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When Your Child Doesn’t Get the Award, Part 2

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

Our home has been a flurry of activity for the last several weeks. We lead a busy life year-round, but as school wraps up, our calendar is even more full than normal. A highlight of this season was our kids’ project fair and awards dinner. We prepared for weeks and greeted the evening with eager anticipation. During the ceremony, teachers handed out awards and praised the achievement of their top pupils. An emcee read student choice awards for such categories as “happy-go-lucky,” “most influential among classmates” and “most likely to become president.” Our daughter received three awards that night. Our son received none. As we’ve processed the joy and pain of that event, we have had opportunities to discuss some important life lessons. This type of situation undoubtedly occurs in every home where there’s more than one child. How...

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When Your Child Doesn’t Get the Award, Part 1

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

Applause erupted as our daughter stood to receive her third award of the evening. She beamed with excitement while walking onto stage. I listened to the praise of both her teachers and peers and my heart swelled with joy. At the same time, I ached for her brother who received no awards that night. Oh, the depth of conflicting emotions that can simultaneously possess a parent’s heart. Our son did well in his classes this year. He makes friends easily and is very outgoing. But he won no “student choice awards” that night, nor did he get the highest scores in any of his classes. On the way home he commented, “I wonder why I didn’t get any awards.” I turned in the front passenger seat and looked at him with compassion and understanding. I’ve experienced these gut-wrenching feelings...

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Scrapbooking with Pics

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

Organize the photos. This is where it all begins. A scrapbook can contain anything that can lay flat such as photos, movie tickets, awards, plane tickets, programs, invitations, etc. Be sure as your get your photos printed that you include dates on the back so that when you scrapbook you will know exactly when the events took place. Decide on a theme for your scrapbook. What would you like your scrapbook to be? Here are a few ideas . . . a family scrapbook, travel, graduation, holiday, new home, first job, birthdays, or maybe a scrapbook for a child, grandchild, grandparent, or a friend. Choose your album There are all kinds of albums and all sizes. Look at your local craft stores such as Michaels, Hobby Lobby or AC Moore for a great selection of albums. Organize your page...

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 1 comment

One thing that is hard for me as a professional photographer is to take just one picture that tells a story.  I want the picture to be perfect like I said before in an earlier blog. (http://just18summers.com/simple-fun-must/)  I want to set everything up so that it is appealing and catches the eye. While going back through my iPhone pictures from our less-than-a-month-ago trip to Kenya, I find myself stopping at the one that isn’t perfect. I find myself stopping at the one that triggers a memory . . . forms a lump in my throat . . . brings tears to my eyes. The one that tells a story. Take time—especially this summer while so many memories are being made. Look for a moment that is special and snap that shot in that second. When you go back through...

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Summertime Photo Memories

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

Don’t let the season pass you by without taking some shots that truly capture the spirit! Summer offers an array of vivid colors that come to life with more time spent outdoors. How can you capture summer’s finest moments? Begin by making a list of overlooked simple summer pleasures and aim to snap photos of each throughout the season. Here are a few ideas for taking those summer photos. ·         Sidewalk Chalk What do you get when you add a baby to a pail of sidewalk chalk and a blank cement canvas? A photogenic summer dream. Try photographing from above looking down or lie close to the ground and focus on the chalk itself. ·         Water Detail Try this at a water park or pull out a hose in your back yard and photograph your children playing with the...

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5 Tips for High School Senior Portraits

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

1)  DO YOUR HOMEWORK.  Encourage your senior to look for things that inspire them either through magazines,           architecture, or Pinterest. Have a goal in mind of what you would like your photographer to capture. 2)  POSING – Start with posed shots and then try to capture those shots where they are just being who they are, totally candid shots. 3)  TALK TO THEM – Guide your senior and direct them or show them exactly how to pose. Make them feel comfortable. 4)  MAKE CLOTHING CHOICES AHEAD OF TIME.  Talk with your senior about choices of clothing. I usually ask seniors to put together three outfits—one a little bit more dressy, one casual, and one that is just their favorite outfit. If they are not sure what will work, have them bring 3-5 outfits and...

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