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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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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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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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Creativity and Me | Placerville Family-Child Photographer

"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties" --Erich Fromm So as many of you already know I am a member of Clickin Moms and I have to say that over the last year I have learned so much and I can't even tell you how many friends I have made. I am so thankful and grateful that I can call this my job. But sometimes it's really hard. Sometimes you get that feeling that you have messed up and it screws with your confidence. And when I say that, I mean that this happens to me daily. I look at my work and I see EVERYTHING that can be improved upon in a photo. I NEVER look at a photo and think that it is perfect. I also don't think of myself as a very creative person. I do feel that I am talented but I don't really like to toot my own horn so that being said I do think I have a ton to learn in this business and in the world of photography. It literally is a never-ending journey of learning. Clickin Moms is a great place to learn all this and I love that I have the opportunity to be a part of it.

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This month, Clickin Moms is holding their first annual conference for learning. Unfortunately I was unable to attend this year, but luckily they were giving away opportunities to listen to some online classes that they were streaming live online. The best part was that it was all for free! So this morning I sat down at the computer and I decided to watch my first talk. A wonderful artist named Megan was going to talk about creativity. Now, I want to be honest with you. I actually was kinda disappointed when I learned that this was the only program I was going to be able to watch today and it wasn't anything that I really had any interest in. I figured it would be very boring. Twice during the program I actually considered turning it off! I couldn't bare to however and I have to say that I am so glad I kept watching. By the end I had learned some very important things and I want to share them with you.

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1. Being creative is being prepared to fail.

Wow, that is so true. For anyone that knows what it is like to fail, it is so heart wrenching. It cuts you to the core sometimes. Now granted, it all depends on how much you have laid out on the line. To me, creative people are those that think of something and make it happen. Inventors, writers, artists, children, the list goes on. Now of course I can lump photographers in this group as well. The important thing to note here is that what ever you are trying to accomplish- if someone doesn't like it and you don't succeed, then you will feel like a failure. When I take a picture, I don't always strive for people to like my personal work. I do that for me. Now, when I am working for someone else and I am making photos for other people I will surely want my clients to like the work I have made for them. I am risking failure each and every time I go out to a session. It's that risk that makes us unique and sometimes makes magic. But you have to prepare yourself for failure and move on when you do or you won't improve.

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2. Being creative isn't just for you- it's for other people. You have to give your creativity away.

This one hit me hard. I actually thought long and hard about this one before it made sense for my own life. I can totally relate to this. It is my true belief that the things we create should be passed down not for you but for them- our children. A strong sense of history in a family can do wonders. The things my mother has made for us aren't just special because they are beautiful, they are special because they were made with love and they were made for us. I have scrap books and I have pictures and that is why I have the love for photography. It means a lot to me to be able to give my children the same gift- the gift of my creativity. This gift can be for people in your family or just simply the people around you. That is why I love my job. I can give my creativity to others daily and they actually like it. They actually want it to be a part of their family for generations. It is just an amazing feeling.

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So after the talk, I was sitting at my desk thinking. I don't want my photography to be the only thing my kids will have handed down to them. Although its not a bad thing- it actually is just a personal thing. I want them to have multiple facets of my creativity and I want them to see how much their mother cared for them in many ways. For a while now I have been wanting to learn how to sew. I actually really want to learn very badly. I don't have a sewing machine and I have only done it a few times when I was little with my mom's machine. I honestly feel that I can attain this goal quite easily with some hard work. I really want to learn how to make a quilt and I want to learn how to hem my own kid's clothes (not to mention my own). It's a freeing thing being able to do things well and by yourself. I am a good cook and I can do other things that I am proud of but now I am ready for a new challenge. Anyone with me? Think of something you can do and hand that down to your children or to your neighbor. Make a cake and give it away. Make a handmade item and gift it away to a friend. It's an amazing feeling to be able to give such a creation and it's amazing to see the reaction too. The possibilities are endless. What kinds of things will you create?

