Jessica A. | Boudoir Photography

There’s something I have wanted to do for a while…a looong while!   For years now I have dreamed of shooting a  boudoir session.  I’ve watched webinars, bought books and brainstormed ideas, but never knew exactly where to start.  So when my friend Jessica called and asked about doing a boudoir session for an anniversary gift I was so excited.  Seriously!  I think I was more excited than she was!

I love how raw and sultry Jessica is.  When asked what made her nervous about the shoot she said “um…being in my underwear?”  Hahaha!  Jessica is so fierce and dedicated.  She gives 110% to everything she does and this session was no exception!  Her 3 words to describe her intentions for this session were Sexy, Romantic and Feminine and she she nailed it!

Jessica’s session was the second boudoir session I have ever shot and I am so head over heels for them now!  I had so much taking these photos, from the challenge of learning something new to shooting while standing on a chair on a 20th story balcony.  So much fun in fact, that I have decided to make boudoir sessions a part of my business now!  I am really enjoying showing women how gorgeous they are and bringing out their inner beauty as well as capturing their outer beauty.  Thank you Jessica for being one of my guinea pigs and for asking me to do this!  You rock!!!

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Blue + Gray Project | Month 5 | Anora Jayne

Today is a very special day for us here in the Clark house.  One year ago today we got our first peek at the beautiful little girl that would make us parents!  It’s hard to believe it has been a year since then.  Our baby has gone from a wiggly little alien to a beautiful, sweet, smart baby girl.  She’s 5 months old and her tiny little hands hold our hearts.

This month she has learned to sit on her own for small amounts of time, roll from her tummy to her back, hold her weight on while standing and probably one of the most exciting developments for me…piggy tails!!!  This little lady is already a diva!  As soon as she puts her sunglasses on she enters “diva mode” and gets the cutest little pout and attitude.  She is definitely my child!

Also, this month we welcomed two little girls into our Ohana.  Miss Josie was born on May 8th to our friends Glory & Cameron and  Miss Lilia was born on May 13th to our neighbors Lei & Osama!  Both of these little girls are just so beautiful and I feel so blessed to have met them!

Seeing these babies has made me realize how much Anora has grown over the past 5 months.  She is so big and so smart, she just melts my heart!  So here we go!  Anora at 5 months old in all her cute little glory!

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I know I’m a bit behind on these, but boy is it hard to keep up lately!  I can’t believe how much this little girl has grown already!  She is such a joy and has so much personality and sass already.

This month we started introducing solid foods and she is definitely a fan!  She loves applesauce and sweet potatoes.  Anora can almost sit up on her own, but she hasn’t quite figured out how to balance herself yet.

Here ‘s a quick recap of how much she has changed so far:

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And here she is now!  4 months old and so very big!

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Crystal, Brandon + Aurora | Hawaii Family Portraits

On a day when the whole island of Oahu was covered in clouds and rain, we found the sun!  It was literally raining the whole drive from Honolulu to Kauloa.  I was so sure we were going to be rained out.  It wasn’t until I was 10 minutes away from the park that I finally saw the sun shining on the mountain side.  Yay sunshine!!!

I met Crystal through a photography group and found we have so much in common!  She runs Saphire Memories Photography and was the awesome talent behind both my maternity portraits and Anora’s newborn portraits.  She is so sweet and talented!  I’m so glad we had a chance to sneak in some headshots for her! Check out her Facebook page here to see some of her work.

It was a prefect golden hour and sunset for a perfect little family! Crystal and Brandon are so sweet and Aurora is such a sassy little lady.  I had a blast photographing this little family and I’m so glad they were my first session back from maternity leave!  Enjoy!

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Mom’s Gonna Snap- Photography 101 Workshop | Photography

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me what kind of camera I use, I could totally afford all the awesome lenses I want!  It’s sad, but true.  I never really know what to think of the question either.  To be honest, I get a little nervous.  I always wonder if they person is trying to break the ice or judge me or just sound like they know what they’re talking about.  Either way, it’s a stinky situation.

