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Breakthroughs and bravery, last chance photo sessions

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Breakthroughs and bravery, last chance photo sessions

Getting rolled over, I lay there in the snow and I was frozen. A sled, currently being pulled by a moving truck and holding my friend, her sister and their dad, literally rolled over me. In shock and not knowing what to do I sat there in the snow waiting to see if anyone would realize I had fallen off he sled and gotten run over. 

Moments later, my dad, who was driving the truck in our back pasture, stopped and told me to get in the front seat and warm up. I didn't stay there for long, as my crying was too much for him and he told me to go home. Running back to my house, on my own, I lye down quietly in front of the fireplace and listened to Christmas jingles on the record player, while memorizing a tongue twister in my activity book. To this day, I remember that feeling of sereneness and calm. I was no longer in pain. I had the house to myself and I was happy. 

Words cannot express the yearning I have in me to be back as that little 6 year old, listening to my Sesame Street Christmas album (which I still have by the way) and just being a kid. There is an equal yearning in me to let my kids have their own experiences and their own dreams fulfilled. And while my kids have had quite a life here in California, we are going to pack it all up and head out. 

We are moving to Idaho in the fall.

Yep, you read that right. We are planning on moving to Idaho in the fall. This is something we have prayed for and longed for and by golly- finally are taking the steps necessary to make it happen. Words cannot express the excitement I have mixed with constant worry and emotions. Are we making the right decision? Will we be happy? The unknown is a scary thing huh?

So today I am just hopping in to say thank you. Thank you to all who have trusted me with your memories and thank you for all you have given me in confidence, spirit and love. 

Since we are not moving until August, I am making the announcement that June will be my last month for taking any sessions locally. Getting ready to move and pack and purge will be an undertaking I wouldn't wish on anybody but it has to be done. 

So now is the time. This is not a drill. If you have considered hiring me in the past and haven't "gotten around to it" or  weren't sure what to do about a documentary session, please inquire now. I can't imagine anyone wanting to give up capturing their adventures this spring. Camping, hiking, swimming, binge watching disney movies? Hmmm...sounds fun to me!

Let me capture those moments before they are gone and before I am gone. Contact me today. 

Much love and well wishes,
Heather

P.S. Ok! Ok! If you must have me later than that and I am already settled in my house in Idaho, I will come back and visit. Just shoot me a message to let me know. 

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Moving to Idaho: hills and prairies, fears and excitement

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Moving to Idaho: hills and prairies, fears and excitement

Soon. This year. Possibly a big move for us is on the horizon.

We are currently living in California. I have lived in California for my whole life and I cannot imagine living anywhere else. People that are not from here don't know the beauty that is California. However, the expense of living in California is not something we actually enjoy. The possibility to love another state and move there is something we have been toying with for a couple years and now finally we have been given the opportunity to make it happen. I feel as though God is willing me to this decision and I cannot be any more happy and also any more scared. 

Idaho Hills and prairies in Emmett and Horseshoe Bend 

Recently we took a trip to Idaho and we visited my parents who live there. We wanted to take a look at the surrounding areas to my parents home town so we can decide what areas to concentrate our house search on- or concentrate our land search on. (That is another story entirely!) We were lucky enough to be able to go and see the area with a little bit of snow but not a debilitating amount so we could get around and see the areas of interest quite well. Driving a bit around the towns- we loved viewing some of the local life and seeing just a glimpse of what it would be like to live there. 

Idaho hills and prairies of Emmett and Horseshoe Bend 

What we found was an entirely different "pretty" that we don't often get in my neck of the woods here in Northern CA and I have to say- it was breathtaking and sometimes even comical. 

Idaho Hills and prairies win Emmett, Horseshoe Bend and Cambridge

I can't wait to share more of my journey as we decide to move to Idaho and see where this all takes us. Coming home was a little bitter sweet. 

Much love,

Heather 


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Age 0-8, the best time of your life | Boise Family Photographer

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Age 0-8, the best time of your life | Boise Family Photographer

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

Were you five years old, barely remembering things at this point, wearing Spiderman PJs and running down the hallway screaming at the top of your lungs? (Oh wait, was that just me?)

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? (Yep, me again...)

Or were you seven years old swinging on the hammock at the family campground, listening to music on your Playschool tape player?  (Haha...definitely me!)

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. (You get the idea...these are all about me.)

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.  There are steps you can take to prevent photos from decaying in a drawer or on a USB.  Get a free download of my best personal printing guide. It might just help you get over the hump. 

Do you need to speak with me about an adventure session or family film? Contact me today! 

Much love,

Heather 


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I want to remember the way she looked for a lifetime | Boise Family Photographer

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I want to remember the way she looked for a lifetime | Boise Family Photographer

This month was a hard one. School was 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 adventures in your life you don't want to forget? Contact me today to discuss what an adventure session could look like for you. 


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Do you choose to remember the happy moments?

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Do you choose to remember the happy moments?

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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It turned off all by itself!

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It turned off all by itself!

So last night I am sitting watching Once Upon a Time on Netflix.

Have you seen it? Well, it's good. I mean, really good. (If you like that sort of show about fantasy and stories and mystery) 

And all of a sudden, my T.V. turns off...

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So as I sit here I am reminded of this time... | San Jose Everyday Documentary Photographs

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So as I sit here I am reminded of this time... | San Jose Everyday Documentary Photographs

Sitting in my living room, I hear complete silence. Other than the sound of my clothes dryer drying my clothes, I hear nothing. It is so rare I get these moments. So I enjoy them when I can. My windows are open and my curtains are swaying in the early Fall breeze. I closed my eyes as I rested and it reminded me of this time when I was a child. Where I grew up my mother had these sheer lace curtains that used to line the windows of our

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My everyday: No picture Monday | Placerville Documentary Lifestyle Photographs

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My everyday: No picture Monday | Placerville Documentary Lifestyle Photographs

So as I sit here my kids are watching that movie The Polar Express. Now who with kids has not seen this movie? It is literally mind boggling to me how many times my kids have seen this. One year I tried to hide it in the Christmas boxes so it could only be watched during the correct season. That did not go over well. Did you ever have a movie that you enjoyed so much as a kid that you watched it all year long and multiple times? For me it was Mary Poppins. My mom swears that she didn't hide the movie from me but I know better. She got...

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My everyday: Story Share | Placerville Lifestyle Documentary Photos

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My everyday: Story Share | Placerville Lifestyle Documentary Photos

So today I was taking my kids to the orthodontist because my son had yet another appointment. On the way down to the appointment I was thinking about how I am glad that we are getting this done before school starts. But then I remembered that it doesn't matter because there will just be another one when school starts! Ugh. I hate the...

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