Photography Dreams: moving forward

Hello Dear Friends,

So last week I said I would share some photography news with you. My parents thought it was a new camera…sigh…if only. Actually, this week I will be sharing my spankin’ new business name and website. I really am hoping to build some sort of business out of this passion of min. Whether it be big or small, I just want to keep doing it, I love shooting. It gives me SO MUCH joy.

Unfortunately I have to go back to work this fall, so I thought, if I wanted to start my business, it would be smart to knock out the website before teacher mode set in. I still have some tweaking to do, so I will share the website and business name with you later this week.

One of the biggest things that’s been holding me back from trying the business thing is equipment. I love my little Nikon D3200, but it’s not a full frame. I know better photos require learning and experience, but I can see a clear difference in full frame photos. I will keep shooting til I can afford the camera.

With that said, this explains the photo below. I am trying to win the Nikon D800 (FULL FRAME!!!) throughout SnapKnot’s giveaway. I get many more entries if I share this photo with you. But it also speaks a lot of truth about how I feel about photography.

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Thanks for the encouragement friends!

This Mama’s 2 Week in 10 Photos: part 25

I said I would keep up on my week’s in 5 photos, but I have a very good excuse for missing last week. I had two sick boys, not sleeping well at night or napping during the day. I didn’t have a lot of moments to write and if I did I was wiped out. But as I sit here on Monday evening watching the Bachelorette (yes, it’s a guilty pleasure. who loves the farmer?), I have time. Here is my last 2 weeks in 10 photos, enjoy:

When Benjamin was one we had to work so hard to convince him to play at the park. But when you have a big brother, like Gilbert does, we run crawl all over the place. Here is Mr. G exploring Ft. Steilacoom Park.

2014-06-23_0001.jpg Benjamin has discovered balls, soccer, basket, bouncy balls, you name it. We spent many nights in the backyard throwing balls around.
2014-06-23_0002.jpgDada makes throwing the soccer ball around, much more fun than I do. He is loved by these boys.
2014-06-23_0003.jpgThis boy cracks me up. He wants to do whatever his brother is doing.
2014-06-23_0004.jpgBenjamin has also been “climbing” our tree. If you have seen Frozen, which we’ve seen a lot of. It’s similar to Anna climbing the mountain. Benjamin thought he was so high, when he was on the top of the roots.
2014-06-23_0005.jpgLast Saturday I ran the Sound to Narrows (for the 4th time) with my old college roommates. The 3 of us stuck together since we all pushed babies out of us the last year and were sympathetic with one another if one of us needed to walk.
2014-06-23_0006.jpgFather’s Day at my parents house. Gilbert loves his Mimi. He lets very few people hold him willingly. She is one of them.
2014-06-23_0007.jpgOkay…this kid….sigh. He keeps me on my toes. He couldn’t just stand at the dishwasher, but he needed to try to get in.
2014-06-23_0008.jpgWe had a busy weekend of a wedding and birthday. Benjamin and Gilbert have a lot of girl cousins, they are everywhere. Seeing these sisters play together makes me so glad my boys are so close in age.
2014-06-23_0009.jpgThe boys were so tired they slept past the start of church. So we went to the beach for a little picnic. Gilbert has moved on from tackling his big brother to tackling his Dada. What’s next?!
2014-06-23_0010.jpgThat’s my last two weeks for ya! I hope to be sharing some interesting photography news with you soon. Stay tuned!

This Slacker Mama’s 3 Weeks in 16 Photos: part 24

Hello Stranger! Yes, it has been a looooong time since I’ve posted my week in 5 photos. I’m sure you all have been wondering where I’ve been (Mom and Anne). I will be straight with you. I went to my first photography workshop 3 weeks ago. It was fantastic, and I hope to write more about that soon. I had a wonderful time, I learned so much and I met a lot of great photographers/people. However when you meet people who do what you do it’s hard not to compare. So I went into hiding and fearing posting anything, thinking my photos just don’t cut it.

But, after talking to some really encouraging people this last week and watching Brene Brown’s TED talk about vulnerability (highly recommend it), I am back. Even if my photos are not up to par or I feel insecure about them I am going to allow myself to vulnerable and share my photos again. Good things can come from allowing yourself to be vulnerable (like meeting my dear husband). So here is my past 3 weeks…

I think we have a musician on our hands, no joke. He is constantly singing and loves guitars. This was our $12 goodwill find. Thank goodness we found a smaller toy guitar at our neighbor’s garage sale. The big one was scratching our floors.


This was not the greatest lighting, but for moments like these, lighting does not matter.


So….I guess boys like to wrestle. I don’t get it, it gives me a bit of a heart attack. But it can also be very cute.


The next 3 photos are of Gilbert on his first birthday. I think they capture the little personality coming out of him at one year old.  My silly boy.


My dare devil. This child always has some sort of injury on his body.


My sweet, happy boy. His smile kills me.


Summer is almost  here and there have been lots of trips to the park. You always need a Target sticker and a baby at the park. Again…my boys’ smiles kill me.


We celebrated my friend Annie and her soon arriving baby last weekend. I love dessert shots (fewer calories).


Another shot from the baby shower. These are the beautiful women from our community group, going on 5 years (I think).


We found Benjamin’s sunglasses we lost last summer. They then had to be passed around.



My niece had her 3rd birthday last week. Can you guess the theme? My sister made it look so sweet. She made the cake toppers herself.


Yes, another “blowing out the candles” photo….I can’t resist.


Gilbert did not care for the cake at his birthday, but he cannot get enough ice cream. His eyes seem to be saying, “back off.”


In another year, these cousins could be double trouble. And I’m afraid my child will be the leader.


GIlbert got this car from my parents for his birthday. He loooooves it. So does his brother…..


That’s my 3 weeks. I didn’t share any photos from Gilbert’s birthday party, I will do that in a separate post. Hope to see you soon!