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Heather

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Fun Family Times | Folsom Family-Children Photographer

"In the end,  it's not going to matter how many breath you took, but how many moments took your breath away.

--Shing Xiong

This last month has brought on a wide array or surprises and some disappointments and other life journey nonsense I would rather not discuss but in the end it all does't mean a darn thing. As long as I am happy, healthy and am able to physically watch my kids grow up right from under me, I am good. I am all good. This last month my kids started school. My daughter in 1st grade and my son in 4th grade it really makes you wonder how things get this way. How does time keep going on and on when I am not clearly ready of it?

5 on 5 Blog Circle September 2014 | Folsom Family-Children Photographer

With my son being at school, it meant that duckie would be lonely. I came home after school drop off and I found this. Yes, duckie would be less busy but at least he has a warm spot in the sun to rest for the majority of the day.

5 on 5 Blog Circle September 2014 | Folsom Family-Children Photographer

Later this last month we went to Apple Hill. For those of you that don't know- Apple Hill is an area around here that has lots of places to shop for fresh local fruits and veggies, plants, (MOSTLY APPLES) and get a few treats and crafts a long the way. Expect a lot of crazy out-of-towners to come up and not know how to drive on the windy roads we have here. Expect lots of crafters getting in the isles and making things hard to get around. Expect lots of yelling/screaming kids as you try and have a peaceful sit by the lake. Expect pure craziness when at Apple Hill. There are many farms to chose from but the best are always the busiest! This year we decided to go on "soft opening" weekend and there was virtually no one in sight. It was kinda creepy if you ask me!

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My kids never sit quietly, let alone quietly together and never talking nicely to each other. Who took my children?? This is not a normal scene. They were probably just watching for the ducks. What cute ducks they are too.

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy your day as much as I plan to!

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Heather

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My Kids Were Here September 2014 | Placerville Family Photographer

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

My Kids Were Here September 2014 | Placerville Family Photographer

My Kids Were Here September 2014 | Placerville Family Photographer

My Kids Were Here September 2014 | Placerville Family Photographer

My Kids Were Here September 2014 | Placerville Family Photographer

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

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5 on 5 Day in the Life August 2014 | Placerville Children Photographer

"Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans." John Lennon

Today was one of those days. I knew it was coming and I had fully prepared myself for it. I was ready. We were going to be busy. It was a day of errand running and doing some of the "not so fun things" about life but in the end it was worth it because the rest of the day was going to be what we had been waiting for! The anticipation was building and I couldn't wait for it...to be over. Let me take you through my day.

First we had to go shoe shopping. It was not something I remembered taking very long in the past. I was wrong. Well, the first store we chose to go to had some "not so quality" options. I had decided in my head that we were NOT going to buy shoes here...but after a bit of convincing my daughter won me over and we ended up buying her a pair of sandals that she just had to have.

5 on 5 Day in the Life August 2014 | Placerville Children Photographer

After spending too much money at THAT store, we went to a REAL shoe store at our local outlet center. Both kids got a pair of new shoes here too. And no--I do not shop at Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet! Too expensive for my taste! We are a GAP kind of family. New school clothes here we come!

5 on 5 Day in the Life August 2014 | Placerville Children Photographer

Basically I will just tell you that I was literally running from store to store because I was so afraid that we would be late to our next destination- the eye doctor. Both kids needed check ups on their eyes. Thank goodness all turned out well and no one needs glasses! Phew! But waiting there is always a complete bummer.

5 on 5 Day in the Life August 2014 | Placerville Children Photographer

Fortunately, our visit there was short and sweet so we go to our next destination a little early. I got to relax a tad in the car. Not for long though as we had to change and meet one of our best friends to go to dance class.

5 on 5 Day in the Life August 2014 | Placerville Children Photographer

I had to leave my daughter at dance on this day while she was in class. Not to worry- lots of friends and other dance mom's there to watch over her needs while she was awaiting her daddy. Now off to a Cub Scouts meeting. First one of the year! Can't wait to dive into all the new material and learn how to be a better person.

