Monthly Archives: July 2013

I’ve written a post (or two or three) about getting in the pictures!  I think it’s of the highest importance as a parent to not only take as many pictures as you can of your children growing up; but also to get in the picture yourself!  Years from now our children will look back at these images and cherish the memories and the legacy that is left behind by them.

Sometimes though, it’s just so hard to remember to actually grab the camera, especially if you are using a big one that weights the diaper bag down to 10 pounds! It’s an excuse, I know… and a horrible one at that.  Sometimes I just take for granted that I can grab the camera at any time and get a nice photo, so I just forget or say I will get some tomorrow. This has been the case this past month.  After Linc’s cake smash and all the sessions I’ve had in between then and now, I just haven’t had the motivation or the memory to just grab the camera for moments with our little man.  We get so busy playing that the times goes by and it doesn’t happen.  Moments that do happen when I say to myself man where is the camera, just seem to happen so fast and are over by the time I do go grab the camera and attach a lens.  So I’m making myself more accountable over these next few months to have the camera on or around me within reach.

Otherwise I would miss moments like this…

 Right now every object that is “wedgeable” or “duckable” is the perfect opportunity to play peek a boo, or to jump out and scare mommy.  We are soo into this game now where Linc runs and hides or ducks behind a piece of furniture or a doorway and then I yell to him “where’s Linc???  Linc???” and he waits for a good beat then pops up and squeals!  We could play this for HOURS and it never gets old to either one of us.

As much as I can tell you about how wonderful this little game is, it’s just not the same as having his expression captured!  These above all other images (at least in my mind) are the ones that are most special.  Family portraits are great… portraits in general are wonderful!  It’s these small moments though, when my little one is totally engrossed in daily life/daily play that represent who he truly is… and who we truly are!

Looking back at images like these are the ones that truly make my heart swell!  (Like the Grinch!)

There are other moments too that I feel are just as important.  Moments that to many are ones that are best forgotten.  It’s my philosophy that all the moments:  good, bad, scary, ugly, wonderful and all in between, are what honestly and accurately tell our story.

Moments like the ones we are experiencing here in our house quite more often that we did before!  We have entered the “I’m frustrated because I don’t have the words to express myself” temper tantrum phase.  These are incredibly frustrating and funny all at the same time!  It’s so hard for Tuck and I not to laugh sometimes because these growing moments (as I like to call them) can happen at any time, for any reason and then magically vanish as quickly as they came.

I don’t want to just remember the good times or the pretty posed kind in our best outfits.  I want to remember ALL the times.  So I grabbed my camera, yes I am THAT mom!

So funny how that poor pitiful face can turn into such a happy ecstatic one in a mere second!

So in order to remind myself to grab the camera more often, I’m going to join in on a project a bunch of my friends have been doing for a while now called project 52.  It’s a photo a week of random suggestion that I’m going to focus on with my family as the subject, although it will probably end up looking like a lot of little man portraits since Tuck is absolutely against being in front of the camera.

I invite you to join in with me so that you can help keep me accountable!  Try it out… whether you are shooting with a camera that makes your bag 10 pounds heavier or just your cell phone.  Try to capture 1 photo a month that completely sums up your week.

Maybe I will even run a contest with it… what do you guys think?  Who would be up for joining in and posting with me a few of their portraits for a gift card to starbucks?!  I know I’d do it for an excuse to get out to starbies!

In the meantime though… just remember to grab the camera and if you can, get in the picture yourself!

It was time!

Time to get off the comfortable square I had been standing in for a long time that held on to fear and excuses and the unknown!  Time to move forward and take charge of the business, no matter what the outcome.

So I did it… I upgraded my photography businesses online persona!  I upgraded the blog and more importantly upgraded the website to a brand new, more professional business page!

Check it out here…


I am really excited about it.  And more importantly, I’m really proud of myself!

I’ve been tip-toeing on the edge of this for a very long time now and I’m proud that I actually took a step forward and made some changes toward where I want to be!

Creating a web page is not for the faint of heart;  and to be honest it’s definitely not for me.  I am awful with computers.  If it isn’t photoshop or lightroom, I don’t get it.  I just don’t understand or have the patience for it.  I really should take a class.  Anyway… I logged on to sitehouse for a show-it website template and it was super easy, thank goodness!

And the showiteers are AMAZING, they have the best support/help hands down.

Best decision ever and best suggestion from miss Katelyn James!

When I started all of this, I thought it would be a 2 day process and BAM I’m live.  I had this idea that I would work super hard all weekend starting on Friday evening and be ready to show it off by Monday morning.

Now, I have a hard time not laughing at myself.  There are so many options and choices and different ways to go that those people that do get their website moving in 2 days are down right amazing in a very crazed way!

My website took around 2 weeks and even still I am making subtle changes here and there.  I feel like I will always be making subtle changes here and there as I continue to grow and gain more experience.

I’ve realized that perfection doesn’t exist and if you wait around for it… you’ll be waiting around forever!

So I just let go, had some fun and tried to do my best to be authentic and honest.  And now it’s done.. .it’s live and I feel super proud of myself!  It’s liberating to have it all out there.  It’s fun to log on and see my images and my words put together in a nice clean site.

It’s amazing to me that I’m receiving e mails from the show-it Robot letting me know that someone out there wants to get in touch with me!  That part still blows me away.

It’s great to have a one stop spot where all the information about who I am, what I do, why I do it and what it’s like can be found with just a few clicks.

It may have taken 2 weeks to create (and some serious nail biting) but it’s there and it really reflects who I am!

So go check it out and let me know what you think!

I’ll be waiting to hear from you!

This is what I feel like EVERY SINGLE TIME I take a look at the website!



  • July 29, 2013 - 7:01 pm

    Katie P - Great job on the new site! It’s fantastic!ReplyCancel

You get engaged and can hardly tear your eyes away from the ring on your finger!  Then you start the wedding planning process….and you find the dress!  It’s beautiful, it’s perfect in every way and it makes you feel like you’ve never felt before!

The wedding day comes and you put that dress on and it’s amazing!  The day is perfect, the night is even more perfect and the dress… perfect!

But then what?!  The dress comes off and hangs in the closet; a reminder of your magical most perfect night.

Unless… you put that dress back on and have another photo session!

I completely understand why some girls absolutely do not want to even entertain the thought of a trash the dress session.  Why would you EVER  want to trash something that special?  Those girls that get those sessions done must be out of their minds.

I’ve been one of those girls my friends and in my opinion:  it’s totally worth it!  Trash The Dress sounds scary and way more dramatic than it actually is!  You don’t have to trash it at all, not even close.  Which is why sometimes I like to refer to these sessions as a rock the frock.

This type of session is just another way for you to get some beautiful pictures in your gorgeous dress.  It’s another time where you get to put that amazing dress on and feel just as you did on your wedding day.  You get to choose what you do and how you want to look without the stress of worrying about the dress getting wrinkled, or a little sandy, or a little dirty, maybe even a little wet!

Lindsay was looking to do a trash the dress since she and Duke got married 11 months ago!  She wanted to go ALL out and they absolutely did!  We traipsed all over the sand and dirt and grass and our grande finale… in the bay!

Lindsay and Duke were so much fun!  They have the type of relationship where anything could be going on around them yet they only see each other!

They are completely goofy and crazy and ridiculously in love.

Duke is always making jokes and Lindsay is always laughing.  The two of them together, you just know they always have so much fun… no matter what is going on.  They lift each other up and keep each other grounded!

Here are some of my favorites from our session that evening!

Thanks so much Lindsay and Duke!  You guys completely rocked the house!!!


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