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Photography is one of my passions. It pushes me. Inspires me. Teaches me.
I love photography because it helps me capture the other passions of my life:
family, beaches, babies, color, art, cookies, books, girlfriends, and traveling.
(Check out my travel dates to see when I will be in your area.)
Photography makes it possible to hold onto life's little moments that pass all too quickly.
Let's capture your moments together.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

“Dramatic B&W”

WOW!!! My photo made the top ten this week! I feel honored to have my work with so many other amazing photos! You can see all of Tara Whiteny's top 10 picks here. THANK YOU!

This weeks photo challenge at I HEART faces is drama in Black and White. Here is a recent black and white of a little drama queen...
Please visit iheartfaces and check out other dramatic B&W entries.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Go Tell it on the Mountian Tops...

The name I pulled out of the easter basket is Cari!!!! Congratulations, you are the winner for the March Giveaway! Let's set up a time to play and take some family photos!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Jeff and Emily's Wedding

After sending the day with Jeff and Emily I am sure Emily will never be bored! These two had a fun time celebrating their wedding with famliy and friends! Thanks, for letting me capture the day for you.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Bella's Bow Wow First Birthday

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patty's Day

Monday, March 15, 2010

i HEART inspiration


I love to follow other photographers' work in search of inspiration. One of the most inspirational photographers around, Amy Wenzel, is sponsoring a wonderful giveaway at iheartfaces. Amy will be offering one seat in her upcoming photography workshop this May, and while I'm generally not big on entering contests, I couldn't resist giving this one a try. The prompt is, "Tell us how you love, serve or inspire other people in your life, and what attending the workshop might mean for your photography journey." So, here goes...

Life is quite a ride, best enjoyed with the love, service, and inspiration others bring to the journey. My path has taken interesting turns and offered uphill battles, but opposition motivates me. I've learned to appreciate the small moments in life––even capture them in photographs!

My mom encouraged me to serve someone every day, and she followed her own advice. We volunteered in the deaf community, where I learned sign language and interpreted church meetings. Later, I graduated in child development, teaching special education until becoming a full-time mom. Still wanting to help other children, I built a small business from my home, teaching families sign language to facilitate communication with their autistic children. As a photographer, engaging special needs children in family photo sessions is comfortable for me.

My children have taught me to love unconditionally. I know the heartbreak of leaving a hospital, empty-armed, your child in the NICU. I know the joy of watching a child succeed after many failures. Most of all, I know the love that fills the heart of a mother. This love turned my hobby of photography into a passion––a need to capture childhood before it could fly away––immortalizing days of bathtimes and bedtime stories before they were forever replaced by showers and busy schedules. Camera in hand, I can freeze time, capturing little moments in life that might otherwise have flown by without recognition.

Good photos bring peace and happiness. They reach people, heal families, and inspire hope. Sharing an especially great shot is fun, and my blog was created to give far-away friends and family glimpses of our lives. As it blossomed, so did a business. Photographer's blogs inspired me to push myself that direction. Family blogs, sharing heartwarming events and stories, inspired me to give back with monthly photo giveaways. I also began offering discounts to military families so they could carry visual memories with them. I would like to do more, as my business grows. One day, maybe my work can spark some of the creative light others have kindled in me.

With my journey as a photographer just beginning, I have plenty to learn. I'd love learning some of it from Amy! Here are a few of my shots, borrowed by my mother-in-law for a photo essay on her blog. It chronicles a journey and represents much of what my photography journey is all about.


Come away with me to the shimmering sea,

where heart and mind and soul are free

to float on the breezes and soar through the clouds,

away from the clamor of maddening crowds.

Come, peek through the spaces and shadows of days

and let your feet wander in different ways...

in different ways, yet not indifferent at all...

just calm and serene about big things and small.

Keep someone beside you when nature looms large,

reminding you that you are safe in his charge...

someone who will rest you and keep you earthbound,

with companions to hold you and bring you to ground,

still granting the freedom that each spirit seeks

to carve a bright path over valleys and peaks.

At the top of the crest, on the top of the world,

where the wonders of nature are waiting, unfurled––

Be still and breathe deeply; let every care cease.

Here, dreams swirl like stardust and find sweet release.

Come hither with me, to the shimmering sea.

Your heart and your mind and your soul will run free.

You'll ride on the breezes and sail into clouds

and find your own center, alone or in crowds.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Easter Photos with Real Bunny

Want to get photos of the kids for Easter?!
Tired of the same old studio pictures?

The first 2 families to book (at each location)
will receive $20 print credit!

TenderShootZ will be taking outdoor photos
with our floppy ear bunny in 2 locations:

Temecula Location

Thursday, April 1st from 3-6PM

30-minute session with up to 4 kids for only $35

Riverside Location

Saturday April 3rd from 9-11AM

30-minute session with up to 4 kids for only $35

Every session includes a web disk for sharing your photos on the internet, and you can have your favorites printed starting as low as $3/print!

I have VERY limited space for this event so book early!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

I had a wonderful time with a house full of girls! The rain threatened to ruin our shoot but we had fun with it!


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