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How to get your kids to stop watching so much T.V. | Placerville-Everyday-Family Photographer

"Televison has changed the American child from an irresistible force to an immovable object." ~Laurence J. Peter I was talking to my friend the other day and the subject was all about T.V. How much T.V. did you watch as a child? Did you like it? Was it entertaining for you and did you crave more of it? Of course I watched a little too much T.V. This was before they realized that television was not something that was necessarily good for you in large amounts. Don't sit too close or you can get cancer. Don't stare at it too long or you will freeze that way! Ha! That's a good one! I have to say that I am a true lover of television. I love my movies but I also love my T.V. What I don't like is how much T.V I actually watch. I wish I could just get rid of it! I can't seem to find the energy to stop. It takes a major effort to not watch my favorite shows. As my shows become older and they start to "go away" or get canceled I try really hard to not look for a new one in its place. If I remember to fast forward through the commercials (thanks to the invention of the DVR) I won't see those previews for the new shows. Maybe eventually all my shows will go away and I won't have any more to watch. Well, that is wishful thinking on my part. I am weak.

As for my kids? We have strict rules in our house about how much T.V. and Wii time they are to have each day. To be honest, it wasn't always like that though. I admit to having the television be a babysitter when I was cooking dinner or wanting to be by myself for a minute. It was helpful when my kids were really little. I don't know what I would have done without it honestly! Then when my mom told me that we didn't have a T.V. when I was a toddler I was totally shocked! How did she do it??!! Mind blown.

But how can we get our kids to watch less, do less and be less around all the electronics? Not just T.V.? Video games and anything else that keeps them from being active, being imaginative and being kids? Let's explore some things.

1. Know why it's bad for them

The first step to figuring out how you will take it all away is knowing why you need to take it away. T.V. can be entertaining, it can be educational and it can be pure fun! But you have to take it all in bits and pieces. Too much is not good. Too much has proven to be bad for your health as you exercise less and eat more and get less done! Who wants all of that? The first step to fixing the problem is to admit that you have a problem.

How to get your kids to stop watching so much T.V. | Placerville-Everyday-Family Photographer

2.  Put a time limit on it

In our house, we have so many activities going on that we hardly have time for television anymore. But on the days that we don't have much going on, there is a tendency to let the kids watch a little too much T.V. Our rule is that you have to turn it off by 6:30pm. This is two hours before their bedtime. This allows us to have a more successful bedtime routine too because there is nothing distracting them from doing what they are supposed to be doing which is getting their PJs on or taking a shower. So bottom line is set a rule that you can follow and have a reason to back it up. Put a time limit on it and actually set the timer. Nothing is worse than giving a time limit and letting it slide. That does nobody any good.

3. Make them work for it

Nothing shows appreciation more than a good work ethic. Chores for T.V. time. So crucial. Really works well around here. You set the rules. For every chore they do you can give them minutes to spend watching T.V. or playing video games- whatever the vice. In our house it's homework completed equals Wii time coupons. T.V. time is so seldom that it works itself out in the end. But long sortie short- make 'em work for it.

4. Cut it out completely

Some people need that complete cut off. Although it's hard, you can do it. Even if it is for one day a week to start out, you are doing better than yesterday. One day, you will forget that you wanted to watch whatever it was or play whatever it was. Then maybe you can work your way to more days at a time. Baby steps.

How to get your kids to stop watching so much T.V. | Placerville-Everyday-Family Photographer

5. Fill your time wisely

If you fill your time with other things, you don't have time for T.V. or games. Go on a hike or take your dog for a run. Get out and fly a kite. Read a book! Better yet, read an educational book! Shocking to think those are still out there. The possibilities are literally endless. Outdoor activities are great. Save T.V binge watching for rainy days. This is not the excuse you need to spend more time on the internet or social media. I said fill your time WISELY.

How to get your kids to stop watching so much T.V. | Placerville-Everyday-Family Photographer

Get my point? Take it away by a little bit or by a lot- you will be happier in the long run. Realize that it is not healthy for you and fix it. Keep it away. Pick and choose what is most important to you. Priorities are important. Let them be more about you and less about the things you have. Stay tuned for when I talk about what will actually happen to your kids once they watch less T.V.

Like what you hear? Take a look at some of my other posts on how important it is to be less busy and why they need you now- and not later. Contact me today to make some more memories and get those photos you have always wanted to decorate your home with. So fun and so necessary. Let me know what I can do for you!

Much love,

Heather

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How to lead a less busy life with kids | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

“Those who are wise won’t be busy, and those who are too busy can’t be wise.” ― Lin Yutang Wait, what? I'm not wise because I am too busy? I can't believe it! No one told me being too busy would make me dumber. Unbelievable. Not really though right? The more busy I am the more I find myself being forgetful and careless and getting sidetracked. I'm sure it goes that way for everyone to some extent. There are really two kinds of people in the world, those that are good at multitasking and those that are not. Isn't it so true! And I don't mean to say that not everyone can multitask to some extent but it does take practice. Is that something you can be proud of? I would say that most people are proud of the fact that they can multitask, especially if they are super good at it. But is that something that one can really be proud about?

I want to argue today that while being good at multitasking is not necessarily bad, the need to do so is.  Why do we find the need to be such good multi tasking fools? I think it's because we are too busy. Too busy with school activities, too busy with home activities and too busy with work activities and too busy with life in general. I say it all the time and I know so many other people that do too. "I'm so tired." We all know this is code for: I run around too much. I need a break. I need one day to just sleep in until 12 noon. I need a vacation!

