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I get it, you're nervous. But here is why you need to overlook that.

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I get it, you're nervous. But here is why you need to overlook that.

I was thinking about you the other day. The family that has no pictures of themselves since forever. I heard it from you the last time we spoke. You don’t have one picture of all of you together. Why is that?

Are you nervous to get in front of a camera?

Are you too busy to make time for one photo, even if it’s just with your phone?

Are you worried it will cost to much to hire a professional when you know that money is always an issue?

What is really holding you back?

Let’s explore these further.

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What is family adventure photography and why do you care?

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What is family adventure photography and why do you care?

The definition of “adventure” is an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.

Now, the hazardous is a bit of a stretch when we are referring to photography. Especially when we are dealing with families. But that being said, sometimes we don’t adventure often enough and then the activities we seek do become sort of hazardous! I digress…

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Top three adventures that will actually raise your spirits | Boise Family Adventure Photographer

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Top three adventures that will actually raise your spirits | Boise Family Adventure Photographer

Sledding down the butte in my backyard, I was six years old. My sister, two years older than me, sat in the front of the sled. We always argued over who got to sit in the front. She won the battle this time and later regretted it. Falling headfirst into a bush, it was always hard to navigate around them as we went down the hill. And honestly, it made my day. Let's not for a moment think that I let her forget that moment...EVER. 

The adventures we go on as kids, often mirror the adventures we enjoy most as adults.

I am not sure why this is, but I can tell you that I would absolutely love to go downhill on a sled in the snow right now. Having kids myself, it makes it so much easier to share these kinds of experiences because its almost as if I want them to experience all the adventures I had as a kid. Knowing that I enjoyed them so much and knowing they would too if they just gave them a go, I try and implement as many as possible.

What are some adventures you did as a kid that you want to have your kids enjoy? Let's explore some of the most common things we like to do and see how they will make you happy.

1. Having past adventures

I know this sounds pretty simplistic and generic, but stay with me on this. I have no idea what you enjoyed doing as a kid. Hanging out at the local theater and becoming an expert people watcher? Riding a bike? Going on a hike? Playing at the local swimming pool? Again, the things you did as a kid for fun will echo what you want to do with your kids now. So start remembering your own adventures and surely your excitement will rub off on them when you go to complete them. 

2. Trying something new

Exploring the area in which you live, not only gets you out and about to meet new people in your direct area, it also is a fun challenge to find new adventures. Have you ever done paddle boarding? para sailing? hot air balloon rides? Try something different and see what kinds of adventures you can come up with.  This is guaranteed not only to raise your spirits, it teaches your kids that there is so much more in the world than their parent's past adventures. 

3.  Just staying in

People often think that adventures have to be outside doing something fun and exciting. Now, while I love those kinds of adventures, there are so many more adventures to be had indoors too. There is nothing like having a day where you just stay in and relax. Our bodies need to be in relax mode every once in a while. And I can't tell you how many times I got to know my kids on more of a personal level just by hanging out and chatting or watching a favorite movie or reading a favorite book. Playing a board game and eating dinner together are some examples of what fun can be had indoors. The togetherness is not only a necessity for you, but a necessity for them. Don't downplay the importance of these down times. 

Now, while my sister was not happy about the result of the sledding event, it did not prevent her from getting back out there and trying again. This time we tried a little harder to navigate around the bushes, and she let me go in front just a few more times than her after that. 

What adventures are you waiting to have with your kids? Are these adventures season dependent? or can they be done whenever you want? Tell me about it in the comments! 

Do you want me to come around and document your next adventure? Contact me today to set something up! 

Much love,

Heather 


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Free Download to the best personal printing guide | Horseshoe Bend Family Photographer

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Free Download to the best personal printing guide | Horseshoe Bend Family Photographer

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 the importance of printing your photos.

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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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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How to have an amazing experience at every photo session | Lifestyle Photographer Eagle

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How to have an amazing experience at every photo session | Lifestyle Photographer Eagle

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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The 6 ways you can immediately save more memories | Boise Documentary Photographer

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The 6 ways you can immediately save more memories | Boise Documentary Photographer

Sitting in the one room movie theater as a 7 year old, all by myself, was very scary.

My sister and her friends decided to leave me in charge of saving seats in the very back row at a repeat showing of E.T. while they went to buy yummy snacks. That feeling of telling strangers not to sit in the saved seats scared the bejeezus out of me and thank heavens it never had to happen!...

