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Summer time? Summer time.

Anyone else a strong disbeliever in the season of Summer? I would be contented if it was Fall/Winter year round. This Louisiana heat and humidity is just the pits, and it makes it so my kids don’t even want to go outside! They say it’s too hot to play in the sprinkler, so it seems we are all stuck inside, just plain miserable. Miserable I tell you! The Internet and fighting with each other can only keep them sustained for so long! I have paint, playdough, on top of their myriad of electronics, someone send help! These kids laying around my house do NOT match my decor!

Ohh Ohh! I will say that the highlight of my spring was my wonderful hubby granting me

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BEHOLD!

permission to run out to Michaels and hitting up the sale for the Cricut Explore Air 2! My crafting dreams have come true!

I’ve always been a little crafty, after I got married my mother in law gifted me with the much smaller Cricut Create, and for 6 years ago I made so many wonderful things! But now, armed with my trusty, shiny new machine and the awesome software, I have binged. Mothers Day cards were a cinch this year, and I also made stickers galore! Oh how I feel like such a old lady, give me a glass of wine and my machine and stand back! I did take over our kitchen table for about two weeks, then our coffee table in our living room. Finally I basically rearranged our whole house to make a spot in our bedroom so I could be out of everyone’s way.

The Frozen decals are originally from a cartridge that I didn’t have, so I pieced those together myself with some time. TAKE THAT! So yes, fun has been had. Protip, tape your vinyl down before trying to layer them… Still working on that..

Now for some personal talk. I’ve recently reconnected with my sister on my fathers side, and this is a wonderful, amazing thing! You see, I’m the baby in a blended family, four siblings, the closest in age is 9 years above me. So in some why I’ve felt like an only child. I seem to have a hard time connecting, I feel very black sheepish, if you will. Sometimes I think it makes bonding all the harder, on all sides, of no fault of anyones! (Or maybe everyone’s, no judgment!) But I, myself am raising a blended family, and now being married for 7 1/2 years I think I may have gained some understanding of how hard some things can be, and how communication isn’t always easy, and how unintentional misinterpretations form. But I digress, I am just elated! Life is too short not to embrace what has been given to us, and far too much time has passed already! I am just feeling blessed with being able to reconnect with an amazing individual, and am enjoying finding out how much alike we really are.

And gosh darn it our house will be ready one of these days for us to move into! I can’t stand it! I have a room just for my crafts, and a two story garage that I can turn into a photo studio, with a beautiful downstairs area also for photos. I should even have enough space to have my family come and stay with me when they come from out of state, wouldn’t that be wonderful! GOODNESS GRACIOUS!

And, I need room for this zoo I seem to be building. I really have gotten better at not bringing every stray I find home, but some seem to just fall in my lap, and those seem to be the best pets! Destiny, I tell you! I do adore my rescue babies, but alas, I will admit, my Eclectus parrot is from a breeder. But he is special because I had a dream about him the night before I knew about him! So there! Here I shall add my most recent pictures of my furry babies, because I love to show them off!

I do think that may be all for an update for now, just counting the days until we can start moving. Then I’m sure I’ll have much more to say, and maybe some new found inspiration.

Anyone have any good tips on wallpapering a house?

Much Love from the Bayou!

*All photos in this post have been taken with the Google Pixel, and not exactly meant to be fantastic*

 

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Moving, Growing, Change and Living In Limbo

It’s been some time, hasn’t it? But it seems like I say that often. 2016 was a hard year for myself and family, maby I can play catch up.

I’m currently trying to get my head on straight, 2016 was a hard year for my family in so many ways. My husband and I along with our caravan of children and animals will be moving at some point this year once the house is ready for us. That in itself is a long story, at least half of all our belongings have been packed for a while now, just waiting for the say so for us to hurry and do the rest. I’m sure that once I’m able to start unpacking in our new home, it would have been so long that I know I will have forgotten about this or that, and will be pleasantly surprised at what I find in each box. My poor kitchen… BUT! I will have space to build a photography studio! Something to look forward to!

