Posts Tagged: sisters

Weekly Winners {Photo Shoot at Amicalola Falls}

Yesterday, I came full circle; if you will.

Two years ago, this month, I had the pleasure of photographing a certain family.  They were the first to be put in my professional portfolio.  These photos (the ones I took yesterday) have so much meaning to me because it really shows how much I have grown as a photographer.  I believe I’ve grown in all areas—composition, technique, and editing.   That?  Make me feel a sense of fulfillment.   It also reinforces that I am on the right path.

We met at Amicalola Falls, and I—of course—had to capture some of our surroundings before, during, and after the photo session.

{i am lotus for more winners}



I can say this with pride:  I have fierce friends.

They’ve got it all; beauty, smarts, attitude, a funny bone, a keen fashion sense, awesome mothering skills, and a determination that makes me proud to call them my sisters.

Oh and they like purses*.  Ahhh, purses.  Who doesn’t like purses?

When I went to Type-A Mom Conference in September, I was lucky to be a part of a group of speakers who were invited to Dress Barn.  We were decked out, head-to-toe, with clothing, jewelery, shoes, and purses.

Anissa chose a sexy dress that *ehem* accentuated her stellar rack.   She worked that dress; it was seemingly made for her.

The next morning when we put on a little fashion show, for our fellow conference goers, Anissa was called up first.  She worked that stage.  She owned it.  She had this look on her face of strength, beauty, and wisdom.   She’s a total package, that one!

Anissa’s fierce.  Believe that.

(Check Anissa’s Hope4Peyton Blog for updates from her husband, Peter. And keep praying and sending out those awesome positive vibes for our friend.)


*Dress Barn sent me this great clutch to give away to one of my readers.  I got one, too.  A brownish one.  Oh, Michael’s gotta be thrilled that my “timeless” purse collection is growing.

Just tell me why you love your girlfriends, your sisters.

I’ll randomly pic a winner and announce it Monday, November 23rd.

Best Shot Monday: Family Photo Shoot

I’ve only had one paying job in my life.  Well, not counting the ice cream scooping gig at the fair and the Avon peddling.  I’ve only had one job, and that job was a studio photographer.  I worked for Sears Portrait Studio for a little over seven years. I also worked for Wal-Mart Portraits, for a short time, but I’d rather forget that.

It was some of the greatest of times.  It was some of the worst of times.

It was great because I excelled at my craft.  I took great pictures of kids and families and couples and babies and you-name-it.  Those were the great times; really connecting with people and capturing their true beauty and spirit.  The worst of times was being in management and having to deal with the crap-storm that people felt they could inflict upon you just because there was a “customer satisfaction guarantee.”  People used that and they used it in an ugly way.   Still…. I look back at that time as a huge lesson for what would come later.

Now is later.

Today I went to a new friend’s house and took portraits of her family.  I was totally transcended back to that period of time during which I took photographs for a living.  Except, I had more control.   I realize that I still have room for growth in this profession and I’m embracing that.

Yes.  I said it.  This profession.   I’m going back to my roots of portraiture.

Today I feel full of hope for the future.  I feel that it holds the promise of something more for me.  I certainly love that I am a mother to these children of mine, but I also love that I am striving for more than that.   I’m striving for something that I have passion for, something that makes me feel complete.


The whole set of portraits can be found on my Flickr page.

Here are some high-lights:

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