Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Five: Cars, School Pictures and Fall

Happy Friday everyone!  It officially became fall this week and I am wishing we had a real fall here in SoCal.  I'm sharing 5 thoughts and pictures to recap the week.

5 Thoughts

1.  Had to take my car to the dealer again this week, the check engine light came on again... this time they actually found something though and fixed it.  Hopefully that is all taken care of.  At least this time the rental car was nicer.

2. I helped out at the school twice this week. First in Ryder's classroom then with school picture day.  This is only the second time I have helped out this year as Ryder's class has a million parents that can help, it is weird.

3. I was impressed with the company taking the kids school pictures, they had 5 photographers who each had an assistant that would help groom the kids before their pictures and help pose them.  They were really on top of it- it was nothing like this Studio C clip (which if you want to laugh all day just go to their channel and watch videos--totally safe to watch with the kids too)

4. I had fun talking with the photographers between classes.  They were all impressed with my newborn work, which I have to admit feels good receiving praise from other photographers.

5. I cannot wait for some "cooler fall" weather.  We have had a day of it then it will get hot again.  I have a friend watching the mountains for me for when the leaves turn as I want to take Eric up there with his new glasses to see fall colors for real for the first time in his life.

5 Pictures
newborn photoshoot
From a recent newborn shoot- look at those smiles! 
loving the sunroof
They loved the sunroof in our rental car
pretty clouds
Fun clouds on one of the cool days
Sunset over soccer practice
Sunset over soccer practice
Kid in sun glasses
He loves stealing my glasses

Do you have any fun weekend plans? 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Every Photographer Should Get Their Pictures Taken

I think it should be a requirement as a photographer to get your pictures taken.  Take your turn on the other side of the camera.

This last Saturday my family got our pictures taken.  I have a dear friend who is also a photographer (Find more of her work here) and is pregnant, and so we exchanged sessions, a family session for my family and I am going to be take her newborn pictures soon.

I was so excited for the pictures and then it was time to pick out outfits...

I am a photographer!  I take pictures of families all the time.  I see the cute outfits they pick out, yet it felt so incredibly difficult.

After I went to way too many stores and spent way too much money, I finally had it- what would be the perfect outfits for my family.

We decided to do an early morning shoot, which was very ambitious of us.  From problems of rolled sleeves bothering the boys, me accidentally burning Alex's head with the curling iron, and leaving 15 minutes later than I wanted to, it was a little chaotic to say the least.

As we were pulling up late, it made me have a lot more empathy for when my clients arrive seeming a bit frazzled.  You forget what all goes into it on the other end.  Remembering this will help me feel a little more understanding next time my clients are a few minutes late- as sometimes things are just crazy.

In the end, we got amazing pictures that I love and everyone had a great time and I cannot wait to take pictures of Angie's new baby.

Here are just a few of my favorite pictures-- it was hard to pick as I love them all!

What to wear for family pictures
Family Pictures
kids pictures
Family poses
dad and kids mother and kids pictures family photo shoot
family pictures
family pictures
couple picture
The kids really wanted to "photobomb" a picture
tall husband
Had to put this one it to show how much bigger Eric is than me- and I am wearing heels! 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Best of the Blogosphere: Week 88

Welcome back to the  Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party. Every Monday we look for the best posts on the Internet. Gives you the chance to be featured on all of our blogs!

 My favorite post last week was a post from Reviews, Chews and How-to's. She recapped her feelings and experience with 9-11.  I think it is a day none of us will forget.

Here were your favorites from last week's Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party!
How to make a handmade copper leaf mobile perfect for Fall. The craft kit includes all the supplies you need. A simple DIY craft tutorial idea.
How to Make a Copper Leaf Mobile- The Crafty Blog Stalker

These 12 Fun & Healthy On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas are perfect for back to school & busy mornings.

New Adventures-Perfectly Imperfect Love

14 Fall and Halloween Porch Decor Ideas that are easy and fun to do. You will have a blast recreating these Halloween decoration ideas!

Come meet your hosts!

Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party Hosts
Party Rules:
        • Follow your hosts! Take a moment and give us some love! Follow us on social media so we can promote you!
        • Link up your best post of the week. Be sure to add the link for a specific post, not your homepage. Go ahead and link up a couple that you love.
        • Please link up family friendly posts- nothing political or religious. Also, please do not link up posts to promote giveaways, link parties or shops. Guess what? You can link up a sponsored post if you feel it's your best post of the week. We're cool with that.
        • By linking up with the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party, you are giving permission to us to feature your post with a link back to you- either as a weekly winner or our own personal favorite post
        • Take the time to visit a few blogs and vote for your favorite post of the week by giving it a visit.
        • Tweet about us #bestoftheblogosphere
        • Follow the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party board!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Five: Clothes for Pictures, Volunteer and Soccer

I am still alive!  I have been the worst blogger this week, I did post about an awesome giveaway which you should enter- but I am back for Friday 5.

5 Thoughts

1. Alex had her first fall season game; she played goalie for the first half and the midfield for part of the second half.  They won 7-0!  It was an awesome way to start the season.

2. As of right now when I am writing this post I am all caught up on editing for photo sessions.. but as you are reading this there is a good chance I am right in the middle of a newborn session.  Another little boy, definitely what I get the most of.

3. I helped out in Ryder's classroom this week.  It was the first time this year.  There are a lot more parents that are able to help out this year, so nothing like last year where I was at the school at least once a week.  I kind of miss it.

4. We are getting our family picture tomorrow; you would think since I take pictures of families all the time it would be easy to pick out outfits but man is it hard!  I am doing an exchange with a friend who is an amazing photographer as I will be doing her newborn pictures here in the next couple of months.  But with the amount of different outfit options I bought, this "free" shoot isn't turning out so free.

5. Got my hair all fixed up for our family picture too- i.e. dyed it again, it was definitely past due, so many grays.  Luckily I don't have to go far to get my hair done, Eric always dyes it for me.

5 Pictures
Almost bought this this weekend

soccer team
Alex's team after their victory 
Birthday chain
He made a chain to count down to his birthday
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Meatball make spaghetti so much better! 
Monday was super cool- only in 60's so busted out my boots! Going to be 100 on Sunday- blah! 

Do you have any fun weekend plans?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fall Giveaway- $750 in Gift Cards

Hi, friends! I’ve teamed up with a group of awesome bloggers to bring you a FABULOUS giveaway!
Fall Giveaway

Are you ready for this?
 You have a chance to win a $500 Sephora or Target Gift Card!  

Even better- there is a second prize of a $250 Sephora or Target Gift Card!

Winners will choose the store.

This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL! You must be 18+ to enter or have a parents permission. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. There will be TWO winners! 1st Prize and 2nd Prize chosen by random draw.

Enter by clicking the link below. 

There are a lot of ways you can get more entries, come every few days and do a few more options if you want.

 GIVEAWAY ENDS 9/27/2016 12:00 AM EST

Good luck everyone!