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How to have the most crush-worthy family photo gallery in town

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How to have the most crush-worthy family photo gallery in town

People are always asking me how to have the photos that they see in others homes. You know the ones. Photos where the people are always happy and the locations are gorgeous. You get all dressed up and everything looks fabulous in the sunset. But have you actually ever asked the person how that photo came to be? Usually it goes like this..."I have no idea how she got Jeremy to smile because he was running around the whole time screaming that he didn't want to be there and Laura kept rolling her eyes every time the photographer took a photo just to make me mad. I think the photographer said something about heavy editing and that is why I had to pay extra." I mean, don't get me wrong. Those types of photos can be magical and they can be wonderful memories. But when you look at the photo all you will think about is the memory of taking the photo and all the negative things that happened that day. IS that what you really want? While the final result may be what you were looking for. Let's, as a collective society, yearn for more. 

Why not yearn for an image where everyone is having fun and laughing? 

Or what about a photo where the kids are just being themselves?

Whats wrong with hanging these up on your walls? Nothing at all! It shows the real you and the real life that you are in right now. Who wouldn't want to see that and smile every single day? I would. 

If you are interested in learning more about the process of hiring me then go ahead and visit your adventure. If you want to get on my waiting list and earn $100 off your first session then go ahead! No one is stopping you from getting these types of images but you!

Much love,

Heather


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3 ways to empower your children with forgotten family photos

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3 ways to empower your children with forgotten family photos

7 albums. 7 photo albums sitting on my shelf.

7 albums that get looked at often. And by often I mean a couple times a year. But none the less, looked at when we feel like it. Looked at when we feel nostalgic for a camping trip we want to relive again. Looked at when we just are bored on a rainy day. Looked at when we have the chance to show someone that time we went to the zoo. 

My wedding. My daily life before kids. My daily life with young kids. My biological parent's wedding. My children's first years. My children's life. In 7 albums. 

It's a proven fact that when you display your pictures, your feeling of self-worth goes up. You feel loved, special and included in something bigger than yourself.

Looking at pictures of your life help you remember the moments that things were funnier, the moment that things were happier, and really, just the moment when things were different than they are today.

Let's explore a few ways we can display our photos for all to see, raise our self-esteem, heighten our feeling of being loved, raise our ambitions of being included, and empower us overall. 

1. Family albums

I mean, yeah, this is an obvious one. Whether you scrapbook them all pretty with lush designs and pretty ribbon, or just fit them in a clear folder plain and simple, having a book of photos of times forgotten is a win-win. Easy to store and easy to display, family photo albums are a simple way to add your memories to your daily life.

2. Wall art

So this one for me is an obvious one as well, but people really do underutilize it. I get that some of us want artwork not he walls. I get that not everyone has large beautiful walls for displaying a lot of memories, but just one image can change your life. One image that you place strategically in your home that you can look at day in and day out and not only smile, but lower your overall stress level. You just gotta do it. Every house has space for one image to hang on the wall. There isn't a wrong choice here. 

3. Slide shows

What better way to display our memories than slideshows. You get way more for your buck and you don't have to do a thing! I think it's common knowledge that they make picture frames that digitally hold images. Or at least, they display the images from the card that you insert into it. So easy and so simple to watch recent memories before you hit the "print" button.  Not only fun to watch, these things are genuinely the most simple way to show off your family. 

Looking back on my life, my kids' lives, I wonder if I took enough photos. Did I display enough? Did I let them know unconsciously that they were important to us? I think I have. But have you?

Much love,

Heather 

P.S. I am currently taking sign ups for my fall sessions in and around Boise, Idaho. If you live there and want in, please sign up! I won't be able to help you if you don't!  


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Partnership with Basic Invite and what this means for you

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Partnership with Basic Invite and what this means for you

I don't prioritize it. EVER. Christmas cards are always on the to-do list and never on the done list. With so much going on around the holidays, it is a mad house to get it all done. I have a hard enough time getting an actual family photo, let alone getting them printed and sent out to all my family members and friends. Yet year after year I get the most wonderful cards from so many people and now I am so excited that I get to share the love of creating them. 

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Basic Invite is a company that manufactures all kinds of cards to your liking. Not only do they make Christmas cards, they make other things too like graduation invitations/announcements and wedding invitations! With so much to offer, it is certain that you will find what you want. Let's explore a few of their options!

Almost Unlimited Colors - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw.

Custom Samples - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

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Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes - Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

Address Capturing Service - Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders.

Foil - Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

And GUESS WHAT?

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So don't miss out on this opportunity to get what you need for your family's needs in stationary. 

Check out these important links so you can be directed in the right place! 

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Much love,

Heather

And if that wasn't enough, this partnership is also giving my personal clients an additional discount! All clients that order through my code get an even higher discount at 20%. But to get that code you have to be a client.  Contact me today to set up your next adventure


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Phase two: Cameron Park Library

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Phase two: Cameron Park Library

When the Cameron Park Library (of where you already have work on the walls) tells you that they not only need more work, but you need to reorganize the work so its spread out more throughout the library, you do it. 

I am not one to gloat, but this is a reason to gloat. I love having my work up in places around the community because it makes other people happy. I am constantly getting told that people love seeing my work in public places. And the people that are in the photos get comments about it as well. 

Now, THAT is cool. 

Documentary photos hanging from the Cameron Park Library

If you want to see what it looked like for phase 1 of this journey go ahead and check it out. Do you want artwork like this in your home? Don't forget to look at our annual membership package to get all this love all year long- plus oh so much more!

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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Quietly sitting and listening

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Quietly sitting and listening

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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Documentary Photography on display at the Cameron Park Library

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Documentary Photography on display at the Cameron Park Library

Giggling, he put the sea shell up to his ear as if he didn't know what to expect from it. "Listen," she said, "and you will hear the ocean!" Clearly confused, he did it anyway and giggled. Only just over a year old, experiencing new things was his forte. Putting a shell to your ear to hear the ocean was just the beginning...

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