Now, anyone that knows me well knows I LOVE my camera.  It’s a part of me, a part of my business!   I get nervous if I don’t pick it up to too long.  That being said, I’ve known SO many people who truly believe they need a “better” camera to take better pictures.  WHOA!  That’s like saying you can’t go anywhere because you only have a Honda, not a Ferrari.  It doesn’t make since!  It takes more than just a good camera to take great pictures.  I started out with a $250 Canon Rebel that my husband bought me for Christmas.  It wasn’t fancy, it didn’t have a manual mode or 60-some-odd focus points, but I used it as best I could.  I got to know that camera- and my style- by changing settings and playing with the different modes.

So here’s the hard to swallow truth:  if you don’t know what you’re doing, the camera doesn’t matter!  In my experience, 9 out of 10 times the issues are with the PERSON, not the camera.  Whether it’s a point and shoot from Wally World or a $4,000 Canon 5D Mk III, if you don’t know how to use it properly, you’ll never feel comfortable with it.

Now, that being said, everyone deserves to have great pictures of their memories.  The kids at the beach, that awesome Thanksgiving spread you worked on for 2 days straight, the 0.2 seconds it takes for your toddler to rip open those presents you wrapped so lovingly.  These are the moments you want to keep, to treasure and I’ve decided to help you the best way I know how.  I want to help you get familiar with your camera, to learn it’s ins and outs.

Join me for my Mom’s Gonna Snap Workshop!  We’ll cover the basics on what makes a photo good and how you can use your camera to its fullest potential.  Whether you have a dSLR or a point-and-shoot, you’re welcome to take part and learn how to better capture your family’s memories!

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What Do I Need to Bring? All you’ll need is your camera, a favorite picture you took and pen and paper.  I will have some notes printed up for you to take home, but you may want to take notes on your specific camera or certain topics.  I do recommend brings a camera, not just your phone, since most of the information will apply more to your camera.  I will be providing refreshments and snacks, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Do I Have to Be a Mom to Join? Nope!  Most people I know who have questions on how to take pictures are parents, but everyone is welcome to join!  Whether you have 5 kids, fur-babies or just want to take pictures of your nieces, this workshop will help you understand how to make your pictures stand out from the crowd.

What if I Already the Basics and I Want More Information on the In-Depth stuff? Kudos to you my friend!  You’re still welcome to come to the workshop and practice those mad skills.  You can also contact me about a one-on-one session to talk about the more advanced topics at littlefloweroahu@gmail.com.

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Megan turns 20 | Personal

Twenty years ago today, I was blessed with one of the most special gifts I have ever received- sisterhood.  I still remember when my mom told me I was going to have a baby sister or brother.  I started crying and telling her “No!  I don’t want a BABY sister!  I want on my size!”  Despite my argument, I was still given a little sister to torment and love.

Over the years she has hugged me, yelled at me and even beaten me with a metal baton.  There have been many fights and squabbles and arguments, but through it all we still love and support each other.  She is the jelly to my peanut butter and the zig to my zag.  Without her my childhood would have been a long, boring mess and I wouldn’t be who I am today.

She is now a beautiful young woman, with a loving heart and a enough drive to move a MAC truck!  She is a military spouse, a college student and (most recently) a veterinary aid.  I am so proud of her for finding the love of her life and having the courage and tenacity to go after it, even when that meant a year long deployment to the middle east.

Happy birthday Meg!  I love you and hope you enjoy your first birthday as a wife and Virginia resident.  It’s still so hard to believe how much you’ve grown!  You’re no longer the little girl with “pagetti” sauce on your face, now you are a beautiful young lady with a home and a family of your own.  Give the puppies love for us and remember to have a piece of cake!  Love you!

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Charity Mini Sessions| Photography

I love doing sessions with children!  I love families and couples too, but there’s just something so pure and innocent about shooting children’s sessions!  I love how free and natural kids are in front of the camera.  They have such a sweet, honest and open view of the world that only last for a short time.

