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Favorite Photographs | Placerville Family Photographer

“ Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow. – Imogen Cunningham Haha! This is something that truly hits home for me. I have this problem, see? I take all these great photos of my kids in hopes of printing them in large format and then when I finally get around to wanting to spend all the money- I think- those are old photos. So...I take some more. By then I have spent the money and have to save up again. Therefore I have absolutely no photos of my kids on my walls. It's a vicious cycle. How about you? Do you have photos of your children on your walls? Celebrate life and love by putting photos on your walls. Framed? Canvas? Basic print? It doesn't matter as long as it's there. There is a bonus in it for you if you have included yourself in those photos.

Favorite Photographs | Placerville Family Photographer

Favorite Photographs | Placerville Family Photographer

As you can see, I don't follow my own advice. I hope you do though. Get on it! (And, if you would like me to do it for you---please don't hesitate to let me know...)

Much love,

Heather

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Heather Floyd NAPCP

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My Kids Were Here September 2014 | Placerville Family Photographer

Sometimes in life we just have to take many steps at the same time because life is moving forward so fast and we got left behind if we keep taking one step at a time.  --Unknown This month has been a whirl wind. The kids and I have been so busy and I am just sitting down now realizing how much we have actually done in the last month. It's these special moments that help us understand that the things left behind are bits of childhood lost. They are tidbits you will never get back and they must be remembered. Somehow at all costs I will try to document my kids lives as if they were here and as if they meant something. Remembering all the things that get left behind are just as important as the things that are being done in the present.

My Kids Were Here September 2014 | Placerville Family Photographer

My Kids Were Here September 2014 | Placerville Family Photographer

My Kids Were Here September 2014 | Placerville Family Photographer

My Kids Were Here September 2014 | Placerville Family Photographer

Thanks for stopping by again! I can't wait to share the rest of the circle so head on over to Leslie to see what she has to say!

Don't forget to visit my full portfolio to see all of my work. Please contact me to schedule a consultation. Stay in touch so you too can read all the amazing things my blog circle will have to share.

Much love.

Heather

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Kinex and Legos: My Kids Were Here July 2014 | El Dorado Hills Family Photographer

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." Beverly Sills My son is fantastically interested in Legos. He is one of those kids that can spend hours at a time playing with them and creating with them. He will follow the directions that comes with the box but as soon as he is bored with that toy he will take on a new creation that is all his own. When he grows up he says he wants to be a "train driver" We tell him that is called a train engineer and to do that he needs to be really good at subjects in math in school. I have been told by people smarter than me that working with Legos and other such toys will give him a good foundation for his dream goal. Cool. I have no problem with that. When he turned 5 years old, someone gave him a box of Kinex connectors. Now, forgive me, but the box said it was made for ages 7 and up---so I put it away for a while. Now my son is 9. the box has been "down from storage" for a long time and I thought he would never get to putting it together! Well last week, he did just that and what a site. He did it all on his own and he incorporated some other "shady characters" into the build. I was so proud of him and can't wait until he takes this down just to make something else. If this love for building thing continues he may just choose to be an architect and build me my dream home! A girl can dream.

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Thanks for stopping by again! I can't wait to share the rest of the circle so head on over to Leslie now to see what she has to say!

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Much love.

Heather

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My Kids Were Here May 2014 | El Dorado Hills Family Photographer

Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars..and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. - Osho I am not sure who Osho is but I love this quote. Its so important to remember that there is a bigger world around us. And we are supposed to be enjoying it! This month's theme in my blog circle is "crafty". I actually kinda chose to run with this one. My daughter is really into those pretty rubber band bracelets that everyone seems to like right now that you make on a loom? I am so annoyed by the fact that she was given this as a present at an age where she could not do the project herself. That meant I had to help her. Well as time has gone on she actually has gotten better at the actual placing of the rubber bands but I still have to use the little notched handle to put it together. What is so frustrating is when the thing hasn't been looped right and it falls all apart! Ugh! But for the love of my daughter I choose to put it back together and try again. Its the little things in life that make her happy and therefore make me happy. It amazing how we forget this on a day to day basis. Their lives are precious and all they want to do is...look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars. Shouldn't we do this with them? Don't miss all the "simply happy" moments.

