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What Am I Doing?
What Am I Doing?

 Something is changing.  I can feel it.  Every morning, I sit down to write, and nothing comes out.  I mean nothing.  Nada.  Zilch.  Writing blog posts is becoming less fun and more challenging.  It used to be something I looked forward to, something that poured out of me.  Now, I find myself looking at a blank computer screen day after day.I've been wondering what has changed.  So I've been doing a little digging.  First I went to my blog.  I checked out the numbers.  Did a little research.  I took a look at what blog posts get the most views.  What do people enjoy reading from me?  I discovered that it was my personal blog posts that were most read.  The ones about my own children, my own struggles, my own journey.  These are my most read blog posts.  Now, before I say anything else, let me just clarify that I know this is not because my life is so interesting or dramatic.  Far from it.  I'm a wife, and a mom of three kids, doing some photography work on the side, trying (and way too often failing) to keep my ducks in a row.  This is not very different than most of the women I know who are reading this blog.So what is it then, that makes these blog posts more popular?  I'm not 100% sure, but I might have an idea.  More on that in a bit.But first, let's ...

Five Composition Tricks To Try Today
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 Two of my last three blog posts were about photography, specifically lighting.  Today I’m going to talk a little bit about composition.  No, not every blog post will be about photography.  I do love geeking out on all things involving a camera, but there are other things to talk about, and talk about them we will. However, today let me share with you a few simple tips on how to improve your everyday photos with composition. Simply put, composition is the placement of objects and elements in a work of art.  So how you decide to compose your photo can mean the difference between a throwaway snapshot and a beautiful portrait.  There are a lot of tips out there when it comes to composition.  Today I’m going to share five simple ones. Get A Little CloserWho or what is your subject?  What do you want your viewer focused on?  One of the best ways to take the guesswork out of this is to get closer to your subject.  Let her fill up your frame.  I often tell myself to get close enough to feel like I’m too close.  Then get a little closer.  Leave no room for question.  Let your subject take over.   Get THEM A Little Closer (To Each Other)It is often the case when people are in photographs together that they are uncomfortable with getting too close.  But the closer ...

Why I Choose To Serve Women
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 “Not all of us can do great things.  But we can do small things with great love.”  This quote, by Mother Teresa, is one of my favorites.  All too often, I have nagging thoughts that I am only one person, and that I cannot make a difference.  Perhaps that is true, but this quote reminds me that I don’t have to do big things to make a difference.  Doing small, everyday things with great love can make a difference. That’s what I’m hoping to do with my photography.  As I mentioned in my last post, the desire to serve others is leading me to make some important changes to my business and to my work.  And as I work through these changes, and the ideas and plans that come to mind each day, one thing remains the same.  I want to serve women.   This has always been a constant for me.  While I have always been open to photographing and teaching both genders, I am consistently drawn to connecting and giving to women.  The reasons are countless, but the foundation of my new plans are based on these three points. SERVING ALL WOMENEvery woman knows that her family is the most special, that her children are the most beautiful, her sisters the most fabulous, her girlfriends the most amazing.  And I would go so far as to say that every woman should have tangible reminders of ...

How To Have The Best Summer Ever
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 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 ...

Why This Crazy Idea Might Be My Best Ever!
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 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 ...