How to lead a less busy life with kids | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

Unfortunately a lot of us cannot do that. Besides those people out there that literally can't stop working those three jobs so they can pay the bills or those college students that are working full time just to pay for college, there are a lot of people out there that make the choice to be busy. Me personally, I love to be busy. I don't necessarily love being in the car all day long some days or labeling somedays "take-out only" days, But I enjoy being busy with my kids and their activities. Love seeing them do certain things and have fun. I'm sure that is why a lot of parents take their kids to soccer practice or dance class or piano lessons or karate class right? To see their kids succeed in things that they are never able to do themselves. And of course to see their kids have fun. Why can't we just stop at one or two activities throughout the year? Why can't we ever say no to the extra activities the PTA has asked us to accomplish. There is always something extra that can be done. Why do we have to do it and how can we say no to it? When does it get to the point of damaging our mental status where it will hinder our ability to do  every day jobs like loving our kids and just learning to watch them grow? Let's explore some ways for you to be able to lead a less full life. It's hard, but one eventually has to just say...

1. No

Just say no. If you have too much on your plate, then just say no. It's not your responsibility to take care of everyone else's needs all the time. Yeah it's very sweet to think that you want to take care of everyone yourself. You can do it! I know you can. But do you need to? "Can you paint this for me tonight so it's ready for the play tomorrow?" "Can you help me with my job?" "Can you do me a favor?" "Can you........." "Can you please......." It's never ending. I'm not saying cut out all volunteer work completely but man- pick and choose so you can leave not only a healthier life less busy, but a less complicated one. Just say no. It will be ok. Trust me. They will move on and get someone else - or not. Not much is life or death. You will know it when it is. ;)

2. Forget the extra curricular activities

Ok so not really ALL of them. But do you really need to be involved in baseball and piano and swimming lessons all at the same time? Let's just try for one thing a season huh? Trim down the fat y'all. You will be glad you did. Your house may even see you more often. And it won't get so lonely (or dirty). Why did you buy or rent your house- so you could spend as much time outside of it as possible?? Haha I doubt that. You have to realize that doing all these activities is a choice and not a necessity.

How to lead a less busy life with kids | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

3. Stop bragging about being busy

I know I do it. I don't really do it to brag about myself really, but just to let people know I'm frustrated with my busy schedule. But I do it to myself which is silly. Learning how to not put people on a pedestal for being busy will help you in deciding that it's not worth it to be that busy. Look at it as negative thing and you probably won't want it as much. There will always be that mom that can do a tad better than you on things. Live with it. None of us have the same talents and strengths. It is what it is. We have to work together to stop this cycle.

4. Schedule your relaxation time

Make sure that throughout the day or the week that you are making time for yourself to relax. It's crazy that we as a society are so busy that we need to schedule time to be un-busy on our schedule. What's that all about? Andy Griffith sat on his front porch almost every night relaxing after his crazy days with Barney Fife. And he didn't have to take Opie to baseball practice. I'm pretty sure he walked himself. Well isn't that ideal. Around here, even if I did trust my kid to walk to practice, it would be impossible as it's a 15 minute drive just to get there in a car! Sheesh! That's not ok! But back to what I was talking about, take your time with things and make sure that you schedule your relaxation time!

5. Revisit your priorities (your kids)

You know that voice in your head that is telling you that you need to do this for your kids? I don't know. There is some truth to it. They usually enjoy some activities but once it crosses that line of you doing this for you (and not them) then it's time to stop! And these "priorities" will see a lot more of you if they weren't so busy all the time. As for you being too busy? If you have a hard time with #1 then you need to rethink who you are doing those extra projects for and decide if it's worth not spending time with your true priorities. Just sayin'

How to lead a less busy life with kids | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

If you want to read more of my rants about being around more for your kids then please go ahead and read some of these other articles.  Summer can't wait and neither will I and How to be present for your kids and not social media I know it's my opinion but I like them because I wrote them!

And don't forget that you contact me really easily and schedule your next session! I can't wait to talk with you about all of my opinions. It's fun to talk shop too! Let me know what you want and I can work on it!

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Top five ways to get a picky eater to eat | Placerville Everyday-Children Photographer

I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them Sam I Am! ~Dr. Seuss. I couldn't resist. If you know me at all then you know I am a great lover of Dr. Seuss. I collect his books for my kids and I just love reading them, even today. I think this quote is so important. For those of you that may be in the minority and maybe have never read this story (are there really any of you out there?), it's about a guy named Sam trying to get this other guy to eat his green eggs and ham. He tells him to eat the meal in different places and in different fashions and the guy says no until finally he gives up and he actually likes the green eggs and ham! Go figure. I think most of the time our brain tells us we won't like something based on looks alone and not by the actual fact that we may like the thing we are staring at. If only our minds would get out of the way. That being said, kids and often times adults will have issues with eating healthy things. Whether it is a fruit or a vegetable or something else that is healthy, sometimes it's just not wanted. Sometimes it's ok to have food items that you won't eat as long as you are eating well otherwise. But in the case of some people (mostly kids), it's hard to get them to eat anything that may resemble normal food. Chicken strips or fries anyone? Macaroni and Cheese? There are so many things I want my kids to eat that I just know they will enjoy but how do I get them to eat them? These are the things I try and hopefully they will be helpful for you too.

1. Ask them how they want it

This may seem a little bit obvious but I think this is something that most people will actually forget to do! Just ask them. What do they want? How do they want it cooked? Or not cooked? With sauce or without? Whatever gets them to eat it. If they give you an answer then go with it and make it work. Then hold them to it. If they wanted it that way, they have to eat it that way!

Top five ways to get a picky eater to eat | Placerville Everyday-Children Photographer

2. Give them choices

Ok this one is another obvious one for me but sometimes we don't have the ability to give our kids choices. Especially when you don't want to make two meals. In our house they have to eat what they get and they have to eat vegetables off the plate. We are not always successful but depending on the night it works well! If I ask them what they want before we start cooking and both options are a viable addition to the dinner I am making, then what do I care? They are now excited to eat it because they were given the power to choose.