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Thanks for stopping by again! I can't wait to share the rest of the circle so head on over to Andrea (Andrea | liveloveclick.wordpress.com) to see what she has to say!

Don't forget to visit my full portfolio to see all of my work. Please contact me to schedule a consultation. Stay in touch so you too can read all the amazing things my blog circle will have to share.

Much love.

Heather

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My Kids Were Here April 2014 | Folsom Family Photographer

Give yourself permission to dream. Fuel your kids' dreams too. Once in a while, that might even mean letting them stay up past their bedtimes. - Randy Pausch Tonight was amazing. We had some good food with good friends and my kids stayed up WAY past their bedtime. It is a Saturday night! Who cares right? When I was a child we had these family friends that we would visit OFTEN and have good food and stay up late with all the time. These friends just happened to have two daughters the same age as my sister and I. We would play outside until we couldn't see anymore and then we would turn on the outside lights so we could stay out longer. Playing tag in the moonlight was the BEST. Those are some of the fondest memories I have EVER. I miss those days. Carefree and careless. Acting like a child and learning as you grow, learning as you go. Learning from your mistakes but watching those in the lead and doing by example. My parents weren't perfect but they were PERFECT. Now as an adult I cherish the fact that I can give that same experience to my children. Good family friends, good food and great memories of late nights.

Kids deserve to be kids. They need it in fact. They need to be pushed to their limits of imagination and inquiry. They need to never stop trying and they need to understand failure. They need to be surrounded by love only so that when they do fail they know they are still loved by those surrounding them. Failure is the key to success. We learn from our mistakes. If we don't move past these then we will never achieve greatness.

Those that know us well understand that we try to give our kids a lot of possibilities to have fun and to learn. We are members of Cub Scouts and we enjoy every minute we spend working on new activities. Lately we have been working on learning the art of photography. Obviously a near and dear subject to my heart I decided to take it upon myself to teach my son and a few other boys the basics of how to take a good photo. Because the idea of taking a good photo is actually very subjective I mainly focused on things based on lighting and composition. The boys just loved it.

Recently we also went to a place called Daffodil Hill. As it clearly describes it is a hill with lots of daffodils on it. Pretty awesome place. And did I mention it is free? Completely and totally free. When we got there, not knowing what to expect, my son asks for my camera to be able to take pictures. "What?!! No way! You can not use my camera! It may break!!" Yeah- that was me freaking out internally without speaking a word. I silently then reminded myself that this was a perfect learning opportunity and I needed to just chill out and take it easy. What do I have insurance for anyways if I can't use it!? I handed over my camera to my son and he took a couple photos. To look at these you would never think of them as professional quality but to me they are a work of art in their own. My son was able to look at them and decide what he liked about them and what he didn't. They were his learning experience. But all in all I think he did a fabulous job. One is out of focus and one is a little dark but they are true quality just because of the heart and soul put into them. that is all I care about. Copyright…my son. Hehe. I am so glad he took this learning opportunity and tried it out or else he will have never learned form is mistakes.

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Thanks for stopping by again! I can't wait to share the rest of the circle so head on over to Andrea (Andrea | liveloveclick.wordpress.com) to see what she has to say!

Don't forget to visit my full portfolio to see all of my work. Please contact me to schedule a consultation. Stay in touch so you too can read all the amazing things my blog circle will have to share.

Much love.

