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How to feel comfortable at your next photography session | Placerville-Children-Photographer

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How to feel comfortable at your next photography session | Placerville-Children-Photographer

This is so easier said than done. I am the first to admit that. Everyone knows how comforting it is to stay in your own comfort zone. It is your safety zone. Where you like to stay. It explains itself in its definition. So why is it so hard to veer from that? Some people think that their lives are perfect. Nothing could go wrong and nothing ever will. But I venture to say that if they even knew what was wrong in their own lives they might just want to change it. However, most people are not like that. Most people don't really feel that their lives are perfect. But these people also have no clue (most likely), how to change. Some people, in fact, don't even know what needs to be changed! So how do you go about it? How can you change the things that are at fault in your life. How do you make them go away- stretching you outside your comfort...

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How to choose the best photographer for you | Placerville-Children-Photographer

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How to choose the best photographer for you | Placerville-Children-Photographer

So last year I wrote a post about what to look for when considering a photographer. Basically it's about the idea that anyone can take snapshots of anyone at anytime. Almost everyone has a camera and almost everyone has a good camera because most modern cameras can take really good pictures. Even so, the camera does not do all the work that a photographer can do to make the snap shot a portrait. There is not a fine line between the two. There is plenty of room for improvement here. In other words, the photographer does matter in this situation. It's not everyday you decide to hire a photographer to make special memories out of your every day moments. So when you do, what is it that you should look for? What steps...

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How to decorate your house with your pictures | Placerville-Children-Photographer

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How to decorate your house with your pictures | Placerville-Children-Photographer

So recently (well the end of last year) I had my family picture taken. It had been forever since we had a family portrait and I hate to admit that completely. I hired my fellow friend and photographer Stephanie to take care of that for us and I have to say I am very pleased with the results. I am the typical worst case scenario. She gave me the images for digital download and I have yet to have them printed. There is always an excuse for not getting them printed but none of them are good enough to explain. Excuses are not rare in my family. I am the exact opposite of what I want for my clients! So today I thought I would take the time...

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5 things to do inside this summer | Placerville-Children-Photographer

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5 things to do inside this summer | Placerville-Children-Photographer

So it might be a tad unbelievable to some of you reading this but I have a confession to make. I hate doing projects with my kids. There is a really rare moment where I actually get an idea in my head and go for it. I love my kids but I hate art projects and stuff because I hate cleanup! Cleanup is the worst and I know I will be in charge of it so it prevents me from doing anything on the spur of the moment. I have to plan it out first and give myself ample...

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Top ten places to take your kids this summer | Placerville-Children-Photographer

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Top ten places to take your kids this summer | Placerville-Children-Photographer

So every year right before school is about to to end, I get excited. I get excited for all the things I plan to do with my kids over the summer. I get excited for all the events we will attend and the friends we will hang out with. Then the first official day of summer comes (ok really the first week) and we do nothing. Nothing at all. I can't even seem to get out of bed and the kids are foraging for their own breakfasts. Is it just me? It's time to play catchup! Then I remember that I actually wanted to do fun stuff this summer and...

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How to go on vacation every day | Placerville-Children-Photographer

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How to go on vacation every day | Placerville-Children-Photographer

So do you ever have those moments where you just can't wait to get away? Can't wait to go on that vacation or have that down time from work? Do you ever wonder what it would be like to not have to "work" at all? Of course we all wonder about that right? Even the "stay at home moms" have work to do!

Well, Hopefully you enjoy what...

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How to be happy...daily | Placerville-Family-Photographer

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How to be happy...daily | Placerville-Family-Photographer

So I write this today as a small reminder for myself. I want to be able to look back at this specific post and read these suggestions and tell myself this matters. Happiness is not a goal- it's a well-being. It's how you live your life that matters. You have a choice on whether or not you will be happy today. You have a choice on whether or not you will be angry, sad or disappointed. Sometimes things in life can be overwhelming and...

