Mean geese: how to overcome your fears

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Mean geese: how to overcome your fears

Sitting inside, looking out the window, I would watch for them. They liked to hang out in front of the door and I had to know if they were out there. The moment I would walk outside they would chase me. My mom used to tell me how to handle them so they wouldn't chase me but it never seemed to work. However, the fact still remained, I had to go outside and walk by them so I had to face my fears. 

Facing our fears is one of the toughest things we have to do in life. For me, I have tons of fears. Fears that my kids aren't eating well enough, fears that I'm not documenting them enough for them to have in the future and fears that I don't do enough. Do you ever feel this way?

In my heart I know I am doing enough, I am feeding them well, and I am documenting them when I can. That is all I can do. And you shouldn't feel like your fears are doing anything else but just meaningless scares too. So let's imagine for a minute that we are the most amazing parents out there. We have too much to really worry about that it doesn't make sense to have fears that we aren't enough.  

But when you look into your kid's eyes and they just appear to be having the time of their lives, what is there to really fear? If they are happy- you should be happy. 

 

So let's all just get over it and not worry so much. Live is too short for that. If you want to hear more about my musings on life, go ahead. Let's join together and walk out amongst the geese. Control your fears. Don't let them control you.

Much love,

Heather 


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Your Personal Printing Guide: Free Download

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Your Personal Printing Guide: Free Download

They sat in the drawer for seven years.

Two rolls of film where the contents were seriously a mystery to me. Maybe they were from my trip to Disney Land and the kids? Maybe they were images from a family gathering at the time. 

But back then I knew that the processing of film was a lot more complicated these days. Our drug stores didn't even take film for processing anymore. Most of them are only about digital media processing now!

So the question remained, where do I go and how do I process these images on film? 

This task was so daunting to me and it took me until I moved houses to finally getting around to doing it. 

I do not want that to be you! I talk all the time about how important it is to print your photos and why.

It's a nightmare to let it stack up and loom over your head because then the task even becomes more daunting. Trust me! I know! 

Well, forget about it! I am here to help you out! 

Not only can I give you advice on where to get your photos printed, but I can also give you advice on how to go about starting that culling process.

Wait, what is culling? Well you will have to read this to find out!  

Much love and happy printing,

Heather 

P.S. Those ancient prints? Well, they were some of the cutest I have seen of my kids and at 5 years later they had definitely changed!

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Some serious Santa Cruz beach fun and some honest words from a fan

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Some serious Santa Cruz beach fun and some honest words from a fan

Daughter pulling dad towards the ocean water on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

There are so few moments that I am humbled in this life, but when I get so few, I have to relish in the times I am right? I am honored to feature this amazing client in such a way. I give every client an opportunity answer some questions about how I am doing after our session together. I completely in aw over some of the words that my recent client has said to me. I appreciate them so much and I am excited to bring them to you. 

  • At what point did you decide to book with me?

    It was a no brainer to me! It just was the thing to do!

  • Were you ever skeptical about doing a Documentary Session? If so, why? And what made you overcome it?

    I was not at all skeptical about doing a documentary session with Heather. She's very easy going and personable and not at all intrusive.

  • What was your favorite part of the session?

    The best part was, that we did what we would usually do (at the beach) play!

  • Were you pleased with the way your session turned out?

    My husband and i loved the photos. I love the cinematic appeal and intimate moments captured.

  • If you could do it all over again, what would you change about your session? Anything? And why?

    Nothing.

  • Would you ever do a Documentary session again? And if so, when could you see yourself doing another one? What activities would you do on your new day?

    Something that appeals to me are family lake days, paddleboard, jumping into the water, intimate hugs with my hubby and tight squeezes onto my board with the kiddos. ♡

  • Why would you recommend Documentary sessions to your friends? How would you describe it to them if they didn’t know what it was?

    I would recommend it. I'm constantly the shutter bug of the family, and it is nice to have those precious moments caught on camera-- being in the picture all together, in a more relaxed feel.

Enough said.

Much love,

Heather 

P.S. When you want your next session? If outdoor adventuring is your specialty then let me come! It's my specialty too. 


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Quietly sitting and listening | San Jose Family Photographer

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Quietly sitting and listening | San Jose Family Photographer

Quietly sitting, waiting for the story to be done, the librarian closed the book and asked the group how they enjoyed it.  She asked us questions and she told us some more about the story outside of the reading. Saying something about the author and then telling us we could get up to pick our own books, we were excited. I loved the library so much as a child. I don't remember the book she was reading and I don't remember whether it was at my school's library or the town library but I remember vividly how the library smelled of stuffy books and how small the floor area was where we could sit down and listen. 

While I have been concentrating on taking more pictures out in the Bay Area such as San Jose, Cupertino and Palo Alto, it is always nice to still be recognized in my local community. This year I have had the privilege of being featured at our local Cameron Park Library and I couldn't be more excited. Phase one was a hit and phase two is almost here! But I have one problem! Which image do you think is better to be featured on the walls of the library? I love them both! Help me decide!

Little boy toddler helping read book at the library 

Little boy toddler helping read book at the library 

I need to know! Help a girl out!

You want a session at your local library? Please contact me today to schedule your session. It's so fun to watch young minds have fun and learn about the world. 

Much love,

Heather 


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Best time of your life | Cupertino Family Photographer

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Best time of your life | Cupertino Family Photographer

If you could pick your most favorite age of you life - what would that age be? 

Were you five years old, barely remembering things at this point, wearing spidey PJs and running down the hallway screaming at the top of your lungs?

Little girl sitting on blanket for a picnic wearing a lopsided hat

Little girl sitting on blanket for a picnic wearing a lopsided hat

Were you six years old blowing out the candles on your Cabbage Patch Doll decorated birthday cake, hoping to get the brand new barbie doll that was all the rage at the time?