Heather

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Heather Floyd NAPCP

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My Kids Were Here March 2014 | El Dorado Hills children photographer

Oh my, its that time again. Time for another post of my blog circle. This month has been crazy busy! I just don't know where the time goes! We have been really distracted with life.  Its amazing how the good things go by so quickly and the bad things seem to linger on. I wish it were the other way around. Never the less here you go! This month we bought a new tractor for our farm. Yes, we have a farm. Mostly chickens right now but we hope to expand. We sell and breed a rare breed of chicken called the Penedesenca. Well, anyways, back to the tractor. We bought a new one and it totally rocks! We have yet to use it however…..Blame the hubby on that! Or the rain? Yeah well its been raining all week so he hasn't had time to play. The lady at the tractor dealership gave my son a cool toy. No, this is not a replica of our new tractor. We don't have THAT big a farm. hehe. He played with it a lot that day until it was left here for me to wonder who was actually going to be putting it away!

My Kids Were Here March 2014 | El Dorado Hills children photographer

Because of all the rain we have been stuck inside A LOT. So after school and on the weekends when we have no other plans the kids like to play video games. We limit it but once you are done playing the TV version then why not play the action figure version? hehe.

My Kids Were Here March 2014 | El Dorado Hills children photographer

Thanks for stopping by again! I can't wait to share the rest of the circle so head on over to Andrea (Andrea | liveloveclick.wordpress.com) to see what she has to say!

Don't forget to visit my full portfolio to see all of my work. Please contact me to schedule a consultation. Stay in touch so you too can read all the amazing things my blog circle will have to share.

Much love.

Heather

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Heather Floyd NAPCP

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My Kids Were Here February 2014 | placerville family photographer

My Kids Were Here February 2014 | placerville family photographer So continuing on with my blog circle this month I was a little stumped. The theme we were given is LOVE. Well being that it is the month of Valentine's Day I guess that would make sense. We don't really celebrate Valentine's Day in our home but the kids have their parties at school and they enjoy getting all that candy. So instead of talking about love in the mushy sense, I am choosing another route…

My Kids Were Here February 2014 | placerville family photographer

My life is awesome. My kids are doing all their chores and they are behaving like little angels. They NEVER argue. We get our homework done on time every day and we are having no problems with eating all our healthy foods. We make it out of the house ON TIME every day for school - which by the way they just love being at! Ok…so that isn't all true but what can I say? A woman can dream can't she?

Now for the real story… My kids remember their chores only because we have this really cool program called ChoreMonster that rewards them for their awesome doings. My kids fight with each other at least 2/3 of their day. The other 1/3 is spent sleeping- if you get my drift. We actually do get our homework done every day but no one said it had to be early right? We are at least 10 minutes late getting out the house every morning but I do always have a healthy lunch packed for them now. Whether they eat it or not is a different story… My son actually tells me that the only thing he likes about being in school is recess but that is normal ok? My daughter is young yet as she is only in kindergarten so give her time…

Well, on a happier note I do not expect to be perfect nor do I expect people to care that much about my life but I have to say that the last month has been perfect. Me being at home full time just working on the job I love - my photography business - has been the most enjoyable and stressful thing all at the same time. So, to get back to Dr. Seuss…my reality is better than my dreams and I am enjoying every minute of it. Continue on with the circle here with Misty and see where it leads you! You won't be disappointed!

Don't forget to visit my full portfolio to see all of my work. Please contact me to schedule a consultation. Stay in touch so you too can read all the amazing things my blog circle will have to share.

Much love.

Heather

 

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My Kids Were Here January 2014 | placerville family photographer

“I suppose it's like the ticking crocodile, isn't it? Time is chasing after all of us.”― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Time is chasing us. They are getting older. The slight remembrances of your own youth. Are they good memories? Do you aspire to have your children be as happy as you once were? We have this problem nowadays that we try to make our kids grow up faster than they need to. Its not really our fault. The media has made us think that our kids need to be smarter than the next kid and - oh yeah - at a younger age. We buy into it because its easy to believe that your kids can have more than what you had and they will be able to go farther in life than you did. They will get that Master's degree in some really smart topic in school and you will be very proud because they made it farther than you. (Of course this is assuming that you have not done those miraculous things- as much of us have not…but I digress.) Although there is nothing wrong with wanting more for your kids than you had, it causes a problem. Children these days are losing their youth.

