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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Month 2

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Month 4

This month’s cuteness:

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Blue + Gray Project | Month 4 | Personal

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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Month 3

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

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Blue & Grey Project | 3 Months | Personal

Holy Smokes! Where has the time gone?  Is this baby really 3 months old already?!?

Things have been so crazy between Nick’s schedule, my business and keeping our little Dove happy, I never got the chance to post her pictures from last month! She has already grown so much and she is getting bigger and smarter every day.  She is so amazing and brings so much joy to our lives.

This month, she has mastered her vowel sounds loves to say “Hi” when when you pick her up.  Sh loves to play with her tongue and watch how your mouth moves when you talk to her.  She can now support herself upright and has started tri-poding, when she remembers to let go of her hands.  Her favorite pass times are playing her footie piano, talking to Doc McStuffins & Sophia the First and showing off her belly when she wears a dress.  Sadly her, little mohawk is starting to curl over now that it’s getting longer, but it’s still hanging in there!

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We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve watched her grow and worried about everything from is she cold to is she eating enough…and it’s only been one month!!!  It’s so hard to believe that it was only a month ago that I was sitting in a hospital bed waiting for this little lady to arrive.  She truly is our little miracle!

I have been planning this project since that day I found out I was pregnant with her.  While I would love to claim credit, I got the idea from my friend Amanda and her White Sweater & Glittery Heels Project she did with her daughter.  I loved how you could see her grow and I knew I wanted to do something similar with Anora.

The cardigan is my favorite sweater (a hand-me-down from my little sister) and a pair for royal blue flats that I just LOVE.  I can’t wait to see our baby grow and one day fit into them!

So here she is, our crazy haired little wild woman.  Exactly one month old in the first installment of the Blue & Gray Project.  Enjoy!

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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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Courage Charisma Confidence Part 2- The Challenge

I know you must be thinking, “WE WANT DETAILS!”.  Well, I don’t blame you.  This is a a whole new level to not just photography, but life in general! So how is this going to work?  What do we have to do?  When do we start?  What are these goals you spoke of?  Well let’s start from the top.

You know how this time of year, there are 800 commercials and magazine ads for weight loss pills, diets plans and everything in between -all juice diet, anyone?  Well, as tempting as those are, lets give them the cold shoulder and an eye roll this year. Here’s the big challenge- are you ready? I challenge all of us, for two whole weeks to eat healthier and get out and exercise.

All my soda addicts (yes, my hand is up on this one too) let’s put down those cans- and big gulps- and grab a couple glasses of water, maybe even a V-8.  My sugar fans (my hand’s up again) let’s put down the zebra cakes (I know, I know! But they’re so good!) and grab some fruit.  YOU! With the Cheetos!  Put those down and grab some whole grain crackers instead.  Instead of fad diets & false promises, lets fill up on the good stuff!

I asked some ladies today what they viewed as their worst aspects. Big surprise that 6 out of 7 women had tummy fat on their lists. I also saw legs, booty and even “turkey neck” on the list!  I know this is no surprise to anyone, so here’s one for you.  What if I said I want to take pictures of you modeling all those spots that make you go “ick”?  I want you to model those baby bellies, the thunder thighs.  I’ll even throw in my dimply legs (I know we ALL wanted to know that :-) ) and the second most popular answer: the ta-tas.  Let’s have a good time and poke a little fun at ourselves.

This will be our “before” session.  This is a casual session where we will laugh and joke and show off all the yucky parts- you know the ones- that we wish would shrink and disappear overnight.  I expect normal daily clothes (yes, jammies are exceptable!) and lots of Lucille Ball worthy faces.  I want to show who we are.  I want to see the self-conscience, flawed feelings that we all feel.  These will be done in the comfort of your own home or where ever you would prefer.

The Investment: Of course you will have to put in a little and effort on this project, but the juice- and hopefully tushy- are well worth the squeeze!  The price for this event is only $125 per person.  This will include: 2 weeks of support and motivation from real, local women (including 2 meeting during the challenge); 2 weeks of small workout challenges to meet your lifestyle and schedule; a “before” shoot showing who you are and how beautiful you and all your “flaws” are; small, personal goals for you to meet during your 2 week challenge; an on-location “after” shoot with  cheesecake style portraits to show off your new confidence and body (hair and make up included) and complimentary slice of cheesecake during your session to celebrate meeting-or exceeding- your goals.

