I don’t know how many of you readers are from the local area but man… the last few days have made for GORGEOUS mornings. It has been cold cold but the blue skies, the icy frost covering everything, sun glistening… I have kicked myself every morning because I haven’t taken the time to take a picture. So this morning, I kicked my procrastinating rear and I did it. It didn’t really capture how cool it looked, but the fact that I actually took my camera out outside of a scheduled session is a big enough deal that I am going to share the results anyway ;) (but trust me… it really is a lovely, wintery wonderland)
This little dress is so cute… by itself, layered- edgy, girly goodness :) Just enter Punch Tab below (share the link or ‘like’ Lillipops Designs fan page for even more entries!)
I’ve been quietly working hard over here. Lots of fun, new & different projects on the horizon. That means nose to the grindstone and not too much to share (yet) so I thought I could at least do a little sneak peek so that my blog followers don’t get bored, lose interest and leave me forgotten ;)
Last year I found some great tissue paper confetti on clearance at Urban Outfitters. I instantly thought that it would need to make an appearance in this year’s Christmas shoot. But (like it happens often) I came across this picture…
and had a ‘dangit’ moment. Basically the exact concept I had (not that confetti in the air is a stretch) ;) So, I took a different direction with the shoot (but still had to use the confetti for a few shots of course) and these made the cut…
The rest of the shoot has a much different feel and will be published early next month (can’t wait to share!!) along with a couple other things I’ve been working on. It has all led me to realize how incredibly grateful I am for where I am in life. I am working on a big enough project that I need collaborators and it has been amazing to see that 90% of the people I call on are my friends (seriously- being completely surrounded by crazy talented people is what inspires me every single day), not to the mention the fact that every one instantly said “yes”… generous, nice AND talented. This is my public ‘thank you’ to all of you that are such incredible influences in my life and my testament of what a difference it makes in life to surround yourself with people that are genuine, kind and inspirational. I could not do what I do without them :)
wardrobe: Ritchie Rags (adorable custom made bloomers & top)
First off- because there are 330 of you waiting to know and because I need to end this give away (my approve button on my blog is getting tired!) We will start with the fun stuff- giving away a bag!!
Be sure to read to the end of the post… another amazing give away for you families!!
Now- it is time to get back to work :) I just spent the last week road tripping through Montana, Canada, Idaho & Washington. I got to finally meet Kelli Trontel in person (just as marvelous as I had pictured her!!) and visit her at the Red Caboose (coziest, cutest, BEST little coffee/frozen yogurt house I’ve been in). If you are anywhere near Whitefish MT you need to find it :) If you don’t already know her, you might recognize Kelli and her husband from their recent appearance on HGTV (one of the few times I really regret not having cable). Kelli and I… (and yes… I always look stoned in pictures orrr maybe I do in real life too??? haha)…
We will be hitting up Whitefish again… such a cute, friendly city.
Second stop was Calgary where I got to hang out with Ms. Short & Sweet… Dana Pugh. I adore this talented lady and once a year in Vegas is not enough. No pictures of us but there will be a whole post dedicated to her adorable kiddos in the next couple of days! (gotta finish this post so I can edit- yay!!)
Such beautiful scenery through Montana and Canada…
We also made a pit stop at Silverwood Theme Park in Idaho. I had never heard of it before and was expecting a permanent state fair (I have been spoiled by having Disney trips my whole life… everything else is unfairly compared- ha) It totally surpassed though! It had great rides jambed into a fairly small, easy to navigate park and my kids thought the water park was the best part of the whole trip ($42 for both parks was good for me too- take that Disney) ;)
The distance covered in the time allotted though left a LOT of hours in the car. Pretty sure the car and hotel rooms were where we spent more than half the time. If it weren’t for the Solars there could have been some really unhappy kids. Before we left we bought the Adventure in a Box. It was the best $129 bucks spent on this trip.
The goodness started before the trip even started with the Happy Family Movement emails (fun ideas to easily incorporate into your day that keeps your routines from being… well, routine). They know how to illicit giggles, laughs & all around good times. The Road Trip kit started with a manual that walks you through your planning process from beginning to end. It included choosing where to go, what to pack (and what to leave behind), how to make the most of each day, and what to do when everything goes south all at once. (Hint: it involved their very best pulled-over-by-the-side-of-the-road-game.). The Road Trippin’ box includes activities with detailed instructions. Lots of ‘em. All wrapped up and assigned for specific times of day during a seven-day road trip (we modified and used it over 5 days in the car- worked perfect!). My kids loved having these little surprises to look forward to and excuses to stop and have some fun during the boring. The activities are great for little to big kids… it is genius (I love that I didn’t have to do any planning- just opened the box once we were on the road!). A little sneak peek of what ya get…
And guess what? The Solars are giving away one of these kits to a lucky reader!! All you have to do is comment to let me know you want entered in the random drawing :) I will announce the winner Wednesday night.
And even better? If you can’t wait and want buy one right now all you have to do is enter ‘sewell’ at checkout and they will give you $30 off!
Back to good ole photo posts this week!
whitefish | MT
banff | AB Canada
I’ve been reflecting a lot on the importance (or lack of) of our daily strive to make more so we can get more.. be popular.. be cool.. keep up with Joneses.. create that business that brings you the ‘right’ clients. But the thing is, I think all of our ultimate plans are to make it to a ripe old age right? And if we are lucky enough to make it to that old age, I guarantee not one of those things will be important. They won’t be what is spoken of at your memorial or what is remembered by your loved ones. It will be about your kindness.. it will be stories told of laughs shared & tears shared.. the love you gave to others.. the type of person you were to the people around you.
My grandpa just passed away and not one person said a word about how far up the corporate ladder he had risen or how many cool things he owned. Every single memory was of the kind of person he was. I watched an entire house of things he had collected over the past 81 years go out the door. I didn’t want any of it. Without him connected to it, it was all just stuff. I wanted the pictures. I wanted the ring that sat on his finger every day. I wanted to see his handwriting on a card. I realized that in my own life that those are the things I should be paying attention to when I have people I love around. Those are the things I should be striving for and collecting every day.
He had a ’65 Mustang that he used to drive to the cemetery every Sunday to visit my Mooie. My first instinct was that I needed it. It would somehow make me feel closer to him. That wasn’t a possibility so I decided second best would be to do a shoot of the kids with it. The funny part is that the whole time I was shooting, the whole time I was thinking about it after I finished, the whole editing process… I just wished I had done a session of him with the car. I hadn’t taken enough pictures of him.
I guess the lesson of the day is I hear people every day struggle with photography- how to make it a business, how to make more money, how to be well known for doing it… please don’t do that to yourself. Each time you capture something special- someone special, you are surpassing anything you could ever want from the ‘business’ end of things. That is what you are going to look back on and give the people that you love. That is your legacy.
My grandpa kept every single picture he was ever given or had taken. It is the best gift he could have left me.
Handsome sucker wasn’t he? One of my favorite stories told when I was down for his memorial was from a lady friend of his in the neighborhood. Apparently he was the catch of the neighborhood and all of the widows would take walks on his street in hopes of catching his eye (caused a bit of a stir amongst them in the process- hehe).
This is the only time I ever got the ‘real’ camera out to have pictures done of he and I. It was when I had just purchased a digital SLR and had NO idea what I was doing (with the camera or PS). This is a lesson learned… as I got better the camera started only being pulled out for ‘business’ and so I have nothing since (*changing that is at the top of the to-do).
And the one last spin with the Mustang…
santa ana | CA
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.”