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How to cope with everyday struggles | Placerville Everyday Family Photographer

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How to cope with everyday struggles | Placerville Everyday Family Photographer

We all have our struggles. Daily struggles that start with how in the heck we are able to even get out of bed on this particular day. Then they develop into more things like how we are able to pull our clothes on. For me, this is a constant struggle. It's pretty classic for me to say I'm tired all the time but nothing is worse then actually getting yourself out of bed on any given day. Especially when that bed...

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How to take pictures of your everyday | Placerville Everyday-Children Photographer

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How to take pictures of your everyday | Placerville Everyday-Children Photographer

Ok so today I was thinking about why and how I have the motivation to take pictures of my kids every day. Well, almost everyday. People always ask me how I do it. What camera do I have and what lenses? But people seem to forget to ask me why I do it. Is it because they know the why behind my projects or that they can presume to know the why? Do I really talk about it all that much that people don't even need to ask me because they already know why I do it? That is entirely possible! The "why" is almost the more important question isn't it? Would you do it? Could you do it? First we must figure out the "why" behind

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How to survive your busiest days with kids | Placerville Everyday-Children Photographer

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How to survive your busiest days with kids | Placerville Everyday-Children Photographer

Do less, with more focus. ~Unknown

You know them. Those really busy days of the week that you dread and when you are done all you want to do is curl up in a ball and go to sleep? Yeah I'm sure we all have them. Whether you are a working parent or not, it's always hard to get through them. Sometimes its soccer practice or music lessons or homework. Don't forget the normal everyday stuff too like meal planning and laundry and chores. That list almost seems double for those that work...

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Benefits of decluttering your life : Part Two | Placerville Everyday-Children Photographer

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Benefits of decluttering your life : Part Two | Placerville Everyday-Children Photographer

The first step to getting what you want is having the courage to get rid of what you don't. ~Unknown

Clutter is evil. It does unmentionable things to your mind. Unknowingly you get sucked in. Am I right? When we look at magazines and pictures of our dream houses (I know I'm not the only one that does this!) they are all color coordinated, pretty and sophisticated. They always have fresh flowers but in the real world many of us don't have time...

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Benefits to decluttering your life: Part One | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

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Benefits to decluttering your life: Part One | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes…~Henry David Thoreau

The one thing I think of when I think of clutter is all of my grandmother's knick knacks sitting on a shelf. My grandparents were wonderful people. They had a formal living room which I was allowed to play in however it all too often seemed boring when there was nothing to do in there. It held a nice couch and some chairs in front of this really big bay window that looked out into the front yard. I remember that my grandmother would put towels on the back of the couch and on the arms so the cat wouldn't rip the couch to shreds. This room also held my grandfather's piano which I lovingly have now in my home. It needs some major work and more often than not it ends up being a table of sorts to set things on as we enter the back door (but that is another story for another day as I am getting completely off track!) These shelves in which these knick knacks stood were probably made of glass and they probably looked really nice. I don't remember what they were exactly but I'm sure I never touched them! (Yeah right...) All I can think of now is why would anyone want to have that kind of stuff in their home? Why all the extra space and why make more work for yourself? The extra room to clean, dust and keep maintained. And for what? So no one can use it? Ok so let me just say I am not completely against having these sorts of things in your life. Knick knacks (quality ones) that you have purchased along your life travels, are fun to have. They give you memories and probably good ones at that since you kept the darn things. I still have a few knick knacks like this on my bookshelves at home and in my kitchen window. But you will not find many. I don't like dusting and inevitably these things require a little bit of maintenance. I am very low maintenance. So therefore my house is very low maintenance.

All that being said, we all have extra things in our lives that we probably don't need right? I hope that if you were to look at your house today you could pack a small box to give away to goodwill or maybe be able to put some old clothes in a bag that you don't wear anymore. What's the rule? If you haven't worn it in six months you should get rid of it? What? I can't afford to have that kind of spending budget on clothing. I keep all my clothes until they have literally fallen apart. But I am getting off subject again. We all probably could do a little bit of "cleaning up" in our lives. Knick knacks, clothes. old toys, and other items that get little use in your home could probably get some use somewhere else just fine.

