Do you remember being a tween? I sure do. I had that athletic bodystyle and always thought I was awkward and fat. I was constantly self-conscious about what I was wearing and how it looked. Clothing would not fit right. It wouldn't sit right on my body frame. To top it off, I had glasses as a child and tween. You know, those thick, make-your-eyes-look-smaller, kind of glasses? Oh yeah. Kids can be harsh. Wayyyy harsh.I did not consider the mirror my friend. I thougt it spoke truth. When in reality, the untrue, disallusioned thoughts in my head were way louder than what the mirror was showing me.
Now imagine the impact that a single, beautiful image could have done for you when you were that age. To be able to look at that photo and not see 'too fat', 'too skinny', 'too many freckles, too awkward of hair, too short or too tall....but to just see yourself as beautiful and captivating. And to actually, TRULY, love the image.
A photograph is so concrete. While you can stand in front of a mirror and disagree with it, there's no arguing with a photograph. It looks back at you and says, quite matter-of-factly, "I don't care what the negative-you says. This is YOU. This is the beautiful, stunning, unparalleled YOU. Own it."
Mommas, the tween age is only a few short years. But the self esteem and self image of your child will carry on into their teen years and beyond. Yes, in today's world, cell phones and snaphot-selfies are instant and everywhere, but that professional portrait...the REAL image of who they are, needs to be documented now. These precious few years are vital. Let your child "see" themselves as they really are. To see themselves as you see them. Beautiful, stunning, brilliant, and awesome!
Call or email me and let's talk about the PERFECT session for your tween. What do you envision? Let's tell the story of who they are RIGHT NOW. So that they can carry that boost of self esteem into their teen years and beyond.
Wanna chat? Contact me HERE and send me a message!
Southeast Georgia models (or naturally photogenic non-models):
I have a project I'm planning out and some ideas I'm working on, and I need some models!
At the moment, I'm looking for young girls ages 9 - 13. To qualify, girls MUST be comfortable in front of a camera, and be able to take direction well.
Modeling experience is preferred, but not a must!
If your daughter is a natural in front of the camera, send me a PM or email with a recent headshot.
* Must be willing to travel to my home studio in Bloomingale, Ga *
Expecting Mamas: May I ask a favor?
Close your eyes. (Well after you read this preferably!)
And mentally flash forward: (Insert one of those 1990's tv sitcom wave that mean a flashback is about to commence...) So, you have just brought your little one home from the hospital.
Your exhausted & sleep deprived, but you wouldnt trade it for anything in the world.
You ALREADY see your perfect newborn changing, and it's only been a few days!! I want to share something with you. The next few days and weeks will become a blur! Around-the-clock feedings and diaper changes, constant snuggles and songs of "you are my sunshine" will fill your 24 hour day. You'll be so caught up with your perfect tiny angel. You will stare into their face for a thousand minutes without looking away because you want to take in EVERY. PERFECT. DETAIL.
Here is where I'd love to step in. I want to help.
Let me borrow that passionate desire to "take everything in". My job is to freeze those moments for you. Your beautiful, perfect-in-every-way, baby won't stay little forever. They won't look the same forever, BUT, your photographs will be around forever. From their first day in Kindergarten, to the day they walk across that graduation stage, you will always have their newborn details ingrained into your mommy-memory. With my help, you will also have them in tangible form. Images you will always be able to go through, share, and re-live.
These moments are fleeting, mama. Are you ready to book your newborn session?
I would say that this fair Princess had the most magical time during her photo session with Jasmine the Unicorn! Every now and then, though it might have been the wind, I was sure that I heard whispering going on between the two. Because, as we all know, Unicorns are the best secret keepers...
Can you believe it's June ALREADY?!
We've had some days that were scorchers! Where all you want to do is absolutely NOTHING! And just stay inside in the cool AC and watch TV.....
But when the sun begins to set, and the temperature begins to drop a bit, that bright, yellow, HOT sun lowers into a warm golden glow. Summer evenings beg for you to step outside. Whether it's tiki torches around the pool, or firing up the grill or firepit, summer evenings can bring a relaxing sense of magic when family and friends gather together.
Great company paired with some delicious food (and possibly a great glass of Riesling), and you've got yourself an evening to remember! *And don't forget your camera! Make memories and capture them. Make a digital scrapbook or a mini album that has fun, family memories from this summer!
So I'd like a share a perfect cool-you-off treat that the entire family will love! Orange Cream Italian Ice
Oh yeah...it's addicting and soooo hard not to eat while your making it.
I also want to share some fabulous summer evening finds from one of my FAVORITE websites; Uncommon Goods
But FIRST: the deliciousness!
(Adapted from Food52's recipe)
3 cups orange juice (low or no-pulp is best)
1 cup Organic Half & Half 1 tablespoon fresh scraped orange peel (optional)1 cup ice
Add the orange juice, half&half, and the 1 cup ice to the bowl of a food processor or a high-powered blender.
Blend until smooth.
Pour into a baking dish (I used a 8x8 pan). Make sure the puree fills about halfway up your pan. You want to leave some room for when it's time to scrape the ice. So if it looks like it's going to be close to the very top, use a larger pan (9x13 could work too!) Just make sure it'll fit into you freezer!
Place into the freezer for about 30-45 minutes.
After 30-45 minutes, remove the Italian ice from the freezer and scrape it with a fork until slushy. Place it back in the freezer for another 2 hours.
After the 2 hours are up, you can scoop the ice into cups. If it's too frozen-solid to scoop, either let the ice sit out for 5 minutes so that it softens, or add it to a blender and blend until the mixture has a slushy consistency. You can place the cups back into the freezer for a few minutes before serving to guests. (Or eat it all yourself.... :enter sly emoji face here: )
And below are some cool campfire fun items for your next summer get together outside!
Topped with solar panels, this jar creates 12 hours of convenient, cord-free, clean-energy lighting.
Call off your search for the perfect roasting branch, and cook marshmallows to perfection with this twig-inspired skewer (dirt not included). Featuring a whimsical design to reflect old-fashioned roasting sticks, you'll brown up to five marshmallows at once, which you can then smash between graham crackers or simply devour in all their plain, gooey glory.
Make every meal a construction site of creativity with this plate and set of equipment-inspired utensils. Even picky eaters will be eager to harvest their veggies with this dining set and bounty of utensils.