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Thorne Hart

I had my own traumatizing event as well, it has caused me to do a lot of thinking, prioritizing, and soul searching. It caused me to put my camera down, among other things. I only did one shoot last year as a favor to a friend, but that’s it. I’ve lost hold of a hobby that I value and enjoy so much, and that really sucks. I will say I took my camera out today and gave it and it’s lenses a good cleaning. Sorted through a few of my contract folders and sorted out my SD cards and thumb drives I’ve set aside for clients, all that good stuff. I even bought a new flash last year I haven’t used once, what a waste. I’m hoping that I can pull myself together enough to take some Easter photos of my kids this year, maby that

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Thorne Hart

will add the spark I’m looking for. Or maby I will find so new motivation at the new house, a girl can dream!

Another frustrating note, my husband did decide to reformat our home computer, while I don’t mind one bit, I don’t think I was able to pull all of my work from it. I’m missing pictures galore, and my photography logo files an amazing friend made just for me. I’ve only recently been able to incorporate it into a few things, and now I cannot find it. I’m in distress. I’m totally a new user when it comes to Adobe Photoshop, and through some playing around I was able to finally use my logo! I should have sat down and made myself learn some time ago, but alas, gone it is. I feel foolish, and it adds to my downtrodden demeanor.

But this year seems hopeful! My family has a lot of bright things ahead of us this year and I don’t want to let

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Thorne Hart

anything else get me down! You see, I’ve become a recluse, slightly agoraphobic? I need to get back out into the world and do something with myself, get out of my safe zone for a while. The most traveling I’ve done is in my video games, it’s quite sad. Oh no, I take that back! I did drive an hour this last month to visit a dear friend of whom I’ve gotten back in touch with, haha! Maby there is hope for me yet!

So I will stop here, I’m currently trying to contact Adobe to get my Lightroom back in order, finish dinner and make sure my girls have there homework tended to. Until next time my friends!

A New Summer

Woooo! It’s been a good minuet since I’ve updated this. I am horrible with writing online in extensive excess. But alas I do feel the need to put a few things up! I apologize for being away so long.

Alexis In The Sky With Diamonds

Alexis

This has been a long time comming. I’ve gotten the pleasure of watching this girl grow up. She’s had her hardships like every teenager, but I feel that this girl has worked the hardest when it comes to completing school. I am so proud of her! I can’t wait to see her become a nurse so she can take care of my kids! These were also my first set of senior pictures and they were a joy to do, we had a lot of fun running around that day. Once again Alexis, congratulations! Keep it up!

Been doing alot of reading this spring, and into the summer. I have been going through books like they’re candy! The Mortal Instruments series is amazing, Do your self a favor and go pick thoes up! The last one in the series City of Heavenly Fire came out last week, I can’t wait till it comes out in paper back.

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So this is just a small update for now, I do have more pictures to post but I have to finish some edits, to be continued!

Being Creatively Stifled

Oh goodness, a new year. And for me, not many photos. You see, I’ve almost been angry with my camera. My Cannon, she takes great photos, but she’s too slow for me now. I’ve had my DSLR for two years, and I out grew her quickly, and now because she is not fast enough, I do not use her at all. Which is a shame because she takes beautiful photos and never let me down, but because I have become so advanced, she frustrates me to no end. And so now, I do not use her. I shot a wedding in September, and she just was not fast enough for me. And since I have not used her because I am upset with it in general.

I’ve also had alot going on here at home. And it’s such a shame because my family keeps up with me here on WP, but I have not had the want to write or be creative at all. I’ve become so introverted that I have not been putting myself out there for any reason to do any photos of any kind. But then, there are people who know and love you who find you and demand pictures regardless. And I’m so great full for those people. In September I shot the most amazing wedding, and last month I took photos of two amazing people bringing a little angel into this world. And I just haven’t had the want to share anything. I guess we all get anxiety and we all get depressed over what we do. But I’m back  now. And I’m ready to share with the world once again.

A Lovely Bride

Tiffany

Tiffany was amazing, Stressed out like any other bride I would think, but she and her family were amazingly sweet and just ready for that day to just happen. I had just great happiness and honor to be able to share that day with them. Shooting a wedding was just so close to my heart, to see families come togeather, and to see everyone so happy. It was just a blessing. She was SO beautiful and the touching moments I was allowed to share with her a her family, nothing can describe it. I cannot thank them enough for giving me the chance to take their photos, and I gave it my all! All there is now is to wish them many happy years together and the hopes that they enjoy the hard word I did for them. I would do it for anyone. But for a photographers first, it means alot. May you make beautiful babies and may your final days be filled with joy and tequila!

