So it’s been way too long since I posted photos of my boys on the blog. Thus this whole post is chalk full of lots of photo goodness.
A friend of mine was looking through my photos on my cell phone a few weeks back and noticed that I was not in any of the dozens of photos I had of my boys. So often the momma is taking the pics of her children and doesn’t get in the shot. I am so one of those moms!
My friend Treacy Mize, the same photographer who took my awesome maternity photos, came down to Orange County for a wedding and stayed with me for the weekend this past week. Having been privy to the lens of her camera in the past, I knew she would take the most amazing pictures my darling family. And of course she rocked it! Thanks Treacy!!!
I love being married to my funny husband. There are so many times we just bust out laughing at how much fun we have with the boys.
Zach and Luke are super ticklish and have the BEST little giggles.
I love their curiosity.
Having twins is so much fun. Often times John and I say to each other that we feel sorry for people who don’t have twins, because it is always a party. (This is beside all the times that we go crazy from how hard it is to have twins. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart.)
Treacy, THANK YOU SO MUCH for such wonderful pictures. I am SO very blessed to have such a talented friend who knows my family so well and fits right in. You are a gift from God, as are your photos.
With graduation around the corner, senior portraits are vitally important. There is so much to celebrate! With so much ahead and so much accomplished, senior portraits capture a unique time in a young ladies life. If any of my readers have a senior who is graduating in the next couple of weeks, take it as an opportunity to give her a photo shoot, to empower her as she embarks on a new journey into adulthood.
Danielle is about to graduate from El Camino High School as a Class of 2013 graduate. I love this girl!
With the world at her fingertips, Danielle has already traveled the globe. She has a love for everything vintage, as her parents have collected all sorts of amazing antiques from all over the world. We thought it would be fun to build her custom photo shoot around some of her greatest loves.
We had so much fun on our photo shoot, hitting the streets of downtown Fullerton. Isn’t Danielle just gorgeous?!
For a little European flair, I thought it would be fun to incorporate this fabulous hat. Oh my goodness Danielle!
And then we found this darling corridor that was just perfect for some portraits.
Danielle, you are beautiful.
Danielle used to ride this bike all over the place when she was a little girl. Now that little girl has grown up.
And just before the sun set, we got this incredible last shot.
Every single day I am at school, one of my photo students asks me what I’m drinking. For good reason I suppose, as I proudly walk around the classroom with a big glass jar (a repurposed peanut butter glass jar) filled with a mysterious green liquid.
They always ask, “What is that Mrs. Fox?” Or “That looks disgusting?” My favorite, “You seriously drink that everyday?” Sadly, “What’s kale?” These are the sorts of comments I get while I drink my very yummy smoothie during first and second period.
This blog post is for my students. I wish you would all start drinking healthy green smoothies in the morning, instead of the caffeine and sugar filled mocha lattes you bring to class.
The first ingredient that goes into our Vitamix is usually a mixture of frozen pineapple, frozen mangoes and a fresh banana. This is my base, but a couple days a week, I will do a blueberry, raspberry and banana combo.
Then I wash about 4 leaves of organic kale (or spinach, as I like to alternate everyday) and throw it into the blender. Kale and spinach are super greens and are uber healthy for you. I always give myself a large helping of these veggies (about 2 cups), as to make sure I am getting some of my required nutrients for the day.
As for the liquid, I like to add some coconut milk to give little fat and creaminess to the smoothie. But most of my liquid is purified water.
When I am feeling fancy and when we have them, I will throw in an avacado….SO good! And chia seeds and flax meal when I have the urge to be super healthy. I have even thrown in the pulp from our juicing leftovers, which gives it lots of fiber and texture. I’m excited when my boys can drink smoothies, because this will be such a great way to get some healthy goodness into them.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Back in the day, I used to be a bible study leader to high school girls. Once a month I would teach them to cook a meal from scratch. I think so many young people have forgotten or maybe never learned how to prepare healthy meals, so I will be sharing more posts like this one in the future. So go make a green smoothie!
Back in the day when I was first starting out I would give my clients a disk of all their images and call it a day. Months later, I would often hear that my clients hadn’t printed any of their photos and that they were still on the disk. My heart would break because they were enjoying the family wasn’t enjoying the lovely I photos I took. It was like the shoot never happened, because there was no proof of the gorgeous affair.
Fast forward to when I started to doing in-person sales and creating custom collections for my wonderful clients. Now all my clients have a premier ordering session, where I invite them into my home and show them a gorgeous slideshow of all their images. I love this part, because it’s the first time the parents get to see their gorgeous daughter in all her photographic glory. Tears often well up in their eyes and they are filled with love.
We then look through all the pics one by one and decide which ones are their favorites. Even though I take oodles of pictures, I think I do my clients a favor when I only show them the best of the best images. More often than not, the love pile consists of almost all the photos I show them.
After I show them all the beautiful products I can make for them, I help my clients make the best decision on what to do with all their photos. My gorgeous albums are by far my most popular product because they pretty much get all the images from the shoot. Even though I don’t know that my client is going to buy an album beforehand, I shoot for the album, designing page spreads as I shoot. So when it comes time to design the album, I can easily create stunning layouts that tell the story of the day.
And with every album now, I am gifting my clients with a fun look book magazine of all their images. I know the parents I work with are super appreciative of this, because they don’t want their high school senior taking an expensive keep sake to school. And there is room amongst the pages for their friends to sign it, as if it’s their own personal yearbook.
Beyond albums, all my collections include gift prints of 5×7’s and 8×10’s, so mom and dad can give photos to the grand parents or have a nice print for their office desk.
And no sale is complete without a fun canvas print for the wall. Our seniors are about to graduate, so you want to make sure you have some exceptional imagery around the house to celebrate all their accomplishments. Most likely they are going off to college, so it’s vital to have marvelous photos of your little girl for those moments where you are going to miss them.
So before your darling little one ventures off to college, make sure to book a session with me, so we photograph your daughter. It probably wont be till they get married that you will hire a professional photographer to take beautiful photos of them, so don’t wait! Before you know it, you will have an empty nest.
I had so much fun photographing Michaela’s senior portraits! Michaela is about to graduate from Fullerton High School as a class of 2013 grad. Michaela is stunning! She has gorgeous hazel eyes, strong features and beautiful hair, all making for a perfect combination to photograph. We had so much fun taking all sorts of pics, in a variety of locations for this very special senior portrait shoot.
Michaela’s mom had requested that we take pictures against a green backdrop, which in drought Southern California is hard to come by this Spring, but I knew just the spot. With Michaela’s soft and airy graduation dress, the field of wildflowers accented it perfectly.
We then headed across the street, for a different sort of look and the light was just gorgeous! And of course we had to change outfits! If you notice, Michaela is wearing a super fun necklace. She is into Steampunk, so we thought it would be fun to incorporate a hand made necklace into the shoot.
One of Michaela’s greatest passions is horses. She has been volunteering with Paramount Performance for the past 4 years, starting out as a father-daughter bonding venture. From taking care of the horses to riding, Michaela truly shines when she is around her horses. I could really tell how comfortable and at ease she was with her darling Fire.
This location had all sorts of awesome backdrops. I could have photographed here all day! A wall of bugenvilla…oh my goodness!
And this cool wall! Seriously, a plethora of fun backdrops. Seriously, Michaela, you could look gorgeous against anything though.
And then the light disappeared and we got these last few shots. Girl, you are beautiful!!!
Michaela, thank you for trusting me with capturing your senior portraits. You are beautiful young woman. I hope you enjoy Cal State University of Fullerton and have an awesome rest of your senior year at Fullerton High School.