hopeful that the new treatments will work. June is my birthday month and I really am thankful to be having more birthdays. The Relay for Life was a great reminder to keep positive, keep going and stay strong. It was inspirational to me to know how many people out there were willing to give up a day of their lives to walk for people like me. I plan to get my own team to walk next year, and to walk alongside my family and friends for many years to come.

Enjoy the photos and go to their website for more info on how to donate or participate in Relay for Life!
*it looks like their website hasn’t updated with our photos yet*

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Yay it’s Friday! It’s a drizzly, gray (or is it grey?) Friday, but Friday nonetheless!

This week’s theme: Still Life
1. a representation chiefly of inanimate objects, as a painting of a bowl of fruit.
2.the category of subject matter in which inanimate objects are represented, as in painting or photography.

I decided to do a fun collage for Halloween, just a few things I put out this year. The girls are going to be fairies, one green and one blue. They have approved their costumes, and now I just have to hope they don’t change their minds in the next week. It’s always the risk a mom takes in shopping early for this stuff…

I really like my mysterious black crow (or is a raven?) Hope everyone has a spooktacular week! (sorry, I’ve been hanging out with the preschool crowd too long, lol)

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Hopefully I got the day right this week, haha, but it’s time for a Friday post! This is a collage of our fun trip to Albuquerque last weekend and the balloon fiesta. We had a great time with my family, visiting Santa Fe and watching the balloons. The trip made me a wee bit homesick, as I really love New Mexico and remember my childhood there fondly. So many cool local traditions, beautiful scenery, yummy food and fun family times.

We brought a ton of camera gear with us (photographers don’t travel lightly) but didn’t end up taking too many pictures really. It was more difficult during the fiesta to watch the kids and take pictures than I had imagined. Jordan didn’t drag out his funky Cambo for pictures, and used the Canon (which I mainly use) to take some cool high def videos etc. We got separated several times in the crowd of 200,000 people, which meant I took maybe 5 pictures total. Jordan got some cool shots in between the videos though, so I am going to post his pics and call it a “guest spot” on my blog, haha! Hope you enjoy his photos!

Photos by Jordan Reeder

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Friday’s Post

We are flying today to see my grandma and family in New Mexico! I am so excited! It’s been a long time since I’ve been back and I am looking forward to seeing my family. I’m excited to show Jordan where I grew up and show my girls the balloon fiesta. I will have pictures to post after our trip, I promise.

I do have some older pictures of Ava that I took at the end of the summer. I think they’re still cute, so I will post these for my Friday Picture of the week. I originally took these during the “childhood” theme week. Which reminds me, picture of the week has restarted, yay! This week’s theme was “an interesting object” and I will blog about it when I return from our trip.

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Whew, I made it! I try and make the effort to at least post once a week, on Fridays, just to keep the blog rolling, and I just barely made it. Today just flew by and I have little to nothing to show for it. I did however, finally finished going through some personal photos from the past month. September was a whirlwind as our family settled into the school year, prepped for Alison and Adrian’s wedding, and attending a million birthday parties. We call it the “birthday season”. Literally, we have a birthday party every weekend in September. Sometimes 2 or even 3 parties. It’s intense.

So for picture of the week, I put together a couple of collages of Kenna and Amanda. As most of you know, the girls were born on the same day, 5 years ago, weighing the same 6 lbs 5 oz no less! So here they are celebrating their birthdays…

Amanda had a princess party, and all the princesses were so cute!

Kenna had a jumpy house party. We didn’t get many pictures of her party because we were taking videos. These were taken on her actual birthday, as we started a new birthday tradition. Mani-pedi’s for the girls! They thought it was really cool to go to the “beauty shop” and I look forward to continuing the tradition…

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Holey(man) Matrimony

I am pre-writing this Friday’s blog post because I will be in the full swing of getting ready for my sister-in-laws wedding! There will be lots of primping to be done. Tans, nails, alterations, spanx, whitening, waxing – and that’s just what my husband needs. Just kidding honey! But really, I will be getting my two little ones ready for their debut as flower girls and will need to get myself ready to stand up with the rest of the 11 beautiful bridesmaids. I need a lot more primping than those 20 something gals…

These were taken at the family shower we threw for Alison in August. Just a few fun snapshots from the afternoon. I think they show what a wonderful family we have and the one that my sister in law will be joining. So much love!

I am undecided whether I will drag my camera along for the day. Probably yes, but I would also like to partake in some adult beverages and don’t want to lose my camera! Hmm, decisions, decisions…

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Here’s another recent job I did. I love photographing this mother and son, it’s my third year in a row. They are both so photogenic, smiley and happy. You can feel the love they have for each other. We tried a new location, the Hayes Mansion, which worked great and was a nice change. I used my old but hardly used, diana camera lens. It’s a little funky and free form, but I am super happy with the results. Doesn’t it look cool?

Happy Friday everyone!

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Argbright Family

I took these a few months ago of a family friend’s family (say that fast 5 times!) and it just proves that location an lighting aren’t everything. We met at a neighborhood park, nothing fancy but quiet and low key. The only time we could schedule was during the middle of the day between naps etc. Usually I prefer to shoot in the morning or afternoon when the light is best. But given the small park and mid day lighting conditions, I think we got some great results! This was their first family portrait. The kids were so well behaved and photogenic, made it easy and I really had a fun time!

I always get nervous photographing people I know. Well, I get nervous with all the people I shoot, but especially with family and friends I see all the time. I worry that they won’t like the pictures and then awkwardness will ensue at the next social function. I’ve held back on posting this shoot because I wasn’t sure the family liked them. I sent the proof gallery out and then heard nothing, for two months. I started to sweat it. Maybe I should check in with the family. Maybe I should offer to reshoot. And then finally I received an order. And not just a couple of pity pictures, a really big order! I was really relieved and happy I could stop obsessing about blowing the job. Happy that I wouldn’t have to hide in the basement the next time I saw this family. It was a good day.

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Sesody Family

I haven’t had a chance to show these family portraits I did a few weeks back. Since Picture of the week is on haitus still, I thought I would sneak this one in…

Beautiful family on a beautiful day in a beautiful location. My job was easy!

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