To sign up visit http://www.littleflower.com and send me message in the “contact” page.  Make sure to type “CCC” in the type of event box.  Our kick off meeting will be on January 27th and “after” portraits will be Feb. 9th-10th.

The Inside Scoop (make it a double scoop!)

When I was a kid, going through puberty I was…well, chunky.  When I hit high school I filled out, but I was still SUPER self-conscience.  Sophomore year, I began to feel very pressured and I became bulimic.  I was begged by friends to stop, but it wasn’t until senior year that I truly gained control of my disorder.

This was me my senior year of high school

This was me my senior year of high school

A year later I joined the Navy.  At that point I was 4′ 10 1/2″ and weighed 112 lbs.  I went through boot camp and actually gained abs!  In June, 2007 I was stationed here in Virginia Beach for  A school where I met the man I would later marry.  When I left the Navy in 2007, I weighed a whooping 118 lbs (shortly before that I was eating a box of blueberry pop-tarts every night on watch).

In Japan in April, 2008

In Japan in April, 2008

On leave with my baby sister in August, 2008

On leave with my baby sister in August, 2008

AT Brevard Zoo while on leave in August, 2008

AT Brevard Zoo while on leave in August, 2008

In 2010, I moved back here to Virginia Beach and married my A school sweetheart.  I was out of work for about 4 months and gained a good 15 lbs.  Then my husband went to Iraq for a year and I gained a bit more.

On my honeymoon on July, 2010

On my honeymoon in July, 2010

For the past 18 months, my husband and I have been trying to have a baby.  A few months ago I was diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) , which makes it a bit harder for me to conceive.  In November, we got a positive pregnancy test and jumped up and down for days.   Recently, we found out that the pregnancy was non-viable. I currently weigh in at 155 lbs, which on someone less than 5 feet, makes me feel like an umpa-lumpa.  I have dieted, purged, starved and exercised, but with the PCOS, I have a harder time than most with losing weight.

This was taken Jan. 20, 2013

This was taken Jan. 20, 2013

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Jan. 20, 2013

Me at my biggest on Jan. 20, 2013

Me at my biggest on Jan. 20, 2013

This is why I want to do this project!  I’m not a gym rat or a work out buff.  I’m just a normal chick with the label “obese” and hard time losing weight.  I look back at how I looked 7 years ago and I feel ashamed.  I have no kids to blame, no real reason to look this way.  I think of how small my waist was and my old pants size and I feel guilty and flawed and huge.  I want to remind myself and others, that we are beautiful and our “flaws” help tell the story of who we are.

Every little wrinkle, every stretch mark, every scar is there because of who we are and what we went through to get to this point in our lives.  Just because we don’t look like a Victoria’s Secret model, doesn’t mean we don’t all deserve to feel like one every now and again.  So let’s show the world what real women look like!  So we’re more than magazine “ideal”.  So we have a little wear and tear around the edges.  With a little bit of courage, some charisma and bit more confidence we can change the world!!!

Mia + Natalie

It’s hard to hold back all the emotion when I see these pictures.  This is my first session of 2013 and it is so beautiful.  It may have been a cloudy day, but the warm weather combined with golden hour worked it’s magic!

When I first met Mia she was super excited to show off her new Disney bracelet with it’s Cinderella slipper charm.  It only took a few minutes for me to realize exactly how much I have in common with her.  Natalie is her sister’s polar opposite, at least for now.  While Mia likes to stay clean, Natalie has no problem playing in dirt (or leaves or pine needles).  Natalie has the decided opinion that everything is fine as long as Mommy’s near by and everyone’s smiling.

When talking about this session with mom Nicole, we decided it would be fun to have a little Navy inspiration thrown in.  The result: two sweet little girls in cute little pink camo tops!  What better way to include the Navy and show how proud they are of their daddy?!?!

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I was so very impressed to watch Mia write “DAD” on the back of her Valentine!  What a smart little girl!

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