So what better way to honor a child’s memory, then with a mini-session event dedicated to childhood?!?

On October 5th I will be holding mini-sessions to benefit the Olivia Faith Foundation.  This foundation was set up in tribute to Olivia Faith, a beautiful angel that battled a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH).  Olivia was born on October 28, 2011 and survived so many changes in her short life, including surgery while still in the womb and a surgery to repair her diaphragm at 1 week old.  Olivia survived only 51 days on in the NICU before gaining her wings on December 18, 2011.  The Olivia Faith Foundation was created by Olivia’s family to help provide support to families in similar situations.  Along with organizations like CHERUBS, the Olivia Faith Foundation is helping to raise awareness for this little known defect that claims so many lives every year.

In honor of Olivia’s 2nd birthday, I will be holding a mini-sessions event on October 5, 2013.  Sessions will be $150 and will include a 30 minute session and a gallery of at least 10 images.  50% of additional products purchased will also go to the Olivia Faith Foundation.  All products will need to be ordered by October 25th in order for the donation to be made on October 28th.

**DETAILS**

Date: Saturday, October 5th | Rain Day~ Sunday, October 6th

Times: 8:00am- 11:00am, 3:00pm- 6:00pm

Theme: Celebrating Childhood- From mismatched outfits to superheros to favorite blankets and teddy bears, please feel free to bring some of your children’s’ favorite items to use during your session. 

Location: TBA, probably off Pali Highway or at West Loch Park- Natural light

Each session will include a gallery with a minimum of 10 high resolution images

Each session will include a free gift in the mail

Sessions will be 30 minutes – so you are in, out and welcomed to go enjoy the rest of your day

Images will be available to you within a MINIMUM of 3 days after the shoot so you are able to order cards, prints, etc before the October 25th cut off.

Proceeds benefit the Olivia Faith Foundation

Investment: $150

Tickets can be purchased HERE:

http://littleflowerphoto.com/#/contact-me/

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Pregnancy + Working from Home | New Mommy Series

When I first found out I was pregnant EVERYONE was interested and wanted to give little tips and advise.  Veteran mommies and kid-less friends alike had stories of their pregnancies- or a friend of their’s.  I’ve heard a hundred tales of morning sickness and back pain.  One thing no one ever mentioned was work.  How it changes and how it can be more difficult, especially if you’re working from home.

For me it comes to a few key points and tricks I have learned from my wonderful friend and photographer Amanda Hedgepeth.  She has taught me so much and because of her I have been able to come up with my own system of semi-madness that works for me and my new little family- to-be.

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Here are a few of those little tips to help you out on your quest for pregnant sanity:

1. Make a Schedule & Set Working Hours-  This seems so basic, but it really is a lifesaver!  You may be the type that needs a play by play, but for me, just having a rough outline is enough.  This is partly due to my husband’s crazy schedule and how it rotates (one week he works 5 days, the next he works 2 days).  Having a rough schedule allows me to get things done and still be able to spend as much time with him as possible.

For instance, I have an alarm set for 8am Monday- Saturday and one set for 9am everyday.  This makes me wake up at 8am no matter what 6 days a week and ensures that even if I feel exhausted and sleep in, I’ll be up by 9am.  Not only does this mean that I will be able to start work early enough, but it also means I’ll have breakfast about the same time everyday.

I also know that I will need to get food out for dinner around 2 or 3pm and start cooking around 6 or 6:30. I also know Nick will be home around 5:30-6. It may not sound like much, but to me this means my working hours are from about 9:30 to 6pm with a break around 2 or 3.

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2. Learn to Multitask- Some people (like me) are natural multitaskers.  We have to be doing at least two things at once (like writing a blog, listening to stand up comedy and eating a quesadilla).  At the very least, multitasking allows me to eat while I check emails- or write blogs.  It also ensures that I am covering my bases.

3. Turn off the distractions-  For some it’s the tv, for others it’s Facebook or Pinterest.  Either way, turn it off, grab a glass of water and maybe a snack and get to it!  I have an alarm clock on my desk to keep me on track and stop me from looking around too much.

