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How To Set Mom Goals
How To Set Mom Goals

 The other day, as I was walking out of my teenage son’s room, I noticed some index cards taped to the back of his bedroom door.  A closer look revealed that he had set athletic goals for his entire high school career (which does not begin for another 5 months).  There were also college goals.  And beyond.  I laughed to myself and realized (yet again) that the apple had not fallen far from the tree. Our house is a house of goal setters.  My husband has been setting and tracking running goals for the entire 20 years I have known him.  Ask him what workout he did on September 15, 2007 and he can go back and find it.  The same goes for me.  Well, maybe not to that obsessive extent, but my office walls are covered with goal cards for work, for health and fitness, for life. But what about mothering?   After leaving my son’s room and considering the insane amount of goal setting this family does, the thought struck me.  Why don’t I set goals on mothering?  Isn’t it just as important- if not more- as my work, or my health and fitness?  Isn’t mothering the part of my life where I really need to be intentional?  How have I not set Mom goals? I mulled these questions over for about 30 seconds, and decided to set some Mom goals.  Then I decided to bring you along ...

A Tribute To Mom
How To Set Mom Goals

 Taking the time today to send a very special HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the beautiful mothers I know.  And to all the beautiful mothers YOU know!What a gift to be surrounded by so many amazing moms.  Mothers who are just starting out on this crazy awesome ride called parenthood, and mothers who have become grandmothers, and great-grandmothers.  So many precious examples of how to raise our kids, of how to encourage each other, and of how to enjoy the ride.Here's to all of you amazing moms out there.And especially to the special mothers in my life: my sisters-in-law, Tara and Dani, my wonderful mother-in-law, Carol, and my precious mother, Mary Jane.  I'm so thankful for each of you.HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! 

Exciting News! A New Partnership And A Powerful Workshop!
How To Set Mom Goals

In my last post, I spoke about my decision to omit the sexy poses and expressions from my work.  This omission has been a part of my work for quite a while now, as I believe there is a lot of pressure out there for girls of all ages to be someone or something that they are not.  We see this everywhere from social media, to celebrity gossip magazines, to reality television, to the kids in school.  Our girls are feeling the pressure, and they are feeling it at a younger and younger age.  It's enough to make a mother throw up her hands in hopelessness.  Enough to make a photographer throw down her camera in disgust.Or maybe not.I write to you this morning, not in hopelessness and frustration, but filled with overwhelming hope and a strong vision for the future.  And I am not alone.As I've shared, this year brought us back out to Colorado, a return to our beautiful, purple-mountained home.  Upon arrival back at our Fountain Valley School, I met the most wonderful woman, a fellow photographer and mom to two little ones, not to mention a fellow alum of my beloved Colgate University!  Avery and I clicked immediately (yes, pun intended) and began heading down a road together- literally.  Our friendship blossomed over campus walks during free periods, and as we walked campus loop after campus loop, we shared ideas about our businesses, ...

Tips From Moms For Portrait Day
How To Set Mom Goals

Happy April!  Oh how I love spring, and the rebirth of all things lovely.  Trees are budding, flowers are blooming, the spring dresses are coming out.  And spring sessions are just around the corner.  If you're anything like me, you're ready to burn the snow pants and boots, and get your kids OUTSIDE already!  And maybe you're ready to celebrate spring with some family portraits.  In anticipation of such spring sessions, I thought it would be super fun to gather the advice of other moms out there.  I asked a dozen of the moms who've already braved "Portrait Day", and asked them for their words of wisdom.  Here's what they had to say. 1. Kim C.Make it fun... not a chore... like a field trip!  And go somewhere afterwards for a treat for a job well done.  Let them know about it in advance as an incentive.  But most of all have fun!  Think outside the box!   2. Laurie S.Have patience!  Enjoy spending time with each other.  3. Missy A.Timing is everything!  My kids are different people throughout the day.  Try to schedule a time when they will all hopefully be in their right minds!   4. Amy A.Feed everyone beforehand... including your spouse and yourself.  It's hard to fake cheeriness if you are cranky!   5. Kim K.Keep it light, organic, and ...

Simple Tricks To Avoid Blurry Photos Without A Tripod
How To Set Mom Goals

I own a tripod and I love it.  It assures me that there will be absolutely no camera shake when I'm capturing my precious moments.  But ask any one of my clients if they've ever seen me shoot with my tripod.  I believe 99% of them would say NOPE.  I never take it out of it's case.  In fact, I've pretty much just stopped bringing it.  Because as much as I love the idea of eliminating blurry photos, I also live in the reality that I'm photographing moving children on a regular basis.  And I actually prefer photos that portray the fun-loving spirit of childhood.  I prefer real over "posey posey".  So a tripod never shows up in my sessions.That said, I still want clear, crisp, sharp images.  So what's a girl to do?  Well, over the years, I've discovered a few simple tricks to getting sharper images without the tripod.  A tripod is always the best option for sharper images, but it's not always the most realistic.  Here are my favorite alternatives. 1. CREATE A TRIPODI'm guessing you might not have a tripod lying around at home.  I'm also guessing you have little intention of setting one up simply to get some cute photos of the kids around the house.  But did you know that you can use a few simple household items to keep your camera more stable while capturing moments at home?  Got a bag of rice? ...