6 months old

Isn't he a cutie pie!  Celebrating his 6 month old birthday this month, we had so much fun taking Mr. Lincoln's picture.  These little ones are so precious and grow up so fast.  Hopefully, the photos from Linc's session will be treasured memories for his mom and dad for years to come.  I know this Christmas in their house will be the start of some exciting years for them.  And Linc's mom, was so great to bring this heirloom 100 year old rocking chair that has been in their family, well I guess for 100 years!  What a great treasure and it made a great addition to some of the pictures.  And LInc in his hunter's cap under the Christmas tree was so precious, and as with most little ones, all they are interested in are the shiny objects within reach!  He is the perfect present under the tree for Mom and Dad! 

Teenage girls

A couple of weeks ago, we had some teenage girls from our church stay at our home for a weekend Discipleship Now, led by members of the Glowing Heart Ministry. On Saturday evening before they headed back to the church for the evening concert, I asked if they would let me take their pictures because the light was getting really nice outside.  They were all over that!  They were even taking selfies and pictures of each other on their cell phones while I was taking their pictures.  I forgot what it's like to be a teenager, obviously!  We had lots of fun taking the pictures and they are quite the fashion models.   Here are a couple of the shots I got, the shoes image was their idea! 

 Randy and I thoroughly enjoyed having the girls at our home and while they were just as messy as the boys who stayed last year, they smelled a whole lot better!!! 

Thankfulness

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Randy and I certainly did.  We traveled to visit his sister and her family in the Conroe and Woodlands area.  Not sure how long it had been since we were last there, but it was too long and much overdue.  I took advantage of my two great nieces who very graciously and even enthusiastically allowed me to take pictures of them.  What a delight Mackenzie and Samantha are and besides us all having fun, I think we got some great pictures of them - but then they made it easy and they are quite lovely as well.  

Despite the cooking, eating, football games, and onslaught of tempting after-Thanksgiving sales, I hope you had a chance to spend some quality time with family and rest and reflect on all that you have to be thankful for! 

Amazing Supermoon

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On my way home from Ft. Worth yesterday, after spending some time with my daughter at the Shop Small Fort Worth holiday market, I saw the supermoon rising up between the buildings in downtown.  It was so awesome I knew I had to get a picture.  I am only sort of familiar with downtown Fort Worth and really didn't have any clue where to go to get the best shot.  I had to pull my car over to get my camera out of the back of my car and then circled around, and, as I drove, it kept moving behind buildings! Finally, I found what looked to be a good spot.   It was getting dark and I was alone, so I was a little uncertain about getting out by myself.  The moon actually moves pretty quickly so I had to decide and the photographer's desire to "get the shot" overcame my fears.  I couldn't wait to get home to see if what I captured matched what I saw with my eyes. Its pretty close, but as the saying goes, sometimes a picture just doesn't do it justice! 

For those of you who want to  capture some images, here is some information from the Nikon website about getting good shots of this month's Supermoon. 

If you’re using any of the PSAM exposure modes, setting the camera’s exposure manually or use program or shutter or aperture priority, you may want to underexpose the image to ensure that the detail of the craters on the moon’s surface aren’t blown out. Using Spot metering will also help you get the correct exposure for the moon, which will be the brightest part of your image. Use a shutter speed of at least 1/15 second or faster since the moon actually moves pretty fast across the sky.  Use a tripod or brace yourself against a solid object to keep your image in focus.  Happy shooting! 

Tangible Keepsakes

As I was attempting to clean out one of my closets this weekend, I came across a file box that, based on the dust on top, had not been touched in a number of years.  Thankfully, I already had the vacuum cleaner handy and once inside I found quite a menagerie of documents that took me down memory lane.  Tax statements and other documents from 3 of our previous houses, including our very first house (that was a nice, small mortgage payment), copies of medical records, one of my son's report cards, a pediatrician bill for NB girl when my daughter was an infant, as well as other things.  

But one of the most touching finds was a poem written to me by my son on Mother's Day.  No date on it, but guessing he was probably 9 or 10.  What a sweet sentiment to find years later.  

Then I realized, if I didn't have a paper copy of this, and if I only had this in a digital format, the chances of me finding this, let alone being able to open the document given the changes in technology, would have been next to impossible.  That is the risk that we run in today's ever changing digital world.  Yes, there is value in storing documents digitally, but there is no substitute for being able to hold precious memories in your hands.  Please don't keep all the pictures you take on your phones just on your phone or on your computer.  And, please don't pay a photographer to take your picture and then just ask for the digital files.  You've paid for professional services, so make sure you get the full benefit of those professional services by allowing them to ensure you have color-corrected and professionally processed images printed on archival paper that will be there for you to look at and enjoy for years to come!   And don't forget to keep a file of keepsakes!

Great event last evening

Well, I am getting off to a rather slow start on writing a blog! -Must do better! Have been a little overwhelmed at my day job the last couple of weeks with not too much energy left over for other pursuits.  I'm encouraged by the cooler, even though somewhat humid air today.  Gives the hope of an autumn in North Texas after all! 

Randy and I attended a banquet last evening for the Pregnancy Resource Center of Grand Prairie. This organization does tremendous work for young moms in the community who come to them looking for help and answers for how can they manage their unplanned pregnancy.  We have been supporters of this organization for a number of years and are continually impressed by the amazing work and services they provide, predominantly with volunteers.  We were especially touched last night by hearing the stories from 4 young moms who came to the Center and were welcomed with open and loving arms, given information and education, had practical needs met along with emotional and spiritual needs, and provided support throughout their pregnancies.  I had the privilege earlier this year of photographing a women's lunch sponsored by the PRC and then a triple shower for 3 expectant moms held at our church by the Embrace Grace ministry - also a resource of the PRC.  I am so thankful that organizations exist like the PRC to provide the kind of support needed at such a critical time in the lives of these vulnerable, young women who choose to give the life they are carrying a chance.  

It begins....

Well, this is my first attempt at writing a blog.  This is totally new for me and I'm really not sure how these begin, other than to, well, just begin. 

If you've read my About page, then you'll know that my photography business is part time right now.  During the day, I am the administrative manager for the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center.  Pretty intense, huh!   I have been in academic medicine my entire career. It is very rewarding (and challenging) working with medical professionals and knowing that by managing our personnel resources, our clinical operations, and the day-to-day happenings in our department, I am indirectly and even at times directly helping our patients - and that is always rewarding!   But, as I mentioned, a few years back I discovered a real joy from photography and that has now become a passion.  And that passion led me to bravely step out and officially start a photography business.   What is important to know is that my role models have included some very intelligent, hard working physicians and surgeons who always want to provide the very best for their patients, and that hard work, integrity, and desire to provide great customer service are what I bring to my photography business.