Thursday, February 28, 2008

Spring Training

Ode' to the upcoming Spring training....
all 100% natural, of course....;)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Texture anyone????

So here I am playing up late with textures and trying to learn all the layer lingo that goes right along with them... I think you have to have the right picture and the right mood to use these really well, but I like the look of these. What do you think???
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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Then the clouds cleared.....

Meet one of my favorite families to photograph.... The "M" family...
I am so glad the rain cleared up just in time for us to head out to the park and get some pictures done... This session was to celebrate 1 year of life for this handsome little guy... Here is a bit of the story of our day.. A very early sneak peek for mom and dad... Enjoy...

and we can not forget big brother

Thursday, February 21, 2008

"Spring sessions'

Just a few more spots open for the "Spring Fever with STYLE" event...March 2nd is sold out and I have just a few morning spots open for the 8th, and 1 more for the 9th. Call me if you would like to join the fun...

The details:
"Kids Only" sessions
March 2nd, 8th and the 9th
1 hour of photography (time and talent only)
New beautiful secret locations
Mini parent lounge :)
and so much fun.
$85.00 / 909.553.0991 to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The story of Miss "M"

Meet little Miss "M". You may recognize her from my splash page with the gumball machine... This session was celebrating her 4th year of life. How beautiful she is...
I have had the privelage of photographing her many times throughout the years, and she is now so comftorable with me, her true personality really shines through. I love it.... Here are just a few moments of our afternoon together...Enjoy...

Our Story

As a photographer, I always seem to think that the pictures of my family should be the best, perfectly composed, perfect setting in my camera, and sharp all around. When actually, they are the hardest to take. Maybe I am just so critical of myself. But trying to get rid of the sippy cup and having everybody look the same way at the same time, trying to stop the crying, and to top it off. "Mommy" is taking the pictures, so my little guy just wants to be in my arms the whole time. Let me tell you.. it is very hard to take a picture and hold a very heavy almost 2 year old at the same time. The life of a photographer/mommy ;).....

Well, my husband reminded me once again that it was really not about getting the perfect pictures that day,the perfectly composed shot, the perfect fstop. It was just about spending the "perfect" time together, and then it hit was "perfect".. My family.... Hanging out along the prettiest pastures, and being together as a family, that is all that really mattered...Thank you Chris... for reminding me one more time about the perfect time.... On another blog, I read something of the sort of..."Do you want a box full of smiles?", or "a box full of stories?".
I choose stories.....
so, let's tell stories.
Parents:When taking those daily pictures of your own children and family around your own home,don't worry about the perfect shot, just the perfect moment...

here are a few shots of our story....

and now.. Here is Madeleine's story....

Saturday, February 16, 2008

"all GIRLS"

Well, I think it is safe to say the their dad is pretty much out numbered in this household. Meet my beautiful models for the day...I had a blast photographing them this past week. They were such troopers. They wanted to know all my secret locations for the spring.. Sshhh!! Remember girls, it's a secret ;)... Here are just a few of the shots of the day. I am saving the rest for mom.... :)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

"Kids Only" sessions

I am so excited to announce the "Spring Fever with STYLE" event.

The details:
"Kids Only" sessions
March 2nd, 8th and the 9th
1 hour of photography (time and talent only)
New beautiful secret locations
Mini parent lounge :)
and so much fun.
$85.00 / 909.553.0991 to reserve your spot.

Limited space available
Note: March 2nd (all filled up)
I am looking forward to seeing you and all your beautiful children.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Spring fever with style......

Alright folks, In just a couple of days, I will be releasing the dates for the "Kids Only" sessions for the Spring... Oooh. This is going to be so exciting.. These sessions are going to be fun, the NEW secret locations are so cool and the kids are going to have a blast. Think Spring fever with Style.... So, get your calendars out and be ready for this one time event in the Spring. If you would like to be one of the first to know the dates, shoot me a e-mail at and I will be sure to put you on the e-mail blast. Limited space available. Stay tuned...

Thursday, February 7, 2008


I just wanted to give a shout out to my awesome husband, Chris. To all that he is doing to help preserve the beauty of our children. He created Project 4/23 to make sure everyone is aware that we need to continue to fight against child abuse in our country.

As a child photographer, I see the beauty and spirit in all the children I photograph and believe that every child has a right to their own spirit and happiness.

Child abuse is reported every ten seconds. Yes, that is right .. Ten seconds...

I believe in Chris's efforts and hope you will too. Our own District Attorney, Mike Ramos has volunteered his efforts to join Project 4/23. To learn more about this. Visit


Madeleine wins....

Madeleine won a 100.00 gift card to Bath and Body Works.. Yipee...
She enterd(with our help) a photo she took of her daddy to our website host, Blu. and she was one of the winners... I told you she was my apprentice.. HA!
We love contests... all in good fun..

Friday, February 1, 2008

The Love Month....

In honor of "Love" month... here is some eye candy....

