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Taking time to exist in photographs…

Being the “mom tog” I’m always the one behind the camera and rarely ever in front of it.  And the off chance when my hubby does manage to  pry the camera out of my fingers I cry that I’m too chubby or my hair’s not done or that I’m not dressed for pictures.  I could come up with 100 excuses and I’m sure you can too but I’m here today to say that it needs to stop!

In 10/15/20 years your kids won’t care that your hair was a fright or that you were too heavy.  They won’t see that tired look in your eyes or that your socks don’t match.  They’ll look back on the images and see their mom – in all her mom glory – exactly the way they remembered her all those years ago.  They’ll see her doing the things she enjoyed and enjoying her family.

So, I’m asking you to take the time to exist in photographs.  Hand over the camera, use a timer, whatever you need to do to be in the picture with your family.


Smashing Walnuts

Last weekend I had the honor of teaming up with three other talented photographers (Fluttering Shutter Photography,New London Red),  to capture moments at a walk-a-thon benefiting the Smashing Walnuts Foundation.

Smashing Walnuts was started by 10 year old Gabriella Miller and her family after she was diagnosed (at 9 years old) with a brain tumor the size of a walnut.  The name came from the fact that Gabriella, her parents and her younger brother would smash walnuts with a frying pan to symbolize “smashing” her tumor.

In the short time between her diagnosis and her passing she co-wrote a children’s book about cancer, earned an honorary college degree and received the President’s Medal for Outstanding Service in Cancer Awareness from Shenandoah University.  She raised almost $300,000 for children’s cancer charities and became a global advocate for children with cancer.

But more than that Gabriella was a fighter, a Warrior!  Even through her chemo treatments she never gave up hope or her smiling face!

Did you know…

  • 15,780 children will be diagnosed with cancer in the US this year alone
  • childhood cancer is the number 1 (1!) cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the US
  • only 4% of money for cancer research is specifically directed toward childhood cancer
  • 72% of children diagnosed with a brain tumor are under the age of 15?
  • 7 children die every. single. day due to cancer?

I’m sure you don’t have to think very hard to remember a child in your circles that has either lost their battle to cancer, is currently fighting cancer, or has triumphed over cancer!  With efforts like those of the Smashing Walnuts Foundation and other children’s cancer charities  hopefully a cure can be found soon!  Until then I can only hope these families are surrounded by the same amount of love and hope and community that Gabriella’s family is!


New Toys!

I’ve been wanting to upgrade camera bodies for a while now but never really had the push to do so.  A increase in photo shoots and a nice tax return means I could finally take the jump.  These are the first shots off the camera the night I got it.  I’m in love!

beautiful girl big boy little girl happy boy

Snow Day!

This winter has been a long cold one with very little snow. For the kids of the neighborhood it’s been rather disappointing. This weekend however delivered both great show and beautiful weather to be out in to enjoy it. We spent hours on the big hill, breaking in the middle for naps and some coco and then a group went back out for another few hours. In the end we had exhausted and sunburned kids that slept like rocks that night. And the freezing chill promptly blew back in the next day.


hockey in the snow snow covered boy carrying the sled learning to board playing in the snow sledding down the hill silly giggly girl

Happy Birthday Little Boy!

My oldest turns 5 this week! To celebrate we met up at the local VFD for his party. Although the weather was non-cooperative and the firemen were actually called out right at the start of his party, they arrived back just before we wrapped things up. A few of his friends braved the snow and celebrated with him.

birthday cake boys paying attention blowing out candles kids watching demonstration faces in the equipment boy in the cab of the truck fire truck fire heros