5 on 5 Day in the Life August 2014 | Placerville Children Photographer

Next was dinner and a "mommy" Cub Scout committee meeting while having dinner at the local pizza joint. Just because we don't have change doesn't mean that we don't have fun at the game room! Back home by 8:45pm. Get ready for bed and for the love of Pete...let's go to sleep. I am bushed...

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

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

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

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Summer can't wait...and neither will I | El Dorado Hills Family Photographer

"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world." Dr. Seuss

So I was lying on my bed today enjoying a wonderful silence. Don't ask me how I got it with two kids, two cats and a dog in the house with me, but none the less it was there. I almost took a nap it was that lovely. The silence always gets me thinking. Sometimes about good things and sometimes not but today it was more of an introspective kinda thing. Ya know, when you look at your life and decide what is important and what is not? I have been saying this for almost seven months and I will beat it to death if I have to: My family is the most important thing to me. I am trying so hard at this thing called "business" but in the end its not what is important. Don't get me wrong, my clients feel that they are important and I try really hard to make them see my priority is with them at all times. However, my time revolves around my family. That is the way I want it and that is the way it will always be. Period.

At the beginning of the year I attempted a 365 project. For those of you that don't know what that is, it is a project where you take one photo per day for an entire year. It doesn't sound that complicated but in reality it really is. Photographers usually do this when they are trying to break out of a rut, or force them to learn something new or just plain practice more often to get better at this thing we love so much: the world of photography. I got about four months into it when I realized something. Taking a photo a day- which annoyed my family to no end- was not conducive to my life. I couldn't do it. Realizing at 11pm at night that you forgot your photo of the day and getting up to "make something happen" was just not cool. Let me be totally honest when I say that I got lazy about it. I didn't get up most nights once realizing this because I new that what I came up with wouldn't be good at all. I told myself I would just take two photos the next day. That worked for a while until I realized that I just wasn't into it. I will regret it at the end of the year once I see all the lovely talented ladies in my 365 group pumping out lovely work- and they are doing it daily. So instead of beating myself up about quitting, I decided that I would just take photos of my life when I sparked an interest. Taking the pressure off myself to take a photo a day really helped me. Now I can take multiple per day when I want to and not feel the need to do that every day. Here are some of the ones I have captured so far on this road we call "summer life". Forgive me for my son doesn't happen to be in any of these. He must not like my camera very much. But at age nine, what boy does?

Summer can't wait...and neither will I | El Dorado Hills Family Photographer

Summer can't wait...and neither will I | El Dorado Hills Family Photographer

Summer can't wait...and neither will I | El Dorado Hills Family Photographer

Summer can't wait...and neither will I | El Dorado Hills Family Photographer

Summer can't wait...and neither will I | El Dorado Hills Family Photographer

This summer is going by way to fast but I am enjoying every minute of it. We are making the most of it here in our house! Being that this is the first full summer I will have ever spent with my kids on a day to day basis, I think we are doing pretty good.

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Heather

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5 on 5 Blog Circle | Yummy Scrumptious Apple Butter | Folsom Family Photographer

Summer has officially taken over and I am in the middle of cooking lots of food and canning lots of jams galore! One of my family's favorite things for me to make is Apple Butter. It tends to be a little bit messy and it takes SO MANY apples to get such a small amount of apple butter but the end result is well worth it!! I love doing this kinda stuff. It makes me just love this season and even though I know I can do this all year round, there is just something about the summer that makes you want to do it more. If anyone is interested in a recipe I can of course oblige but just know that each time I make it, the end result is different because I don't actually do that much measuring. Unlike making actual jam this is not an exact science! IMG_7345

Yummy Scrumptious Apple Butter | Folsom Family Photographer

Yummy Scrumptious Apple Butter | Folsom Family Photographer

 

Yummy Scrumptious Apple Butter | Folsom Family Photographer

Yummy Scrumptious Apple Butter | Folsom Family Photographer

Thanks for stopping by! Again, if you want to schedule your custom session please contact me today! I would love to hear from you. Don't forget to stop by the next stop in the circle to Lori to see what she has to say!