Or were you seven years old swinging on the hammock at the family campground, listening to music on your Playschool tape player? 

Maybe you were nine years old and given permission to ride to school on your bike all by yourself? Well, ok maybe not by yourself, but your sister being with you doesn't count.

My favorite collective age as a kid has to be from the time I can actually something to about age eight. Everything during that time was magical. Lots of friends, lots of fun and lots of memories to recall, that point in my life is the most vivid for me. I am not sure why that is. And to be honest, it's ok that I don't know! HA! But I can say that I have a ton of memories of that time from my mom. She worked really hard to take our pictures lots when we were little. I remember so much about it yet also so little.  The pictures are a good start though. And because I know my mom is actually going to read this- I want to mention that my life after age eight was not bad, just different.

I think mostly that is why I want to document other people's lives when they have kids between birth to age ten. It is so important to me that children have memories from these early years. Not just the ones from birth that they won't be able to remember but also the ones that will spark a ton of memories of different stories from that age and so on and so forth. 

Not only do I believe that kids these days are well documented, especially around those ages, but I also believe they won't remember it. You can't see what you can't open. There is no proof that the digital files we have today will be able to be opened or even looked at in the near future. We all know that technology changes daily. Things get invented that are smaller and cooler, forcing us to make changes to our lives that will effect our kids' lives. VHS tapes need to be copied, CD's need to be downloaded to MP3 status- oh wait!- no not that anymore, but maybe to a digital form of some kind? Then oops!,  a virus takes your computer and all your pictures and data are lost. Then what?

It is so important to print your pictures and store them properly. All of these images were printed from my childhood. Don't let it get you down. There are lots of ways to preserve your photos and your memories. Why not try some of these? You won't regret it. It can be a chore at first but if you whittle it away day by day this summer it will become the best thing you ever did.

Much love,

Heather 


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I want to remember the way she looked| Cupertino Family Photographer

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I want to remember the way she looked| Cupertino Family Photographer

This month is a hard one. School is ending. Lots of family obligations. Lots of obligations in general that we are required to be at. 

On this particular day she asked me to braid her hair. She never asks me to braid her hair. She likes to wear her hair long. Almost hanging down to her bottom at full length, her hair is really long. 

On this particular day the sun was out and the birds were singing. The torturous rain we so desperately needed had come and gone and the sun was finally shining. 

And I could not help but document this day in time. Her braid in the sun and all in a rush before heading to school. Never forget.

Much love,

Heather

P.S. Do you want me to document those special times in your life you don't want to forget? Contact me today to discuss what a documentary sessions could look like for you. 


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5 best places to camp in Northern California | Cupertino Family Photos

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5 best places to camp in Northern California | Cupertino Family Photos

Riding around the roadways lined with campers and tents, people and wildflowers, the wind blew through my hair. We knew our way around like the back of our hands because we had done this track so many times before. Only 30 minutes drive away from where I grew up, Blue Lake in Modoc County was probably the best place to be. Bringing everything with us except the kitchen sink, a two night stay felt just like home and seemed to last a life time. We would go with friends, swim in the lake, fish in

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Feeding the cows: family time on the farm

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Feeding the cows: family time on the farm

Pretending to be scared of heights, she sat on the fallen tree and cried. You know, one of those spells that just feels forced? How can you really be scared when 4 feet off the ground? 

Alright, I am not going to say that she wasn't really scared because I really didn't know, but mom and I laughed anyways. We helped her down and she went running. At just 4 years old, she is a true spitfire. But who wouldn't be with brothers like these? 

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Do you choose to remember the happy moments? | Portraits Lifestyle San Jose

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Do you choose to remember the happy moments? | Portraits Lifestyle San Jose

Kneeling down to hug her was hard and her fur was so wet from the rain that all I ended up doing was getting myself wetter than her. When you have to re-home a pet that you love it is one of the hardest things to do. Being a good neighbor comes with a price and the stress was just too much.  Knowing that she is going to a good home is little consolation considering the circumstances...

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How to have a hammock swinging, music listening experience at every photography session | Lifestyle Photographer Palo Alto

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How to have a hammock swinging, music listening experience at every photography session | Lifestyle Photographer Palo Alto

Swinging on the hammock listening to some soft tunes while you get those deep lines on your butt from the pressure of the rope, is the epitome of relaxation.

Or for you maybe it's the idea of taking a nap while the house is completely quiet as the kids are at school and you are not. 

What about taking a yoga class and feeling completely moved and understood all in the same moment. Your instructor surely had your back that day...

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Learning not to fall off a bike when you are seven: bringing on new session offerings for 2017! | Everyday El Dorado Hills Photography

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Learning not to fall off a bike when you are seven: bringing on new session offerings for 2017! | Everyday El Dorado Hills Photography

I was about 7 when I learned to ride my bike.

I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a shiny blue color and fit me just right. Every time I rode it I felt like a queen. Riding with a jacket on in the crisp fall days of Northern California. Our driveway was made of dirt and gravel and it was pretty long. So deciding to ride up and down the driveway was really a no-brainer...

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I missed her first class by 50 minutes: focusing on your everyday details | Children Photographer Palo Alto

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I missed her first class by 50 minutes: focusing on your everyday details | Children Photographer Palo Alto

I had it all together. I was on top of everything all day. I had to get my daughter to dance at a certain time and I literally said to myself. "Heather, you rock!" 

But when I got to dance I realized that I didn't exactly rock as much as I thought. 

I found out I was 50 minutes late to her class when I thought I was 10 minutes early. 

I sat there and felt sorry for my daughter for making the mistake and I felt sorry for myself because I made a mistake- but in the long run I had to understand that it wasn't important. One missed class does not make a big problem. 

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