Project ME: My Year in Self-Portraits - Part 1, January 2018

"We have to be vulnerable if we want more courage; if we want to dare greatly." - Brene' Brown 

Our family has an annual tradition of writing down our New Year’s resolutions.  We started this at about the time when our oldest daughter, Tess (now 22), was old enough to catch wind of this thing called New Year’s resolutions.  Tess, being one who equally loves goal setting and making lists, appointed herself the family secretary.   So we don’t just share our resolutions with each other, we write them down and revisit them the following year, each of us being held accountable.

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Welcoming Iyla Rae - Fresh 48 Hospital Session

Now that I am blogging, I'm finally able to get caught up on posting some of the amazing sessions I have had with beautiful families during the past year.  In April I was lucky enough to document baby Iyla Rae, along with her adoring parents, Rachael and Chris, during her first few hours of life.  

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Why You Should Put Yourself In Front Of The Camera

One of the aspects I love about being a photographer is that there is always something new to learn or a skill to improve on.  And in working through those new skills I always learn something new about myself. This summer I am taking an online photography workshop with one of my favorite photographers, Stacey Ilyse Craft. What has been so great about this class and her teaching style is that she pushes all of us, her students, out of our comfort zones. And while that may be uncomfortable, in the end it truly is a growing experience. A few weeks ago we had an assignment to make 3 portraits in our home. So this should be easy for any photographer, right? But when your kids are grown, your husband doesn't come home from work until the sun sets, and even the dog runs for cover when the camera comes out, who will your subject be? 

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