Top five ways to get a picky eater to eat | Placerville Everyday-Children Photographer

3. Spread out the love throughout the day

Give them options of good foods all day long, not just dinner time. The more often they eat things throughout the day off of the healthy menu the less they have to eat in one sitting like dinner. Carrots and ranch in their lunch sack and strawberries for breakfast. Lots of options and lots of ways to make it count all day long.

4. Involve them in the cooking

Some kids get really excited at the prospect of cooking something that they made themselves. This does many things for them. It tells them that you value their services and it helps them learn to love cooking. Get really into it! Buy a chef's hat and an apron for them to wear. My daughter will put her apron on just to get the chance to crack one egg at breakfast. Cooking becomes a chore when you are an adult but as a kid you think it's fun! Explore cooking with your kids and get them to love it. They love the process and therefore are more willing to eat what you are making together. They see exactly what is going in and they know they will love it. Better yet- if you grow your own vegetables, have them help you pick them from the garden when they are ready. Teaching your kids these life lessons are so important at a young age. It might take a little longer but truly they do get faster as they get older.

Top five ways to get a picky eater to eat | Placerville Everyday-Children Photographer

5. Hide them

Last but not least, you can hide the veggies in the meal. I do this all the time. Especially when the meal is the same color as the vegetable! I have grated yellow squash finely into macaroni and cheese, or even added butternut squash that was cooked and pureed. I have added lots of different veggies to spaghetti sauce. The red overpowers almost everything you throw at it within reason!  I have even added veggies to the meat when we make sloppy joes or hamburgers. There are tons of options for this. If you can't get them to eat it while knowing about it then you at least have to try to get them to eat it unknowingly. It's not sneaky, it's parenthood. Enough said.

Top five ways to get a picky eater to eat | Placerville Everyday-Children Photographer

I am a true lover of all things in the kitchen because I love to cook! Ya know what sounds like fun? Taking pictures of you and your family cooking together. It's an awesome experience to do it as a family so why not document it? And what better photos to display inside your kitchen then those of you all cooking together? See? There are tons of ideas floating in my head. If you have an idea that you would like to throw at me for a photography session then contact me today! I am up for "almost" anything. ;)

If you want to see more of my stuff then go ahead and take a look around and stay awhile. I love documenting my own life as well as yours. When was the last time you had a family photography session? Is it time you scheduled one?

Much love

Heather

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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 taking pictures of your everyday life and then we must figure out the "how" to do it part next. My life is a series of activities that are brought on mainly as a result of my work related activities and my kid related activities. Don't get me wrong, I love my work. And as my work is something that is literally documenting everyday lives of other people, I find that I almost have a greater need to photograph the needs of my family even more. And I think I enjoy it more only for the obvious reason. It's my own family and my loves! What can go wrong with that?

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

Why do I do it? Why is it important? And, why should you do it?

Well all of those questions are completely acceptable to ask but in all honesty they will be different for different people. I know for me, I want to take pictures of my everyday life so that we have a visual memory of our lives. I want my kids to know, when they get older and look back at these photos, that our lives are not perfect. Our lives are everyday messes and struggles and triumphs and joys. Documenting all the fun things with the not-so-fun things will help us remember that there are always going to be struggles in life and you will get through them eventually. When we leave these types of things up to our memory, sometimes our memory will fail. I don't want to take that chance. I want my kids to know they were loved and cared for and appreciated to the best of our ability. Please don't take this to mean that I think without this there is a loss in one's life. But for me, I not only want to do this for my kids, I need to do this for my kids. It's important to me.

So you decided that you want to do it too! How do you get started?

Ok so as I always tell the kids that take my beginning photography classes, it's not about the fancy camera or the equipment, it's about the ability to use that equipment to its fullest. Now, I won't go much farther than this other than to say that yes, better equipment will bring sharper and possibly- I dare say- better images, however it's all in the user and the ability and nothing else to make certain images great. But for the purposes of your own project, you could do whatever you like! Mobile smart phones now-a-days have really nice quality cameras in them and there are tons of places to edit those photos (pic-tap-go anyone?) and tons of places to display those photos (Instagram and Facebook?) There are tons of ways to get it done. It just takes dedication. And for heavens sakes please be forgiving of yourself if you miss a day. It's ok. No one will tell on you. There are no cameras in the sky looking down on you telling someone that you are a failure. No one cares. Place your own rules on your own project.

I have to warn you though that photography can be quite addicting so please don't blame me if you get sucked in! It's just a matter of time. (Psst. Don't forget that I teach adult beginners photography classes too!) For some basics you can go ahead and check out my series on how to take a better photos. There are some really great tips in there! Make sure to read all three posts so you get the full benefit.

Now, do your images have to be great to be worthy? Um, that is a big fat no. Take it from someone who has been doing a 365 project for a while now (taking a picture a day for an entire year) that you don't need to be great to accomplish your goal.

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

Now what do you do with all those pictures?

Unbelievably most people love taking the photos but then they don't do a thing with them. That just drives me crazy! Ok, so for full disclosure here I have dreams of doing things with my pictures too but I have a few excuses that are not the same as yours as to why it has not happened for me yet! But really, get those photos off your computer and into print. You won't regret you did.

Print them at your local store and place them in a traditional photo album. This, although to me the most boring way, is still a great way to get your photos in print. It provides a way for them to be seen everyday if you wanted! Isn't that the goal here anyways? You can always try printing an album, by month or my year or by week! It depends on what your dream for those photos are! Table top books make great discussion pieces when guests come over to visit. You can get these in so many places like Blurb.com or even Shutterfly.com. They may not be the most quality places to get your work printed but they get the job done and they are very inexpensive pending what you want included in that album. Put them on your walls!! Make collages of small prints and hang them proudly. All those embarrassing moments will never be forgotten if they are in print. Each time you walk by you can laugh or cry or just be sentimental. Photos tend to do that to people. Mushy mushy.