If you want to make your own. CLICK HERE

Contest 2008 ( WINNER ).......................

I first want to thank all of you that did enter the first contest of 2oo8. I am so glad I have so many loyal readers out there... It has been so much fun reading all the entries and I am so suprised by the turn out... Thanks to all of you for taking time out of your busy lives to keep up with my small diary of photography and personal journey. There are alot of great things in store for 2008, so stay tuned.....ok.. on with the winner....

And the WINNER is....

Drumroll Please.. ......

Momma to Lars ( Aka.. Michelle E. )

I loved Michelle's entry and love what she is going to do with Operation Smile and the fact that she will be giving so much back to the community. Thanks Michelle for all that you do and have done and will continue do do to help with Operation Smile.
Michelle wins a photo session with yours truly, all the negatives. and a 11x14 masonite print, and her son Lars, gets to be the star of his own blockbuster short film produced and directed by Onward films (aka: My awesome husband).. How fun will that be??? :) and I told you that there was a secret prize at the end... Well... Since this is the year of giving back.. Michelle will also be able to gift a photo session, (again by yours truly) to any one of her friends that she wishes...See, there are two winners... How fun... again, all negatives included. How cool is that???
Here is Michelle's entry:


I want to thank you again for this contest. The process of putting it together has been so much fun. And, it has really helped me to slow down and enjoy the moments of life.

Completely Sincerely,

Michelle Edwards

Task #1: Stop and Smell the Roses
For the last couple of years, I have let myself get caught up in the hustle, bustle, and stress of life. I was going through an intense Dental Hygiene program, studying for the National Board Exam and taking the California State Board Exam. I was also trying to be a great mom, support my husband in the pursuit of his dream to be a college professor, and keep up with the responsibilities of life. I had a never-ending to-do list and very few moments of peace. And, I missed out on a lot. Now that my program is over, I have found a good job, and Aaron is teaching college philosophy, I feel like I can breathe again. And, my main goal for 2008 is to enjoy it.

In 2008, I will leave the toys out overnight so I can have 10 more minutes of playtime with Lars.

In 2008, I will enjoy the scenery during my commute, instead of worrying about that one chore I still need to do.

In 2008, I will take a much needed vacation where I will sit on the beach and watch my son play in the waves with his daddy, not thinking about work or school.

In 2008, I will stop and smell the roses.

Task #2: Cookies with Lars
Lars loves to cook. If we are making dinner, he pulls over a chair to stand on so he can stir. He makes his monkey and his lion breakfast in the mornings in his little kitchen he got for Christmas. When we were making Christmas cookies with his Gram, he wouldn't let anyone else roll out the dough. I wouldn't be surprised if he becomes a chef when he grows up. He gets so much joy from cooking.

I think it would be great if Lars could star in a video while making oatmeal cookies.

Task #3: Operation Smile
There are three reasons why, in 2008, I will support Operation Smile, a charity that repairs childhood facial deformities like cleft lip and palate.

1.) As a dental hygienist, I understand the physical consequences of being born with cleft lip and/or palate. I know about the nutritional deficiencies that can result due to complications with eating. I also understand the problems associated with ear disease and proper speech.

2.) When I was in high school, I went on a mission trip to Guatemala where I volunteered at a hospital. I worked with babies who had cleft lip and/or palate. I saw, first-hand, the difficulties they faced as well as the lack of funds available to correct the deformities.

3.) My aunt was born with bilateral cleft lip and palate. She was lucky, though. She was born in the United States to a mother who was a nurse. My grandmother was able to care for her in the months before her surgery, inserting her feeding tube and taking the proper precautions so that her sinuses wouldn't become infected. And, because she was born in the United States, corrective surgery was an option for her. Her palate was repaired and she had dental work to replace her missing teeth. She still has a small hole in her palate and a small scar above her lip, but you would never be able to tell she was born with this deformity.

Cleft lip and/or palate occurs in 1 in 600 – 800 births. Those children who are able to receive treatment undergo many procedures that could last well into their teens or beyond. If untreated, this condition can lead to physical and psychosocial issues. But, it is easily treated as long as treatment is available. Operation Smile provides surgery for children who wouldn't otherwise have access to it.

Task #4: I'd never taken Lars to Disneyland
When I first read, "take a picture of yourself doing something you've never done before," I thought high adrenaline: bungee jumping, cliff diving, facing a spider alone. But, for my first time photo, I wanted to stay with the overall theme of this whole project: My goals for 2008. So, my photo for this task may not be super exciting or photographically interesting, but it does show me taking a break and enjoying my son. We went on our first trip to Disneyland together, and had the time of our lives. I will never forget him running up to Goofy and giving him a huge hug, holding his little hand while riding "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride", or him singing his version of the Pirate's song ("yo yo, yo yo, yo yo, me") all the way back to the car

Thanks Michelle! E-mail to set up a date for all your goodies....