Why is it important to declutter your house and the life around you? Well studies say...wait. I'm not going to tell you what studies say. I am not an expert. But these are my reasons for keeping a decluttered home and maybe they will make sense for you too.

Benefits to decluttering your life: Part One | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

1. Less chores

Let's face it. The number one reason I don't keep a ton of stuff is so I don't have to clean it, wash it, dust it, dry it, iron it (who irons anymore anyway?), step over it, you name it. Keeping less stuff in your life is really a nice thing when you think about it. It's less work to keep everything in check when you have less stuff. Believe me. It's true!

2. Less stress

Yep. The more things you have to worry about the higher your stress level gets. It just makes sense. The more you see in view, the more you have to think about physically and the more you can get distracted. The more distractions the higher the stress! I know so many people that live off this kind of stress. Nope. Not for me. Let it go.

3. More time for me

The less time I spend cleaning, washing, dusting, drying, ironing, insert your annoying -ing here...the more time I have to spend with my family and the more time I have to pamper myself. That's a fact that you cannot argue with. I dare you to try.

Benefits to decluttering your life: Part One | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

4. More money

Say what? Simple. The less you buy, the more money you have. The more you give away or sell- the more money you have. Need I say more?

5. More appreciation for what you have

The less you have, the more you appreciate it. It's amazing how a minimalist view can give you more appreciation for what you have. You may even learn new ways to use old things that you hadn't thought of before. And think about what your kids will do when you get them to focus on the most important things in their life. It might be a game changer. When you have a lot of stuff you become bogged down with too much to do that you become bored. Weird huh? It's a little counter intuitive. It just goes to show that money really can't buy happiness. Teaching your kids this lesson at a young age just might make their future a little brighter. They can keep these experiences in their heart and use them wisely once they become adults. What a gift that would be.

6. Helps you stay focused and organized

This one is a no-brainer. Once you have less in your life to worry about you can more easily take the things that are most important to you and organize them better because of the simple fact that you have less items to organize. This will help you stay more focused and in the long term this will make you happier. It's a win-win. Just take my word for it.

7. Frees you up to do other fun things

With less to worry about, you have more time on your hands to focus on the important things in life. Want to actually get through that book you have been reading for over a year? What about finding time to actually exercise? Ok I do realize that there are lots of people out there that actually exercise daily or multiple times a day. Can you come over to my house and give me some motivation? I may need it. And now that I have more free time we can work out together! YAY!

Benefits to decluttering your life: Part One | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

I could go on and on and on. But I won't. However it is really important that you take these things into consideration when you are thinking about buying that new really cool item you want. (Yeah, tell that to my movie collection...) Nothing is better than good ol' fashioned family time. Think on that one.

Benefits to decluttering your life: Part One | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

So how do we do this? How do we declutter so we can have all these great things in our lives? Well that's for another post so stay tuned for How do you declutter your life: Part Two. It's coming. You know you want to read it.

In the meantime go ahead and hop on over to some other posts that may interest you. My Kids Were Here is a blog circle I joined way back when and I just love looking at old photos of my kids and their lives. After all, aren't they what I am living for? Take a look and tell me what you think.

And when you are done make sure to send me a quick message telling me all about the photo session of your dreams! I can not wait to hear from you!

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Member of National Association of Child Photographers 

Heather Floyd NAPCP

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How to be more present with your kids and not social media | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

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How to be more present with your kids and not social media | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

How is it that every time I get some free time I spend it on Facebook or some other social media site? Is it that I am so tired that I need that time to just be in my own moment and actually feel like I am doing nothing and zone out? I choose to believe that but then the activity becomes addicting right? Whether you are a Facebook junkie or twitter fan or pinner of things you inspire to or an Instagram user, you are in my boat. I find that...

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