But what about those times you aren't that confident and you want a professional to do the job for you? Well, duh! That's where I come in to play! I can take professional portraits of your family that you will cherish for years to come. My clients never regret giving people quality portraits as a gift or having them hung up in their home.

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

And don't forget that from now until April 20th I am having a contest for free stuff so please don't forget to take a look at that while you are here! I love doing this for people and I can't wait to do this for you! Contact me today so we can schedule your complimentary consultation and talk about your dream session.

Much love

Heather

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How I Prepare for a Photography Session | El Dorado Hills Children Photographer

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How I Prepare for a Photography Session | El Dorado Hills Children Photographer

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail" ~Benjamin Franklin

While brainstorming my discussion topics today, I got a little distracted. For those that know me, this is not an unusual occurrence. I tend to get distracted all the time. You know- when you walk into a room and you have zero clue as to why you are there? Or you sit down to your desk to get some work done but you get sucked into Facebook and you can't get out again? This happens multiple times a day for me. Couple that with the fact that I am homeschooling my son, am a cub scout den leader and acting as a chauffeur most days of the week, you can virtually forget the idea that I actually might accomplish something meaningful in one day. So what do I do to help this? I plan ahead. I make lists and I stick to them. If I have a master list I can get anything done and I can always refer back to it when I notice that I have gotten off track.

So on my list today was to start brainstorming for a new session I have coming up. I will photographing three little ones and their parents. I get really excited with multiple children sessions, especially when the number is an odd one. Working with three or even five kids gets all my ideas flowing and I can't wait to begin! Needless to say I am excited but I just wanted to make a small list for you today to show you what kind of planning goes into a session like this one. It's no easy task to get everything ready. Without my list I would be completely lost.

1. Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork:

This one task, although a boring one, is probably one of my most important. Paperwork is a must. Keeping track of model releases and contracts, mileage and extra costs per session is surely a hard one! If it were not for some really awesome computer programs to help me out I think I would be completely lost. But all in all I feel like I am in control of the madness that is paperwork and I have to be proud of that. Boring tasks are never fun to complete. Multiply that by several clients per month and you have a confusing mess! I love that I can take control of this with ease.

2. Meetings, meetings, meetings

From the consultation to the ordering session there is a lot of times that I am in contact with my clients face to face. Several emails and lots of questions later we have planned the perfect session at the perfect time and at the perfect place. My thinking never stops and my lists are never ending throughout this entire process.

3. Gear check!

Before the actual session takes place there is a ton of things I need to make sure I have ready before I can meet my clients. My gear is obviously a very important part to my business. It is not the end-all be-all of how wings work but without it I would be lost for sure! Checking to make sure things are working properly and are clean are just some of the steps I take to make sure I am prepared. Having a backup camera and battery and a "plan B" is something never to take for granted. Photography gear is just that- gear. It's not a brain or a fool proof method to anything. Having backup plans and back up gear is an essential part of this business. Having it all in tip top shape is the next step. I check my gear before each and every session- even if I had a session the day prior. You never know when things are going to fail.

4. Props?

Well for those that follow my work, you will know that it is very rare that I use any type of props at my sessions. I always try to use natural props or things that enhance the portrait rather than take away from it. Client requests are always taken into consideration and I love that people sometimes will have great ideas for themed lifestyle sessions. Because, as you know, I do everything completely customizable. So, bottom line? Making sure I have all the props I need and making sure they are clean and ready is obviously very important.

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5. Research!

This one is super important. I am in constant "photographer mode" when I am driving around. There is nothing I won't do to get a great location if we need it! I want the background to your portraits to match your style and vibe of your home. No small detail goes unnoticed when it comes to the location of your photography session. And, on any given day you can spy me catching up on my cartoon themes so I have some background knowledge when I go to sing them to your children. Or- you can catch me reading my son's Scooby Doo joke book so I have fresh joke to tell to get a laugh. You could also say that anything Disney is my forte so I have plenty of kid knowledge in my back pocket.

6. Tricks of the trade!

Photographing kids is probably my favorite part of this job. I love getting families the artwork they deserve for their homes. I love getting that great "money shot" where everyone is looking at the camera and smiling. But, for the most part, the kids are the best. With some cool tricks I have up my sleeve we usually have tons of fun. Some of my tricks may even surprise you! Naming my pet "giraffe" who lives on my camera is kinda fun for the little ones and the stickers they just may get in the end of the session can make any kid happy!

How I Prepare for a Photography Session: Part One | El Dorado Hills Children Photographer

Bottom line is, no stone goes unturned to make sure I am prepared for your session. You can bet that what ever you want I will probably be able to do (or at least consider!). And, if you have no idea what you want thats ok too because I love surprise sessions. To do this for people every day is surely a dream come true and it makes my heart sing.

Want to know more? Go ahead and contact me today to discuss the finer details of your next session! I can't wait to hear from you!