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Heather

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5 on 5 Day in the Life June 2014 | Eldorado Hills Children Photographer

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next. ~Franklin P. Jones

This quote makes me laugh! Welcome to another episode of my 5 on 5 blog circle! I am so excited today because I have good news to report. My kids are actually getting to spend more time outside! They don't actually like it still but we are working on that! I wish we had more activities for them to play with but in the end I know that is not necessary. My kids need to learn they have imaginations and its ok to use them. My son actually complained the other day that he had no where to sit outside while he was eating his popsicle. I told him that it was ok to sit on he step on the deck. He complained saying that it was dirty. (Disclaimer: It was a little dusty with some pine needles but maybe about two.) I told him he was 9 years old and that it was ok to get a little dirty outside. He still has yet to grasp this concept. Today they are just choosing to read outside. My opinion on it is that at least they are outside getting fresh air while I work. The other day we went to a friend's house for a BBQ. We ate A LOT of food and had a lot of laughs. Kids did a fun activity with their friends (they painted on rocks!). The best night and the most perfect medicine for me! Can't wait for what the rest of the summer brings. If you like my work please contact me to schedule the custom session of your dreams!

5 on 5 Day in the Life June 2014 | Eldorado Hills Children Photographer

5 on 5 Day in the Life June 2014 | Eldorado Hills Children Photographer

5 on 5 Day in the Life June 2014 | Eldorado Hills Children Photographer

5 on 5 Day in the Life June 2014 | Eldorado Hills Children Photographer

5 on 5 Day in the Life June 2014 | Eldorado Hills Children Photographer

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

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Heather

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

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

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Heather

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5 on 5 Day in the Life May 2014 | Folsom Children Photographer

"There's nothing like a day in the backyard to make a really nasty bathtub ring"

 Author: Dee Ann Stewart from "What Spock Forgot"

This month has been a little rough. My business is kinda taking off and I have been so busy that I haven't had the time to take personal photos. This will change next month! I need to take pictures for myself and it makes me happy. Looking back at this month I realized I don't actually have that many photos to share. But, the ones I do have are keepers.

My kids are notoriously cranky when it comes to playing outside. Now when I was younger I was outside ALL THE TIME. Riding my bike, playing house, running around our property and playing on our play set. We also had this hill (we called it a "butte") in our back yard that we would run up and down and it had a lot of large rocks on the top that we would run around and fall off of and really PLAY with. Our imaginations were everything to us back then. Now today- you would think I was killing my kids when I tell them to go outside and play. They get so weirded out by it! They have this incapability to stay out there for more than 20 minutes without complaining. It makes me sick to my stomach. To think my kids won't have the same type of memories as I have playing outside is truly something sad to me. Well on this one day....this one day... I caught them having a good time. It was amazing and I couldn't take enough photos. I hope that there will be many more to come. Lets PRAY...or shall I say PLAY.

5 on 5 Day in the Life May 2014 | Folsom Children Photographer

5 on 5 Day in the Life May 2014 | Folsom Children Photographer

The other thing is that this month I have been kinda down in the dumps! One of my favorite lenses broke and I have not been in the mood to really photograph anything with my "big girl camera" but I was still being inspired by the things I was seeing outside so I started to use my iPhone. I was so amazed by the images I was getting from my phone. A little "phone editing" and wa-la! A beautiful picture! These next images are those from around my town---which I truly love and this time of year is the best because everything is green and pretty. It doesn't last long so you gotta catch it while you can. I sure am glad I did. The outdoors are wonderful! Have you spent some time outside recently?

