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Celebrating Our Besties: Part 2 (and A Special Giveaway!)
Celebrating Our Besties: Part 2 (and A Special Giveaway!)

 I write you this morning exhausted but filled with gratitude.  The last 3 days were a flurry of friends, new and old, coming in and out of our new home.  As my "bestie" returned to FVS  with her family, she seemed to bring with her friends from years past and from just around the block.  And as sad as it was to see her head home yesterday, it filled me with the realization of how wonderful life can be with a house filled with friends.  And it filled me with gratitude.Again, we didn't get a lot of photos because we were too busy enjoying our time together.  But we did manage to catch this one of all the ladies together. Friendship is a gift, and it's especially so for us girls.  I'm so thankful for friends, old and new.  Thankful for friends who live 100 yards away, and for those who live 1,000 miles away.  Thankful for friends who are here for a day, a season, or a lifetime.How about you?  Take a moment to think about the friends in your life.  Who comes to mind first?  Who makes you smile or laugh?  Who holds you up when you cry?On Monday, I'll be launching a giveaway for teens and their besties.  Today, I say thank you to all the friends in my life.  Thank you. 

Celebrating Our Besties
Celebrating Our Besties: Part 2 (and A Special Giveaway!)

 I write you this morning a bit crazed, but oh so excited!  This afternoon, after seven years, I will be seeing my very best friend again!  Susan will be coming down to visit us for a few days, along with her husband and kids.  I anticipate lots of hugs, lots of laughing, some long morning walks (coffee in hand), and some new memories.  I could not be more excited!I wish I had some photos to share with you, but like I said, it's been seven years.  I do plan to take some photos while they are here.  For now I'll share a photo from the last day we were together.  I was 7 months pregnant with Mike, who is now 6!  The little boy in the photo is Scotty, who is now 12 and almost eye to eye with me! I'm also pretty excited about my other bestie.  My true best friend, my favorite person in the world.  My hubby is celebrating his 50th birthday tomorrow!  I could sit here all day and try to come up with the right words to express what this man means to me, but I'll never be able to.  There are no words.  Truly, Scott, you are my favorite.  You are my best friend.  You are my hero.  You are everything I ever hoped for, and then some.  I love you, but oh my goodness, I like you so much, too.  Happy birthday to you. And now I'm off to go enjoy this glorious day!  I will be ...

How To Have The Best Summer Ever
Celebrating Our Besties: Part 2 (and A Special Giveaway!)

 Greetings from the land of chaos!  I write you from the pit of insanity, as we are moving into a new house this week.  We are up to our eyeballs in boxes, and we are pretty exhausted, but we could not be happier!In all the wonderful chaos of our move, I have most certainly been letting my blogging slide, as well as my family portrait project, but that's OK!  Life is about progress, not perfection, and today is a new day to do great things.I did want to share with you a little nugget of advice for summer fun.  How to have the best summer ever.Now I could have said busiest, because for us it's been about that busy.  And you might call this post lame because the answer to this is so simple, but sometimes life is that simple.  Not easy, but simple.How to have the best summer ever?  SIMPLY ENJOY EACH DAY, EACH MOMENT, FOR WHAT IT IS.And that's what I'm doing today.  I'm enjoying today, as the chaos awaits, as the little ones still sleep, as another gift of a day presents itself.  And I'm sharing with you today some of the other insanely wonderful days we've had this summer.  Here's a recap of what our clan has been doing:We began with a road trip across the country.  We meandered through Iowa, where we stopped at The Field of Dreams (after watching the movie with the kids).  We ended our road trip at Grandma and ...

Quick Momtographer Tip
Celebrating Our Besties: Part 2 (and A Special Giveaway!)

 Hello and happy Monday!  I've got another momtography tip for you today, and it's a great one for summer!I'm not sure about the rest of you, but the sun is looming large and wonderfully here in our beautiful Rocky Mountain State, and so today's tip is about embracing that sun and playing with it a little bit.Today I'm going to talk with you about backlighting.  Simply put, backlighting is when your light source (the sun in this case) is actually behind your subject and you are shooting into that light.  It can be tricky, but it's fun to play around with, and you can capture some soft and stunning images this way. A few simple tips to help you on your way to backlighting.1. USE A REFLECTORI know that not all of you own fancy photographer's reflectors, and that's ok.  I've used white poster board, or even just my white shirt.  If I know I'm going to try backlighting and won't have an actual reflector (or someone else to hold one), I make sure to wear white.  Even that will help to reflect some of the light behind your subject onto her face. 2. EXPOSE FOR YOUR SUBJECTWhen you are trying to backlight, your camera will want to expose for the scene behind your subject, especially if you are shooting with your phone or on automatic.  What will happen then, is that you'll have a lovely sky and a dark, underexposed subject.  Not ...

Why This Crazy Idea Might Be My Best Ever!
Celebrating Our Besties: Part 2 (and A Special Giveaway!)

 Have you ever gotten an idea so crazy that you know you need to tell someone about it before you chicken out?  Yeah, that's what I'm doing here today.  Telling you so that I don't chicken out.But I'm also telling you about this idea because as a mom, you MIGHT want to join me in it.  Wait… what?  Crazy idea and I want you to join me?  Heck, yes!  Crazy ideas become fun journeys when done with friends. So here's the story.The other day I was sitting in bed after another wonderful day of vacationing with my family.  I was reading one of my photography magazines, business book open beside it, pouring over my planner, trying to glean new ideas about my business from all of these sources.  Our bed looked like a library cubby desk!  But there I was, surrounded by all of these resources, and then I saw it.  It was a photo in the magazine.  But it wasn't the photo that got me, it was the caption.  The caption described the photographer as a mom who had rediscovered the joy of photography by documenting her family in a 365 day portrait project. THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY FIVE DAYS OF FAMILY PHOTOS.Yes.Usually, I would read something like that, roll my eyes, and think, "That's insane!"  In fact, I bet that's exactly what you just did there, too.  Perhaps.  But this time, something ...