Much love,

Heather

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My Everyday: Continued | Placerville Lifestyle Photographer

Enjoy yourself. These are the good old days you are going to miss in years to come. ~Unknown

 

So unbelievably I am still trying really hard to complete my 365 project. Ya know- where I take a photo every day for a year? Well, let's just say that I am a few days behind but I am not sweating it. The coolest thing about it is that I am not sweating it actually. According to my previous post about starting the 365 project, I am right on schedule! I am trying my best and I am not giving up. I think I am about ten days behind. But actually I am not behind. I am right on track. I am doing what I love when I can find the time. I am trying to find moments in my daily life I would not have had otherwise shared had it not been for pictures. It doesn't matter to me if you understand the photo nor does it matter to me if you care about the subject. What matters to me is that it is a memory in my life that can never be taken away and it cannot be replaced. Some may leave me with happy feelings and others with sad feelings, all of which are ok. These feelings are my little secret. Only those that know me well may know some of these feelings without asking. I know this to be true- I am enjoying every minute of this life I am leading. Whether or not I show it daily, I am loving my life. My crazy busy schedule shows that I am trying to live it to its full potential and I want to remember these "good old days" for years to come. I want to hand these memories to my kids and say that we did that once. We went there once and we loved it. Can you say that to your kids? Are your memories fleeting glimpses of your actual memory? Don't let that happen to you!

My Everyday: Continued | Placerville Lifestyle Photographer

My Everyday: Continued | Placerville Lifestyle Photographer

My Everyday: Continued | Placerville Lifestyle Photographer

My Everyday: Continued | Placerville Lifestyle Photographer

My Everyday: Continued | Placerville Lifestyle Photographer

 

I can capture these daily moments for you too! Or I can do a special session catered just for you and fully customizable! Your needs are mine. Let me know if you want to book a spring photo session. I can't wait to make it what you have always dreamed of! Contact me today!

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Heather

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How To Take Better Pictures: Part Three | Placerville Family Photographer

"Every artist was first an amateur." ~Unknown The three most important things a photographer needs in order to take a photograph are a camera, a subject and light! It's funny because we don't usually think of the third one very much. But for obvious reasons, light is surely a necessity! If you don't have light you cannot have a photograph. Sometimes your camera will help you get light in dim situations (i.e. the flash) and sometimes you can add light yourself (i.e. lamp light or other alternative light). You can also just rely on the environment to give light to you (i.e. the sun or the moon). Today we will talk about the third option, taking light from your environment and making it work for you. I think every photographer knows that this is a life lesson that never stops. Learning how to manipulate light in your environment is not only challenging, it is very intricate and difficult to explain. The best way to learn it is to just experiment with it. Try different angles and see how it works for you. See what you like. Here are a few examples to get you started.

1. Side light.

Side lighting is just that: light that comes from the side. There are tons of ways to get this type of lighting. You will see it often inside homes next to your window. You can also see this outside next to a building or in a doorway when you half in the light and half in the shadows. Sometimes your subject will fall completely dark inside the shadows and other times they won't. But placing your subject just in the middle is the important step here. Anything else and it becomes a different type of light. Trust me. There are many!

How To Take Better Pictures: Part Three | Placerville Family Photographer

How To Take Better Pictures: Part Three | Placerville Family Photographer

2. Back light.

Back lighting is something that takes a while to master. When you have the light coming into your camera from in front of you a couple things tend to happen. You can get lots of glare and haze if you are not careful. And, as you can imagine, your subject will become dark because the light is behind them! You can make this work for you by making your subject a silhouette but sometimes that is not what we want! Sometimes just moving a few inches from left to right will make a difference on how the light shows into your camera. Here are some examples of mine.

How To Take Better Pictures: Part Three | Placerville Family Photographer

How To Take Better Pictures: Part Three | Placerville Family Photographer

So go out there and experiment with light! It is so fun to be able to know how to manipulate and mold the light to do what you want. Not only that, your pictures will thank you for it.

If you missed my last two lessons please feel free to take a look. It is amazing what wonderful things you can accomplish with just a few tips under your belt. First you can learn all about composition and when you are ready go ahead and read about how simple backgrounds can make your subjects pop.

Lastly, if you think this is all fun to read but are not ready to take it on yourself then please don't hesitate to contact (me!) the professional so I can do it all for you! Contact me today so we can schedule your dream session!

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Heather

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How To Take Better Pictures: Part Two | Placerville Children Photographer

We all know that photography is art. It is a very subjective type of art just like all other forms of art media but there is a good way to go about starting out and a not-so-good way about starting out. The good way is to learn the rules. For some people it can take years to learn photography. Everyone not only learns at their own pace but they learn different things at a time making it a really intricate type of art.  Those of us from the photography industry know that it takes a lot to be happy with your own work. Sometimes, I myself, go through periods of self doubt and then the next day I will feel better. It really depends on your personal learning curve and what you are learning. I have compiled a few things that I think will help anyone take a photo better. Whether you are taking portraits of people or pets or the field next door to your house- all of these learning tricks will make a difference in your own personal work. If you joined us last week we talked all about composition in How To Take Better Pictures: Part One. Composition is really important to your photo- it tells the viewer where to look in the photo and it makes things either pleasing or not based on what your mind likes to see. Please go back and read it if you haven't because I think it is a very valuable lesson.

This week we will explore how to focus on your point of interest and make it look more appealing. For most people the point of interest seems really obvious. If you are taking a picture of a person then that person is your point of interest right? A lamp on a table or a flower on the ground, the main object in your photo that you want everyone to see is the point of interest.

But what if you have an idea of what you want others to "see" in your photo and they don't see it right away? What have you done wrong? Let's explore some scenarios that make sense.

1. Make sure your background is pleasing and not distracting. What is a background and what makes it pleasing? A background is any part of the photo that you have taken that is behind your point of interest (your subject). If you take a portrait of a person at the park- the background is all the trees and the bushes behind them. The key to a good background is one that is uniform and not too busy. You want your subject to stand out but also be separate from the background. When they blend too much you don't have a good solid portrait. Sometimes people forget to check to see if there are any "tree branches coming out of heads" or other distracting elements in the frame. The best photographer will sometimes miss this. Sometimes just stepping a couple feet to the right or left can make a huge difference. Let us look at some examples.

In these photos- there are nice pleasing backgrounds. The first one has a solid color and no distracting things are surrounding the subject. It forces the viewer to see what you want to them to see- the subject.  The second photo also has a solid background and forces you to see only the subject on front and nothing behind.

