Today after school we met Cindy and Sam at Livingston Park in Belmont Shores. The park was built by the community and they did an AMAZING job. Seriously, this is the coolest park I’ve ever been to!
The park is divided into several sections of equipment. It’s great for moms that have different age groups because there is a little something for everyone!
The kids had so much fun!
This updated version of a merry-go-round was taken over by a few dads. There’s something about the way a dad pushes you, because ALL the kids were pumped about getting on the “ride”!
While I was there I met a guy from the city of Long Beach and we talked about doing pictures of the park for their website. How fun! I love chance meetings like that…and thanks Cindy for the introduction! 🙂
If you recall back to January 1, one of my goals for 2009 was to be overall more fabulous. Not me personally, just my business. 🙂 So, yesterday and today I did a major overhaul on the content of my website. The blog is fairly easy for me to update and add new things, but the website is like its forgotten orphan. I rarely think about it, which is wrong! Google Analytics tells me that most of you are coming through my site to the blog.
Anyway, go check out the site…lots of new content, some of which has never even seen the blog! I did keep some of my favorites from years past, but most of the content is new.
This is one of the new rotating pictures on the front page. I don’t think I ever blogged it. It was from one of my last photo sessions up in the bay area. I love the casual feel and the connection between the brothers. Since summer is around the corner, I wanted the front page to have a very light, airy and *warm* feel.
Another change is the categories in my portfolio. In the past, it was divided into stages of life. I decided to instead divide the portfolio into location styles. All walks of life can have their photo session in a rural area, urban downtown, at home or at the beach. I want to use the site as inspiration for clients in deciding the background for their images. They can easily click a location choice and see how they will fit into that environment.
Not to worry, I have an arsenal of locations for each of the categories. There will be no cookie-cutter photo sessions at the same place. If I ever do a repeat location, my goal is always to keep the same feel while making it look like a totally different place than the time before.
Coming soon…I want to keep it fresh by doing an experimental photo session every month. I’ll need local volunteers, so stay tuned for more details on that.
For now, bed is calling my name after a long day’s work.
Now that I’m officially a Long Beach local, I need to build up my list of favorite spots. I met with another photographer, Melinda Kim, a few weeks back and she was telling me about some of her favorite local spots. I finally had a chance to check one of them out!
We had to incorporate this new headband from Anthropologie. I love love love it!
Jake and Cooper tagged along today, so I had to get a current shot of these big guys!
And when all three jumped up on this log, I was wishing I had planned the clothing situation a little more for the boys, because this is such a CUTE shot!
I spent yesterday evening putting together parcels for all my lovely clients from the Valentine Mini-Sessions. Everything turned out amazing and needed an extra-special touch in the packaging.
It’s so fun to see all these parcels together!
I put together a few limited edition albums and they are such a great way to incorporate all your photos. The leather cover has an amazing texture and the pages are hinged UV-coated. Each photo has a black proofing border, so no turning from side to side- vertical and horizontal images face the same way!
If you are interested in this album, it will be available until the end of February for Valentine participants only.
I hope everyone is enjoying their goodies! Stayed tuned for future collaborations with Rascals to Rebels. And in the meantime, drop by their store…the spring collections are soooo cute!
There’s a black hole that exists in my desk top. I get a little busy and start throwing images into folders and next thing I know I’ve completely forgotten about an event or experience that I photographed. Don’t worry, client images are carefully backed up TWICE, labeled and categorized. The black hole theory only applies to personal photos. 🙂
Anyway, I was cleaning out folders and came across a lunch I had with two of my bestest friends. And since one of them just left to New Zealand for 3 months, it needed blogging.
Whenever we get together it involves food, lots of good food.
It also involves cute kids…lots of cute kids! The camera inevitably gets turned on Peach…the littlest of all our kids. She’s edible. 🙂
I’ll share a few more pictures of Peach, since there are no pictures of the adults! Once you’re 30ish, you don’t really like having the camera turned on you. Unless, you have time for hair and makeup!
These were taken in Jillian’s room, which I haven’t shared yet, but you get the idea. Lots of pale pink and green…the inspiration for my logo and website. I still want to paint her walls, so until then you get this little sneak peek.
Rachel, if you’re reading this, we miss you already!
Part of what I love so much about what I do is my subjects! For those of you who haven’t met me in person, I’m all about kids. I spent a few years as a first grade teacher and my whole married life before kids dying to be a mom! Now that I have three of my own, I love every bit of all the ups and downs that is involved in being a kid. When I photograph children, I want to roll all of that up into an image that makes you gasp and say, “oh that is SO…fill in the blank with your child’s name…”
It’s what makes me tick. It’s what makes me love my job. 🙂
I’ve got one more “share” tomorrow from the mini-sessions before I wrap it all up and order the prints for all my lovely clients!
My internet is back up for the time being…woo hoo! So, I have to quickly share some valentine wallet options for my clients who participated in the valentine mini-sessions. The wallets have rounded corners and come in sets of 8 for $30 plus tax. If any other clients would like to use a previous image for valentine wallets, just email me with your order. These make lovely tags on baked goods or presents for all your valentines!
This week was crazy as I was pulling together all the last minute details for the photo shoots at Rascals to Rebels. Of course my internet connection was spotty all week, so as soon as that light was on, I was working like mad to get things done. And according to Murphy’s Law, if it can go wrong, it will….the internet connection has been dead since Thursday. I’m surprisingly calm as I sit at The Coffee Bean trying to keep up with business! Maybe it’s because I’m still on a high from all the amazingly cute kids that came through the doors over the last two days.
It’ll take me awhile to do all the sharing, but here are a few of my favorites from Friday…
Well, my time is about to run out at The Coffee Bean, so I have to save the rest of the sharing for later. Hopefully, Charter Communications will get their act together soon!!!