Celebrating Teens

It is “Celebrating Teens” week at i heart faces. Here is my entry.  Go check out the other amazing ones here.

Congratulations to Em and all of her friends from the Class of 2010.

I recently went back to California to visit my family and to attend my niece’s graduation. While I was there I met up with an old friend who took me out and gave me some amazing photography tips, tricks, and equipment advice. He and I doubled up to do a friendship/graduation photo shoot for my niece and 7 of her friends.

There were so many great pictures to choose from but I decided on this one from my camera.

I love how comfortable they are together. They were such a great group. I am so proud of all of them.

I will share a full post of pictures from this session as well as what my friend captured. His shots are simply beautiful.


grateful for our teachers

Special Teacher

Thank you special teacher
For helping me to know
The things I need to learn
To live my life and grow.

I feel good with you because
Your teaching makes me see,
If I work at it, I can do it.
Thanks for showing me!

Princess and I want to thank all of her teachers for their wonderful gift that they give to her every day.  We hope you have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you in the Fall.

We gave these adorable gifts to them during teacher appreciation week but if you are looking for last minute-end of the year teacher gifts then give these a try. Super gorgeous and super simple.

You can find the full tutorial over at my favorite blog:  Ashley Ann Photography.

Beware–you will be hooked on her blog once you get there!  Have fun.


Happy Father’s Day

What Makes a Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so,

He called it … Dad

~~Author Unknown.~~


Pinkalicious Inspired

Before I left to go home (old home) to California and right after our trip to Florida, I was hired by a great girl to do some fun things for her daughter’s 2nd birthday party.  Whew, talk about squeezing in some extra work. Let’s just say that my balancing act was riding on the thinnest line. But oh how cute it all turned out.

I made her custom cupcake toppers, a birthday banner, tutu, hair bows, and a door hanger.

She had the brilliant idea of doing a Pinkalicious Theme with it personalized for her daughter “E”. I loved that she knew exactly what she wanted and what she had in mind.  I can’t wait to see the photos of the actual party she made!

Thanks for the inspiration R, it was a fun project for me.