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5 on 5 Day in the Life May 2014 | Folsom Children Photographer

5 on 5 Day in the Life May 2014 | Folsom Children Photographer

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So today I just want to give a little shout out to the group that has done me the biggest favor in the world. Not only has it given me the strength to move forward in my business but it has also done me the favor of actually teaching me the things I need to know to flourish in this business. Photography is tough and no one understands that like another photographer. I guess that is pretty true of any job really huh? Everyone has a special talent- be it an astronaut or a sailor or a train conductor or a mom, we all do special things. We all have a special ability that will allow us to do our every day job. There are difficult jobs like being a lawyer and important jobs like being a doctor and there are pretty simple jobs like working at McDonalds. However, no matter what job you have I am sure it comes with its challenges. If you own your own business it will come with competition and the need to strive for the best and don't lets forget about the all important customer service! Working with other people is hard. Lets face it. Its really hard work to make sure that your customer is happy. Sometimes people can be the WORST but 99% of the time they can be the BEST. Working in the photography industry I get to see people mostly at their best. Actually, I have not met a difficult client yet! I love each and every one of the families I have photographed. There are some problems that may come up but we always work through them. It is important to keep in mind that people don't usually like being photographed and its hard for them to be in front of the camera. Keeping that in mind will help with the sensitivity issues you will face in my business. I am completely going around my topic here- lets get back on track! Folsom Family Photographer | Placerville Children Photography

As I said earlier I wanted to thank this company for everything they have done for me! What is this company, you ask? Well Clickin' Moms of course! Completely an online forum of other women (and some men!) that are there for you every step of the way through your photography journey. When I joined this group I thought I knew everything there was to know- ok actually that is not true at all!! I can't lie! I joined because I wanted to know everything there was to know about this business and how to make beautiful photographs. What I didn't realize at the time is that there is more to know about this business then I care to even dream about and I am learning new things every day. But keeping up with everything is only half the battle- you have to implement it into your work flow and your business model. Its not that easy to be successful in this business and we are all trying to hit our mark when it comes to that. Some of my learning is done online and some is done with just getting out there and trying it out! Clickin Moms has a magazine out as well. I read it every other month I get it in. From the front to the back- every page is read, highlighted and ear marked for something. I keep them all safe on a shelf so I can get back to them if I need to. I read the ads and I look things up that I didn't know before. I can't tell you how much I have learned just by reading this little magazine. I love, love, love it!!

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Most people don't know that I offer photography classes. If you ever want to step a little out of your comfort zone and learn something new then come join me! For only $50 a person I can get you taking better photos in no time. I am not here to advertise about my classes though. I would however like to show you some before and after shots of my work. Some past work and some current work. I know I have improvement to do but who doesn't? I love my job and its worth the struggle daily. As any artist will understand there are ups and downs when it comes to your own abilities and public approval of your work. I figure as long as I am happy and staying busy then it will always come back to me full circle. I love that about life in general.

So here is a photo I took a couple years ago. It was my best photo at the time. I actually was so proud  of it. Today I can find a million mistakes and I cringe just showing it to you. I don't post it anymore like I used to and I can't believe at one time that I thought this was good work. At the time it was the best I had done and I was really proud of it!

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Now I am pulling out images like these and although I know they still need improvement I love them and I see a huge improvement in my own personal work. I just absolutely love my job!!

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So to finish up I just can't say enough about this online community that I love and I just wish I could marry it...ok well you know what I mean. Wish me luck as I embark on my continued future as a photographer! If you like my work check me out! Then... please contact me today!

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Heather

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My Kids Were Here April 2014 | Folsom Family Photographer

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

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

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

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

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5 on 5 Day in the life April 2014 | El Dorado Hills Children Photographer

"You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think." -Christopher Robin (Pooh's Grand Adventure)

I was reading this book to my daughter the other day and it actually made me cry. It may have stemmed from more than the story line but non the less, there I was crying to my daughter as I read this story. It's a story about a boy who goes to school and his friends get scared that he is gone and possibly in trouble so, they go in search of him to help him. Along the way they find things out about themselves that they didn't know about before. Like the old saying goes- God will never give you anything you can't handle. This philosophy has been so engrained in the past seven years of my life that it is kinda the way I live life. What ever happens, happens and I know I can handle it. I always want my kids to feel that way too.