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Oh my goodness, I don’t have words for how happy I am about this. One of the best friends I’ve ever had finally found the most amazing woman I couldn’t even ever envision for him!!! Two of my most best friends ever and there is now a baby! I LOVE BABIES! And let me tell you this child (whom I don’t have pics of yet… just wait…) is the most BEAUTIFUL baby girl I’ve laid eyes on since my own. This session was made of laughs in cold weather. As a photographer I love to keep my clients laughing, it makes for wonderful photos and makes the smiles REAL. There is no “say cheese” in my photos. I get you in a position we like, and then the jokes start, and then while your laughing, thats when I’m shooting. I love REAL smiles, the kind you don’t think about. And I couldn’t be happier to have done this for them. Congrats on the baby yall!

And maby that should be it for the night. I’ve been dreaming of a new camera, which I should have in my hands by the end of this month. And possibly a new computer too to be able for me to do my work on. Stay tuned!

The Beginning of School

The school season has started! My baby girl has gone off into the world, they grow up too quickly. You finally start to realize that your getting them ready to leave you, and yes it breaks your heart, but now they have accomplishments that you can be proud of. And I am certainly one proud mama!

Lyra Eden the Big Girl

I am so happy to be your mama! I remember being in the hospital with you! I remember our first night, I remember most everything. You surprise me every day, and I can’t believe your almost 5! Your gonna surly impress them teachers, and I’m praying you make friends quickly. The world is ready for you my angel!

As a parent, I’ve prepared myself for this day, but nothing can get you ready to let go of their hand as they bound onto the bus, ready to tackle any task. In this moment watching the bus pulling away, I am so happy for her. Yet I myself am so sad. I guess as parents we need them almost more then what they need us. But I am proud. She can do anything that she puts her mind to, and so smart it’s almost scary.

Enough of that before I start crying, again.Melodie5

I had the opportunity to take pictures of a beautiful little nine month old th
is last month. And I just want to put on my blog my favorite from the session.

So CUTE! My goodness, she was quite the handful that day. Props to her awesome mother for running around after the little rascal! And as short as this post is I’m going to cut it off here, for I have house work and a wedding to prepare for!

And The Stars Shine For You

Whew! I am SO happy that June is over. This summer has been kicking my butt! It seems like Louisiana gets hotter every year, it makes me want to stay inside, I can’t stand the heat. But the down side is, if I do this, I’m not out taking pictures. I’m so jealous of you norther people, I’ve never even seen snow.

StarFlower

StarFlower

My most wonderful hubby let me go and get my Canon 40mm pankcake two weeks ago, and might I say this is one amazing lens! The blur is creates is so natural and soft, the auto focus is quick, quiet, and right on the money. This is most definitely going to be used, and the color, oh the color.

Blur Flower

I wish I had more friends to photograph, I guess such is the life of a introvert. And I wish my own children would allow me to take photos of them , they would just rather give me a hard time and throw their hands up to their face when they see me coming. Luckily next week I do have a session planned with the most adorable 9 month old. I cannot wait for this bubble photo date!

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So I just wanted to add a few pictures, and just be thankful that June is over. I want to paint my house! Any way, over and out from the bayou!

A Readers Mind Is An Endless Vault

Evenin there! Jamie here, coming to you from down the bayou, the swamp if you weren’t sure. Good ole Louisiana.

I am terribly sorry for the lack of updates! I just so happen to have had my nose lodged in a series of books and I just haven’t stopped reading since I picked up the first.

allthreeOmg am I the only one totally obsessed with this series?!! I finished the first two within a week, I could not put them down. This would be the prequel to Cassandra Clare’s New York Times best selling series The Mortal Instruments. Set in a Steam Punk victiorian era, gaslights and clockwork automaton, the setting in itself is romantic. Supernatural too, Shadowhunters who are really half angel and half human superhuman ass kickers! Who else loves a big o’ demon killing? Her characters are simply wonderful, and you just want to learn more about them. I’m ready to start reading City of Bones after this, it gives you a setting that you want to live in.