My Kids Were Here January 2014 | placerville family photographer

I blame myself for my kids not acting like "kids". I don't force them to go outside. I always make them do things they don't want to do just because it will make my life easier. It is a never-ending cycle. I get so mad when my kids leave things on the floor and when they don't pick up after themselves. But one day I realized that it doesn't matter. All that stuff will get done eventually. All they want is to be loved and have fun. Everything else will follow.

"But sometimes a person we love through no fault of his own, can't see past the end of his nose." Mary Poppins

Don't let this be you. Let your kids be kids and let them experience life as it is now and not as you wish it to be for them later. My goal of 2014 is to focus on the now. Focus on my kids and focus on their (and my) happiness. Its a funny thing when you look at your life from above. You see things that maybe you weren't able to see before. I suggest you try it. Try acting more like a child and let them have fun…with you. Thats the important part. That is what they want the most. So as I understand the importance of doing the laundry and picking up after your kids and making sure they do their homework- understand that life happens and you don't want to be the one caught up in the future only to realize you've missed the past.

My Kids Were Here January 2014 | placerville family photographer

So this blog post (and some future ones this year) will be dedicated to my kids and the fact that I realize there was a time that they "were here". Lets celebrate it. Don't look forward for it to be over. Don't lose sight of who they are now and most importantly don't ever ask them to change.

If you like reading about "my kids were here" and you want more please follow along. My dear new friend Andrea will explain this topic in her own words. It will be an amazing read I guarantee. Continue on in the blog circle until you reach me again. Have some fun while you are surfing the web. Don't be so serious.

Don't forget to visit my full portfolio to see all of my work. Please contact me to schedule a consultation. Stay in touch so you too can read all the amazing things my blog circle will have to share.

Much love

Heather

 

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So I am in a blog circle | placerville family photographer

Well this year is all about changes and new opportunities. I am starting off a new life in a way. I have two beautiful children and I have a wonderful supportive husband and I just can't say enough how happy I am that I live where I live and I have the friends I have. That all being said I am also starting on a new stressful journey. I actually quit my job the other day to begin a new journey in photography full time. Many things have contributed to helping me make this decision however the most important of all of them are my kids. They have driven me to want to be with them more often and take care of them more efficiently and I just can't do that to the best of my ability without being home. Because I worked a full time job that took me into the night time hours and I was also spending time doing photography on the side, I never had time to officially be comfortable with how I was treating my kids. So now I can begin a new story about not just life around here with new changes but also life around my kids! I am very truly excited to be starting this wonderful venture and I can't wait to share it all with you! My kids mean everything to me and as I often tell them, "Everything I do, I do for you". Corny I know, but they get my point. That time that I came home late from work and wasn't able to say goodnight or that time I yelled at them because I was so stressed and overwhelmed with a due date for my favorite job (photography) that I snapped. Come on, we all have those moments when you are stressed and overwhelmed. My husband never seems happy with the house wife that I am and unfortunately I just don't have it in me to be that "super-mom". Well times are about to change.

One of my many goals this year was to join a blog circle. What is a blog circle you ask? A blog circle is a blog where you always reference another photographer and there are only so many of us in the circle so eventually it will get back around to me. We all share talking about the same thing. This blog circle is supposed to be still life photographs about my kids. Photos that say my "kids were here". Now at first I was not really very excited about this theme to tell you the truth! After I signed up all I could envision were photos of my dirty house! But now the more I think about it the more I am excited to show my kids personalities without showing my kids. This is surely a new direction for me and something I have never tried before so I hope you enjoy as I begin this new journey of blogging and trying out my new lifestyle…as a photographer.

 

So I am in a blog circle | placerville family photographer

Don't forget to visit my full portfolio to see all of my work. Please contact me to schedule a consultation. Stay in touch so you too can read all the amazing things my blog circle will have to share.

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Heather

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