peace + love + photography


A day without a cell phone

I often treat my cell phone like an accessory not a necessity. I will turn it off at night (nothing is more irritating than a phone call interrupting your sleep) and sometimes during the day. For some reason my cell phone only rings when I am in class {why is that?} So I’ve taken to just turning it off for a few hours. I’m pretty good at getting back to people. Since I’ve downgraded from a smartphone to a regular phone I find I don’t miss it at all. Sure, the features were cool, but it was actually kind of stressful getting a notification every time I get an email or txt. It was information overload.

Remember pagers? People didn’t freak out if they didn’t have their pager. Are cell phones that serious? In emergencies and if you have children, sure. If you’re an ER doctor or nurse, you might need a cell phone AND a pager. But for regular people, I think technology can be a burden. It can hinder one from connecting with people in a meaningful way.

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Teddy Bear + Big Smiles :Phoenix Child Portraits

The Happy Couple: Sedona Family Portraits

Maya and Dace had a good time roaming the picturesque streets of Sedona. This is a preview of their portrait session.

My {Biggest} Pet Peeve

I don’t like gossip and I absolutely can’t stand it when people gossip maliciously.

My grandmother used to say, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

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Would I Dare to Go Without My PC for a Month…

no way, nohow, not in this lifetime {and be a happy person} I would be completely out of sorts. I have no desire to be without internet access for one month, that would be crazy. That's like living in the dark ages.

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GREAT Advice

I recently read an interview on Creative Mama {a photo blog} and Deb Schwedhelm, a portrait photographer made some really key points. Two that stood out for me:

1) Be passionate! Whether you’re an emerging or an established photographer, one of the most important concepts in our industry is passion – developing the passion, fueling the passion and even sometimes rediscovering or reigniting the passion. The importance of passion is ongoing, no matter where you are in your photography journey.

2) Find yourself and — be yourself! Sounds simple, yet it is so often overlooked and can be oh-so challenging.

And this quote speaks to me too:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.

~ Steve Jobs

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this is too funny

The Most Confusing Part of Life Is…

What’s my purpose? Why am I here? What am I supposed to be doing with this time on earth? That’s what I used to think. Until I discovered my purpose. I think purpose is a very important thing. Until you discover your God-given purpose, you live life without direction.

How do you know what your purpose is?

This is a tough question. Some people emerge from the womb knowing they are meant to rock climb, paint portraits, or cure cancer. For most of us, discovering one’s purpose takes time, prayer, and meditation. You have to make a conscious decision to discover what makes you tick, what turns you on. What’s your passion? Are you sure it’s what you think it is?

If you’re having trouble figuring this out, consider what you liked to do as a child. What would you do if money were no object? What do you secretly fantasize about doing but are afraid to admit to anyone? It may not come to you right away. It may not be any one thing. You may start with a theme: like sports, or the arts, or fashion. Then you can narrow down specific interests from there.

For me it’s art + design. I took some design classes and art classes. I wasn’t really fulfilled. Close but not quite there. Then I picked up a camera as a hobby and wham! I could not put it down. I couldn’t see the point of designing unless there was a photo attached to it. So photography it is.

To put it simply ~ Purpose: get some.

She Sums Up Life Nicely

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

~ Maya Angelou