Getting Beyond ‘Making Do’

Getting Beyond ‘Making Do’

“You deserve a good bike.” It was with these words from her husband that Becky finally convinced herself to purchase a new bike after the last one was stolen. Her bicycle is her primary mode of transportation and she uses it daily for several hours per day. Prior to her husband insisting, she could not justify buying such a big ticket item for herself. The bicycle wasn’t an extraneous expense. It was something she needed and used daily. Was her resistance to buying a new one just about the bike?

The bicycle that Becky used to...

How to Document Your Family with Photobooks

How to Document Your Family with Photobooks

Like many of you, I have thousands upon thousands of digital pictures sitting on my computer, backup drives, disks, cloud, what have you. Aside from throwing together a family photobook for holiday gifts at the last minute, I’ve been meaning to print these pictures but haven’t.

As a photographer, I tell people all the time that printing your photos is imperative because technology is temporary and having something tangible to pass down to your children is important. It’s one of the most important things you can leave behind. And while I print the photographs from our annual family sessions, I...

Preparing for Family Photo Shoots: It’s Not About the Clothes

Preparing for Family Photo Shoots: It’s Not About the Clothes

There are lots of great articles and Pinterest boards that focus on preparing for family photo shoots. They focus on things like coordinating outfits, advice on what to tell your children, whether bribery is ok, etc. All of that is excellent and much needed advice but I’d like to go a different direction and instead focus on you, the parent(s).

Doing a family session can be hard, especially when it involves young children. Taking pictures of kids is akin to taking pictures of fast paced sports. Any parent with a camera knows kids don’t always cooperate...

What Makes a Woman Beautiful

Have you ever seen a picture of yourself that your friend thinks look great but all you see are the flaws? Or vice versa, when you see a picture of your friend and think she looks beautiful but she hates the way she looks? Our sense of self and self-perception become warped as teenagers and that carries into adulthood, compounded by life experiences, middle age, or whatever other reasons there may be.

In my post about why I think all of our daughters are beautiful, I talk about how hard it is for teenage girls to see how beautiful they...

Connecting to Your True Self

Connecting to Your True Self

Not too long ago, I felt broken and lost. I went through difficulties in my life that left me feeling like a shell of the person I used to be. I went through my days with a smile and tried to be as upbeat as I could while wanting to run away from it all and disappear. I had forgotten who I was or what I wanted. If you had met or seen me during this time, you wouldn’t have guessed.

All of this changed when I saw women’s portrait photographer Sue...

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