Wow! How fun the last few “duckling days” have been! The baby ducks were so well behaved and the kiddos just LOVED them! I’ll be sharing some of the most adorable portraits soon… but in the meantime… My Golden doggy, “Chula” wanted to get in the act! P.S. Don’t try this at home… we are PROFESSIONALS! (thanks to Kevin/KJImages for this adorable portrait! THIS is going on my WALL!!!)
Busy editing lots of great sessions I’m anxious to share… But first, here’s a couple of my “baby girl” who is now 11! How did that happen? (My *baby boy* is now 15! However, he’s not as “into” letting me shoot him these days… not sure why?!? LOL!)
Hope you are enjoying a fun-filled Summer! There are still a few openings left for the Texas JULY special and the August 1-6 Tampa trip! Be sure to check it out HERE, if you would like to book before the spots fill up! Have a GREAT week!
I am honored, excited, thrilled, proud…. all of the ABOVE… to share the current issue of APRIL 2011 PPA Magazine
featuring my image and an article including my images of my amazing clients and some *insights* of my photography business. I received the call from “PPA headquarters” (aka Cameron Bishop…*smiles*) in February as I touched down in Vegas for WPPI just leaving from speaking at SPA in Palm Springs, CA! I actually don’t know which I get more excited about… being interviewed or getting to show off my ADORABLE KIDDO clients!
And here’s the full article… Fun *sidenote*… I don’t select the images chosen and was really happy to see my 2 kiddos and 1 furry kiddo were chosen to be a part of the article!
P.S. Had a great time in Tampa last week! Summer Tampa dates will be confirmed soon and KELLER studio is opening NEXT week! GRAND OPENING specials for Texas studio will be the NEXT blog post!
This is the most difficult blog post I’ve ever written…. I’ve started it several times in the past week and then just deleted it all! I have some BIG news and it’s truly “BitterSweet”….
As some of you may, or may not know, my ex had to move to Pennsylvania in August for a new job and that has left me all alone this fall… as a parent…So it has really been tough this fall to juggle everything (kidddos, work, health…) on my own. If that isn’t enough, last October (2008) I began to experience a great pain in my right arm and hand… my forefinger and thumb stay almost completely numb. This year I had 2 MRI’s and consulted with a neurosurgeon who informed me that I have almost 3 completely ruptured disks in my neck which are pinching a nerve, which is the cause of the pain in my arm/hand and numbness. Unfortunately, I may not be a suitable candidate for DISK surgery because the disks are also “curved” and may reject any fusions or disk implants… (so I’m told) …so the doctors say I will need some really extensive (read: $$$ and TIME) physical therapy to try to alleviate the pain and *fix* it (to a point). I have come to the realization that I will need some extra help with the kiddos and to work less than I do now… So… after considering all options… I have decided that I need to relocate (move!) to Texas to be closer to my family and Kevin. I really wanted to wait until the summer, but after this busy fall (Christmas) season, I realize I can’t continue to ignore the pain and can’t risk possible PERMANENT nerve damage to my right arm (I sorta need it! *smiles*) Also, my son Andrew (almost 14! ack!) will be starting high school next fall and I’d really like to get him settled and make some friends before high school starts up in the fall.
This decision has been a HUGE struggle and I’m really hurting about this. I’m excited to be closer to my family and Kevin… but growing up as a “military brat”, I’ve never lived anywhere as long as I’ve lived here (almost 7 years) and really consider this my “home”. My clients are loyal and AMAZING and have truly become friends and *family*!
I am not *officially* closing my Riverview (Tampa) studio at this point… I am planning to fly back for my shoots here in Tampa every so many weeks. I will be closed during this transition and will reopen for the time(s) I return. (check blog/newsletter/site to find out when that is!) For you Dallas/Fort Worth peeps…. this might make you smile as I have already made arrangements to rent studio space there. I’ll be “biCOASTal”… except I don’t think Dallas has a *coast* (smile…. maybe a lake??)
For my current clients…. this is another reason for the December 15th (today!) cutoff… I am organizing EVERYTHING! Please let me know asap if you need any orders by December 25th! Christmas!
Sorry to be longwinded…This has been a difficult time. I wish you all an AMAZING holiday season and the BEST for 2010! Don’t hesitate to email me anyTIME! I’ll be around!! I am grateful for the most wonderful friends, photographer *friends*, clients & family! Thank you for all the thoughts, prayers and wishes from those who have known the pain I’ve been enduring. I love you all!
And b/c I should always include a PICTURE… here’s me with my beautiful *babies* (one who now has facial hair… no! not Gabriela! LOL!). From last spring in Anguilla! Paradise! They are the reason I KNOW I can’t be a good “MOMMY” unless I take care of ME and my HEALTH!
