Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Life of a Mommy Creative

Late nights, long nights, even longer's the life I live now. Don't feel bad for me though. I bring it on myself. That's because I love what I do...all of it!

I love being a mommy.

I love being behind the camera.

I love creating new things and working with amazing people.

I love the challenge that some of these projects bring.

I love the late nights (just not so much the early mornings and nap-less days).

I love the little bit of extra income it provides for my family and business.

I love the connection with adults (there is too much toddler-level talk around the house these days!).

I love the reprieve from this insane life I live. :)

So see, I bring it on myself. I just love it all too much. And so far I've been able to continue doing what I love. I'm not sure what the future holds for us - we're constantly in prayer over that. But I do know that my love of design and photography, of the creative lines involved in these fields and of the focus and knowledge that these fields require will always be a part of me. It's just who I am!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Catching up... and a graduation.

It's been a long summer... and yet, this summer has gone very quickly! Can you believe it's August already?? We've had family vacations (most being simply a long weekend away), weddings, parties, playdates, camping, family celebrations. Then we've had flu bugs and colds, temper tantrums and talking back, time outs and spankings,

The latest and greatest event was this graduation that we attended about halfway through the summer. I should've brought my Nikon to capture this event, but at the time juggling two kids and a DSLR didn't sound like much fun. So the camera on my phone had to suffice.

So now that summer is over and the weather is just starting to get unbearably hot (ha!), I need to get back into posting and creative exercising. We'll see how that goes... these two kiddos of mine are always on the go. And lately they've both decided that they want to stay up all night...and not take naps during the day (Bubbi has been surviving on 10 minute snoozes! No idea how!). This has been hard on me and sweet Hubs! But here is to being hopeful I can carve out some more time for the 'paperwork' and social side of my business. :)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Hudson's 6-month Session

These babies are growing up way too fast! I remember when this little guy was born...seems like yesterday! He just passed his 6 month mark and his mama wanted to get some pictures of him and the family before he's 16! Lol!

Aren't they a great lookin' family?

Big sister was a normal 2 year old. Luckily, she's only a couple months difference in age from my 2 year old, so I was able to use my new found knowledge of how to work with said age throughout the session. We were able to get a few glances and smiles out of her. :)

And a couple more from the session:


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

My new 'little' man

Our baby is finally here! He must like to be fashionably late...he kept us waiting and guessing for almost 2 weeks beyond his due date. Either that, or he was just too comfortable where he was and didn't want to leave. Silly boy!

But this is the face of our new love!

Big sister loves him...maybe a little too much.

I'm still working on photos and design, however it might take me a little longer to respond to emails and get projects done. I have this new little needy thing in my life and we'll be busy figuring each other out in these next couple of weeks. :)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Education is Continual

I am one that loves my Adobe programs. I use them for practically everything I do! However, I'm not a fan of how they created the Creative Cloud and only have a month-to-month subscription now... so I am currently loving on my CS 5.5 version of the software, which in all reality suits my needs just fine. On another note, I do need a new computer and that's currently what I am pursuing. Any suggestions out there?

I'm debating building one (with help from my tech-savvy brother) or buying one from a bricks and mortar store. Or I might reformat and rebuild some of my desktop to improve its functions and then look at buying a new laptop for portability purposes. Hm... the choices!

But on to the 'education' reason for this post...

 I've been enjoying CreativeLive and it's many wonderful (and FREE) videos and trainings. Currently they are running "30 Days of Photoshop" and while I haven't been able to catch all the videos, I have watched a few of them and am learning some new things here and there. (It's tough with a toddler running around to find a big block of time to watch these live - which is how/when they are free. But sometimes they'll do replays and I can catch bits here and there.)

There have also been trainings from real estate photographers, newborn and maternity photographers, editing of images and portrait styles, selling your products online, etc etc etc. And there are many many more videos for purchase if you missed the LIVE showing and would like all-time access to watch a specific class, artist, etc. I think it's such a neat idea and a great asset to people out there who want to learn more in their craft...or learn about a completely new craft. :)

**I have not been paid or solicited for my comments on any of the companies discussed above. Although if they ever see this post or come across my blog, I would be happy to test out products for them and give an honest opinion about them if they need another 'real life' tester. ;) *wink wink*

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Utah Valley University

The Lord has really been blessing me lately. I received a message awhile back from an old coworker, who now works for a university in Utah in their business school. She was wondering if I was still designing and if I would be interested in being their freelancer for the business school, since the university marketing department didn't have much time for the other schools within the university.

Of course I was ecstatic! I loved working with her back at our old stomping grounds and the thought of partnering together again was too much to say no to. :) So we've been working these last few weeks on some new materials and overall designs for the business school. It's been a real pleasure and so far everyone has been very easy to please (Patti says it's because of the way her and I communicate and I do agree with her).

Here are a few of the many pieces we've worked on lately:

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sadie Monroe - Newborn...and a little extra

Sadie Monroe was born just a few weeks ago. She is a gorgeous little lady that has already made her mama so proud! I was blessed to be able to take a few newborn pictures of her, although we were limited in time as she had many visitors over that entire weekend - family visiting from out of town, shower guests, etc. Popular little lady!

I was asked to take pictures of the shower as well. Here are a couple from the event:

And then a couple of the proud mama and her little lady...
And some with Nana too!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Reagan - 6 Months

This little lady is just darling! I can hardly stand her sweet little smiles and giggles and grins. It took her awhile to 'warm up' during our photo shoot...she kept looking at us like 'what in the world is going on?' But we did manage to get some great pictures of her!
I love it when I am asked back to take pictures of the stages of someone's life, especially children. They grow and change so much and it's so very important to catch those memories. We took her newborn photos back in March and her mama called me to schedule Reagan's 6 month session. I can't believe it's been 6 months since this little one was born!!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Water District Piping Map

I received a request to clean up an engineer map that showed the different well pumps, sizes of pipe, and roads within a water district. The original map had so many pencil marks and updates and cross-outs and was getting a bit beat up from the years of abuse.

So they had the map scanned for me and I created a new map in Illustrator with clean lines, detailed locations of the well pumps and such, and clear street names for the engineers, operators and fire marshals to be able to locate what they need to in the district.

Most designers would say it is boring work, but I actually enjoy this type of stuff. It's a good break from the 'creative side' of the brain and gives me time to work on fine tuning my simple skills and keyboard shortcuts.

Friday, August 2, 2013

1st Birthday Invitation

A dear friend of mine came to me with an invitation idea for her sweet little boy who is about to turn ONE! I can't believe how fast these kiddos are growing! Time just needs to stop! ;)

She just needed help getting her thoughts into a file that she could send out to get printed, so of course I offered my services. I didn't mean for her to pay me anything for it... it didn't take all that long and goodness, what are friends for?! But the amazing girl knows my heart and sent me a giftcard for Starbucks. Ahhh. Yum!