Sneak Peak -
My first family session this spring was perfect! This family was so laid back and fun! In fact I had my assistant Aiden (my son) with me and he whispered to me while I was shooting, "This is a really great family." He is so right!
Today is our 9th wedding anniversary. I could say so much about 9 years, but I don't have to. This song says it all! Well for the most part....just in case anyone is wondering we weren't 19 when we got married....actually....9+19 would make me only 28....oh yeah lets go with it! No, in other words don't take the lyrics literally (we all know people like that), but you get the idea.
To my husband, I love you with all of my heart (even when you leave your work clothes on the floor!) Thank you for all that you are to me and our children. xoxo
Don't mind the scanned wedding photo - we got married so long ago, they didn't do digital!
PS Lori McKenna is an amazing singer/song writer. I can't go into how great she is on this post because it's supposed to be about my husband! Seriously though - check her out!
You Get A Love Song By Laurie McKenna
Well, they ain’t gonna make a movie About a couple of fools like us. No one’s going to write a book About our little love.
You don’t get picture on the local front page For falling in love at a reckless age, No, no. For saying ‘I do’ when you’re 19, In a hand-me-down dress with a pawn-shop ring,
For having no money for a honeymoon
‘Cause you’re saving it up for the baby boom, For knowing a love that’s hard when it starts this young,
Well, you don’t get much, no, no, But you get a love song.
The Sunday sermon won’t mention all the work we put into this love. They ain’t gonna hang a billboard congratulating us For surviving every rise and fall, for being more hard-headed than a wrecking ball.
For letting me chase a hopeless dream, For giving up on trying to change me, For drinking your way so far down I almost thought I couldn’t pull you out, For knowing the only thing harder than letting go Oh, is holding on,
Well, you don’t get much, no, no, But you get a love song,
You get a love song. (Love song.)
Oh, you get a love song. You get a love song.
Next time a hurricane comes through They won’t name it after us. And how could you paint a picture That looked anything like love? The six o’clock news don’t give a damn, That by the grace of God we worked it out again. By the grace of God
The scenery is beautiful in Northern New Hampshire right now. This is one of my favorite times of year, new beginnings are sprouting up everywhere. The flowers are bright and beautiful and the green grass makes an amazing back drop for all things photographic!
I am officially booking dates for the spring and summer. I have two amazing weddings booked already! Thank you Nina and Andrea for choosing me for your special days!
If you or anyone you know is interested in a photo session please contact me for pricing and information. Seniors, it is a great time of year to have your portraits done, and just think with all you have going on in the next year you will be able to check one thing off of your to do list.
An old Grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice, "Let me tell you a story.
I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do.
But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times." He continued, "It is as if there are two wolves inside me. One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him, and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.
But the other wolf, ah! He is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger,for his anger will change nothing.
Sometimes, it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit."
The boy looked intently into his Grandfather's eyes and asked, "Which one wins, Grandfather?"
The Grandfather smiled and quietly said, "The one I feed."
I spent the day trying to find something to SHARE with all my new friends. I have ton's of fun stuff in store for this blog and lot's of things to share, but tonight I want to share a reminder below is a very short video with a really big meaning. Treat others as you want to be treated! The one thing I find myself saying over and over to my boys. Our words are powerful - use them wisely! Enjoy!
video shared from an incredibly brilliant photographer and marketing genius Lawrence Chan, if you are a photographer or any kind entrepreneur you should be following this man!!
....and because this is still a photography blog here is the newest shot of my niece, the happiest little girl ever!
PS: Thank you new friends for joining the blog I'm so excited to have an audience! (Y'all may not be so excited, but I am) Don't forget to leave a comment on the post (The truth is....) below in order to be entered in the drawing for a Amazon.com $25 Gift Card (0108). You can leave a comment on this post too...hint, hint, but it won't count for the drawing!
I have decided to use this blog to share more than just my photography, I want to share the things that make my heart full and put a smile on my face. I have recently come to realize how much I have deprived myself of feeling joy and just being happy.
I am trying to pull myself out of this slump I am in. I cannot explain the sadness that is in my heart or my need to share it with the world. I’m 32 years old and I’m burnt out. I’m tired, frustrated and defeated. I have spent too much time trying to prove my worth to people that don’t care and will never appreciate me. I have deprived my family of the best of me and only given them the tattered and frayed pieces that are left after everyone else has taken what they want and left me feeling worthless and defeated.
I really am not a very spiritual person, but the truth is, I want to believe there is more than this. I want to believe it so I can teach my children that if they work hard and treat others with respect than they will be successful and rewarded. I want to teach them that everyone deserves kindness and that if they give their best to others they will lead a fulfilled life. You see I always had the idea that it was better not to recognize the good in anything because if I acknowlege anything good it will bring me bad luck. Some would argue this is a perfect case of the law of attraction. If you don't recognize the good in life than you are attracting only the bad. I wasn't familiar with how theory on the law of attraction, but what I did know was that I was miserable and losing faith in everything around me. I was not only letting the rest of the world beat me up and fill me with guilt and fear, I was doing it to myself 24 hours a day. The thing with negativity is the worse you feel and the more you complain the harder it is to see anything good. No magic force here, just plain fact. If your grumpy all the time people don't want to be around you and that creates lonliness which creates sadness and well you get the picture....
To say I was grumpy was an understatement. I couldn't stand myself.....I didn't want to experience joy or happiness. I recently found myself in a very dark place but thankfully I had a moment of clarity and recognized what was happening and the road I was heading down very quickly. I decided to step out of my comfort zone and set out to make myself happy or at least see if it was something that was possible.
Do you know what I found? A WHOLE GREAT BIG WORLD full of people just like me. I found resources and inspiration in a million different places. I want to share these resources with others. I want to show other people that it's ok to happy and be thankful for all of the good in our lives. Sharing makes my heart happy! Do you see how this works, I share good things with you and it makes me feel good. So, here is my first attempt at sharing happiness.
I decided to read The Secret by Rhonda Byrneand have since become a changed person. Now before you think I have lost my mind; pick up the book and read it. Remember, I'm a skeptic and a cynic by nature. Even though I was skeptical when I began the book and still have a hard time articulating my feelings on the subject, I recognize this book as one of the most important I have ever read. Weather you believe in magnetic forces or not, at the end of the day nobody can deny the feeling of kindness and compassion no matter if you are the person that is giving or receiving. If you haven't read the book just read it, have an open mind and see the good and I promise you won't regret it. If you are a little embarrassed to be seen with a "self help" book (like I was) than download it to your electronic reading device....your Kindle, iPad, Blackberry....even your computer. If you don't know anything about electronic reading devices....send me an email I would be happy to tell you how incredibly cool they are! My iPod touch with the Kindle app. makes me so happy!
I also think having some blog followers would make me happy as well! If you have read this far down, first of all thank you, thank you, thank you! Second, do me a favor and become a fan by submitting your email address above. I promise I won't spam you. After you have done that leave me a comment below on May 25th (my 9th Wedding Anniversary) I will randomly select one person to receive a $25 Amazon GC. You can use it to buy a copy of The Secret, or anything else that makes you happy!
Wednesday May 25, 2011 Today is the day to select someone to receive the $25 Amazon GC. When I was getting ready to do the drawing very few people had commented. I should have clarified that you didn't have to say beautiful things to me! All you had to do was say hi and leave your name. I definitely did not ever expect for people to write the absolutely touching comments that are below. You have all left me humbled. It is people like you that make this world barable. I hope you all decide to continue on this blogging journey with me.
SO....the winner is #13 Thea!!! Thank you all you are the best!