I wanted to let everyone know that I’m out of town working for two weeks but am anxiously gearing up for the upcoming holiday season! I know I’ve received many calls already for scheduling your session for the fall and I can’t wait to see all the returning families & faces, as well as new ones!
I’ve just landed in London, England (can you say JET LAG!!) and will be here assisting a SUPER cool, two part, Nigerian wedding with Kevin. I don’t normally photograph weddings, but I love to assist…especially on the “Destinations”! That said… even though you get to do a little sight seeing, they are really pretty insense and alot of work, but you really get to know your couple and their friends/guests, which makes it fun and different!
Anyway, I wanted to let you ALL know that if you are emailing or calling, we WILL be returning your call and getting EVERYONE scheduled! No worries! I will return to the studio on the 15th of September and Laura will be in and out of the studio during these days I’m gone returning emails and phone calls. Sorry for all the phone and email tags… Life will get “back to normal” after the crazyness of the summer and will get on track ready for the fall!
I have some cool new ideas and backgrounds that I can’t wait to play with. I may also do another “Beach Week” this year…possibly in October. If you are interested, please send me an email and I will let you know when it’s official and the dates. I can only do ONE beach session per day (at sunset), so I want to try to accomodate all who are interested in this. I like to do it in October or November when the weather cools off a bit! (tho it’s pretty cold here in London and I had to bust out my sweaters… BRRRRR).
In the meantime, check out the Parenting KID COVER SEARCH details… I want to see my adorable clients on every cover!
Be sure to check back for the current news and happenings… I’m hoping to capture some fun and interesting “London/Paris” images to share!
Wow… How behind am I on blogging…. Okay, so 50 lashes with a wet noodle! ha!
I really have some amazing new pictures to share… so just hang in there and bear with me! Lots going on these days…
In the meantime… I’m proud to share a current article which features me (along with two other amazing photographers who have been my friends for years, Jen Hellinga and Kathryn Langsford) in the latest PPA (Professional Photographers of America) magazine. All about “Belly Basics”! Maternity sessions are some of my most fun and it’s always exciting to get to know parents before their new *bundle* arrives! Love it!
Also, I may not have said, but I’ll be speaking at Imaging USA in January in Nashville… (PPA’s BIG event for the year…) Come say hi!
posted this last year…. but thought it needed reposting! HAPPY DADDY DAY!
along with a “road trip song”… http://blip.fm/profile/babyDJ/blip/14308349 (don’t hate me! LOL! it’s funny!)
I wanted to take a moment to wish all the daddies in the world a Happy Father’s Day! Here’s hoping that you all have a wonderful day and are treated like KINGS!
And to my own dad… life hasn’t always been easy… and we haven’t always seen eye to eye….but, I thank you for always encouraging and inspiring me and I know you have always wanted the best for me. I want the best for you too…and I hope you have a wonderful, amazing day. I love you!
(a few blasts from the past *S*)
and one of my favorite “daddy” songs…
Wow… What a blog slacker I’ve been… and I was on a ROLL before! I have SO MANY things to share and beautiful sessions to show, so get ready for the “onslaught!”
I’ll start off with a WPPI wrap up… (yea, it was in February… SO? hee hee)
The annual international convention in Vegas, WPPI (http://www.wppionline.com/) was a huge success and lots of fun! It was also the busiest convention I have EVER attended. I was literally teaching & speaking almost every single day.
We did have one “date night”, where Kevin went all out and took me to an amazing steak restaurant there in the MGM and then went on to see the HILARIOUS, Wayne Brady. (of course he had to get the FULL experience and we got to meet him afterward! Very cool!)
Here’s a few highlights from the week…. check out my snazzy collage! (you can click it to see the larger version!) Looking forward to next year already!
While attending and speaking at WPPI in Vegas this past February, I was asked if I’d be willing to do some “beta testing” for the new and improved, “Pocket Wizards”. I have always used *Wizards* as transmitters to wirelessly trigger my studio lights (well, except that first year when I was constantly tripping over my sync cord and missing a dozen shots a session…ugh!).
This new version, “Mini & Flex” is much smaller and more compact! In addition, it can also be used to fire remotely, which is great in situations when you can use a tripod and free up your hands (and silly faces, in my case! LOL!). Check me out on “You Tube” below… (one note of warning… I am a professional! These types of sound effects should be used with EXTREME caution…. don’t say I never warned you! *smiles*)
special thanks to: Julie Klaasmeyer from: DesignRevolution.com for the AMAZING tutu and hair piece!
and Debra from: Denny Manufacturing for providing a background ON THE SPOT!
And a few favorites of baby “B”… she was my model during the two day plus class, in addition to my “behind the scenes!” (more of her to come!)