• photography

    Gambling runs in the family I guess…

    When I was up visiting my mom, we dropped in on my auntie Shirley. I had forgotten how funny she is. It’s been a long time since I had seen her in person and I the last time I saw her, it made me a little sad because she was recovering from being very sick. This time was totally different. She was back to being silly, funny and witty. I had convinced my cousin, Jimmy to take me to the attic, because I had never been up there because my other cousin, Benny told me there was a really mean ghost that lived up there. So from the time I…

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    As far as I can remember…

    When I was very little my mom and dad were given a book from a friend called, “Kinship with the Stars – A Photographic Celebration of Life” I somehow ended up with it in my room. I can only remember a few books from when I was a kid; a dinosaur book & sleeping beauty. This was a grown up book and I was gifted it from my mom because it wasn’t ‘her thing’. It wasn’t really my thing either, but the pictures in the book always made me make up stories in my head. As I got older and the words from the book began to make sense to…

  • photography,  stuff portrait friday

    Throwing in the Towel for SPF

    This is what is has come to. Our 3 cameras are now safely placed in our Pelican case and in order to take a half way decent picture, we now have to get into the case, pull everything out and assemble it. Alright, it only takes a few minutes, but the work of actually taking everything out and making sure it’s safe (and not left in a bad part of town) is getting to be a hassle that I don’t even take pictures anymore. When I pulled out Sherman (the d300 tank) and snapped the shot, I got that tingly feeling again…that satisfying release of the shutter sound. Waves of…

  • photography,  Random and Odd

    It’s Fall, right?

    It’s is going to rain everyday this week, except the ONE day we are shooting the “Fall Carnival” at the little girls school. We have been shooting random things lately. A lot of senior portraits and a band shoot. It’s time to get everyone in for the ‘family portraits’ for Christmas. Alright, I need money. Who doesn’t? In the process of trying to keep Hope Photographers in business, I opened up a website for the kids of Rocklin teen photographers. Did I tell you this already? I feel so brain dead lately. It seems like I can’t keep a thought in my head without it flying out. I think it…

  • My Brats,  photography

    New Rules

    Here it is: Plan NOTHING to do on the day of Homecoming or any proms until 2016. If you do anything other than drive around all day, catering to your children’s needs —> you will spend the next day in bed with a headache that feels like you have partied with the Captain and did some swinging from the chandlers. Seriously. Homecoming and Prom preparation is a full day ordeal. Yes, I will have at least one kid in high school until 2016. Scary huh? The scary part is it will be a girl in high school. Can someone calculate how much money I will have to spend on dresses,…

  • photography

    Published.

    Shaun sent me an email yesterday to let me know that THIS PICTURE was picked to go into Digital Photographers magazine. It will be in the December addition. I already have a subscription, but I have to go buy like 5 more at Barnes and Noble when it comes out. SHOCKED…and thrilled to death are the only words I have for this. Everyone have a great weekend. Take at least 5 pictures and send me a link to your website so I can see what you did this weekend.

  • Anxiety,  journey,  My Brats,  photography,  Shaun

    Not dead. Exhausted.

    It’s been awhile since the update on Random and Odd. The kids are doing FanFrigginTabulous. They are loving school this year. High school is suiting the older girls and the younger girls are falling into their middle school grooves. Shaun started softball tonight and that means his energy level will go up. He’s happier when he has his outlet. As for me; I am working on this whole positive thinking thing. Everyday I tell myself that I am so very happy, even if it looks like it’s going to be a rough day. My ability to be able to feel an anxiety attack coming on has always been a comfort.…

  • kara,  photography

    And now we have Darnelle…

    Internet, meet Darnelle. This is Kara’s new baby. Before you go freaking out that we bought her a big ol’ expensive Nikon, just listen to how this all came about. Since long before 6th grade, Kara has had this thing I like to call, ‘Her Mother’s Inability To Retain Anything That Has To With Numbers Being Multiplied.’ (perhaps this has something to do with how many children I have…that or 9 months of not having a period outweighed the horrible sickness I had taking birth control pills) When it comes to retaining any information outside of the lyrics to every song written, every single line in a movie she loves…

  • Anxiety,  photography,  Shaun

    Bed Hog

    This is by far my favoritest picture Shaun has ever taken. I like this picture because it reminds me so much of Shaun. Right now, he’s laying in the middle of the bed trying to look all cuddled up, and he’s not, he’s IN THE MIDDLE of the bed. I swear, if I didn’t know any better, Jeremiah is his son. I swear they have all the same facial gestures…like when Shaun doesn’t get his way he scrunches up his face and throws himself to the floor just like Jeremiah. The lips. I swear they have the same lips. They both cry if you try to take the remote away.…