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What happens when electronics are off limits for one day | Emmett Everyday Family Photographer

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What happens when electronics are off limits for one day | Emmett Everyday Family Photographer

Riding down the driveway on my sister's bike (that was too big for me), I fell off. I don't remember exactly why I wasn't riding my own bike, whether it had a flat tire or whether it was because I liked the thrill of using things of my sister's when I wasn't supposed to be doing so. Either way, I fell off and I skinned my leg. But I moved on. Did I cry? Probably. Did I run away from it for a while? Probably. Did I try again later? Probably. Did this help my drive, not just as a kid riding a bike, but as an adult for later in life? Absolutely. 

There are lots of things that happen when kids get outside and learn about the world. I really am not sure why these things even have to be discussed anymore when there is so much out there that talks about these types of benefits. But let's talk about them again anyways. 

1. They might just hold a bug

Yep. Sorry if this grosses you out but even those girlie-girls need this. Holding a small creature and treating it with care. Catch it and observe it for awhile but don't hurt it! Give it food and let it be. See how it behaves. Biology (the study of living things) is so important to our younger generations. You never know what they might come up with when they grow up. New inventions based off of how animals behave. Scientists and experimentalists all started somewhere. Let them get dirty. Let them see what the world is all about. Don't just let them watch, but let them touch.

Young kid holding a large slug while on a camping adventure with family.

2. They might just laugh

Laughter is the best medicine for sure. Laughter brings calmness. Laughter brings healthy relationships. Laughter brings happiness. Laughter equals less stress. What can go wrong here? Playing outside brings laughter and fond childhood memories. What are you waiting for? Join them!

Little girl sitting by the campfire as she laughs. Camping trip adventure with family

3. They are guaranteed to use their imaginations

So nobody said this was going to be easy! Being outside forces you to actually use your imaginations! What do you want to do today? Climb a tree and pretend you are on a ship and you see land ahead of you! You must tell your crew! Or run and play tag pretending you are a bee trying to get to it's food. Give them cardboard boxes and let them show you the biggest mansions you have ever seen. Obviously my imagination is not that great but I'm sure your kids could come up with better things to do! Test them!

4. They might get some exercise

Running around and climbing things and using muscles. Exercise is just what they need. Staying in front of the T.V. all day or sitting in their classroom chair, they get none of that! Smelling the outdoors and hearing the outdoors just gives you energy. Can you feel it?

Little boy climbing around int he woods on tree stumps getting exercise.

5. They might get sunburned or rained on

Be careful. Too much time outside can give them sunburn and it might even just rain on them. These are good signs that your kids love the outdoors. Extreme play comes with extreme consequences. But of course you can prevent these things from being harmful. Sunscreen and rain boots anyone? Don't let it stop them!

6. They might just have fun

Who is to say that they won't have fun! Even kids that don't get outdoors often will try and claim that they aren't having fun. They just don't know what kind of fun there is to be had. Leave them out there. Do not give in. They need their own memories and and they need to know what it is like to be that kid that has no responsibilities and carefree. When was the last time you actually felt carefree? Try and get your kids to see that it can be fun. But don't try too hard to help them achieve it. It is something they need to experience on their own.

Siblings- boy and girl- sitting on a bench while one is smiling and one is crying and complaining.

7. They might just want to do it again

Heck, the T.V. and the video games may actually end up staying off! If they enjoy themselves too much (what is too much enjoyment anyways?) then they actually may not want to come in. Hey, you can't say I didn't warn you about it. No coming back to me saying that your kids don't want to come in for dinner because they are having too much fun. I think that just means we are doing our jobs well if that occurs.

7 kids sitting in the middle of the road on a camping adventure posing for a picture

If you would like to schedule an adventure session with me then please contact me!  Outdoor adventures are my specialty. What kind of adventure are you going to document and display?

Much love,

Heather 

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Day in the life of two cuties (and their parents) | Horseshoe Bend Lifestyle Documentary Portraits

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Day in the life of two cuties (and their parents) | Horseshoe Bend Lifestyle Documentary Portraits

It seems like yesterday that I was doing a portrait session for my friend Caitlynn. We used to work together for a couple years when I was in the veterinary business and have since stayed friends. I am so glad because she has become one of my favorite people. I am so lucky to have a friend like her. She is an amazing person and an amazing mom. Granted, her Type A personality would drive anyone crazy but in reality, her house is always clean and she always...

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