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4. Workflow- This is a little piece of heaven once it’s done.  The process…not so much!

This is where my OCD kicks in.  I write down EVERYTHING!  From blogging to editing to laundry.  I broke down my workflow by day and made sure to include my cleaning list since I tend to forget things otherwise.  This is just my way of doing things, make sure you do what works best for you.  I like to clean everything at once, but at this point, I just can’t do it anymore.  In order to make sure I’m not only checking emails and editing sessions, I made sure to break up my cleaning list and add it into my daily workflow.  I put each list in a plastic cover so I can use a dry erase marker to cross things off when they’re done.

This doesn’t just help me, but my husband as well.  If I ask him do help me with chores, all he has to do is check the list for that day and see what hasn’t been crossed off yet.  It makes our lives a lot less stressful and helps us communicate better (meaning I’m not yelling at him for not knowing what needs to be cleaned.

I also have a weekly workflow list and one for monthly tasks.  Think of it kind of like a scheduled checklist.  Instead of just writing down what you need to do this week or month, you break it down by day or week.  Feel free to put anything important on here.  I have vacuuming down everyday, just to make sure I stay ahead of the dog hair!

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5. Schedule time for fun- It sounds a little weird, but it necessary!  Don’t just assume that you are going to stop working when you say working hours are over, though a loving spouse can be a great way of reminding you to shut down shop!  I schedule every Sunday off, with the exceptions of sessions right now.  I also try to make that at least one day during the week is a “cleaning only” day while my session level is low.  This gives us time to be a family and just hang out and enjoy each other’s company for a day without worrying about work.  We also try to do something special at least once a month, like going to the Sea Life Park.  This is SO much easier once you schedule a day off.

Since we are so far from family, both Nick and I have decided that when family is visiting, we will be taking time off to spend with them.  This may be harder for some people, but living 5,000 miles away in a vacation spot makes it a bit easier for us to know ahead of time when people are coming.

These organization tips are the secret to giving yourself more time to relax and enjoy your family.  And a more relaxed mommy-to-be means a more relaxed, healthier baby-to-be!  By creating systems for daily, weekly and monthly workflow and schedules for your time, you will have to schedule your life around your work less.  Your friends, spouse, doctor and clients will love you for it
and you will be that much happier (and have time for a slice of pie)!!!

Mr. Golden Sun | Hampton Roads Photographer

Warning: I’m about to get a little nerdy.

As many of you have seen on my Facebook page, I am doing a photo challenge this month.  Basically, there is a photo challenge schedule with a daily theme (see below) and every day the goal is to post a picture of something that represents the day’s theme.  So far we are a week in and I am having a fantastic time posting my own interpretations of the theme.

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So today’s theme is “key” and I had a great idea!  I am going to post about the sun!  I’m a natural light photographer.  It makes sense.  I grabbed my camera and walked outside real quickly to grab a picture…then I realized I was standing in the middle of the street in socks, sweat pants and a bathroom. :-/ So I came inside and got dressed, then went out to grab my shot.

So why say the sun is the key?  Because not only is the sun in charge of helping trees grow, warming up the days (which would be nice right about now!) and generally allowing us to have life on our little planet, but it is the reason my images look how they do.  To understand photography you have to understand light- how it moves, how it feels, how it works.  After all, photography is the art, science, and practice of creating  images by recording light (thank you wikipedia for backing me up!).

As a natural light photographer, the sun- in a way- is my boss.  If he doesn’t show, I have a harder tome shooting.  Face it, we feel his absence on dark, rainy days!  On the other hand, when the sun is out and has the warm, yummy glow I love so much then my images are warm, bright and loving.  Also, depending on where he’s at in the sky and how bright he’s shining, I have to change my camera settings.  AND…changing those setting can make for some very awesome effects!

So..with out farther a due.  Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls I give you: the one who brings up May flowers, the one who kisses our skin and gives up beautiful golden tans…he’s hot, he’s bright! MR…Goldennn Suunnnn!!!!!

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