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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A new day...

I have always thought of myself as a positive upbeat individual but lately I feel like I am the opposite…so, Today I start a new day…one that I am going to focus on the positive things in my life. I am going to start each morning with a gratitude list. 3 Things, each day. In doing so I hope to incorporate my photography into this list…if and when possible I will post a picture that correlates with my list. So…Today I am grateful for…
1. My husband…he is a wonderful man. He has supported me through my hard times and moody times. Last night he just let me cry and talk about somethings that have taken place in my life recently…he truly loves me unconditionally. He is an effective communicator and has help me improve in that department (and I have a lot of improving to do!). So Thanks to my Pete, who’s name is Tim.
2. The silly jokes my son shares with me from his joke book. I bought him this book last summer and it is just filled with silly jokes. When he reads it he always shares jokes from it with me..and he then shows me the joke in the book, I guess in case I want to read it again.
3. Fall weather in Arizona…okay, so Arizona doesn’t have a fall…but I love the weather here this time of year! Perfect days in my opinion. The evenings are starting to get cold and it’s time to throw another quilt on the bed to cover up at night…perfect cuddle weather!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

...having a dog makes you rich...

I'm not doing to well in the sleep department tonight...husband had to work late and I just don't sleep so well without him around. I have spent a lot of time this evening browsing through other photo blogs...lots of eye candy out there. It has made me appreciate the talent that I have and the ability to improve. I know I am not the greatest photographer out there but as I look at my own images and look at others I do appreciate that I have a gift and it gets better as I take the time to practice and gain more knowledge about my craft.

I was inspired to dig back a couple of months and pull out a few pictures of my kids to post on my blog. This is the first one I would like to share...it is of my son and my sister-in-laws dog. My son loves animals and quickly falls in love with them. Bella is this beauty's name. I'm not positive what mix of breeds she is but I do know she does have boxer in her. My sister-in-law, I guess, inherited Bella from my brother (not her husband). As with any animals in my family, Bella has become well loved and cared for.

I love to find quotes that fit the photo...with this one it was no different...I found this:
"No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich" ...Louis Sabin
I know my son will agree.
So I present to you...My son, Mr. LA and Bella...

Monday, November 16, 2009

How sweet it is...

I have finally finished editing photos from a shoot I did a couple weeks ago of this sweet little redhead...I was so excited to hand the finished images over to his mom this evening. There are so many that are my favorite so you may have sweetness overload here:

...and last...this one if my favorite...mostly due to the story behind it. This cute little man kept trying to pose just like I was. He kept turning around to see if he had it right.

Thanks for stopping by!
Little Tree

Location, location, location...

It's all about location right? ... I do believe a great location helps to make a great photo shoot. Here are a few locations in the Gilbert/Mesa/Chandler area that I think make a great background for portraits. Maybe these locations will also jump start your brain to come up with ideas of your own.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Dose of Inspiration...

For the past few days I have been working on my application for graduate school. Part of the application requires a personal statement of 500 plus words. I have had the hardest time getting started with this statement. I have tried several different angles but nothing would flow as I would like it to. When I write something I have to have some sort of inspiration to get going...when I do my writing just starts to flow. Once I found a source of inspiration I was able to get started but still was having a difficult time in completing the process, so today I took a mental break from the statement and went outside to enjoy the beautiful Phoenix weather we are blessed with during this time of year. I packed my camera bag and headed to Discovery Park in Gilbert. What falls is the result of this break...and I am happy to say that it worked...I came home afterwords and was able to finish the statement. Now I just have a few finishing touches to the application and I can submit it and wait (so much fun!) The first photo is what got my brain into writing gear...what follows the redhead is what came from an afternoon of seeking inspiration...hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Basic Senior Portrait Session Giveaway

Contest is open to Seniors that attend high school in the East Valley (Arizona)
Enter to win one of 2 Basic Senior Portrait Sessions!
What to do:
Leave a comment telling me why you think you deserve to be one of the chosen Seniors for this giveaway. Don't forget to leave the name of your East Vally area high school.
The contest will close on November 24th. Upon closing all entries will be put in a random generator to choose the winning entry.

Your name may be entered in the drawing up to four times. Here's how:
1. Just by leaving your comment here.
2. Follow me on twitter and leave your twitter user name in your comment here.
3. Join my fan page on facebook and leave a comment about it in your comment here.
4. Become a follow of my blog and let me know in your comments here. **See link in the right side bar that you can click to follow me on blogger and twitter**

So...what are you waiting for...get commenting.

Portfolio Building Specials

The Holidays are upon us, the time of giving! I am running a Portfolio Building Special for the entire Holiday season. Sessions need to be booked in November, December, or January. See below for details. Looking forward to capturing precious moments with your family. Teresa

email: littletreecompany@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Miss JoJo and Mr. P Sneak Peek

Update to this post:

I am finished editing photos from the Miss JoJo and Mr. P. shoot. I wanted to share a few more of my faves:

I love Miss JoJo's eyes in this one:

This one just begged to be edited in vintage:

I had the opportunity to do a photo shoot of a family members adorable children last weekend. I had a blast following Miss JoJo around the park in her beautiful bright clothes and a smile to match. Both kids are super cute with the most beautiful eyes ever! Here are a few photos that I have edited already:

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