How To Take Better Pictures: Part Two | Placerville Children Photographer

How To Take Better Pictures: Part Two | Placerville Children Photographer

2. Make sure your subject stands out from the crowd. It is really important that people know what you want them to focus on. Sometimes there are too many distracting elements to a photograph and it won't allow your viewers eyes to settle on what you think is the most important thing in the photo. Also, contrasting colors can help too so things stand out a bit more from the rest. When we are in "snapshot" mode the background is not really important but when taking a portrait it is an certainly something to consider.

How To Take Better Pictures: Part Two | Placerville Children Photographer

How To Take Better Pictures: Part Two | Placerville Children Photographer

Well I hope these things have given you an idea of what it means to have a good background when photographing your subjects. Sometimes we get so focused on our subjects that we forget to think about the details in the rest of the image. A good photographer will know how to do this well. That being said- if you like the photo then nothing else matters. All of the "bad" photos that I have taken are still important to me because they remind me of a time and place that I never want to forget.

Portrait photography is my passion. It is so important to me that I make you look good. I will not rest until I can get that perfect shot. If you want me to do this for you then please contact me today. I would love to make a custom family portrait session just for you. It is what I do best!

Don't forget that this weekend is my kid's photography class. If you want your child to be a part of it then contact me ASAP so they can get on the list!

Much Love,

Heather

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How To Take Better Pictures: Part One | Placerville Family Photographer

So as I am in the midst of getting ready for my kids photography class coming up, I have had a ton of requests for an adult class as well! Of course I teach an adult class that goes way more into depth but why wait? I decided to give you a tiny taste of the things that are taught not only in my kids photography class but the adult class as well. Super fun and super informative either way! So if you have an inkling to learn more then please contact me and we can just schedule it! Adult classes are fun and can be one on one if you so desire. Today I decided to teach you a little about composition. What is composition you ask? Well Webster's dictionary defines composition as some crazy thing that I just can't repeat! It really isn't that complicated as it is made out to be. So we will ignore that. Composition is the way you arrange the items in your photograph so that they are pleasing to the eye. Easy right? Well, for some, yes composition can be easy to "see" but there are rules we must follow. And when you get really good you can even break the rules and people will still like what you have done. But, don't think you can get away with not knowing the rules first. This is art people! It is very subjective.

Today the rule I will discuss is called the Rule of Thirds. In the photography world we abbreviate that into three letters: ROT. ROT is the easiest rule in my opinion to get down. It is very black and white. People can "see" this one the easiest. The idea is that when you divide your portrait into three sections you place the subject of your photo into the 1/3 spot. What? No one said we were going to be talking about fractions! Let me break it down for you al little bit better. Here is an diagram of the ROT rule.

How To Take Better Pictures: Part One | Placerville Family PhotographerNow, this is separated into three sections each from top to bottom and left to right. The idea is that if you place your subject anywhere on the lines, and most definitely where the lines cross you will have a good ROT portrait. It will be pleasing to the eye and it will help the viewers look around the photo. This is a very basic concept and it really is great once you get the hang of it! Here are some examples of mine to get you started. Super fun and easy to do.

How To Take Better Pictures: Part One | Placerville Family Photographer

How To Take Better Pictures: Part One | Placerville Family Photographer

How To Take Better Pictures: Part One | Placerville Family Photographer

So go ahead and start experimenting with your photos and see if you can't retrieve the same results! I am an open book so ask me any questions you want and I will answer. Most importantly have fun with this and stay tuned for another installment of this series coming at ya next week. We will be exploring more about composition and other techniques that will give you the ability to take better pictures.

How To Take Better Pictures: Part One | Placerville Family Photographer

If you are interested in getting your kids into this class and having some fun please let me know as spots are filling up quickly and preregistration is required. I can't wait to do another one of my adult classes either so if that is something you are interested in then please let me know so I can give you the details.

And as always if you are interested in me taking your portrait rather than you learning then don't hesitate to give me shout out for this too! I love making people's dreams a reality in photos.

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Heather

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Kids Photography Class | Placerville Children Photographer

"You don't take a photograph. You make it." ~ Ansel Adams It's that time again. I am so excited for the next run of my kids photography class. It is so much fun to teach these littles about how to compose things properly or how to try and be creative. Furthermore they are like sponges and inevitably they end up teaching me something as well! What I love about it is that they come willing to learn this awesome craft of photography. You never know who will be inspired to become the next Ansel Adams.

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So if you have a child itching to learn the art of photography then come on out and let us have some fun! It's always exciting to see what they come up with. The class only lasts two hours but it's jam packed full of information and fun experimenting with the camera.

Wondering if I will add an adults class to the schedule? If you want to take my adults class then please contact me today so I can let you in on my little secret.

If you would like to schedule a time for me to come out and take wonderful portraits of you and your family then please let me know! Spring is coming fast and my schedule is filling up quickly!

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Heather

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Family Photos On The Farm | Placerville Family Photographer

Back again with a awesome session on a family farm. This family was so much fun to be around and I have to say that I am thankful to call them my friends now! Its been so great getting to know them over the last few months and I hope there are many more to come! I love it when families request the pets to be in the pictures because you never know what you are going to get. I think we did pretty good considering one dog was a little rowdy puppy! Family Photos On The Farm | Placerville Family Photographer

Family Photos On The Farm | Placerville Family Photographer

Family Photos On The Farm | Placerville Family Photographer

Family Photos On The Farm | Placerville Family Photographer

Family Photos On The Farm | Placerville Family Photographer

You can't help but love the beautiful light and lovely people. It really makes all the difference ya know? Do you own a farm that you are proud of? If you ever want me to make some magic for you then please let me know! It's such an honor to be considered for this special moment that I can't even explain how much I love my job!