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There are a lot of little achievements that happen in a child's life and believe it or not- they can handle them. What we as parents need to do is make sure we understand that they need to do these things to grow and to become better people- not only for themselves but for others. I am not too proud to say this but just yesterday I started forcing my daughter to brush her own teeth! She is 6 years old and just learning how to do this. She has known "how" forever but giving her the power to do it herself is just outstanding. She may not do that great of a job but how could she when she hasn't practiced herself? We went to the doctor the other day and if you know our family history- you know we have been to the doctor's office sooooo many times for various unrelated and seemingly crazy things. My daughter did great. She is always a trooper at the doctor and she doesn't ever seem to be scared or upset. She just gets it done and now that she is old enough we can talk to her about what she is going through so it helps her a lot. One quality that my daughter lacks is bravery. For heavens sake you think this child would be from another world comparing her brother but what I love about her is that once she gains the confidence she will get so excited. She recently was a part of a talent show at her school and as a kindergartener that is a huge accomplishment. We were so proud of her. It was an awesome experience for her to test her fears.

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Now lately I have been doing my best to exercise a little more. My problem is that I have this love for food that seems to be unnatural. I can't get enough of the foods I love. It is really hard to stop eating things when it tastes so good!! I have been trying really hard however to do a "couch to 5K" program and do a little more running and hiking and it even makes it better when a friend will come along with me. My dogs are too old to go out and play on the trails anymore so I am glad when I have company. My fitness goals aren't elaborate but I know that when I do get outside I feel so good about myself and so proud of what I have accomplished.

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Much like when my daughter is trying something new that makes her happy. It's a win-win! Even if it is a little messy to let her try something new...

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So when you least expect it you may surprise yourself. The problem is getting yourself motivated to do something out of your comfort zone. That is the hardest thing for me to do. And just like Winnie the Pooh and his friends- I will always find it in myself what is necessary to move forward and just "get-it-done".  Hopefully there is not a storm brewing in your life but if there is I hope you can do the same thing. Follow your dreams and anything is possible.

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

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

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

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Blog Circle 5 on 5 March 2014 | placerville family photographer

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

So my son has this stuffed animal. His grandmother gave it to him when he was 9 months old. Back then it was a nice stuffed animal that played music and we put it in his bed every night for him to sleep with. We weren't sure why but as most kids will do- they will attach themselves to that one item that they won't let go of. We called this stuffed animal "Duckie". Now looking back I am not sure why we called it that. Its really hard to say what it is for sure but it's yellow and so hey- it's a duck ok? Flash forward to the present. Duckie has gone through a few transformations. He doesn't have his string anymore to pay music because I cut it off when it stopped working, although the "tail" still remains. Duckie has gotten a new pair of "shoes" and a "nose job" but he is still Duckie. My son is now almost 9 years old and Duckie still sleeps with him and does just about everything else you can imagine. He isn't as "yellow" as he used to be but he is still loved like the first day he was grasped by my son's tiny little hands at 9 months of age. So here's to you Duckie and all those "duckies" out there.

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This year marks a few changes for me. I have started doing my favorite thing in the world (outside of taking care of my family) by working on my photography dream full time. I have started a couple blog circles and I have been actively pursuing an official 365 project. So I hope you continue to follow me in my journey while I do these things that I so love to do and am so passionate about. Please continue on with this circle as I am sure you will find the work by Lori very inspiring as well.

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My Kids Were Here February 2014 | placerville family photographer

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

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

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

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

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My Kids Were Here January 2014 | placerville family photographer

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

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

My Kids Were Here January 2014 | placerville family photographer

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

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

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

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

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

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