Music for your brain, I got music for your brain.

iamx   One of my most favorite artists, ever. IAMX dropped their newest album last month, The Unified Field. The first album that Chris brought in a producer so he could have more freedom to work with new sounds and just be more in the creative zone. It is amazing. The first single “The Unified Field” is an all out lets dance till we drop electronic harmonies,  and then he shows you his softer side with tracks like “Quiet the Mind.” Then when you think you can’t take anymore, he throws “Animal Impulses” at you and you can’t help but move your body. An excellent album, I will be pumping this in my car for a while.

TOMORROW, I will be doing some video of a friends radio show tomorrow night at KNSU. I will be posting links so everyone can get the online feed and listen in to all of the hilarity. Untill tomorrow, I leave you with this video. Dance.

Feel free to comment below, I love to hear what anyone thinks about the books I read and the music I listen to. I always like to get suggestions as well!

Books and Flowers

Evening yall!

frowerFirst I would like to update that there is a virus in our house! Its seems myself and the little ones arnt doing so hot. We can’t seem to keep anything down, and on top of that, I found an ant pile the hard way whilst taking this picture here.

Lovely, isn’t it? I mean our situation, not the flower.

I finished The Host. Personally, I LOVED it. I’m not going into details about the book. I did have one of my friends try and tell me that she compared it to Twilight except with aliens. I wouldn’t say that at all. This is a novel that made me cry from happiness and joy. It was wonderful. Now I really hope they don’t screw the movie up..

Beautiful-Darkness

The book for this week, Beautiful Darkness! I so enjoyed the first. I can’t wait to dive into this one. I pray to god the series can keep me interested the whole way through. I love the characters so much. Lena isn’t weak, I love how much of an individual she is. And Ethan is a strong source of power for her. I just get giddy thinking about it. The book covers themselves are very appealing and catch the eye. I recommend this to anyone who loves a bit of supernatural with their love story. I certainly do, but that’s just me.

photoshop Adobe offerd free downloads of CS3 a while back, and because I have a family and cannot afford a full copy of any of them, I jumped on this deal. Not having seen the program and normally do all of my workflow through LightRoom, I feel like a newcomer to Photoshop. I picked this up this week at our local Books a Million. It’s just enough to get your toes wet with the program, this book won’t take you too far. But for simple tasks, it’ll be a nice help. Not too bad for $14.99.

Just To Say Good Night

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All girls love flowers. Well, at least the ones who have any sense in their heads. I’m no pro, but I’ve been working a bit on how to shoot flowers.

This would be a bush in my neighbors yard, well, it’s a salon.

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I’m no expert, but I love how they look like their glowing.

Good evening.

Starting To Get the Hang Of It

Evenin there!

I’m starting to get the hang of WordPress. I’m really enjoying the dashboard and just the way the site is put togeather. I will say that I was really really confused about everything for a while. Which is why I invested in this really awesome book I found at Books A Million.

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This guide is amazing. Its easy and has high gloss paper inside that makes your insides all gooey. It has helped me and is helping me build this blog. I’m not much on the programming side if that’s what your into, but it has great information on themes and plugins. It’s been sitting on my coffee table and desk for over a month now, I’ve been reading through it alot. I would recommend this book for anyone whos serious about WordPress. You can find it in the magazines around the photography and digital art section in any Books A Million or Barnes and Noble.

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Yeah yeah, don’t start with me. Now I read the Twilight series when I was 18 working at a B. Dalton bookstore, before it became a fandom and was underground. Stephanie Meyer came out with “The Host” in the middle of the Twilight series. I never read it untill now. Currently working on it, it has grabbed my attention. I love the idea behind it, aliens that consume our bodies and live through them. Her writing style is enjoyable. I should have this finished my next week.

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Did anyone know this was a book?!! I know in my last post I had mentioned that this was a book, and my god I enjoyed the heck out of it. If you love and very unconventional love story, and a way out of left field take on the zombie Apocalypse, this is for you. Dosn’t take long to read either, a very short novel. But I loved the way Isaac takes on how a zombie possibly thinks to themselves. Hilarious. Totally a chick book, totally..

I’m also an avid gamer. If anyone cared.

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AMAZING.

Currently my husband have been working on games togeather instead of on our own. We have found it good time to spend. We are almost done with this, a VERY short game if you run right on through. We do enjoy finding all of the hidden temples the have, alot of  exploring. I love the redesign of Laura, they brought her into 2013. You can upgrade your weapons and whatnot, a very very good Tomb Raider.