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Intention Yoga and Spa |Children Photographer El Dorado Hills

So recently I decided that it would be totally neat to feature some local businesses on my blog. How did they get their start? What do they like best about the business? Are they offering any specials right now? Well, let's meet our first business! A whole lot of faith and a big heart are what Crystal needed in order to open her new business Intention Yoga and Spa. She is working hard to make it successful. Here is what we discussed. IMG_0036

Me: How long have you been in business?

Crystal: 3 years

 

Me: What made you get into your own business?

Crystal: It was perfect timing when the opportunity was presented, and the location was right. I was looking to start and to grow my career as an esthetician, in a space that I created and was responsible for. I have always wanted a flexible schedule where I was in charge of making my own appointments and able to be creative with my work environment.

 

Me: What have you enjoyed most about having your own business?

Crystal: Flexibility of working hours, first and foremost. Being my own boss which allows me the ability to focus on my strengths in the skin care field. Having access to continuing education, (and skincare products) through Dermalogica and the International Dermal Institute. Growing my interests in the field and seeing how far I've come! My family and friends are proud of me, and so am I when I wake up and step back and look at what I've accomplished!

 

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Me: Does your family get involved at all within the business?
Crystal: My son loves our kids yoga classes and the rest of my family love the skincare products and treatments.
Me: Where do you see your business in 5 years?
Crystal: Able to offer even more targeted services, classes and workshops to our clientele. Able to hire an assistant to help with marketing.
Me: What did you do before starting your own business?
Crystal: Retail, waitress, sales, office assistant.
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Me: Are you involved in the community? If yes, how so? If not, do you plan to be in the future?
Crystal: We donate to local schools and fundraisers.
Me: What is your favorite pastime outside of the business?
Crystal: Reading!!
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Me: What gets you fired up?
Crystal: Meeting new clients and them love their skin! Continued education classes in skincare! Learning new techniques and ingredients. Planning marketing events.
Me: What is the best advice you've ever received?
Crystal: Delegate, but I do not heed this advice and I struggle with it everyday!
Me: Where do you go/look for inspiration?
Crystal: Industry related classes, magazine, websites. Meeting new service providers, teachers and practitioners in the field. And talking with current and new clients and discussing skincare and yoga!
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Me: What is your most memorable moment?
Crystal: Deciding to jump feet first into owning a business! Meeting Jane Wurwand, the founder of Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute. Passing state board exams! Receiving recognition from Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute for my continued education and commitment to skincare.
Me: What is your favorite product to sell and why?
Crystal: Dermalogica skincare, because I truly believe in the company and the care and research they put into the products they create, and their ultimate goal of maintaining healthy skin.
Me: Anything else you want to add?
Crystal: In the last 3 months or so, I have completely switched gears on the front end of my business, changing from a hair salon/spa, into a yoga studio/spa. This is in no way what I could of imagined 3 years ago, but it is completely going in the original overall plan I had. It just goes to show that sometimes you find what you want by figuring out what you don't want. And although I am essentially starting over, truly, I am just expanding and evolving myself and my business!
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Right now- Crystal offers quite a few specials and opportunities to have a great experience at Intention Yoga and Spa. Check out her website for more information on classes and other offerings. If you look close enough you will find out how you can get a gift certificate for yours truly (Floyd Family Photography). If you have questions for Crystal please contact her. She is a wealth of knowledge.

 

 

And if you just can't wait to get that gift certificate and you need to schedule me for a family session to start your year off? Please contact me today! I can't wait to hear from you! Maybe we can take a yoga class together!

Much love,

Heather

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Happy New Year! | Children Photographer El Dorado Hills

"Rivers know there is no hurry. We shall get there SOMEDAY." Winnie the Pooh So it's a new year and it's a time of quiet reflection and decision making. Time for all those new year resolutions to take place if you have them. Time for thinking about the future and not dwelling on the past. As I sit here and think about all the things that I have to be thankful for over the past year I am just overwhelmed. All the things I have learned over the year and all things I was able to be present for just because my new job has allowed me to be that way. It is all priceless. So in remembrance of the last year I just want to say thank you to all my new friends and clients. You are all so important to me. More than you know. I am so thankful to have met and worked with each and every one of you that I can't say it enough. I can't wait to see what the new year brings and I am so excited to get going its unreal. My goals for 2015 are much bigger than those from last year but, I want to also remember the wise words of Winnie the Pooh. I will get there someday. Thank you again for all those people that have helped me in this past year and guided me through my first year as a full time photographer. I can't wait to start again!

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If you are wishing to have a portrait session of your own this coming year don't hesitate to contact me as soon as you can. You won't be sorry you did!

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Heather

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So I have this fear... | Family Photographer Placerville

So I have this fear... Next year I am starting a 52 project. One picture a week for an entire year. Doesn't sound that hard right? I joined a group of very talented people and I have to say I am already intimidated. We all belong to this group called the NAPCP. If you only knew the talent in this group you would be intimidated too. Never feeling worthy to be in this group yet feeling honored that I am, in my heart I know there is nothing to fear. There is nothing to gain from this fear. There is nothing to lose from this fear. It's just there. What I do know is that it's not a competition. It's not about doing this project and gaining experience. It's not about being inspired by other's work (although that will surely happen anyway!) and it's not even about whether I finish or not. It's not about whether my images are quality or edited properly. It's not about me. What it is about is my family. My kids. My pets. My life. My life at this moment. My life next week and my life next month. It's ok if I don't complete it. It's ok if I can't finish one week or one month. It's ok. As long as I have tried and succeeded in the first week I have succeeded for me. The fears shall be washed away with warm hugs and kisses, with love and affection. As long as I have that, I have everything. I don't need anything else. If I were to die tomorrow or next month I know that I have documented something for sharing. No one will care about all of the above. The only hurdle I will have now is reminding myself of this daily. I don't think I will have a problem with that. So I have this fear... | Family Photographer Placerville

So I have this fear... | Family Photographer Placerville

So I have this fear... | Family Photographer Placerville

 

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Sunny Family of Four | El Dorado Hills Family Photographer

You know them. Those really pretty days where the weather is sunny and nice and the temperature is just perfect? We always long for those days right? I know I do! I just love this time of year. Autumn is my favorite season. A little rain doesn't hurt anyone. In fact, in my part of the world we are in a serious drought so we need it badly here. But those sunny days....man oh man. I love them. It's where we can make magic like this one. This family of four, like most, was a little stiff to start out but in the end they were as relaxed as can be. I loved it. Every minute of it. As always. Sunny Family of Four | El Dorado Hills Family Photographer

Sunny Family of Four | El Dorado Hills Family Photographer

Sunny Family of Four | El Dorado Hills Family Photographer

Sunny Family of Four | El Dorado Hills Family Photographer

Sunny Family of Four | El Dorado Hills Family Photographer

Bottom line, if you want a fun family session like this one please let me know. Better yet, contact me today to schedule your next session because you know you want to.

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Heather

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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...)

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Heather

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Fall Sibling/Senior Photography Session | El Dorado Hills Senior-Family Photographer

This fall season around here is so pretty. Why wouldn't any senior want their photos done this time of year? Seniors are so fun only because they have so much to talk about and so much excitement for what is to come in their lives. Usually they love sharing all their knowledge. This senior was no different. I really enjoyed getting to know her and her brother on this beautiful evening. Fall Sibling/Senior Photography Session | El Dorado Hills Senior-Family Photographer

Fall Sibling/Senior Photography Session | El Dorado Hills Senior-Family Photographer

Fall Sibling/Senior Photography Session | El Dorado Hills Senior-Family Photographer

Fall Sibling/Senior Photography Session | El Dorado Hills Senior-Family Photographer

Fall Sibling/Senior Photography Session | El Dorado Hills Senior-Family Photographer

Fall Sibling/Senior Photography Session | El Dorado Hills Senior-Family Photographer

 

Take a look at my full portfolio and contact me today to schedule your magical session! I can't wait to hear from you!

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Family of 4 Portrait Session | El Dorado Hills Family-Children Photographer

Another family session bites the dust. What I mean is---finally done! It's busy season here at Floyd Family Photography and I couldn't be more excited! I love getting to know each client as they come in and I love making the kids laugh. It's truly an honor to be able to capture these wonderful memories. Family of 4 Portrait Session | El Dorado Hills Family-Children Photographer

Family of 4 Portrait Session | El Dorado Hills Family-Children PhotographerSome of the most awesome moments for me are capturing my client's kids being super silly. They enjoy getting to loosen up and have fun. Even though I know parents usually won't buy these images, they still get a good laugh every now and then.

Family of 4 Portrait Session | El Dorado Hills Family-Children PhotographerThese are the moments that parents really look forward to. Getting that wonderful smile that isn't "fake" looking and that can get printed in large format to hang on their walls at home for a long time to come.

Family of 4 Portrait Session | El Dorado Hills Family-Children Photographer

Family of 4 Portrait Session | El Dorado Hills Family-Children Photographer

Family of 4 Portrait Session | El Dorado Hills Family-Children Photographer

Today I am going to share a secret with you. It appears like all of these people from my sessions are prior friends right? To be honest, they are! I feel like I get to know each client well enough to the point that I can consider them friends. I learn about what they like to do as a family and we usually have things in common. Because talking comes so natural to me (hehe) I tend to talk people's heads off and they do the same. Here is another session where I am proud to say these people are my friends!

Take a look at my full portfolio and contact me today to schedule your magical session! I can't wait to hear from you!

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Heather

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Many Funny Faces of Little Miss C! | El Dorado Hills-Folsom Children Photographer

Who doesn't love a montage of funny faces? Especially when it comes from a little girl! Little Miss C was the cutest thing and she just wouldn't stop. I had to capture this moment. I can see mom's face now... Kid's can do the darndest things and it's so fun to capture it all on film! (Or at  least digital film that is...) IMG_8850

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IMG_8853Do you have an adorable little one that likes to make crazy faces? Contact me today and I can capture them too! Take a look at my full portfolio and contact me today to schedule your magical session! I can't wait to hear from you!

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Family of 5 Portrait Session | Placerville Family-Children Photographer

Last time we talked I introduced this beautiful young girl to you and now I have the privilege of introducing the entire family. Larger families are always a challenge but odd numbers are great because things always seem to look better. I recently did this little newborns session just last month and I can't believe how much she has filled out since then!! It's amazing to see my client's children grow up in front of my eyes. I love this family and every day we get to know each other a little better which is great for me. I relish in making new friends. Do you? Family of 5 Portrait Session | Placerville Family-Children Photographer

Sometimes it's ok to make funny faces and relax a little. Do you agree? It has to be a great stress reliever during a session. I love making people laugh because it brings out natural emotions!

Family of 5 Portrait Session | Placerville Family-Children Photographer

But in reality all people want from their session is what we call the "money shot" which means the portrait they will buy for their home to hang on their walls. These are a few of their options. How do you choose?

Family of 5 Portrait Session | Placerville Family-Children Photographer

Family of 5 Portrait Session | Placerville Family-Children Photographer

Family of 5 Portrait Session | Placerville Family-Children Photographer

Family of 5 Portrait Session | Placerville Family-Children PhotographerTake a look at my full portfolio and contact me today to schedule your magical session! I can't wait to hear from you!

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Heather

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Heather Floyd NAPCP

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